Wednesdays ǀ 4:30-6:30pm ǀ Ages 16 & up 

Troy Historical Society Member: $40/class or $200/6-class series 
Non-Member: $45/class or $250/6-class series  

Artist and art teacher Megan Swoyer guides students in using a variety of watercolor techniques to create wintry scenes featuring birds and blooms. No experience is necessary; all supplies will be provided. Scroll down to register or call 248-524-3570. 

Winter Birds & Blooms Class Schedule
Please note that some of the class dates have changed from what we advertised in Troy Rec Guide and the winter Village Press. The most up-to-date schedule is below! Click the titles to see what we’re painting each week.

  • January 17: Mallards’ Winter  Wading amid icy waters and a wintry scene, this duck family is all about staying together. We’ll use cool blues, golden marsh colors, and snow techniques to create a wintry paradise for this floating flock of charm. 
  • January 24: The Great Blue Heron  Slinking along amid pretty grasses, this Great Blue Heron is sure to shine in your watercolor rendition. We’ll use a mixed-media technique for the grasses, as well as wet-into-wet and wet-into-dry methods. 
  • January 31: Dahlia Divine  We can sure use a dose of pink right about now in our Michigan winter, so let’s paint a divine dahlia in all its glory! We’ll also feature leaves, stems, and buds for this painterly showcase. 
  • February 7: Snowdrop Sensory  Those early snowdrops that poke amid the snow sure are pretty! Use various methods to showcase these pretties and learn how to create a soft flurry of snow, too. 
  • February 28: Chickadee’s First Frost  Chickadees stick around for winter and this one is certainly enjoying his day amid a frosty climate. We’ll use lots of techniques to bring this bird and his perch to life! 
  • March 6: Classy Clematis  A pop of purple is glorious come January – a sight for sore eyes! Use wet-into-wet techniques and mix up beautiful purples and blues to paint this flowy, stunning beauty. 

Winter Birds & Blooms classes are geared toward ages 16 and up. Have a younger watercolorist? Please reach out to our staff in advance at to see if this class will be a good fit – or better yet, have them join us on February 6 and February 21 at 6:00 pm for our next kid-friendly classes!

Watercolor classes take place inside Niles-Barnard House on our site. If you have accessibility questions, please click here to visit our Accessibility page or contact us at and we will be happy to help!  

Due to the high demand and limited space in these classes, purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.  


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