Classes/Workshops, 2017


The Playful Muse: Mixed Media Painting
     at Susan's Studio in Sebastopol, California


Put the PLAY factor back into your painting. Learn to recognize your intuitive voice as it takes you in new directions. Each session adds a new mixed media painting technique to your repertoire, pushing the boundaries of inks and acrylics, adding textures, collage, image transfers and more. Meditation and writing are added to the mix to evoke that powerful Muse energy!

Visit my blog for ideas to wet your creative appetite!

Monday Afternoon Muses
May 15-June 26 (CANCELLED)

New Monday Afternoon Muses
6 week session
Sept 11-Oct 23, 2017 (no class on Oct 2)
Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Cost $210 for 6 weeks

Registration Information
Space is limited, so register early! To register, contact me at or call 707-824-8163.


Sketch Vignettes to share the story that interests YOU!


Date: June 10
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $45
Location: Meet at Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone, CA (west of Sebastopol in Sonoma Co.)

Do you feel overwhelmed when confronted by the complexity of visual information when you sit down to sketch? In this workshop we will explore tools for quickly getting to the story you most want to tell in your sketch. We will build the sketch out from the point of your greatest interest, connecting it to its context and leaving out all that isn't needed to make a more powerful impact. Principles of vignette design and utilizing the white of the paper will be practiced along with simple drawing and watercolor applications.

For more information and to register, contact me at or call 707-824-8163.

This is one of ten on-location workshops held in the Bay Area in 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers, an international organization whose core value is to share the world, one drawing at a time. To view the full offering of exciting sketch workshops with the other urban sketch teachers visit

Experimental Mixed Media Painting Workshop: "Patina"
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High St, Sebastopol, CA


June 24, 25, 2017, 10am-4pm
Time: 10am-4pm
$160/member, $165/non member

Allow your imagination to take flight as you push the boundaries of acrylic painting with texture and collage. Day one we'll explore acrylic and paper-made textures to create lively painting surfaces. Day two we'll enter the realm of "patina" with inks and acrylics to capture the metallic look, the subtle light catching sparkle and appearance of aged, worn shiny surfaces.

This workshop is designed to engage your intuitive voice while offering tools and guidance to carry you through to finished paintings. Daily demonstrations and individual guidance will be provided along with ample opportunity to develop your own paintings.

Materials list provided.

For more information and to register contact me at or call 707-824-8163

Travel Sketching
On Location in the Town of Occidental


August 26th 2017
Time: 10am-4pm

Leave your cell phone in your pocket and record your memories in a pen and watercolor sketch that tells the story as you remember it. In this on-location workshop you will have a whole day of practice with drawing exercises, strategies for designing your sketches and adding watercolor in a charming town nestled in the redwoods. 

For more information and to register contact me at or call 707-824-8163


If you prefer a private lesson or art consultation:
Private painting lessons tailored to your interests and schedule: watercolor and acrylic painting and sketchbooking
$75/hour and a half