Natural Science Illustration Program
Watercolor by Haley Grunloh, copyright YPM
Colored pencil by Alyson Heimer, copyright YPM
Watercolor by Denton Hoyer, copyright YPM

Fall 2018 Courses and Workshops

All 200-level courses require Drawing I (#101) as a prerequisite, or permission of the instructor.

Choose from the following courses and workshops offered for the Fall 2018 term.  Registration deadline for all courses and workshops is 10 days before the first class.  Registration is considered complete when payment is received.  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.

 

Click here to REGISTER for all classes.

 

Course #146

WATERCOLOR, ONE DAY WORKSHOP 

#146B Saturday, November 10, 10 am-4pm

Instructor:  Linda Miller
$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes October 31 

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 #161

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR, ONE DAY WORKSHOP 

#161B, Saturday, November 3, 10am-4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller
$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes October 24 

Discover how to paint portraits of flowering plants in watercolor as you observe them in the classroom. Discover the intricacies of different plants that are blooming in the summer. This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. It will give you a taste of what happens in the 8 week Botanical Watercolor I: Portraits of Flowers course. 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. Bring your lunch.

 

Course #205

DRAWING & PAINTING BIRDS

Mondays, August 13 to October 8, 10am-1pm (no class September 3)

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes August 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 #101

DRAWING I

#101A, Thursdays, September 6-October 25, 10 am–1 pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller, 8 weeks

$400 (Peabody member $360)

Registration closes August 27

 

#101B, Saturdays, September 8-October 27, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$400 (Peabody member $360)

Registration closes August 29

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 #201

DRAWING II:  Light on Form

#201A, Fridays, September 7-October 26, 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes August 28

 

#201B, Sundays, September 9-October 28, 1:30-4:30pm

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes August 30

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 #244

WATERCOLOR I

Tuesdays, September 11-October 30, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller
$400 (Peabody member $360), 8 weeks 
Registration closes September 1 

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 #165

PAINTING AUTUMN LEAVES, NUTS, AND SEEDS

Wednesdays, October 3 & 10, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Linda Thomas
$100 (Peabody member $90), 2 weeks
Registration closes September 23

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 #136

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING

Mondays, October 15-November 26 (no class November 5), 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 6 weeks
$300 (Peabody member $270)
Registration closes October 5

This exciting class focuses on painting with rich, intense water-soluble pigments (watercolor and acrylic) onto damp or dry paper. Manipulative techniques, with colored pencil, inks and pastels in the wet and dry stages of the process will be used. Figurative and abstract details resembling patterns in nature will be incorporated in the final stages of the painting. These techniques are ideal for creating backgrounds for natural science subjects. Open to all levels.

Course #257

COLORED PENCIL I

Sundays, October 21-December 16, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes 1/23

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 #267

COMPOSITION & DESIGN

Thursdays, November 1-January 3, (no class November 22 & December 27), 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes Occtober 22 

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 #230

PEN AND INK

Fridays, November 2-January 4, (no class November 23 and December 28), 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)

Prerequisite:  DRAWING II:  LIGHT ON FORM or permission of the instructor

Registration closes October 23

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

 

Course #164A

DRAWING LARGE & LOOSE WITH CHARCOAL

Sundays, November 4 & 11, 10am-4pm

Instructor: Elissa Martin
$200 (Peabody member:  $180)
Registration closes October 25

Charcoal is often thought of as being harder to control than ink or graphite, but its uncontrollable nature is what allows an artist’s voice to shine through, even in highly representational works.  In this two-day workshop we will learn to loosen up by creating large and quick sketches of animal mounts to practice mark-making, achieving convincing depth and form, and controlling the balance of light and dark. On the first day we will discuss the use of different kinds of charcoal for different applications, practice drawing and erasure techniques, and cover storage and preservation of charcoal drawings. Students will then develop a composition and create a large drawing on the second day, utilizing everything they have learned with guidance from the instructor.

 

Course #217

INSECTS WRIT LARGE IN GRAPHITE

Tuesday, November 13-December 18, 10 am-1pm

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel, 6 weeks
$300 (Peabody member $270)
Prerequisite:  DRAWING II:  LIGHT ON FORM or permission of the instructor
Registration closes October 26

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 #160

DRAWING, ONE-DAY WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 8, 10am-4pm

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes November 28

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 #255

COMPLETING COURSE PROJECTS/OPEN STUDIO

#255A, Saturday, November 17, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel
Registration closes November 7

 

#255B, Monday, December 10, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
Registration closes November 30

 

#255C, Saturday, December 15, 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller
Registration closes December 5

 

#255D, Monday, December 17, 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Jan Prentice
Registration closes December 7

 

$50 (Peabody member $45)

 

Work on your portfolio for the Certificate Program in an open studio format, where you will be able to consult with faculty about all requirements and expectations for the final portfolio. Work on final projects for classes you have taken where you weren’t able to complete the final project at the time of the class.