I've been teaching watercolor for a little over four and a half years in Mill Valley. There I teach adults. I've also taught adults at Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael. I taught at Diablo Valley College in a summer program for kids in 2016 and 2018. I have also taught different graphic design courses (typography and corporate identity) for over eight years at two different universities (Academy of Art in San Francisco and University of Québec at Montréal).

As part of my work on the board of directors with the California Watercolor Association, I volunteer teaching watercolor with our Community Outreach group. (My main responsibility on the board is producing Members Exhibits.) With Community Outreach, I teach Vietnam veterans in Oakland. And with outreach, I have also taught high school students at two schools in the East Bay. With those groups, we do paint-along type of sessions where I talk about a finished painting that I bring and then walk the students through doing the painting step by step. While we paint, I talk to the students about the fundamentals of painting, composition, color and the importance of values. In a two to three hour session, I try to include as much information as I can, while still allowing them time to complete the painting.

If these visits to high schools or the veteran's groups can plant the seed of how much fun and how rewarding it is to paint with watercolor (or any medium) and give someone the springboard to enjoying painting throughout their lives, I'm very happy to have passed that along...as it was passed to me many years ago.

In 2018, I was accepted in the Yosemite Conservancy Artists in Residency Program. I spent some time there in September teaching watercolor. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to being back next year in mid October.


Oakland veterans


Clayton Valley students working...

 

Student paintings from Clayton Valley Charter High School...

 
teaching at Concord...

 

Sheila from Community Outreach at Clayton Valley High...

 

A smiling student with her painting from a Falkirk Cultural Center paint-along...

 
You can download an article in pdf format about the class I teach in Mill Valley here...

Mill Valley class sketching outdoors. We paint both in studio and on location...

 
 
 
Mill Valley students' paint-along work...

 
Thank you...