Natural Science Illustration Program

The Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program, begun in 2010, provides both beginner and professional artists opportunities to learn a wide range of art techniques focusing on nature and natural science illustration. Our skilled and experienced instructors provide personalized support in small classes to help you develop your abilities and discover new ways of encountering art and nature. The Peabody’s collections and outdoor locations 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.

Register using our online form for upcoming classes or browse the course catalog for a full list of offered courses. For information about course content, prerequisites, materials, and other details contact the instructor listed for each course by email directly. Contact us with registration and payment questions.

Courses will meet online or in-person as noted in the course description.  In-person courses will take place at the Yale Peabody Community Education Center in Orange, Connecticut

Some courses have prerequisites or require permission of the instructor to participate.  200 level courses require the successful completion of Drawing I (Course # 101) as a prerequisite.

Students pursuing a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration study botanical and zoological art in a variety of media, including graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media, oil, colored pencil, and digital graphics. Requirements for the certificate include core and elective courses plus a final class project that shows artistic proficiency in the concepts and techniques taught in each course.

On completion of the certificate students will have a certificate portfolio that reflects the training provided by experienced professional artists and that is endorsed by the Peabody. Certificates are awarded annually and recipients are recognized with a public exhibition of their work.

Core Courses

  • Drawing I & II
  • Pen & Ink I
  • Composition & Design
  • Colored Pencil I
  • Watercolor I
  • Business Practices for Natural Science Illustrators
  • Digital Techniques for the Artist
  • Plant Morphology
  • Illustrating Vertebrates
  • Portfolio Development

Sample Elective Courses

  • Field Sketching
  • Botanical Illustration
  • Oil Painting
  • Insects Writ Large in Graphite
  • Painting Birds
  • Advanced Digital Graphics
  • Watercolor II
  • Painting Gems & Minerals
  • Painting with a Digital Tablet

 

Enrollment Eligibility

  • Courses are designed for adults. All participants must be at least 18 years of age. There will be no exceptions.

Course Prerequisites

  • Courses numbered 200 and above require Course 101 Drawing I as a prerequisite. Check individual course descriptions for additional prerequisites.

Location of Classes and Course Information

  • All classes are currently offered online via Zoom. When in-person classes resume locations will be included in the course description.

Cancellations & Course Changes

  • Courses may be canceled for low enrollment or for any other reason. Registrants will be refunded 100% of the course fee or can receive credit toward a future course.
  • The Yale Peabody Museum reserves the right to reschedule courses, withdraw or modify a course, and substitute instructors at its sole discretion. The Museum will make every effort to notify students of such changes in advance.
  • In case of class cancellations because of inclement weather, the instructor will make every effort to contact students by email or phone in a timely manner. However, it is the registrant’s responsibility to check with the instructor to confirm whether a class will meet. Instructor contact information is provided to enrolled students before the first class of each course.

Registration & Payment

  • Register and pay for courses using our online form. Contact us with any questions about registration and payment.

Refunds

  • No refunds will be given to registrants who cancel fewer than 30 days before the course start date. A full refund will be issued for courses cancelled by the Peabody Museum.

Reproduction Rights

  • On registration, the Yale Peabody Museum requests permission to photograph both the student’s image or likeness and the student’s artwork created in each course, along with the rights to reproduce these for educational and publicity purposes. The Yale Peabody Museum will not use such images if the student does not grant permission.

Winter/Spring 2023

  • NSI 101X: Drawing I

    Drawing I is the foundation course for all Natural Science Illustration courses taught at the Peabody Museum. It is required for enrolling in any 200-level course.  It is here that the necessary techniques in rendering light on form, value, texture, perspective, proportion, and composition are taught.  Students should expect to spend time outside of class working on weekly assignments and a final project.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    • Jan Prentice (Session A)
      prenticestudio@gmail.com
    • Betsy Barry (Session B)
      betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 103X: Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

    Learn the basics of observational drawing starting with simple objects so that you can sketch what you find outdoors as well as indoors. Students will be encouraged to carry their sketchbooks and journals wherever they go; and there will be a balance between presentations by the instructor with actual practice, followed by group critiques. Guest naturalists will join some of our critiques so that they can help us identify what we discover in the different seasons. Learn to slow down and observe more deeply as you connect and open up to the ineffable in natural objects through the making of art. 

