If you’re interested in taking one of my upcoming workshops, please contact me and I will add you to my mailing list.
I’m also available to give a workshop in your city, if we can round up enough participants.

For more information, you can get in touch with me at:
sblaukopf (at) gmail (dot) com

2019 Workshops

Sketching Savannah’s Historic Squares

Location: Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia
March 20-22, 2019 | 9 am–5pm
Museum Members $450 / non-members $475

*This workshop is currently full. Please email
to be placed on the waitlist.


Savannah is a sketcher’s paradise—22 historic squares, each one surrounded by lovingly restored homes and churches, shaded with majestic live oaks, filled with fountains and statues, and flanked by wooden benches. This three-day watercolor sketching workshop will help participants celebrate and capture this visual wealth, with special focus on the buildings of local master architect William Jay.

This workshop is geared toward participants who have some experience in drawing, sketching and the use of watercolor.

Fredericksburg, Virginia

May 17-19, 2019

I will be returning to beautiful Fredericksburg, Virginia this year for a three-day urban sketching workshop. Tuition fee: $375. Contact me for details.

*This workshop is currently full. Please email me to be placed on the waitlist.

Anacortes, Washington

August 19-21, 2019

*This workshop is currently full. Please email me to be placed on the waitlist.

Volterra, Italy

Group One: September 13, 2019
Group Two: September 16, 2019

I am thrilled to be a guest instructor with watercolorist Majid Modir at his workshops in the town of Volterra, Italy. I will be teaching one day of each week. This promises to be an amazing workshop in a very special place! For more info please contact Majid:


Travel Sketching in Watercolour
Location: Tuscany, Italy

September 17 – 24, 2019 (full with wait list)
September 25 – October 2, 2019 (a few spots left)


If you are interested in registering
please contact French Escapades.

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in the Chianti countryside is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world.

In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch iconic market scenes, hillside towns and vineyards. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool.

This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene in a medieval town or the way the light grazes the trunk of an olive tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group of no more than twelve people, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place. We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can, as we move from café to hilltop. The aim is to have you return home with a fat book filled with fresh and colourful sketches.

Click here for details.






127 Comments on “Workshops”

  1. I will count you in! It will be great to have you…

  2. I have put you on the list already Jane.

  3. Ok, I will put you on the list Angela. That would be great!

  4. HI Juliette. Find me a group to teach and I will gladly come to France. Paris is my favorite city in the world and I dream of sketching there.

  5. Hi Wendy,
    I am just finalizing plans for workshops this summer. I should have more info by the beginning of March. I’ll put your name and email on my mailing list and send it to you soon. I see the emails of commenters on the blog, by the way, so I have your info.

  6. Linda Daily says:

    I would be interested in the Paris workshop depending on when it is.
    I live in Portland,OR. so it is a loooonnnng way. My son will be doing research
    there the next few summers,so any excuse to go to Paris.I would love to study with you
    as I admire your work so much.Want to come to Portland? I did email Marc about it. He said
    he might be interested if I could get a group together.
    Linda Daily

  7. Valerie says:

    I, along with a few friends in Ottawa, are interested in your workshops. Some of us are oil painters though, but like to use water colours when traveling. We all need to improve our skills. Please let me know what your workshop schedule is.

    • Hi Valerie. Are you interested in coming to Montreal for a few days? If there are enough of you I could make the trip to Ottawa. How many people are in your group?

      • Janice Kelly says:

        Hi Shari. I also live in Ottawa and I think I could find at least 3 others interested in a workshop here. Otherwise, please add my name to your Montreal workshop waiting lists.
        Thanks. Your work is lovely. Janice Kelly.

      • Alberta Smith says:

        Hi, Shari:

        I live in Ottawa and would love to attend a workshop if you decide to come here. Fingers crossed.

      • Christine Brown says:

        I am also in Ottawa and would be interested in one of your workshops.

      • HI Christine,

        I will add you to my workshop mailing list.


  8. Hey, Montreal maybe not, but Paris, perhaps, if it’s in June, as I will be in Spain all that month.

    Do put me on the list!

  9. Tracey says:

    I am interested in your Portland workshop. Do you have dates for it yet?

  10. Wish I was talented enough to consider enrolling, Shari! What a great idea!

  11. mirobolante says:

    Hello Shari. Please send me information about the workshop in Paris. Thanks

  12. vesselava says:

    Hello Shari, Please send me information about your workshop in Paris. Thanks

  13. Shelagh says:

    Since me up for the Montreal workshop! I would be thrilled to take another workshop with you.

  14. Lynn Fournier says:

    Hi Shari,
    I would like to participate in your workshop in Montreal in June. How do I register??


  15. Ruth Bosveld says:

    Hi Shari,

    Do you ever consider offering something online? I’m in Australia.


    • Hi Ruth,
      Maybe eventually I will do something online but it’s not in the plans for the near future. That would definitely take a lot of time to organize, although I have seem some very good training videos online.

