Our workshops are designed to loosen up even the tightest painter and break the niggling detail habit. Painting loose is much more than a technique; it requires an understanding of specific design concepts in order to free one’s mind. Each day, Eric will focus on one of these principles. All levels of expertise and individual style will benefit from Eric’s broad depth of experience. Whether you are on the Peninsula, in Europe or in a tropical paradise–or connecting online via Zoom–you will receive the highest level of expert instruction and valuable guidance from Eric.

This page contains the descriptions of each of our workshops and classes.  For dates, times and locations click the link below for the Full Teaching Schedule.



This lasts 3 hours – 9AM-12PM PDST

You will learn his techniques and thought processes as you paint alongside a master of watercolor painting. Eric will provide the photo reference prior to the workshop. He will walk you through the painting process including drawing, value study, and paint application. This is your unique opportunity to paint with Eric!

Composition: Wiegardt’s Online Mentoring Class


  • Study with a master: Eric has taught over 5,000 students in his 35 years of teaching workshops and judging international shows.
  • Get in-depth mentoring from Eric on an ongoing basis.
  • Improve your composition skills.
  • Find joy in painting!

CLASSES MEET WEEKLY  (1 hour 15 minutes)

Saturday morning at 9:00am PDST

Space in each class is limited, so register early!

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This is a 3 Day Workshop
9-11am & 1-3pm PDST – Daily

Space is Limited!  Register Early!

This online workshop will follow the classic format of Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors, focusing on painting techniques and a philosophy of design that will encourage bold, loose painting.  There will be painting demonstrations by Eric as well as ample time for students to practice the concepts presented.


Our live online classes and workshops are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with Eric and other participants. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.



Space is limited, so register early!

Classes meet 9-12 & 1:30-4pm Daily

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. You will learn painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors. There will be ample time for students to practice the concepts presented in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.  Students of all levels will benefit from Eric’s many years of experience as an artist and teacher.


Space is limited, so register early!

Classes meet 9-12 & 1:30-4pm Daily

This class is designed to familiarize the student with the joy of painting out of doors. Keen observation combined with the student’s personal interpretation for an expressive painting will be the mainstay of discussion. We will be visiting several locations so transportation is encouraged with the possibility of sharing rides. All levels of experience welcome.


These workshops are designed to familiarize the student with the joy of painting outdoors. We will learn to see color, value and composition relationships while working directly from life. We will be inspired by nature’s color harmonies to paint these relationships.  


Virtual Critique

40 Minute Session

Join Eric for a Virtual Critique! This can now be done on Zoom or by videocall. This will help you as an artist to refine your technique and identify areas needing attention. You may have up to five paintings for this critique.

Zoom is a wonderful way to have a personal session with Eric Wiegardt. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be contacted to set up a time for this critique. Please give us up to 10 days to reply.  We will email you with dates that are available. Email us back with a date that will work for you and please include your phone number.

To help with the critique, you may send photos of your paintings as a .jpg file to:  watercolors@ericwiegardt.com or a link to your website or Facebook page where your work resides. This allows Eric to preview your work, so your critique can be even more detailed.