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"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

    Summer Critique 2024

    06-19-2024 - 08-22-2024
    Summer Critique 2024

    Each month, a prompt based on concepts learned from the Composition Bootcamp class will be assigned.  Students will choose their own subjects and media to use in completing the prompt. 

    By limiting these sessions to no more than 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. 

    Summer 2024 -Wednesday June 26, Thursday July 25,  Thursday August 22; from 3pm to 4pm Pacific Time.

    We are no longer accepting registration for this event


    Travel Sketching and Journaling

    08-21-2024 - 09-18-2024
    Travel Sketching and Journaling

    Dates: Wednesdays, August 21 - September 18, 2024 (no class September 4)

    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Critque Sessions: Tuesdays, August 27 - September 24 (no critique September 10).

    Level: All

    Medium: Watercolor/Ink & Wash

    This course will offer techniques and methods to quickly capture travel moments, even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. By learning the fundamentals of watercolor and line & wash, you will come away feeling ready to record those moments while out
    adventuring in the world.

    Lecture and demonstrations, along with a variety of in-class assignments and homework will contribute to developing strong, successful skills and habits; our
    critique session will offer gentle feedback and encouragement, contributing to student mastery.


    Gouache Redux Private Class

    09-23-2024 - 10-21-2024
    Gouache Redux Private Class

    Dates:  Monday, September 23 - October 14; 10am to 12pm PST

    Critique sessions: Sundays time TBD


    Course description:

    This private class (limited only to our critique group members) will explore beginning as well as advanced techniques in gouache handling.  It’s definitely a different wet media…it has unique properties that differ from watercolor and in many ways is more similar to oil painting, but without the fuss of clean up with terpenoids.  Based on our understandings of composition (all those Master classes you took) we will also play with going further in exploring development of content and design.   We will have additional Sunday critique sessions to hammer out issues, celebrate successes and discuss strategies to further our work.

    We are no longer accepting registration for this event


    Ink & Bleach Technique Take Away

    Ink & Bleach Technique Take Away

    Date: Friday, September 27, 2024
    Time: 2:00-3:30PM Pacific Time/5:00-6:30 PM Eastern Time/10:00-11:30 PM London Time
    Medium: Ink

    In this demo, we will explore the unpredictable and complex nature of ink chromatography. Inks are composed of various color components which separate when water is added and allowed to move across the page. This color separation yields delightful and surprising effects; add bleach to this technique and the results are simply amazing. We will explore and exploit the rich and nuanced nature of using fountain pen inks and bleach in our art.

    Materials List on Winslow Art Center posting for this demo.