Classes and Exhibits


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

Locust borer study
© 2016 Karen A Johnson

Under the Microscope: Drawing Beetles

Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and draw magnificent beetle specimens under the microscope.  See up close the intricacies and subtle beauty of their wing covers, legs, and antennae. This three-week class will allow time for you to take notes, sketch, and make a careful study of the anatomy of these often underappreciated insects.

Instructor: Karen Johnson
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 15
Prerequisite: Begin to Draw Nature (A000) or basic drawing experience required
Supplies: The Arboretum will have graphite, colored pencils, pens, sharpeners, and erasers available for your use.
Please bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • If you choose, your own preferred medium.
  • You may wish to bring a firm pillow to sit on to make it easier to look into the microscope from your seat.
Course number: A371

Schedule and Location

Three Thursdays, October 11 through 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

$95.00 member
$105.00 nonmember

Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library

Join librarian Rita Hassert and artist Karen Johnson for an armchair tour of the Sterling Morton Library’s extensive botanical art collection. Learn about the rich history of key botanical pieces and gain insights into the styles and techniques of the artists. From James Audubon to May Watts, enjoy a varied and meaningful glimpse into the world of botanical fine art and get inspired for your own creative interpretation of the nature that surrounds you. Great for art lovers, artists, and nature enthusiasts alike.

Instructors: Rita Hassert, Sterling Morton librarian, and Karen Johnson, artist

Notes: Limit 35

Course number:  A402

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Thornhill Education Center


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


Increase your drawing and painting skills in this class that uses flowers as your subject matter. Learn how to draw and then transfer a flower to canvas and then bring it to life. Karen will share her technique for layering rich backgrounds and painting realistic depictions of flowers. At the end of the class we’ll have a show and tell of our garden of paintings!
Location: Kavanagh Building
Days: Wednesdays: September 19 – October 3; 12:30pm – 3:30pm ;
Class ID: 218314030
Class Price: $115
Materials Fee: $0


Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit-November 4 & 5, 2018




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