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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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Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT – Watercolor Zion

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Explore the dramatic light, shapes and colors of Zion using watercolor as your medium. Cindy will share her approach for capturing the majestic stone cathedrals with her Utah palette of colors. You’ll discover how to draw Zion scenery with flowing organic lines or you can trace from Cindy’s prepared drawing. Then we’ll immerse our brushes into watercolor and mingle stunning colors right on the paper.

Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop – Quick Sketch Watercolors

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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

Sculpting with Color & Light – Smithsonian Associates Online

August 5 & 12, 2021
6:30-9:30 pm Eastern Time

If you venture outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you discover a walkway filled with marble statues of Renaissance masters including Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Ravello. Bring a bit of Italy to your artwork as you learn to capture the likeness of a sunlit sculpture in watercolors. In the first class, paint the likeness of the master sculptor Michelangelo and explore how dramatic sunlight and layered shadows can give a watercolor painting a sense of dimension. In the second, paint Leonardo da Vinci’s statue along with the instructor, or work from your own photo of a sculpture. This new way of seeing can be your stepping-stone to the world of watercolor portraiture.

Santa Barbara, California – Watercolor Sketching Workshop with French Escapade

October 22 – 27, 2021

With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.

Tuscan Bistro | French Escapade V.I.E.W. ONLINE

November 1 & 2, 2021
10am to 1pm PDT

Join Cindy for a 2 day workshop as we virtually visit a spa town in sunny Tuscany.  This small hilltop village, Bagno Vignoni, is a treasure that many travelers miss.

Bright Market Flowers in Watercolor with Cindy Briggs, French Escapade

Nov 10 & 11 from 10am-1pm Pacific Time
Hosted by: French Escapade
Level: High Beginners to Intermediate
Participants: Max 20
Medium: Watercolor

Brighten your November days with watercolor flowers that are always in season. Discover how to paint fresh colors that pop, save whites, stylize, mingle, layer up colors, as you change it up to make it your own. We have a fun natural “Local Flower Mix” for day two, or you can take your time finishing up from day one.

Colorado Colors| goterracotta.org

November 11 & 12, 2021

Discover how to design and capture the fall colors in the Colorado Mountains. From colorful aspen and evergreen trees to golden and lavender sagebrush, we'll explore painting the colors of fall using a myriad of brushwork techniques. Cindy's original Plein air painting is direct from a ranch near Steamboat, Colorado. You can work on one or two paintings.

Quick Sketch Watercolors | University of Utah

November 13 &20, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Discover how to easily draw with free flowing lines, and confidently mix and mingle flowing, translucent watercolors.

Holiday Poinsettias | Smithsonian Studio Arts

November 16, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Use flowing watercolors to create a poinsettia that blooms all year. Learn how to quickly draw a poinsettia or trace one using the flower images provided for the class

Watercolor Poinsettia | University of Utah

November 18, 2021
06:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

Draw and paint a colorful holiday poinsettia with flowing luminous watercolors. You will improve your color mixing technique and learn how to add a stylized background with stencils in order to draw more organically. All levels of experience are welcome.

Simplified Watercolor Portrait – University of Utah Lifelong Learning

Nov 30 & Dec 7, 2021
6:00 PM -8:30 PM MST

Discover how to mix skin tones and mingle, blend, and layer colors to create a simplified watercolor portrait. You will start with a tracing provided by the instructor so we can all get right into putting watercolor to paper. This approach will help you discover how you can paint almost any portrait. We'll focus on creating dimensional features of the face through values and blending for softness. Students are responsible for their own materials; find a list online.

Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop – Quick Sketch Watercolors for Travelers

December 1 & 8, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Quickly capture a scene using flowing lines and spontaneous watercolor techniques. Instructor Cindy Briggs provides step-by-step directions in creating landscape paintings and vignettes inspired from virtual travel from Europe to California. This “go with the flow” technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Complete one or more paintings as you use techniques in composition, drawing, and painting. Lessons explore managing watercolor consistency while applying mingling colors with wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, and layering techniques. For experienced beginner and intermediate students. The artist provides images from her travels or you can use your own.

VIEW with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling: “Holiday Mixer“ in Watercolor

December 2 & 3, 2021
10am to 1pm Pacific Time

Enjoy two days of painting holiday themed watercolors with Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. We’ll mix it up with a variety of paintings as you try new subjects and explore fun techniques. Wear your holiday colors and celebrate the season with creative brushwork, stylized drawing, mingling colors, stenciling and more.

Your joy filled paintings will be wonderful for holiday gifts and cards

Figures in Watercolor | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

January 20, 2022 and January 27, 2022 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm ET

Take the fear out of painting figures as you discover how to mix skin tones in watercolor and use layered brushwork to suggest drapes and folds in fabric. Progress from using tracings to drawing a figure without using a guide. Learn to see the important relationships between shape and color that help to make painting figures a breeze. All levels are welcome.

Moab Colors in Watercolor Workshop | University of Utah Online

January 25 – February 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm PST

Explore the earth hues and rare rock formations unique to Southern Utah, Moab, and Arches National Park. Choose to use your own images or follow reference images and tracings provided by your instructor as you discover how to capture the subtle layering of textures, dramatic values, and local colors to create these powerful forms.

$75

TERRACOTTA Online Watercolor Workshops | 6 Month Mentoring Program

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Enjoy a 6-month mentoring program in this watercolor immersion course. Monthly video modules are also added to the library of lesson modules. You'll make connections in our encouraging private Facebook community with over 100 artists. Beginner basics lessons and more advanced lessons provided, plus bonuses. Date to be announced soon.

VIEW with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling: “Valentine Mixer“ in Watercolor: French Escapade V.I.E.W. / ONLINE

Jan 31 & Feb 1 from 9am-noon Pacific Time

Enjoy two days of painting Valentine themed watercolors with Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. We’ll mix it up with a variety of paintings as you try new subjects and explore fun techniques. We will teach you creative brushwork, stylized drawing, mingling colors, stenciling and more.

Your colorful paintings will be wonderful Valentine cards.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Watercolor Workshop | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Paint the sun-drenched beach of your wintertime dreams. Working with watercolors, capture the color and light of the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea—with its cypress trees, Old World architecture, and flowers and vines reaching up toward the sky. Learn color mixing, balancing highlights and shadows, and how to achieve the perfect paint consistency. Tips and techniques for taking your painting Plein air (when the weather allows) will also be covered. All levels are welcome.

$95

Watercolor Roses for Valentine’s Day Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

February 3-10, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST

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. Both paintings make wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day or for yourself!

$69

Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

Feb. 5, 2022 and Feb. 12, 2022 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.

$69

Quick Sketch Watercolors for Travelers | Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop

Saturday, March 12, 2022 and Saturday, March 19, 2022
at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

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

$95

Park City Barn with Watercolor Workshop | University of Utah Online Class

March 26, 2022 at 10:00 am -3:00 pm PST

Let's paint an icon of Park City, Utah: McPollin Barn! You'll discover how to create colorful shadows and luminescent light to define its historical architecture. We'll explore painting foliage and trees, how to simplify a sky, and choose from flowers, cattails, or wild grasses in the foreground. This lesson builds on your understanding of the importance of values in painting with watercolors.

$69

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!

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