Category Archives: Classes/Workshops


Everyone (1200x894)Did we really paint all those paintings in just four days? Jan Ledbetter certainly led a fast-paced, fun workshop. Working on gessoed paper, she showed us how to lift color and paint negatively for maximum dramatic effect. Every day she gave us new exercises that pushed us to make bold design decisions.

Are you a “technical” or “intuitive” artist? For a techie like myself, this workshop opened up a whole new way of thinking.

I learned to start with an underpainting, to paint shapes not objects, to fill the page with overlapping, large shapes that get cropped on all four sides of the page, to think in terms of just two values–light and dark, and to have fun with texture, texture, texture…  It was all very exciting!      (Thanks to Judi Ely for the photos.)


Jan Ledbetter demonstrating
   Jan Ledbetter demonstrating
Critique time
Critique time

Watercolor Sketching Classes

CVWG member John Hancock writes: “Shown below are three of my upcoming Watercolor Sketching and Watercolor workshops/short classes. Each is starting in May or June. If you or someone you know is interested, please do get in touch.

For more information about these and other opportunities (i.e. summer drawing classes) … or to access links for registration, please go to my website”

Hancock classes (1200x931)

CVWG May 19-22 Workshop

Jan Ledbetter, AWS, NWS

Techniques for Painting on Gessoed Paper

LedbetterJan Ledbetter is a noted watercolor artist of national reputation, a signature member of National Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Houston, Baltimore Watercolor Society and Virginia Watercolor Society. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and in Mary Todd Beam’s book “The Creative Edge” and she was recently featured in the February 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. Jan has taught and exhibited her paintings for over 30 years and currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. To see a sample of her work, please visit

Jan’s classes will focus on the techniques of painting on gessoed paper with an emphasis on creating dynamic, original designs.  On this surface, large areas can be repainted which gives you the luxury of working intuitively and expressively.  Interesting patterns are created by lifting off paint.  You will use your own drawings and photos from home as reference material.  You will work at your own level and find your own style to build on your strengths.

Morning and afternoon exercises will be presented Tuesday through Thursday with the final one given on Friday morning. Friday afternoon will be used to complete paintings that were begun earlier in the week.

GESSO:  Tuesday’s two exercises will focus on learning the techniques of painting on a gessoed ground.

DESIGN:  Wednesday through Friday’s exercises will be DESIGN CHALLENGES. Each exercise will have completely different subject matter, some using my reference materials, some using objects that you will bring from home, and another using images from your imagination.

CVWG Workshop details

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Workshop will be held at Zehmer Hall, Charlottesville, VA.  Maximum 25 participants per workshop. Each workshop will cost $295 (members), $330 (nonmembers). Reserve your space with a $50 deposit, which is applicable to final fee. Final payment is due April 19, 2015 with check payable to CVWG Workshop.

Send your deposit with your address, phone number and email address to Patty Richmond, 2395 Kingston Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901 Phone: (434) 296-2979; email:

For those coming from out of town, reasonable rates can be made at the Cavalier Inn, 105 Emmet Street, Charlottesville. Mention your association with CVWG.,  Mike Moran, manager

Julie Read’s Animals

Julie's chickensCVWG’s own Julie Read came from Winchester last Monday to demonstrate how she paints animals.

If you were unable to make the meeting, click HERE  and you will be taken to her website where you can see the lesson plan. You may also enjoy reading about the class on Julie’s Facebook page.

Everybody loved the demo. As Marcy Springett said, “The beginning artists learned a lot and even the advanced artists in the group found new tips and good advice.” Thanks Julie!

Julie's cows