Workshops and Dabblers

Complete information and registration options for upcoming workshops become available as each workshop date draws near, so check back frequently!

Workshops are all done for the year…stay tuned in 2024

Sept 16, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Instructor: Tony Ortega​

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

Join Tony Ortega on a journey to explore new ways of thinking about your art! In this workshop, you’ll get a chance to learn from his unique expressionist approach to pastel drawing techniques and subjects, opening up a world of creative possibilities.

With Tony’s guidance, you will explore composition, color theory, organizing a pastel palette, mark making and understanding value and much more.

The class concludes with a critique of your work, where you’ll receive valuable feedback to improve your skills as an artist. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, this workshop is designed to help you take your craft to the next level.


Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega is a Denver-based visual artist and educator. His work has been exhibited in over 30 solo shows and featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center; Harwood Museum, Taos NM; Redline Art Center, Denver, CO; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM. Tony holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently a professor at Regis University.

In 2018, he was the Regis College faculty lecturer of the year. aIn addition, he was the recipient of the coveted Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1999) and the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1998). His work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, and Mexico City.

Tony has exhibited extensively in the United States, Latin America, and other parts of the world. His work is represented by the William Hauv Gallery in Denver, CO. For more information on his artwork, please visit his website by clicking the button below.

Some of Tony’s work:


Strongly suggested:
Terry Ludwig Pastels Instructor Sampler Tony Ortega Set**
60 assorted colors $275
Cheaper but still good
Sennelier pastels 40 assorted half sticks $70 and
Rembrandt Pastels 30 half sticks $71


  • 1 sheet 22 “x 30 Arches black cover stock (paper)
  • Paper towels
  • Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser
  • Workable spray fixative
  • Drawing board (sheet of Masonite about 24” x 32” big enough for the 22 x 30 sheet of paper)
  • 2 binder clips (to hold paper on drawing board)
  • Sketch book (optional)
  • pencil
  • A good variety of photographs for subject matter
  • Small set of colored pencils
  • Apron (optional)

**I am working with a local pastel producer,Terry Ludwig, for my upcoming workshop. I visited their facility in Littleton, CO and they have a great assortment of colors. The consistency of the pastel is very soft and buttery. The Tony Ortega set contains 60 colors with good darks, good lights, and medium values. Please ask the for the Tony Ortega pastel set when you order.

Here is Terry Ludwig’s contact information.
Phone: 303 795 1232
Address: 8113 W. Brandon Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80125

If you already have a large number of pastels, look at the colors in the Terry Ludwig set and bring similar colors from your collection. 

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

Artist Tony Ortega on #Artlife
Alternative Mark Making with Tony Ortega

Figure Drawing: Playing Fast and Loose

SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Instructor: WILLIAM YU​

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $110.00
BAG/Partner $130.00
​Non-member $150.00

Working from a live model, this class will focus on creating loose, expressive mark making to capture the rhythm and movement of each pose without too much emphasis on anatomical detail. Starting from short to long poses in order to gain confidence in developing our observation skills, students will practice creating dynamic gestures and expressive lines. Students are encouraged to work standing up. Charcoal and/or pastel will be the primary media.


William Yu has been working from the figure and exhibiting drawings in both solo and group shows throughout the tri-city area of Boulder, Golden, and Longmont for the greater part of 30 years. His drawings have hung in some fine dining venues and been sold around the world -but mostly domestically.IO

Some of BILL’s work:


  • (required)Charcoal – willow, vine and/or compressed
  • (required)Drawing Paper – 50 or more sheets of 18″x24″ 70lb or higher drawing or charcoal paper, no newsprint. (e.g.  Strathmore 500 Charcoal, 400 Sketch Series. Blick 80lb  Studio Drawing Pads.)
  • (required)Kneaded eraser
  • (optional)Soft Pastel: Complimentary pair (e.g. blue/orange)
  • (optional)Conte pencil: Conte’ a` Paris in Sanguine, Sepia, or Sanguine Medici
  • (optional) Blending stumps and tortillons in variety of sizes
  • (optional) Chamois

Member $110.00
AG/Partner $130.00
​Non-member $150.00

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

OCTOBER 14, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Instructor: CLARE SCOTT

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55
BAG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

Going Abstract: From the Familiar into the Unknown

A one day exploration of how to use a previous painting to inspire and create an abstract painting. Focus will be on the basics of what makes a successful painting by reviewing those elements that work in both representational and abstract 2 dimensional art.  There will be instruction about how to transform a source painting into a new abstract painting. The workshop goal is to first have fun, secondly, to have the opportunity to try something new and  thirdly, to work on a successful abstract painting. Clare Scott, workshop presenter will be working in soft pastel, workshop participants should chose a painting medium with which they are already familiar.  Clare will provide instruction and support for any artists are interested in experimenting with soft pastel.