    Session 1 (March 23 to April 27) and Session 2 (May 4 to June 10) meet online.  Session 3 (May 9 to June 13) meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    • Linda Miller
      lindaamiller@snet.net
    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 106X: Sumi-e-Inspired Watercolor

    Winter is an excellent chance to study the fascinating forms and growth habits of trees as well as the surrounding landscapes.  Learn how to paint simple landscape backgrounds and how to render tree forms using techniques and approaches inspired by Japanese ink painting.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Rachel Rasfeld
      rachelrasfeld@gmail.com
    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Watercolor

    $240.00


  • NSI 107X: Noticing: Poetry and Nature Journaling

    We will read and discuss writings with the theme of nature, and we will explore and discover possibilities for creating our own haiku and other simple forms of poetry.  We will then see how these words can inspire us when we are enjoying observational drawing, and we will try illustrating our own poems.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    • Linda Miller
      lindaamiller@snet.net
    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Drawing, Other

    $160.00


  • NSI 128X: Watercolor Workshop for Beginners

    Get a taste of what is involved when you paint with watercolor. The traditional approach to transparent watercolor painting will be taught, with the focus on limited palettes, mixing, layering, and glazing to create luminous, beautiful colors in this special medium.

    Session 1 (March 7 to March 28) meets online.  Session 2 (April 4 to April 25) meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    • Linda Miller
      lindaamiller@snet.net
    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Watercolor, Workshop

    $160.00


  • NSI 148X: Illustrating Insects in Colored Pencil

    Explore the intricate and diverse beauty of insects.  Learn basic insect anatomy and colored pencil techniques to create detailed drawings.  Students will focus on three insect orders: Coleoptera (beetles), Hymenoptera (bees and wasps) and Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). Students will have access to insect specimens from the Peabody Museum’s collections.  Drawing experience recommended or permission of the instructor. This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    • Kim Burris
      kimburr@comcast.net
    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $360.00


  • NSI 152X: Secrets of Trees in Winter: Drawing Twigs and Buds

    Botanists identify trees in winter by their dormant twigs and buds.  In this workshop, participants will use a dichotomous key to identify a variety of tree species by twig and then create their own drawings of the twigs’ special features to use as a field guide so they can identify tree species outside in their own neighborhood when they are free of leaves.  This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    • Susannah Graedel
      graedelbirdsong@comcast.net
    1 weeks; 4 hours total

    Drawing

    $80.00


  • NSI 165X: Birds & Their Habitats: A Sketchbook Journey

    Through the eyes of a naturalist and an artist, explore the fascinating lives of birds of the Northeast, documenting their nesting, breeding, and migrating habits via a sketchbook journal.  We will record and draw our observations of various common species of birds, their anatomy and their interrelationships with plants.  No previous experience is necessary, but Drawing I is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Dorie Petrochko
      doripbird1@gmail.com
    • Jim Sirch
      james.sirch@yale.edu
    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Drawing

    $360.00


  • NSI 169X: Plants and their Pollinators: A Sketchbook Journey

    Through the eyes of a naturalist and an artist, we will explore the uncommon lifestyles of our common pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies and moths.  We will record and draw our observations of them in a sketchbook-journal format representing each species and their interrelationship with plants.  No previous drawing experience is necessary, but Drawing I is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Jim Sirch
      james.sirch@yale.edu
    • Dorie Petrochko
      doripbird1@gmail.com
    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Drawing