      • Ruth Bosveld says:

        Thanks for your reply, Shari. I have only just come across your work and am so impressed with the detail and tones you manage to achieve in a sketch. Many would consider that highly detailed for a studio work. If you do decide to do an online course, count me in!

      • Thank you Ruth for those really kind words! I will count you in, don’t worry.

  16. Hi Shari, I would love to follow your blog but when I try to enter my email address the page just reloads. May I follow you?

  17. Birdie Hyatt says:

    I would very much like to be involved with your workshops….my career ?? in Oil has just been interrupted due to Asthma restictions. I am so impressed with what I saw in the Gazette this morning.

    Please advise when and where I could join you in Montreal.

  18. Terry says:

    Liked your gallery in today’s Gazette. Watercolour sketches are the perfect opposing force against the digital photography trend, and with cameras everywhere, in cell-phones, etc — why not more painting kits.

  19. frances schanfield says:


    Will there be any other workshops in Montreal this summer, since your June 5 and 6 workshops are full.

    Thank you.

  20. Dorothy Stern says:

    Hello Shari
    Will you be offering any workshops in Montreal in the Fall? I would be interested. Having said that, I have sketching experience, but am not a watercolourist. Would this be a problem?

    • Hi Dorothy. In my workshops there are people with many levels of experience so don’t worry about that. Some have no watercolour experience, others paint in oil but not watercolour. That would not be a problem. I will put you on the list if I open up another workshop.

  21. Ligia Tingle says:

    Hi Shari,

    My name is Ligia. I would like to be added to your course in Montreal if you do one in September. I have some experience with oils but none with watercolours. Thanks

  22. Caroline Goulian says:

    Hi Shari
    Great watercolors! I’d love to attend one of your workshops in Montreal (what a shame I missed the upcoming two days). Please add my name to your list. You truly capture everyday life.

  23. Jackie Mueller-Jones says:

    Would you put me on your list for Montreal, also? I would love to attend one of your workshops.

  24. Leslie Brabant says:

    Please let me know if you’re doing more workshops at John Abbott. I’ve done tole painting, but I’ve always wanted to learn watercolors!

  25. lynn riel says:

    Lynn Riel
    I have no sketching experience at all or painting.Would your course be good for a first timer? The course that you are offering in the fall.

    • HI Lynn,
      I think it would be preferable if you had some drawing experience before you do my workshops. For first-timers I suggest taking a beginner drawing class and then taking my workshop. There are many offered in the Montreal area and having that experience would really help you before you launch into watercolour.

  26. Sharon Cranston says:

    Will you be having any workshops this Fall? If so, I would be interested. Thanks, Sharon

  27. tmikeporter says:

    I’d like to see you hold a workshop in Vancouver BC or even Victoria BC. Both lovely cities. I enjoyed our Portland experience very much. Thanks again. I just ordered a Da Vinci sable set from Amazon to use.

  28. Don McNulty says:

    I will start thinking about this, I would love to have you do a workshop in Vancouver Shari.

  29. Yvonne says:

    If you do a workshop in Van or Victoria, I’d make an effort to be there. I live in Alberta, but always enjoy a holiday on the coast and this would be the perfect excuse! Can you put me on a list for a possible BC workshop? Thanks!

  30. No, not the west coast again! Come east! I’m in New Brunswick but we have Nova Scotia next door. How about PEI? Cape Breton? I’d even drive to Newfoundland!

    • Gina, if you find enough people to be in the workshop I can come your way. That’s why Portland and Paris worked out. Do you have lots of sketchers/painters in your area?

      • Gina Bisaillon says:

        No, I only moved here from Montreal recently and I know nobody in this tiny village who does watercolours, and I have no contacts in larger cities either. But I’ll snoop around the web and see what/who I can find.

      • Ok Gina. I would love to paint in Nova Scotia. I love the area around Lunenburg. Maybe we can get a group to travel there with me.

  31. Hallo Shari,
    I am a resident of Beaconsfield and a member of the Beaconsfield Artist Association. Do you have any courses for the fall and winter session? If so could you please let me know. We are 4 who are looking forward to join a class.

    • Hi Huguette. I have no classes in the winter because I have no venue to hold them in. Plus I teach in a CEGEP so it is hard for me to hold classes at night. The summer is the best time for my workshops because I am not in school then.

      • Thanks for responding to my request and I will be following up with you for next summer. However, if it is ok with you you can give us courses at my house on your free time from Cegep. I can set up for the 4 of us. Think about it and let me know. We are all retirees but active in watercolour. Otherwise it will be for next summer. Thank you again.


      • Ok Huguette. I will think about it!

  32. HI Shari, can you put me on the list? Love your work! -Genine

  33. Hello, Shari:
    I have been an admirer of your watercolors posted on Urban Sketchers. Please add my name to your list for a Montreal workshop. Many thanks!
    Kristine Domenichini

  34. verdantgarden says:

    Hi, Shari:
    Please add my name to your list for a Montreal workshop. Thanks for posting such beautiful paintings/sketches on the web!
    Kristine Domenichini

  35. Wondering how you are enjoying that Jim Richards sketch you purchased in StoDo. I came so close to putting $55 on it….so very close, but … not close enough. Loving your sketches and your blog. I’ve not seen one like it anywhere.

