2023-Watercolor Workshops with Tom Hoffmann

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

We intend to adjust to difficult or dangerous conditions by following current best practices. By enrolling in a class or workshop you are taking full responsibility for your health and safety.

Mail to:
Tom Hoffmann | 308 32nd Avenue | Seattle, WA 98122

 Palouse Workshop

2- day workshop
Friday – Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2023

Tuition: $500

In this workshop, participants will ask the questions that open the gate in the path to abstraction. The dramatic landscape demands we see shape first. We will play with composition, and color while discussing all of the variables.

The Palouse workshop will be attended in person.


Ellensburg Workshop

3-day workshop
Friday-Sunday, June 2, 3, 4, 2023
Tuition $600

The outskirts of Ellensburg welcome an exploration of the historic landscape and architecture. This workshop will take us to the rim of the canyon and the edge of town.

The Ellensburg workshop will be attended in person.


Lopez Island

3-day workshop
Saturday–Monday, July 22, 23, & 24, 2023
Tuition $600

My very first workshop was on Lopez, thirty years ago.  There’s a lot to be said for knowing a location well, and a lot to to be said for workshops. By the end of the third day of painting all day, a strong feeling of confidence arises. We learn to trust our instincts, and develop a feel for when it’s time to stop. Lopez Island is a great place to translate the visible world into the language of washes and strokes. You’ll see.

The Lopez Island workshop will be attended in person.

The Methow Valley

3-day workshop
Friday–Sunday, September 29–October 1, 2023
Tuition: $600

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

The Methow Valley workshop will be attended in person