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Drawing Seed Pods (In-Person)

Schedule and location

Three Fridays, December 4 through 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
Cudahy Room, Administration Building

Fees and registration

$93.50 member
$110.00 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

Study and draw seeds pods in this intermediate/advanced art workshop. Many plant seeds are contained in protective pods, and these pods come in many shapes and sizes. Explore the stunning variety of seed pods, and work with an experienced art instructor to create seed-pod portraits in colored pencil, graphite, or another medium of choice (no oils please). Visit with a natural resources technician at the Arboretum for a brief and informative talk about why seed pods deserve our attention.

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Kimberly Mullarkey, nature artist

Kimberly Mullarkey has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a master of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. She lived in France for six months, where she studied early Northern Renaissance painting. She teaches botanical art at The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She also teaches Drawing and Design at the College of DuPage. Her work is included in the Best of Colored Pencil series. She has spoken at many local art leagues about creativity, botanical art and her own work. To fulfill her wanderlust, she leads trips.

Course details

Notes: Held indoors. Limit 10. Your instructor will provide specimens. Bring the following supplies:

  • Sketchbook for warm up exercises
  • Graphite pencils
  • Erasers
  • Paper of your choice appropriate to the medium(s) you choose
  • Medium of your choice
  • Any other supplies that you like to use (For example: ruler, helping hand, etc.)

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