2022 Summer Program


Class #35

Drawing Nature In Colored Pencils: Exploring Surfaces

Kimberly Mullarkey

June 19 - June 25, 2022

instructor imageColored pencil is the perfect medium to capture the intricacies, texture and color of the plants and landscapes of The Clearing. This class will give you a strong introduction to colored pencil as a fine art medium. Intermediate and advanced students will be able to advance their technique and compositional skills. You’ll learn color theory, volume and focus on strong compositions.

This class will explore different surfaces and how they can affect drawings. Each day you will have an opportunity to try a different surface, including watercolor paper, slate tiles, colored paper and Duralar film. Kimberly will supply the surfaces.

Exercises will be done each day, with time for you to pursue your own subject matter and focus, with guidance from Kimberly. There will be opportunities to draw plein air or to work in the studio. Friendly constructive critiques will be part of the class. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Kimberly Mullarkey has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a master of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. She lived in France for six months, where she studied early Northern Renaissance painting. She teaches botanical art at The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She also teaches Drawing and Design at the College of DuPage. Her work is included in the Best of Colored Pencil series. She has spoken at many local art leagues about creativity, botanical art and her own work. To fulfill her wanderlust, she leads trips.

A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $5 for a slate tile, hot press watercolor paper (bring watercolors and a brush, if you like), colored paper and film
Supply List: Supply List PDF

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.