Workshop Schedule

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.

For more information please contact me by clicking on "Contact Me".

Finding your Nature Through Nature/CLASS FULL

March 21, 2014toMarch 23, 2014

Santa Barbara, California

Indoor studio workshop focusing on abstract shapes found in nature. Watermedia techniques using watercolor and gesso. Engage your inner artist with subjects from nature to find your painter’s voice.

For registration email: Katherine,

Hidden Landscape




At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

April 4, 2014toApril 6, 2014


Visit the beautiful California foothills in spring while taking a workshop at the Petroglyphe Gallery.

Go beyond surface details and find out what makes a painting work.  During this intensive three day program we will learn how shapes are the building blocks of good painting, and how their arrangement on the painting surface is the heart of composition in representational painting. The power in the landscape is learning to see the landscape as an arrangement of masses rather than details.
Demonstrations will highlight the importance of :
-How to use the picture plane in arranging shapes.
-How dark and lights (value) can create strong design
-Color in composition
-How to use
-Using line in design

For registration and information contact:

cost: $295.

Class limited to 12 participants

209 286 1387


At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

May 17, 2014


One Day Class

This workshop is for those who want to develop skills in drawing what they see. Participants will learn methods to develop a relationship between the hand, the eye, and the subject. Drawing is not a mysterious talent by those flawless few, it is a skill anyone can learn. Join us at Petroglyphe Gallery for this exciting beginning to a journey of visual discovery.

Cost: $85.

209 286 1387

Northern California Coast

June 2, 2014toJune 5, 2014

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.

watermedia and collage workshop that follows this one on June 7, 8, 9.

Check listings for the second workshop


On location, Navarro River Beach.

Drifter’s Hideout






Mendocino California, Northern California Coast

June 7, 2014toJune 9, 2014

From Line to Design

Using subjects from nature and the landscape we will design and abstract using techniques and materials that go beyond pure watercolor. We start with watercolor and build up layers from transparent to opaque using white gesso as our white opaque pigment. Included in this class is some collage using drawings we have made during the week. We use these drawing as collage material on our paintings. Think layer upon layer to get interesting surfaces and design.
Join us on this adventure in painting from the inside out.

Mendo Town

Virginia City, Nevada

June 24, 2014toJune 29, 2014

St Mary’s Art Center

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.

ST Mary’s Art Center will be featuring Blue Shadow Country an exhibition of Dale’s paintings.

Tuition and lodging are included in the cost: $585. Spouses and partners are welcome.  25. per night extra

For those commuting or staying elsewhere Tuition only/ No Lodging $485.

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.

Register with Dale Laitinen


Art Studio, St Mary's






At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

September 20, 2014


One day class

How to use shapes in creating simple abstract compositions.  In this 1 day workshop, participants will create an abstract painting using the cruciform design.  This strong design scaffolding has unlimited potential in painting, students will uncover that potential in watercolor.  Bring your favorite watercolors and materials.

This will be a good primer for the Oct 17, 18, 19, Expanding Watermedia Boundaries

Petroglyphe Gallery

209 286 1387


Pinecrest Lake, California

October 3, 2014toOctober 5, 2014

OCT  3, 4, & 5, 2014

Watercolor Painting on Location

Early October in the Sierra will show its colors. Paint the rugged landscape of the Sierra along the Sonora Pass Highway. This workshop will emphasize not only the grand landscape of granite but the changes of season and the many moods that brings to the artist. Be prepared for outdoor painting in a very beautiful setting.

In October after the crowds of summer have left we will have most places all to ourselves. Bring your outdoor gear and join me for this exciting painting experience.

Tuition: $325.


Contact: Dale Laitinen for registration and lodging information.


At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

October 17, 2014toOctober 19, 2014

EXPANDING WATERMEDIA BOUNDARIES, PAINTING AND COLLAGE with Dale Laitinen.  In this 3 day workshop participants will use watercolor, gesso, and collage materials and experiment with abstraction to expand their way of thinking about watermedia.  The workshop starts with transparent watercolor and builds surfaces and space relationships to make exciting paintings.  Students will expand their creative thinking and explore the use of materials in new ways.  Gesso is used to create opaque layers and surface texture, and collage is used to dramatically change design and create interesting painting surfaces.  Give your creative and problem solving mind a chance to stretch, and join us for this exciting experience.

You might consider taking the September 20  1 day workshop “Basic Design Strategies in Abstract Painting” in preparation for this one. It is not necessary but it would be a helpful jump-start.

Cost $295.

Limit 12 Participants

contact: Petroglyphe Gallery

209 286 1387

Monterey Bay Area

October 28, 2014toOctober 30, 2014

Central Coast Art Association

Watercolor, Designing Powerful Landscapes

Painting shapes is the key to strong design.
for registration information contact Deborah Russell: