So many workshops and online classes to choose from! (and not all mine)

If you have been looking to dive deeper into art making these last few months, there has been no dearth of workshops and classes you can take online. I know I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve signed up for and I have also really come to enjoy my interaction in the classes I teach: the one I’m teaching currently has been so much fun that I am running it again in November. Here’s a partial list of things I’m teaching, and things I’m watching and following and looking forward to.


The Art of Capturing People, Places, and Objects

Four Wednesdays: November 4, 11, 18, & 25  •  Zoom class from 4 – 5:30pm, Pacific Standard Time. Personal feedback and reviews included. 

Register here, class size limited:



In this workshop Suhita will teach you to see in both line and shape and to find a balance of the two and use it in exciting ways. We will learn to observe key shapes and simplify them. We will also learn to really see and sketch in contours. Then, we’ll explore combining these two approaches in our sketches to bring a new sense of dynamism and excitement. Suhita will teach you to apply these techniques across interpretations of people, places and objects, creating rich and colorful sketches.

Each weekly session will be taught in a 1.5 hour Zoom session which will be recorded in case you miss  it. We will cover concepts related to drawing objects, people and places, with a focus on experimenting and combining line and shape for dynamic sketches. We will work from photographic references and objects on our desks in our Zoom sessions. Each week will also include an assignment where you will use these concepts in your own work and will receive personal feedback. 

Date and Time

The workshop will be held online on Zoom , once a week, for 1.5 hours, for 4 successive weeks. The dates and times: (All dates and times are Pacific Time)

• Wednesday, November 4th, 2020: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

• Wednesday, November 11th, 2020: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

• Wednesday, November 18th, 2020: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

• Wednesday, November 25th, 2020: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

Recordings of the workshop are available 24-48 hours after the workshop and will be available for 7 days. You can watch a recording of a session and do the exercises and turn them in for feedback if you cannot attend a session. (I don’t recommend this as the standard way to attend class but if there is a session you miss, this works)

Registration and Cost

The 4-session workshop costs $235.
Register here:

Here’s a quick little video, a small part of the demo did today, in a segment on sketching people using shape:


Fun and Free Florals

Saturday, October 10, 2020  •  Online from 10 – 11:30am, Pacific Standard Time

Register here:

Come join in a no-pressure, fun way to play with watercolor as you interpret and paint poppies in a loose and fresh style.

In this 1.5 hour session, we will work from multiple photo references and create a small watercolor painting. The techniques you will learn in this session are applicable to loose and free florals, botanicals and even abstract painting, so you can continue to play with what you learn even after this session.

Suhita will guide you through this piece in a step-by-step fashion with demos and will answer questions that come up as you paint. Though we will loosely follow one technique, it is open to interpretation and you are encouraged to experiment and play with it and make it your own.

This is a small, personal session on a Saturday morning with a maximum of 12 participants. Only a few seats left.


Register here:


What I’m excited about:

Shari Blaukopf’s new class, “Sketching Fresh Flowers: Late Summer Blooms”

Who doesn’t love painting florals. My favorite bit about this class? Watching how much wet-in-wet painting Shari does with these blooms and the beautiful effects she gets with this technique. I’m saving the bit of this that I think will be the best part for the weekend: the final piece, painted as a negative painting with a bold background.

Want to know more? Read more about it here:


James Gurney’s “Triads: Painting with Three Colors”

James Gurney’s new video is fascinating not only because he paints these incredible pieces with only a triad each, but also because he expands the idea of a triad beyond the “red, yellow, blue” most of us paint with. One of the most amazing pieces he paints uses a triad of secondaries: purple, orange and green.

Intrigued? Get the workshop here:


Liz Steel’s “Sketchbook Design”

This course is only coming out in early 2021. But I know it’s one a lot of people have been asking for: design for sketchbookers. If you know Liz’ work, you know every spread in her book is a balance of sketches and writing that you can spend time looking at and wandering around.

You can sign up for updates here:
And if you’ve never done a course with Liz, then this might be the time to sign up for a group run-through of her Foundations course, happening soon:


Sketching PlayLab with Paul and Suhita

6 months ago, if you’d have told Paul Wang and me that we’d still be playing around with paint and pencil at our fun little venture we call Sketching PlayLab, we’d have been amused. But here we are, past the 6 month mark, still enjoying ourselves as we create new play-based sessions in creativity and discovery.

For each online play session (60-90 mins), we pick a concept, technique or medium to experiment with. Our weekly Zoom sessions are all donation-based so everyone can join in. Your generosity has helped build an awesome community of hundreds of participants. You can see the collective of fascinating work produced by searching the hashtag #sketchingplaylab on Instagram:

​If you haven’t joined us for a session yet, but would like to, get on our mailing list by emailing us at We announce new sessions every few weeks.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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2 Responses to So many workshops and online classes to choose from! (and not all mine)

  1. Ina Acuna says:

    Hi Suhita. What brush are you using in the people demo? Thanks!

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