NEW! Mindful Nature Drawing & Watercolor Classes on Zoom

Summer Session:  July 2 – August 6 (6 weeks) Tuesday mornings on Zoom
10:00 – 11:15 AM  PST
Cost:  $75
Recordings only option:  $40 

Fall Session:  October 8 – November 12 (6 weeks) Tuesday mornings on Zoom
10:00 – 11:15 AM PST
Cost:  $75
Recordings only option:  $40

Simplicity, observation and creativity come together in this series of weekly drawing and painting classes inspired by nature.  Experience the healing properties of nature and art by following Elizabeth’s gentle guidance as we explore various drawing and painting exercises that are relaxing, fun and meditative.  Set judgment and expectations aside as you nourish your well-being in your own personal nature sketchbook.  Grow a garden in your journal experience joy in the process!

Classes will include:

  • Interactive conversation about plant symbolism and meaning (sharing is optional)
  • A variety of simple drawing techniques that anyone can master
  • Basic watercolor instruction with an emphasis on simplicity and using the materials you are most comfortable with.

All sessions are recorded and sent to students each week for viewing or reviewing on your own schedule.

Suggested supplies:  A sketchbook or spiral-bound pad of drawing or mixed-media paper.   Drawing pens with permanent ink, such as Micron Pigma pens or Faber-Castel Pitt pens.  Pencil and eraser.  Ruler.  Watercolors of any type…small travel sets are fine.  A detailed supply list is available here.

Contact Elizabeth at to register.

“Evening” Wins Award in Juried Show

“Evening” by Elizabeth M. Higgins

My watercolor painting “Evening” won a third place award in Village Gallery of Arts’ semi-annual juried show.  The juror was Kathy Haney, who has taught high school art for over 25 years.  Her watercolors have won awards in over 30 local, regional and national juried shows.  She is a member of the National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  Her art is in private collections in the US, Europe and Asia.

“Evening” was painted with watercolor over a gessoed surface.  I applied thick layers of quinacridone colors to a gessoed surface, and then wiped away areas of paint to reveal the stand of trees – a liberating, surprising method of painting.