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 "Italy Workshop" and "France Workshop" and "Greece Workshop" pages.)


2017 US Workshops


January - April 2017
Sketching at Summerhill (winter and spring)
January 5, February 9, March 9, April 6 
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 
Mini-workshop + lunch
Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $35.00 per session, payable at the event
RSVP one week prior to the event
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 sketching get-togethers. Bring your sketchbook, share the fun, and be inspired by your fellow artists. Each session begins with a 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, bread and dessert. This is a great opportunity to relax, learn something new, and peek into the sketchbooks of some fabulous artists. 


April 19-20, 2017
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location:  Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 
2-day workshop
Wed.-Thurs., 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $225.00, includes $20.00 handout + a delicious homemade lunch each day
Registration: call Leslie at 724-627-8044 or email

Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed two-day workshop at my home studio! 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. 

May - October 2017
Sketching at Summerhill (summer and fall)
May 4, June 8, July 27, August 24, October 26 
Location: Summerhill Studio,100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 
Mini-workshop + wine & hors d’oeuvres
Thursdays, 3 pm – sunset
Cost: $35.00 per session, payable at the event
RSVP one week prior to the event
For directions and to register, email Leslie 

Join me next 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.

August 12-13, 2017
Sketch It Now: Capturing the moment in your sketchbook journal
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 15329
2-day workshop
Saturday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $225.00, includes $20.00 handout + a delicious homemade lunch each day
Registration: call Leslie at 724-627-8044 or email

This workshop is a sequel to my “Sketch Your Life!” class and will build upon what was taught earlier, but I’ll review the main concepts of my approach to sketchbook journaling for those who are new to it. In this two-day workshop I’ll be sharing plenty of fun new projects, page layout ideas, border designs and lettering styles to add some excitement to your sketchbook pages. I’ll give you plenty of hints and tips for improving your watercolor skills, too, so your sketching time will be a pleasure rather than an exercise in frustration. We’ll talk about ways to incorporate sketching into your everyday life, and you’ll learn how to create sketchbook pages that are filled with colorful images and great design. I’ll give you a framework in which to create, but you’ll be encouraged to add your personal style to every page, making it entirely your own. This class is guaranteed to give your sketching practice a dose of renewed inspiration!

November 16, 2017
Sketching at Summerhill (late autumn)
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA 
Mini-workshop + lunch
Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $35.00, payable at the event
RSVP one week prior to the event
For directions and to register, email Leslie 

We’ll get together for one final Summerhill Sketching class before the holidays and switch back to the morning meeting time. As always, we’ll have a watercolor tutorial, then a delicious homemade lunch followed by sharing time. 


2018 US Workshops



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 34205
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 workshop - details coming soon)
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
2-day workshop

I'm finalizing the details on this workshop. It will be a combination of painting tutorials in the classroom and outdoor sketching on the grounds of the botanical gardens. 

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: To register early and be assured of a spot, call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788. Pay in full and receive a 10% early-bird discount OR pay half now and half in 2018 to receive a 7.5% discount.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration anytime at least 60 days before the class, a fee of $100.00 is charged by Cheap Joe's.

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!

July 23-27, 2018
Sketchbook Journaling Comes to Life
Location: Cloudcroft Art Workshops, Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Watch for details coming in summer 2017

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: To register early and be assured of a spot, call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788. Pay in full and receive a 10% early-bird discount OR pay half now and half in 2018 to receive a 7.5% discount.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration anytime at least 60 days before the class, a fee of $100.00 is charged by Cheap Joe's.

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.)


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