Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council

SUMMER SESSION - Drawing & Watercolor Class in the Park

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

Drawing & Watercolor at the Wicker Park Gardens

Maria Mariottini, Instructor

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

TIME: 6pm-7:30pm

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

QUESTIONS: [email protected]

FEE: $100 (Registered Students are sent a Link for ON-Line Payment)



  • 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


  • --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 & Watercolor 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 drawing exercises that apply to both art mediums. 

The first session will be an introduction 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.

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.

VIEW STUDENT’S WORK from 2020 on WPAC Facebook

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


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Date: 06/06/2022 (Mon.)

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT

Location: Wicker Park Gardens 1425 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60622

Created by:   Douglas Wood
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Stephanie Vlamis
Stacey Shaller
Francess Dunbar
Christine Beattie
Wendy Keller
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