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Origami Open House

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History Through Photographs

Go back through time with our exhibit of historical EX_FERN1908_historical staff posephotographs from the Chicago Park District’s collection. This free exhibit is available in the Jensen Room whenever the room is not rented.

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Studies in Botanical Watercolor Painting

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Studies in Botanical Watercolor Painting

Studies in Botanical Watercolor Painting: February 11, 18 & 25, 2017 – 3 Class Series

Beginner/Intermediate study in sketching and painting plants on sight. In this class, we will spend time painting three different plant species over the course of three weeks: February 11, February 18 & February 25. Each student will be supplied with their own watercolor set to keep and continue on their watercolor practices after the class series is over. The hopes of this class is that student’s will learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting nature and gain confidence in their skills so that they can go out into nature and continue their studies long after the classes end.

About the Instructor: 

Lisa Kowieski is an Artist and Designer with a passion for nature, adventure and people. She studied traditional drawing and painting at a Fine Art Studio for 6 years, has won several awards for her paintings, drawings and designs, has a degree in Graphic Design and has been featured in an international film for her paintings of nature. She is the founder of her company “Made by Lisa Marie” and works with many brands in the outdoor industry, as well as is sponsored by one of the nation’s leading art suppliers. More than anything, Lisa strives to inspire other’s to live their best lives and be connected to both people and nature. She’s been featured on several blogs and websites, such as She-explores, Outdoor Women’s Alliance, Hipcamp and Parks Project. You can see her website here: madebylisamarie.com and some links to her features at Jerry’s Artarama, She Explores, Parks Project, Hip Camp.

Special Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for partnering with Lisa Kowieski in supplying her student’s with watercolor supplies. Jerry’s Artarama has been serving artists since 1968 with the Highest Quality Brands. Please visit www.jerrysartarama.com to shop over 70,000+ art supplies and save on professional fine art materials online.


February 11
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624 United States


Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance