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With your classes you've inspired me beyond belief. I'm creating art in ways I never dreamed I could!
Lana Qualey
Mackinaw City


My newest class is Watercolor Nature Journaling, one session which has already been taught in my garden in June and another which will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island on August 30 and 31. Emphasis in this class is on combining drawing, painting and writing instruction while experiencing the joys of being in nature. It’s fun, it’s low stress, and it’s great for beginners or established sketchbookers who are looking to add something new to their journals. It’s flexible because some of you who are already into journaling might want to put more emphasis into the writing part, and those of you who are artistic might want to go heavier into the illustration of your journal.

August 30 and 31, Mission Point Resort, 10-4 each day with an hour for lunch. Cost for this class is $149. Please register at Supply list is on my website.

Other Mackinac Island classes are all Introduction to Watercolor—a great way to try painting without investing in supplies because we supply everything you need to create and take home a lovely painting made by YOU! Classes are from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Art Museum on July 17 (geraniums), July 18 (sailboat) and August 15 (hollyhocks). These classes are sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council which subsidizes costs to keep it low—only $10 for each evening. Register for one or more.  These classes fill quickly so register online soon at

An Introduction to Watercolor class will be held on August 8 from 10 to 12 at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery at 302 Newman Street in downtown East Tawas, Michigan. All supplies will be furnished and the cost is $35. We will be painting pretty hollyhocks that morning. To register, call Kate Kelsey, director of classes at the gallery: (734) 635-5334.

The Mackinaw City Area Arts Council has invited me to teach an Introduction to Watercolor Painting class on August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mackinaw Women’s Club building at 310 E. Jamet Street in Mackinaw City. We will be painting hollyhocks (suitable to be placed in an 8x10 mat and frame) that day—they should be blooming all over town by then! Cost is only $10 because registration is subsidized by the MCAAC. It’s a great way to spend part of an afternoon of your vacation.

Private Groups: I am available to host a group in my home studio for a class that I call “A Gentle Introduction to Watercolor Painting.” I will furnish all supplies for this class and you will leave with a painting that you’ve created suitable for an 8 x 10 frame. Cost is $35 per student with a minimum of six students. Call for more information and to arrange a date for you and your friends or family to learn the basics of watercolor painting. (231) 627-8069 or (231) 818-6365.

In June I taught a Nature Journaling class to a group of writers at a private cottage in a beautiful wooded setting. If you would like to do something like this, let me know and we can customize a class just for your group.

Please watch the next edition of my newsletter and my Facebook page for additions to this class schedule.



Watercolor Paint in tubes: Purchase a "professional" or "artist" grade of paint, not a "student" or "academy" grade. There are many brands of paint. What you use will affect your success. I recommend Winsor & Newton (NOT the Winsor & Newton Cotman version), Holbein, or Daniel Smith brands. Colors needed: Alizarine Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine (blue) or Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Sap Green or Sap Green, Winsor Green (BS=Blue Shade) or Pthalo Green. That's 7 tubes of paint total. Buy the smallest tubes you can find to start with.

Watercolor Brushes: Synthetic; Round #2, #5 or 6," and #10 or 12. This is an assortment of small, medium, and large brushes.

Watercolor Paper: Arches 140 lb. cold press. You can purchase large sheets and tear them to size desired (I will teach you how to do this in class) or buy an Arches watercolor block. I will have sheets of Arches paper in class for you to purchase for $5.00 per 22"x30" sheet. As with paint, there are many brands of paper.

Watercolor Palette: Medium size, plastic, with a cover that can be used as a mixing area.

Eraser: A kneaded eraser (doesn't leave little eraser shavings)

Water containers: Two cottage cheese cartons work well—one for clean water, one for used water.

Sponge: A new kitchen sponge (buy at grocery store).

Pencil: A regular #2 lead

Reference photos of things you might like to paint

A large tote bag to carry your gear. (You do not have to buy a new bag—use one you already have.)

*** To make it easy for you, I have registered this supply list with Cheap Joe's Art Supplies (a catalog/online store). Just give them my name and they will know exactly what I have specified that you will need. You may buy all or part of the things on this list from them.

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, 1-800-227-2788,

I suggest buying your supplies as soon as you register for the class to allow for any backorder situations.

Please call me at (231) 818-6365 (Cell) if you have questions about this list or about using supplies you might already have.


Journal with heavyweight paper (140 lb. smooth paper). I use Stillman & Birn Zeta Series, 5x8, hardcover, spiral bound sketchbook. Strathmore Visual Journal is also a good one.

Small palette: I use a Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box by Sakura, 24 colors. Bring a large size zip lock plastic bag to hold your palette after a painting session.

Brush: I use the waterbrush that comes with the Koi Kit, or you can buy a travel watercolor brush size 6

Water cup with screw-on cap. Must be leak-proof.

Pencil with #2 lead

Kneaded eraser (doesn’t leave marks or eraser debris)

Correction pen (white ink)

Pigma Micron pen, black ink, point size 03. You may also use 01 or 05. Your pen MUST contain permanent ink

Paper towels, 3 of them folded into squares in a sandwich size plastic bag.

Small tote bag to hold these supplies (you may use a plastic grocery bag)

A foldable chair to sit on while painting

You may want to bring a stool to place your supplies on while you’re painting.

Some of these materials may be substituted with things you already have. Please contact me with questions about this:
Phone: (231) 627-8069 – home;  (231) 818-6365 – cell

I suggest buying your supplies as soon as you register for the class to allow for any backorder situations.



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