Clare Scott

As a committed soft pastel painter, Clare Scott, uses a simple combination of pigment and binder to create a painting that expresses her love of color. Painting en plein air informs her studio work of the hues, shapes, atmosphere and the joy of being in the middle of it all. She uses a painterly style of mark making that is loose and spontaneous; evoking the wonder, feeling and beauty of being outside or focusing on the close up textures that result from magnification.

Clare has been invited to national plein air events, in Colorado, California and New Mexico as well as been accepted into national juried shows for both plein air and pastel painting. She is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder CO and is a juried member of the Sync Gallery in Denver, CO.


2021 Fraser Valley Plein Air,  Third Place Overall, On Top of Old Sage

2021 Open Studios Boulder, First Place Pastel, Aging Gracefully

2019 Plein Air Painter of New Mexico, Creek-side Shadows Honorable Mention

2018 Escalante Canyons Arts Festival, Sunny Cliffs,  Dry Media Honorable Mention

2018  Boulder Plein Air Festival, Summer Barn 3rd Place Overall

2018  Pastel Society of New Mexico, Autumn Farm, Jeffery Potter Memorial Award and Blick Sponsor Award (Judge, Dinah Worman)


Pastel Society of Colorado, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Cloud Appreciation Society

Some of Scott’s work:


Please Bring:

  • A source painting that you like, Mim. 8×10  it does not need to be framed but if on paper it should be attached to a hard surface (tape, clips etc.).
  • Bring a painting surface paper, panel, etc. ready for a new painting. If you are trying pastel bring sanded paper, Uart 400 or your preferred grit. Or tinted Canson paper. both should be taped or clipped to a hard board to put it on an easel. If you usually paint small, try a larger size.
  • Have your preferred painting supplies ready to go, if you want to try pastels, bring a set of soft pastels such as Terry Ludwig or Sennelier (Sennelier 1/2 sticks is a good started set) and if you have them Nupastel set of harder pastels. Regardless of your chosen medium bring a similar palate to the ’source painting’. For example if you have source painting of  red and pink flowers, bring those same red and pink hues or colors.
  • Bring water, gesso, alcohol, thiner, fixative such as SpectraFix. A medium that changes your usual painting style and surface.
  • Bring a small sketch book and a black wedge shaped marker and pencil or your preferred tool to map out a painting on a blank surface.
  • Download the app, Notanizer if you want to use it for your value study
  • Bring phone or camera where you can adjust the format of a photo i.e. square, rectangle etc. That will be the same format and aspect ratio of your blank painting surface.
  • Bring a small mat, you can cut it out of cardboard that has an opening in the same aspect ratio as your blank painting surface (square 1×1, 3×4, 4×5, etc.)

Member $55
AG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

Creative iPhone Photography
with Charles & Missy Needle


December 2, 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

At the Nov. 9th Monthly Program, Charles will preview this exciting and fun workshop! If you are on the fence about registering, be sure to come to this free demo.

Learn how iPhone photography can make you a better photographer and how you can craft creative, expressive images using nothing more than your mobile device.

In the first part of this hands-on workshop, avid Longmont iPhone professional photographers Charles & Missy Needle will explain some of the technical aspects of iPhone photography, including native camera features, accessories, workflow, and printing considerations. In the second part of this workshop, they’ll show you how to use several key shooting and editing apps in a “live” demonstration with their phones projected on a screen.

Then, in the third part, you’ll have the chance to craft your own masterpieces by practicing what you’ve learned and come away from this jam-packed session with new knowledge that will empower you to make images you never imagined possible with your smartphone!

