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

Winter/Spring 2019 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 Winter/Spring 2019 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 #201A

DRAWING II:  Light on Form

Tuesdays, January 22 to March 12, 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes January 12

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 #101A

DRAWING I

Thursdays, January 24 to March 14, 10 am–1 pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller, 8 weeks

$400 (Peabody member $360)

Registration closes January 14

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 #257A

COLORED PENCIL I

Fridays, February 1 to March 22, 10 am-1 pm

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

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 #101B

DRAWING I

Saturdays, February 2 to March 23, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$400 (Peabody member $360)

Registration closes January 23

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 #201B

DRAWING II:  Light on Form

Sundays, February 3 to March 21, 10am-1pm (no class February 17)

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes January 24

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

Wednesdays, February 6 to March 27, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Linda Thomas
$400 (Peabody member $360), 8 weeks 
Registration closes January 27 

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 #157

DRAWING FROM THE PEABODY DIORAMAS

Mondays, March 4 to March 25, 10am-4pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller

$200 (Peabody member $180), 4 weeks
Registration closes February 22

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 #280

BUTTERFLIES IN WATERCOLOR

Saturday, March 30, 10am-4pm
Instructor:  Linda Thomas

Prerequisite: Watercolor I
$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes March 20

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 #257B

COLORED PENCIL I

Mondays, April 1 to May 20, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes March 22

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 #252

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR: PORTRAITS OF FLOWERS 

Tuesdays, April 2 to May 21, 10am-4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller, 8 weeks

Prerequisite Watercolor I
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes March 23 

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 #267

COMPOSITION & DESIGN

Wednesdays, April 3 to May 22, 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Linda Thomas, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes March 24 

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 #244B

WATERCOLOR I

Thursdays, April 4 to May 23, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller
$400 (Peabody member $360), 8 weeks 
Registration closes March 25

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 #205

DRAWING & PAINTING BIRDS

Saturdays, April 6 to June 8, 10am-1pm (no class April 20 and May 25)

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes March 27

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 #160

DRAWING, ONE-DAY WORKSHOP

Saturday, April 27, 10am-4pm

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes April 27

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 #270

PLANT MORPHOLOGY

Saturdays, April 27 to June 22, 1:30-4:30pm (no class May 25)

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel, 8 weeks
$400 (Peabody member $360)
Registration closes April 18

Explore the exquisite variety of forms of flowers through the microscope.  Students will dissect and draw the parts of flowers to produce an artistic botanical “plate.”  The connection between flower structure and type of pollinator will be explored.

 

Course #271

DRAWING & PAINTING SHELLS

Fridays, May 3 to May 24, 10am-1pm

Instructor:  Linda Thomas, 8 weeks

Prerequisite: Watercolor I

$200 (Peabody member $180)
Registration closes April 23

A variety of shapes, patterns and textures make shells of all sizes a great subject to explore in both black-and-white and color! Basic shell classifications and life history will be discussed. We will be emphasizing texture and light/ shadow relationships with black-and-white, and capturing pattern and sheen with paint.

 

Course #255A

COMPLETING COURSE PROJECTS/OPEN STUDIO

Sunday, May 5, 1:30-4:30pm

Instructor: Susannah Graedel

$50 (Peabody member $45)
Registration closes April 25

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 #255B

COMPLETING COURSE PROJECTS/OPEN STUDIO

Tuesday, May 28, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$50 (Peabody member $45)

Registration closes May 18

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 #153

HALF DAY FIELD SKETCHING 

Session A: Saturday, June 1, 10am-1pm

Session B: Saturday, June 8, 10am-1pm

Instructor: Linda Miller
$50 (Peabody member $45)/per session
Registration closes May 25 for Session A & June 1 for Session B

Participants may register for either or both sessions.

We will sketch outdoors in the lush vegetable and flower gardens, fields, and woods that are part of the Yale Landscape Lab.  Discover medicinal plants, fruit trees, mushrooms, bees, and birds! Bring a light-weight stool or chair, water, and simple supplies for sketching and painting. (There will be some stools from the Peabody available.) This course is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. In case of rain we will duck inside the barn, where we can work from cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  

 

Course #158

DRAWING FROM THE PEABODY EXHIBITS

Mondays, June 3 to June 24, 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller

$200 (Peabody member $180), 4 weeks
Registration closes May 24

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 #255C

COMPLETING COURSE PROJECTS/OPEN STUDIO

Thursday, June 6, 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller

$50 (Peabody member $45)
Registration closes May 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.

 

Course #281

DRAWING SPECIMENS FROM THE MUSEUM STUDY GALLERY

Fridays, June 7 and 14, 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$100 (Peabody member $90), 2 weeks
Registration closes May 28

The Museum’s Study Gallery features specimens selected by Yale professors that illustrate courses taught each semester.  Many of these specimens have never been on display.  The exhibit cases are updated frequently and provide opportunities to view specimens from many different angles.

 

Course #255D

COMPLETING COURSE PROJECTS/OPEN STUDIO

Sunday, June 9, 1:30-4:30pm
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$50 (Peabody member $45)

Registration closes May 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

WATERCOLOR, ONE DAY WORKSHOP 

Saturday, June 15, 10 am-4pm

Instructor:  Linda Miller
$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes June 5 

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 

Saturday, June 22, 10am-4pm

Instructor: Linda Miller
$100 (Peabody member $90)
Registration closes June 12 

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 #260

DRAWING & PAINTING HUMMINGBIRDS

Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 10am-4pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko 
$200 (Peabody member $180)
Registration closes June 19

Capture the beauty of hummingbirds using, graphite watercolor and iridescent pigments. We will work from photos, and bird cams. Students should bring a laptop or smartphone to class.  We will make a small flip book of hummingbirds.  A knowledge of drawing birds is helpful.