Welcome to my workshops page. Listed below are upcoming workshops for Spring 2020.

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


Draw From History

With the Sketching Trio in Virginia City, Nevada
Suhita Shirodkar | Nina Khaschina | Gay Kraeger

June 10, 11, 12, 2020 • Virginia City, Nevada
Reserve your spot now to receive Early Bird Pricing.

Take a step back in history to enjoy three days of drawing and painting. Ride the steam train, visit silver mines and grave yards! Enjoy lots of practice sketching as you explore the old western mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, a National Historic Landmark.



Instruction begins with creating a simple journal. Then we will teach you to fill it with lessons in journal layout, quick sketch, nature journaling, people drawing, watercolor, gouache and many other techniques.

Cost includes three days of instruction, all materials and a comfortable sketching location.

• Lodging, food, steam train excursion and museums cost extra. The hotel costs about $100/night double occupancy with continental breakfast.
• Want to bring a non-sketching buddy? This unique and historic place offers adventures for people of all ages and interests.
• Virginia City is just a 40-minute drive from Reno, but a world away from today.

Some topics covered in the Workshop:
– Creating a simple journal
– Layout design
– Quick sketch
– Nature journaling
– People drawing
– Watercolor, gouache and other techniques

Cost: Early Bird Price: $450 | After April 15th $550

How to sign up:
Use this link to sign up now:



People | Places | Color

A Sketching Workshop by Suhita Shirodkar | Stephanie Bower | Shari Blaukopf 
WORKSHOP FULL Email me to get on a waiting list


May 15-16, 2020 • 10am-5pm • Downtown San Jose, CA

About the Workshop:

This is a rare opportunity to learn location sketching from three Urban Sketchers doing what they do best!

Suhita Shirodkar (USA) will teach quick sketching of people in motion.
Stephanie Bower (USA) explains the basics of perspective sketching.
Shari Blaukopf (Canada) teaches her masterful use of watercolor.

Format: The workshop will be taught through 4, 3-hour sessions over the two days. For each half-day session, we will divide registrants into three small groups of no more than 12 participants each. You and your group will take the first 3-hour lesson with one instructor, then rotate through two more half-day sessions until you’ve had a class with all three teachers.

In the final afternoon session, we’ll put it all together in a joint sketching class taught by all three instructors. We are also adding an optional opportunity to join other sketchers on Sunday morning, May 17, for a Sketching Meet-Up that is open to all sketchers! (Yet another chance to cement what you have learned.)

Additional information about locations, recommended sketching supplies, and more will be sent to registered participants at a later date.

Cost: $300.00 US/person
Payable by check (preferred method) or PayPal ($310.00US including additional transaction fee.) Payments will be coordinated by Stephanie at

How to sign up:
Mark your calendars: Registration starts precisely on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 12:00 noon Pacific Time (no sooner, please.)

First come, first served, in the order your email is received.
To sign up, email

Workshop payment will be due in February 2020.

For more info about this workshop, contact me at with “People | Places | Color” in the subject line. But to register, you must get on the list with Stephanie Bower at


Magical Mexico City: A Travel Sketching Adventure


Centro Historico of Mexico City  •  6-Day, 5-Night Travel Sketching Workshop
​Sunday, October 25 – Friday, October 30, 2020

Timed so it falls just before “Dia de los Muertos” this workshop in the beautiful historic center of Mexico City is a travel-sketching workshop designed to get you to capture the energy and excitement of the city.

Join us for this culturally rich deep dive into the Centro Historico. We’ll stay in the heart of the Zocolo, near the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral  and we’ll discover some of it’s history and architecture as we create a travel sketchbook of the energetic and colorful cityscape around us, with Suhita instructing us how to capture the energy, color and activity around us. We’ll learn to sketch people and places. We’ll take the fear out of sketching people on the move, action-filled sketches and architecture. We’ll learn quick-capture techniques, so you’ll never complain about not having enough time to draw anything ever again. And we’ll discuss techniques for capturing vibrant color in your sketches. You‘ll go home knowing you’ve seen and sketched Mexico City’s Centro Historico like you never imagined.  

Some topics covered in the Workshop:
– Sketching people, including people on the move
– Drawing architecture and places without getting bogged down with details
– Creating vibrantly colored sketches that capture the energy and color of a place
– Quick sketching techniques for all subjects ,so you never feel like you can’t sketch on your travels again.
– Watercolor and pen and ink techniques

How to sign up:
More details, including how to sign up:

Spaces Limited, sign up soon!


Travel Sketching in Costa Brava, Spain. 2021.

A Sketching Workshop with French Escapade and Suhita Shirodkar


Come join me for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain.

Over the week, you will:

  • learn travel sketching techniques, from 5-minute pen & ink sketches to creating larger watercolor pieces in your sketchbook
  • develop your observational skills, and learn to draw from life
  • study watercolor painting and mixing color to help you capture the colors of your travels with a limited palette
  • learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels
  • learn compositional techniques for successful travel sketchbooks.

There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and I will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.

More details:
More details including a detailed itinerary and photos are right here.

How to sign up: A step by step process is listed here. Sign up early for the best rates and rooms.

19 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.


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