Thursday, March 3, 2016

Upcoming Classes

This Saturday is the start of a 4-week "Introduction to Watercolor Painting" class here at my home studio in Waynesburg, PA. If you've always wanted to give watercolor a try but just weren't sure how to start, this introductory class might be just the thing for you.

I'll be teaching all the basic watercolor techniques plus you'll learn how to mix colors, paint shadows, and incorporate a wide range of values in your paintings. It's all the basics wrapped up in one short series of classes. Come on out and give it a try! A beginner's supply kit is available if you don't already have paints and brushes. Email me to register.

I also wanted to let you know that one spot has opened up in my September 24 - October 1 workshop at Fattoria Bacio in Tuscany. And there are a few additional spots left the following week, October 1-8. So, it's not too late to sign up for the trip of a lifetime!

We'll have the entire villa at Fattoria Bacio to ourselves during our time there. It's like having your own private estate in the Tuscan hills, with all of your needs taken care of. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.

The villa and grounds are just amazing! There are so many beautiful things to draw and paint that you won't know where to begin! But one of the lessons I'll be teaching is all about how to narrow down your focus, so you aren't overwhelmed by the sheer amount of visual stimulation.

The well-rounded workshop content includes lessons on designing the sketchbook page, creating borders, easy perspective techniques, and step-by-step watercolor lessons to help you paint the subjects you'll encounter every day.

Our studio at the villa is bright, spacious, and conveniently located just down the hall from the bedrooms. It's a great place to gather after dinner to work on finishing up the day's sketches.

Our studio classroom at Fattoria Bacio

Our day trips to the surrounding villages and the city of Siena offer the perfect blend of instructional time, sketching on your own, and free time for touring, eating, and shopping.

Students enjoying a cappuccino in the medieval village of Certaldo

Siena cathedral

When I was telling my class last week in California about the upcoming Tuscany workshop, my friend Linda, one of last year's participants, piped up and said, "Our trip last year with Leslie wasn't a great trip. It was one of the BEST trips my husband and I have ever taken!"

So, if you'd like to experience Tuscany at a relaxed pace with just the right amount of organized activities and instructional time, visit my "Italy Workshops" page for all the details.

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