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

January 30, March 12, April 9, November 19
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.

May 7, July 2, July 30, September 3, October 22
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. 

May 11-15, 2020 
Sketchbook Journaling Comes to Life 
Location: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Boone, NC
5-day workshop
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm Mon - Thur, 9 am – 1 pm Friday
Cost:  $472.50 thru November 30, 2019
          $525.00 after November 30, 2019
Registration: Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here to register on the Cheap Joe's website.

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
Sketchbook Journaling Explorations
Location: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Boone, NC
5-day workshop
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm Mon - Thur, 9 am – 1 pm Friday
Cost: $472.50 thru November 30, 2019
          $525.00 after November 30, 2019
Registration: Call Cheap Joe's Customer Service at 800-227-2788 or click here to register on the Cheap Joe's website.

Open your mind (and your sketchbook!) and explore tools, materials, techniques, and lettering styles that will take your sketchbook journaling to new levels of creativity. In this fun five-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 colorful borders and eye-popping page layouts that will make your pages stand out, and, along the way, I’ll share practical tips for making the process of illustrated watercolor journaling easier and more efficient, so you can fit more sketching into your day. 

You’ll be amazed at what you’ll accomplish during our week at Cheap Joe’s. Every day, I’ll provide project ideas with detailed instructions, giving 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. And if you happen to make a mistake, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with the “Boo-Boo Bible”, which might end up being your favorite part of this workshop. It’s a comprehensive 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!    

This workshop is so jam-packed with information that I’ve compiled it all into a full-color spiral-bound handbook just for you. No need to furiously scribble notes in class; the handout allows you to relax and enjoy learning without the pressure of recording it all. And your class handbook will be a valuable reference for years to come.

Just imagine…a relaxing springtime getaway in the mountains of North Carolina where you’ll immerse yourself in creativity for days, be inspired by fellow artists, and nurture that desire within you to capture your life on the pages of your sketchbook journal.  Make that fantasy a reality by joining me for “Sketchbook Journaling Explorations” at Cheap Joe’s!

(Note: This workshop is designed for people who have some experience with sketching, watercolor, and sketchbook journaling. For beginners, I recommend my “Sketchbook Journaling Comes to Life” workshop, offered at Cheap Joe’s May 11-15, 2020.)

July 12-16, 2020 &
August 25-29, 2020 &
October 19-22, 2020
Sketching Retreat at Summerhill
Location: Summerhill (Leslie's home), Prosperity, PA
5-day all-inclusive workshop
Price: $800.00 - $1200.00
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 (rescheduled from 5/2020)
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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