Dorie Petrochko

Art Instructor

Dorie is an accomplished painter and natural science illustrator. She also serves as an instructor with CTNSI’s art classes at the Yale Peabody Museum. Some of the art classes she teaches include: Fundamentals of Drawing, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media, Drawing and Painting Feathers, Birds, Trees, and Gems and Minerals. Check the art classes to attend a class that Dorie teaches. 

President & Founder of CTNSI

Dorie Petrochko is one of the founding members of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI), LLC. She currently serves as the President.

More About Dorie Petrochko

Dorie’s interest in travel and painting birds is a lifelong passion. She has volunteered at the Yale Peabody Museum Vertebrate Zoology Division, for the past fifteen years, where she frequently conducts research and uses their museum specimens as reference for her work. She currently serves as membership chairman of the New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and as President of Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators.


Dorie began her early study of Fine Arts at the Arts Students League in New York City and the Brackman Studios in Madison, Connecticut. She received her BFA in Painting from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York and her MA in Art Education from Southern CT State University in New Haven, CT. In 2007, she received her Certificate in Botanical and Natural Science Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden. She lectures and teaches drawing and painting from nature in schools, art, and Audubon centers in CT, NY, Maine and Florida. 


Dorie is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her work, most recently being the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting from The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Julia and David White Foundation fellowship for painting in Costa Rica. Dorie exhibits her paintings and drawings through galleries and commissions nationally and internationally.


Making a Difference:

All art instructors have a unique story defining what brought them to teaching art. For Dorie, a lifelong passion for travel and painting birds guided her to share her experiences and talent for capturing nature with art students. 

Art by Dorie Petrochko

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