Jan 24-25, 2019 – Class FULL (Call for waiting list)
“Autumn Leaves and Winter Snow”
Watercolor Workshop with Roland Lee

Join me at A Passion for Painting Studio. Okay we are in the middle of winter, so let’s enjoy it by painting some winter snow scenes, but we will also take a backward’s glance at fall as we study negative painting for Autumn foliage. Class limit 8 students.

​Dates:  January 24-25, 2019  Time:  10:00-4:00   Cost$175.
Contact Becky Whitney to register Phone(435) 628-5890
A Passion for Painting – 310 East Tabernacle, St. George UT 84770


Mar 7, 8, 2019
“Back to Basics”
DWS Mini Workshop – FULL

This is a one-day watercolor workshop sponsored by the Dixie Watercolor Society. I will be teaching my approach to building a successful watercolor painting.

1. Getting started right. How to make better paintings from your reference photos including, center of interest cropping, re-arranging elements, overlapping shapes, Using aerial perspective to create depth. Making 3 x 5 value studies to test your composition.

2. Understanding shape, value, edges, and color as applied to watercolor. Learning to paint “value shapes” instead of “things” is the first step to creating awesome paintings.

3. “Shadows are our friends.”A closer look at shadows, and how they help us add realism to our paintings.

This class will be offered twice: Thurs March 7 and Friday March 8, 2019. 9:00-4:00   Cost $50
You can only register for one class. The location will be Arrowhead gallery upstairs. 68 East Tabernacle, St. George.
Contact Bill Sherwin to register Phone: 435-619-4405
or mail check with requested date to:
DWS P.O. Box 1127, St. George, Utah 84771

March 22-23, 2019 (Register after Jan.1, 2019)
“Light Up Your Landscapes”
UWS Mini Workshop – FULL

Sponsored by the Utah Watercolor Society, this workshop is designed to help artists become better interpreters of the landscape by learning to see what nature does to catch our attention. Our role is not to duplicate nature but to create new images based on our personal choice. Using Powerpoint and live demonstrations, plus printed handouts, Roland will guide us through the steps he uses to create exciting studio paintings from on-location sketchbook studies and ordinary reference photos. We will do a number of painting studies in class, and complete one small finished painting. Subjects include: Seeing the light; Amazing 3-minute skies; Unraveling the secrets of negative painting; Guaranteeing success with sketchbook value studies; and Creating winning paintings from wimpy photos.

Workshop location:
Sons of Utah Pioneers building, 3301 East 2920 South (Louise Ave.) Salt Lake City UT 84109
Contact: Lori Burchinal  435-828-3688

October 3-4, 2019
“Moab Plein Air Workshop” – FULL
Red Rock Arts Festival – Plein Air Moab

Sponsored by the Red Rock Arts Festival. In this workshop Roland Lee will share his time-tested method for painting the spectacular red rock landscape in watercolor. Learn his techniques for painting “three-minute skies” using wet into wet techniques, along with his unique methods for painting believable rocks and cliffs. In addition he will teach negative painting methods for handling desert sage and shrubs. The class will include both indoor demos and instruction combined with outdoor plein air painting experiences. All levels are welcome but you should have previous watercolor experience and be comfortable with working outdoors.
Cost $250

Workshop location:
111 East 100 North, Moab, UT 84532
Contact: 435-259-6272


Master Classes:

These small-group classes are for experienced painters, held in Roland’s own private studio classroom, and include a lot of one-on-one time focusing on specific needs. Roland only takes 4 or 5 Students in his Master Classes, and they must have already taken one of his workshops or classes to be eligible. The typical pattern consists of a one-or two hour morning demo and/or Powerpoint instruction by the teacher with the remainder of the time spent working on your own individual paintings. You should come to class with ideas for potential paintings or paintings in progress. It is also okay to bring finished paintings to talk about. Classes are held on one Friday and one Saturday each month. You can choose either one or both days. Cost is $150 per person per day.

Master Class dates for 2019:

Fri-Sat Jan 11, 12 2019 – FULL

Fri-Sat Feb 1, 2 2019 – FULL

Fri-Sat March 1,2 2019 – FULL

Fri-Sat April 12, 13 2019 – FULL

Fri-Sat May 10, 11 2019 – FULL

Fri-Sat June 14, 15 2019 – FULL

Fri – Sat August 9, 10 2019

Fri-Sat Sept 6, 7 2019

Fri-Sat Oct 18,19 2019

Fri-Sat Nov 15, 16 2019

Call or email for availability 435-673-1988.

St. George, UT Workshops:
Roland Lee usually presents several workshops from his St. George studio each year. Located just 45 minutes from Zion National Park, and only minutes from Snow Canyon, St. George provides the ideal setting for plein air instruction and  vacation-style scenic watercolor workshops. Regardless of the subject matter, each workshop usually includes both studio and outdoor sketching and painting in various locations, coupled with in-studio powerpoint presentations and live demonstrations. If you want to jump-start your art, and re-charge your artistic batteries, this is the place to do it.

Subscribe to Roland’s Watercolor Workshop Channel on YouTube

Private Lessons:

For those who need very specific help, Roland Lee offers private consultation/lessons. These are also held in his own private studio and include one-on-one time focusing on specific needs of the individual. All levels are welcome from beginning to advanced. A 3-hour morning session or afternoon session is $300 per session.

Custom Group Workshops:

Roland will custom create an individualized 1-3 day workshop for your painting group for $1000 a day. Call or text Roland directly for more information on private instruction. 435-673-1988.

Experience Levels:
All Roland’s workshops are intended for painters with some previous watercolor experience and a knowledge of basic watercolor painting techniques. You don’t have to be a pro, but we do want you to feel comfortable. No specific paints or materials are required. Just bring what you like to use. A suggested materials list can be found below.

What to expect:
Typical workshops consist of teacher demonstrations, powerpoint presentations, and actual student painting time under Roland’s supervision. Classes will be mostly in the studio, with some short outdoor sketching trips to learn to see in nature. At least two plein air outdoor painting workshops are offered each year in southern Utah’s spectacular National Park country.

Meeting Times:
Classes generally meet from 9am to 4pm each day with a 1-hour lunch break (on your own).

Tuition and Cancellations:
The Class fee is due at reservation. You will receive a full refund if cancellation notice is given 30-days prior to class time. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time.

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 1.26.24 PMSee Roland’s Latest Full-length Step-by-Step Instructional Videos

In response to requests from his many workshop participants, Roland Lee has now released a series of new step-by-step instructional videos for online download. Each video is shot with multiple cameras, and uses both dialog and on-screen text to demonstrate in real time his watercolor techniques. Each demo features a complete painting starting with the planning and thumbnail studies to the finished matted painting.

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