Natural Science Illustration Program
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Gaileen Kaufman; copyright YPM
Photo by D. Petrochko; copyright YPM

Summer/Fall 2019 Courses and Workshops

The Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program provides opportunities to learn a wide range of art techniques focused on nature and natural science illustration. Whether you are a beginner or professional, our skilled and certified instructors provide personalized support in small classes that will help you develop your abilities and discover new ways of encountering art and nature. The Yale Peabody Museum’s collections and exhibitions provide endless subjects for drawing, painting and sketching. Take an individual class or complete a sequence of classes to earn a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration.

 

Choose from the following courses and workshops offered for the Summer/Fall 2019 term.  All 200-level courses require Drawing I (#101) as a prerequisite, or permission of the instructor.  Please note that all participants must be at least 18 years of age.  There are no exceptions. 

 

Registration deadline is 10 days before the first class.  Registration is considered complete when payment is received.  Instructors will be in touch to confirm registration and provide a list of art supplies needed for the class.  These materials may not be covered by the registration fee. 

 

Contact the Education Office for questions about registration and for payment information.  For questions about course content, prerequisites, etc. please contact the instructor listed for each course.

 

Meet our Instructors 

 

Click HERE to register for summer/fall 2019 courses and workshops.  

 

Course #158

Drawing from the Peabody Exhibits

Mondays, July 8 to July 29, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$200, 4 weeks

Registration closes June 28

Drawing in front of the amazing diversity of museum specimens is a real joy and a challenge!  We have the opportunity to explore the museum when it is quiet on Mondays, as it is not open to the public.  This course is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. There will be group critiques and demonstrations during every class.

 

Course #284

Nature Explorations in Colored Pencil

Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Betsy Barry

$200, 2 days

Registration closes July 2

This two day workshop will explore nature subjects using the flexible medium of colored pencil!  Students will work from nature subjects in their sketchbook and learn to transfer into a finished piece.

 

Course #103A

All-day Field Sketching at Yale Farm & Marsh Botanical Gardens

Fridays, July 19 and 26, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$200, 2 days

Registration closes July 9

Sketch with conte crayon or graphite and/or paint with watercolor outdoors “in plein air” in different locations on the Yale Campus. There are two farms where vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, and flowers grow; and there are greenhouses, trails with a river and a pond, as well as many kinds of old, unusual trees. There are also many types of animals and birds!

 

Course #112

Flowers through the Microscope Workshop

Saturday, July 27, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel

$100, 1 day

Registration closes July 17

Students will explore the beauty and intricacies of flowers by dissecting them and discovering their hidden secrets through the microscope.  This workshop will clarify the relationship between a flower’s structure and its pollinator.  No drawing experience is required.

 

Course #151

Painting Feathers in Watercolor

Sunday August 4, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$100, 1 day

Registration Closes: July 25

Feathers have healing powers! Native Americans have used them in healing ceremonies for centuries. Learn the fascinating structure of feathers and how to portray them effectively using watercolor techniques.  Open to all levels.

 

Course #286

Painting White and Colorful Flowers in Watercolor

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 10am to 3pm

Instructor: Bivenne Staiger

Prerequisite:  Watercolor I

$180, 2 days

Registration closes July 31

Learn to bring out the essence of flowers through glazing, applying dynamic colors and saturated darks to enhance value in watercolor. Students will learn how to integrate flowers with a background and add birds, insects and other animals for a sense of scale. A confidence in drawing skills is recommended.

 

Course #167

Drawing and Painting Birds in the Peabody Bird Hall

Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$200, 2 days

Registration closes August 2

This two-day workshop is tailored for the beginner who loves birds but has never tried drawing them. Birds rarely sit still, so we will learn how to capture their essence by drawing from the colorful taxidermy mounts in the museum. We will work in graphite, pastel and colored pencil to best interpret bird behavior and coloration. Each participant will come away with a finished drawing, suitable for framing.

 

Course #255A

Open studio/completing course projects

Monday, August 19, 10am to 1pm

Instructor:Linda Miller

$50, half day

Registration closes August 9

Have you some course final projects that need to be submitted for course credit?  Credit for courses taken is contingent upon the submission of a work that demonstrates proficiency in the skills taught in the course. Faculty will advise students working on completing these projects in an open studio format.  Each instructor offers one session during the term.  Students are welcome at any or all sessions.

