Jean Mackay - Sketching through the Winter: Watercolor Series (Online); Thursdays, January 5, 19, February 2 & 16, 2023

Dates: Thursdays, January 5, 19, February 2 & 16, 2023
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM Pacific Time/6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time/11:00 PM-1:00 AM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Ink & Watercolor

Don’t let cold winter months break your sketching and painting habit. Build your skills, try new subjects, stay inspired, and connect with others in this lively winter series. Each month includes two class sessions and four fun weekly prompts that you can post to the online class group for feedback. Sign up for the month of January or February or sign up for both at a discounted rate.


January 5 – Sketcher’s Tea: A Lesson in Light and Shadows- Brew a cup of tea, bring your favorite cup and saucer, and focus on the critical painting skill of conveying light, form, and value. Using teacups as our subject, we’ll take a fresh look at form and cast shadows, mix shadow colors, and practice using loose brushwork to create convincing shadows and capture a sense of light.

January 19 – Winter Bouquet- Gather a collection of winter grasses and dried flowers or evergreen sprigs or paint from provided reference photos as we sketch a winter bouquet. This lesson provides a good opportunity to capture curling leaf shapes, combine simple and complex forms, and work on composition. We’ll finish off the sketch with a quote or poem in praise of winter.



February 2 – Bare Branches- Winter is the perfect time of year for observing and sketching trees. This class will focus on the structure of different types of trees and how to use negative shapes to your advantage when drawing them. We’ll use simple watercolor washes to capture tree forms and shadows.


February 16 – Feeder Birds
– Sketch and paint birds that are frequently seen at bird feeders in winter: chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. This session will also help you practice how to make a limited palette go a long way to create lively paintings.



Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Jean teaches at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine and at the Art School of Columbia County in New York. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield.


About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

Choose all four or purchase January sessions or February sessions:

Jean Mackay
Jean Mackay
Sketching through the Winter: Watercolor Series
January Sessions: Thursdays, January 5 & 19
February Sessions: Thursdays, February 2 & 16

Sign up for all four at once and save $40.