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There’s a new series of natural science illustration classes being held at the beautiful Ridges Sanctuary up in Door County, Wisconsin.  This weekend will be featuring an introduction to botanical art and next weekend, September 17 & 18, 2016, I will be teaching about drawing insects.  The Ridges Sanctuary has an amazing array of different ecological niches for such a small area and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of insects we will discover up there.  Our focus on Saturday will be on butterflies and beetles while Sunday we will be studying dragonflies and bees.  The endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly won’t be flying at this time of year but there should be plenty of others around.  We will have specimens to draw from and hopefully will be able to observe some insects in their habitats as well.  There’s so much to learn about these fascinating creatures!  If you’re in the area, I hope you will join me!

I’ve been filling my sketchbook with observational sketching this week-enjoy!

Sept. 5-Whalon Lake wetlands © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 5-Whalon Lake wetlands
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 6-Pasture Thistle © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 6-Pasture Thistle
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 7-Monarchs and skippers © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 7-Monarchs and skippers
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 8-9-Close-up of skipper © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Sept. 8-9-Close-up of skipper
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

 

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