AS OF APRIL 2020...

NOW TEACHING ALL MY ART CLASSES ONLINE MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 1 - 3PM VIA ZOOM. Otherwise, things are pretty much the same (see flyer below), each month I introduce a theme, and we work on that theme with personal demos, instruction and loads of encouragement and inspiration. JOIN US! Join anytime, you won’t miss a thing. Contact me for more info



I teach 3 classes per week in Santa Rosa, Ca., located in the wine country of Sonoma County. If you are visiting, please contact me to see if there is a seat available for a drop-in class. For everyone else, I teach a series of 2-hour classes / 4 classes per month for $120 (equals $15hr). Each month I present a new theme, and loads of instruction. Beginners Welcome!


I teach private 2-hr sessions in my studio, as well as online via Zoom. The two-hour time allows for specific instruction according to what YOU wish to learn. I can come up with ideas for you, but many of my private students have certain areas of particular interest for which they would like private tutelage. These sessions offer the potential for a significant leap in your art process. $100/session. Contact me for more info and to schedule.

color theory
color mixing
value studies
demystifying art supplies
working in series
developing a body of work
inspiration & creativity

TESTIMONIALS: "I so enjoyed Saturday! The gathering felt like a warm blanket, a hot cup of tea, and a good book on a snowy afternoon! Joanie gave me the confidence to know that I can paint, rather than I want to paint! Thank you ... Joanie, for taking all of us out of the box!!
from Judy, Workshop participant, New Hampshire

From a few of my awesome Weekly Students:

Joanie, I have learned so much from you I can’t list it all. One of the most amazing things has been making colors from just the primary colors, red, blue & yellow. I never imagined the possibilities. I truly thank you for everything I’ve learned. ~Joan D.

I am in awe of your enthusiasm and positivity. I am constantly inspired by your limitless imagination and encouragement.~Debbie D

As a beginning painting student, I really appreciate how encouraging Joanie is with all of her students.  I come home each week having learned something new and excited about what is to come the next week. ~Jean E

Joanie is an amazing art teacher! She is always encouraging and inspirational. I have been taking art classes for at least 30 years, and now she has taught me things that I have never learned before. I just love her class! ~Sally B

I consider myself very lucky to have found Joanie as my art teacher. She is a wonderful teacher as well as a wonderful person.Her lessons are well structured and organized, there is always enough information for the students ,so each one, in their own style, time and manner,can achieve their goals. She is also very generous in sharing her know how and experience with her students and has patience and understanding for her pupils.Painting with her is a highlight of the week for me! ~Connie

Over the years I have taken class from lots of teachers, trouble is they couldn't teach! Joanie can teach!!!!!!  Many of my previous teachers also expected their students to duplicate their style. Not so with Joanie.  I feel so blessed to be in Joanie's classe where I learn something new every week and have been encouraged to find my style.  She is ever helpful and and a wonderful person to call a friend. ~Marcia C

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