Classes & Workshops

  • "Cynthia is an extraordinarily gifted and skilled teacher. Watercolor as a medium has a notorious reputation of being difficult, tempestuous even…Cynthia makes watercolor painting fun and very approachable. She can teach to students of all skill levels - from very beginner to long-time practitioners. Her classes are marked by her incredibly generous approach to sharing her deep passion for art and her broad knowledge of all aspects of the processes of painting. Come to her classes prepared to learn! I am continuously amazed at the amount of material she packs into every class and yet she maintains a light-hearted and fun approach.

    One of the areas where Cynthia’s skills are particularly in evidence are her gentle yet detailed critiques. If you struggle with not liking your work, not knowing where to go next with a piece, or not knowing what is “wrong” ….this is where you will likely find a great deal of helpful assistance. Cynthia helps identify things in a piece that our eyes often miss due to our inexperience or general errors due to our long hours spent looking at the same piece.

    Cynthia’s broad skills and uniquely knowledgeable approach to teaching has brought me many enriching and enjoyable experiences painting with watercolors."

    - Lynn Grasamkee

  • "Focused, resourceful, and intuitive, Cynthia accommodates a range of art levels and skill sets. The beginner and seasoned artist can explore techniques in ways fitting for each one. Sharing among classmates further evolves in critiques, and usually by the end of the class, a warm camaraderie has grown.

    Being in one of Cynthia's classes is somewhat like going on a well-planned adventure. Guided by a solid itinerary, fortified with lectures and demonstrations, the group embarks together on an exploration that is guaranteed to have its lighthearted and spontaneous moments as well as assignments that require patience, practice, and concentration. When the journey's done, each artist has expanded abilities, a fuller tool kit, and the pleasure of greater confidence."

    - Carolyn Swift

  • "Cynthia is not only a multitalented artist but a consummate educator.  Every one of her lessons is a gem.  Her students are treated to a perfect balance of art history, theory, demonstration, hands-on practice...and FUN!  It's obvious that she spends a great deal of time and thought preparing for each class.

    Cynthia has mastered the "art" of online instruction and shifts seamlessly between prepared slides, clear views of demonstrations and images of her students' work.

    The greatest treat is how generous Cynthia is with her time.  Whether during class or a specially scheduled critique session, Cynthia offers comments that are always constructive and respectful, and she encourages her students to offer the same.  What results is a positive, collaborative and enjoyable experience for all"

    - Susan Chollar

  • “Cynthia is a wonderful artist and a generous teacher.  I have taken several of her classes and can say she takes her students seriously.  She meets you where you are in your skill level and starts with the basics everyone should know. At the same time she is creative in presenting challenges for those ready to move ahead.  No one gets lost in the shuffle.  Everyone’s understanding of the material is addressed individually.   She is always well prepared, with visuals, demonstrations, exercises to improve skills, new materials to try, and books to read.  There’s no pressure,  just a wealth of information for you to use as your time and interest permits.  She shows you the path to becoming a better artist.”

    - Janet Platen

  • "After not picking up a paint brush in over 40 years, I was introduced to Cynthia's classes.  Studying with her has been a transformative experience. She expertly taught me watercolor from a novice level to a mastery of the techniques. Her depth of knowledge and kind but demanding teaching style got me out of my comfort zone to explore color theory, composition, and values that I can apply to all art disciplines, not just watercolor.  She has a great sense of humor and a more than generous spirit.  It has been a joy learning from her.

    - Patti Wilson

  • “I took a few journaling classes with Cynthia and now I have a great journal about journaling.  Not only can I look back and remember the exercises I did and the techniques and tools that I experimented with, but I have pages of notes regarding authors, artists, art supplies, and all sorts of information regarding color, format, process and composition. After that I took her classes on gouache and watercolor landscapes and found them as enjoyable and productive.   It was easy to see that there was a lot of planning and preparation for each class but Cynthia was also open to feedback from the class in terms of what individuals were interested in around a topic.Being in her class was a pleasure and helped my knowledge base and confidence tremendously.”