 

Course #166

Drawing Trees

Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 10am to 3pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$180, 2 days

Registration closes August 13

This summer, treat yourself to drawing and painting trees! We will capture trees in their spectacular summer foliage using graphite, micron pen and watercolor. We will work en plein air on the grounds of the Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale West Campus Landscape Lab. This course is open to both beginning and experienced artists.

 

Course #101A

Drawing I

Saturdays, September 7 to October 26, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 28

Drawing I is the foundation course for all sequential courses taken at the Yale Peabody Museum. It is here that the necessary techniques in rendering light on form, value, texture, perspective, and composition are taught. Each student will be given individual assignments and critiques, along with a final project, which is due at the culmination of the course. Enjoy slowing down as you learn to connect with the subject matter and work to get the essence of what you are looking at. There will always be group critiques and demonstrations. Many examples of different types of drawing will be shared.

 

Course #205

Pen and Ink

Saturdays, September 7 to October 26, 1:30 to 4:30pm

Instructors: Zoe Matthiessen & Jeanette Compton

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 28

The beauty and clarity of natural science drawings in ink have been admired for centuries.  Students will master the techniques of traditional scientific illustrations using both crow quill and technical pens to depict the natural world in stipple and line. 

 

Course #258

Watercolor II

Sundays, September 8 to October 27, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

Prerequisite: Watercolor I

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 29

This course introduces students to more advanced techniques in combining glazes, textures and intense color to create dynamic compositions. Emphasis will be on achieving spontaneity of color, design, and depth of form. Students will learn the technical aspects of mastering watercolor such as correct timing in the dry and wet stages of brushwork, and in producing detailed effects. Critiques and demonstrations will be shared in every class.

 

Course #201A

Drawing II: Light on Form

Sundays, September 8 to October 27, 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 29

Create silvery tonal portraits of animals and plants in graphite.  Natural Science Illustration typically utilizes the traditional light source used by artists since Renaissance times with the light coming from the upper left.  When depicting specimens in the classroom or images in photographs, it is helpful to be able to intuitively apply the traditional light source to the illustration.  Through exercises, students will be freed from having to work with special lighting.

 

Course #244A

Watercolor I

Mondays, September 9 to October 28, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 30

Watercolor is a medium that produces luminous, translucent colors. Practice mixing colors while learning about color theory, and gain experience applying washes and layers when using color in your scientific illustrations and paintings. We will be working with fruits, vegetables, flowering plants, and specimens from the Peabody Museum’s collections. Examples of many different kinds of watercolors will be shared. There will always be a focus on individual attention to each student, and group critiques and demonstrations will be shared.

 

Course #101B

Drawing I

Tuesdays, September 10 to October 29, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes August 31

Drawing I is the foundation course for all sequential courses taken at the Yale Peabody Museum. It is here that the necessary techniques in rendering light on form, value, texture, perspective, and composition are taught. Each student will be given individual assignments and critiques, along with a final project, which is due at the culmination of the course. Enjoy slowing down as you learn to connect with the subject matter and work to get the essence of what you are looking at. There will always be group critiques and demonstrations. Many examples of different types of drawing will be shared.

 

Course #287

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil

Wednesdays, September 11 to November 6, 10am to1 pm (no class October 9)

Instructor: Betsy Barry

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes September 1

Working from live botanical specimens, students will master the flexible medium of colored pencil.  For the final course project, they will create an artistic botanical composition.

 

Course #201B

Drawing II: Light on Form

Thursdays, September 12 to October 31, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes September 2

Create silvery tonal portraits of animals and plants in graphite.  Natural Science Illustration typically utilizes the traditional light source used by artists since Renaissance times with the light coming from the upper left.  When depicting specimens in the classroom or images in photographs, it is helpful to be able to intuitively apply the traditional light source to the illustration.  Through exercises, students will be freed from having to work with special lighting.

 

Course #204

Drawing and Painting Birds

Fridays, September 13 to November 1, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes September 3

This eight week class focuses on avian anatomy, sketching and drawing birds from mounted specimens and skins, visiting the Yale Peabody Museum Bird Hall and incorporating reference images and videos to expand our knowledge. We will work in graphite, colored pencil and watercolor to best interpret bird behavior and coloration.