Note: This workshop is primarily geared toward iPhone users; however, you can certainly participate if you own an Android phone. (Many of the apps Charles & Missy will discuss and demonstrate are only available for iOS devices; however, you can often find an equivalent in the Google Play Store, and the instructors will mention the names of these apps whenever possible.)

Recommended experience level: Beginner thru advanced (all ages)

Be sure to check the “What To Bring” Tab!

Charles Needle
Missy Needle


Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation.  His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. 

In 2018 and 2021, Charles earned honorable mentions in the Macro and Visual FX categories of the prestigious Annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.  In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.

A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner for 17 years in a row, and placed in the Top Ten and Top 26 image categories for two of those years.

Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit

Missy Needle is a part-time professional photographer who stared her journey at the age of 12 with the family camera.  She has lectured on smartphone photography at numerous camera clubs and at the New England Council of Camera Clubs annual conference.  She currently leads the Greater Lynn Photographic Association (MA) smartphone specialty group.  She has assisted her husband, Charles, in workshops, classes and zoom sessions since 2016. She enjoys literal image making but really enjoys exploring her creative side with various smartphone apps. Her smartphone images have been recognized with various awards including a Top-24 Image Award in the 2020 North American Nature Photography Association Member Showcase Competition. 

Some of Charles and Missy’s work:

What to Bring:

Please bring a fully-charged iPhone with the latest iOS software update, as well as a cable to charge your phone and portable battery pack (if you have one). It would also be handy to note your Apple ID and password and have it ready for use in class, in case you’d like to download some apps demonstrated on the day.

Before the workshop, however, we recommend everyone downloads a free editing app from the Apple App Store called “Snapseed” (by Google).

If you wish to download a sampling of more apps that will be covered during the workshop and follow along, you could download some, or all, of the following apps: “Macro” by LateNiteSoft S.L. ($0.99), “Average Camera Pro” by Dominik Seibold ($1.99), “Slow Shutter Cam” by Cogitap Software ($1.99), and “Artista Impresso” by JixiPix, LLC ($4.99).

Member $55
AG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply. If you don’t see the email reply, check your SPAM folder. Be sure to add to your contacts so you don’t miss LAA emails.

DECEMBER 9, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55
BAG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75


This class will reuse found objects. You can make a collage of them and/or a sculpture or doll. You can add the small sculpture to your collage. Bring things that have meaning to you or things you found in a thrift shop, flea market or Antique Shop.

Bring your treasures …Things from the past lying in a drawer or something from your family members that you don’t know what to do with it but it is nostalgic to you.



After having a productive career as an Illustrator/Designer and Art director, I decided to expand my artistic pursuits, creating found object art, collages and altered books. When combining these methods I create found object dolls and interesting sculptures. I love working the traditional way, using my hands, and manipulating my found objects by touching and feeling. Antiques and junk shops are a great source for my supplies and material as well as my own collection of things. The search is as much fun as is the creation of my objects. The reinvention of discarded objects to create a sculpture gives me great pleasure.


  • Art Students League
  • Parsons School of Design of NYU
  • Milo School of Computers

Work Experience

  • Represented by Evelyne Johnson Associates (Artist Rep)
  • Franklin Simon Dept. Store Art Department
  • Barbara Soloff Levy Freelance Studio The Art Department
  • Troll Associates Art Director of K-1 Bookclub
  • St Peters School Art Teacher

Freelance Clients

  • Fashion Illustrator: Womans Wear Daily,New York Times Magazine, Mademoiselle Magazine, Gimbels Department Store, Celanese, Grey Advertising,Franklin Simon
  • Designed Infantwear private label for stores and Babys R Us.
  • Childrens Book Illustrator, over 150 Childrens Books and Educational Products:Watermill Press, Frank Shafer, Dover Publications, Green Meadow/Walden Books, Troll Associates


  • Rockland Center For The Arts
  • Rockland Historical Society Belskie Museum
  • Rockland County Pride Art Exhibit
  • Shows: Boulder Open Studios
    • EBCA Open Studio

Some of Barbara’s work:


Bring your treasures …Things from the past lying in a drawer or something from your family members that you don’t know what to do with it but it is nostalgic to you.

LAA will supply Apoxie Sculpt™ for use in creating small sculptures. Best practice is to wear gloves while using the Apoxie clay.

