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Botanical Art Orchid Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn about the orchid’s beautiful, unique, and diverse morphological features, flower structure, and habitat. Apply this botanical knowledge and artist instruction to accurately and strikingly depict live specimens in the media of your choice. You will explore the Orchid Show for inspiration.  A supply list will be sent. Prerequisites: Botanical...

Friday Mar 6th, 9am - 4pm

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$449

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Color: In-Depth Nature Studies

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Delve deeply into the amazing world of nature’s color. Learn how to understand color for use in painting, planting, decorating, and crafts. Color theory and exercises based on nature will help you gain a hands-on understanding about how color, color groupings, harmonies, contrasts, and mixing can be used more effectively.  Water-based paints...

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$149

2 sessions

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Open Studio

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This studio class is open to all levels. Students may bring a project of their choice, any medium, or work with plant subjects to create a new art piece. The course will feature lecture and demonstration to illustrate principles that pertain to all media. The School’s CEUs=12 hours

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$298

5 sessions

Pen and Ink 2

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Explore advanced pen-and-ink techniques and composition in botanical documentation and illustration. You will draw advanced plant forms and their parts, developing sound linear and tonal concepts, communicating accurate botanical information, and learning the aesthetics of botanical art. Learn techniques to use a crow quill (dip pen). Prerequisites:...

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$299

6 sessions

Botany for Botanical Artists

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Bring realism to your botanical artwork with a focus on identifying the morphological features of plants. Emphasizing specific plant parts in illustrations is critical to the identification of plant species in both scientific floras and identification manuals. Through a combination of lectures and lab/studio time, you will identify key characteristics...

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$279

6 sessions

Native Woodland Plants

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

A tremendous variety of native plants can be found growing in the oak woodlands of the Chicago region. Differences in topography, moisture, soil type, and light levels all work to support this diverse assemblage of plants. Once common, a large number are now rare and difficult to find. Learn the ecology of these plants and how they can be used to diversify...

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$74

Cottage Garden Designs for the Midwest

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers come to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs all have a place. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English-style cottage garden.

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$39

Designing the Shade Garden

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

A garden shaded by trees or buildings is often a challenge for the gardener who is faced with low light levels, tree roots, and soil that is often dry. This class provides solutions and ideas for artful plantings that can help you create effective combinations that consider color, texture, and form.

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$40

Presenting Your Artwork

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Dramatically affect the perceived visual appeal of your art piece or portfolio submission. Discuss methods for representing your artwork, including common guidelines, photography considerations, and how to write a biography and artist’s statement. Please bring a concise portfolio and artwork for a group critique. Prepare for the Botanical Arts Certificate...

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$49

Designing the Sunny Border

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The well-designed border wears a combination of perennials, annuals, and shrubs that provide three seasons of color and winter interest. This class will discuss how to artfully combine plants with an emphasis on the use of color, texture, and form. Whether you are a new gardener or have an established border that could use updating, this class is for...

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$40

American Home Garden Design: 1830-Present

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Draw inspiration for your own garden from the history of home garden design. We'll look at how home garden design has changed since the Midwest was first settled. Learn more about design evolution, the rise of the suburban lawn movement, foundation plantings, cottage gardens, moon gardens and heirloom plants, to name a few. We'll take the best of these...

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$39

Designing with Edibles

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

We will discuss a variety of innovative ways to incorporate edible plants into your home landscape. Course Description: Make your growing space colorful, attractive, and productive. These include maximizing visual impact in all kinds of growing spaces such as in-ground beds, raised beds, containers, pathways, arbors, and vertical plantings. We will...

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$39

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Pop-Up Paper Cards: Native Blooms

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Create a dynamic and dimensional set of pop-up paper cards featuring the blooms of prickly pear, waterlily, and jack-in-the-pulpit—and learn a bit about paper engineering along the way. No experience is necessary, but bookbinding or paper craft skills will speed your progress. All supplies provided.

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$75

Open Studio, Fall Session

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This studio class is open to all levels and will feature a short lecture and demonstration each week illustrating a principle that pertains to all media. Select plant materials will be provided for the session.  The School’s CEUs=15 hours ART elective

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$298

5 sessions

The Witness Tree

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

What can one tree tell us about climate change? Lynda Mapes, author of Witness Tree: Seasons of Change in a Century-old Oak, studied a single 100-year-old oak at the Harvard Forest to find out. Hear what she learned from scientists studying how the seasonal timing of trees is changing because of climate change, as is the photosynthetic process of individual...

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$29
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