About the Classes

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What to Expect

A typical class has three to six individuals painting at different levels: from those beginning to use watercolor, who have some experience or taken classes in drawing or painting, to those familiar with various water media, who enjoy working in a mentoring relationship to develop a body of work, pursue commissions, exhibitions, artist residencies, or grant opportunities.

The new student will begin by working toward an understanding of traditional watercolor fundamentals through exercises in color, composition and technique and will be expected to experiment with a wide variety of subject matter and styles, with the goal of ultimately developing and working from their own source material.

PLEASE NOTE:  Beginners with no previous drawing or painting instruction who are interested in attending class should contact me prior to registration. While classes are small and taught with individual instruction, students should be self-directed, willing to put in the necessary practice time during and outside of class, and feel they would like to be part of this kind of studio environment and interaction.

Class Sessions

There are three nine-week sessions during the year and a five week session in the summer. Private individual and small group sessions may be reserved depending on time availability.

Additional workshops in drawing, the figure and oil painting are occasionally featured. Ongoing with the classes will be opportunities to visit the Art Institute’s Print and Drawing department, to study watercolors from their collection, as well as view other relevant exhibitions in museums and galleries in the Chicago area.

View class schedules here.

Waterworks: Annual Student Exhibition

“Waterworks” is a biennial student exhibition where participation is optional, with an additional fee to cover costs. This opportunity provides the developing artist to become involved in the process of exhibition preparation: matting and framing, developing a mailing list, involvement with promotional efforts, and the chance to sell select work. Read More »

Private Lessons

Inquiries into small group, or individual private sessions are welcome. Contact Ed or call 773-539-6047.

Make-Up Class Policy

Missed watercolor classes can be made up only during other class times if and when space is available during the current session. Not applicable to workshops. For more information, contact Ed or call 773-539-6047.

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