Watercolor artist Cathy (Kate) Johnson, who has numerous how-to art books to her name, is one of this year's Strathmore Workshop artists. Her series on "Watercolor Sketching" began March 1.
To register for this free class go to the Strathmore Artist's main page. In the bottom left of the page click on the workshop box. Then follow the instructions to register.
If you are a registered student from last year all you have to do is go to the sign-in page for the Strathmore Online Workshops. Sign in with your email and password. At the home page which comes up you will see the icons for the three workshops just below the introductory text. Click on the one you want to join. (Only workshop 1 and 2 are open at this time. They start at staggered times just like last year.)
Cathy's approach is clear and thoughtful. She has a calm but obiviously joyful attitude about her materials and her process. You will enjoy watching along as she develops her sketches. The lessons are staggered one 1 week apart; lesson two just came on line March 8. For each of her lessons she'll be doing two videos. One will introduce concepts, the other will show those concepts in action. Lessons are accompanied by excellent downloadable instructions chockful of illustrations.
Strathmore has provided a classroom "space" for students to interact with blogs and message boards, so you can extend your participation in this adventure.
Last year workshops were only available until September. I don't see any notes on how long this year's classes will be up on the site. While you can go to these classes at anytime and work at your own pace, do work a visit into your plans soon so that you can take full advantage of the opportunity in case this year's workshops are also only available for a limited time.
You can find out more about Cathy (Kate) Johnson at the link that starts this post. You can also enjoy Cathy's on-going blogging at Artist's Journal Workshop, which suports her recent book by the same title. This would be a great weekend to get some watercolor sketching instruction!