Nature Art Classes Beginning in Early May, 2018

There is still time to sign up for one or more of both of the nature art classes beginning early next month at The Morton Arboretum.

Nature in Colored Pencil, with instructor Kimberly Mullarkey, begins on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018 and continues each Tuesday for three more weeks.  Colored pencil is a wonderful medium for capturing the subtle colors and details of nature, and Kimberly, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, is an experienced, talented and fun instructor.  Some drawing experience is required for this class.

Sacred Union, copyright Kimberly Mullarkey. Collection of The Morton Arboretum.

Drawing Mammals, with instructor Carrie Carlson, is offered on two different mornings, Saturday, May 5, 2018 or Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Using a variety of drawing media and photos as well as specimens, participants will explore the shapes and textures of mammals.  Carrie, probably most known for her block prints, is a popular and experienced art educator.  Please click on each image for the title or a larger view.

Please click on this link to The Morton Arboretum’s Nature Art and Photography class listings to read more or to enroll in these or other classes.  Classes are open to all and Arboretum members will receive a discounted registration fee.

Time to Spring into Action

Spring begins tomorrow!  It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the flora, fauna, and yes, nature artists, here in the Midwest.  As the birds, trees, frogs  and flowers are preparing for the season, so are members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.  Please click on any of the highlighted links for more information.

Coming soon –

  • The annual expedition (paint-out) to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum for members of the Guild takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Members can drop in with their art supplies and camera any time between 9 and noon.
  • Spring nature art classes and workshops begin soon at The Morton Arboretum.  Inspired by Tony Tyznik: Drawing Oaks, taught by Suzanne Wegener, begins on Thursday, April 5, 2018, and Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops: Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil with Kathy Steere are scheduled for Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018.  These classes and workshops are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum.
  • The Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum takes place on the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2018. This year we will be featuring images of some of the exhibit artwork by numerous Guild artists on this website.  Check back soon for a preview.
  • A new paint-out has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the home of Guild member Linda Hilderbrant from 10 am until 1 pm.  More about this paint-out at Linda’s lovely and extensive woodland landscape to come soon.  Thank you to Linda for this gracious invitation!

    A sign of spring from Linda Hilderbrant’s garden. Photo credit Linda Hilderbrant.

Winter Nature Art Workshops and Classes Continue at The Morton Arboretum

P is for Pine, copyright Suzanne Wegener.

Suzanne Wegener’s two-day workshop, Advanced Textures in Graphite and Watercolor, takes place on the weekend of February 17 – 18, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum, and there are a few openings still available.  Suzanne is an accomplished botanical artist and an extremely talented and popular instructor, and participants can expect an enjoyable and productive experience.

From The Morton Arboretum’s class listings

Tackle nature’s most prickly textures with this watercolor workshop.  From thorns and prickles to wrinkles and puckers, we will explore the extreme textures of the botanical world.  Learn how to apply watercolor to a graphite drawing and which surface to use.  Supplies will be provided to use during the class if you do not have your own.

For those with an interest in creating nature art, but with little or no experience,  Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops: Winter Foliage in Graphite and Begin to Draw Nature start in late February or early March, 2018.

All are welcome to enroll in The Morton Arboretum’s classes and workshops, and members of The Morton Arboretum will receive a discounted registration fee.  Please click here or on one of the highlighted links above to reach the Arboretum’s website to read more or to register.

Winter Nature Art Classes and Workshops Starting Soon

The next three Nature Art classes and workshops at The Morton Arboretum start soon and there are still a few spots available!

Winterberry necklace by Karen Johnson next to actual Winterberry branch.

Rocks, Minerals, and Bones in Colored Pencil with  Kimberly Mullarkey begins next Friday, January 26, 2018, and continues for two more Friday mornings.

Jewelry Making: Winter Berries Necklace with Karen Johnson begins on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and continues for two more Thursday mornings.

Linoleum Block Printing Workshop with Carrie Carlson begins on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Participants will return on March 10, 2018 for the conclusion of the workshop.

All of these classes and workshops are taught by talented and experienced artists and educators. Enrollment is open to all, and members of The Morton Arboretum will receive a discounted registration fee. Please click on this link to the Arboretum’s Nature Art and Photography class listings for more information or to register.

Beginning the New Year

Whether your priority for the upcoming year is to make more art, to learn new techniques, or simply to view more art or make new friends, the Nature Artists’ Guild has it covered.  There is still time to join or renew, and since memberships are for the calendar year, the sooner you join, the more benefit you’ll receive from your membership.

