Welcome to my workshops page. Listed below are upcoming workshops both in-person and online

To request a workshop you don’t see or to get on my mailing list:
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Registration is open until a workshop fills up.



Learn to Sketch Fearlessly by Simplifying a Busy Scene

Saturday, December 11th, 7am–9:30am Pacific Time

When you sketch on location, are you overwhelmed by all that you see? Do you struggle to simplify the scene before you? Have you been afraid to dive in and sketch the subject because it involves people? In this online workshop, themed around a Farmers’ Market, you will learn to sketch quick vignettes that capture the energy and essence of a place and its people.

All ticket holders will be sent photo references to work from before the event and a recording of the workshop will be available for review for 4 weeks after the event.

Seat Limited, purchase your tickets here.


2022: THE YEAR TO LEARN TO DRAW PEOPLE from the comfort of your home!


PEOPLE ALIVE! Sketches Full of Life
This 4-week workshop will move you from a fear of drawing people to feeling confident and excited about sketching people-centric stories.

Limited Spaces, sign up here

Saturday, January 8TH, 15TH, 22ND and 29TH, 2022. 10am to noon, Pacific Time

In this workshop we will consider many aspects of people sketching: We will start at shape and contour drawing as a way past a fear of drawing people. Adding in an understanding of simplified proportions of the face and body will help take those sketches to the next level. Then we’ll explore gesture drawing to capture drama and action. And last, we’ll move to principles and strategies that help bring people and places together for a sketch that tells a complex, layered story.

Each weekly session will be taught in a 2-hour Zoom session which will be available recorded in case you miss it. Over four weeks we will cover concepts related to seeing people as simple shapes, understanding proportion, gesture drawing and faces and features. In our last session we will bring all that we learnt together and explore the relation between people and place and learn to tell stories that showcase them together. We will work from photographic references and video in our Zoom sessions. Each week will also include a homework assignment where you will use the concepts we learn in your own work and share if you would like personal feedback.

To see video:

Date and Time

The workshop will be held online , once a week, for 2 hours, for 4 successive weeks. The dates and times: (All dates and times are Pacific Time)

• Saturday, Jan 8th, 2022: 10am to noon

• Saturday, Jan15th, 2022: 10am to noon

• Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2022: 10am to noon

• Saturday, Jan 29th, 2022: 10am to noon

Recordings of the workshop are available within 24 hours of the live session and will be available until the end of the workshop. You can watch a recording of a session and do the exercises and turn them in for feedback if you cannot attend a session.





An Art Retreat with Suhita Shirodkar, Uma Kelkar and Nina Khashchina

Feb 11-13, 2022

Workshop Description:

Are you ready to get away on a creative break without getting too far away? Ready to put to paper that bottled up creativity and make art with like-minded people?  We have just the answer for you. Join Uma Kelkar, Suhita Shirodkar and Nina Khashchina on a creative all-inclusive weekend:  instruction, supplies, lodging and food are all included when you join us on this retreat. 

Dates: From 4:00 pm on Friday Feb 11 to Sunday Feb 13, 2022

Deck of Textures is a two-day on-location experience that emphasizes finding joy in the process of making. Each workshop attendee will engage in short nature walks to find inspiration in nature and then use found objects/photographs to inform the guided explorations in workshop sessions throughout the day. Our media will be diverse, ranging from watercolor, ink, crayons to charcoal. Our works will be individually made and some collaboratively. Emphasis will be on experimentation and demonstrations will include techniques in mark-making, creating textures, experimental printmaking, and collage among others. Your inspiration will be our breathtaking location with your choice of motifs ranging from representational to abstract.

Registration open NOW! Spaces limited!

Read all details and sign up here:


4 INTERNATIONAL URBAN SKETCHING INSTRUCTORS, ONE LOCATION, 5 DAYS OF URBAN SKETCHING. Don’t miss this opportunity to access these fantastic instructors close to home!


URBAN SKETCHERS INTERNATIONAL: Spirited Color, Line, and Texture
An Urban Sketching workshop with with Paul Wang, Maru Godas, Santi Salles and Suhita Shirodkar

August 29-Sept 2, 2022

Workshop Description:

Not ready to book a trip out of the country yet? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to spend a week on Madeline Island with 4 international urban sketchers right here in the USA. Santi Salles and Maru Godas from Spain and Paul Wang from Singapore will join Suhita Shirodkar in this 4-instructor, 5 day workshop.

Each of these internationally renowned sketchers has a distinct style and technique, yet they share a common love for exciting and experimental urban sketching!

In this fully-immersive workshop, you will learn sketching and painting techniques in a variety of media including watercolor, pen and ink, gouache, and mixed media. Each instructor will guide you in capturing the energy, colors, and textures of serene Madeline Island and the bustling port town of Bayfield. Barns, boats, landscapes, and townscapes will fill your sketchbooks in a myriad of styles and techniques. You will work with instructors from breakfast into late afternoon. Your evenings will include gourmet dinners and wine followed by creative games and discussions.

Dates: All day including nightly talks from Monday August 29 to Friday Sept 2nd , 2022
Registration open NOW! This is a workshop you want to gift yourself!

Read all details and sign up here:


22 Responses to Workshops

  1. Wow!! I found your workshop for Oct. 10th in Urban Sketchers and wanted to sign up, but everything looks full. I live in San Rafael and I am an oil painter, painting mainly outdoors, and particularly enjoy painting in urban settings. I am trying to elevate my pen and ink with watercolor sketching abilities and would love to get into one of your workshops. Please add me to your email list. Fabulous work!! Thanks, Stu


  2. Maia J. says:

    I’d like to be WL for the 10/24 event & notified of your next Penninsula, SF or East Bay workshop. I’ve been sketching landscapes & botanicals yet want to ‘add people’ to my urban sketching also. Many thanks. Peace & Blessings.


  3. Audrey Rust says:

    Please, please have a south bay workshop. I learned so much at the SF one on 10/9 and would love to take another.


  4. Suhita, the workshop today in Sausalito was over the top and far exceeded my expectations! Bravo!!!! I am so glad I got on your wait list!


  5. Barbara Tapp says:

    You are Inspiring .


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  7. Anchal Tibrewal says:

    H suhita…ur work has inspired me alot to sketch and paint my heart out…and do u also have any instagram page that we can follow? ?


  8. Subhash Deshpande says:

    So glad to visit this page. Any chance of holding a working in Pune or India?
    Subhash Deshpande


  9. FAHD says:

    Do you conduct workshops in dubai? Please reply. Thanks. Fahd.


  10. I’m going to sign up for your figure class on crafty Do you have any other s ? San Juan capistrano


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  12. Meredith Fuhrman says:

    I would very much like to join one of your bay area classes. I love the freedom of your work.


  13. JLR says:

    I’m not a Zoomer. Would it be possible to convert your Poppies workshop to a video format. I’d be happy to pay to watch!


  14. I would love to do your Zoom Class on Florals. However, 10 a.m. Pacific time is 3 a.m. Queensland time in Australia. Would you maybe consider another class a little later in your day so folks in Australia and NZ can attend.


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