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Drawing Bees

Schedule and location

Three Mondays, June 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$95.00 member
$112.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 

Course description

Celebrate pollinators with this three-week study of bees. Bees are important pollinators for both flowers and trees. Work with a skilled instructor to observe and capture the intricate details of native and honey bees and watch the unique characteristics of different species emerge. Draw from collected specimens as well as living bees in the context of their natural habitats.

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Karen Johnson is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Nature Artists Guild.  She has degrees in Scientific Illustration and Entomology and has been teaching at the Arboretum since 1999.  She enjoys sketching with friends and exploring new media and ways to depict her favorite subjects. Learn more at karensnatureart.com

Course details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Bring graphite pencils, colored pencils (if desired), a sketch pad and drawing paper. Limit 16
  • Prerequisites: Foundational drawing skills recommended.

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