    $360.00


  • NSI 171X: How to Draw a Dinosaur

    This class will guide participants through a step-by-step illustration of a well-known dinosaur, Iguanadon.  We will begin by studying the dinosaur’s posture and drawing the skeleton.  Then we'll add the proposed musculature and finally a body covering.  This process can be applied to other prehistoric and modern vertebrate animals.  Drawing experience is helpful but not required.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Armand Morgan
      armand.morgan@yale.edu
    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Colored Pencil, Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 172X: Children’s Books: Science and Art

    We will explore some of the wonderful new books out there and have the opportunity to have a dialogue with some authors and illustrators.  We will also learn about the process of creating children’s books by journaling and creating storyboards for our own books!  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Linda Miller
      lindaamiller@snet.net
    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Other

    $160.00


  • NSI 174X: Art of Natural History

    Examine the social, scientific, religious, political, and economic factors that influenced centuries of cataloging the natural world, from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment.  In this course which combines art history with hands-on studio practice, students will learn to identify and imitate the traditional printmaking techniques that are integral to natural history illustration through a series of demonstrations in mixed media.  Two hour hands-on sessions will meet weekly while accompanying one-hour recorded presentations on art history will be available for viewing at the student’s convenience.  Each week will highlight a different topic in science including botany, ornithology, zoology, anatomy, entomology, cabinets of curiosity, marine life, and geometry in nature.  Drawing experience is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Kate Samworth
      peabody.education@yale.edu
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Multi-media

    $480.00


  • NSI 175: Illustrating Owls in Ink

    The enigmatic owl will be the focus of this in-person workshop.  Students will be introduced to the anatomy and natural history of owls and depict an owl from the Peabody Museum’s ornithology collection with fineliner pen, using natural science illustration techniques.  This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    • Jeanette Compton
      jeanettecomptonart@gmail.com
    4 weeks; 12 hours total

    Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 201X: Drawing II

    Developing a sensitivity and proficiency in toning with graphite and mechanical pencils is an important skill in natural science illustration. Building on Drawing 1 skills, emphasis will be on creating accurate observations and traditional renderings of botanical and natural science subjects with correct lighting, value, proportion, and scale. Special attention will be given to creating seamless transitions of graphite in toning objects.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    • Betsy Barry
      betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com
    • Dorie Petrochko
      doripbird1@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 205X: Pen and Ink

    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.  This course meets online.

    Prerequisite: NSI 201X: Drawing II

    Instructors:
    • Susannah Graedel
      graedelbirdsong@comcast.net
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 241X: Colored Pencil I

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

    Instructors:
    • Jan Prentice
      prenticestudio@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $480.00


  • NSI 244X: Watercolor I

    Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting including color theory, color mixing, washes, layering, dry versus wet, dry brush, and achieving fine detail necessary for natural science subjects. Students will learn how to plan a painting and develop it carefully to capture the beauty of this transparent medium.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Dorie Petrochko
      doripbird1@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Watercolor

    $480.00


  • NSI 267X: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Natural Science Illustrators

    In this 8-week course, students will take their completed illustrations in a traditional medium and manipulate them for publication in Adobe Photoshop.  The famously complicated and ever-changing Photoshop palettes and tools will be discussed and the tools most often used by professional scientific illustrators will be covered.  After taking this course, the students should have a working knowledge and basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Ikumi Kayama
      ikumikayama@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Digital

    $480.00


  • NSI 270X: Plant Morphology

    Explore the exquisite variety of form, function, and structural adaptations of flowering plants.  Each week students will draw the parts of one or two flowers from different families to produce an artistic botanical plate of each one. When possible, students will dissect live flowers in class.  When fresh flowers are unavailable to students, they will work from published references to produce their illustrations.  Each class will include a primer on basic botany.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Susannah Graedel
      graedelbirdsong@comcast.net
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing, Other

    $480.00


  • NSI 284X: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil

    In this course we will use colored pencil and graphite on paper to create a botanical illustration.  Emphasis will be on colored pencil technique creating color studies of the subject using sketches and transferring sketchbook work to a final piece.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Betsy Barry
      betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com
    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $360.00


  • NSI 292X: Portraying Natural Science Subjects in Mixed Media

    We will explore the many possibilities of representing natural science subjects in mixed media.  Often traditional mediums are used to reproduce accurate renderings of scientific specimens.  We will keep an open mind in creating works that are dynamic and accurate by incorporating watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, pastels and inks.  This course meets online.

