Adult Opportunities

Botanical Drawing: The Life Cycle of Spring Flowers

Observe and capture the life cycle of spring flowers.

Content Detail

Create a series of illustrations to capture a flower through its changing stages in this intermediate art workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Over the course of six weeks:

  • Observe in real time how live flowers flourish, grow, and decline, as spring progresses. Observe specimens from bud, to bloom, to decay, and the subtle perceptible changes that emerge from stage to stage.
  • Hear from an Arboretum plant expert about the life cycle of flowers to bring depth and understanding to your work.
  • Under the guidance of your instructor, explore composition, color, and techniques. Work in the medium of your choosing.

Experience in drawing and working with color media is required for this course. Please see the What to Know section for information about supplies.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Kimberly Mullarkey, artist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: A183


Kimberly Mullarkey, artist

Kimberly Mullarkey has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of California–Santa Cruz and a master of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. She lived in France for six months, where she studied early Northern Renaissance painting. She teaches botanical art at The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She also teaches drawing and design at the College of DuPage. Her work is included in the Best of Colored Pencil series. She has spoken at many local art leagues about creativity, botanical art, and her own work. To fulfill her wanderlust, she leads trips.

What to Know

This is an intermediate/advanced program; foundational knowledge and skills are required.

Bring a sketchbook as well as the medium of your choice (colored pencil, pastel, graphite, etc).

Bring suitable paper for your medium.

This class is held indoors.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following six times.

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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