Night Scenes in Watercolor​

Don't be afraid of the dark! You can paint mysterious, moody, wonderful paintings of the evening or night in watercolor.  No experience needed!  Learn how to plan a night painting, then learn techniques for painting sunsets, stars, moonlight, streetlights, and shadows at night.  I will show you how, through demonstrations, worksheets, and individual help.  Wear old clothes or bring an apron.   Most students will complete two small paintings in this one day workshop!   Be sure to bring your own favorite photos of night or evening scenes!  All supplies provided; just come and paint!   

Date: Saturday March 3
Time: 10 to 3, with 45 minute lunch break
Cost: $88, all supplies included
Location: Government Center, Verona, in the kitchen
Register: at, or call (540)245-5727

Learning from the Masters in Watercolor

Join us as we study the work of watercolor masters, such as: JMW Turner, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth.  Each week, we will look at the work of an artist, discuss their techniques and approaches to watercolor, and then do a lesson based on their work.  You choose works that inspire you, and either copy them or use the artist's techniques to enrich painting of your own images.  You will be surprised what you can learn, and how it helps your own paintings!

Dates: Tuesday evenings, March 6-April 10, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Cost: $160
Location: Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA
Register: Call (540) 236-4223

Watercolor Creativity Booster
Note: This class is already half full. Don't wait too long to register!

Do your watercolor paintings need something more?  Join me in this new course designed to give your creative journey a jumpstart.  I will demonstrate fresh new ways to start a painting, to save paintings you thought were lost, and to bring paintings to a higher level of finish.  I will demonstrate how to use products to enhance or correct 
your paintings, such as watercolor mediums, gouache, and acrylics.  We will also try working on different types of paper.  An emphasis will be placed on planning through design, doing value sketches, and planning your color palette for each painting.  Some watercolor mediums will be provided.  

Dates: Mondays, March 19 through April 23
Time: 9:30 am to 12 noon
Cost: Members of BSSS $170, nonmembers $200
(cost includes a small materials fee)
Register: at, or call (540)886-8636

Sign up for Spring Classes now, before they fill up!
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!