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, October 18
Location: Summerhill Studio,100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA
Mini-workshop + wine & hors d’oeuvres
Thursdays, 2 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, 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. 

August 13-17, 2018
Step-by-Step Watercolor (FULL, waiting list)
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.

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
Cost: $225.00 + $20.00 full-color handbook
Registration: Register online or call San Clemente Art Supply at 949-369-6603

Open your mind (and your sketchbook!) and explore tools and techniques that will take your sketchbook journaling to new levels of creativity. In this fun two-day workshop, you’ll learn creative ways to use supplies you already have on hand, and we’ll try out some new materials that just might earn a permanent spot in your sketch kit. I’ll show you techniques for creating borders and page layouts that will make your pages stand out, and, along the way, I’ll be sharing practical tips for making the process of sketchbook journaling easier and more efficient, so you can fit more sketching into your day. You’ll complete several sketchbook pages in class, but your favorite part of this workshop just might be the “Boo-Boo Bible”, an encyclopedia of techniques for fixing those pesky mistakes that are inevitable when we’re sketching and operating in right-brain mode. We all make them – now you’ll know how to handle them! Each student will receive a full-color spiral-bound handbook containing all the information presented in the workshop, making it a valuable reference for years to come. So, come and join me for the premiere of this brand-new workshop at San Clemente Art Supply! 

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: Register online or 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.

2019 US Workshops

February 19-20, 2019
Sketchbook Journaling Explorations
Location: Keeton's Art Supply, 817 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
2-day workshop
Tuesday - Wedesday, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $225.00, includes $20.00 handbook
Registration: Call Keeton's at 800-833-4735 or visit their website.
Class flyer.

Open your mind (and your sketchbook!) and explore tools and techniques that will take your sketchbook journaling to new levels of creativity. In this fun two-day workshop, you’ll learn creative ways to use supplies you already have on hand, and we’ll try out some new materials that just might earn a permanent spot in your sketch kit. I’ll show you techniques for creating borders and page layouts that will make your pages stand out, and, along the way, I’ll be sharing practical tips for making the process of sketchbook journaling easier and more efficient, so you can fit more sketching into your day. You’ll complete several sketchbook pages in class, but your favorite part of this workshop just might be the “Boo-Boo Bible”, an encyclopedia of techniques for fixing those pesky mistakes that are inevitable when we’re sketching and operating in right-brain mode. We all make them – now you’ll know how to handle them! Each student will receive a full-color spiral-bound handbook containing all the information presented in the workshop, making it a valuable reference for years to come. Explore the possibilities, and infuse your sketchbook with new life in “Sketchbook Journaling Explorations” at Keeton’s! 


February 27-28, 2019
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida
2-day workshop
Wednesday-Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm
Cost: $215.00 ($195.00 for members of Selby) + $20.00 for handout
Registration: Call Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at (941)366-5731. (The workshop won't be on their website until later in 2018.)

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. 



2020 US Workshops

March 23-25, 2020
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling
Location: Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, 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. 


May 11-15, 2020
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: To be announced
Registration: January 2, 2019, will be the first day to register for this 2020 workshop.
Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here.

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!

May 18-22, 2020
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: To be announced
Registration: January 2, 2019, will be the first day to register for this 2020 workshop.
Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here.

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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