Nature Illustration Certificate Program
Discover your talent as an artist or work in the studio for fun, while you enjoy the surroundings at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The Art Institute program offers individual classes as well as a certificate of completion program in nature art. The unique backdrop of the Museum becomes your class-room while you have the option of drawing birds, mammals, insects and desert botanicals. You can also participate in a wide variety of classes and workshops including oil painting, nature journaling, mixed media and photography.
Experienced, professional artists provide individual instruction in the classroom setting located in the museum’s Baldwin Education Building. Whether you sample a few classes or complete the certificate program, you will increase your appreciation and knowledge of the desert!
The following 14 courses are required if you wish to receive a Certificate of Completion in Nature Art and the recommended sequence of courses may vary per individual. If you enroll with previous experience you may schedule a portfolio appointment with the Director for the possibility of waiving core classes. Core classes waived due to proven ability may be replaced with electives. Most courses consist of exercises, critiques, demonstrations and homework assignments. A list of supplies for each course is available in the Art Institute office and will be sent with your class confirmation.