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.

Currently in its 10th year, 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 Art Through Nature

"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!  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. 

 

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(Payment in full required prior to receiving Zoom links and materials list)

 

Click HERE to register on-line and pay by credit card

Click HERE to register on-line and pay by check

 

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

 

Fall 2020 Workshops

Course #260X (closed to new registrations)

Drawing and Painting Hummingbirds in Watercolor
Friday, October 9 to 30, 2 pm to 4 pm  
Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

Prerequisite:  None  

$150, 4 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.

 

Course #151X (closed to new registrations)

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. 

Course #103X (closed to new registrations)

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. 

 

Course #103XII

Observational Drawing/Field Sketching for Beginners Part II

Tuesdays, 10 am-12 pm, November 3, 10, 17, and December 1

Instructor: Linda Miller

$150, 4 weeks

We will continue to work on our observational drawings using autumn leaves, seedpods, and berries that we can find at this time of year. 10 students maximum.  

 

Course #201X (closed to new registrations)

Beautiful Graphite/Tonal Portrait of a Leaf

Saturdays, October 17 to November 14, 9-11 am

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel

$200, 5 weeks

Stunning artistry with a pencil!  Learn to create silvery tonal portraits and free yourself from an artificial light source.  Through subtle toning, students will bring their subjects to three-dimensional life in intricate detail.  Registration closes October 7 to ensure time to secure the required materials. There are no prerequisites for this course. 10 students maximum. 

 

Course #286X (closed to new registrations)

Painting White and Colored Flowers in Watercolor

Thursdays, October 22 & 29, November 5 & 12; 9 am - noon

Instructor: Bivenne Staiger

$240, 4 weeks (12 hours)
Learn the steps to paint a white and later a colorful flower with their foliage and setting. Instructor will send a reference for each with instructions in advance. Student should have a contour drawing prepared from them before class. All stages will be demonstrated with ample time provided for the student to paint, too.  

 

Course #118X
Getting Started in Colored Pencil
Friday, November 6, 13, 20, 9 – 11 am
Instructor: Jan Prentice
$120, 3 weeks

This beginner class will introduce you to the basic materials and techniques used with colored pencil. You will be guided through the creation of a portrait of seasonal gourds where you will learn how to transfer a drawing, apply, layer, and blend colored pencils, and how to achieve beautiful results. Drawing experience helpful but not required. 10 students maximum. 

 

Course #158X
Conquer your Crow Quill!
Mondays, November 16 to November 30, 9 to 11 am
Instructor: Susannah Graedel
3 weeks, $120
Registration closes November 7

No birds will be harmed in this class. Learn to make graceful lines and designs with confidence the old fashioned way. Feather a crow’s head and learn why less is more when you work with ink. This three-week class will inspire you to be a cartoonist! 10 students maximum.  

 

Course #255X
Open Studio, Completing Course Projects
Each of our core instructors offer open studios. You can sign up for one that is given by a teacher whose course you have already taken. You will be able to show work in progress as well as finished pieces and get constructive feedback from the group discussion as well as from demos led by the teacher.  

 

255XA 
Open Studio, Completing Course Projects - Section A (closed to new registrations)
Friday, October 16, 10 am to12 noon
Instructor: Linda Miller
$40, 1 day

 

255XB 
Open Studio, Completing Course Projects - Section B
Friday, December 4, 2 to 4 pm
Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
$40, 1 day

 

255XC 
Open Studio, Completing Course Projects - Section C
Monday, December 7, 9 to 11 am
Instructor: Susannah Graedel
$40, 1 day
Registration deadline, November 25

 

255XD
Open Studio, Completing Course Projects - Section D
Friday, December 11, 9-11 am
Instructor: Jan Prentice
$40, 1 day

 

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.  There are no exceptions.  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.