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.

Virginia City, Nevada

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

St Mary’s Art Center

Class begins June 15th to 20th, 2016

Check in and welcome dinner Tuesday June 14, 2016

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 Wednesday the 15th but arrival is on Tuesday the 14th 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






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

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