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Adult Opportunities

Colored Pencil: Exploring Novel Surfaces

Work with colored pencil on a variety of surfaces in this intermediate class at The Morton Arboretum.

Content Detail

Novel paper selection opens a new world of colored pencil exploration. In this four-week class, students will expand their colored pencil skill sets by applying the medium to color paper, Dura-Lar film, and cold-press watercolor paper with a watercolor base. Different surfaces create different appearances and involve new techniques that will broaden your understanding of colored pencil and invite you to capture nature in fresh, new ways. 

Explore a different surface each week, and then in the final week select your preferred surface to further develop your skills. 

Bring your colored pencil supplies. Paper will be provided by the instructor. A foundational understanding of working with colored pencils is required for this intermediate workshop. 

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum. 

Instructor: Kimberly Mullarkey 

Age: 16 and older


Kimberly Mullarkey

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.

  • Bring the following supplies: colored pencil set, kneaded eraser. 
  • This intermediate workshop is appropriate for artists with previous experience working with colored pencil.
  • Held indoors.

Four Mondays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 2022
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


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