    Prerequisites:  Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I

    Instructors:
    • Dorie Petrochko
      doripbird1@gmail.com
    5 weeks; 15 hours total

    Multi-media

    $300.00


  • NSI 294X: Marketing for Illustrators

    Few artists and illustrators enjoy the business side of art and marketing. Fear comes from the unknown and the unfamiliar; let’s break down those barriers to take the first steps to start and maintain a successful art business. This course will guide the students to break down the overwhelming business marketing principles, terminology, and approaches into something more manageable, fun, and exciting.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    • Ikumi Kayama
      ikumikayama@gmail.com
    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Workshop

    $480.00


  • NSI 101X: Drawing I

    Pencil drawing; bird skulls

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Drawing I is the foundation course for all Natural Science Illustration courses taught at the Peabody Museum. It is required for enrolling in any 200-level course.  It is here that the necessary techniques in rendering light on form, value, texture, perspective, proportion, and composition are taught.  Students should expect to spend time outside of class working on weekly assignments and a final project.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    Jan Prentice (Session A)
    prenticestudio@gmail.com
    Betsy Barry (Session B)
    betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 103X: Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

    A notebook with sketched botanical elements

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Learn the basics of observational drawing starting with simple objects so that you can sketch what you find outdoors as well as indoors. Students will be encouraged to carry their sketchbooks and journals wherever they go; and there will be a balance between presentations by the instructor with actual practice, followed by group critiques. Guest naturalists will join some of our critiques so that they can help us identify what we discover in the different seasons. Learn to slow down and observe more deeply as you connect and open up to the ineffable in natural objects through the making of art. 

    Session 1 (March 23 to April 27) and Session 2 (May 4 to June 10) meet online.  Session 3 (May 9 to June 13) meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 104X: Field Sketching and Nature Journaling II

    Sketching in front of a Peabody diorama

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Students will explore, sketch, and journal outside and then will bring some seasonal specimens they find inside to work from.  In April and May we will be searching for spring flowers, and we will welcome guest naturalists who will help us identify things that we have discovered.  Learn to slow down and observe more deeply as you connect and open up to the ineffable in natural objects through the making of art.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 106X: Sumi-e-Inspired Watercolor

    Sumi-e watercolor drawing of plum tree

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Winter is an excellent chance to study the fascinating forms and growth habits of trees as well as the surrounding landscapes.  Learn how to paint simple landscape backgrounds and how to render tree forms using techniques and approaches inspired by Japanese ink painting.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Rachel Rasfeld
    rachelrasfeld@gmail.com

     

    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Watercolor

    $240.00


  • NSI 107X: Noticing: Poetry and Nature Journaling

    Sketch of a squirrel on a tree branch

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    We will read and discuss writings with the theme of nature, and we will explore and discover possibilities for creating our own haiku and other simple forms of poetry.  We will then see how these words can inspire us when we are enjoying observational drawing, and we will try illustrating our own poems.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Drawing

    $160.00


  • NSI 128X: Watercolor Workshop for Beginners

    Painting a brown and yellow feather in watercolor

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Get a taste of what is involved when you paint with watercolor. The traditional approach to transparent watercolor painting will be taught, with the focus on limited palettes, mixing, layering, and glazing to create luminous, beautiful colors in this special medium.