Here are a few of the activities coming up in the next month or so –

  • The Nature Artists’ Guild is proud to present their first exhibit of the year at the Downers Grove Public Library.  This lovely collection of members’ work will be open to the public throughout the month of January during regular library hours.
  • On Thursday evening, February 1, 2018,  between 7 and 9 pm, Susan Waldron will give a presentation at the Thornhill Education Center on her techniques for creating floral and landscape paintings in oil as well as in fiber made from, if you can believe it, the wool from her own herd of alpacas!  Guests and visitors are also welcome to attend this program free-of-charge.  More details will be coming soon, but please visit Susan’s website for a preview of her work (and her alpacas).
  • The first paint-out of the year is scheduled for Tuesday morning, February 6, 2018 from 8 until 11 am at Orchids by Hausermann in Villa Park, IL.

    Copyright Jane Kellenberger.

    This popular paint-out (think tropical weather and being surrounded by thousands of orchids) has limited space and fills up quickly, so interested Guild members should contact Jane Kellenberger to save a spot.  Jane’s contact information can be found in the Yearbook.

  • New classes and workshops start soon at The Morton Arboretum.  Some upcoming nature art classes include Rocks, Minerals and Bones in Colored Pencil with Kimberly Mullarkey, Jewelry Making: Winter Berries Necklace with Karen Johnson, Linoleum Block Printing Workshop with Carrie Carlson, and Advanced Textures in Graphite and Watercolor and Nature in Graphite with Suzanne Wegener.  For those just starting out, Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops: Winter Foliage in Graphite and Begin to Draw Nature are scheduled for late February and early March.  All classes are open to the public and a discount is offered for members of The Morton Arboretum.  Please click on this link to the Arboretum’s class listings for more information or to enroll.
  • It won’t be long before we begin to post montages from those Nature Artists’ Guild members who are participating in the Fall into Winter Encounter.  It will be exciting to see the results of weeks of collecting and creating!

Please check back here soon or click on any of the highlighted links for more about these and other upcoming activities.

Hand-Painted Ornaments with Lindsay Sandbothe

Great News!  The Morton Arboretum is offering an extra discount to members of the Nature Artists’ Guild for Lindsay Sandbothe’s upcoming class.  Of course, non-members of the Guild or The Morton Arboretum are welcome to enroll for the regular fee, and Arboretum members always receive a discounted rate.  Please follow this link to The Morton Arboretum’s website  or click on the image below for more information.  Nature Artists’ Guild members must enroll by phone by 4 pm on December 1, 2017 to receive the extra discount.

Please click on image to learn more or to enroll.  Nature Artists’ Guild members must enroll by phone to receive the extra discount.

Welcome to Autumn

The unique pleasures of Autumn make for a busy (the busiest?) season at The Morton Arboretum and for the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are some reminders to keep everyone on track!

Wood duck, copyright Peggy McGahan, Featured Artist for the 2017 Exhibition of Natural History Art by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

  • Nature Artists’ Guild members who would like to participate in the upcoming 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art need to have their completed prospectuses postmarked by Thursday, September 28, 2017.  All requirements are detailed on the prospectus which was e-mailed to eligible members approximately a month ago.  Drop-off of artwork for the exhibit will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 1 between 6 and 8 pm at the Cudahy Auditorium in the Administration and Research Center at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Renewing members can mail their $45 membership dues for next year beginning on October 1, 2017.  Dues should be mailed to the treasurer, Nancy Wu, whose contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  New members are also welcome and can mail their dues to the address provided on the membership brochure.  New or renewing members can also pay in person at the October 5, 2017 meeting or the upcoming exhibit.
  • On October 5, 2017, the Nature Artists’ Guild will sponsor a program featuring artist Patricia Larkin Green and Sumi-e brush painting.  This program is free-of-charge and open to the public.  More details can be seen by clicking on this link.
  • There is still time to enroll in one or more of the Autumn Nature Art classes or workshops at The Morton Arboretum, many of which are taught by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild. Please click on this link to the Arboretum’s class listings for more information. All classes are open to the public.
  • The 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art will open on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017 with a reception for guests of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum and will continue throughout the weekend, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017, for the enjoyment of all visitors to The Morton Arboretum.  E-mail postcards will be made available soon to Nature Artists’ Guild members.  The official exhibit posters and postcards featuring the work of Peggy McGahan and designed by Evelyn Grala will be available for members to pick up at the October 5, 2017 meeting or at the Thornhill office thereafter.