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Dragonflies are amazing, aerial acrobats that rarely slow down enough to let you get a good look at them.  They have amazing design possibilities beyond just their general shape which has been used many times over. I will be co-teaching a class at the Morton Arboretum where students start with a specimen, create a study page while using a microscope, and then branch off where they wish as they get inspired by the many patterns they see.  Suzanne Wegener, my co-teacher, will go through some of the many art genres that have incorporated dragonfly designs and students will be able to experiment with 2-D or 3-D options in their own designs.  Sign up soon as the class starts June 10, 2015!

Here is an example study page that I’ve started as a demo for the class.

Black-wing Damselfly sketchpage © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly sketch page
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Here’s another one…

Dragonfly thorax © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Dragonfly thorax
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

For more information:  Dragonflies in Art and Design