River Landscapes: NEW!

Discover the fun of painting river reflections, cascades, falls, etc., in this one day workshop.   Let the paint run, pool, and do what rivers do naturally!  Peg will provide demonstrations, color worksheets, and one-on-one help. 
Bring your photos of river scenes, waterfalls, action on the river - birds, fishing, canoes, etc.  Bring your supplies and paintings in progress that you want help on.  

Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 122 East Court St., Woodstock
Date:  Saturday, June 17
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $60 VECCA member, $75 nonmember
Experience: Beginner to advanced
Register: by calling Barbara Randel at (540)984-9299 or email at searand3@yahoo.com.  Send check to 1929 Ridge Hollow Road, Edinburg, VA  22824

Wade into Watercolor: NEW!

Summer is a great time of year to paint scenes featuring water.  With beautiful rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, bays and oceans in Virginia, we have inspiration everywhere! Peg will help you learn how to paint reflections, ripples, waves, etc.  Bring photos of your favorite sites, and learn to paint them convincingly and creatively! Class includes demonstrations and one-on-one help.  

Location: Larkin Arts, 61 Court Square, Harrisonburg
Dates: Tuesday evenings, June 20-August 1 (no class July 4)
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $165
Experience: Beginner to advanced
Register: at www.larkinarts.com, or call (540)236-4233
Note: Larkin Arts is offering the required supplies at a discount to students of this class!

Painting from Life in Watercolor: NEW!
*Note: There is only one spot left in this class. Sign up now!

This summer class will increase students' mind-to-brush dexterity, sharpen observational skills, clarify visual memory and improve drawing and painting skills. The course will focus on learning to see colors, shapes, and values, and translate them to the painting. Subject matter will vary, including some painting outdoors. Peg will offer students detailed critiques and one-on-one assistance. The six classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30 am until noon beginning June 28, and the registration deadline is June 21. The cost is $165 for members before June 21, and $195 for members after June 21 and nonmembers. Hurry; only four spots remain. Join us!

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Location: Beverley Street Studio School, 
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Beginning Watercolors

Have you always wanted to try painting in watercolors?  Then join us in this fun beginner's class.  I will lead you through simple lessons in technique, and then a step-by-step painting.  You will watch me, then try it yourself.  A color worksheet will help you along the way.  You will go home with at least one completed, matted painting.  Please bring photos of summer scenes. 

Locations: Augusta County Government Center, Verona
Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Cost: $75; all materials provided
Experience: No experience necessary
Register: www.co.augusta.va, or call (540)345-5727

Ocean Scenes in Watercolor: NEW!

Are you a beach lover?  If so, you probably have many photos of beach life, waves, dunes, and sunbathers. Bring your vacation photos to this one-day workshop, and we will turn your photos into beautiful watercolor paintings!  The class will include demonstrations, one-on-one help, and a colored worksheet to take home. You will go home with at least one completed, matted painting.  

Location:  Augusta County Government Center, Verona
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Cost: $75; materials provided.
Experience: Beginner to advanced
Register: www.co.augusta.va, or call (540)345-5727

Classes Offered June through August

Watercolor Materials List:

Paper: I insist on Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper for classes and workshops. It is not possible to do what I am teaching on cheap paper. At least 4 half sheets for a six-week class.  For a workshop, bring at least two half sheets.  The back of old paintings are always fine to use.  Several small pieces of "scrap" watercolor paper (old paintings, etc) to test colors and practice on.   Contact me if you need paper; if you notify me 2 weeks in advance I will bring a full sheet for you for $6.

Brushes: An assortment of rounds and flats, including: a 1" flat, a large round (8 to 12 or more), a 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch flat, and a liner (with long, thin bristles) if you have one. Also bring a Fritch Scrubber if you have one, or an old stubby bristle brush.

Palette: A covered palette is best, but if you don't have one bring two large white or clear plastic plates or something you can mix paint in for washes.  You need a well in the middle to mix up puddles of paint.  I recommend the Robert E. Wood palette.

Paints: Whatever paints you have are probably fine, but be sure to bring a yellow, a red, a blue, and some colors you can use to mix up darks.  

A large water container, paper towels, a board (even a piece of wood or foam core is fine), and something to raise up one end of the board (a block of wood, a table easel, etc.)  

A pencil, a sketchbook or white paper, an apron if you want, problem watercolors if you would like me to help you with them.  Also references: drawings or photos of things that interest you, preferably with lights and darks and mid-values.

Note: If you are wondering about supplies, you are welcome to call me, at (540)886-2177.  Also, I offer a "Beginner Kit" with paper, paint, brushes and paper, for $40 (let me know at least 2 weeks before the class is offered!).  If you are lacking something else, let me know and I will see if I have extras.
Recent testimonials from some of my spring students:
"The enjoyment of watercolor painting is enhanced by Peg's enthusiasm and professionalism.  Each class gets better and better - so much fun!

"Peg is the most positive, enthusiastic teacher I've had! She always encourages what's good but also offers suggestions for improvement!"

"Peg is such a great teacher.  She always has examples to show, demonstrations, and time to give individual help.  She is genuine, enthusiastic, and encouraging. I really enjoyed this class."

"If you want a watercolor instructor who teaches "no fear" painting techniques with expertise and encouragement, Peg is first choice!"

​All of the paintings on this page are student work!