Painting and Drawing Workshops


Have you always wanted to paint a landscape or draw a scene while out on a hike? Do you like color and drawing materials, but are just not sure how to get started? Would you like to capture the effects of light and shadow on the landscape, with vibrancy and realism, in your own drawing or painting? My Workshops may be a good fit for you! I have been teaching art and design at the Academy of Art University for 20 years.  I thoroughly enjoy helping students at all levels to improve their skills, increase their artistic confidence, and reach their creative potential.

Instructor: James Freed

Classes offered: Painting With Oils Outdoors, Drawing with Ink and Ink Wash,  Perspective Drawing For Artists, and Creating an Illustrated Field Journal

Private Lessons: Private lessons are available for any of the courses  above.  Please contact me directly for rates and scheduling.

Media Taught Oil, Pencil, Ink and Ink Wash

Locations:  Depending on the workshop selected: Point Reyes National Seashore, CA, the Sonoma County Coast, or at my studio in Sebastopol, CA.


You may request the current schedule of workshops by going to my Contact page and sending me a message. Be sure to provide the  title of the workshop you are interested in attending in the body of the message. Payment of a course deposit will secure you a spot in the workshop. Workshops are normally limited to just 10 participants so as to provide a maximum of instructor attention for each student. Minimum registration for a workshop to run is 5 students, so invite some friends! Deposits will only be refunded to participants if the class registered for fails to run due to low enrollment, or due to cancellation by instructor. Further information, a class materials list, and directions to the workshop location will be sent to you via email upon receipt of the deposit.

Registration for my Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute courses are handled through their own website. Go to: PRNSA Point Reyes Field Institute to register for PRNSA Workshops.


Please send me a message via my Contact page to obtain specific workshop dates and to register.

Painting With Oils Outdoors- This two-day workshop will help both the beginner and intermediate oil painter alike feel more comfortable and achieve better results when working outdoors or en plein aire. Site selection, equipment, view framing, value contrast, shadow shapes and form, composition, perspective, focal points and color mixing and application will be discussed and demonstrated. A short amount of studio work on day one, followed by working outside as weather permits. 9 AM to 4 PM, both days.  Workshop cost = $275 ($100 deposit holds your place.)



Perspective Drawing for Artists- This two-day workshop will delve into the theory and practice of linear perspective drawing as it pertains to the working artist. Eye level, vanishing points, position of view, picture plane, light and shadows, and reflections will all be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. 1 Point System, 2 Point Systems and 3 Point systems will be demonstrated. Would you like buildings or rooms in your drawings and paintings, and the people in them, to look more realistic? Do roof line angles drive you crazy? Want to learn how to draw stairs convincingly? This is the workshop for you! Studio work and some drawing outdoors weather permitting. 9 AM to 4 PM, both days. Workshop cost = $275 ($100 deposit holds your place.) 

Pen and Ink sketch of the Via Cavour, Rome.

Pen and Ink sketch of the Via Cavour, Rome.


Drawing with Ink and Ink Wash- This one day workshop will help artists discover the pleasures of drawing and painting with ink and ink wash. Using techniques similar to watercolor painting, (washes and graded washes) I’ll cover some basic drawing elements, eye level, position of view, perspective, value contrast, focal point, line, texture and pattern. When these elements are present, your drawings become much more engaging to view, and more fun to create. Ink wash is a highly portable and user friendly media that you can take with you anywhere. Studio work in the morning and location drawing in the afternoon session. 9AM to 4PM. Workshop cost = $150 ($100 deposit holds your place.) 

Point Reyes Lighthouse– Ink and ink wash


Creating an Illustrated Field Journal-
I love being outdoors. And when I can combine my love of drawing with being outside, that is a very good day. During this two-day workshop, I cover the practical basics of drawing on location, and keeping an illustrated field journal. Two days of instruction will include examples, observational drawing and demonstrations. I’ll provide you with some effective tools and techniques that will help you to improve your drawing and create a field journal filled with your own direct from life illustrations. Workshop cost = $275 ($100 deposit holds your place.) 


Several field journal entries– Ink and watercolor


One of my Creating an Illustrated Field Journal Class at the USCG Lifeboat Station. Point Reyes National Seashore.

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