Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Edward Weston, a giant of early and mid-20th century photography, and learn to apply his approach under the guidance of your expert instructors at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: three Thursdays, February 28 through March 14, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, March 2 and 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn to create your own unique collection of linoleum block prints at The Morton Arboretum. Two Saturdays, March 2 and 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, March 6 through 27, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Bring insects to life in your artwork. Work side-by-side with artist and insect aficionado Karen Johnson and learn to to capture life-like postures and detailed renderings of insects at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, March 7 through 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to creatively use light in your photography. Improve your results by considering the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and throughout the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Four days, three Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.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, March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your garden. Artist Lisa Tolbert will teach you the art of mosaics using a variety of reclaimed materials like glass and porcelain at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Create photographic portraits of exotic orchids in this artistic photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two Days: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration opens February 19) Tap into your creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art at The Morton Arboretum. Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil; Capture the curves and color of a cheerful spring flower using colored pencils. Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Create a pendant of the spring wildflower, white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), native to Illinois and found here in the Arboretum’s woodlands. Two Thursdays, April 18 and 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Explore the wonders of the spring woodland in this team-taught class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 20, or Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Use the style of renowned landscape architect Tony Tyznik and other botanical artists for inspiration as you create a drawing of an Arboretum tree, working either in graphite or in pen and ink at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Register now for spring: Four Saturdays, January 26 through February 23 (no class February 2), 2019, 9:00 to noon. Registration opens for Spring on February 19. Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Whether you’re visiting a national park or your local nature preserve this summer, return home with rewarding photographs that tell the story of your experience. Three days: Two Thursdays, May 2 and 9, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Capture Arboretum landscapes on canvas with local artist and author Joel Sheesley. Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Spend an exciting day with professional photographer Ian Plant! During this comprehensive classroom seminar, Ian will share the techniques and stories behind some of his favorite photos from around the world. He'll cover a range of topics, discuss artistic design principles, present field and digital darkroom techniques, and provide hands-on technical demonstration at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Ian Plant. Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Join nature artist Wendy Brockman for a unique three day workshop. Participants will use sketches and drawings to create beautiful pencil and mixed media compositions that use nature as a visual framework to express ideas at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.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, April 13 or May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • 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 2 through 23, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or Four Thursdays, June 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, May 31, or Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, March 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday April 13, or June 15, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.