Watercolor Classes & Workshops

Dennis Pendleton teaches Watercolor classes and workshops throughout the year in Denver, Colorado and beyond. If you are interested in having Dennis teach a class, private lesson or workshop, use the form here to reach out. I teach Watercolor Classes regularly at the Art Students League of Denver, and I also offer Private Watercolor Lessons »

View all the Watercolor Classes & Workshops that Dennis Pendleton offers year-round below in Colorado and New Mexico. 

Dennis also offers Urban Sketching Workshops throughout the year in various Denver locations.

Looking for online watercolor tutorials?
Dennis offers a great lineup of online tutorial videos with everything from selecting paint colors to palette setup to painting techniques.


Private Watercolor Lessons

I love teaching private Watercolor painting lessons.
Learn more about my Private Watercolor Lessons »

Upcoming Workshops

Taos Watercolor Workshop

May 2021 Date TBD - Check-In Sunday, Monday- Friday Workshop
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Steamboat Springs Watercolor Workshop
July 24,25,26, 2020 • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Workshop
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Upcoming Classes
at the Art Students League of Denver:
Here are my upcoming Classes and Workshops I teach at the Denver Art Students League in 2020.

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NEW! ONLINE Figures in Landscape with Watercolor

Adult Course | Available

Medium: Painting | Level: Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced

Instructor(s): Pendleton, Dennis

Date: 9/8/2020-9/29/2020 | Location:  Art Students League of Denver |ZOOM

Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM MDT on Tue

Member Price: $136

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NEW! ONLINE Nautical Watercolor Painting

Adult Course | Available

Medium: Painting | Level: Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced

Instructor(s): Pendleton, Dennis

Date: 10/6/2020-10/27/2020 | Location:  Art Students League of Denver |ZOOM

Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM MDT on Tue

Member Price: $136

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Introduction to Painting in Watercolor

Adult Course (In Person) | Available

Medium: Painting | Level: Beginner

Instructor(s): Pendleton, Dennis

Date: 9/14/2020-10/26/2020 | Location:  Art Students League of Denver |Room: TBD

Time: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM MDT on Mon

Member Price: $267.75

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Introduction to Painting in Watercolor (Second session)

Adult Course  (In Person) | Available

Medium: Painting | Level: Beginner

Instructor(s): Pendleton, Dennis

Date: 11/2/2020-12/14/2020 | Location:  Art Students League of Denver |Room: TBD

Time: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM MDT on Mon

Member Price: $267.75

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NEW! ONLINE Loose Painting with Florals in Watercolor

Adult Course | Available

Medium: Painting | Level: Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced

Instructor(s): Pendleton, Dennis

Date: 11/3/2020-12/15/2020 | Location:  Art Students League of Denver |Room: ZOOM

Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM MDT on Tue

Member Price: $243.00

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Choose a current Semester, and Choose "Dennis Pendleton" as instructor to register and/or learn more about upcoming classes at the Art Student's League of Denver:

Private Watercolor Lessons​

Classes available Year-Round
Private Art Lessons for Denver Watercolor Artists

Learn a lot in a short period of time!

You have already taken a class or workshop so why not consider working with me one-on-one in a series of three private lessons.  Starting with a free 30 minute consultation, we will review your artwork and establish:

– learning goals – what you would like to get from the lessons
– what are your personal blocks and how to overcome them
– what knowledge gaps need to be addressed

The consultation will set the plan for how to accelerate the improvement of your artwork.

Think of it as an investment in yourself.

Price:  $275 for 3 one-hour sessions*
or  $385 for 5 one-hour lessons*
(*plus time for set-up and clean-up)

When: Dates and times to be agreed upon

Where: Pendleton home studio

For more information or to start the lessons  email Dennis at pendletonstudio@gmail.com or call 303-744-6395

Long Weekend Summer Workshops

Move Your Studio Outdoors
Denver Botanic Gardens & Sterne Park Watercolor Workshops

Plan on moving your studio outside and joining me this spring and summer at Botanic Gardens and Sterne Park.  I have added Sterne Park as a new painting site because it offers some different subject matter such as cattails along a stream with big trees, a charming lake, rolling green hills and ample parking, restrooms and shade. No matter your level of artistic development, you will be challenged by exploring colors, values, shapes, and edges.


Each day I will demonstrate a painting and spend the rest of the day working individually with the students.  The camaraderie of working with other artists and friendly critiques are some of the reasons why painters enjoy these weekend workshops. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your painting skills while enjoying being outdoors. 


2020 Summer Dates TBD
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

One day - $90 / Two days - $160 /Three days - $210


Email Dennis at: pendletonstudio@gmail.com if you are interested in getting on the list to be notified of 2020 dates, or if you have any questions.

Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshops in Denver
2020 Dates TBA...
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Urban Sketching Workshops
All 3 Classes: $150 / Single Day Workshop: $50

Denver Watercolor Artist Dennis Pendleton is teaching Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshops in Denver on Sundays during the summer months. Even if you can only make one or two days, please join us, each workshop costs $50 per day.

Places where we live, work, and play are fascinating subjects for drawing and painting.  Join me weekly on location this summer as I demonstrate the fundamentals of urban sketching.  Fill your sketchbook with bustling cityscapes and quiet neighborhoods.  This “how-to” workshop will teach you to capture the essence of a scene quickly at home and prepare you to record your travels.  Come with me and open new avenues of inspiration on the road.

Each workshop, from 9am-4pm costs $50 each ($150 for all three workshop days).

Learn more about the Denver Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshop »

If you are interested or have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com


July 24, 25, & 26, 2020 • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Join Dennis Pendleton for a 3-day plein air watercolor workshop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a chance to inspire your creative development.  Immersing yourself in the lush summertime mountain setting, learn everything from how to simplify the complex landscape to capturing sparkling color to creating a strong sense of light in your paintings.  Steamboat Springs is rich in beautiful subject matter.  From working ranches with old barns and haystacks to dramatic mountainscapes with quaking aspen trees, you will revel in the scenery.  Whether you are new to watercolor painting or a more advanced student, Dennis will help push your skills to the next level through demonstrations, individual attention, and friendly critiques.  Basic watercolor experience needed. Students are responsible for their lodging and meals. Dottie at the Steamboat Art Museum can make recommendations on lodging.

Watercolor Workshop Cost: $ TBA
Steamboat Museum: 970.870.1755
To register and pay, call the museum and tell them you want to signup for the Dennis Pendleton's 2019 Watercolor Workshop.  Students are responsible for their own lodging, but RSVP and I can let you know if any students want to try to share the cost of a condo rental or other lodging options.

If you are interested in my Steamboat Workshop, or if you have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

Denver Botanic Gardens
Watercolor Workshops

Postponed Until Further Notice
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays:
Time: 9am - 4pm

One day - $90

Two days - $160

Three days - $210

*Gardens admission not included in price, though we try to share membership admissions with those who are members if we can.

Join Dennis and learn how to paint the spectacular  sun-drenched, flower-filled patterns at these Botanic Gardens weekend Watercolor Workshops throughout the summer. Dennis will show you how to take the overgrown, explosive arrangement of colors and turn them into compelling compositions. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques.  Dennis will spend most of the day working individually with the students.  Don't miss this opportunity to paint the lush gardens in all their bountiful beauty.

Dennis will demonstrate each morning and spend the rest of the time working individually with students. Email Dennis at pendletonstudio@gmail.com if you are interested or would like more information.  


You can bring your own lunch or the Beehive Cafe in the middle of the gardens has a nice menu.

If you are interested or have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

Taos Watercolor Workshop Yearly
May 2021 Dates TBD • Monday-Friday Workshop • 

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Every spring I teach a Watercolor Workshop in Taos New Mexico. Traditionally the dates are the week before the Memorial Day Weekend. We headquarter at the fabulous and traditional Mabel Dodge Luhan House which is famous for its traditional adobe architecture and delicious gourmet buffet breakfast.  It is the perfect beginning of each day as we all gather in the Mabel Dodge dining room for breakfast before we take off for a day of painting.  In the halcyon days of Taos New Mexico, Mabel Dodge hosted artists, authors and other free spirits such as Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams and considered it her mission to make Taos a national center for the arts.  After breakfast we go out painting and I demonstrate every day then spend time with each student as we discuss and work on their paintings. We have evening critiques and some evenings we meet to discuss art and art history. The different painting locations in Taos are wonderful and the sunlight is legendary.  Some of the locations where we paint are the famous Saint Francis Church, the legendary home and studio of early Taos artist Edgar Couse, the Taos Valley with the mountains in the background, Le Doux Street, and the charming little town of Arroyo  Secco.


This is a fun and  informative workshop and I am always delighted with the paintings that are done that week.  Getting to experience what it is like to be a full-time artist for 5 days is one of the things the participants say they really enjoy.


Each student is responsible for their own lodging and meals and the price of the workshop is $450.  A $100 deposit will hold your space and the remaining $375 is due by April 16th. This workshop is limited to 12 people and sold out the last 3 years.


If you are interested in attending the 2021 Taos workshop or have any questions, email Dennis at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

Learn more about the Taos Watercolor Workshop and see more photos here.

Indian Summer Watercolor Workshop – Golden, CO
2020 Dates TBD
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Clear Creek History Park in Golden

Clear Creek History Park in Golden is a perfect painting location for the fall colors and capturing historic frontier homesteads.  I did the above painting there two weeks ago.  


The price is $100 for the weekend or $50 for one day.  Contact me if you can attend and I will give you directions and a supply list and you can pay me on site.  See you there.  

~ Dennis

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