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Chicago Botanic Garden
A wide selection of classes in nature studies and the botanical arts are available at the Garden. Download a brochure for the Botanical Art Certificate Program here. Here’s a class with visiting artist, Carol Woodin, that might interest you:
A freelance artist for over 20 years, Carol creates vibrant botanical paintings on vellum. Her work is in public collections and in the private collections of Dr. Shirley Sherwood and Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton. Carol is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC.
Painting the Flowers of Summer, Watercolor on Vellum
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
July 26 – July 28, 2013
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
This class includes a demonstration of stretching vellum. Participants will select subjects from the garden and learn how to take a preliminary sketch to an advanced painting on vellum. Cost: $449 nonmember; members receive 20% discount. View Details/Register
Chicago Botanical Artists
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Attention Chicago-area artists, naturalists and educators! Discover a new opportunity for you to learn about botanical art in a casual and supportive environment.
Chicago Botanical Artists is a new group open to all, beginners through advanced, who want to sketch together, share works in progress and develop a supportive community that exhibits and educates. Starting on February 11, we will meet from 1 to 3 pm on the second Monday of every month at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. We will sketch native plants in and around the Nature Museum’s gardens, working outdoors when weather permits, or indoors with specimens. There is no cost.
To register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-755-5100, Ext. 5028.
Lillstreet Art Center
The Lillstreet Art Center offers adult classes in painting and drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing and jewelry, printmaking, textiles, glass, photography and the digital arts. View a schedule of their classes for first-time artists and for children ages 2 and up here.
Heeyoung Kim is a botanical artist whose illustrations and paintings of American prairie plants have graced posters, postcards and exhibition catalogs. Heeyoung is passionate about documenting prairie plants and brings attention to the fragile state of America’s prairies by exhibiting her work in national and international exhibitions. Learn More
The Morton Arboretum Botanical Art & Illustration and Master’s Studio Certificate Program
The Morton Arboretum is located in Lisle, Illinois and is dedicated to the conservation of trees. Its 1,700-acre garden has 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs, and plants. Individuals interested in earning a certificate in botanical art & illustration &/or an advanced master’s certification in this discipline, should visit the program’s webpage for more information. In addition to completing required coursework, certificate students explore related topics and disciplines in elective courses.
View all classes and course descriptions online.
A Chicago book artist and paper engineer whose work incorporates ecological principles observed in nature. Sheehy’s art reflects his interests in ecosystems, natural resources, population biology and evolution. Shawn was the featured guest for September 2012. Here is what we learned when he stopped by to visit.
Grand Marais Art Colony
Create a pop-up book featuring North American wildflowers.
Grand Marais, MN
August 9-11, 2013: Pop-Up Wildflowers (View Details/Register)
Chicago Botanic Garden
August 24-25, 2013: Pop-Up Heirloom Vegetables
(check the calendar for details)
Visit Shawn’s redesigned website at www.shawnsheehy.com to see images of the vegetable pop-ups for his workshop, to learn about his new book and to view his workshop schedule for 2013.