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Under the Microscope: Beetles

  • Morton Arboretum 4100 IL Rte 53 Lisle, IL 60532 (map)

Registration ends Oct. 8.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and draw magnificent beetle specimens under the microscope.  See up close the intricacies and subtle beauty of their wing covers, legs, and antennae. This three-week class will allow time for you to take notes, sketch, and make a careful study of the anatomy of these often underappreciated insects.

Instructor Karen A. Johnson is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), and the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum, where she has taught for many years.  She has bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects. Karen is known for her realistic depictions of flowers and insects. Learn more at

Instructor: Karen Johnson
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 15
Prerequisite: Begin to Draw Nature (A000) or basic drawing experience required
Supplies: The Arboretum will have graphite, colored pencils, pens, sharpeners, and erasers available for your use.
Please bring:

  • Sketchbook

  • If you choose, your own preferred medium.

  • 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


Schedule and Location

Three Thursdays, October 11 through 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$95.00 member

$105.00 nonmember

Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.