Some ideas for treasures…

  • One earring because you lost the other
  • Keys..rusty ones are fine
  • Broken parts from games
  • Blocks from your kids
  • Old brushes
  • Ribbons, stamps, old postcards, pictures, old calender pictures you love
  • Small discarded kitchen items
  • Broken necklaces, charms, tin boxes, (small Altoid boxes)
  • Family Heirlooms
  • Comics from the paper, old books, type sayings you like
  • Bring a a mask
  • Modge Podge-Matte finish
  • Goop (glue) -Hardware store

Member $55
AG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.


August 12-13, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Instructor: Lorenzo Chavez

Member $180.00
BAG/Partner $200.00
​Non-member $220.00

Mountain Scene in oil

The how and why of creating landscape paintings from life and in the studio. Join internationally known, award winning artist and member of the Plein Air Painters of America for an inspiring and insightful painting workshop. Focusing on new concepts for plein air and studio painting. Learn to visualize the landscape in unique and exciting new ways while honoring traditions of the past. Lorenzo is well known for his patience and articulate lessons that will awaken your artistic vision. His workshops utilize the visual approaches of shape, value, edges, line, and color. The workshop will offer plenty of individual attention, daily demos, and group discussions in relaxed and inspiring settings.  

Art instructor Lorenzo Chavez has taught with the Arts Students League of Denver, The Loveland Academy in Colorado, The Fechin institute in New Mexico, The Valdez Art School in Santa Fe, The Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona, Tucson Art Academy in Arizona, The Coppini Institute in Texas,  International Association of Pastels Societies and the Fredericksburg Artist School in Texas.

He has further shared his knowledge through the presentation of workshops across the country and painting demonstrations and private art mentoring since 1992.

Pastels and oils are encouraged.

Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo painting En Plein Air

Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico.  His inherited connection to the colorful and historic Southwest as well as seeing the Taos Society of Artists works as a young boy was the catalyst for his art career.  He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1983 and continued his art education at the newly founded Arts Students League of Denver starting in 1987.  Lorenzo and his wife Dolores currently live in Parker, Colorado.

Chavez  has been an active professional fine artist for 35 years He participates in many national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America at The National Arts Club in New York City, Artists of America Show in Denver, Plein Air Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Albuquerque Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Butler Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, The Booth Museum, The Yellowstone Art Museum , Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum, The Steamboat Art Museum,  The Taos Art Museum,  The Laguna Art Museum, Cape Cod Art Museum, The Leigh Yawke Museum, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Yellowstone Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Artist of the West Exhibitions- Featured Artist  Pioneer Museum Colorado Springs, A.R.Mitchell Museum, Coors Western Art Show in Denver, Trailside Galleries, Legacy Gallery and Settlers West Gallery, Blue Rain Gallery, Invitationals.  In addition, he was featured in a successful on-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum.  He has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell Art Auctions and Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions.  His work is featured in articles in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, Pastel Journal, American Artist, and Art-Talk. Books include, Pure Pastel 1&2, Pratique de Arts France, Colorado Landscapes.

Chavez was raised in Albuquerque and has an affection for the surrounding vicinity.  He has many fond memories of time spent hiking and running in these areas and feels that it was a major influence in his decision to become a landscape painter.

His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter.  He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, The Russell Art Auction.

Numerous Pastel Societies Across the United States. Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artists of the West Pioneer Museum. 

Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Past Signature member of The Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, and the Pastel Society of Spain.

Chavez’s work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in many prominent Private National and International, Corporate, University, and Museum Collections such as The Western History Collection in the Denver Public Library, Children’s Hospital of Denver, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Koshare Museum in La Junta.

Some of Lorenzo’s work:


This is a list of the oil painting equipment I have come to prefer. I have found that buying quality products have had a big impact on my work both in terms of ease of handling and saving money over the years. 

Easels (your choice of):

  • Open M Box and Bogen tripod (800-473-8098) or LederEasel.
  • Julian French easel – half box
  • Easel Pal – palette box (505-892-7752)
  • Bogen Manfrotto Tripod with Quick release Camera Mount for use with a Meyer Box and Leder Easel.

Note that these easels are suggestions, but you will need an easel for use in the class.