    Session 1 (March 7 to March 28) meets online.  Session 2 (April 4 to April 25) meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Watercolor

    $160.00


  • NSI 130X: Basic Color Theory Workshops

    A watercolor painting of a colorful mineral

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Learn the fundamentals of color theory to enhance your work in any medium.  The class will work mostly in water media and colored pencil, but students may use any medium of choice. One 3-hour session.

    Instructors:
    Bivenne Staiger
    bivenne@yahoo.com

     

    1 weeks; 3 hours total

    Workshop

    $60.00


  • NSI 145X-A: How to Draw Maple Leaves

    Maple leaf watercolor

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Start in on the basics of observational drawing as you draw your own maple leaf. You will have the opportunity to practice gesture and contour drawing after watching a demonstration, and at the end you will be able to discuss all drawings with the group.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    1 weeks; 2 hours total

    Drawing

    $40.00


  • NSI 145X-B: How to Draw a Barred Owl

    Barred owl drawing

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Capture the essence and beauty of a Barred Owl with simple linework using graphite, charcoal, and carbon pencil. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Open to beginners as well as experienced artists.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    1 weeks; 3 hours total

    Drawing

    $60.00


  • NSI 145X-C: How to Paint a Blue Jay Feather

    blue jay feather on a mirrored surface

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Learn the structure of a blue jay feather and how to authentically portray its color and detail in watercolor and colored pencil. No previous drawing/painting experience is necessary. Open to beginners as well as experienced artists.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    1 weeks; 3 hours total

    Drawing

    $60.00


  • NSI 147X: Gourds in Colored Pencil

    Colored pencil drawing of gourds

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Exploring the shapes, colors, lumps and bumps of seasonal gourds! All drawn in colored pencil.

    Instructors:
    Betsy Barry
    betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com

     

    4 weeks; 10 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $200.00


  • NSI 148X: Illustrating Insects in Colored Pencil

    A leaf-shaped mantis drawing in colored pencil

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Explore the intricate and diverse beauty of insects.  Learn basic insect anatomy and colored pencil techniques to create detailed drawings.  Students will focus on three insect orders: Coleoptera (beetles), Hymenoptera (bees and wasps) and Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). Students will have access to insect specimens from the Peabody Museum’s collections.  Drawing experience recommended or permission of the instructor. This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    Kim Burris
    kimburr@comcast.net

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $360.00


  • NSI 152X: Secrets of Trees in Winter: Drawing Twigs and Buds

    Winter snowscape with trees and branches

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Botanists identify trees in winter by their dormant twigs and buds.  In this workshop, participants will use a dichotomous key to identify a variety of tree species by twig and then create their own drawings of the twigs’ special features to use as a field guide so they can identify tree species outside in their own neighborhood when they are free of leaves.  This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    Susannah Graedel
    graedelbirdsong@comcast.net

     

    1 weeks; 4 hours total

    Drawing

    $80.00


  • NSI 156X: Getting Started in Colored Pencil

    colored pencil illustration of garlic bulb

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Dive right into this beginner class. Guided projects, chosen by the instructor, introduces students to essential colored pencil techniques. No experience necessary.

    Instructors:
    Jan Prentice
    prenticestudio@gmail.com

     

    3 weeks; 9 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $180.00


  • NSI 165X: Birds & Their Habitats: A Sketchbook Journey

    sketch of birds with insects, leaves, eggs and artist's text

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Through the eyes of a naturalist and an artist, explore the fascinating lives of birds of the Northeast, documenting their nesting, breeding, and migrating habits via a sketchbook journal.  We will record and draw our observations of various common species of birds, their anatomy and their interrelationships with plants.  No previous experience is necessary, but Drawing I is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com
    Jim Sirch
    james.sirch@yale.edu

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Drawing

    $360.00


  • NSI 168: Birds' Nests in Ink

    High-detail sketch of bird nest with eggs

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    The shadows and intricacies of bird nests lend themselves beautifully to the medium of pen and ink. This workshop will explore the process of drawing a nest from life using a Micron pen.

