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Botanical Drawing Classes Chicago

Learn how to capture the intricate details of plants and flowers through the art of botanical drawing in Chicago, where classes offer instruction on techniques such as shading, perspective, and composition.

2 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 1 class live online is available.

Theatrical Orchids in Colored Pencil

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity in this whimsical celebration of the Orchid Show of Wonders. Discover the theatrical qualities of orchids and learn how to accurately depict them with non-traditional compositions and vibrant colored pencils. Immerse yourself in the world of theatrical orchids at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Friday, Feb 23rd, 9am–4pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

Garden Design: Art of the 5 x 7 Sketch

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating conceptual sketches for garden designs with the Garden Design: Art of the 5 x 7 Sketch course at Chicago Botanic Garden. Discover fundamental tricks and techniques to capture landscape elements freehand in a casual spirit, perfect for impressing clients and adding a touch of creativity to your designs.

Monday, Apr 8th, 6–8:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

Botanical Drawing 2: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Enhance your botanical drawing skills with advanced techniques in graphite, light and dark media, and carbon dust. Join this online course offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden and continue your artistic journey. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing 1.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 1–4pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

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Botanical Drawing: Basics and More - Master Class

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Botanical drawing requires keen observation, precision, and attention to detail. Learn fresh ideas and tips from acclaimed wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim to take your drawing and pencil work featuring botanical subjects to the next level.  All supplies included. Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Colored Pencil: Exotic Plants

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Greenhouses contain many exotic plants, displayed in facsimiles of their native habitats, which students will use as subjects. Draw from life in the Greenhouses, making studies of the intricate plant structures and colors, then return to the studio to translate studies into compositions. Work in graphite leading to finished work in colored pencil, using all the techniques introduced in earlier colored pencil courses....

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Botanical Drawing: Fruits and Vegetables (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ Interactive Online Classroom via Zoom, Chicago, IL

Working from life, study the textures and patterns of different fruits and vegetables in order to create realistic graphite drawings. Learn how to portray the variety of bumps, ridges, roots and leaves found in nature. Though we will work mostly in pencil, we will move to ink in the last few classes. Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class: www.zoom.us You will be emailed...

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Luscious Roses in Colored Pencil

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Immerse yourself in the world of roses. Using colored pencils, wet and dry, study and draw plein air-style in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s glorious Krasberg Rose Garden and develop finished work in the studio. Experience with the Garden’s drawing and/or colored pencil courses is desirable.  Please Note: A supply list will be sent. 

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Winter Botanicals in Colored Pencil (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Some of the most interesting subjects for botanical art are found in the depths of winter. You will learn how to use colored pencil to render the form and texture of seed pods, acorns and pinecones, as well as how to layer color to bring new life and vibrancy to these normally overlooked objects.

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Spring Botanicals in Colored Pencil (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Spring brings bright and beautiful subjects for botanical drawing. Through careful study of various flowers, you will work your way from loose sketching to detailed colored pencil drawings. We will be covering essential pencil techniques such as layering and burnishing, as well as the basics of color mixing and composition. Required Materials: Please bring the first day: Drawing pencils and erasers. Sketchbook of your preferred paper and type. ...

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Botanicals in Ink

Evanston Art Center @ Interactive Online Classroom via Zoom, Chicago, IL

Get started in botanical drawing to capture the bounty of the summer season! You will work your way from drawing and shading into the classic ink techniques of stippling and hatching. We will also explore looser styles of ink drawing, as well as touch upon making your own natural inks. Skill Level: Beginner This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first. You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions,...

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Glories of the Greenhouse

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Escape from Chicago winter into the greenhouses of the Chicago Botanic Garden. We will use watercolor and colored pencils to explore and express the beauty of the vast botanical treasures at hand, including the Orchid Show. Emphasis will be on artistic expression, rather than scientific rendering.

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Pen and Ink 1

Chicago Botanic Garden

Examine pen-and-ink drawing with the study of natural botanical forms and shapes. You will acquire valuable techniques including stipple, cross-hatching, contour-line, and combinations. Achieve successful execution of black-and-white elements to create value, tone, and texture such as leaf venation, stem texture, and shading. You will create positive and negative tones to establish depth and dimension. A supply list will be sent. All registrations...

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Botanical Art: Butterflies and Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Immerse yourself in the Garden’s Butterflies & Blooms exhibition surrounded by colorful species from around Illinois and the world. Capturing the cycle of life, draw butterflies and the plants that support them by observing them in this specially designed butterfly habitat. You will have drawing time in the exhibition each morning before it opens to the public. Afterwards, you will move indoors to create completed artwork in the medium of...

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Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Through layering, blending and color mixing, colored pencil allows you to create vibrant works of art featuring flowers and plants.  In this workshop, you will learn the basics of colored pencil techniques with specifically with botanical subjects as your inspiration. Lyndsay is certified in botanical art; she serves as a co-president for a local botanical art group, and is an active member of the American Society of Botanical...

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Botanical Drawing 3

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

We will explore different approaches to capture beautiful and accurate botanical detail, frequently using the microscope. We will work primarily in pencil and will experiment with different tools to achieve particular textures and effects.  Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing 1 and 2 or equivalent. Please Note: A supply list will be sent with your confirmation. ART elective

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Innovative Approaches to Pen and Ink Drawings

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Innovative Approaches to Pen and Ink Drawings with Watercolor Washes After drawing the subject in pen and ink to capture the essence of the motif, a loose, liquid application of watercolor paint will be used to bring the piece to life.  Various sketching techniques will be taught as well as loose applications of washes of color. Artist inspiration will be derived from the greenhouses, gardens, or floral plant specimens in the classroom. ...

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Landscape Section and Elevation Drawing Studio

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Plan view drawings can be beautiful and informative – but not everyone can read plans! This class prepares students to illustrate landscape design concepts in section and elevation view. Students will learn layered drawing techniques including measured line drawings and illustrative overlays.  The School’s CEUs=7.5 hours

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Botanicals in Charcoal

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Charcoal gives you the opportunity to work large, bold, and loose, or keep the fine detail of traditional botanical art. Several techniques will be explored along with emphasis on composition. Basic drawing skills are required, but students will be guided and assisted by the instructor. The School’s CEUs=9

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Botanicals on Coquille Board

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, IL

Coquille board is a lovely textured surface that encourages fast, fun, and beautiful renderings of botanical subjects. We will start in full value black and white and move on to color. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation.

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Colored Pencil: White Flower Techniques

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Advance your skills by acquiring the techniques and methods for successfully drawing white flowers on white paper.  Learn how to see subtle colors reflected on white objects and express them through a range of warm and cool colors. You will also gain the skills necessary to tackle the rich shadow colors.  Prerequisite: Colored Pencil Workshop, Colored Pencil Drawing Course, or previous colored pencil coursework preferred.  The School’s...

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