Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, April 26 through May 17, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Capture nature in colored pencil. Discover how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Study the portfolio of renowned nature photographer Eliot Porter. Discuss his artistic choices and techniques, then create your own images in his style at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, May 5, and 12, 2018, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • Join biologist and nature photographer Jack Shouba for an outing to Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn the fundamentals of mammal anatomy and tips for sketching from photos and specimens from the Field Museum collection at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 5, or Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn how to capture the natural landscape with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Three Thursdays, May 17-31, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 31, June 14-28, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. New Online section added: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Online component begins: Thursday, March 15, 2018. Winter sessions start Sunday, May 6 for In-person only or Friday, June 1 for online only section.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please note: the March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. is Sold out
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join artist, author, and field biologist Julie Zickefoose for a two-day exploration of nature through art and writing at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Join us at The Morton Arboretum on Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy a morning of sketching outside, or “en plein air” on the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Monday, June 4 or June 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibit Troll Hunt. Dambo will share about his fascinating career making beautiful, fun, and inspirational pieces using reclaimed materials. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.