Fall Schedule of Nature Art Classes at The Morton Arboretum

Yes, it does seem much too early to start thinking of fall, but The Morton Arboretum has posted its schedule of classes, and there are some new and unique ones that could fill up quickly!  You may want to register soon so you don’t miss out, and then go back to enjoying your summer. (There are still a few openings in some of the summer courses for both beginning and experienced artists as well.)

You don’t need to be a member of The Morton Arboretum or the Nature Artists’ Guild to enroll in the courses.  Please follow the link to The Morton Arboretum’s Learn and experience page for more information.

Under the Microscope – Drawing Dragonflies with Karen Johnson (photo shows previous course, Drawing Butterflies). Photo credit http://www.mortonarb.org.

All Artists Welcome on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017

Whether you are a Nature Artists’ Guild member who has been working diligently to prepare your artwork for the upcoming Spring Exhibit and need a fun and educational break, or not a member, but still an artist who wants to improve your artwork, The Morton Arboretum’s Visiting Artist Series may have just what you were looking for –

Visiting Artist Series: Value and Color in Landscapes with Laverne Bohlin

Learn why value is essential to accurately capturing a landscape in your art. In this two-day pastel workshop, visiting artist Laverne Bohlin will show you how to use the correct value and to notice the subtle shifts of value that exist in the landscape. Develop your sensitivity to a color’s value so you are better able to separate it from its hue. During the one-hour lunch break on Saturday, visit the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit in nearby Cudahy Auditorium for some inspiration.

Copyright Laverne Bohlin

Note – Basic drawing skills and some pastel experience required.  Limit 15.

Supplies – Rembrandt Pastels, half stick of 15 colors, 3-4 sheets of Canson Mi-teintes paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, color white, ivory or eggshell, 1″ foam brush and kneaded eraser, 11″ x 14″ foam core board, any additional pastels you may already have.

Schedule and Location – Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Herbarium Conference Room of The Morton Arboretum.

Fees and Admission – Fees include admission to the Arboretum and are $138.00 for members, and $162.00 for non-members.

Registration Information – Course number A149, online – Registercall 630-719-2468, or in person at The Morton Arboretum at the Visitor Center during open hours.

An Opportunity to Liven Up Your Winter!

A great way to liven up these last few weeks of winter is with a class at The Morton Arboretum. There are still a few spots left in the following classes or workshops –

Pen and Ink drawing, copyright Nancy Thyfault

Pen and Ink drawing, copyright Nancy Thyfault

Linoleum Block Printing Workshop with Carrie Carlson – Begins next Saturday, February 11, 2017

Botanical Art with Pen and Ink with Nancy Thyfault – Begins Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Under the Microscope – Draw Butterflies and Moths with Karen Johnson – Thursday, February 23, 2017 or Saturday, February 25, 2017

Visiting Artist Series – Using the Layering Method with Watercolor with Peggy Macnamara –  Saturday, March 4, 2017

Begin to Draw Nature with Kathy Steere – Begins Saturday, March 11, 2017

Color Theory, Colored Pencil with Kimberly Mullarkey – Begins Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Create an Altered Book with JoAnne Laudollf – Sunday, March 19, 2017

If the names of many of these instructors sound familiar, it’s because they are some of the best artists and instructors in the Chicagoland area, Most are current or former fellow members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, and all offer kindness, patience and fun along with their expertise. Please click on this link to The Morton Arboretum’s Nature Art and Photography Class Listings for more information, or to enroll.

Classes are open to all, and membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum is not required to enroll.

Before You Begin Shopping

Whew! The cooking, cleaning and dishes are done and the guests have left.

This might be a great time to take a minute for yourself, and renew your Nature Artists’ Guild membership for 2017!  The Nature Artists’ Guild accepts renewals and new members any day of the year, but memberships are for the calendar year, so renewing (or joining) now will ensure that you receive all of the benefits that your membership brings.

Current members can pay their 2017 dues by mailing a check to our Treasurer, Nancy Wu (her address will be in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook).  Nancy will also be accepting renewal dues at the Holiday Party.  New members are asked to mail a check to the address printed on the membership brochure (click here or on the tab at the top of the website to download or print a copy).

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 1

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 2

A Few More Things We Are Thankful For

It’s the time of the year when many reflect on all they are grateful for, and the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to add a few items for consideration –

  • The friends and family who support our artistic endeavors
  • The time (however little) and space (however small) for creating
  • The support and encouragement of other artists who understand the unique challenges involved
  • The time and effort of all the volunteers who have kept the Nature Artists’ Guild running so smoothly for so many years
  • The Morton Arboretum, for its inspiring natural beauty as well as for providing historic and lovely meeting and exhibit spaces and a quality learning environment

Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to give your turkey a nod of respect!

Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk

Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk (this is for you, Gail)

One of the World’s Largest Botanical Libraries is Now Online

New York Botanical Garden, A digital selection from the Mertz Library collections, chosen by the head of special collections, research and archives, Stephen Sinon

Nature Artists’ Guild member Marilyn Peretti would like to share an article she recently discovered. One of the world’s largest botanical libraries, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is being digitized and the article contains numerous photos and links that nature artists may find useful and fascinating!

Please click on this link to the article for more information about the Mertz Library or on the highlighted link above for the library website page.

Thanks for sharing, Marilyn!