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Adult Opportunities

Intermediate Watercolor and Gouache (in person)

Capture the intricate details of spring with your paintbrush.

Content Detail

Learn how to use watercolor and gouache, traditional mediums in botanical art, to create detailed paintings of spring flowers. In this six-week intermediate class at The Morton Arboretum, you will 

  • create paintings using dry brush techniques
  • learn how to use watercolor in a controlled manner
  • use gouache, an opaque watercolor, to enhance botanical details.

Each session will begin with a demonstration from your instructor. Then you will have time in class to practice the demonstrated technique, working from a different live specimen each week.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.  

See What to Know for information about required supplies. Previous watercolor experience is required.

Instructor: Suzanne Wegener

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently. 

Age: 16 and older


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 course; previous watercolor experience is required. 

Held indoors. 

A sample of watercolor and gouache and paper to use during class will be provided. Please bring the following supplies to the first class: 

  • Tracing paper (11×14) 
  • Any watercolors and brushes you have 
  • Kneaded eraser 
  • Pencils: 2H HB, 2B 
  • A container to transport specimens 
  • A helping hand soldering tool (if you have one)


Program Schedule 

This program includes all of the following meeting times:

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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