Denver Watercolor Artist Dennis Pendleton

Denver Watercolor Classes & Workshops

Dennis Pendleton teaches Watercolor classes and workshops throughout the year in Denver, Colorado and beyond. If you are interested in having Dennis teach a class or workshop, contact Dennis »

Looking for watercolor tutorials?
Dennis offers a great lineup of online tutorial videos with everything from selecting paint colors to palette setup to painting techniques.
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Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshops in Denver

Urban Sketching Workshop Three Sundays In June
All 3 Classes: $150 / Single Day Workshop: $50

Dates: June 4, 11 & 25 (July-August dates TBA)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Denver Watercolor Artist Dennis Pendleton is teaching Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshops in Denver on Sundays this summer.  Even if you can only make one or two days, please join us, each workshop costs $50 per day.

Places where we live, work, and play are fascinating subjects for drawing and painting.  Join me weekly on location this summer as I demonstrate the fundamentals of urban sketching.  Fill your sketchbook with bustling cityscapes and quiet neighborhoods.  This “how-to” workshop will teach you to capture the essence of a scene quickly at home and prepare you to record your travels.  Come with me and open new avenues of inspiration on the road.

Each workshop, from 9am-4pm costs $50 each ($150 for all three workshop days).
Learn more about the Denver Urban Sketchers Watercolor Workshop »

If you are interested or have any questions email me at

Denver Watercolor Tutorial - Workshop at Botanic GardensDenver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshops
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summer Months 2017
Dates: June 17 & 18 and July 29 & 30
Please email me if you’re interested

As we head into the summer and the season of gardening, dig out your easel and paints to join Dennis Pendleton at the Botanic Gardens.  Flowers, foliage, and water offer the artist a rainbow of colors and diversity of forms.  And this year the magnificent sculptures of Alexander Calder will be on display in the gardens.  Monet, the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said, “I perhaps owe it to flowers that I became a painter.”  The garden gave him freedom to break new ground and explore.  Just like Monet, you will be enchanted by the gardens as you learn from Dennis how to compose, identify values, and mix colors.  Each day there will be a demonstration, personal instruction, and critiques.  Your paintings will blossom as you investigate flowers, trees, water, sunlight, and the sculptures by Alexander Calder.  Come see the garden with fresh eyes! Dennis will demonstrate each day and then give personal attention to the students.

The price of the workshop is $100 per weekend
Or, if you can only make one day, the cost is $50 for a single-day Workshop.

If you are interested or have any questions email me at


Dates: August 11, 12, & 13
Price $350
To register contact the Steamboat Art Museum: 970-870-1755

Join me in Steamboat Springs Colorado to capture the unique beauty of the Yampa and Elk River Valleys in this watercolor Landscape Workshop.  Working ranches with horses and cattle, old barns and haystacks, and emerald fields against the blue indigo mountains provides the ultimate setting for the watercolor artist.  Dennis will demonstrate lessons on painting aspen trees, rivers and streams, haystacks, old barns, and the historical train depot.  Plan on returning home with a portfolio of memories and photo reference material.  Basic watercolor experience needed. Students are responsible for their lodging and meals. Dottie at the Steamboat Art Museum can make recommendations on lodging.


Classes and Workshops at the Art Students League of Denver 2017


Introduction to Painting in Watercolor Workshop
Eight Weeks Coming Fall 2017
Instructor Dennis R. Pendleton / Ability: beginner

If you want to get started in watercolor and learn the fundamentals like setting up your palette, color mixing, values, shapes, and edges then this is the class for you.  Within a few weeks you will be painting objects, still lifes and other subjects and by the end of the workshop you will be ready to continue painting and enter other watercolor classes if you choose to do so.  This workshop will give you the fundamentals and good habits to move forward.  I have been painting in watercolor for 40 years and I can assure you that this workshop will save you lots of time and frustration.  Watercolor is an illusive medium and proper instruction is incredibly valuable, especially in the beginning.
For class dates and more information contact Art Students League of Denver or visit:


Color Theory For Watercolor
Eight Weeks Workshop
Instructor Dennis R. Pendleton / Ability: Intermediate-Advanced

Push your experimentation with color to the limits in this color laboratory.  Investigate your paints learning about advanced color mixing, pigment characteristics, and color temperature.  Research when and how to use transparent, opaque, granulating, and staining colors.  Each session will focus on a color family utilizing the still-life.  Come discover and develop your own personal color vocabulary.
For class dates and more information contact Art Students League of Denver or visit:

Taos Watercolor Workshop
Every Spring / May 22-26, 2017
Every Spring I teach a Watercolor Workshop in Taos New Mexico. Traditionally the dates are the week before the Memorial Day Weekend.  We headquarter at the fabulous and traditional Mabel Dodge Luhan House which is famous for its traditional adobe architecture and delicious gourmet buffet breakfast.  It is the perfect beginning of each day as we all gather in the Mabel Dodge dining room for breakfast before we take off for a day of painting.  In the halcyon days of Taos New Mexico, Mabel Dodge hosted artists, authors and other free spirits such as Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams and considered it her mission to make Taos a national center for the arts.  After breakfast we go out painting and I demonstrate every day then spend time with each student as we discuss and work on their paintings.  We have evening critiques and some evenings we meet to discuss art and art history. The different painting locations in Taos are wonderful and the sunlight is legendary.  Some of the locations where we paint are the famous Saint Francis Church, the legendary home and studio of early Taos artist Edgar Couse, the Taos Valley with the mountains in the background, Le Doux Street, and the charming little town of Arroyo  Secco.   This is a fun and  informative workshop and I am always delighted with the paintings that are done that week.  Getting to experience what it is like to be a full-time artist for 5 days is one of the things the participants say they really enjoy.   Each student is responsible for their own lodging and meals and the price of the workshop is $450.  A $100 deposit will hold your space and the remaining $350 is due by May 1st.  This workshop is limited to 12 people and sold out the last 3 years and last year it actually sold out in January 4 months before the workshop.  If you are interested or have any questions email Dennis at

In June 2015 I taught a watercolor workshop in Tuscany Italy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  I may be teaching future workshops in Europe and that information will appear on my blog and my website.  If you would like to be on my email list let me know at
Learn more about the Taos Watercolor Workshop and see more photos here. 

Private Watercolor Lessons 

Learn a lot in a short period of time!

You have already taken a class or workshop so why not consider working with me one-on-one in a series of three private lessons.  Starting with a free 30 minute consultation, we will review your artwork and establish:

– learning goals – what you would like to get from the lessons
– what are your personal blocks and how to overcome them
– what knowledge gaps need to be addressed

The consultation will set the plan for how to accelerate the improvement of your artwork.

Think of it as an investment in yourself.

Price: $225 for 3 one-hour sessions plus time for set-up and clean-up
When: Dates and times to be agreed upon
Where: Pendleton home studio

For more information or to start the lessons  email Dennis at or call 303-744-6395