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Cindy Briggs’ workshops are focused on developing your own style and building confidence as you develop a deeper understanding of design and watercolor techniques. She creates an enriching and positive atmosphere for all levels of artists. Discover her process from start to finish to create paintings with dramatic light, jazzed up harmonious colors, and captivating compositions.

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Monet’s Garden in Giverny | Go Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Mar 28, 2022 12:00 pm (3h 30m) CST and
Mar 29, 2022 12:00 pm (3h 30m) CST

In this workshop, you will explore and recreate Monet's Garden in Giverny with Cindy Briggs as you paint with impressionist style brushwork. Under Cindy's guidance, you'll create an effect that looks like a cross between an oil painting and fluid watercolor. We'll create 1-2 paintings during this workshop, and all students will receive individual feedback from Cindy.

$178

Mentoring Program – Paint Captivating Color & Light

Discover how to create Captivating Color and Light.
Dates to be announced.

This self-paced program will have rolling admission; you can join anytime and start from the beginning of the curriculum. The program will begin with a series of videos to introduce you to Cindy's language of painting watercolors. We'll explore new topics every month; no matter when you join the continuous program, you'll begin at the start and receive insightful, creative prompts that you can experiment with and join a vibrant community of painters.

$89 – $149

Watercolor Blossoms with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling | French Escapade

April 12 & 13 from 10am-1pm Pacific Time

Day One: Floral Landscape: Theresa will teach you to loosen up with dancing brush strokes and dramatic color. Learn how contrast can brighten your paintings and how the use of creative color can add interest to your shadows. You will paint from a stunning reference photo of a terrace scene in sunny, Temecula, CA.

Day Two: Floral Portrait: Cindy will take you through painting an intimate view of a hydrangea with mingled colors, capturing sunlight, shadows, and the delicate petals. You’ll discover a variety of blues and greens as we mix colors and try techniques that add depth to the flower.

$178

Introduction to Watercolor Portraiture | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

Thursday, April 21, 2022 and Thursday, May 12, 2022
at 6:30pm - 9:30 pm ET

Leave your hesitation behind and get ready for a simplified, step-by-step method for creating watercolor portraits. Learn how to diagram a face by following simple spatial relationships; how to mix colors to achieve a range of skin tones; and how to layer watercolors to add dimension to facial features and hair. After this class, you’ll be prepared to tackle watercolor portrait projects on your own.

$165

Quick-Sketch Watercolors for Travelers | Smithsonian Studio Arts Course

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to Saturday,
May 14, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Quickly capture your travels with loose lines and painterly colors with instructor Cindy Briggs’ quick sketch watercolors method. This “go with the flow” technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

$95

Cinque Terre Watercolor Workshop | Smithsonian Studio Arts Course

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Join Cindy Briggs in this Cinque Terre Watercolor Painting Workshop from Smithsonian Studio Arts. Discover how to capture the Italian seaside villages of Cinque Terre.

Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

June 4 and June 11 at 10:00 am -3:00 pm PST

Capture your travels and daily life with flowing lines and flowing colors. Using fine-point markers and transparent watercolor, you will see how quickly you can create exciting, spontaneous small paintings with a range of selected subjects--from still-life and architecture to landscapes and beautiful skies. This class is great for all levels of experience. Subjects change each time the class is taught so you can sign up as often as you'd like! Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or use those provided by the instructor.

Glowing Flowers Watercolor Workshop with Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling

French Escapade

June 6 & 7, 2023 from 10am-1pm Pacific Time

Join Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling in a 'Glowing Flowers' Watercolor Sketching Painting Workshop. Cindy will take you through painting an intimate view of an Iris with layered mingled colors. You’ll create the effect of captivating sunlight, colorful shadows, and the delicate rhythm of the petals. You’ll discover how to create a variety of blues and violets as we mix flowing colors and try techniques that add depth and dimension to your floral portrait. Tracing provided along with bonus reference photos.

Sunny Market Flowers Watercolor Workshop with Cindy Briggs

Day 1 Sunny Market Flowers - Jul 21, 2022 10:00 am CST (3h 30m)
Day 2 of Sunny Market Flowers - Jul 22, 2022 10:00 am CST (3h 30m)

In this Sunny Market Flowers Watercolor Workshop, Cindy will take you through a variety of step-by-step approaches as we paint bouquet of flowers in watercolors.

