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Adult Opportunities

Introduction to Watercolor (in person)

Learn to use watercolor to capture the life cycle of a flower.

Content Detail

In this four-week beginner-level watercolor painting class at The Morton Arboretum, students will learn to use watercolor paints to capture a spring blossom from sprout to fading flower. Each week, the class will focus on a different phase of the life cycle of a single flower, creating a simple but different watercolor painting for each stage.

Working under the guidance of the instructor, students in this class will:

  • learn about watercolor paint brushes, paper, and paints,
  • practice color mixing,
  • create color washes using wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting techniques,
  • explore perspective and composition, and
  • complete several small pieces throughout the class.

By the end of the class, students will have a solid understanding of the basics of watercolor painting as well as the knowledge of a wildflower life cycle. Develop your skills with this popular and well-loved medium in a supportive environment. All supplies will be provided. If you have your own watercolor supplies, you are welcome to use them.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Jill Adzia

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


Jill Adzia

Jill Adzia has been teaching a variety of art classes since 2007 and received certification from The Morton Arboretum in botanical art and illustration in 2001. She began blending art and nature study at a young age, taught by her artist mother, Ruth. She is past president (2010–2012) and active board member of the Nature Artists Guild. She  continues to exhibit and demonstrate techniques at shows and events and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and in Normandy, France.


What to Know

All supplies are provided, but if you have your own watercolor supplies, you are welcome to use them.

Some foundational experience with drawing is required.

This class is held indoors.

Program Schedule

This program includes all of the following meeting times:

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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