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Summer – The Garden As Inspiration – Drawing & Watercolor Class

Monday, June 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


2022 SUMMER – The Garden As Inspiration Series– 6 Week Session

Drawing & Watercolor Painting Combined Class at the Wicker Park Gardens (20 Student Capacity) – $100

Maria Mariottini, Instructor


VIEW STUDENT’S WORK from 2020-2022 on WPAC Facebook

DATES: Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27  July 11, 18 2022  (4th of July Off)

TIME: 6pm-7:30pm

LOCATION:  The Wicker Park Gardens – 1425 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60622


FEE: $100

COVID-19 COMPLIANT – Masks & Social Distancing Required in the Class Room

STUDENTS PROVIDE THESE SUPPLIES for DRAWING (Please bring to the first class)

–A blank notebook of drawing paper approximately 8in X 12in

–A Set of PENCILS from Soft to Hard

–A Set of Colored pencils

–Eraser and a Pencil Sharpener

STUDENTS PROVIDE THESE SUPPLIES for WATERCOLOR Painting (Please bring to the first class)

–A block of watercolor paper approximately 8in x 12in

–Watercolors block or tube

–3 water color brushes of various sizes

–Masking tape – narrow (1/4in width) and wide (1in width)

–A board at least as big as your paper

–Small watercolor palette

–Paper towels or clean rags

Maria Mariottini will teach The Garden as Inspiration Drawing Class, a 6 week long series that explores forms and textures in the 10,000 square feet of the Wicker Park Garden located in Wicker Park at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. The class will combine drawing & watercolor painting.  All students will complete drawing exercises at the beginning of each class and then either draw or watercolor after these exercises that apply to both art mediums.  The first session will be an intro and tour of the garden by Doug Wood, the garden coordinator and main designer and then students will begin to draw. Each following session will have a focus to encourage expanded skill in seeing and drawing & watercolor.

SHOW YOUR WORK & DISCUSS – Learn by Viewing Other Student’s Works – in the last 10 minutes of Each Class – students show each other their work, give their impressions of the work, and discuss how each student’s work can be improved. The goal after 6 weeks is to fill your notebook with observations that will fuel ideas and aspiration.  This class is for all levels.

Maria Mariottini has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and a Master in Educating Adults from DePaul. She produced the Bucktown Arts Fest for 20 years and still serves as a juror. She is committed to the value of arts and community.

SHARE WORK WITH OTHERS – EACH WEEK – We will share our work at the End of Class, discuss what we produced and take tips from others about what worked for them to obtain their final work.

The Goal of the Series is to explore the Wicker Park Gardens as a source of inspiration to YOU as you learn various painting and drawing techniques, to meet and share your work with others, and to assist in funding the 10,000 sq. ft. of gardens in Wicker Park.

**The Garden As Inspiration Series is a Project of the Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP with The Robey Chicago and The Chicago Park District.

READ Our Urban Times ARTICLE about 2020 The Garden As Inspiration Drawing Class in the Park



Monday, June 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Wicker Park Advisory Council
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Wicker Park
1425 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
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Wicker Park Field House
1425 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 9am-6:45pm
Sat: 10am-2pm
Sun: Closed
Hours may change – Verify at (312) 742-7553

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Keith Jones