    NOTE: This course will be taught in a Yale classroom, in-person only

    Instructors:
    Jeanette Compton
    jeanettecomptonart@gmail.com

     

    3 weeks; 9 hours total

    Drawing

    $180.00


  • NSI 169X: Plants and their Pollinators: A Sketchbook Journey

    drawing of hummingbirds feeding on red flowers

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Through the eyes of a naturalist and an artist, we will explore the uncommon lifestyles of our common pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies and moths.  We will record and draw our observations of them in a sketchbook-journal format representing each species and their interrelationship with plants.  No previous drawing experience is necessary, but Drawing I is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Jim Sirch
    james.sirch@yale.edu
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Drawing

    $360.00


  • NSI 170X: Virtual Visits to the Yale University Art Gallery

    Yale University Art Gallery

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    During each class session we will focus on different themes in nature by looking at drawings and watercolors from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection. We will discuss the works we are focusing on as a group, as the instructor facilitates. A staff member from the YUAG will join us for the discussion and Q&A in the last half-hour. During each month the students will be encouraged to explore the illustrated YUAG online catalog for added information as they write and sketch in their journals.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Other

    $160.00


  • NSI 171X: How to Draw a Dinosaur

    Iguanadon drawing

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    This class will guide participants through a step-by-step illustration of a well-known dinosaur, Iguanadon.  We will begin by studying the dinosaur’s posture and drawing the skeleton.  Then we'll add the proposed musculature and finally a body covering.  This process can be applied to other prehistoric and modern vertebrate animals.  Drawing experience is helpful but not required.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Armand Morgan
    armand.morgan@yale.edu

     

    6 weeks; 12 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $240.00


  • NSI 172X: Children’s Books: Science and Art

    drawing of monarch butterflies amidst a field of milkweed

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    We will explore some of the wonderful new books out there and have the opportunity to have a dialogue with some authors and illustrators.  We will also learn about the process of creating children’s books by journaling and creating storyboards for our own books!  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net

     

    4 weeks; 8 hours total

    Other

    $160.00


  • NSI 174X: Art of Natural History

    Sketch of bats

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Examine the social, scientific, religious, political, and economic factors that influenced centuries of cataloging the natural world, from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment.  In this course which combines art history with hands-on studio practice, students will learn to identify and imitate the traditional printmaking techniques that are integral to natural history illustration through a series of demonstrations in mixed media.  Two hour hands-on sessions will meet weekly while accompanying one-hour recorded presentations on art history will be available for viewing at the student’s convenience.  Each week will highlight a different topic in science including botany, ornithology, zoology, anatomy, entomology, cabinets of curiosity, marine life, and geometry in nature.  Drawing experience is recommended.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Kate Samworth
    peabody.education@yale.edu

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Multi-media

    $480.00


  • NSI 175: Illustrating Owls in Ink

    Detailed sketch of an owl's head

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    The enigmatic owl will be the focus of this in-person workshop.  Students will be introduced to the anatomy and natural history of owls and depict an owl from the Peabody Museum’s ornithology collection with fineliner pen, using natural science illustration techniques.  This course meets in-person.

    Instructors:
    Jeanette Compton
    jeanettecomptonart@gmail.com

     

    4 weeks; 12 hours total

    Drawing

    $240.00


  • NSI 177X: Digital Techniques Workshop: Want to Build a Website? Start Here!

    Composition of website code and torosaurus photo

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Are you considering creating an online portfolio or a website? This course is for those who have yet to have their own online space or are looking to reboot their outdated website. Since everyone's needs and goals will be different, this course will guide the students one step at a time to narrow down what type of website service/platform would match their needs while considering comfort levels in the digital space.

