Natural Science Illustration Program - Now in our 11th year!
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Register Now for Summer & Fall 2021 Courses and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: All Natural Science Illustration classes will continue to be taught on-line through the summer months. Depending on conditions, fall classes may be in person with an option to participate on-line.

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 to 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.  Unless otherwise specified in the course description, all 200 level classes require Drawing 101 as a prerequisite.  To view cancellation, refund and other policies, click HERE

 

REGISTER FOR CLASSES 

Contact the Education Office for questions about registration and payment.  For questions about course content, prerequisites, materials, etc. please e-mail the instructor listed for each course by clicking on their name.

 

Classes & Workshops for Spring & Summer 2021 

118X Getting Started in Colored Pencil

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, and 20, 9am to 12 Noon

Instructor: Jan Prentice

$180, 3 weeks, 9 hours

Dive right into this beginner class. One guided project, chosen by the instructor, introduces students to essential colored pencil techniques. No experience necessary.  Register

 

103X Introduction to Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

Session A: Thursdays, July 8 to July 29, 10am to 12 Noon

Session B: Thursdays, August 5 to August 26, 10am to 12 Noon

Instructor: Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

Register separately for each workshop

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.  There will be a balance between presentations by the instructor and actual practice followed by group critiques.  Register

 

172X Children’s Books: Science and Art

Saturdays, July 10 to July 31, 10am to 12 Noon

Instructor: Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

We will explore some of the wonderful new books out there and have the opportunity to have a dialogue with some of the authors and illustrators. We will also learn about the process of creating children’s books by journaling and creating story-boards for our own books!  Register

 

101X Drawing I 

Session A: Twice each week on Sundays and Thursdays, July 11 to August 5, 5 to 8pm.  Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

Session B: Weekly on Saturdays, September 4 to October 23, 9am to 12 Noon.

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel

Registration closes August 25

Session C: Weekly on Tuesdays, November 9 to January 4, 9am to 12 Noon (No class December 28).

Instructor:  Jan Prentice

$480, 8 classes, 24 hours

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, proportion, and composition are taught. Each student will be given individual assignments and critiques, along with a final project that is due at the culmination of the course.  Register

 

128X Watercolor Workshop for Beginners

Session A: Mondays, July 12 to August 2, 10am to 12 Noon

Session B: Mondays, November 1 to November 22, 10am to 12 Noon

Instructor, Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

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.  Register

 

130X Basic Color Theory Workshops

Session A: Saturday, August 7, 9 am to 12 noon

Session B: Monday, October 25, 9 am to 12 noon

Session C: Saturday, December 4, 9 am to 12 noon

Instructor:  Bivenne Staiger 

$60 per 3-hour workshop Register separately for each workshop

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.  Register

 

286X Watercolor Workshop - Flowers and Insects 
Saturdays, August 14 to 28, 9am to 12 Noon
Instructor: Bivenne Staiger
$180, 3 weeks, 9 hours
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.  Register

 

241X Colored Pencil I

Tuesdays, August 31 to October 19, 9 am to 12 noon 

Instructor:  Jan Prentice

$480, 8 days, 24 hours

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.  With this background, students will then learn techniques needed to create beautiful, detailed drawings on a variety of drawing surfaces.  Register

 

104X Intermediate Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

Session A: Thursdays, September 9 to September 30, 10am to noon

Session B: Thursdays October 7 to October 28, 10 am to 12 noon

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

 Students will explore, sketch, and journal outside and then will bring some seasonal specimens they find inside to work from.  We will welcome guest naturalists who will help us identify things that we have discovered.  In April we will be searching for early spring flowers and in June we will be looking for early summer flowers.  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.  Register

 

170X A Virtual Visits to the Yale University Art Gallery

Second Fridays of the month, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10, 10 am to 12 noon
Instructor, Linda Miller
$160, 4 Fridays, 8 hours
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.  Register

 

286X B Watercolor Workshop: Painting Creatures in Watercolor
Mondays, September 13 to October 18, 9 am to 12 noon
Instructor: Bivenne Staiger
$360, 6 weeks, 18 hours
Learn the techniques to paint various animals from insects to mammals in their natural settings in watercolor.  The instructor will demonstrate how to complete each painting in specific stages by using painting elements to emphasize what is key.  The student will prepare a contour drawing from a motif provided by the instructor before each class.  Register

 

165X Birds and their Habitats: A Sketchbook Journey
Tuesdays, September 14 to October 19, 2-5 pm
Instructors: Dorie Petrochko and Jim Sirch
$360, 6 weeks, 18 hours
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 drawing experience is necessary.  Register

 

