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Drawing Trees in Black and White

Schedule and Location

Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$138.00 member
$162.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

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.

Tony Tyznik was a landscape architect at The Morton Arboretum for many decades and was a key figure in making the Arboretum what it is today. Mr. Tyznik was also a fine artist, with a keen eye for observation and detail, accurately capturing the structure and scale of trees in an intricate and engaging style.

In this class, you will learn to observe trees with an artist’s eye, then choose one as your subject. Study the  portfolios of botanical artists, including the pen and ink drawings by Tyznik. Then using either pencil or pen and ink, work from herbarium sheets, live specimens, and other references to draw your chosen tree and add a human figure for scale.

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Suzanne Wegener, freelance artist

Suzanne Wegener is a freelance artist specializing in natural history illustration and education in pencil, pen & ink, watercolor and gouache. She has a degree in Scientific Illustration and teaches regularly in the Chicagoland area. 

Course Details

  • Prerequisite: Begin to Draw (A000) and Nature Drawing II (A002) or equivalent experience required. 
  • Notes: A supply list will be provided. Limit 15

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