Tom Hoffmann Watercolors – Painting, Workshops, Classes and the author of "Watercolor Painting: A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium"

2017 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. Returning workshop students take a 10% discount, for 2017 workshops only.

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Tom hoffmann
308 32 Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

All Levels Watercolor Class

Ten Tuesdays, 2-5 pm
Winter: January 17 – March 21, 2017
Spring: April 11 – June 13. 2017

Fall: September 12 – November 14, 2017
Tuition $440

tom-hoffmann-cityscpe-student workA  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.

THE SPRING CLASS IS FULL. Enrollment for the Fall class has begun.


Student painting shown

Melaque, Mexico

5 day workshop   March 27 – 31, 2017   Tuition $550

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 make a couple of field trips to nearby locations like the town where salt is produced (remarkable imagery!) or the best body surfing beach I’ve ever found.

For Oaxaca information, see November, below.

San Francisco

3 Day Workshop | April 21-23 Tuition: $330

tom-hoffmann-cityscape-alleyThis beautiful city offers an embarrassment of great painting subjects; Waterfront galore, vernacular architecture, both fine and funky, hilltop viewpoints, markets, parks, beaches…We will focus on simplifying the cityscape by emphasizing structure. What would George Post or Rex Brandt do?

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Contact Tom to be put on the waiting list

The Palouse: Abstracting the Landscape

4 Day Workshop | Fri – Mon, May 19 – 22, 2017 | 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.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Contact Tom to be put on the waiting list

Cape Cod

4 Day Workshop | Wed–Sat, June 21- 24, 2017 | Tuition: $440


The Cape is brand new land, in geologic terms — sand and gravel left behind the last time glaciers came and went. The dunes and wetlands and the pine forests and ponds feel like mirages, as if they may not really be there when you turn around. It is a landscape that begs to be painted. New as it is, however, it has been inhabited right from the start, and the evidence offers its own array of wonderful painting subjects. Fishing and boat-building, cranberry bogs, grand colonial captain’s houses, funky beach cottages, glorious gardens … and the light! Warm and cool at the same time. 

Lopez Island

4 Day Workshop | Fri–Mon, August 18 – 21, 2017| Tuition $440

tom-hoffmann-landscape-t-dayTwenty-four 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 | Thu–Sun, September 28 – October 1, 2017  | 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please contact Tom to be placed on the waiting list.

Seattle: Abstracting the Landscape

3 Day Workshop | November 10-12, 2017 Tuition $330

tom-hoffmann-landscape-palouseshadowIt takes very little context to see a painting as a landscape. A little blue on the upper part of the page or a little horizontal in the middle gives the viewer plenty of evidence. This means we can let go of just about everything else and still be painting landscapes.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please contact Tom to be placed on the waiting list, or, see second session, below.

Seattle: Abstracting the Landscape

Second Session

3 Day Workshop | December 8-10, 2017 Tuition $330

Please note the December dates for this second section of the Abstract landscape workshop.

THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please contact Tom to be placed on the waiting list


Oaxaca, Mexico

7 Day Workshop | November 26 -December 2, 2017 | Tuition $770

tom-hoffmann-cityscape-onthehillThe Oaxaca trip has moved to November, 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!

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please contact Tom to be placed on the waiting list.