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Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • 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 at The Morton Arboretum. Three Mondays, June 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “black ink painting” a style of art in which the brush strokes capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. In this workshop, you will learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with this minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tap into your creativity and let the experts from Chicago Sip & Paint guide you through a step by step tree painting over a glass of wine at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 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, June 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of the Arboretum. Join dragonfly monitor and naturalist Cindy Crosby to learn about the natural history, diversity, habitat, and behaviors of these astonishing, colorful insects. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for an interactive day of learning in both the laboratory and in the field as we delve further into the development, classification, ecology and morphology of the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, July 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.