How to teach this coming September….😷

Plein Air gouache on paper at Rhinoceros Creek Reserve

Summer days have given us many hours of nature journaling. Although it is hot under our masks it has still been so nice to gather with friends and enjoy drawing and painting on Thursday mornings and plein air painting on Saturday mornings.

So how is the upcoming Fall session going look….this has been a constant puzzle for me to solve as summer has marched along.

We will continue with nature journaling as long as there is enough interest through August. The Plein Air painting class will continue through the summer and into the fall on Saturday mornings. Once the mornings get too chilly for painting outdoors we will move the Saturday class into the studio for botanical art and natural world subjects.

Our botanical art studio classes will not look the same but they will still be a place where we can gather online or in the studio with each other. Thursday we will have one small class limited to 4 people on….we will wear masks at all times and the tables will be spaced to the four corners of the room the room will be cleaned carefully. On Wednesdays I will be offering a live online studio class…no masks rewired πŸ™‚ We will be able to share art work, ideas, questions, enjoy each others company and share how lives have been since we last gathered in mid April. I will be able to give examples and help with any questions you have as we move through this weird new world. I hope in time we will be able to return to classes….but for now to keep each other safe we will carry on with these new class arrangements.

Please go to “Lesson” section at the top of this page for the new season of lessons πŸ™‚

I will continue to create videos on techniques in watercolor, color pencil and graphite. I will be sharing them for a small fee on this website. These will be available to students and all people that follow my videos πŸ™‚ Free videos will also continue be posted on my YouTube Channel (Laura Gould).

Please email me with any questions at

September classes…some changes are coming πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ¨

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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ‹πŸ¦πŸ πŸŒŠπŸΆπŸ‘«β›±β˜€οΈ

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 πŸ™‚

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

June classes starting soon :O)

Looking forward to seeing everyone after our short break. Classes begin the first week of June, see the “Classes” section for details.

June 5th Studio Class will be from 12:30-3:30 – Bring a subject that inspires you πŸ™‚ Summer is here and gardens are blooming! Class is closed.

Our first Nature Journaling class will be at the Whispering Pine Garden Center, Route 6, Mahopac. It is a beautiful place with unlimited things to draw and paint πŸ™‚ See you on June 6th at 10am πŸ™‚ Bring lunch! See link below for directions. Please let me know if you will be attending via email

Plein Air Painting will begin the first Saturday of June from 10-1. Bring your oils, watercolors, pen and ink…all welcome πŸ™‚ Let me know if you will be attending