September classes…some changes are coming 😊🎨

August is here with the summer heat, thunderstorms, farmers markets, BBQs, travel, family and friends. I’ve been getting lots of painting done and enjoying spending two day weekends with Andrew 🙂 We are kooking forward to returning to Cape Cod in September. I have made a friend on the cape who is also a painter. She knows all the good spots for breaking out the easel so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and painting together. Most of all I look forward to spending time with Andrew, to breakfast on the little deck overlooking the bay, walking the dogs on the beaches, eating lots of lovey fresh seafood and whale spotting. 🐋🦐🐠🌊🐶👫⛱☀️

The next season of classes will be timed a bit differently. Many of you prefer a shorter break in January and some want to continue classes in June. So I have decided to create a new schedule. We will continue with 6 week classes but instead of having a long January break I will divide each 6 week session with a two week break between sessions. Classes will run from the end of September until the end of June. See “Classes” for the new schedule 🙂

The Saturday classes will be held outside as weather allows. The Fall and Spring sessions can bring lots of opportunities for painting the changing seasons :O) As winter sets in we will take the class inside for botanical art 🌱

Class sizes are limited to 6 people. Please sign up early so your are sure to secure a place in the class of your choice.

Painting done while teaching plein air this summer
Back Meadow, Muscoot Farm oil on paper

Art, art, art and chickens 🐓

The first week of classes have begun….botanical art in the classroom, journals and watercolors out in the summer sun and plein air painting down by the steam at Ward Pound Ridge Reserve 🙂

Looking forward to journaling chickens 🐓 at Betsy’s house this Thursday! Plein air class will return to Ward Pound Ridge early Saturday morning to continue painting the lovely stream 🙂

Looking forward to lots of painting this summer taking my paints out to all our lovely surrounding open land spaces 🙂

North Salem Open Lands https://www.nsolf.org

New session begins next week :O)

The last 6 week session before summer break begins next week.  We will be having Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday classes. Graphite and color pencil will be on Wednesday and watercolor on Thursdays…with a bit of everything on Saturday :O)  Cost and all details are listed in “Classes”.  Please email me and let me know which day you will be attending.  lauragould@mac.com

I will be offering a few workshops in June and will be listing them soon.

Looking forward to seeing you all 🙂

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Recent painting of Andrew’s shop

Back to the farm :O)

Kitchawan is beckoning. We will be going to the farm on Wednesday mornings this summer from July 22nd thru August 26th, meeting from 9:30-12:30. That gives us 6 lovely weeks of drawing at the farm 🙂   This year I will be offering accordion books.  Please let me know if you want one and I will have it made up for you. Accordion books will be $10.00. We will discuss possible ways to create a story through page layouts and how to have a finished book of your summer at the farm.  You are welcome to make your own accordion book or draw in your journals or sketch pads…..as always the goal is to enjoy yourselves.  Choose your own medium….micron pens, watercolor, color pencils, pastels whatever you enjoy.

Cost will be $75.00 for six classes or $15.00 individual classes (pay as you go).

Contact me at lauragould@mac.com if you want an accordion book for you or if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

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Lasdon Arboretum Plant Sale and Art on May 16th

The house will be opened on May 16th during the Plant Sale.  If you would like to have some of you work on display please bring me your framed piece with proper wire hanger this coming week.  Deadline for drop-off is May 13th. 1-3 pieces per student 🙂

Spring is here!  © laura gould
Spring is here! © laura gould

New Summer Class

Watercolor Color Pencil class will be offered from June 10th to July 15th on Wednesday mornings from 10am-1pm.  We will explore the possibilities and fun in using water soluble color pencils (Caran D’ash, Derwent, Faber Castell).  You will need Watercolor pencils and 140lb hot press watercolor paper.  A minimum of 5 people enrolled in class is  necessary for the class to run.  Should be fun :0)


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Watercolor pencils to choose from...
Watercolor pencils to choose from…