a StudioLife workshop

watercolor with sarah simon

a benefit for the volunteer park conservatory

event details

date & time: august 14, 2021 1:00 pm PST

duration: 2.5 hours

location: live virtual workshop

Donation amounts above $500 can be made directly to FOC here
About Friends of the Conservatory
A painting in the ConservatoryA Sarah Simon paintingA painting in the Conservatory

An extra special one time event…

Come join us for an afternoon of Watercolor with artist Sarah Simon, TheMintGardener while she teaches us to paint a piece of art that celebrates the Volunteer Park Conservatory!

Class Overview:

Two hours of Watercolor instruction, including an introduction to the foundations of the watercolor art, and a project to complete together. This ‘Agave’ with the arched walls of the Conservatory in the background was designed especially for this class by Sarah to support the VPC.


This class is being held as a Fundraiser! The Friends of the Conservatory (aka the FOC) supports the Volunteer Park Conservatory by advocating for and encouraging preservation, public participation, and education of the Conservatory and its horticulture collection. The proceeds of this FOC X TheMintGardener fundraiser watercolor class hosted by StudioLife will support the FOC in developing virtual programming, creating accessible educational materials, and advancing reopening efforts for the Conservatory! Attend and donate, and enjoy this painting class – all while knowing that your contributions to this wonderful event are helping the lovely plants at the VPC, and the amazing humans behind the scenes at the FOC!

More about the Volunteer Park Conservatory:

The Conservatory is a beautiful historic landmark located in Volunteer Park, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Modeled after London’s Crystal Palace it is a Historic Victorian greenhouse anchoring Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill since 1912. The glass greenhouse is surrounded by the beautiful scenery, and elegant lawns of the celebrated Olmsted park.

Encompassing five distinct temperate houses the Conservatory showcases a vast variety of tropical and subtropical plant life. Stroll through the stunning Palm, Seasonal, Cactus, Fern, and Bromeliad houses to experience the curated horticultural displays.

Class Details:

If you have taken a watercolor workshop with Sarah before, then you know what a thorough, engaging and knowledgeable teacher she is. In this class, she will be exploring all of your favorite watercolor techniques, and adding a few too. Sarah has taught thousands of people to watercolor in her classes.

You will explore how to add depth to your watercolors and mix up color recipes, as well as playing with mark-making to see how incredible your round brushes really are. We will be completing this full project in class, together step by step, so you will have a complete piece of frame-able art when you are done! We will explore different approaches to watercoloring, and learn which techniques Sarah uses to get the clean, smooth and vibrant look she is able to capture with her paintbrush. As always, Sarah will provide you with pre-drawn art, so there will be no pressure to draw anything in class. All you have to do is open up the supplies we send you, and tune in online as Sarah guides you live, real time, through the mindful practice of watercolor in these peaceful hues. You will access this class through Zoom and have live access with Sarah to answer all of your questions as you learn.

Workshop Materials:

You have two great options for getting your materials. We can mail the workshop materials directly to you or if you’re local to the Seattle area and are available on Thursday, August 12 from 3-6pm we will have free ice cream from Frankie & Jo's at StudioLife. We are excited to be partnering with this local plant based ice cream for you to enjoy when you get your beautiful materials.

Attendees will receive the following supplies: