Current Classes

2017 Fall Watercolor Painting Classes

With Dottie Oatman 

Anyone want to go to Mexico and paint this March 2-12? See below AND go to the “Join Me–Travel” page on this website.

September/October Classes: (scroll down for Nov/Dec. classes)

Mondays Or Wednesdays—Light of the Landscape  Enjoy our glorious Colorado Fall with en plein air painting for 4 classes at a variety of locations around Boulder. A special focus on painting light, as did the Impressionists. Demonstrations, class problem solving and sharing in each class will empower YOU as a watercolor landscape painter. MONDAYS, 9:00am–12:00pm Locations given out with registration.

Dates: 4 classes-Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9. (see Wednesdays below)

Cost: $140 (if you can’t make all classes—let me know which you can make, and I’ll put you on a “fill in” list.)

Tuesdays – A Painting Potpourri (aka A Little Bit of Still Life, a Little bit of Landscape). Carry on and widen your painting experience in this class open to all painters. Demonstrations, sharing and problem solving help expand your skills and confidence as a painter. TUESDAYS, 10:30-1:00PM, either Studio 108 or my home studio.

Dates: 4 classes—Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10

Cost: $140

TuesdaysBeginning Two, Too, Tutu!

A little bit of still life, a little bit of landscape. Following the Beginner Workshops (but open to all), this class will move you along in your development as a painter! TUESDAYS, 3:00pm-5:30pm, either Studio 108, or my home studio.

Dates: 5 classes—September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10.

Cost: $175

Wednesdays – Light of the Landscape Too!

Same as Monday’s class–this class will be a little more geared for newer painters (seasoned painters welcome as well). WEDNESDAYS, 9:00am-12:00pm Locations given out with registration.

Dates: 4 classes- Sept. 20, 27, Oct.4, 11.

Cost: $140 (If you can’t make all classes-let me know which you can make, and I’ll put you on a “fill in” list.)


I teach a series of 4 workshops for beginners—2- hour sessions each –to help you learn the basic tools and tricks of watercolor painting in a fun, experimental way. Materials provided.

Wednesday or Friday afternoons, times to be announced depending on those interested. 4 classes

Cost: $160-$180 (depending on numbers) includes materials.

Studio FridaysCome and paint with others, bring your own subject matter, work on unfinished paintings, get feedback and help from me and peers, enjoy watercolor painting camaraderie! (I’ll be roaming around more to help, than in the past, in this studio class.) Class size limited to 8. Fridays– 9:00-12:00pm, Studio 108.

Dates: September 15, 22, 29. October 6, 13. ( to continue into November 10, 17, (no class 24) , December 1, 8, 15).

Cost: $35 per time. Register by the month for dates you can attend, and pay in advance.


November and December Classes, 2016

Mondays – Light of the Landscape Indoors

Painting from photos, we will explore different aspects of the landscape, learning varied approaches to painting water, skies, rock, mountains, trees, etc. with an emphasis on maintaining light in our paintings. MONDAYS: 9-12, Studio 108

Dates: 4 classes – November 6, 13, (no class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4.

Cost: $140

Tuesdays – A Painting Potpourri continued…..

See Sept. Oct. description. More of this! Tuesdays: 10:30-1:00pm, Studio 108 or Dottie’s home studio.

Dates: Nov. 7, 14, (no class Nov. 21), Nov. 28, Dec.5.

Cost: $140

Tuesdays – Around the World Landscapes

Paint from photos, a different country each week, in this landscape painting class, and travel without leaving Boulder! Explore a variety of colors, textures, and cultures shaped by the landscape. (or landscapes shaped by the culture.)  Tuesdays: 3-5:30, Studio 108

Dates: Nov. 7, 14, (no class Nov. 21), Nov. 28, Dec.5.

Cost: $140

Studio Fridays —— See above description.  Fridays, 9-12pm, Studio 108

Dates: Nov. 10, 17, (no class Nov. 24), Dec. 1, 8, 15.

Cost: $35 per time. Register by the month for the classes you can attend and pay in advance.

Registration and Cancellation Policies: Please e-mail to register, and I will respond with availability. Then your space is reserved upon receipt of your full payment for the class. Make checks out to Make Room For Art or Dottie Oatman and send to me at 2881 21st Street, Boulder, CO 80304. Or pay by Pay Pal, via my e-mail address, (payment to friends and family.)

*****Sorry no refunds or make up classes available. I’m too small an operation for that! Although I cannot give refunds, you may be able to make-up a missed class in one of the other classes underway, space available.

***Can’t do a full session? Drop-in sometimes available—e-mail dates you are interested in and we’ll see what shakes out. No guarantees. Drop in fees in some cases slightly higher than the full session class fee. (doesn’t apply to Studio Fridays class)

Priority given to those registering for all classes in a session, but fill-in participants welcome and sometimes able to find spaces. Please let me know if you cannot make a single class, preferably 24hrs in advance.


I have a piece in the Open Space Mountain Parks art show “Art Inspired by the Land” at the Boulder Public Library. Through Sept. 11. Come see!


~Join me on the Painting In Mexico trip happening in early March 2-12, 2018. Let me know if you are interested in receiving more info when it is available. I’ve been leading trips to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico since 2008—full of great painting, great food, great touring and cultural experiences. Come along! Info sessions this fall, Monday Oct. 9 or Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6-7:30 my house. RSVP. Limited space—$500 deposit to hold your spot due on or before December 1, 2017.

~Check out my blog-— on my website at Lots of recent summer 2017 garden painting.

 Special Information   Classes and workshops, unless otherwise specified, will meet at  4949 N.Broadway, Boulder, 80304, Studio #108. This is a happening arts place-lots going on there that we can participate in.

Private and Semi-private classes available at my home studio-2881 21st Street, Boulder. 80304. Privates $65 /1 ½ hour, semi- privates / $45 ea 1 ½ hour.