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Nature Art and Photography

  • The Arboretum is home to many wonderful species of rare and endangered trees. Join Kimberly Mullarkey for the chance to study and sketch a different rare tree in this plein air workshop. Select Saturdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • New! Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class. Participants must bring their own digital camera at The Morton Arboretum. July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, or July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Capture the beauty of dragonflies and damselflies with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, July 13 through July 27, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, July 15 and 22, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish. Learn about these wetland critters and develop artistic skill at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 24 through 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 10 through 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get inspired and create your own nature sculptures. Learn techniques and use tools of contemporary artists to create your own works of art each day at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • New! Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • The botanical world is full of difficult textures to paint. Learn to conquer them in this intensive two-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 4, or Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to use water-soluble colored pencils to create a vibrant painting of the Arboretum. New schedule: Two Fridays, August 18 and 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Capture a bit of nature on scratchboard, a form of engraving at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 19, or Sunday, August 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Make colorful, textured paper using eastern fibers in this Japanese papermaking workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • (earn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Summer) Four Thursdays, September 7 through 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 10, or Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Three days: two Thursdays, June 8 and 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Summer) Three days: Two Thursdays, September 21 and 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.