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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

For any of the following classes, please call for more information: (231) 627-8069 (home) or (231) 818-6365 (cell).



On January 8 and 9 from 9 to 3 each day (with a one hour lunch break) I will offer a Watercolor Sketchbook Journal class. You will learn to record and keep your memories in your own illustrated journal. See your world through new eyes as you quickly paint pages from your travels, your gardens, your holidays, and your everyday life in your own charming illustrated journal. Cost: $149 BIG Arts members, $186 non-members.

On Thursdays from January 11 through February 8, 1:30-4:30, I will teach Watercolor Painting for All Levels at BIG Arts.  Students with all levels of experience are welcome. Instruction customized to students’ needs will be emphasized. My goal for this series of classes is to extend your knowledge of watercolor painting through demonstrations and individual instruction as we focus on a different design element or technique each week. Supply list will be provided when you register. Cost: $145 BIG Arts members,  $181 non-members.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting will be taught on Tuesday, February 6 from 1-4. Everything is supplied—you don’t have to bring a thing. Get an idea of what watercolor painting is all about without having to buy your own supplies. And it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon of your vacation on beautiful Sanibel Island! Cost: $45 BIG Arts members, $56 non-members.

For more information or to register please call BIG Arts at 239-395-0900.

I’ve already had inquiries about classes for next spring and summer. It’s way too early to make any concrete plans for these classes because the sponsoring organizations don’t have their full schedules ready yet. But watch future newsletters and website updates for classes.

I AM planning a two-day sketchbook journaling class in my garden in June, this one with a nature theme.  Watch for details in future newsletters about this new classs.

Next summer I have been invited back to Mackinac Island to teach a two-day workshop through the Mackinac Arts Council—date to be announced later this spring.


An extended class, Watercolor Techniques for students of all levels will be held at my home studio between Mackinaw City and Cheboygan on four consecutive Wednesdays in April (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 1-4 p.m. During each class session I will spend some time demonstrating a new technique then assisting students as they try it out for themselves. For the rest of the class period students will work on their own paintings with my assistance as I customize instruction to students’ needs. Supply list is on my website, Cost for this four-week class is $110. Please call 231-818-6365 for more information or to register.


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 leave with a painting that you’ve created, suitable for an 8x10 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: 231-818-6365.


An Introduction to Watercolor class is scheduled for August 8, 2018 from 10 till noon 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! Call the gallery to register for this class: (989) 362-5613.



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.


Please check back for 2018 events!





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