Kath Macaulay

Pocket Sketching™

August 30-Sept 4, 2020 (Four Teaching Days)

Learn enough to play for a lifetime! This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café or the airport. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble Micron pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set. Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no cleanup. This workshop includes several of the watercolor techniques of John Singer Sargent and uses photos of his watercolors extensively as teaching examples. From a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!”

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  • Full time painting and teaching Pocket Sketching™ workshops including nine years at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ, the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY, The Burchfield Penney Museum International Center for Watercolor in Buffalo, NY, PACE 2017, Plein Air Convention and Expo in San Diego, and many U.S. and Canadian art organizations
  • Produced 13 episode show for PBS, "Pocket Sketching™ with Kath Macaulay"
  • Produced three hour-and-a-half DVDs covering three-day basic workshop
  • Produced webinar in four parts to review technique
  • Trademarked Pocket Sketching™ as a seminar/workshop
  • Published book, Pocket Sketching, the Portable Workshop
  • Was an artists’ agent for 11 artists, establishing gallery relationships from San Diego, CA to Taos, NM while studying art marketing at NMSU
  • Competed successfully in national shows with several Best in Show awards, plus noted one-person shows including an international show at the Chamizal, El Paso, Texas, sponsored by Mexico and the United States, featuring 56 paintings done from the Western United States National Parks
  • Showed in Mexico via the U.S. State Department


  • New Mexico State University, four years marketing aimed at marketing art
  • University of Arizona, scientific illustration (while teaching watercolor and drawing)
  • Oregon State University, B.S. biology
  • Private instruction, master artists: Nickolas Brigante, Los Angeles, Robert Carl Cogar, Las Cruces, NM, Bong Wai Chen, Portland, OR, Robert Noel Blair, Buffalo, NY


Artist Summary
My favorite evaluation so far came from a woman at Canyon Ranch in Tucson after an hour and a half overview of my workshop. She had previously registered in six 5-day watercolor workshops nationally, flying to each with hotel reservations and car rental, only to stay a few days in each and leave in total frustration: "You just changed my life! I can do this!” From students and former students I receive letters, notes, and emails exclaiming their delight. "My sketches bring back more memories than my photographs." "My friend had the sketch enlarged and taped above her bed in hospice to remind her how much her friends loved her." “I see the world as if cataracts were removed!” All I can say is, I change lives. Nothing can be more rewarding.

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Enjoy our northern Wisconsin resort setting while learning from nationally renown PBS teacher. 2020 will be the last chance you have to study with Kath outside of AZ.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: $495
(Tiered pricing not available)

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $415
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, August 30
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - August 31-Sept 3
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, Sept 3
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
6:30pm-9:00pm Paint Party with David R. Becker (Optional: $49 Additional)

Friday, Sept 4
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    6:30pm-9:00pm Paint Party with David R. Becker ($49)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.