Sparkling Lemonade Watercolor Workshop with Cindy Briggs

August Sparkling Lemonade 2 Day Session
- Thursday, August 11th, 2022, 10:00 am PST (3h 30m)
- Friday, August 12th, 2022, 10:00 am PST (3h 30m)

In this Sparkling Lemonade Watercolor Workshop with Cindy Briggs, you'll capture the sparkling light of a summer days as we paint lemonade themed scenes.

$178

Paint in Spain – Plein Air Watercolor Workshop | French Escapade

September 17-24, 2022

Hosted by: French Escapade

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. “We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.

Giverny The Heart of Impressionism | Go Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Thursday, September 29th, 2022, 12:00 pm (3h 30m) CST and
Friday, September 30th, 2022, 12:00 pm (3h 30m) CST

Beyond the walls of Monet's Garden you'll find the beautiful village of Giverny, France. In this workshop you will virtually visit and discover scenes awaiting your' paintbrush. You'll discover how to edit a scene and choose what you want to include in your design.

$178

University of Utah Landscape Watercolor Workshop: Pumpkin Farm

October 4-5, 2022 at 6:00pm-8:30pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Capture Utah's fall landscape in a guided watercolor experience! Working from Cindy Briggs' photos, you will recreate a scenic landscape photo highlighting the pumpkins and farm buildings from the Dibble Farm in Layton, Utah. Learn to work with a fall color palette and expert process. This class is great for all levels of experience.

Quick-Sketch Watercolors: A European Tour┃Smithsonian Associates

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by: Smithsonian Associates

Capture your virtual travels to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and Greece using the quick-sketch watercolors method. From hilltop villages to the sea, draw and paint a variety of scenes using loose lines and painterly colors that express your impressions and your own colorful story. All levels welcome.

Watercolor Portrait: A 3/4 View Arts Course┃Smithsonian Associates

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.to Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 9:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by: Smithsonian Associates

Learn to paint a watercolor portrait with a 3/4 view while discovering how to mix skin tones, and use layered values and blending to capture the forms and curves of the face. Recommended for experienced beginners to advanced artists.

Venetian Doorway in Watercolor Workshop┃University of Utah

November 1-2, 2022 at 6:00 pm -8:30 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Working from a photo of an old-world doorway with ironwork and reflections, we'll capture Venetian architecture with its unique character and style. Discover how to create light and shadow, lift color, utilize masking fluid to suggest ironwork and ripples in the water, use salt for texture, and build layers of color.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch in Watercolors┃Smithsonian Associates

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by: Smithsonian Associates

Upon visiting Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, one is immediately struck by the beauty of the landscape immortalized by painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Inspired by instructor-provided photographs that highlight the area’s red rocks, high desert botanicals, and expansive clear blue skies, students start with a small practice study. Then, they progress to a full-size drawing using a palette of earthen hues to capture the colors and shapes of this magical place.

Holiday Mixer 2022 with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling

French Escapade

Dec 5 & 6 from 10am-1pm Pacific Time
Hosted by: French Escapade
Level: High Beginners to Intermediate
Participants: Max 16
Medium: Watercolor

Paint the joy of the season with NEW 2022 holiday-themed watercolors. Create a variety of colorful, small paintings as Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling guide you step-by-step in this two-day ZOOM workshop. Tracings are provided or you can prepare your own drawing prior to class when needed. The class recording is for you to keep with this workshop. Let’s dress it up and wear a holiday hat, scarf or colors for this festive mixer! Cindy and Theresa

Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

December 6-7, 2022 at 6:00 pm -8:30 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Capture your travels and daily life with flowing lines and flowing colors. Using fine-point markers and transparent watercolor, you will see how quickly you can create exciting, spontaneous small paintings with a range of selected subjects--from still-life and architecture to landscapes and beautiful skies. This class is great for all levels of experience. Subjects change each time the class is taught so you can sign up as often as you'd like! Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or use those provided by the instructor.