 

Course #289A

Field Trip to a Yale Art Museum

Friday, September 20, Yale Art Gallery, 1:30 to 4:30pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$50, half day

Registration closes September 10

Enjoy a trip to the Yale Art Gallery or Yale British Art Center to view drawings and watercolors with the theme of nature from all different time periods in history. Curators in the Prints and Drawings Departments in both museums will pull out many pieces for us to look at and discuss on table easels in their special viewing rooms. We will be allowed to take notes and sketch with graphite and/or take photos. We are so fortunate to have this resource right here at Yale!

 

Course #103B

Half-day Field Sketching at the Yale Landscape Lab

Fridays, September 27 and October 11, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$100, 2 half days

Registration closes September 17

Sketch with conte crayon or graphite and/or paint with watercolor outdoors “in plein air” in different locations on the Yale Campus. There are two farms where vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, and flowers grow; and there are greenhouses, trails with a river and a pond, as well as many kinds of old, unusual trees. There are also many types of animals and birds!

 

Course #280

Butterflies and Moths in Watercolor

Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Linda Thomas

$200, 2 days

Registration closes September 25

With their beautiful colors and patterns, butterflies are a captivating subject to paint! This workshop will cover a basic introduction to butterflies and their life cycle, and allow the student to select a butterfly specimen to create in watercolor. Wet and dry techniques and layering in watercolor will be emphasized.

 

Course #245

Autumn Leaves and Seed Pods in Watercolor

Saturday, October 19, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Linda Thomas

$100, 1 day

Registration closes October 9

Autumn’s incredible bounty of colorful leaves, nuts and seedpods provides a great subject to explore in paint! We will be working with paint to capture the vibrancy and transparency of multi-colored leaves. Nuts and seedpods will give us the opportunity to work with a variety of tones and contrast to capture the texture of the subject. The first session will focus on rendering individual items, and the second will have students utilizing their subjects within an interesting composition.

 

Course #289B

Field Trip to a Yale Art Museum

Friday, October 25, British Art Center, 1:30 to 4:30pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$50, half day

Registration closes October 15

Enjoy a trip to the Yale Art Gallery or Yale British Art Center to view drawings and watercolors with the theme of nature from all different time periods in history. Curators in the Prints and Drawings Departments in both museums will pull out many pieces for us to look at and discuss on table easels in their special viewing rooms. We will be allowed to take notes and sketch with graphite and/or take photos. We are so fortunate to have this resource right here at Yale!

 

Course #244B

Watercolor I

Saturdays, October 26 to December 21, 10am to 1pm (No class November 30)

Instructor: Linda Thomas

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 16

Watercolor is a medium that produces luminous, translucent colors. Practice mixing colors while learning about color theory, and gain experience applying washes and layers when using color in your scientific illustrations and paintings. We will be working with fruits, vegetables, flowering plants, and specimens from the Peabody Museum’s collections. Examples of many different kinds of watercolors will be shared. There will always be a focus on individual attention to each student, and group critiques and demonstrations will be shared.

 

Course #267A

Digital Techniques: Photoshop and Illustrator

Tuesdays, October 29 to December 17, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Instructor: Rebecca Gelernter

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 19

This course will teach the basics of digital illustration using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  We will cover topics such as editing scans of artwork for digital display or printing, the basics of Photoshop painting, and vector drawing.  Students must provide their own drawing tablets (ex, Wacom Bamboo)

 

Course #267B - CANCELLED

Digital Techniques: Technology Meets Tradition

Saturdays, November 2 to January 4, 1:30 to 4:30pm (No class November 30 & December 28)

Instructor: Zoe Matthiessen

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 23

Artists and illustrators who want to showcase their work professionally will learn the digital techniques of scanning original artwork, and using Photoshop to apply color, texture, and other effects to enhance the organic beauty of their art.  Proper scanning and file formatting for print and web, color correction, painting effects, and merging multiple drawings into one are critical skills covered in this course.

 

Course #241

Colored Pencil I

Sundays, November 3 to January 5, 10am to 1pm (No class December 1 & 29)

Instructor:  Jan Prentice

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 24

Begin your exploration of color with this approachable medium. In our first few meetings students learn and practice key color concepts: primary and secondary color, local color, color temperature, hue, chroma and value. Armed with this information, students will then learn techniques needed to create beautiful, detailed drawings on a variety of drawing surfaces.