Oils – Chromatic Colors

  • Permanent Red Medium – Rembrandt
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cad Yellow Deep
  • Lemon Yellow 
  • Ultramarine Deep 
  • Cobalt Blue 
  • Viridian 
  • Titanium White -M. Graham 
  •  Burnt Sienna – Earth color
  • Yellow Ocher.

Canvas Panels – I mostly use oil primed linen Claussen #66 mounted to birch wood or gator board. 

  • For Outdoors work please bring 2-3 panels per day in your choice of sizes 8×10, 9×12, 10×12, 11×14 Outdoors we will be doing small studies on the canvas panels. 
  • For Indoor studio work bring your choice of sizes in panel or stretched canvas 11x 14,12×16,16×20.
  • I purchase my panels through Source Tek (800-587-5462)
  • Sizes: 8×10” – 9×12” – 10×12,” 11×14,”12 x 16,” 16×20.

Brushes- I enjoy using Bristle brushes made by Princeton and Signet (Robert Simmons) suggested sizes

  • Sizes: 4 – 6- 8- 10 – Flats
  • Sizes 6 – 8 – Rounds

Palette Knives

  • 1 medium #8
  • 1 small #3


  • Turpenoid (odorless turpentine) or Gamsol or Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • Brush cleaner – Holbein small or medium
  • Palette Cup
  • Paper towels – Viva 
  • Small trash bags (Paper or plastic bags)
  • Small Sketchbook (for thumbnails & note taking) 5×7 or 8.5 x 11
  • Sharpie Marker-Black.

MATERIALS for Pastel

Soft Pastels

Largest assortment of colors possible; Rembrandt pastels are a fine pastel to begin with; conte crayons, earth tones. A great pastel box for working in the field is the Heilman box

Paper –

Bring your favorite pastel surface. I enjoy using Canson Moonstone and UArt 400 grit sanded pastel paper. For Plein air painting cut paper into approximately 11”x14”, 9”x12” 8”x10 “-to fit small drawing board.
For studio classes, work larger 16”x 20”- 12”x 16”


  • Drawing board –
    • For Plein Air Work approximately 12”x 16”, 11”x14”, 9”x12”; light in weight, such as Masonite or birchwood. In the Studio bring a larger size drawing board for 12×16-16×20 size pastel paper sheets.
  • French easel (Julian™) – half box. Your favorite outdoor easel
  • Small sketchbook – 8 1/2 x 11
  • Bring black broad tip marker
  • Masking tape – 1″ –Scotch brand
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Paper towels –VIVA


Member $180.00
BAG/Partner $200.00
​Non-member $220.00
LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your Member Code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.


Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

JULY 1, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Instructor: ERNA WATERMAN​

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55
BAG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75


Painting trees in water media

Dive into the fascinating world of painting trees with Erna Waterman! In this workshop, we’ll explore the basic shapes of trees, including cones, spheres, pears, and more. Discover the mechanics of branches and leaves, and learn the dos and don’ts of tree placement and special relationships within your artwork.

We’ll get creative with painting trees using sponges and simple shapes, allowing you to experiment with different techniques and textures. You’ll also learn how to create stunning aspen trees by loosely mixing colors on paper, adding branches and trunks for depth. We’ll even explore the beauty of basic pine trees to add visual interest to your compositions.

Throughout the workshop, we’ll take a moment to reconnect with our inner artist and appreciate the beauty of trees. You’ll learn the importance of grounding trees and trunks in your artwork, and discover techniques to create more compelling and visually pleasing tree shapes.

We’ll have a show and tell session, where you can share your work and receive valuable tips on fixing any problems you encounter. Plus, we’ll explore ways to add interest to your tree paintings, making them truly captivating and unique.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of painting trees and take your artistic skills to new heights. Join us in this workshop for a fun and enlightening experience!

Beginners welcome but more advanced artists will pick up some tips as well.


Erna Waterman is an artist, environmentalist and educator who lives and works in Niwot, Boulder County, Colorado. Erna shares her rigorous pursuit of abstract and representational painting not only through the works she creates but also through teaching both the challenges and triumphs of painting. Her works in watercolor, oils, acrylics and mixed media have been and are exhibited privately and publicly. 