Blooming Amaryllis with Cindy Briggs | Go Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Thursday, December 8th, 2022, 10:00 am (3h 30m) and
Friday, December 9th, 2022, 10:00 am (3h 30m) CST

Capture the rhythmic, colorful form of the blooming Amaryllis as you follow along in this step-by-step watercolor lesson. From an intimate point-of-view we'll explore the patterns of light and shadow, the linear patterns, and the varied color. We will layer colors, mingle and mix colors, use controlled brushwork, and masking fluid too.

$178

Adding Figures to Your Watercolor Painting┃University of Utah

January 17 & 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Nothing brings your painting to life like adding human figures. From a simplified individual to a complete painting, you'll learn how to mix skin tones, layer color to create fabric, and capture human character. Finally, you'll add figures to a scene to discover how you can add life to your paintings.

Poetic Watercolor Skies Workshop┃Smithsonian Associates

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by: Smithsonian Associates

The sky’s ever-changing moods have long challenged painters in watercolor. Discover techniques to capture the sky, whether filled with wispy cirrus clouds or dramatic cumulus clouds. Learn to mingle colors and take advantage of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques to create colorful, captivating skies. Learn how to infuse clouds with subtle colors using natural organic shapes and experiment with lost-and-found edges.

3rd Annual Watercolor Live: A Global Virtual Experience in Watercolor Painting

3 Days of Premium Instruction in Watercolor Painting by the world's top watercolor artists on January 26-28, 2023 with Beginner's Day on January 25. 

Hosted by: Watercolor Live

EXPLODE YOUR PAINTING SKILLS IN JUST 3 DAYS! This is a Rare Opportunity to See the World’s Top Artists Teaching Watercolor Painting in One Place!

Snowy Mountain Scenes with Cindy Briggs | Go Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Day and Time: Thursday, Feb 2, 2023, 09:02 am PST
Hosted by: Go Terracotta

Paint the wintery mountain scene with Cindy Briggs in our Snowy Mountain Scenes watercolor workshop. Learn how to capture the sense of a wintery mountain scene with demonstrations from start to finish, using powerful to delicate shapes, captivating light, and shadow to develop your paintings.

Simple Watercolor Roses for Valentine’s Day┃University of Utah

February 2, 2023, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

A symbol of love, roses are gorgeous to paint. Learn how to simply and organically draw the shapes and mingled layers, then add flowing watercolors for a splash of blended color. Loosen up and love it as you create beautiful paintings that make wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day or for yourself!

Rustic European Doorways in Watercolor┃Smithsonian Associates

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by: Smithsonian Associates

Old, weathered doorways lining many of Europe’s passageways are perfect subjects for a watercolor painting. Learn to capture brick-, stone-, and stucco-covered old walls, textured wooden doors, window dressings, and glass panes. Give your watercolor a painterly look with compelling shapes, lost and found edges, and mingling colors.

FREE “Live” ZION Watercolor Painting┃Daniel Smith Demonstration

Friday at 10:30 am Pacific – February 24, 2023.

Hosted by: Daniel Smith Fine Art Materials

Excited to do a FREE "Live" ZION Daniel Smith Demo on Feb 24! Join me as I paint Zion's Watchman using Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors. Let's explore the beauty of Zion together!

In-Person Watercolor Workshop with Cindy Briggs at Utah Watercolor Society

Sons of the Utah Pioneers building 3301 E Louise Ave, Millcreek, UT, United States

March 6-8, 2023 (Monday thru Wednesday)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily

Paint Colorful Portraits in this In-Person Watercolor Workshop!

Join Cindy Briggs at the Utah Watercolor Society for a 3-day in-person workshop on painting portraits with watercolor. Learn techniques for layering colors, glazing, and capturing facial features with planned and spontaneous brushwork. Enhance your skills or start your watercolor journey in this hands-on live event. Register now to paint captivating portraits and take your art to the next level.

Hosted by: Utah Watercolor Society

Quick Sketch Watercolor Explorer Program | Go Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Thursday, Jun 01, 2023, 09:06 am PST

Join Cindy Briggs in her Quick Sketch Watercolor Explorer Program and discover the art of drawing with fine point pen and painting with flowing watercolors. Learn how to simplify scenes and confidently capture landscapes, cityscapes, and flowers. Enhance your skills and capture your journeys with ease. Register now!

