Currently, there is a three student minimum per class.

My classes are designed to teach you how to paint realistically in watercolor.  I have over 20 years of teaching experience in watercolor.   My classes are held in my gallery (the Galeria Vandiver) in the historic Fabrica la Aurora,, here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  The Fabrica is an old converted fabric factory that hosts many galleries and studios as well as three restaurants.

I start with the basics so don’t worry if you haven’t painted before.  I have had many students that are trying art for the very first time.  The beauty of this technique is that there are rules to follow and if you follow the rules, your painting will turn out great.

I provide all of the supplies you will need for the class.  All you need to do is show up. The class lasts for 5 days and is three hours a day (from 12:00 to 3:00).  The five days can be taken together (I teach on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) or spread out over a few weeks.  We can always work something out by changing the days or times if you have to.  The cost for the 5 day class is $300 US Dollars (or Mexican Peso equivalent).  It is the same cost for less days because that means I have to cram more teaching into less time!  You can click on the email link below or you can call me on my cell phone (415) 151-9062 or home phone (415) 121-1773 or on my US phone (Magic Jack, which is a free long distance call from within the US) (918) 856-9345.  Credit toward a future class will be given if you must miss a scheduled class for one reason or another.

Once you have graduated from the beginning course, you may continue taking classes for $35 US Dollars a day (3 hours).  Advanced students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies and coming up with their own ideas for paintings.

I also offer private classes (one on one) for advanced students.  Advanced students are students that have completed the beginning watercolor class or that I have agreed can take the advanced class after having a meeting with me.  The cost for private classes is $50 US a day (3 hours).   I look forward to hearing from you!

Supply list for advanced students:  D’Arches 300 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper; Loew Cornell series 7020 Ultra Round synthetic brushes sizes 2, 4, 10 (and/or Loew Cornell series 7350 liners sizes 2,4); M. Graham or Gamblin or Daniel Smith watercolor paint (cadmium red, quinacridone rose, quinacridone red, quinacridone violet, quinacridone gold, azo yellow, cadmium yellow light, transparent oxide brown, burnt umber, phthalo blue, phthalo green, chromium oxide green, hookers green, indanthrone blue, black gouache, and white gouache); gum eraser; pencils (6H or 8H as well as an Ebony or 9B); ruler; paper towels; plastic palette for mixing paint as well as one to hold your paint.  These can be purchased through online retailers  (for Daniel Smith paints)  and (M. Graham and Gamblin paint).


Kate and her two oil paintings.


Tracy working on her butterfly series.


Steve and his orchid painting.


Linda Felton working on her yellow rose painting.