    Instructors:
    Ikumi Kayama
    ikumikayama@gmail.com

     

    2 weeks; 4 hours total

    Digital

    $80.00


  • NSI 201X: Drawing II

    Realistically-shaded pencil drawing of oak leaf

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    Developing a sensitivity and proficiency in toning with graphite and mechanical pencils is an important skill in natural science illustration. Building on Drawing 1 skills, emphasis will be on creating accurate observations and traditional renderings of botanical and natural science subjects with correct lighting, value, proportion, and scale. Special attention will be given to creating seamless transitions of graphite in toning objects.  Both sessions meet online.

    Instructors:
    Betsy Barry
    betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 204X: Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor

    Sketching birds in the Peabody's historic CT Bird Hall

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    This course will introduce students to the fascinating world of drawing and painting birds. To better understand how birds behave, a basic foundation of avian anatomy will be introduced, using taxidermy mounts and skins from the Yale Peabody Museum’s vertebrate zoology collection. We will learn how to observe the structure, behavior, and coloration of various bird species by field sketching and painting birds from live video cams. Hands-on demonstrations will be included, as well as individual guided instruction and critiques.

    Prerequisite: NSI 244X: Watercolor I

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Multi-media

    $360.00


  • NSI 205X: Pen and Ink

    Pen and ink drawing of fungus

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    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.  This course meets online.

    Prerequisite: NSI 201X: Drawing II

    Instructors:
    Susannah Graedel
    graedelbirdsong@comcast.net

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 216X: Composition and Design

    pitch pine drawing

    Check upcoming courses list for availability.

    Learning the elements of composition and design is essential for completing successful paintings and illustrations. Exploring Notan composition, spatial relationships, the golden mean, balance, and structure, we will create dynamic studies that will serve as templates for final watercolor, colored pencil, and mixed media compositions.

    Prerequisites: NSI 101X: Drawing I & NSI 201X: Drawing II, NSI 244X: Watercolor I or NSI 244X: Colored Pencil I

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $480.00


  • NSI 225X: Colored Pencil II

    Drawing snails from models with colored pencil

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    Learn the techniques of applying layers of delicate tones with colored pencil to create velvety finishes reminiscent of early botanical paintings and scientific drawings. We will experiment with tinted papers, solvents, drafting film, and burnishing techniques to achieve these dramatic effects.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $480.00


  • NSI 241X: Colored Pencil I

    colored pencil illustration of cardinal perched on branch

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

    Instructors:
    Jan Prentice
    prenticestudio@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $480.00


  • NSI 244X: Watercolor I

    Watercolor painting of a radish

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    Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting including color theory, color mixing, washes, layering, dry versus wet, dry brush, and achieving fine detail necessary for natural science subjects. Students will learn how to plan a painting and develop it carefully to capture the beauty of this transparent medium.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Watercolor

    $480.00


  • NSI 255X: Online Open Critiques & Guidance

    Painting with others in a classroom

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    Whether you are taking classes for your own enjoyment or to complete the Certificate program, this is your opportunity to receive personal guidance from an instructor on a work in progress or a final course project that you have not submitted.  You will benefit from the instructor's personal insight and discussion of other student work.  All media will be considered. 

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com
    Jan Prentice
    prenticestudio@gmail.com
    Susannah Graedel
    graedelbirdsong@comcast.net
    Linda Miller
    lindaamiller@snet.net
    Bivenne Staiger
    bivenne@yahoo.com

     

    1 weeks; 2 hours total

    Other

    $50.00


  • NSI 261X: Vertebrate Anatomy

    Drawing of a mammal skull

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    In this on-line class, students will observe and sketch specimens from virtual 3D models as well as from some of the Peabody Museum's vertebrate zoology collection.  Areas of focus will be the anatomy and musculature of the cat and the horse.  To complete the course, students will be responsible for an in-depth study of the skeletal and musculature development for a vertebrate of their choice.

