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picture Beginner Artists—learn the basics of pencil, watercolor and acrylic. Each medium will be covered in 6 to 8 hours of instruction, either in a one day class or split into a number of 2 hour classes. Students will learn the basics of drawing, composition, shading, perspective, and portraits. Subjects vary from still-lifes, landscapes, birds and animals, cartoons and flowers. In watercolor, the student will learn washes, color mixing, tonal studies as well as other techniques. In acrylics you will learn the versatility of this medium painting on paper, fabric and canvas. Materials for this program are supplied—no worries about buying something and then finding out you don't really like working in ... whatever.

Intermediate instruction—Students will learn more techniques and when to use them in pencil, watercolor and acrylic. Charcoal and pen & ink techniques can also be covered if the student wants them. You will end up with finished paintings and learn something about matting and framing your art.

Lessons can be private or group and will be taught in the Mellowood Studio.


Beginner Pencil—my beginner classes in each medium can be taught as a workshop

  • the what and why of your tools
  • basic shapes and how to find them in your subject
  • shading and doing a simple still-life
  • using references and more tools
  • learning to reproduce what you see not what you think you know—drawing from an upside-down reference
  • draw landscapes, birds, animals, and flowers
  • learn about composition, negative space and planning your picture


  • aerial perspective—distance in landscape
  • one and two point perspective—in objects and buildings
  • drawing a simple building with a peaked roof
  • reproducing a building from reference material—how to find the eye level and the vanishing points
  • some of the trickier problems—rows of windows, tile floors, stairways

Adding Pen & Ink to your Watercolors


  • pen & ink strokes and when to use them
  • paint first then ink
  • ink first then paint
  • adding pen to an old watercolor painting
  • paint a picture of a stump or fence post with leaves, flowers and grasses then add the pen work.

Painting Fog in Watercolor


  • planning the picture
  • staining colors—how much water to use
  • opaque colors and mixing
  • painting the picture

Acrylic on paper

  • the versatility of acrylics
  • watercolor style background
  • semi-transparent foreground subject
  • solid foreground subject

Acrylic with a palette knife

  • painting surface
  • a loose landscape using only a palette knife for majority of the painting
  • mixing your colors on your canvas

These are examples of the workshops I can teach. Each workshop is a full day of instruction (6 to 7 hrs.). Classes should have a maximum of 15 students to allow personal instruction. A list of materials will be supplied for each workshop. You organize the workshop and I will come to you! Price determined by the number of participants and by distance and accommodations.

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