Natural Science Illustration Program
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Winter/Spring 2021 Courses and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: All Natural Science Illustration classes are offered on-line during the winter/spring 2021 term.

Currently in its 10th successful 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 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

 

Seeing Art Through Nature

"Seeing Nature Through Art" was the last new exhibition to open prior to the start of the Museum's renovation last July.  It features the artwork of our Natural Science Illustration instructors and was on display at the Museum from November 2019 through June of 2020.  It is now on-line with added works of art, instructor biographies and more!     

 

Register for Classes 

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

 

Winter/Spring 2021 Classes & Workshops

293X Painting Natural Motifs in Watercolor

Saturdays, January 9 to February 13, 9 am to noon

Instructor:  Bivenne Staiger

$360, 6 weeks, 18 hours

Create complete watercolor bird, mammal, insect, and/or flower paintings in natural settings. Learn to integrate subject/background painting elements to strengthen a new painting motif each week. Students will prepare a contour drawing before each class.  Register

 

101A Drawing I

Sundays, January 10 to February 28, 1-4 pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

Registration closes January 2

 

101B Drawing I

Tuesdays, January 12 to March 2, 9 am to noon

Instructor:  Jan Prentice

$480, 8 weeks, 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, which is due at the culmination of the course.  Register

 

244 Watercolor I

Thursdays, January 14 to March 4, 9 am to noon

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

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.  Register

 

169X Plants and Their Pollinators:  A Sketchbook Journey

Fridays, January 22 to February 19, 2 to 5 pm

Instructors:  Dorie Petrochko and Jim Sirch

$300 5 weeks, 15 hours

Registration closes January 15

Explore the uncommon lifestyles of our common pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies, and moths. We will draw them in a sketchbook-journal format representing each species and their interrelationship with plants. No previous drawing experience is necessary.  Register

 

170X Virtual Visits to the Yale Art Gallery

Fridays, February 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7, 10 am to noon

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

During each class session, the instructor will present an illustrated talk focused on drawings and watercolors from the Yale Art Gallery’s collection of works with a nature theme.  Discussion will follow the presentation and students will be encouraged to ask questions of the instructor and a member of the Art Gallery staff.  The students will be encouraged to explore the illustrated Yale Art Gallery online catalog for added information as they write and sketch in their journals.  Register

 

286XA Watercolor Workshop: Flowers

Saturdays, March 6 to March 20, 9 am to noon

Instructor:  Bivenne Staiger

$180, 3 weeks, 9 hours

Learn how to portray familiar flowers in a setting in watercolor. Instructor will demonstrate how to modify various painting elements to strengthen what's key, work in stages, and complete a new painting each week. Students will prepare a contour drawing before each class.  Register

 

263X Composition and Design

Sundays, March 7 to May 2, 1 to 4 pm (No class April 4)

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

Prerequisites: Drawing II, Colored Pencil I or Watercolor I

Registration closes February 28

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 projects.  Register

 

103X Introduction to Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

Thursdays, March 11 to April 1, 10 am to noon

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

 

103X II Introduction to Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

(A Few Spots Still Available!)

Thursdays, April 8 to April 29, 10 am to noon

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

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 during the interactive Zoom classes.  Register

 

241 Colored Pencil I (Full)

Saturdays, March 13 to May 8, 9 am to noon

Instructor:  Jan Prentice

$480, 8 weeks, 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

 

255 On-Line Open Critiques & Guidance

TBD - Contact instructor for available dates

Instructors:  Dorie PetrochkoJan PrenticeSusannah Graedel, Linda Miller, Bivenne 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

 

201 Drawing II, Part 2: Light on Form

Tuesdays, March 23 to April 20, 9:00 to 11:30 am

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel

$240, 5 weeks, 12 hours

Prerequisite:  201X A, Drawing II, Part I

Registration closes January 2

Part II of this advanced graphite course will offer students the opportunity to create a composition of natural subjects in graphite employing the traditional light source and exhibiting the smooth tone of an old silver tone photograph.  Prerequisite:  201XA, Drawing II Part A.  Register

 

286XB Watercolor Workshop:  Birds and Other Critters

Mondays, March 29 to April 12, 9 am to 12 noon

Instructor:  Bivenne Staiger

$180, 3 weeks, 9 hours

Learn how to depict birds and other creatures within their habitats in watercolor. Instructor shows how to complete a painting in a specific sequence using painting elements to emphasize what is key. Student will prepare a contour drawing before each class.  Register

 

294X Business Practices for Artists

Thursdays, April 8 to May 27, 1-4 pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of three 200-level courses and two electives.  See NSIP Certificate Course Requirements on the Peabody Website

Registration closes March 29

In this class, you will hone your skills in marketing your work as an artist, fine tuning your portfolio, resume, artist statement, and website, both online and analog.  Each student will create a promotional media portfolio to showcase their work to present to potential clients in the fine and community arts.  Register

 

104XA Intermediate Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

Thursdays, May 6 to May 27, 10 am to noon

(A Few Spots Still Available!)

Instructor:  Linda Miller

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

 

104XB Intermediate Field Sketching and Nature Journaling

Thursdays, June 3 to June 24 10 am to 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

 

225 Colored Pencil II

Mondays, May 3 to June 28, 1 to 4 pm (No class May 31)

(A Few Spots Still Open!)

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

Prerequisite:  Colored Pencil I

Registration deadline, April 26

Using both traditional and experimental methods, students will master the techniques of colored pencil needed to create detailed and accurate illustrations for portfolio presentation or publication. Course concentration will be focused on refining techniques learned in Colored Pencil I, increasing pigment intensity, creating textural effects and working closely from museum specimens and still life objects.  Register

 

270 Plant Morphology - CANCELLED for Spring Term 2021

Tuesdays, May 4 to June 22, 9 am to 12 noon

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

Explore the exquisite variety of forms and structural adaptations of flowering plants.  Students will draw the parts of flowers to produce an artistic botanical plate.  The connection between flower structure and type of pollinator will be explored. Register   

 

205 Pen and Ink - NEW!

Tuesdays, May 4 to June 22, 9 am to 12 noon

(A Few Spots Still Open!)

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel

$480, 8 weeks, 24 hours

The beauty and clarity of natural science drawings in ink have been admired for centuries.  Students will master the techniques of traditional scientific illustrations using both crow quill and technical pens to depict the natural world in stipple and line. Register

 

171X From the Inside Out:  How to Draw a Dinosaur

Saturdays, June 5 to June 26, 10am-Noon

Instructor:  Armand Morgan

$160, 4 weeks, 8 hours

This class will guide participants through a step-by-step illustration of a well-known Peabody dinosaur, Triceratops.  We’ll 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.  Register 

  

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.  There are no exceptions.  Instructors will be in touch 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.