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


May - October 2017
Sketching at Summerhill (spring & summer)
May 4, June 8, July 13, August 31, 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 (FULL)
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 the Tropical Flowers of Selby Gardens
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 plus making your own accordion-fold nature journal. 

March 26-27, 2018
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location: The Villages, Florida,
Spruce Creek Professional Center
10935 SE 177th Place - Suite 503Summerfield, FL 34491
2-day workshop
Monday-Tuesday, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: To be announced
Registration: Details coming soon.

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. 

April 3-8, 2018
Watercolor Sketching in San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, CA
5-day workshop, Tuesday - Saturday, with departure on Sunday
Registration: Visit www.frenchescapade.com for all the details

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 soon 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!

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: Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here. Sign up soon 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: Details will be available in 2018

Class description coming soon!

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: Details will be available in 2018

Class description coming soon!
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