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".

Paint the California Coast Plein Air

January 23, 2015toJanuary 25, 2015

Cambria, California

January 23, 24, 25, 2015

Join us for an early season landscape painting workshop on the California Coast. The landscape and shore here is one the most unspoiled you will find. To the north is Big Sur and south a few miles is Morro Bay. Here you will find yourself painting in the center of it all. The best weather found on the coast can be had this time of year.
The fog is gone and the sun is out.

Dale Laitinen provides demonstrations and lectures on location. Individual instruction and critiques will be available throughout your day. Bring your sketchbook and paints and join us for a fantastic painting opportunity.

Tuition: only $375.
Contact Barbara Tankersley for registration and workshop details.
Art materials are participants responsibility.
A list of materials will be provided on signup.


At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

January 31, 2015

January 31, 2015 Painting Watercolor on Aquabord

Paint on this fascinating new watercolor surface. Aquabord is a clay surface specially designed for watercolor painting. If you like brighter colors you will love this! It is easily liftable back to the white surface. Another advantage is there is no need for matting and glassing for presentation.  Learn the tricks and techniques of painting on Aquabord.

For Cost and workshop details

209 286 1387




At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

February 28, 2015

February 28th, 2015 Practical Color mixing in Watercolor,
More than just color theory, this workshop will introduce you to practice of color mixing. Learn what colors are actually in your paint tubes and how they mix with each other. This gives you a head-start for other workshops and will make your painting experience more exciting

Petroglyphe Gallery

209 286 1387




Kanuga Watermedia Workshop, North Carolina

April 11, 2015toApril 17, 2015

April 11 to 17, 2015

Line to Design

Join us at beautiful Kanuga near Hendersonville, North Carolina for this intensive week long workshop.

Each day of Dale’s workshop will be devoted to one of the five elements that make a painting sparkle, empowering you to take the basics of line, shape, value, texture, and color to a deeper level. Whether you choose an abstract or representational style, it is a perfect class for gaining fresh eye awareness and enriching your skills in these “make it or break it” elements.


At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

April 24, 2015toApril 26, 2015

Petroglyphe Gallery April 24, 25, 26, 2015

Paint the California  landscape in watercolor . Join me painting the foothills in spring. We explore and paint the countryside surrounding the beautiful town of Mokelumne Hill, fondly known as Moke Hill.

The hills, valleys and trees will provide wonderful challenges in watercolor painting.

Limit 12 Participants

contact: Petroglyphe Gallery for costs, details and registration

209 286 1387




Northern California Coast

June 1, 2015toJune 4, 2015

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






Mendocino California, Northern California Coast

June 6, 2015toJune 8, 2015


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

Virginia City, Nevada

June 17, 2015toJune 21, 2015

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






Springmaid, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

November 2, 2015toNovember 6, 2015

November 2 thru 6, 2015

Head south in November for one of the premier workshop experiences in the country.  Join me at Springmaid for an exciting workshop using nature as a springboard for design and abstraction.

Check out this website for information and registration:

At the “Pet” Mokelumne Hill, California

November 13, 2015toNovember 15, 2015

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