Painting Playground

A series of 6 painting playshops for curious painters and absolute beginners.

Lean to paint with confidence as you explore a variety of painting techniques, play with fun and exciting art supplies, and dive into your unique creative flow.

Each week we’ll cover a different topic and you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you’re learning through a series of painting practices. Then I’ll turn you loose in the studio to create on your own. Don’t worry, I’ll be right here to answer questions as you as you paint and play.


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams


What’s included:

-All supplies will be provided for use at the studio (except for the varnish brush).

-Snacks and beverages.

-Delightful conversations and friend making.

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“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse


What: A series of 6 painting playshops

When: Saturdays July 15 – Aug 26 (no class July 22)

Where: At my personal painting studio near 151st and Murlen

Time: 10am to Noon

Cost: $300

Bonus: Book your spot before June 10th and get a free pass to attend an Open Paint event ($75 value). Two hours to create and paint in the studio with me. Must use your pass for a scheduled even by Dec 31, 2017.

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury


Class Schedule

July 15- Get Your Paint On: You’ll learn about different types of paint, canvas, paper and which ones to use when. You’ll also learn how to prep your surface for paint (and why you should or shouldn’t do it). Then you’ll explore different brush techniques and multiple ways to apply paint to canvas and paper. As well as how to avoid common brush mistakes so your art will look naturally loose and easy.

July 29-  Color Play Layer Away: We’ll explore color theory, and strategies for choosing colors to use in your artwork.  Plus, you’ll learn how to add depth to your art by layering color, and play with cool tricks to add bright color pops in your peices.

Aug 5- Make Your Mark: There’s more to painting than… well, paint! You’ll play with a variety of mark makers, like charcoal, graphite, and fancy art crayons as you explore how to use them in your art to create cool effects within your paint layers. You’ll also learn techniques for removing paint and adding paint layers to create texture in your finished piece.

Aug 12- Composing a Masterpiece: You’ll explore how to make your art more eye catching through the use of time tested methods. There will be lots of free time to paint, ask questions, and create a masterpiece (No pressure!)

Aug 19- It’s In The Details: You’ll learn how to add the fine details to your art pieces. We’ll also talk about how to sign your work and you will design your unique signature style. Next, you’ll choose one of your paintings to finish, and go to work!

Aug 26- Varnishing 101: You’ll learn how to protect your art with a finish coat of varnish. Why it’s important and how to decide which type of varnish to use. Varnish will be provided, however you will need to bring your own varnish brush to class. If there is time left, the painting studio will be available for additional painting and play if you want to work on your paintings.




I’ve never painted before, can I attend the playshop? Yes. No painting experience is required. Just a willingness to try something new.

I’ve been painting for years, can I attend the playshop? Yes. Everyone will be painting at their own pace and everyone is welcome.

Will I need to bring my own supplies? No. And yes. All supplies are included in the class (with the exception of a varnish brush). However, if you have items from home that you want to use in class you are welcome to bring them.

Will you provide a painting smock to protect my clothes? No. Please wear clothing suitable for painting (because… paint!). I do have a t-shirts you can put over your clothes, but I can’t guarantee the will keep your clothing paint free. In fact, I can probably guarantee you will get paint on them.

Will I have a finished piece to hang on my wall at the end of class? Yes. Your piece will be fully complete and ready to hang. How cool is that!


Refund Policy:  I don’t offer refunds. In the event you must miss a class you will receive written materials for that lesson for study on your own.

More questions? Give me a shout via the contact form at the bottom of the page. Please put painty in the subject line and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Rave Reviews

“I have wanted to paint for a long time. So when my friend invited me to attend one of Trish’s painting classes, I said yes.

I had never painted before. At one point I got frustrated with my painting and Trish was right there to offer direction and advice. It really helped, my painting turned out great, I love it! Also the food was awesome.”   Nancy Hamele

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Gina Elbrader

“I’m an artist, I paint every single day. I thought attending Trish’s class would be a fun way to spend an afternoon- painting and having fun with others.

Trish did a great job with explaining what we were going to do, and took time to make sure that everyone felt relaxed and comfortable as they painted.

Supplies were plentiful so we had everything we needed to create, and when someone needed extra support she was there to offer tips and encouragement without pressure or expectation.

It felt good to move and mediate a bit before getting started, plus the food was beautifully displayed and delicious too.

If you want to spend an afternoon with some really great creative souls having fun and slinging paint you should definitely go!” – Gina Elbrader

“What I liked about Trish’s class was that we received instructions on how to create an abstract painting, but we weren’t all painting the same picture. We got personalized input, coaching, encouragement so we felt comfortable to just go ahead and start playing with the paint.

The breathing and stretching at the beginning was nice because it felt really good and helped my brain turn off so I wasn’t worrying about whether or not I could paint something that would look good.

I love my painting! I can’t tell you how happy I felt coming away with such an awesome piece that I created myself. It is one that will definitely hang in my home as art that I truly love to look at and am so proud of.” – Peggy Newham

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