Intro to Acrylics
May
25
to Jun 15

Intro to Acrylics

Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that can be used in layers like watercolor or in thick strokes like oil.  It has very different properties than any of those media however.  Come explore and learn a new medium and its exciting characteristics with Karen, a natural science illustrator, as she walks you through how she uses acrylics in her work.

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Under the Microscope: Drawing Butterflies and Moths
Feb
25
9:30 AM09:30

Under the Microscope: Drawing Butterflies and Moths

Explore the world of butterflies and moths under the microscope.  See up close the intricacies of the scales on their wings, the complexity of their antennae and the beauty of their coloration.  Take notes and make sketches in your sketchbook so that you can accurately draw them later if you like.  We will be using specimens from the Arboretum’s and the instructor’s collections.

Instructor: Karen Johnson
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 15
Supplies: Please bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil with sharpener or mechanical pencil
  • Eraser
  • Portable colored media of your choice. The Arboretum will have some colored pencils available for your use.
  • You may wish to bring a firm pillow to sit on to make it easier to look into the microscope from your seat.

Course number: A371

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION:

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Administration Building

  • Section B: Saturday, February 25 in the Sterling Morton Library, Administration Building

FEES AND ADMISSION:

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

$39.00 members

$48.00 nonmembers

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.

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Under the Microscope: Drawing Butterflies and Moths
Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

Under the Microscope: Drawing Butterflies and Moths

  • Explore the world of butterflies and moths under the microscope.  See up close the intricacies of the scales on their wings, the complexity of their antennae and the beauty of their coloration.  Take notes and make sketches in your sketchbook so that you can accurately draw them later if you like.  We will be using specimens from the Arboretum’s and the instructor’s collections.

Instructor: Karen Johnson
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 15
Supplies: Please bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil with sharpener or mechanical pencil
  • Eraser
  • Portable colored media of your choice. The Arboretum will have some colored pencils available for your use.
  • You may wish to bring a firm pillow to sit on to make it easier to look into the microscope from your seat.

Course number: A371

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION:

Thursday, February 23  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Administration Building

  • Section A: Thursday, February 23 in Cudahy Room, Administration Building

FEES AND ADMISSION:

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

$39.00 members

$48.00 nonmembers

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.

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Affair of the Arts-a fine art & artisan gift show
Nov
20
10:00 AM10:00

Affair of the Arts-a fine art & artisan gift show

Come join me and a group of 40 artists who will exhibit for one day.
Shop 10,000 sq ft of unique, handcrafted items for that personal gift.  I will be displaying my nature-inspired jewelry as well as cards and calendars.  Stop by and say hi!


Sunday, November 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Shores of Turtle Creek
7908 Winn Road,
Spring Grove, IL

Jewelry, Ceramics, Painting, Glass, Printmaking, Photography, Fiber Art,
Wood, Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Fine Art, Home accessories, Artisan
Fashion Items, Cocktails, Artist Demonstrations & more...

Free Admission.

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Natural Science Illustration: Drawing Insects
Sep
17
to Sep 18

Natural Science Illustration: Drawing Insects

Natural Science Illustration: Drawing Insects

September 17 and 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

| $65 - $160

Instructor: Karen Johnson

Learn to draw insects by studying their anatomy from specimens and observing them in real life. Keep your observations in a sketchbook and learn to really see the world around you. We will work from specimens and live observations. Students can sign up for one day or both.

Day 1: Butterflies and Beetles.
Day 2: Bees and Dragonflies

Limited to 16 participants. No experience necessary.

Students will need to bring a lunch, portable chair, sketch book, pencils, eraser, and/or any color media they prefer.

1 Day: $65 – Members | $80 – Non-Members
2 Days: $130 – Members | $160 – Non-Members

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Amphibian Art: Frogs across Forms
Jul
26
to Aug 2

Amphibian Art: Frogs across Forms

Learn how frogs have been interpreted in art! We will sketch frogs in our sketchbook, study how frogs were used as inspiration in jewelry and design and make a simple bead out of polymer clay.

Instructors: Suzanne Wegener and Karen Johnson
Supplies: Supply list will be provided.
Notes: Limit 15

Course number: A501

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

Three Tuesdays, July 26, August 2 through 9, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

FEES AND ADMISSION: 

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$89.00 members

$105.00 nonmembers

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"World of Birds" exhibit
Apr
24
to Jun 6

"World of Birds" exhibit

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)  Great Lakes Chapter is proud to present this exhibit featuring birds.  It will be held at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, IL.  They host six exhibitions a year that explore the intersection of art, science, and nature.

Out of the Nest and Winterberry Perch will be a part of the exhibit.

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 24, 2016,  1-3 pm.

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Nature is the Art of God-art exhibit with Peggy West
Jan
3
to Feb 7

Nature is the Art of God-art exhibit with Peggy West

An art exhibit featuring the art of Peggy West and Karen A. Johnson is being held at the Foster Gallery in Peoria, IL.  This exhibit features botanical, bird and insect art in various media showcasing the beauty of nature that God has created.

