The Class

Class is on Balboa Island in Newport Beach from 9:30am-2pm.

We will meet at the intersection of South Bayfront and Topaz Ave. 

Parking is free on the adjacent side streets at both locations.

I will give 2 morning demonstrations, 1 watercolor sketch and 1 small oil painting. I will demonstrate how to design, draw and paint the scene. I'll emphasize division of space, lines, the importance of values, color mixing and edge-work.

After my morning demonstration, I'll spend the afternoon going from easel to easel helping each of you with your artwork at your own level.

This class is perfect for beginners through advanced artists as well as artists working in all mediums.

Scroll down to preview the supply lists for various mediums

Available dates:

Thursday, November 17th, Balboa Island

I've been painting and teaching around the world for over 20 years. I enjoy meeting fellow artists and art lovers and sharing everything I know about painting.

I mostly paint in oils and am known best for my seascapes and garden landscapes. I also paint and teach watercolor and gouache.

This class is limited in size and is open to artists of all levels including complete beginners.

What students say...

Kristen, thank you for the great workshop! Everyone agreed we have never had anyone give such an informative presentation. 

Right now I have to paint a large canvas for my granddaughter-to-be. My daughter wants cactus and succulents, with flowers. After listening to you, I just did the undercoat in pink to go with all the green. I am glad I took notes and really paid attention to YOU. Hoping to get a chance to paint in one of your future workshops again soon.

Debbie H

"I have taken a number of workshops, mentoring sessions and online classes and Kristen is hands-down my favorite instructor. She is not only an extremely talented artist, but an effective teacher. It is truly a gift to be able to provide valuable and meaningful advice and guidance in a positive and inspirational way. Kristen is so encouraging and can explain difficult concepts clearly and put them in the context of your individual skills as an artist. I highly recommend Kristen’s online classes and if you have the opportunity to work with her in person, don’t miss it!"


Kristen is not only a fabulous painter, but a very a highly skilled instructor. I have taken several watercolor courses from her and always am blown away by how much I didn’t know!! Her instruction has really impacted my work. She answers questions well and is very motivated to help students at all levels of experience. I appreciate her kindness and vast level of knowledge. Highly recommended! 


A little bit about me...

Ever inspired by nature, I love painting on location at home and abroad as well as creating large-scale, detailed studio paintings with multiple layers of paint.

My artwork is a contemporary blend of realism and impressionism, the majority of my work is coastal landscapes, marine life paintings and garden paintings. Having recently returned from living in New Zealand for almost 3 years, I’m a multi-award winning artist, recently featured in Plein Air Magazine and The New Zealand Artist Magazine. I was the lead plein air artist alongside Robert Bateman at the world famous SKB Foundation. I have 8 years of experience with a wide variety of art materials as I am an Artist Ambassador for both Royal Talens and The Silver Brush Co.

I endeavor to paint each work of art in a completely unique way from start to finish. When viewed at a close distance, the colors and texture are beautiful and interesting in their own abstract way, when viewed from a further distance, the shapes, colors and brushstrokes magically come together to reveal the painting's subject.

My artwork hangs in luxury and corporate collections worldwide including a painting in the White House Collection, (Barack and Michelle Obama), as the collection of The New Zealand Parliament with The Honourable Simon Bridges. Our research shows that I am the only person in the world to have a painting in both the White House and The New Zealand Parliament.

Preview the materials lists for each medium as well as a map of our meeting location

  Map and materials lists for oil, water mixable oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache
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  Reference photos and notes on painting
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