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Visiting Artist Series Nature Composed with Wendy Brockman

Schedule and Location


Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$245.00 member
$288.00 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

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. Each artist will be encouraged to explore their individual interests and style.

Working with a variety of materials on paper, this class will be an opportunity to sharpen drawing and painting skills while contemplating nature in new ways.

Bring some treasures like sticks, shells, seeds, grasses, driftwood, leaves and pebbles. Outdoor things that you have picked up here and there. Objects that speak of time and place and special moments.

Through engaging conversation and demonstrations, Wendy will guide you through the process of creating beautiful, personal and meaningful artwork.

Course number



Wendy Brockman

Minnesota artist Wendy Brockman's delicately detailed work captures the complexity and fragility of the natural world. Her imagery includes nests, feathers, plants and shoreline elements.

Widely exhibited, Brockman’s paintings have been included in many group and solo exhibitions. Her work has received national and international exhibition awards and is held in public and private collections throughout the world.

Course Details

Notes: Limit 16
Supplies: Bring the following:

  • Sketchbook
  • some 11”x14” sheets of 300 series Strathmore smooth surface drawing bristol or hot press watercolor paper
  • drawing pencils
  • kneaded eraser
  • detail brushes
  • any other art supplies you like to work with; this is a mixed media workshop so watercolor, colored pencils, gouache, and acrylic are all appropriate.

The Arboretum will provide:

  • tracing paper
  • water container
  • paper towels
  • a drawing board or a piece of matte board to tape your artwork to
  • Prerequisite: This is an intermediate/advanced workshop; foundational drawing skills and previous work with color is required.

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Visiting Artist Series  Nature Composed with Wendy Brockman