Teaching Schedule

I teach both online and in-person classes. If you’re interested in having me teach at your location, contact me! Sign up on this page  http://janelafazio.com/ to receive notice of my workshops & classes.


ONLINE classes    

Registration will open soon for my January 2015 classes!

Christine wrote about my online classes: It’s been a lot of fun to share an on-line class with a responsive teacher and an affirming group of amateur artists. I very much appreciated Jane’s clear and concise comments and participants’ enthusiasm and encouragement.

Susanna Johnson wrote “I felt like a door swung open in my mind,” in “Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life.”

Check out these free videos, to get a look at my teaching style.

And be sure and check out Danny Gregory’s online Sketchbook Skool. I teach in the ‘Beginnings‘ course!

 My in-person classes


stamp design and carving

stamp design and carving


Sketching and Watercolor and Collage in a Mixed Media Journal

Tuesdays, 9 AM – 12 noon
Feb. 3-Mar.3 (5 weeks) 2015
Athenaeum San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$160/180 + $15 materials fee

Registration is open now!

There’s no substitute for learning to draw from real life objects, and that’s how we’ll start out. Jane will teach you her quick and intuitive method to drawing and watercolor. Then each week, a new assignment /suggestion of what to draw, and a new mixed media technique to enhance your illustrated journal entries. Working in a 9×12” (suggested size) journal, you’ll be drawing from real objects every week, designing the page as you draw. You’ll learn to create cool and sometimes meaningful collaged backgrounds to enhance your drawings. You’ll be on your way to loving art journaling!  

Everyone has their own drawing style, just like handwriting, and Jane will help you to see and then record what you see on paper. This class welcomes beginners, and all levels including new stuff for returning students.  (Really, even if you haven’t drawn since 3rd grade, Jane can teach you!)

Materials:  Visual Journal for water media 9×12” (I suggest a spiral bound, so pages lay flat);  watercolors, (a travel size kit or PRANG children’s kit); one Niji WaterBrush (round, size medium); pencil; permanent black ink pen (fine or super fine nib Pitt Faber Castell Artist Pen); small pencil sharpener; kneaded rubber eraser; Soft Gel (Matte) or Acrylic Medium (Matte); scissors.

we will see this view on our river cruise!!

we will see this view on our river cruise!!


European River Cruise! April 14-24, 2015 The Blue Danube………. Download the brochure here. Sign up soon, for the best rooms and rates! this one is filling fast! 

There’s a fabulous sale going on, through the River Cruise company! lower prices and no single supplement through Dec 31, 2014.

Each day, we’ll tour the city and then meet for sketching and watercolor together. I’ll teach you to draw and watercolor!

 Chora streetView from the restaurantHotel Bench


APR 26 – MAY 4     8-NIGHTS ATHENS & AMORGOS     $2995

Sketching and Watercolor in Greece.  

The Art Walk invites you to Greece & the Islands.  For 8-12 nights, visit Athens for its history; Mykonos for its white-washed town, beaches, shopping and nightlife; and come to Amorgos, an undiscovered gem, to enjoy this simple, authentic island.

Imagine visiting the world-famous Greek Islands, and with a small, friendly, fun group.  Then add Jane LaFazio’s popular Art Program of sketching and watercolor classes in this incredibly picture-perfect place.  Painting in the shadow of the Acropolis, sketching one of the hundreds of little churches that dot the islands, capturing the windy white-washed streets… there are so many beautiful opportunities to see and paint and experience on our Greek Island program. We begin with two nights at our lovely hotel in Athens, right in the heart of the city.  We’ll have an orientation walk around the Plaka area and Monastiraki to explore this historic and vibrant area.  With a two day pass included for Athen’s Hop On – Hop Off bus, we’ll see all the sights.  On the third day, we head to Piraeus for our ferry ride to the island of Amorgos.  Upon arrival, we’re met and transferred to our beautiful resort and spa hotel.  Your room awaits you, each with a private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea.  Amorgos is an undiscovered gem of an island with peaceful little towns spilling down the mountains, and an 11th century monastery built right into the side of a cliff.  Join us for sketching and watercolor classes on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the sea.  We’ll have simple morning walks, and full touring of the island including the monastery, and an herbal distillery – one of the main exports of the island.  You’ll have free time to wander the quaint towns, walk down to the beach, and/or relax by the hotel’s pools, enjoy the spa and gym (all included), or treat yourself to the full range of spa services and treatments at our hotel spa. More details and registration info here.  

Outdoor Workshop in Encinitas

Outdoor Workshop in Encinitas. CA

sketching and watercolor on location (by Jane LaFazio)

sketching and watercolor on location (by Jane LaFazio)

Saturday, June 6


Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style

California Center for Creative Renewal, Encinitas, CA

 or email Ellen@ArtRetreats.com

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. Spend the day in the beautiful garden with artist Jane LaFazio. 

Jane, known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will demonstrate drawing on location, and painting with watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach.

You’ll choose from the wide array of plants, learning to draw and watercolor, and then maybe journaling your thoughts or impressions on 5×7” pages.

The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome

You might want to bring hat, and sunscreen. Supplies needed are watercolors, permanent, Niji Waterbrush (medium round), waterproof black ink pen, pencil, eraser and watercolor paper (~5×7” size) or you can purchase a kit for $25 with the supplies.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat  July 24-July 1, 2015 in Taos, New Mexico
At the Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn
Limited to 16 people
$2200/double per person or $2500 single
On this retreat:
You’ll create your own unique sketchbook and fill it with drawings and watercolors and nature prints.
You will learn to draw and watercolor and easy printmaking (or strengthen your existing skills) with Jane’s gentle, honest and insightful teaching.
You’ll experience the charming artsy town of Taos and stay at the restful, historic and slightly magical Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn.
You’ll have a week just for yourself, shared with like-minded people.
You’ll probably laugh quite a bit too.7 nights, 6 days includes:
5 days of workshops with Jane LaFazio
lodging at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn
a fabulous breakfast every morning of the retreat
a gourmet lunch every day during the retreat
2 dinners
free time to explore historic Taos, New Mexico
unlimited laughter and friendship with like-minded womenThe retreat will take place at the beautiful Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn, just a 12 minute walk from downtown Taos.You can get more details here. Or REGISTER NOW.

 @melake side in progresslake side Madeline Island School of the Arts


La Pointe, Wisconsin


Nature Journal 5 day workshop

August 31-September 4, 2015 $600

This fun workshop is open to all levels! You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal.Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint.By the end of the week, your journal (made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island.


Madeline Island offers different lodging options and meals. See how to register here.

Then register for my class here.

Monoprint Collage Workshop

Monoprint Collage Workshop

September 17-20

Art is You

Minneapolis, MN

details coming soon!

Life is a Verb Camp with Patti Digh

Life is a Verb Camp with Patti Digh

Patti Digh presents “Life is a Verb Camp” 

I’ll be there and teaching a one day class. Camp dates are September 24-27, 2015 at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California.

You can get the details here.


"City Blocks" 3 day workshop (by Jane LaFazio)

“City Blocks” 3 day workshop (by Jane LaFazio)


October 7-12

Art is You

Stamford, CT

details coming soon!