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Nature Art and Photography

Botanical art and illustration

Capture Arboretum landscapes on canvas with local artist and author Joel Sheesley. Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Create field sketches of summer landscapes. Learn techniques under the guidance of freelance artist and educator Carrie Carlson, and take home a stack of inspirational landscape sketches for your portfolio at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: (CANCELED) Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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 at The Morton Arboretum. THIS CLASS IS CANCELED. Three days: Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Ian Plant. Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spend an exciting day with professional photographer Ian Plant! During this comprehensive classroom seminar, Ian will share the techniques and stories behind some of his favorite photos from around the world. He'll cover a range of topics, discuss artistic design principles, present field and digital darkroom techniques, and provide hands-on technical demonstration at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explore the wonders of the spring woodland in this team-taught class at The Morton Arboretum. PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, April 20, is canceled. Please register for Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Create a pendant of the spring wildflower, white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), native to Illinois and found here in the Arboretum’s woodlands. THIS CLASS IS CANCELED. Two Thursdays, April 18 and 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Whether you’re visiting a national park or your local nature preserve this summer, return home with rewarding photographs that tell the story of your experience. Three days: Two Thursdays, May 2 and 9, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Four Tuesdays, April 2 through 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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