Watercolor painting is great fun and I absolutely love it! It's also inexpensive when compared with other painting options,and it's a very portable medium for artistic expression wherever you may happen to be. In this six session course, I will be presenting the basic information you need to get a good foundation under your feet. We'll even take some time to look at the history of watercolor so that you can see how it fits into the larger story of art. You'll meet some famous watercolorists along the way and be inspired by their work. Most importantly, you'll be introduced to and given tools so that YOU can begin to experience the joy it brings. Whether you're new to watercolor or you just want to revisit the foundational skills of this wonderful medium, this course is perfect for you!

7 hours of instruction.


·      Understanding the unique properties of both paint and paper

·      Basic techniques of mixing and application

·      Brushwork

·      Understanding color and color theory 

·      A short history of Watercolor & an introduction to important watercolorists of our day

Hi, I’m Ruth.

For over 30 years, I have offered classes and private lessons in calligraphy, watercolor and art journaling. Although I find great joy in teaching new skills and techniques, I see myself more as a coach than a teacher. I’m convinced that within each of us there is a creative person longing for expression. I have found that when encouraged and nurtured, that part of us (of you) can blossom and transform how we experience life. My role as a teacher/coach is to help you discover more of what is already within you and find new and beautiful ways to express your unique story. Visit me at my website: ruthkorchART.com

Ruth has a warm, welcoming teaching style combined with an impressive ability to use our class time to expose students to:

- a methodically laid out series of lessons to build watercolor skills, each lesson incorporating previously learned information

- demonstrations combined with commentary to clearly teach techniques

- homework clearly described, with templates to work from made available with ample time to complete the homework

- history of watercolor, pigment use, color theory, etc

- other watercolorists, their books and work, to expand our experience of various styles 

This class has been perfect for me to relearn skills from years past. I have never felt talked down to in a lesson, if I was familiar with something I was able to improve that skill. The building of skills in a thoughtful manner is helpful to my learning style. Having homework makes me get mypaints out to practice thereby improving.

My goal was to become familiar with watercolor again so that I wouldn't hesitate to use it when I was nature journaling. I feel that I will still have some "in the field" challenges, but I am farther along in the process.

I appreciate the ability to own the lesson. I watch them again and take notes. I watch your technique and see how I have to change to produce better effects. I want to paint with you during class because I think that is the best way to learn, but I do miss some things.

Someone in Santa Rosa has some homework to complete!


Hi Ruth, I want to let you know just how much I’m enjoying the watercolour class!!! The pace of the class is perfect and the information you pack into an hour is phenomenal.” Carol Walls

Ruth has an easy, real style in the teaching of her Beginning Watercolor classes. Her love of watercolor painting is infectious and inspiring! I especially liked that she emphasized there was no wrong or right way to paint, only your way! Carol King

I enjoyed this Beginning Watercolor class very much. Ruth covered all the basics in a lively, engaging format. She also introduced us to a bit of history and watercolor artists along the way. I know I will use these recordings to continue to practice and improve my skills at home. Cindy Ruby

Thank you for the wonderful class. I really enjoyed the mix of Art history with the painting techniques. I feel like in 6 sessions I have begun to learn the basics and I am anxious to learn more. Thank you Ruth!! Bethany Koubsky