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com
    Armand Morgan
    armand.morgan@yale.edu

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 267X: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Natural Science Illustrators

    Composite image of an owl in Adobe Photoshop

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    In this 8-week course, students will take their completed illustrations in a traditional medium and manipulate them for publication in Adobe Photoshop.  The famously complicated and ever-changing Photoshop palettes and tools will be discussed and the tools most often used by professional scientific illustrators will be covered.  After taking this course, the students should have a working knowledge and basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Ikumi Kayama
    ikumikayama@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Digital

    $480.00


  • NSI 270X: Plant Morphology

    Sketched diagram of flower with text explanation

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    Explore the exquisite variety of form, function, and structural adaptations of flowering plants.  Each week students will draw the parts of one or two flowers from different families to produce an artistic botanical plate of each one. When possible, students will dissect live flowers in class.  When fresh flowers are unavailable to students, they will work from published references to produce their illustrations.  Each class will include a primer on basic botany.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Susannah Graedel
    graedelbirdsong@comcast.net

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Drawing

    $480.00


  • NSI 284X: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil

    Colored pencils with sketch of foxglove flowers

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    In this course we will use colored pencil and graphite on paper to create a botanical illustration.  Emphasis will be on colored pencil technique creating color studies of the subject using sketches and transferring sketchbook work to a final piece.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Betsy Barry
    betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Colored Pencil

    $360.00


  • NSI 285X: Painting Creatures in Watercolor

    Squirrel painting by Bivenne Staiger

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    Expand on your drawing and watercolor painting skills to paint more complex portraits of various creatures in their natural settings in watercolor. We will paint a different species each week via EZoom; one motif may carry into a second week if complex. Use a phone or document camera over the workspace if possible.

    Prerequisite: NSI 244 Watercolor I

    Instructors:
    Bivenne Staiger
    bivenne@yahoo.com

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Watercolor

    $360.00


  • NSI 286X: Watercolor Workshop - Flowers and Insects

    A watercolor painting showing a purple iris

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    Create stunning watercolor paintings of flowers with and without insects. Learn how to complete each painting in specific stages by using painting elements to emphasize what is key. Student prepares a contour drawing from motif provided by the instructor before each class.

    Instructors:
    Bivenne Staiger
    bivenne@yahoo.com

     

    3 weeks; 9 hours total

    Watercolor

    $180.00


  • NSI 286X-A: Watercolor Workshop: Painting Baby Animals in Watercolor

    Watercolor picture of kittens

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    Expand on your drawing and watercolor painting skills to paint complete portraits of baby animals in their natural settings in watercolor. We will paint a representative of as many different animal orders as possible or at least a different species each week via Zoom; one motif may carry into the second week if complex. Use a phone or document camera over the workspace if possible.

    Instructors:
    Bivenne Staiger
    bivenne@yahoo.com

     

    6 weeks; 18 hours total

    Watercolor

    $360.00


  • NSI 292X: Portraying Natural Science Subjects in Mixed Media

    Artwork of a leafy sea dragon in aquatic scene

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    We will explore the many possibilities of representing natural science subjects in mixed media.  Often traditional mediums are used to reproduce accurate renderings of scientific specimens.  We will keep an open mind in creating works that are dynamic and accurate by incorporating watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, pastels and inks.  This course meets online.

    Prerequisites:  Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I

    Instructors:
    Dorie Petrochko
    doripbird1@gmail.com

     

    5 weeks; 15 hours total

    Multi-media

    $300.00


  • NSI 294X: Marketing for Illustrators

    Spread of seashells, butterflies, and birds, with accompanying artwork

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    Few artists and illustrators enjoy the business side of art and marketing. Fear comes from the unknown and the unfamiliar; let’s break down those barriers to take the first steps to start and maintain a successful art business. This course will guide the students to break down the overwhelming business marketing principles, terminology, and approaches into something more manageable, fun, and exciting.  This course meets online.

    Instructors:
    Ikumi Kayama
    ikumikayama@gmail.com

     

    8 weeks; 24 hours total

    Workshop

    $480.00


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