US Workshops

One thing I enjoy almost as much as painting is sharing my love of watercolors and sketchbook journaling with others. My classes are packed with information and inspiration, and I hope my enthusiasm and organized approach to teaching helps all of my students to move ahead in their creative journey. Check the listings below for scheduled classes and workshops. If you'd like to schedule a class in your area, I'd love to talk with you. Just drop me a note via email.

(For European workshops, please visit the "Sicily Workshop" and "Northern Italy Workshop" pages.)
2018 US Workshops


Sketching at Summerhill (Summer & Fall)
May 24, July 12, August 2, September 6, 
October 18
Location: Summerhill Studio,100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA
Mini-workshop + wine & hors d’oeuvres
Thursdays, 3 pm – sunset
Cost: $40.00 per session, payable at the event
Registration: For directions and to register, email Leslie.

Join me during the summer and fall at my home, Summerhill, for a series of monthly sketching get-togethers. We start off each session with a step-by-step watercolor tutorial and painting time, then you'll have a chance to practice what you've learned during an independent sketching time, either indoors in the spacious studio or outdoors on the porch or in the gardens. Later, we'll gather together to share our sketches and enjoy delicious homemade hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. This is what summer is all about - taking the time to relax and enjoy those beautiful days we wait for all winter long. So stay awhile, sketch a bit, settle into the porch swing, and visit with your sketching buddies at Summerhill.

Sketching at Summerhill (Winter & Spring)
February 15, March 15, April 26, November 15
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA
Mini-workshop + lunch
Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $40.00, payable at the event
Registration: For directions and to register, email Leslie.

Come and join me this winter and spring at my home, Summerhill, in Ruff Creek, PA, for a series of monthly sketching get-togethers. Bring your sketchbook, share the fun, and be inspired by your fellow artists! Each session begins with a detailed watercolor tutorial with step-by-step instruction and individual guidance. Then it’s time for independent sketching until lunchtime when we’ll sit down to a delicious lunch of homemade soup, salad, and bread. This is a great opportunity to relax, learn something new, and peek into the sketchbooks of some fabulous artists. 

January 29-30, 2018
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location:  Keeton's Office and Art Supply, 817 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL
2- day workshop
Monday-Tuesday, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $225.00, includes $20.00 handout
Registration: call Keeton’s at 800-833-4735
or visit Keeton’s Art Supply

Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed two-day workshop! It offers a fun-filled introduction to expressing yourself creatively through illustrated sketchbook journaling. You’ll be treated to a show of inspiring pages from my journals, and I’ll share the secrets to designing artful sketchbook pages filled with watercolor sketches, interesting page layouts, hand lettering, and decorative elements like borders and corner designs. Best of all, I’ll offer clear guidance on how to organize and design pages of your own. Then the real fun begins! With pencil, ink and watercolor, you’ll sketch and paint several pages in your own sketchbook using what you’ve learned. Before long, you’ll be seeing your world through new eyes as you record the everyday things of life in your sketchbook journal. 

February 1-2, 2018
Painting Flowers in Watercolor
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida
2-day workshop
10am - 4pm, Thursday & Friday
Register on the Selby website or call Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at (941)366-5731 for information.

Unlock the secrets to painting beautiful watercolor flowers in this two-day workshop at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. You’ll learn simple techniques for adding gorgeous color, dramatic light, and expert detailing to your flower paintings. My step-by-step approach breaks the process down into manageable steps that eliminate the intimidation factor when painting even the most complex floral subjects. On Day 1 of the workshop, you’ll create your own accordion-fold watercolor flower journal, and I’ll guide you in painting several varieties of flowers in it. My full-color written instructions guarantee that you won’t miss a thing and will be able to refer back to the lessons for years to come. On Day 2 of the workshop, you’ll choose your favorite subjects from the abundant plantings at Selby Gardens and add to your journal. So, treat yourself to some warm winter sunshine on the Gulf coast, immerse yourself in the colorful world of Selby Gardens, and enjoy two days of fun with flowers! 


March 9-11, 2018
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 
3-day workshop
9am - 4pm, Friday-Sunday
Cost: $325.00
Registration: Email Leslie 

You’re invited to my home studio in Ruff Creek, PA, for this extended version of my Sketch Your Life workshop. This fun-filled three-day workshop will give you plenty of time to put into practice the skills and ideas you’ll be learning. We’ll start off with a show of inspiring pages from my journals, and I’ll share with you how I create a page from start to finish. Then, I'll teach you the secrets to designing artful sketchbook pages filled with images, lettering, and decorative elements, and I’ll offer clear guidance on how to organize and design pages of your own. Then the real fun begins! With pencil, ink and watercolor, you’ll sketch and paint several pages in your own sketchbook using what you’ve learned. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished, and you’ll begin to see your world through new eyes as you record the everyday things of life in your sketchbook journal. (Email Leslie for directions and information on nearby lodging options.)

April 3-8, 2018
Watercolor Sketching in San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, CA
5-day workshop, Tuesday - Saturday, with departure on Sunday
Read this post for more information about the workshop.
Registration: Visit www.frenchescapade.com

Come along with me to San Francisco and paint the city's most famous and iconic sites, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”, and much more.  All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal.

Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and I’ll give you plenty of great ideas for fun new lettering styles that will enhance your sketches. I’ll share my sketching process from start to finish and offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subjects you’ll encounter each day. Each student will be given a spiral-bound book containing all the information covered in the workshop. The handout ensures that you can relax during the workshop, knowing that even if you can’t absorb it all while we’re together, you’ll have complete information that you can refer to for years to come. This workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.

May 7-11, 2018
Sketchbook Journaling Comes to Life
Location: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Boone, NC
5-day workshop
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm Mon - Thur, 9 am – 1 pm Friday
Cost: $550.00, includes lunch each day
Registration: Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here. Sign up before November 30th for an early-bird discount!

Add some life to your sketchbook and pizzazz to your pages! Let me show you how to turn your everyday sketchbook into an illustrated journal of your life. I’ll share the secrets of my unique style of sketchbook journaling, and show you how to design and create artful pages of your own filled with colorful images, creative layouts, hand lettering, and decorative elements. You’ll also learn practical techniques for drawing and painting the subjects you encounter. This fun-filled, stress-free workshop will energize and inspire you. Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed five-day workshop at what just might be the best workshop venue in the country!

June 8-15, 2018 (FULL) 
and June 15-22, 2018 (2 spots available)
Maine Sketching Retreat
Location: Mid-coast Maine
7-day all-inclusive workshop
Click here for complete information.

Join me for a fun-filled week in one of my favorite places, Owls Head, Maine. This quiet corner of mid-coast Maine has everything an artist could want: rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, quaint villages, pine-scented woods, fields of purple lupines, and more gorgeous scenery that you could paint in a lifetime. Our location is just a short drive from Rockland, Camden, and Belfast, all wonderful towns filled with cute shops and great restaurants.

Daily tutorials are custom-tailored to our Maine subject matter, and we'll spend lots of time out sketching on location and exploring all that the area has to offer. Our beautiful cottage is located on Crescent Beach, one of the prettiest stretches of shorefront in Maine. Download a brochure that has all the details.

August 13-17, 2018
Step-by-Step Watercolor
Location: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Boone, NC
5-day workshop
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm Mon - Thur, 9 am – 1 pm Friday
Cost: $525.00, includes lunch each day
Registration: Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here. Sign up before February 28th for an early-bird discount!

Learn how to tackle challenging subject matter one step at a time and feel the joy of painting confidently with watercolor. In this five-day workshop, I’ll show you how to paint tricky subjects like crashing waves, rocky coastlines, and sunset skies by dividing the painting process into manageable parts that build on each other to create a beautiful finished watercolor. My organized approach and detailed explanations will help you to build your skills, learn some new techniques, and enjoy painting the natural world in all its variations. Each student will receive a full-color spiral-bound instruction book which includes all of the step-by-step lessons from the workshop, so you can refer to it during the class and later on at home. Subject matter will include beaches and dunes, rocks, skies, trees, water in all its variations, and much more. With my one-on-one guidance and encouragement, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!
(For painters who have some experience with watercolors.)

November 2-3, 2018
Sketchbook Journaling Explorations
Location: San Clemente Art Supply1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
2-day workshop
Friday- Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Registration: Call San Clemente Art Supply at 949-369-6603

Take your sketchbook journaling from ho-hum to “Wow!” In this fun, playful two-day class, we'll explore a variety of techniques and materials that will infuse new life and creativity into your sketchbook pages. Be prepared to experiment, play, and open your mind to new possibilities!

November 4-5, 2018
Sketch Your World
Location: San Clemente Art Supply1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
2-day workshop
Sunday - Monday, 9 am – 4 pm
Registration: Call San Clemente Art Supply at 949-369-6603

     Two full days of sketching at beautiful locations around San Clemente  
+  Lessons on how to make sketching on location easier and faster  
+  Painting demos  
+  One-on-one painting assistance from me  
=  One fun, educational, and absolutely awesome painting workshop!

Our painting locations for “Sketch Your World” have not been finalized yet, (I’ll be announcing them over the summer), but they’re sure to be just as wonderful as our visit last year to Casa Romantica. During the class, I’ll be offering tips on how to narrow down your focus and choose what to sketch, and I’ll share practical ways to confidently draw the subjects we encounter. You’ll also learn how to enhance your sketches with interesting page layouts, creative borders, and hand lettering styles that complement your images perfectly. So, join me in sunny southern California for plein air sketching during the beautiful clear, cool days of autumn.


2020 US Workshops

March 23-25, 2020
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location: Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, website, Los Altos, CA
3-day workshop
Monday-Wednesday, 9 am – 4 pm
Registration: Contact Susan Jochheim, Workshop Chairperson, workshops@scvws.org

Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed two-day workshop! It offers a fun-filled introduction to expressing yourself creatively through illustrated sketchbook journaling. You’ll be treated to a show of inspiring pages from my journals, and I’ll share the secrets to designing artful sketchbook pages filled with watercolor sketches, interesting page layouts, hand lettering, and decorative elements like borders and corner designs. Best of all, I’ll offer clear guidance on how to organize and design pages of your own. Then the real fun begins! With pencil, ink and watercolor, you’ll sketch and paint several pages in your own sketchbook using what you’ve learned. Before long, you’ll be seeing your world through new eyes as you record the everyday things of life in your sketchbook journal. 





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