Adult Opportunities

Painting the September Garden in Pastel

Create a pastel composition of late summer in the garden.

Content Detail

The Arboretum gardens are filled with numerous spots to sit and observe magnificent trees, colorful flowers, and lovely garden features. Among this plethora of information, it can be overwhelming to decide what to paint. In this outdoor workshop, learn how to choose subject matter and to construct a small drawing that becomes a blueprint for a larger painting. Then, using soft pastel, learn how to execute the painting to best express your artistic vision. Foundational experience with drawing the landscape is required. Please bring a lunch and check the What to Know section for a supply list to purchase.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, nature artist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: A610


Laverne Bohlin, nature artist

Laverne Bohlin’s introduction to the pastel medium began as a portrait artist at a large Midwest amusement park. Furthering her studies in fine art, she received a BFA from the University of Michigan. Using pastels and oils, she paints colorful landscapes in a contemporary impressionist style. She has taught at the College of DuPage, The Morton Arboretum, and The Peninsula School of Art. Since retiring from the design field, she spends her time painting, teaching, and gardening.

What to Know

This program is held indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Foundational landscape drawing skills are required.

Please bring a lunch, snack, and water.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following two meeting dates and times.

Friday, September 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center, East Side

Saturday, September 28, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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