Exploring Watercolor Techniques: NEW!

If you are looking for inspiration, and to better understand the watercolor medium, this is the class for you!  Join us for an adventure into various ways to paint with watercolors.  We will experiment with various techniques, such as: wet-in-wet, pouring paint, negative painting, ways to add texture, working on gessoed paper, using modeling paste, and other topics, as the class dictates.  I will do weekly demos, and then help each student individually.  Weekly "homework" will help you to see rapid improvement!  This class is six weeks long. 

Location:Larkin Arts, 61 Court Square, Harrisonburg
Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 17-Nov. 21
Cost: $165
Experience: all levels welcome
Register: www.larkinarts.com, or call (540)236-4223

Abstract Acrylics: NEW one day workshop! Two dates and locations

Join us for a fun day of painting your own unique acrylic painting.  I will teach the basics of painting with acrylics, along with designing a good abstract painting.  Most students will complete two paintings in this one day workshop!

Bring photos if you like, especially shapes and colors that inspire you.  Bring your own acrylic supplies (a list will be sent), and two canvases (size and shape of your choice), and pay $60.  Or, if you are new to acrylics and want me to bring off of your materials, let me know by Oct. 8 and pay $80 (member) or $95  (nonmember). 

Location: Highland Center, Monterey, VA
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 10-3
Cost: $60 bring your own supplies, or $80 supplies provided
Register: Contact Margie Boesch at highlandbarnquilts@gmail.com

Location: Edinburg Mill, 214 South Main St., Edinburg, VA
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm
Cost: $60 VECCA member, $75 nonmember (or $80 or $95, materials provided).  
Register: by Oct. 8, check payable to VECCA.  Send to: Barbara Randel, 1929 Ridge Hollow Rd. Edinburg, VA

Learning from the Masters in Watercolor: NEW!
Note: This class is full.  Contact BSSS to be put on a waiting list.

During weekly lessons, you will study the designs, methods, and inspirations of master watercolorists, and thereby learn to enhance your own paintings. You will choose one watercolor painting by a master to copy, to better understand his or her process.  The other lessons will involve studying what made other masters' watercolors successful, practicing their techniques, and using that to paint what inspires you.  I will start the sessions with a brief summary of some of the artists who shaped watercolor painting, including Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, John Marin, John Singer Sargent, and others.  Peg will offer students detailed critiques and one-on-one assistance.

Location: Beverley Street Studio School, Staunton, Van der Veer studio
Dates: Mondays, October 23-November 27
Time: 9:30am -12 pm 
Cost: Members $165; Non-members $195
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Register: www.bssschool.org, or call (540)886-8636

Animals in Pen and Ink and Watercolor: NEW one day workshop!

Do you love animals? Would you like to learn how to paint animals?  This hands-on workshop will give you some great tips  The class will include demonstrations, a color worksheet, and individual help.  Bring photos of your pets, favorite animals, wildlife, whatever inspires you.  You may even want to create a Christmas gift for someone special!  You will go home with a small painting, and everything you need to know to get started painting animals.  All materials included; just come and paint!  Wear old clothes or bring an apron.  

Location: Augusta County Government Center, Verona
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $75
Experience: Beginner to intermediate
Register: www.co.augusta.va.us, or call (540)245-5727

Figures in the Landscape: One Day Workshop

Add life to your landscapes and city scenes! Learn how to paint loose, colorful, active individuals and groups within your scene.  Think of fishermen, bikers, hikers, swimmers, shoppers, tourists, etc. Bring reference photos of landscapes with crowds, couples, individuals, dog walkers, etc.; active people who will add interest to your paintings.  Let Peg show you easy ways to paint simple figures in your scenes.  Then see them come to life!

Location: Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $80 (optional watercolor kit $50, or bring your own supplies (see registration form).  
Register:  On this website, go to "SVAC Registration Form" page.  Print out form, fill in, and send fee to Peg at address listed. 


Classes Offered September through November 2017 (winter classes will be posted soon!)

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!