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Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • Learn the fundamentals of working with colored pencil to create images of nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, October 18 through November 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Grow your nature drawing skills under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 16 (no class November 9), 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create your own nature-themed hand-painted ornament in time for the holidays at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Cartier-Bresson first popularized the concept of the “decisive moment:” that sliver of time when all elements of an image align, and the photographer can tell a complete story and fully engage the viewer. In this class, we will apply Bresson’s concepts to nature photography, as plants bloom, the tides come and go, or clouds or reflections enhance a scene at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Wednesdays, October 23 through November 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.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 Sundays, October 27 through November 17, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Capture curled leaves and seed pods--the perfect textures for graphite at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, October 31 through November 21, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Learn how to notice your surroundings with attention to light, angle, subject, and creative interpretation. Saturday, October 26, or November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • (Registration opens August 20) Mix and blend colors to create a watercolor painting of a delicate fall leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 9, or Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Join Russian watercolor artist Sasha Viazmensky for an enlightening three-day study on botanical mushroom portraits at The Morton Arboretum. Friday through Sunday, November 15 through 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make personalized notecards using watercolor (Section A) or gelli prints (Section B) at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon (watercolor) or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (gelatin prints)