Lichens are the result of a symbiotic relationship of a fungus and an alga, often found growing on trees and rocks. There are over 3,600 known species of lichens in North America, and many more yet to be discovered. In this four-week intermediate art class at The Morton Arboretum, learn about lichens and capture the fine details of branches and lichens in colored pencil.
- Begin with an exploration of lichen with lichenologist Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, author of Flora of the Chicago Region, who will be a guest presenter and will guide participants in observing lichen species under the microscope.
- Examine the anatomy of branches, noticing variations among different species.
- Use this new knowledge to inform your drawing as you create leaf scars, lenticels, buds, and the fine textures of lichen.
- Develop the subtle grays and browns of branches and create color variation in lichen in colored pencil.
This class will include demonstrations and one-on-one guidance. Depending on the interests of the students, a visit to the woodlands to explore lichen in their natural habitat may be included in the class as well. Previous experience with colored pencil is required.
This program meets in person at the Arboretum.
Instructor: Kimberly Mullarkey, artist
Age: 16 and older
Course number: A114