FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Do I need prior art experience to take a class?

A: No. However, to get the most out of classes such as portraiture some prior art experience is beneficial (drawing, etc.).

Q: What materials do I need for class?

A: See the watercolor or oil supply list provided in the links at the top of this page.

Q: What about art stuff I currently have, can't I get by with that?

A: The materials I recommend are a suggestion -- there are many good manufacturers of quality materials. Inferior materials will lead to inferior results. If you are in doubt, bring what you have to the first session, and we can go over your items.

Q: Watercolor classes and oil classes are listed, but what about acrylic classes?

A: Acrylic is currently only taught through private lessons. Plein-air workshops and classes are scheduled in the spring and fall and all media is welcome. 

Q: Do you teach private lessons?

A: Yes, see below. 

Private Lessons:

Private Lessons are taught in: watercolor, drawing, oil, and acrylic. Foundation elements of art such as color theory, and picture composition are also covered. An effort is made to mix what the instructor feels the student is ready for and encouragement for the current level of artwork achieved. Critique on an individual level can be especially rewarding to those not sure of direction, or that have reached a 'plateau' in their work.
Private Lessons have limited openings. Please contact the artist for details. lashleystudio (at) yahoo (dot) com - don't forget a subject line such as 'art lessons.' (fix the email, it's spelled this way to prevent spam)

Watercolor Workshop Student

Private Lesson - Oil

Students painting on location

Lashley's oil demo at a workshop

Christine Lashley's Spring Plein-air class in Georgetown.

Spring Plein-air class


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Christine Lashley - Fine Artist

Art Classes and Workshops

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My Teaching Approach

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Christine Lashley's classes include demos, lectures, critiques, and lots of painting time to teach students how to see colors and shapes with artistic eyes. Christine also teaches fundamentals of composition, color theory and value structure. Loosening up and painting with a fresh approach come from a full understanding of these tools with practice, and knowing your materials. All oil painting is with solvent-free methods and non-toxic ways to paint. Wet-in-wet painting, layers, glazing and alla-prima methods are explained for both oil classes and watercolor. 




COTE D'AZUR & PARIS: Paint Plein-Air in France! Learn to paint the best of France: markets, cafes, seaside resort harbor, historic chateau, hill-top villages, gardens, and Paris sights. Dates: August 21 - 29, 2017

A wonderful 9-day/8 night workshop in France. 6 nights at a beautiful Chateau art museum/retreat located on the Mediterranean Sea; and 2 nights in Paris, the city of light! Included: art instruction, most meals at the chateau, lodging at the chateau, train trip to Paris, day trips to the hill town of Mougins and Giverny outside Paris. All media welcome. Instructor demos in watercolor and oil.

Total Cost: $2475 Art workshop in Paris and at the Chateau. (For non-painting companion - limited space, $1950). **FULL**

Tuscany, Italy, 2018

TUSCANY, ITALY: Paint Plein-Air in Tuscany! Learn to paint the best of Italy: Near Siena, fly in and out of Florence. Rooms will be in in the estate section of the property. There is a pool; and about 3,000 acres of forest, livestock pastures, organic vegetable gardens, olive trees, etc. All media welcome. Instructor demos in watercolor. (Dates TBA) Summer, 2018. Includes all transportation, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner; also wine with dinner) except Sat. dinner. 8 days, 7 nights. Group trip to Siena and another hill town. Our wonderful pastoral organic farm retreat has been written up in BonAppetit , Travel + Leisure Magazine and many other publications as a favorite 'green hotel'.  

** Email Christine to be on the 'pre-notify list' for updates ** 


RED'S TABLE RESTAURANT, RESTON, VA. Learn to paint urban views: reflections, people, buildings in perspective, and boats on location with Christine at this locally-owned waterfront restaurant. Friday April, 21. Limited enrollment to 12. Covered area is reserved for us during the day (for sketching, critique, or snack). Lunch is available for extra fee (menu items). $90  Email Christine to get the enrollment form and send in your check. **FULL**


Email Christine to be notified on her "pre-notify list." Workshops will be posted when details are available. Often workshops fill from the pre-notify list. Past workshops have been at varied locations, such as gardens, gourmet restaurants, farms, wineries, and local historic places such as Harper's Ferry. 

