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Pen & Ink & Watercolor

at Evanston Art Center - Online

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Chicago, Illinois
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Michelle Kogan

What you'll learn in this drawing and painting class:

Using still life and reference material, students will create drawings and paintings using a variety of pens–dip pens, micron pens, brush pens, watercolors, Dr. Martin Watercolors, and brushes on various papers.

Material list

NOTE: You do not need to purchase all here. Select a few penholders; nibs; India ink; regular watercolors:
primary colors and earth tones by Holbein, Winsor & Newton; a few bottles of Dr. Martin watercolors- primaries: red,
blue, yellow and a brown; a couple different papers. Add items as your budget allows. Find in your home a mixing
tray and containers for water.

Dr. Martin Transparent Watercolors (I like both the lightfast and non-lightfast but the non-lightfast may fade. I would try experimenting with both–buy a few of each.) For 100% Lightfast watercolors buy Dr. Martin Hydrus Watercolor set #2 online
List below are Transparent Dr. Martin Watercolors- they are highly concentrated. At Dick Blick look for Dr. Martin
Radiant Concentrated Watercolor; online look for Dr. Martin Synchromatic Transparent Watercolor or Hydrus–
above: on Amazon or

Select 1-2 blues; yellow, 1-2 reds; 1-2 browns my choice *below. Substitute a close color if one isn’t available from  yellow, blue, red

Transparent Dr. Martin Watercolors:
These aren’t lightfast they may disappear, but are beautiful brilliant colors
  • *Ultramarine Blue(cool blue)
  • *Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue (warm blue)
  • *Nile Green
  • *Cadmium (this is yellow)
  • *Scarlet (warm red) or Carmine (slightly cooler red)
  • *Van Dyke Brown (dark brown similar to sepia)
  • *Light Brown (golden brown)
  • Yellow Ochre (Similar to raw umber)
  • *Medium Gray, Dark Gray
  • *Burnt Sienna (reddish brown)
Mixing Tray with edge: metal, plastic, butcher tray-or cookie sheet, plastic flat container
  • 2-3 Brushes: round watercolor brushes # 2, 4, 5, or larger, Japanese sumi brushes
  • 1-3 Micron pens #02 or larger (try them out in the store)
  • LePen Drawing Pen, Micron Brush Pen, or Pentel Brush Pen (this costs more but is worth it)
  • Dip Pens - holder & variety of nibs: A-5, A-2, B-6, C-4, make sure nibs fit penholder
  • Bamboo pen
  • Black India Ink- Bombay Black Dr. Ph. Martin’s water proof or other waterproof
  • Water containers, paper towels/tissues, apron-watercolors and ink are permanent
  • Board for attaching paper: foam core, gator, drawing board
  • Drafting Tape and or Bull nose metal clips
  • Watercolor tubes/cakes if you have them and brushes
  • Sketchbook-small or paper for sketching your composition
  • Drawing pencils –Staedtler Mars #3b
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Reference materials and/or objects
  • 1-2 sheets 30 x 22 inches Fabriano Artistico #140 soft bright white or white
  • 1 sheet 30 x 22 inches Fabriano Artistico #140 Hot press white
  • You can also work in a sketchbook or other paper you bring in. 
Supplies available at: 

Dick Blick, 1755 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL
In Chicago: 42 South State Street, Chicago, IL
Online: Dr. Martin:

  • Good Old Drawing, G.O.D., A hundred Illustrators, Artists and Cartoonists who Believe in Drawing by John Holder & Philip Hodgkinson
  • Drawing A Contemporary Approach by Claudia Betti & Teel Sale
    Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis
  • An Artist’s Notebook Techniques & Materials by Bernard Chaet
    20th Century Drawings Part II: 1940 to the Present by Una E. Johnson
  • Human Anatomy & Figure Drawing by Jack Kramer
More Drawing Artists
  • William T. Wiley
  • Ben Shahn
  • Jennifer Bartlett
  • Linda Etcoff
  • Robert Barnes
  • Lovis Corinth
  • Robert Jakob
  • Rolph Scarlett
  • Francisco Goya
You may also visit:
  • The Drawing Room:
  • MoMA’s/ Drawings for online exhibitions of drawings:
  • Art Institute of Chicago Prints and Drawing

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
Tuition is refundable for Adult and YFA (Youth Fine Arts) classes, minus a processing fee for each class dropped, only if the EAC Registrar is notified by or on the next working day after the first class has met. Workshop fees (minus a processing fee) are refundable up until one week prior to the program. 

If the Director of IT and Administration is notified at least one week prior to the scheduled start date, a processing fee of $50 is charged for dropping adult classes, YFA classes, or workshops costing $100 or more or a $25 processing fee is charged for dropping programs costing under $100. 

A processing fee equal to 50% of the tuition is charged for adult or YFA classes and camps that are dropped during the period from six days before the first class meets and the next working day after the first class has met (workshop fees are not refundable during this period). Please refer to the chart below. 

Students are responsible for notifying the Art Center Director of IT and Administration that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no refunds will be given. 

There is no deferred, reduced or pro-rated tuition. Membership is non-refundable. There are no exceptions to the Evanston Art Center refund policy.

Refund Schedule for Dropped Classes or Workshops

Type Dropped 7 or more days before the 1st Session* Dropped between 6 days before the 1st Session & the 1st Working day after the 1st Session Dropped after the 1st Working day after the 1st Session*
Adult & YFA Classes & Camps Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** Tuition is refunded minus a processing fee equal to 50% of the Tuition No Refund or Credit
Workshops costing $100 or more Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No refund or credit
Workshops under $100 Tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No Refund or Credit

*The first session is defined as the first day a class or workshop meets (not the first class or workshop attended).  

**To avoid paying the processing fee, students may elect to receive a full tuition credit for classes or workshops dropped seven days or more before the first session. Tuition credit will expire one year from the date the class or workshop is dropped and must be used in full for EAC class and/or workshop tuition. After the credit is redeemed, no further refund options will be available. 

Tuition credits are not redeemable for cash under any circumstances. Credits may be transferred to another individual only with written notice.


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Pen & Ink & Watercolor
Reviewed by paula p. on 7/17/2021
I just didn't enjoy this class. The teacher was fine but I didn't like the approach. I didn't go to the last 2 classes.

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