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Interests - Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 29 through March 21, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m, or Four Wednesdays, April 8 through April 29, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Complex and colorful, birds are one of the most common subjects among wildlife artists. Join artist Alex Warnick as she shares the tips and techniques she’s gained over years of painting birds professionally. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Under the light of a full moon, hit the trail for a night of troll hunting at The Morton Arboretum! Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays February 6 through March 11, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 1, April 18, or Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art. Capture the curves and color of a cheerful spring flower using colored pencils at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 4, or Sunday, April 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Study the portfolio of nature photographers from the renowned Group f/64. Discuss their artistic choices and techniques, and then create your own images in their style out amid the Arboretum’s collections. Five days: Three Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to draw the flowering trees of The Morton Arboretum in graphite or pen and ink. Four Thursdays, April 30 through May 21, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the art of macro photography with award-winning photographer Mike Moats at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Make your own rustic-chic burlap flag that celebrates the season! In this one-day workshop, learn how to paint on burlap and use stencils to create a personalized design that adds personality to your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures the moment, feeling or experience in nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: three Thursdays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 2, or May 9, 2020.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, May 13 through June 10 (no class May 27), 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Get the most out of your smartphone’s camera in time for your next great adventure. Using the Arboretum as your muse, take a mini travel adventure around the grounds, and get hands on practice under the guidance of a professional photographer. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 to noon
  • Learn to create beautifully dyed fabric using plant-based dyes, including onion skin and indigo at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 17, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 1, April 18, or Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Celebrate pollinators with this three-week study of bees. Bees are important pollinators for both flowers and trees. Work with a skilled instructor to observe and capture the intricate details of native and honey bees and watch the unique characteristics of different species emerge at The Morton Arboretum. Three Mondays, June 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. Four Saturdays, February 22 through March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Four Thursdays, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tap into your creativity and let the experts from Chicago Sip & Paint guide you through a step by step tree painting over a glass of wine at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.