Watercolor Journaling and Fine Art Painting in the South West of France┃French Escapade

South West of France , France

Happening in 2 batches! June 14-21, 2023 and June 22-29, 2023 – WAITLIST ONLY.

Hosted by: French Escapade

Join Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling in a Watercolor Sketching Painting Workshop in the South West of France. The highlights of this tour will be to paint all the vignettes at the exquisite luxurious estate you will be staying at, the visit of Albi with its cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the plein air painting locations in hilltop villages and vineyards, and walking on colorful markets in medieval towns.

Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

July 8, 2023 and July 15, 2023 at 10:00 am -2:00 pm PST

Capture your travels and daily life with flowing lines and flowing colors. Using fine-point markers and transparent watercolor, you will see how quickly you can create exciting, spontaneous small paintings with a range of selected subjects--from still-life and architecture to landscapes and beautiful skies. This class is great for all levels of experience. Subjects change each time the class is taught so you can sign up as often as you'd like! Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or use those provided by the instructor.

Watercolors Fresh From France – University of Utah Lifelong Learning

July 11, 2023 & July 12, 2023
 5:45 pm -8:45 pm

Join Cindy Briggs in a watercolor painting workshop featuring fresh watercolors straight from France! Enhance your watercolor skills and learn how to create stunning travel vistas. With Cindy having just returned from France, she will be sharing breathtaking scenes from her travels, guiding you step-by-step to complete a full painting. With her expertise and imagery, you'll be amazed at what you can paint. Sign up now and unleash your inner artist!

Location:  Online

Bienvenu à la Maison: French Architectural Details in Watercolor | Smithsonian Studio Arts

Thursday, July 13 to Thursday, July 20, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Spend the day learning to capture your travels with loose lines and painterly colors. This go-with-the-flow technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art. Learn to simplify a scene and to compose and draw more organically and confidently. Inject captivating, mingling watercolors into your sketch in just minutes. In addition, get useful suggestions on packing watercolors to take along on any adventure. All levels are welcome!

Watercolor Workshop: Quick-Sketch for a Day | Smithsonian Studio Arts

Saturday, July 22, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Spend the day learning to capture your travels with loose lines and painterly colors. This go-with-the-flow technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art. Learn to simplify a scene and to compose and draw more organically and confidently. Inject captivating, mingling watercolors into your sketch in just minutes. In addition, get useful suggestions on packing watercolors to take along on any adventure. All levels are welcome!

Nebraska T.L.C. Fall Plein Air Workshop | The Leadership Center in Aurora, NE

The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska 2211 Q St, Aurora, NE, United States

September 15-20, 2023

Hosted by: The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska

Enjoy a 3 or 5-day Plein Air workshop hosted by The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. "Inspiring and preserving great art in the plains."
Whether in person or online, Cindy’s workshops give you experience in creating captivating compositions, developing color harmony, utilizing the power of light and colorful shadows, finessing your paintings and celebrating your own personal style.

Watercolor Zion Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

September 26 & September 28, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Capture the drama of Zion's stone cathedrals with color. You'll discover how to manipulate the consistency of watercolor to create light and shadow shapes. Following your instructor's step-by-step lesson, you'll mingle select colors to make your own color statement. A tracing is provided to give you an easy start.

Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

September 30, 2023 at 10:00 am -4:00 pm PST

Capture your travels and daily life with flowing lines and flowing colors. Using fine-point markers and transparent watercolor, you will see how quickly you can create exciting, spontaneous small paintings with a range of selected subjects--from still-life and architecture to landscapes and beautiful skies. This class is great for all levels of experience. Subjects change each time the class is taught so you can sign up as often as you'd like! Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or use those provided by the instructor.

Watercolor Journaling and Fine Art Painting in Western Sicily

SALINARA – Art Farm Contrada Spagnola, Marsala, TP, Italy

with Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
October 8 – 15, 2023

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their 1st workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily.

Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Salinara is a 10 minute walk from the Sea, close by are salt pans with windmills, lined vineyards and olive groves.

Come to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists.