267X Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Natural Science Illustrators
Wednesdays, September 22 to November 10, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Instructor: Ikumi Kayama
$480, 8 weeks 24 hours
In this virtual 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 workshop, the students should have a working knowledge and a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop.  Register

 

261X Vertebrate Anatomy
Fridays, October 1 to November 19, 1-4 pm
Instructors: Dorie Petrochko and Armand Morgan
$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours
In this class, students will observe and sketch specimens from the vertebrate anatomy collection at the Yale West Campus. Areas of focus will be research and hands-on study of the anatomy and musculature of the cat and the horse and an in-depth final study of a vertebrate of choice representing its skeletal and musculature development.  Register

 

284X Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil
Mondays, October 4 to 25, 10am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Betsy Barry
$200, 4 days, 10 hours
Working in colored pencil with the subject of your choice, create your own botanical illustration.  Starting with sketches and color studies and working from a live specimen, you will create an illustration of your subject. Fruit, vegetables, and all plant life welcome!  Register

 

244X Watercolor I
Wednesdays, October 6 to December 1, (no class November 24), 1-4 pm
Instructor: Kim Burris
$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours
Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting including mixing color, washes, layering, dry versus wet, and achieving fine detail. Students will learn how to plan a painting and develop it carefully in order to capture the beauty of the medium.  Register

 

148X Drawing Insects in Colored Pencil
Mondays, October 18 to November 22, 1-4 pm
Instructor: Kim Burris
$360, 6 weeks,18 hours
Capture the complex beauty of insects in colored pencil. Students will select insect specimens from the Peabody collection and use colored pencil techniques to create beautiful, realistic renderings.   Register

 

201X Drawing II
Sundays, October 24 to December 19, 9 am to 12 noon
Instructor: Susannah Graedel
$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours
Registration closes October 14
Stunning artistry with a pencil! Create silvery tonal portraits of animals and plants and free yourself from an artificial light source. Like artists since Renaissance times, students will learn to intuitively portray their subjects with light coming from the upper left. Through toning in this way, students will bring their subjects to three-dimensional life in intricate detail.    Register

147X Gourds in Colored Pencil
Thursdays, October 28 to November 18, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Instructor:  Betsy Barry
$200, 4 days, 10 hours
Exploring the shapes, colors, lumps and bumps of seasonal gourds! All drawn in colored pencil.    Register

 

225X Colored Pencil II
Sundays October 31- Jan 9, 2 to 5 pm
Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours
Registration deadline: Oct. 25
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.  Register

 

128XB Watercolor Workshop for Beginners
Mondays, November 1 to November 22, 10 am to 12 noon
Instructor, Linda Miller
$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours
Get a taste of what is involved when you paint with watercolor. The traditional approach to watercolor painting will be taught with the focus on limited palettes, mixing, layering, and glazing to create luminous, beautiful colors in this special medium.  Register

294X Marketing Your Artwork
Saturdays, November 6 to January 15, 2 to 5 pm (no class November 27 and January 1)
Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours
Learn valuable techniques from professional artists and marketing experts on how to promote and sell your artwork. Set goals, develop a portfolio, a simple website, and a brand, to target clients who will buy your work. Students will benefit from learning the legal and business aspects of sales such as copyrights, contracts, invoicing, and work for hire.  Register

 

241X Colored Pencil I
Tuesdays, November 9 to January 4, 9 am to 12 noon (No class December 28)
Instructor: Jan Prentice
$480, 8 days, 24 hours
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.  Register

 

168 Nests in Pen and Ink
Thursdays, December 2 to December 16, 10 am to 12 noon
Instructor: Jeanette Compton
$120, 3 days, 6 hours
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 not be offered online.)  Register

 

107X Noticing: Nature Poetry and Observational Drawing
Mondays, December 6 to January 10, 10 am to 12 noon (no class December 26 and January 3)
Instructor: Linda Miller
$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours
We will read and discuss writings with the theme of nature and see how these can inspire us when we are enjoying our own observational drawing.  Register

 

255 On-Line Open Critiques & Guidance

TBD - Contact instructor for available dates

Instructors:  Dorie PetrochkoJan PrenticeSusannah GraedelLinda MillerBivenne Staiger 

$50, One 2 hour session

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.  Register

 

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. 

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Seeing Art Through Nature

"Seeing Nature Through Art"  - the last exhibition to open prior to the start of the Museum's renovation last July, this exhibit features the artwork of our Natural Science Illustration instructors and was on display on the Museum's third floor from November 2019 through mid-March when the Museum closed because of th pandemic.  It is now on-line with added works of art, instructor biographies and more!