    - Beverly Flemming

  • "I want to share my enthusiasm and appreciation of Cynthia's encouraging and skillful approach to sharing her love of art. I've taken many group classes as well as private lessons with her. Cynthia is always very prepared with organized, clearly thought out lessons. She is respectful of each student's artistic vision, skill level and learning style. I started out a beginning student and now I am able to create paintings that I feel proud of."

    - Aviva Longinotti

    Painting The San Juan Islands
    18
    Oct
    2022

    Small Group Critique - Fall 2022 Block #1

    10-18-2022 3:00 pm - 12-13-2022 3:00 pm
    $60.00
    Small Group Critique - Fall 2022 Block #1

    By limiting these sessions to only 5 students, we have the luxury of time to explore the work completed each month. Offered in a 3 month block, each student has the opportunity to take in and act upon gentle suggestions to show growth and development in their work over time. As with all my classes, recordings will be available for later review.

    Fall Block #1: Tuesdays; October 18, November 15, & December 13. 3pm-4pm PST

    20
    Oct
    2022

    Small Group Critique - Fall 2022 Block #2

    10-20-2022 3:00 pm - 12-15-2022 3:00 pm
    $60.00
    Small Group Critique - Fall 2022 Block #2

    By limiting these sessions to only 5 students, we have the luxury of time to explore the work completed each month. Offered in a 3 month block, each student has the opportunity to take in and act upon gentle suggestions to show growth and development in their work over time. As with all my classes, recordings will be available for later review.

    Fall Block #2: Thursdays; October 20, November 17, & December 15. 3pm-4pm PST

    07
    Nov
    2022

    Autumn Leaves in Watercolor/Gouache

    11-07-2022 - 11-14-2022
    $195.00
    Autumn Leaves in Watercolor/Gouache

    Online through the Winslow Art Center.  This 2 day workshop will allow us to celebrate autumn and it's colors in watercolor and gouache. What better way to enjoy the vibrant season than in painting leaves!  Join us for exploring varied watercolor textures and techniques while learning color mixing to paint nature's masterpieces.  Suitable for all levels.

    All classes will be recorded and made available for later review.   Addtional critique sessions will be offered November 13 & 20th; 3 to 4pm PST.

    18
    Jan
    2023

    Small Group Critique - Winter 2023 Block #3

    01-18-2023 3:00 pm - 03-15-2023 3:00 pm
    $60.00
    Small Group Critique - Winter 2023 Block #3

    By limiting these sessions to only 5 students, we have the luxury of time to explore the work completed each month. Offered in a 3 month block, each student has the opportunity to take in and act upon gentle suggestions to show growth and development in their work over time. As with all my classes, recordings will be available for later review.

    Winter 2023 Block #3: Wednesdays; January 18, February 15, & March 15; 3 to 4pm PST

    15
    Feb
    2023

    Landscape Paint Along Series

    02-15-2023 10:00 am - 03-08-2023 10:00 am
    $295.00

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    Designed to cover special topics in the watercolor landscape genre, this series will allow students to ‘paint along’ with Cynthia . We will explore traditional and alternative watercolor techniques and paint application/brush handling, along with more nuanced discussions of composition and design.

    As with all Zoom courses, video recordings of the class sessions will be made available to registered students to allow review and to assist in homework assignments. A separate class critique session will be scheduled to offer review and feedback of inclass work and homework assignments.

    4 Weeks
    Wednesday mornings: February 15 - March 8, 2023; separate critique sessions TBD
    10am to 12pm PST; 

    19
    Aug
    2023

    Travel Painting in Italy! 2023

    08-19-2023 - 08-26-2023
    Travel Painting in Italy! 2023

    Back for a second year at the incomparable Watermill at Posara, join us for a week of sketching, painting and exploring this most lovely part of Tuscany!  The course will include demonstrations, exercises and gentle critique to assist students in developing confidence in a variety of watercolor/gouache techniques; the end result will be a travel journal documenting our stay.  Open to all skill levels.

     

    Early Bird discount: book now!

     If you book before 31 December 2022 there’s a £GBP75 per person discount on this fabulous 2023 holiday. To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please email or call (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

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