Click here to contact Christine.


SUMMER Watercolor/Oil
GLEN ECHO, MD: Beginner/Intermediate - Mini introduction to studio or plein air (weather dependent) watercolor AM, or oil PM. Thursdays in July. Prior/advanced students can use this class for studio painting and project of choice. Students may book both classes for all-day painting in media of choice.

Fresh Style Watercolor: Beginning/Intermediate $140 

Thursday, 9:30am-12pm,  July 6 - July 27 **FULL**

Fresh Style Oils: Beginning/Intermediate $140

Thursday, 1-3:30pm, July 6 - July 27   **FULL** 

Both classes enrolling now through Glen Echo, see link below  

FALL Plein Air Watercolor
GLEN ECHO, MD: Enjoy the beauty of fall! Discover how to paint on-site in inspiring locations around the area. Indoor studio for inclement weather. Instructor Demos. All levels.
Fridays, 10-12:30. Sept. 15 - Nov. 17. $280 

FALL Plein Air Oil
GLEN ECHO, MD: Discover how to paint on-site "all-prima". Learn to build a scene with layered, wet colors and use bold strokes. Emphasis on non-toxic ways to use oils. Indoor studio space for inclement weather. Instructor demos. All levels. 
Tuesdays. 10-12:30. Sept. 17 - Nov. 14. $280

Enrolling late August, 2017 through Glen Echo Catalog

WINTER Fresh Style Portraits/Figure
GLEN ECHO, MD: Learn how to work with the figure in your art and/or create portraits. Loosen up and have some fun. Create believable and painterly skin tones, hair, features, and backgrounds. We will work from both reference photos and the model. Some experience (such as drawing or prior painting class) is required. Intermediate/Advanced.

All media welcome. Instructor demos in oil and watercolor. Model fee extra.

Jan. 19 - Mar. 16, 2018, Fridays, 10am-12:30pm. $280 plus model fee. 

Enrolling late August through Glen Echo Catalog

Fresh Style Watercolor
RESTON, VA: Watercolor basics and intermediate techniques. This class happens spring, fall and winter and is for Reston residents. Enrollment is through the RCC catalog (Reston Community Center). Class gets full with a wait list within a week of open enrollment (sometimes with a lottery also), so do not delay registration. Wed. 10-12:30

Click For: Yellow Barn/Glen Echo Lashley Classes Enrollment Link (new browser window)


Glen Echo Park, MD: The Registrar's Office is located on the second floor above the Popcorn Gallery. You may register in person. Register online at: http://www.glenechopark.org. Or call the Glen Echo Registrar at: 301.634.2222

Christine Lashley: For day-workshops and travel workshops. See 'contact' page to contact Christine.

Reston Community Center, VA: Watercolor class is listed in the Reston Catalog with details on how to register. (Reston Residents and people who work in District 7 have priority registration).


Please register early to avoid disappointment, many classes fill quickly!

Glen Echo makeup classes are offered within each season (spring, summer, fall). No makeup classes are offered in the winter as there is only one class.


Paint art in France! Click for more info...
Christine Lashley art workshop, August 2017

Christine Lashley's Italy Workshop, summer 2018

Christine Lashley painting on location

Christine Lashley's prior fall workshop location

Christine Lashley's prior fall workshop location

"Sailboat Harbor" SOLD 9 x 12" watercolor
Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley's prior summer workshop location


Click: To see the Spring '10 "Plein-air Watercolor" class paint on-location!

Click: To see the Spring '09 "Plein-air Watercolor" class paint on-location!

Click: To see the Spring '08 "Plein-air Watercolor" class paint on-location!

Click: To see the Fall '08 "Plein-air Watercolor" class paint on-location!