Under the Microscope: Drawing Beetles

Schedule and Location

Three Thursdays, October 11 through 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$95.00 member
$105.00 nonmember

Course Description

A pencil drawing of a black and yellow locust borer bug.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and draw magnificent beetle specimens under the microscope.  See up close the intricacies and subtle beauty of their wing covers, legs, and antennae. This three-week class will allow time for you to take notes, sketch, and make a careful study of the anatomy of these often underappreciated insects.

Instructor Karen A. Johnson is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), and the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum, where she has taught for many years.  She has bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects. Karen is known for her realistic depictions of flowers and insects. Learn more at www.karensnatureart.com

Instructor: Karen Johnson
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 15
Prerequisite: Begin to Draw Nature (A000) or basic drawing experience required
Supplies: The Arboretum will have graphite, colored pencils, pens, sharpeners, and erasers available for your use.
Please bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • If you choose, your own preferred medium.
  • You may wish to bring a firm pillow to sit on to make it easier to look into the microscope from your seat.

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Course Details

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Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.