Adult Opportunities

Flowers and Feathers in Gouache

Learn to paint the fine details of nature using gouache.

Content Detail

In this intermediate painting workshop at The Morton Arboretum, learn to use gouache to paint the fine details of flowers and feathers. Gouache is a water-soluble medium that can be used transparently like watercolor. It can also be used as an opaque media on dark backgrounds. With demonstrations and one-on-one guidance from the instructor, students will build comfort with gouache and create artworks from natural specimens. Practice painting techniques and hone observation skills while learning to work with this versatile medium.

Previous art experience is required for this program. Please see the What to Know section for more information about background and supplies.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Suzanne Wegener, botanical artist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: A238


Suzanne Wegener, botanical artist

Suzanne Wegener is a freelance artist specializing in natural history illustration and education in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache. She has a degree in scientific illustration and teaches regularly in the Chicago area.

What to Know

This is an intermediate/advanced program; foundational knowledge and skills are required.

Most supplies will be provided, including paint and paper. Please bring: any watercolor brushes you already have (a limited number of brushes will be available to borrow), graphite pencils, kneaded erasers/putty rubbers.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following four times.

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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