Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Classes at Summerhill

My students do WONDERFUL work! This daisy sketch is by Sandy Conley.

Spring is just around the corner, and I think we're all ready to shake off those winter doldrums, aren't we? If you'd like to revive your creative spirit, I've got two classes coming up that might be just the thing for you.

Sketchbook Journaling 101 is a comprehensive course on illustrated watercolor journaling, suitable for all levels. Advanced Watercolor Explorations is a skill-building class for people who want to gain confidence in painting with watercolor. (Read more about both classes below.)

Classes will be held here at my home teaching studio, a spacious room that's perfect for art classes. We're just off I-79 near Ruff Creek, PA.

So, come on out to Summerhill this spring and learn something new! 

Debbie, one of my students

April - May 2015
Sketchbook Journaling 101
8-week class
Wednesday evenings: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
at Summerhill Studio, Ruff Creek, PA
Cost: $120.00
For directions and to register,
call 724-627-8044 or email Leslie

An illustrated journal offers a way to exercise your artistic creativity and celebrate your life. It’s a place to discover and document your world, and it’s a low-stress way to make art!

In this fun-filled eight-week class, I’ll start you off with simple materials and easy techniques to begin drawing the world around you. Then we'll move on to watercolor and play around with mixing, glazing, and spattering. To add some pizzazz to your sketchbook pages, I'll give you lots of great ideas for page layouts, borders, and lettering styles.

Sketchbook journaling is all about recording a slice of life, not painting a masterpiece. It's about being creative and noticing the little things that we too often pass by. This class will give you the tools you need to confidently express yourself and record slices of your life on the pages of your sketchbook journal. Even if you haven't drawn or painted since childhood, my hints and tips will help you to conquer your insecurities and start having fun with art again.

March - May 2015
Advanced Watercolor Explorations
6-week class
Tuesday evenings: March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
at Summerhill Studio, Ruff Creek, PA
Cost: $90.00
For directions and to register,
call 724-627-8044 or email Leslie

If you're a watercolor novice who would like to move to the next level, or if you are familiar with watercolors and would like to further explore the medium, join me for this series of intermediate-level classes. Weekly step-by-step tutorials will help to build your confidence and improve your skills with watercolor, and the concepts learned will be applied to your own paintings. We'll practice painting a variety of subjects such as water, glass, pets, and skies. Soon, you'll be tackling even the most challenging subject matter with a smile on your face. With my guidance and encouragement, you'll be amazed at what you can do!

A full class at Summerhill Studio


  1. Leslie, love your work. Would you ever consider doing online classes for those of us who don't live nearby? Please think about that, I would be first to sign up.

  2. I've thought about it, but I would really miss the one-on-one interactions that happen in a live class. Also, I'm a little camera-shy! But that's not to say I've ruled it out completely. I'll keep thinking about it.

    Another option that I'm considering is selling my class lessons individually in e-format. I make very detailed class handouts with lots of step-by-step painted illustrations, and I think there might be interest in those for people who can't make it to my classes. What do you think?

  3. I wish I lived near to you , I'd certainly be in your class. Like the idea of e-format classes.

  4. Leslie, I would be interested in e-format as well. Love and admire your work!

  5. I take lots of online art classes. I think you should definitely consider teaching an online class.


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