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Upcoming events

    • 06/13/2023
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver, CO
    • 7

    This fun-filled day of watercolor painting is focused on painting an animal using watercolor techniques. We will discuss washes, wet into wet, negative painting, values, color, texture, and composition as we paint a rabbit. Loose or detailed will work: how would you like to paint your rabbit?

    The day begins with discussion and a painting exercise. Together we will work step-by-step on the elements and the techniques of painting. Artists will receive a photo of a rabbit which students will refer to during class time. 

    Students are welcome to bring a different photo of an animal other than a rabbit to paint. 

    SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate or above


    • Photo of a rabbit

    Supplies to Bring

    Watercolor Paints 
    (Any brand. Instructor uses professional grade Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith and suggests using paint from tubes however pan paints are good as well.)

    Suggested Colors
    • French Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Payne's Grey
    • Red (Permanent Rose or Permanent Alizarin Crimson)
    • Quinacridone Red
    • Yellow - New Gamboge
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Green (Hookers, Sap Green, or Viridian Green)
    • Brown - Burnt Sienna
    • Violet - Winsor Violet
    Watercolor Palette

    Watercolor Paper (Instructor likes Arches brand paper)
    • Several sheets 
    • 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" (You can also buy full-size single sheets, 22" x 30" and cut these sheets to your desired size)
    • Cold Press, 140 lbs or 300 lbs.

    Watercolor Brushes (make sure brushes are designed for watercolor not oil or acrylic)

    • Large  wash brush
    • Round #12 or larger
    • Flat (1" or 1/2")
    • Pointed or small round

    Backing Board (to tape your paper to)
    Masonite or foam core

    Other Supplies to Bring

    • Masking tape (not blue painter's tape)
    • Water cups
    • Pencil and kneaded eraser
    • Paper towels/tissues
    • Sketch book

    In Case of Questions

    Email or call instructor or 303-898-3734


    Kathleen has been teaching artists of all ages for many years including teaching with PHAC since 2016.

    Kathleen artwork is created both in the studio and en plain air, painting in a realistic painterly style. The chosen subjects vary, exploring what inspires her in the moment. The light across a field or a child in a water fountain can spark the inspiration. Kathleen's artwork will have different subjects including portraits, landscapes, buildings, animals, and more.

    Kathleen grew up in both Montreal and California and has done much traveling around the world. She has lived in Colorado for over 30-years, enjoying the endless subjects offered in this beautiful state. Formally training is from the Art Institute of Boston and the Massachusetts College of Art, graduating from both schools with a BFA.

      • 09/22/2023
      • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
      • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St, Denver, CO 80220

      Bring your watercolor portraits to life! Using fundamental and intermediate techniques, you will learn how to paint portraits in watercolor and bring out the subject's personality. We'll work through multiple exercises to practice how to accurately represent the figure and bring out their expression. 

      Drawing experience is recommended.

      Experience Level:

      Intermediate to Advanced

      Supplies to Bring

      Watercolor paper (instructor recommends Arches)

      Watercolor palette

      Watercolor brushes: 0, 2, 4, 8, and 12 (instructor recommends Princeton & Co.)

      Watercolor paint: (instructor recommends Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton)


      • Cadmium Yellow Light
      • Cadmium Red Medium
      • Alizarin Crimson
      • Ultramarine Blue
      • Phthalo Green Blue Shade
      • Yellow Ochre
      • Burnt Sienna
      • Burnt Umber
      • Payne's Grey

      Sketch Book

      Pencils in various hardness with at least one 2H

      Kneaded eraser

      Paper towels

      Water cup or jar

      Reference photos - personal or magazines

      Instructor will provide:

      Spray bottle and brush soap

      In case of questions

      Contact instructor by email: or call: (303)-519-4543

      About the Instructor

      Lisa Riannson (Garrison) is a water media artist whose work is devoted to strong contrast, bursts of color, and attention to fine details. Regardless whether she is working in watercolor or acrylic, she's focused on creating a dynamic composition by strategically placing value and color. 

