Natural Science Illustration Program
Photo credit: D. Petrochko
Photo credit: L. Miller
Photo credit: L. Miller

Fall 2020 Courses and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: All Natural Science Illustration classes will be offered on-line during the fall 2020 term.

The Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program provides opportunities to learn a wide range of art techniques focusing 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 special 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.


"Seeing Nature Through Art", an exhibition of our instructors' artwork which was on display from November 2019 through June of 2020 is also available on-line.  See all of the artwork, learn about the instructors, and view more examples of their work by clicking HERE.     


Fall courses available now!  Below are our first three courses for the fall term.  More to come.  As we transition to remote programming, we will be offering a limited number of on-line courses featuring small classes and the same individualized instruction as our in-person programs.  Our offerings will grow with time. 


Fall 2020 Workshops

Course #260X

Drawing and Painting Hummingbirds in Watercolor
Friday, October 2 to 30, 2 pm to 4 pm
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

Prerequisite:  None  
$200, 5 weeks
Capture the beauty and iridescence of hummingbirds using watercolor! Learn how hummingbirds fly, feed, behave and nest in the wild. We will work from photos and bird cams to create realistic drawings that pop off the page!  A knowledge of drawing birds is helpful but not mandatory.  10 students maximum. REGISTER


Course #151X

Drawing and Painting Feathers
Sunday, October 4 to October 25, 2 pm to 4 pm
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$150, 4 weeks

Capture the beauty of feathers and their intricate detail. Learn about feather anatomy and iridescence as we draw and paint a broad-wing hawk feather and other brilliantly colored feathers in watercolor.  A knowledge of drawing and painting is helpful but not mandatory. 10 students maximum.  REGISTER

Course #103X

Observational Drawing/Field Sketching for Beginners
Tuesdays, October 6 to October 27, 10 am – 12 pm
Instructor:  Linda Miller

$150, 4 weeks

This workshop will give students the basics they need to tackle observational drawing. We will focus on gesture drawing and contour drawing, and then integrate these as we explore proportion, perspective, texture, and values. The materials are simple: Conte crayon and newsprint paper, and pencils and drawing paper. The Zoom class will be very interactive with discussion and critiques, demonstrations, and time for working in class.  10 students maximum.  REGISTER


All participants must be at least 18 years of age.  There are no exceptions.  Registration deadline is 10 days before the first class.  Instructors will contact you to 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.