Quick-Sketch Watercolors: 2 Session Weekend Course | Smithsonian Studio Arts

2 sessions from Saturday, December 2, 2023 to Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to quickly capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using a quick sketch watercolors method. This go-with-the-flow technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Amaryllis in Watercolor | 2 Session Evening Studio Arts Course

2 sessions from Tuesday, December 5, 2023 to Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Amaryllises, whose name comes from the Greek word for “to sparkle,” are often given as holiday gifts. Fine-tune a drawing of an amaryllis from a provided tracing, then focus on creating captivating, colorful shapes while preserving white areas with masking fluid. As you add details, the rhythmic lines and soft folds of the petals become even more vibrant and lifelike. End with a dramatic floral painting that will brighten winter days and last forever.

French Blues Workshop | Terracotta Watercolor Workshop

Thursday, Dec 07, 2023, 05:00 pm

Join Cindy Briggs in her French Blues Workshop with Terracotta Watercolor Explorer Program. French Blues are seen around the Occitane region due to the region's history of developing the color "Pastel". Working from a drawing and reference photo provided by the instructor, you'll discover how to develop dimension in your watercolors through layering mingled colors. Explore a variety of greens as we loosen up and suggest the climbing vines. Plus, how to suggest old world stonework.

Snowy Park City Main Street in Watercolor Workshop | University of Utah

December 12-13, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Discover how to paint this puzzle of an urban scene. Your instructor's step-by-step painting lesson of Main Street in Park City on a snowy day will take you through how to simplify a complex scene. You'll capture the subdued light and colors of the season with flowing colors and a hint of the color 'Neutral Tint.' A tracing is provided to give you an easy start.

Simply Start Painting Watercolors | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

3 sessions from Tuesday, ​January 16, 2024, ​to Tuesday, ​January 30, 2024
at 6:00 p.m. ​to 9:00 p.m. ET

Unlock Your Watercolor Potential with Smithsonian Studio Arts. Discover the joy of watercolor painting in our 3-session evening studio arts course. Dive into the basics, unleash your creativity, and master the artistry of watercolor. Join us from January 16 to January 30, 2024, and create beautiful paintings while building your confidence.

$165

Reflections in Watercolor Art Workshop | University of Utah

January 17-18, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Painting reflections in watercolor may appear challenging, but you can do it! The process is made easier with help from your instructor's tips and techniques. Painting from one of the provided travel photographs or your own, you will discover how to make a warm up study and a full painting. You'll walk away with a finished piece worthy of framing!

Seasonal Quick-Sketch for a Day | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

Saturday, ​January 20, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Weekend Studio Arts Workshop

Unleash your creativity in our Seasonal Quick-Sketch Workshop! Join us on January 20, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Learn the art of quick-sketching, perfect for capturing the beauty of any season with loose lines and vibrant watercolors. This workshop is designed for experienced beginners and intermediates who want to build confidence and have fun with free-flowing luminescent watercolors.

$165

Poetic Watercolor Skies – 2 Evening Sessions | Smithsonian Studio Arts

2 Session Evening Studio Arts Course
from Thursday, ​February 1, 2024, ​to Thursday, ​February 8, 2024

The sky’s ever-changing moods have long challenged painters in watercolor. Discover techniques to capture the sky, whether filled with wispy cirrus clouds or dramatic cumulus clouds. Learn to mingle colors and take advantage of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques to create colorful, captivating skies.

$165

Quick Sketch Watercolors Art Class | University of Utah

February 3 & 10, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

Capture your travels and daily life with flowing lines and flowing colors. As we simplify shapes you'll be surprised at what you can draw and paint on your own watercolor journey. This class is great for all levels of experience. Subjects change each time the class is taught, so you can sign up each semester and have a new experience! Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or may use those provided by the instructor.

Watercolor Roses for Valentine’s Day | University of Utah

February 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Hosted by: University of Utah

A symbol of love, roses are gorgeous to paint. You'll learn how to draw and paint roses using your instructor's flowing Quick Sketch method. You'll start by drawing organic shapes and adding mingled color. Then, you can draw or trace a more in-depth version and discover how to layer the soft petals with blended colors.

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