Nature Art and Photography

  • After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends November 2016 through March 2017, Times vary between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, March 28 through April 18, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Be intentional about the photographs you take by gaining control of your camera settings and developing your eye for photography at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, April 6, 13, and 20, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, April 8 and 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn why value is essential to accurately capturing a landscape in your art at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Spend a day learning the basics and create a colored pencil drawing of a spring flower at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday April 8, or Sunday April 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn to paint the bright greens and colors of spring in gouache, an opaque watercolor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 12 through May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Follow your subject over the course of several weeks to see how it unfolds throughout the spring at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, April 13, 27 (no class May 4), and May 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with tea and sweet treats, then plant and decorate your own tea cup planter to take home. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Develop a series of images to show a story about the Arboretum and present them as a portfolio. Six days: four Wednesdays, April 26 through May 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Learn how to capture the natural landscape with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: two Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy and tips for sketching from photos, specimen as well as live birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 6, or Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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.
  • Join renowned, award-winning photographer Bryan Peterson for an engaging, full-day seminar on nature photography at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 4, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Bryan Peterson. Sunday, May 14, 2017, 5:00 a.m. to noon
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and create an arrangement or a painting that celebrates spring colors at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Come explore and learn a new medium and its exciting characteristics with Karen, a natural science illustrator, as she walks you through how she uses acrylics in her work at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 25 through June 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • 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.
  • Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy and tips for sketching from photos, specimen as well as live birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 6, or Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or August 7 through 11, 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
  • 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.

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