Adult Programs

Art in Plein Air (in person)

Enjoy a creative morning outside with this art class “en plein air” at The Morton Arboretum.

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Enjoy a creative morning outside with this art class “en plein air” at The Morton Arboretum. Under the guidance of your instructor, capture the landscape, the form of a tree, or the tiny detail of a flower bud. Bring your graphite pencils, colored pencils, pen and ink, watercolors, or other medium of choice, and get tips for building a field kit of art supplies you can easily carry with you on any trip outdoors. Enjoy plenty of time to work independently with the support of your instructor. 

COVID-19 Safety:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Wear a face mask. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible. 
  • For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch this video. 

Prerequisite:  Begin to Draw (A000) or equivalent experience recommended.  

Notes: Bring a small chair, sketchpad, and art supplies. Wear a hat, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and water.

Karen Johnson, nature artist

Karen Johnson is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Nature Artists Guild.  She has degrees in Scientific Illustration and Entomology and has been teaching at the Arboretum since 1999.  She enjoys sketching with friends and exploring new media and ways to depict her favorite subjects.

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