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Beginning Watercolor: Online

at Chicago Botanic Garden

Unlock your creativity and learn to paint sparkling, luminous watercolors with the Chicago Botanic Garden's virtual botanical art class. Explore brush techniques, color-mixing, and control of washes from the comfort of your own home. No prior experience is needed.

Course Details
Price $349
Start Date

Wed, Jan 10, 9:30am - Feb 14, 12:00pm Central Time ( 6 sessions )
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Location Online via Zoom
Class Level Beginner
Age Requirements 18 and older
Average Class Size 12
System Requirements

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Class Delivery

This class will be held via Zoom unless otherwise specified.

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Start Dates (2)

Online via Zoom
Judith Joseph
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  • Wed, Jan 10 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 24 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 31 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 07 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 14 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
Online via Zoom
Judith Joseph
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  • Wed, Feb 28 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 06 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 13 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 20 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 27 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 03 at 9:30am - 12:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this watercolor class:

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online botanical art class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere!

Learn to paint sparkling, luminous watercolors! Begin with fun exercises and advance to nature studies and landscape. You will quickly acquire techniques while exploring your creativity. Master brush techniques by learning the fine points of mark-making; finesse color-mixing and control of washes; and learn wet and dry techniques. No prior experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent.

This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] 2 business days prior to the program’s start date and time. The registration fee will be refunded less a 15% processing charge. A refund is issued in the form of a credit on file (to be used for future programs).

Refund requests submitted less than 48 hours prior to a program start date are non-transferable and are not eligible for a refund.

Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. We cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.

Registration fees for courses grouped and priced as a series will be considered one program and subject to all of the above guidelines. A refund request must be received prior to the start date of the series' first class session and will subsequently cancel your registration in every session of the series.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Chicago Botanic Garden (117)

(4.4-star rating across 117 reviews)
  • Beginning Watercolor: Online

    Anonymous review on 8/19/2022
    I am a true beginner with no prior experience. I learned about brushes, brush strokes, and paint mixing. Judith gave me great critiques with very good tips. The only negative is that the students seemed to be sorted by age instead of experience. I was the only “newby” so it was a bit intimidating.
  • Beginning Watercolor: Online

    Reviewed by Maria B. on 12/29/2017
    I really enjoyed this class. I chose it to try out watercolor. It was appropriate for a beginner and the required materials list was short. We covered a lot of introductory techniques including painting on wet and dry paper, color mixing, creating textures, and painting objects and landscapes.
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