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#201 Sundays, 1/15 - 3/12, 10 am –1 pm  (no class 2/19)

Instructor:  Susannah Graedel   8 weeks  $360

Prerequisite:  Drawing I

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.    


DRAWING I (offered twice)

#101A Saturdays, 2/11 - 4/15, 1:30-4:30 pm (no class 3/4, 4/1)

Instructor:  Linda Miller    8 weeks   $360

#101B  Thursday evenings, 3/2 - 4/20, 5:30-8:30 pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko   8 weeks  $360

Anyone can draw! Practice working with the classical tools of drawing such as memory, gesture, and contour. Strengthen your observational skills while learning to portray natural science subjects using graphite, charcoal and conte crayon. Learn about value, form, perspective, structure, and composition. Drawing is the foundation for all art work. This course is a prerequisite for many other courses.


#258 Tuesdays, 2/7 - 3/28, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor:  Dorie Petrochko   8 weeks  $360

Prerequisite:  Watercolor I

This course introduces students to more advanced techniques in combining glazes, textures and intense color to create dynamic compositions. Emphasis will be on achieving spontaneity of color, design, and depth of form. Students will learn the technical aspects of mastering watercolor such as correct timing in the dry and wet stages of brushwork, and in producing detailed effects. Critiques and demonstrations  will be shared in every class.


#259 Saturdays, 3/4 - 4/15, 10 am-1 pm (no class 4/1)

Instructor:  Jan Prentice    6 weeks  $270

An additional fee of $15 for flowers, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Prerequisite:  Drawing I or permission from the instructor

Working with live, fresh flowers offers an exceptional opportunity to develop observational skills, increase understanding of the light source, value, and shading to create the illusion of form, depth and space.  We will work on a new flower each week, first studying and understanding the parts of the plant and then creating a detailed portrait.  This class will give you a solid foundation for Botanical Watercolor, beginning on April 22.



#157 Mondays, 3/6 - 3/27, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor:  Linda Miller   4 weeks    $180

Sketching from our amazing dioramas on the 3rd floor of the museum is a real joy! We have the opportunity to sketch the animals and birds in their habitats and learn about how these dioramas were created.



#261  Monday evenings, 3/13-4/3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Rebecca Gelernter   4 weeks   $180

Prerequisite:  Drawing I or permission from the instructor. 

Understanding the basics of anatomy is vital for a science illustrator.  This course will teach the basics of vertebrate anatomy, from the skeletal system to body coverings.  Drawing from Peabody specimens and photos, students will learn how an animal is put together so they can be brought to life with accuracy. Prerequisites: Drawing I



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Preview our SPRING, SUMMER, and  FALL art classes.

January 15 - June 19, 2017

Winter Art Classes are currently in session.

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Connecticut Natural Science Illustrator art classes are conducted at the Yale Peabody Museum on a year round basis. The art classes are 3, 4, 6, and 8 week sessions. Highlights of winter art classes listed below.

Winter Art Classes