 

Course #217

Insects Writ Large in Graphite

Mondays, November 4 to December 9, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel

Drawing II highly recommended

$300, 6 weeks

Registration closes October 25

The intricate structures of insects astonish us when they are magnified.  Create larger-than-life detailed portraits of insect specimens in graphite.  Students will mount specimens and employ microscopy and digital photography to reveal the structural details.  Materials fee due in class.

 

Course #157

Drawing from the Peabody Dioramas

Mondays, November 4 to 25, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$200, 4 weeks

Registration closes October 25

Sketching and painting in front of our amazing dioramas with all their animals and birds in different habitats is a real joy! Explore the museum when it is quiet; it is not open to the public on Mondays. We will also learn how these dioramas were created.  This course is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students.

 

Course #216

Composition and Design

Tuesdays, November 5 to January 7, 10am to 1pm (No class December 24 & 31)

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 26

Learning the elements of composition and design is fun and essential for completing successful paintings and illustrations. Exploring color theory, notan composition, spatial relationships, the golden mean, and perspective, we will create dynamic studies that will serve as templates for final watercolor or acrylic paintings.

 

Course #288

Vertebrate Anatomy

Thursdays, November 7 to January 9, 10am to 1pm (No class November 28 & December 26)

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 28

Using the dioramas at the Peabody Museum and vertebrate zoology specimens at the Yale West Campus, we will cover the basics of vertebrate anatomy, drawing detailed muscular-skeletal illustrations of animals in graphite, micron pen and colored pencil. Final drawings will depict the vertebrates in accurate detail with fur, scales or feathers.

 

Course #145

All-day Drawing Workshop

Saturday, November 9, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$100, one day

Registration closes October 31

Immerse yourself in the classical tools of observational drawing for a whole day! This is a great course for both beginners and advanced students. Bring your lunch.

 

Course #255B

Open Studio/Completing Course Projects

Sunday, November 10, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel

$50, half day

Registration closes October 30

Have you some course final projects that need to be submitted for course credit?  Credit for courses taken is contingent upon the submission of a work that demonstrates proficiency in the skills taught in the course. Faculty will advise students working on completing these projects in an open studio format.  Each instructor offers one session during the term.  Students are welcome at any or all sessions.

 

Course #146

All-day Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, November 16, 10am to 4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller

$100, 1 day

Registration closes November 6

Watercolor is a medium that produces luminous, translucent colors. Practice mixing colors while learning about color theory, and gain experience applying washes and layers when using color in your scientific illustrations and paintings. We will be working with fruits, vegetables, flowering plants, and specimens from the Peabody Museum’s collections. Many examples of watercolors will be shared. This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. It will give you a taste of what happens in the 8 week Watercolor I course. There will always be a focus on individual attention to each student. There will be demonstrations as well as group critiques. Bring your lunch.

 

Course #252

Botanical Watercolor: Portraits of Flowers

Fridays, November 8 to January 10, 10am to 1pm, (no class November 29 & December 27)

Instructor: Linda Miller

Prerequisite: Watercolor I

$400, 8 weeks

Registration closes October 29

Discover how to paint portraits of flowering plants in watercolor as you observe them in the classroom. Hone your drawing and watercolor skills as you discover the intricacies of different plants that are blooming in the spring. Many examples of botanical art will be shared. There will be demonstrations and group critiques, and there will always be a focus on individual attention to each student.  We will visit the greenhouses at the Marsh Botanical Gardens on the Yale Campus.

 

Course #255C

Open Studio/Completing Course Projects

Monday, December 16, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko

$50, half day

Registration closes: December 6

Have you some course final projects that need to be submitted for course credit?  Credit for courses taken is contingent upon the submission of a work that demonstrates proficiency in the skills taught in the course. Faculty will advise students working on completing these projects in an open studio format.  Each instructor offers one session during the term.  Students are welcome at any or all sessions.

 

Course #255D

Open Studio/Completing Course Projects

Monday, January 6, 10am to 1pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$50, half day

Registration closes December 27

Have you some course final projects that need to be submitted for course credit?  Credit for courses taken is contingent upon the submission of a work that demonstrates proficiency in the skills taught in the course. Faculty will advise students working on completing these projects in an open studio format.  Each instructor offers one session during the term.  Students are welcome at any or all sessions.