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Alphabets Inspired by Nature

Schedule and Location

Saturday September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$140.00 member
$165.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

Be an explorer as well as an artist as we take to the outdoors to find inspiration for creating interesting letterforms. Class will begin with a jaunt around the beautiful grounds of The Morton Arboretum, looking for natural objects which will be used as models to illustrate an alphabet or quote. We will then take a look at some calligraphic hands/fonts and learn some principles for creating an alphabet that works together as a unit, with the goal of applying these principles to our found objects.

Once their analysis is complete, students will begin making sketches of letterforms based on their objects, and will have the option of either illustrating their alphabets with paints, colored pencils, etc. or making graphic black-and-white forms. Each student will work at his/her own pace, depending on skill level. They may choose to only do a few words of a quote rather than a whole alphabet.

Instructor: Julie Wildman, freelance artist
Notes: Limit 15. Please bring sack lunch Materials Fee: $6 per student
Certificate Information: Art Certificate Elective (10 hours)
Prerequisite: Pen & Ink (A120) or Contact Suzanne Wegener, Nature Arts Education Manager at 630-719-5642




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CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.