Botanical Watercolor I (in person) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Botanical Watercolor I (in person)

Using flowers and plants as subject matter, create watercolor paintings that are vibrant, delicate, and luminous.

Work directly from observation at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory as well as from photographs, and imagination to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to layer colors, how to describe floral details and execute washes and blends. Traditional techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush are demonstrated, as well as experimental techniques all while spending time in an indoor tropical, magical, visual and fragrant biosphere. Class time is spent on demonstrations, lecture, studio time, and critique. / Material fee of $12 and facility fee of $46 in addition to course tuition.

This course will be held at University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, 1538 Gortner Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Open to students ages 16 and above. View complete policies, including mandatory COVID protocols, before completing your registration.


Previous drawing experience is helpful, but not required.

Required materials

Supplies for first class

  • pen or pencil
  • notebook or sketchbook
  • HB pencil
  • erasers
  • paper towels
  • container for water
  • masking tape
  • Xacto knife
  • watercolor paint brush(es): number 4 round and or any other ones
  • watercolor paint tubes: (red, blue, yellow, plus any other colors you can get)
  • watercolor pallet (the bigger the better, white plastic, big square one, not a little circle one)
  • watercolor paper (ideally sheets that are 22 x 30" and 140lb)
  • ruler or straightedge
  • watercolor Art Masking Fluid (optional)

Supplies will cost approximately $100-$200.

Class resources
This class uses Canvas, MCAD's learning management system. Please see the link for more information.

Registration deadline

March 24
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class savings

Register on or before January 17 and save $25. Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
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  • Date:
  • Time:
    6:30–9:30 p.m. CST
  • Day(s) of the week:
  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 16 and above.
  • Term:
    Spring 23
  • Instructor: Michael Gaughan
  • Location:
    In Person
  • SKU:
    CSFA 9328 01 SP23


Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.