Teacher Directory: Kathleen Marie Garness



30 years’ experience teaching youth and adults:

Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL;

Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL;

Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL


Botanical Art Certificate, Morton Arboretum;

Plants of Concern Rare Plant Monitoring Program, eleven years’ participation, 25 current species;

Publications: Keys to Nature: Orchids; Common Plant Families of the Chicago Region: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL; Chicago Wilderness Magazine; Illinois Steward; Illinois Audubon; Orchid Conservation Coalition; Smithsonian in Your Classroom Magazine; Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World; and many others


Forest Park, Illinois USA


Phone: 708-366-7584 Email: kmgfinearts@comcast.net Website: http://www.kathleenmariegarness.com


Graphite, watercolor, block printing, book arts, digital media


Rare and uncommon tropical and native North American species


Morton Arboretum (teacher); Oak Park Art League (teacher); Oak Park Conservatory (botanical education); Volo Bog Youth Art Guild (teacher) Board Member, Illinois Orchid Society


Teaches BotanyOwn StudioTeaches AdultsTeaches Children Ages 3-18 Critiques offered Critiques offered by mail

Travel Range

20 miles


Refining ones awareness of color, line, perspective and value is key to excellence. My patient approach has helped many students look at nature with a more loving and careful lens.