2019 Classes and Watercolor Workshops with Tom Hoffmann

To enroll in a workshop or class please send a check made out to Tom Hoffmann for half the tuition. Deposit is fully refundable up to thirty days before the start of the workshop or class.

Mail to:

Tom Hoffmann
308 32nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

All Levels Watercolor Class

tom-hoffmann-cityscpe-student workWINTER: January 15 – March 19, 2019
Ten Tuesdays, 2-5 pm Tuition $440 THIS CLASS IS FULL. I am adding a nine week class beginning on Thursday morning, January 17th, ending on March 14th. 

Nine Thursdays 9:30-12:30 am Tuition $400

THE THURSDAY CLASS IS NOW FULL. Contact Tom to be placed on the wait list.

SPRING: April 9 – June 11, 2019
Ten Tuesdays 2-5 pm Tuition $440

FALL: September 10 – November 12, 2019
Ten Tuesdays 2-5 pm Tuition $440

A  small class setting allows plenty of one-on-one attention and a robust exchange of ideas within the group. Whenever possible we will go outdoors to paint. Each session begins with a critique. Homework is provided via Tom’s blog.

Student painting shown.

Melaque, Mexico

6 day workshop   March 23 – 28, 2019
Tuition $660

tom-hoffmann-cityscape-vistatipicalMelaque is a sweet little beach town between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. It shares a beautiful bay with Barra de Navidad. Lazy days and nights…there’s not much going on, and nothing to do, unless you happen to be a painter! There’s an outdoor market, rooftop tavernas, fresh seafood, pop-up restaurants, donkey rides and fishing boats. We’ll also make a couple of field trips to nearby locations along the coast.

San Francisco

4 Day Workshop Friday – Monday, April 19 – 22, 2019

Tuition: $440

Is San francisco where we all wish we really lived? The funky parts are  getting hard to find, but our location scout knows where to look (go, Laurie!). Last year one place we painted is a wild spit of land that extends out into the bay through an estuary that attracts the elegant avocet. We will also go to the gorgeous Marin Headlands again.

THIS CLASS IS FULL. To be placed on the wait list please contact Tom

The Palouse: Abstracting the Landscape

4 Day Workshop  Fri – Mon, May 10 – 13, 2019
Tuition: $440

tom-hoffmann-landscape-triplefThe wheat-growing country near Walla Walla is as near to abstraction as any landscape I’ve seen. Just a half step along the line between form and content tips the balance toward pure shape, color and composition. We will take that step together and watch as boundaries disappear.

Seattle Plein Air

4 Day Workshop, Thursday-Sunday June 6-9, 2019

Tuition $440

I love to paint the working waterfront in Seattle, and the view up the railroad tracks to the skyline. Gasworks Park is pretty terrific, as is Pioneer Square. Maybe we can arrange a night painting site as part of the workshop. I know a perfect alley in Ballard.

Lopez Island

4 Day Workshop Fri–Mon, August 16 – 19, 2019
Tuition $440

tom-hoffmann-landscape-t-dayTwenty-eight years of watercolor on Lopez, and I keep finding great new places to paint. Plus, I still want to go back to the old favorites, too. Get to know this gracious island with a brush in your hand.


The Methow Valley

4 Day Workshop Fri–Mon, September 27 – September 30, 2019
Tuition: $440

tom-hoffmann-landscape-sistershomesteadWhy are some places easier to paint than most? In the Methow, it may be that the dramatic landscape is more readily seen as shape, color and value, while the human-made elements retreat in comparison. In any case, much of the painter’s work seems already done. The hard part is deciding which way to face.

In four days, workshop participants discover new ways to refine and enliven their work by letting go of the optional information and accentuating the essential.

Seattle: Abstraction in Watercolor

Two 3-Day Workshops,  Thursday – Saturday, November 7 – 9, 2019,

and Thursday – Saturday, December 5 – 7, 2019

Tuition $330

More and more the form/content scale is tipping toward form, leaving content out in plain air. Even there, the paintings want to be stripped down to the essentials. This is serious fun! Leave the rules at home.

Oaxaca, Mexico

7 Day Workshop Sun – Sat, December 2 -December 8, 2018
Tuition: $770

tom-hoffmann-cityscape-onthehillThe Oaxaca trip has moved to December, when the weather there is cooler. Many more excellent painting sites will open to us when we don’t always need to find shade, and the city will be less crowded than it is during Holy Week. There, that’s settled. Now we can start making plans to go back to my favorite city! Lila Downs has a song about Oaxaca that starts out with bells ringing and fireworks exploding. I think those typical early morning sounds come on the birthday of the patron saint of the church, which, given the number of churches in Oaxaca, means you can hear them more often than not. Then comes the bell telling all to bring their garbage to the corner. And the “Gaz de Oaxaca” truck, with its theme music, way too cheerful for the hour. The bread man cycles by, shouting “Paaaan!” and, finally, the call of “Tamales! Hay tamales!”. That gets me to throw on my pants and hustle out to get a couple for breakfast. By the way, if you don’t know Lila Downs, look her up!