    • I love my sketch Jim! I framed it and it is now in my front hall so I can see it every day.
      Thanks for letting me know what you think about the blog. I am getting close to the one year anniversary and wondering if I should continue. I always wonder if people are reading it and finding it useful. So I really appreciate you letting me know what you think.

  36. textplus says:

    Don’t even DREAM of stopping! I so look forward to receiving your weekly gift every Monday!

  37. Jeff says:

    Glad I found your site. I love your work! I would also be interested if you’re going to have any workshops out here on the west coast, especially Vancouver. Please add me to your distribution list.. Thanks!

  38. angmacleod says:

    Hi Shari can you add me to your list for workshops in Montreal! Thanks

  39. fredcschmidt says:

    Awesome treks. Great video in Paris; thanks to the stealthy student that caught it. Seeing you in action added great depth and insights to your blog. Kudos for such great discipline and sharing it. Fred

  40. hi Shari,

    I will be interested to join your watercolour courses or workshop in th summer. Please keep me in mind. Thank you and all the best for 2013.


  41. Ann Phillips says:

    Dear Shari,

    I love your paintings/sketches. May I just ask, when you paint, do you wet the whole of the page or do you just wet the area you are working on, or do you just make the colour very dilute before putting it on the paper?

    Many thanks.


    • Hi Ann,
      So glad you like the work. I have so many ways of working. Sometimes I wet the whole sheets (as in Baie des Rochers), sometimes I wet an area and sometimes I paint on dry paper. But one thing I try to do is make the colour as saturated as possible.


      • Ann & William Phillips says:

        Dear Shari,

        Thanks for the advice. I’ll keep practising. If you ever come to Australia ….

        Many thanks.


      • You never know Ann. My son is working in Sydney now and liking it a little too much : )
        Maybe if he stays there long enough!!
        In the meantime keep practicing.

  42. Brenda says:

    Hi Shari,
    I have been following your blog and daily sketches since I read the article in the Montreal Gazette. I enjoy oil painting, but have done some acrylic and watercolor. I would truely enjoy being in one of your workshops sometime in the future.

  43. Rooi says:

    Love the cheerful bright colour on yours.. captured me every time I see one on urban sketchers page..
    I don’t think I can make a trip to Canada but if for some reasons you make it to Sydney Australia.. I would love to do classes with you..

  44. Rooi says:

    hi Shari… Sydney australia

  45. Any plans for workshops 2014?

  46. ornbardur says:

    Hi, Any plans for workshops in 2014? Woukd possibly travel all the way from Iceland to attend!

  47. Dear Shari

    What great and fresh work. You are a master sketcher. What’s the schedule for the summer of 2014? I would like to join. Elias

  48. Lesli W., Portland, Oregon USA says:

    Hi Shari,

    Sorry you can’t make it to Portland this summer and look forward to possibly next summer. If you send out a separate email for workshops, please add me to your list.

    Love your work!

    Lesli, Portland

  49. anita407 says:

    Seattle, Washington
    July 12 & 13, 2014
    (This workshop is full. Contact me if you would like to be on the waiting list)
    please place me on your wait list.
    Anita Lehmann
    Thank you.

  50. Ian de Hoog says:

    Since Vancouver is full, why not pop over to beautiful Victoria, BC on the 6th. I’ll show you some great places to paint!

  51. Huguette Gabrial says:

    when are you planning to have your workshop in Montreal. Huguette

  52. Dottie Best says:

    Hello, Shari,

    I love your watercolor style and would like to be added to your workshop waiting list: whatever location comes up with a spot, I would check dates and consider!

    Also, I am interested in purchasing one of your watercolors. I particularly like “Trinity,” “Petty Harbour,” and “Davis Bay.” Can you give me details–framed/unframed, prices?

    Thanks so much.

  53. Janice Kelly says:

    Exciting to think of a workshop in either Montreal or Ottawa next summer.
    Please, please (pretty please?) put me on the waiting list.
    Many thanks.

  54. Huguette Gabrial says:

    I think I am on your waiting list. However please check it. Thanks. Huguette

  55. Barb Diltz Chandler says:

    Please add me to your blog/email list. I love your work. If you ever again offer a workshop in the Pacific NW (Seattle to Vancouver BC) I would love to enrol. Thanx.

  56. rkaldor says:

    Please add me to your list of summer workshops. Thanks

  57. Lucie Lavergne says:

    I would love to know more about your summer workshop in Montreal and everything you offre to imprime Waterville.


  58. Hi Mona,

    I will certainly add you to my list for workshops in 2016.


  59. Just wrote you an email but will do so here also. Would love information on your workshops. I live in the states so if you have any here or even the west coast i would love to know about them. Please also if possible could I also be signed up to get your sketchbook blog emails? Love you work.