Kath MacaulayNWS

Pocket Sketching™

September 12-17, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)

As seen on PBS, Kath's workshop is the easiest entry into watercolor, while being perfect for sketching anywhere. Supplies are compact and inexpensive. A no mess, no clean up approach to sketching and painting. 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" 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. Class starts with simple exercises, while learning the importance of contrast, color and focal point then continue to sophisticated and fun techniques. If you have trouble solving how to paint or sketch outdoors (there's just too much stuff), or having people see what you are doing in public (fearful they will judge you), this is the perfect class for you. Enjoy friendly, supportive, interactive critiques, and one-on-one help with humor and joy. Learn how to pick the perfect sketchbook and an easy way to embellish a sketch for more impact, plus what converts a ketch into a journal. You'll leave excited to sketch in public and on location anywhere. Learn enough to play for a lifetime!

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.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $650
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $660
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $675
If 6-7 students attend class (all teaching days): $705

PRICE LISTED ABOVE INCLUDES THE OPTIONAL $45 MATERIALS FEE. You do not need to bring any supplies if you plan to purchase the kit from Kath.
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(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, September 12
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 - September 13-16
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 (except Thursday)

Thursday, September 16
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, Septeber 17
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)

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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.



2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...