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Field Sketching

Schedule and Location

Thornhill Education Center

  • Section B: Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 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

Create field sketches of summer landscapes. With little more than a pencil and sketch pad, artists use field sketching to observe and capture the features of a scene they wish to use as a basis for later pieces. Field sketching develops the artist’s eye and perspective through the practice of drawing a high volume and variety of subject matter in a sitting. Field sketching is also a useful skill for landscape architects and researchers who wish to record and notate natural settings. Learn techniques under the guidance of freelance artist and educator Carrie Carlson, and take home a stack of inspirational landscape sketches for your portfolio.

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Carrie Carlson, art educator & freelance artist

Carrie Carlson earned an MFA in Scientific Illustration at the University of Michigan and an MA in Printmaking from Governors State University. She is a full-time high school art teacher. In her free time, she loves to fill up travel sketchbooks and grow a rowdy garden.

Course Details

  • Notes: Limit 15
  • Supplies: Bring a sketch pad and drawing supplies, including pencils and erasers. If you do not have your own supplies, you may borrow some from the Arboretum courtesy of the Nature Artists’ Guild. 

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