      She taught Portraits in Watercolor at the Park Hill Art Club in 2019. She has also taught at the Colorado Free University and her private studio. In Spring, 2020 she was a demonstrating artist at the Denver Art Museum. Her work has been shown at the Lone Tree Art Expo, Canon Gallery, SYNC Gallery, the CLIO Art Fair, and other local venues.

      • 10/10/2023
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver CO

      Learn the fundamentals of drawing in this fun one-day workshop!

      You'll learn the important drawing basics: shapes, shadows, values, and proportion. You'll also learn how to draw with a grid.

      Good drawing skills and fundamentals will absolutely make you a better artist!

      Skill Level: Beginning

      Supplies Instructor will Bring

      • Reference material
      • Still life objects
      • Lighting

      Supplies for Students to Bring

      • 2B or HB pencils
      • Eraser
      • Sharpener
      • Drawing Paper
      • Ruler
      • Hard Board or flat surface to draw on
      • Drawing stump


      Call or email Pam McLaughlin: 970-270-2235 or

      About the Instructor

      Pam is a Colorado watercolor painter, portraying the color and beauty of the life and landscape of the Colorado West.

      Traditionally trained as an emergency medicine physician, Pam uses her expertise of anatomy to create realistic, emotionally charged watercolors.

      Pam's paintings have been in numerous exhibitions including the International American Watercolor Society's Exhibition in New York City and are featured in the Spring 2023 edition of the The Art of Watercolor Magazine (49th issue).

      Pam has taught drawing and watercolor for 15 years and is presently on faculty at the Art Students League of Denver and is an instructor at the Arvada Center.

      • 12/05/2023
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver, CO

      Come prepared to paint with watercolor and have fun in this one day workshop. 

      Instructor will provide a material list and some guidance prior to the workshop (see Supplies below).

      During this one day workshop we may do 2-3 paintings. 

      For each subject, instructor will demo a section for 10 minutes or so then the group paints. In this way students quickly learn and apply different techniques and create better work.

      Instructor will get everyone loosened up, teaching how to let the paint mix and mingle on the paper instead of the palette to achieve the glowing transparent results unique to watercolor.

      Experience level

      This class is designed for watercolor enthusiasts who have some familiarity with the medium. It may move a bit too fast for those who have never painted before.

      Supplies Instructor will Bring

      Instructor will provide photo references, sample painting(s), sample line drawing(s), and illustrated handouts that include notations & takeaways.

      Supplies Students Bring

      2-3 sheets watercolor paper. 300# cold press. 11"x15" each. If using a watercolor block, use one sized 9"x12", 10"x14", or 11"x14".

      Lightweight board to clip watercolor paper to for handling while painting.

      Brushes: 1" flat, medium round, rigger

      Water container for rinsing brushes

      Paint Colors

      Watercolor paint in the following:

      • Earth Tones: Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, and Burnt Sienna
      • Red Tones: Transparent Orange, Bright Violet
      • Cool Tones: Winsor Blue, Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue
      • Green Tones: Golden Green, Cobalt Teal
      • Bonus hues: Quinachridone Rose, Manganese Blue, Perylene Green, Paynes Grey, Gamboge, Jaune Brilliant #1, Permanent White Gouche


      Email or call instructor., 303-720-5116

      About the Instructor

      As a professional painter and workshop instructor, Randy Hale has a keen appreciation for developing good compositional awareness. To build an effective painting, the foremost goal should be to keep the viewer's attention. The message we deliver with our work ought to captivate, provide an element of mystery, and hopefully provoke a bit of intrigue.

      Randy likes to think watercolor is best served with splashy, spontaneous strokes. It yearns to be transparent and luminous. Fluidity is the hallmark of watercolor. But of equal importance is dramatic use of light and shadow. This provides definition, brings form to life, and creates an understated rhythm between the real and imagined.

      The goal for all creative work is to engage the viewer as an active participant. By leaving some things unstated we allow food for the viewer to interpret, letting their own experience color their response to what is presented. Regardless of the subject, Randy takes this approach in all his workshops!


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