Classes and Exhibits


 At the Morton Arboretum- 4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53, LISLE, IL 60532

Winterberry necklace
© 2017 Karen A Johnson


Create a necklace inspired by the beautiful winterberry bush.  Using polymer clay, wire, beads and your own imagination, Karen will teach you how to work with these simple materials to make something unique to wear. Baking the clay will be done off-site.

Instructor: Karen Johnson, freelance artist
Notes: A supply list will be provided. Limit 12
Prerequisites: None
Supplies: Tools will be provided.

Course number:

Three Thursdays, Feb 8 through 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

$95.00 members
$112.00 nonmembers

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.

Plein Air on the Prairie

Sketching at the Prairie
© 2017 Karen A Johnson

Enjoy a morning of sketching outside, or “en plein air” on the Schulenberg Prairie.  Begin with a short guided walk by naturalist and prairie steward Cindy Crosby, who will help you understand what’s happening on the prairie that morning.  Then artist Karen Johnson will demonstrate how to capture the prairie with your pencil (or other medium of choice).  Enjoy plenty of time to work independently with the support of your instructors.

Course number: A190

Schedule and Location:

Monday, June 4 or June 11, 2018, 9:00 am to noon  Prairie Visitor Station

Section A: Monday, June 4

Section B: Monday, June 11

At the Fine Line Creative Arts Center-37W570 Bolcum Road St. Charles, Illinois 60175

© 2017 Karen A Johnson

Drawing and Painting Fruit

Increase your drawing and painting skills in this class that uses fruit as your subject matter. Learn how to draw and then transfer fruit to canvas and then bring it to life. Karen will share her technique for layering rich backgrounds and painting realistic depictions of fruit. At the end of the class we’ll have a show and tell of our garden bounty!

Location: Kavanagh Building
Days: Wednesdays: February 14 – March 7; 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Class ID: 218114190
Class Price: $135
Member Price: $110
Supply list is posted on Fine Line’s website-


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