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Workshop Summary: Join us for a beginners watercoloring course at the beautiful Cascade Meadow Wetlands in the heart of Rochester, Minnesota. In this workshop series, you will learn a series of creative skills including: how to mix your own paint colors, techniques in painting with watercolors, how to capture representational renditions of your environment, and how to catalog your work in a journal format. This course will also include environmental education about wetland ecosystems & the importance of preserving your local watershed. Learn how to use art as a tool for observation and preservation of our local ecosystems!


Included in your experience:

  • Instruction on watercoloring techniques and journaling

  • Education about wetland ecosystems and our local watershed

  • Art Toolkit™ Pocket Art Toolkit, Watercolor Journal, and Daniel Smith™ Watercolor Paint

  • Exhibition of your final artwork at the Rochester Art Center*


Age Limits: 12 years to 112 years.


Dates & Time: Wednesday July 12th, 19th, 26th, and August 2nd.  5:30 - 7:00 PM. 


Location: Cascade Meadow Wetlands, 2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901


Price: $150 (1/2 off and Full scholarships available, please inquire at:


Course Outline: 

  • Week One: Color Mixing and Watercolor Techniques. 

  • Week Two: Learning to Paint On-Site, “En Plein Air”

  • Week Three: Painting Collections & Scenes

  • Week Four: Creating a Finished Piece


Items to Bring: Something to sit on outside (a portable chair, a blanket, a foam mat) and a reusable water bottle.


Accessiblity Notes: The building and classroom space are ADA accessible. Much time will be spent outside moving & sitting along the Cascade Meadow Wetland trails; shade is minimal and only a portion of these trails are fully paved. We can adapt locations for painting depending on each student's needs.


Limited Space Available! 


Note: Parental consent and signatures required for participating youth ages 12 to 17. 


Program available thanks to the support of the FreshWater Society, The City of Rochester, and St. Mary’s University’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center.


*Final exhibition date TBD.

Paint the Wetlands: Watercolor Journaling Workshop

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