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 on 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, click here.)
2020 US Workshops

July 2, July 30, September 3, October 22
(All classes are cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus)
Sketching at Summerhill
(These afternoon classes are held during times of the year when the weather is warmer and days are longer.)
Location: Summerhill Studio,100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA
Mini-workshop + wine & hors d’oeuvres
Thursdays, 2 pm – 7 pm
Price: $50.00 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. Each session begins with a painting demonstration of the lesson for the day, then you’ll paint your own version with me by your side to help and guide you. It’s easy when you follow the step-by-step written instructions in the full-color handout given to each student. Later, we'll gather together to enjoy delicious homemade hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Then it’s sharing time, when everyone brings out what they’ve been working on lately to share with the group. No matter how humble the sketches or varied the medium, you’re sure to find support and encouragement from your fellow artists, and leave feeling inspired. So, escape from the real world for a few hours and experience the fun, camaraderie, great food, and laughter that fills every Sketching at Summerhill class. 

November 19, 2020

Sketching at Summerhill 
(These morning classes are held during times of the year when the weather is colder and days are short.)
Location: Summerhill Studio, 100 Dogwood Lane, Prosperity, PA
Mini-workshop + lunch
Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm
Price: $50.00, payable at the event
Registration: For directions and to register, email Leslie.

Come and join me at my home, Summerhill, in Prosperity, PA, for a series of monthly sketching and painting classes. Each month we’ll tackle a different subject and focus on how to paint it step-by-step. I’ll start with a demo to show you the painting process in real time, then, with the aid of my clear written instructions and personal assistance, you’ll paint your own version of the sample painting, adding your own unique touches to it. When we’ve finished our paintings, we’ll sit down to a delicious lunch of homemade soup, salad, and bread, followed by a time to share our most recent sketches or other artwork. This is a great opportunity to relax, learn something new, enjoy wonderful food, and peek into the sketchbooks of some fabulous artists. 

NOTE: Early registrations are normally not available for Sketching at Summerhill classes. Each month, one week prior to the class, I send out an email reminder to my newsletter subscribers. (Subscribe using the link at the top of the right-hand column.) At that time, RSVP by email if you would like to attend. This policy ensures that each month there are openings available, rather than having the entire year booked in advance. Class size is limited to 15 people, and classes fill up very quickly. 

If you plan to travel from out of town, let me know ahead of time, and I'll be happy to make an exception to the sign-up policy, so travel plans can be made.

July 12-16, 2020 (cancelled) &
October 19-22, 2020 (full, waiting list)
Sketching Retreat at Summerhill
Location: Summerhill (Leslie's home), Prosperity, PA
5-day all-inclusive workshop
Price: $800.00 - $1200.00, depending on length
Registration: Email Leslie to inquire about availability and to register

How would you like to escape to a beautiful country location during the prettiest time of the year for a relaxing painting retreat where your biggest decision of the day might be whether to use cerulean blue or cobalt for the sky you’re painting? You’ll have time to sketch, take long walks, and sit on the porch swing with a glass of wine as you watch the sun set over the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. This exclusive small-group retreat includes accommodations at Summerhill, delicious homemade meals, painting lessons, demos, day trips for sketching, and plenty of free time to relax and unwind. Click here for more information or email Leslie if you would like to register.

November 12-14, 2020 (cancelled)
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling 
Location: Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (website), Los Altos, CA
3-day workshop
Thursday - Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Registration: Contact Susan Jochheim, workshop chairperson,

Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed three-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. 

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