Through our spirit of play, curiosity, intuition, problem-solving we enjoy physical engagement of building meaningful  paintings. She participated in the 2022/23 Boulder Open Studios.

Some of Erna’s work:

MATERIALS: Paper will be supplied along with sponges, plastic cards, and other tools for applying paint.


  • ½ or ¾ or 1 inch Flat
  • 4, or 6, or 2 Rigger
  • 6 or similar (variety good) Round


  • 2 Blues—Cobalt & Ultramarine or similar
  • 2 Yellows—Lemon, Quin Gold, Indian or Azo or similar
  • Sap Green
  • Raw Sienna
  • Brown Madder
  • Burnt Sienna—or neutral grey


  • Paper Towels
  • Water container(s)

Member $55
AG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

JUNE 10, 2023 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55
BAG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

Simple Mixed Media Techniques for Bold Beautiful Flowers

First, I’d like to say we are going to have fun! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share some ideas and techniques that I know will bring joy to your floral creations. This workshop is all about permission to play! Bring your pastels, acrylic paints, paint markers, and any collage papers you’d like to incorporate. We’ll start with a loose flower composition on paper, then we’ll begin with our first layer on your toned canvases. Bring 2 flower bouquet photo images or a real live floral bouquet!

We will be celebrating beautiful flowers, a traditional subject matter, with a playful and contemporary approach. We will trust the pull of curiosity to lead us to find fresh, new combinations. We will paint, draw, and explore the fundamentals of line, shape and mark. We will juggle the techniques of color, texture, & design. This process that I teach is a layering process, each layer adding new bold expressions to your floral composition.


I am a lover & creator of colorful and expressive Art! I paint on a daily basis for my own enjoyment and I’ve been a painting teacher of emerging adult artists for a decade. I have been active in the Boulder Art Community for 15 years & Open Studios Participant for as long. I show my art at R Gallery, Open Studios Pop Ups, and love showing in local restaurants and coffee shops. I also lead Plein Aire Painting Workshops in beautiful locations.

I teach in a no fear, no judgement atmosphere.
Many of my students are now professional artists and teachers in the Boulder Area.
The Beauty of the Planet is my profound inspiration and guide, I love to paint and enjoy sharing the passion. I’m not a replicator of nature, but I tend towards being an expressive broad strokes painter. My daily motivation…. applying color to canvas with a sense of positivity and joy!

Some of Jacque’s work:


There is a fee of $10 for the booklet Jacque is supplying. Payment is due on the day of the workshop.

Suggested Paint Colors: These are the colors I use on a daily basis…. please bring your own favs for a flower painting palette
Titanium White
Titanium Buff
Naples Yellow Light
Cad Yellow Med & Dark
Yellow Ocher/Gold Ocher
Cad Orange
Cad Red Light
Cad Red Deep
Deep Violet
Dioxinine Purple
Ultramarine Violet Med /Light
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Paynes Grey
Prussian Blue
Phthalo Green/perm green
Sap green
Burnt Siena
Vandyke brown/Raw Umber

Angled brushes: small to large
Cheap chip brushes: 1/2” to 3”
Pointed Rounds: Small to Large
Palette Knives: small to large
Bring any brushes you love!
Spatulas: or spreading tools

Warm up: 3 large sheets newsprint, canva paper or cardstock
Canvases: 2 x 16”x 20”
Precoat Both:1x soft grey blue and 1 x orange or gold or pink

2 x flower photos or a live/silk floral bouquet!

Soft Pastels: Your fav mix!
Stabilio Crayons
Paint Pens & Markers
Collage Papers to apply
Modge Podge for Glue

Water Bucket
Rags/Paper Towels

Member $55
AG/Partner $65
​Non-member $75

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

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if you are interested in a special technique or can teach a special topic, please contact Helen Harrison with your suggestions.

Member $20.00 | AG/Partner $25.00 | Non-member $30.00
LAA and BAG Members: Use your member code during check-out for a discounted price.

The member code can be found in your membership confirmation email and any LAA newsletter.

Note: Refunds minus the credit card transaction fee are available up to four weeks before the beginning of the workshop. After that, the student must find a replacement and negotiate payment with the replacement. If you need to cancel, contact us. The team may be able to help find a replacement. Please see the LAA Cancellation and Refund Policy.