Artist Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2-4pm

First United Methodist Church-116 NE Perry Ave. Peoria, IL 61603

Hours: Sunday-8:30am-12pm, M-F-9pm-5pm, Closed Saturday  Evening hours and guided tours available by appointment.

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Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Open Studio-day two

  

Come join the fun!

 Find unique gifts for the nature-lover in your life.

Art, jewelry, calendars, and cards for sale.

Make your own pendant station ($).

Raffle for a free limited edition print of a Monarch on Milkweed (pen and ink)

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Open Studio
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

Open Studio

Come join the fun!

 Find unique gifts for the nature-lover in your life.

Art, jewelry, calendars, and cards for sale.

Make your own pendant station ($).

Raffle for a free limited edition print of a Monarch on Milkweed (pen and ink)

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Inspirational Insects: an artist's journey
Sep
3
to Oct 21

Inspirational Insects: an artist's journey

Art exhibit by Karen A. Johnson

From butterfly portraits to beetle jewelry, Karen shares the joy she finds in the patterns, colors and behaviors of these small creatures in the world.

Oak Park Conservatory-615 Garfield St. Oak Park, IL  60304

September 3 - October 21, 2015

Hours: Monday: 2-4pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm

Artist reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm

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Jewelry Exhibit
Jul
6
to Aug 14

Jewelry Exhibit

A selection of my floral and insect polymer clay jewelry is on display in the windows at the entrance to the Downers Grove Public Library.

Location: 1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Dates: July 6- August 14, 2015

Hours: variable-see website

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2015 GNSI Annual Exhibition
Jul
6
to Jul 12

2015 GNSI Annual Exhibition

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will hold their annual juried exhibit at Arcadia University Gallery on the Arcadia campus in Glenside, PA.  

The opening reception is July 6, 2015 at 7 pm, during the GNSI Annual Conference.  

Dates: 6 July 2015 - 12 July 2015

Hours: variable-see website

I have one piece in this exhibit-Seeds for Today-Monarchs for Tomorrow, a graphite on scratchboard piece.

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GNSI Great Lakes Chapter Exhibit
Jun
13
to Jul 31

GNSI Great Lakes Chapter Exhibit

Capturing the Essence: connecting people and nature through art

Location: Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 & Harts Rd, Ringwood, McHenry County, IL

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1-4 pm   Light refreshments served.

I will have 3 pieces in this juried exhibit of natural science art. 

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Open Studio & Sale
May
2
to May 3

Open Studio & Sale

You are invited to an open studio/sale at Karen Johnson's home, 501 Staunton Rd, Naperville, IL 60565

Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015, 1 pm - 5 pm

Come join the fun! 

Demonstrations 

Art, Jewelry, and Cards for Sale

Sketch in the Garden

Make a pendant station ($)

Snacks available

Questions?  Email Karen at karensnatureart@gmail.com

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Winter Plants: Graphite on Scratchboard
Feb
5
to Feb 19

Winter Plants: Graphite on Scratchboard

Scratchboard is a very forgiving medium. Capture the textures of plants in winter by scratching out details such as delicate veins against a dark background. We will work with graphite on white scratchboard.

Instructor: Karen Johnson, freelance illustrator
Notes: Limit 15
Certificate Information: Art Certificate elective (12 hours)
Prerequisite: Pencil (A110)

Course number:

A328 Winter Plants: Graphite on Scratchboard

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION:

3 Thursdays, February 5-19, 9:30-12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

FEES AND ADMISSION:

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.

$128.00 members

$150.00 nonmembers

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.

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Jul
1
to Sep 10

Fourth Coast Illuminated Exhibit

This is a juried exhibit of artwork by GNSI (Guild of Natural Science Illustrators) members living in states and provinces bordering the Great Lakes featuring flora, fauna, and archaeological artifacts of the region.  The exhibit will be held in the Glen Vista Gallery at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, in Kalamazoo, MI.  I will have 4 pieces exhibited along with over 60 other pieces of artwork that will be displayed.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 North Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Hours

Monday-Saturday
9am - 5pm
Sunday 1-5pm

Extended Hours
Trails open at 9 am on Sundays
Trails open until dusk all week

Admission Rates
Members: Free
Adults: $7/Seniors $6
Children & Students (4-17) $4
Children 3 & Under: Free

 

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Jun
28
to Aug 2

Bloomingdale Park District Museum Group Exhibit

I will be joining more than 50 artists of the Nature Artists’ Guild who will be exhibiting over 100 pieces of art in this joint exhibit with the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.   This promises to be one of the largest exhibits of fine nature art and photography in the area this summer!

Please join the artists and photographers at a reception on July 20, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm.

Bloomingdale Park District Museum

108 S. Bloomingdale Rd, Bloomingdale, IL

Hours: Wed.-4-8pm, Thurs.-10-4pm, Friday-10-4pm, Sat.-12-4pm

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Demonstration at DuPage Art League
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Demonstration at DuPage Art League

Karen will demonstrate how she achieves the incredible detail that makes her illustrations come alive. She will discuss her vivid color palette and show you how to develop abstract backgrounds and use the dry brush technique for fine details. You will have the opportunity to see her work and learn how to achieve the brilliant, glowing color seen in her illustrations.

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