Art Workshops

These workshops are intended for artists of all levels who have some experience in watercolor and would like to further their interest in painting and designing the landscape. Some workshops meet outdoors and some indoors. Others are a combination of both. With indoor classes we paint from out photos and sketches and the outdoor sessions are directly from nature. There are daily painting demonstrations, lectures, individual instruction and group critiques. Participants are responsible for their own art materials.

Hope Valley, High Sierra

July 16 through 19, 2015

Hope Valley and the Carson Pass High Country is the setting for an unparalleled outdoor painting experience. We will paint the heights from the pass and the rocks and reflections at Blue Lake. The meadows along the Carson River provide great views of mountain ridges and aspen groves. Our meeting place will be at the beautiful home of Thaleia Georgieades. From there to a painting sites.
To get registration information -email contact   website

Painting at Carson Pass
Painting at Carson Pass

Virginia City, Nevada

St Mary's Art Center
St Mary’s Art Center

St Mary’s Art Center

Class begins June 17th to 21st, 2015

Check in and welcome dinner June 16, 2015

Paint, Live, and Eat! That should be the motto for this workshop which has become a nearly two decade tradition in Virginia City.  Here we expand our boundaries as artists as we paint in the Victorian studio of this venerable building. Participating artists not only take the workshop but stay in the beautifully restored rooms of the 1870’s era brick building.

This year the theme will be Creative Landscape Painting. Demonstrations, talks and slide shows will examine fresh ways to see the landscape as an avenue for expression. Strict adherence to the subject is not always a plus when interpreting the poetry of your subject. Develop this side of your artist’s soul.
This year the slide/lecture will be on the theme of Creative Landscape Painting which highlights approaches that various artist’s have taken in interpretation of the landscape.


Tuition and lodging are included in the cost: $625. Spouses and partners are welcome.  35. per night extra


For those commuting or staying elsewhere Tuition only/ No Lodging $425.

Note: Class starts on the 25th but arrival is on the 24th with an orientation dinner in the evening. You can check out on Monday the 30th if you wish.

Class limited to 17 artists so please sign up early it fills fast! But please make sure you can attend before registering, cancellations can be problematic.

$200. Deposit

Registration form contact Dale Laitinen


Art Studio, St Mary’s






At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

November 13 thru 15

Paint the High Sierra

If you want to paint rocks, trees, lakes, and waterfalls, this is the class for you. Learn compose a Sierra landscape from sketch to finished painting. In this exciting workshop we will find methods to paint the unique beauty of this granite wonderland. This is an indoor class where we will use our photographs to create our own paintings complete from sketch to finished work.



For registration and information contact:

Class limited to 12 participants

209 286 1387



Mendocino California, Northern California Coast


June 6 thru 8, 2015

Shape-Shifting Nature
Great design leads to great painting. Go beyond the surface and find the hidden visualtruths of nature. Using the underlying design as our guide we navigate from representationand shape-shift toward semi abstraction. Focus of demonstrations and hands on painting will employ the five art elements, line,hape, value, color, and texture in a practical way that aids in that journey to a visual language. During the workshop we transition from representational painting toward semi-abstraction through watermedia painting techniques that include transparent watercolor,opaque techniques, with an emphasis on drawing for painting.

Keep Checking their website, registration to begin January 2015

Mendo Town

Northern California Coast

Mendocino, California
Mendocino Art Center
Outdoor/Indoor landscape and seascape painting

The Language of Landscape Designing, sketching and painting the surroundings in Mendocino.

This is primarily a watercolor workshops but have had oil and acrylic painters join me. If you want an outdoor experience but with the ability to have indoor art facilities, this works for you.

We paint and sketch locations along the coast in and near Mendocino. This is the second year for this class which was a great success last year. We have an indoor studio to work from but will also go out on location.

Mendocino is a beautiful village perched on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Its Victorian homes and rustic charm have been the location for movies like East of Eden and the TV show Murder She Wrote. It has many shops, restaurants, galleries, and inns. Mendocino is located on Highway 1 north of San Francisco.

To get registration information please visit the Mendocino Art Center Website.


Drifter’s Hideout