Escape the Heat with Summer Art Classes

Masa paper sunset by Karen Brungardt (photo by Karen Brungardt)

Connie Kotke, Publicity Chair

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of classes to build or enhance the skills of artists at all levels of experience. Classes are held in the air-conditioned Topaz Room in the Arts and Crafts Center at MountainView clubhouse. Learn more about instructors, techniques, fees, and material costs (if applicable) by visiting the Guild’s website All SaddleBrooke residents and members of the public are invited to attend.

Choose from these summer classes:

Watercolor Mentoring Sessions, by Karen Brungardt. Third Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning May 23. No registration needed; pay at the door ($10 members, $20 non-members per session). Karen will offer kind critique, advice on composition and techniques, and other tips about your watercolor painting. Bring your work-in-progress and supplies to continue your work in this friendly atmosphere. Great for beginners and up to continue their watercolor journey.

Tulips in Watercolor and Ink, by Karen Brungardt. Tuesday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Mix media for a delightful painting of tulips, those cheerful flowers. You’ll learn step-by-step how to achieve this loose and interesting way of painting these flowers.

Painting on Masa Paper, by Karen Brungardt. Wednesday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Like the looks of watercolor batik but don’t want to mess with hot wax? Then this class is for you! This paper gives a lot of texture, a batik type look, and offers bolder colors in the painting itself.

Pastel Mentoring Sessions, by Delys Nast. June 20 and July 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. No reservations needed; fee payable at each session.

Membership in the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is only $25 per year and includes monthly meetings, open studio, non-critique sessions, opportunities to exhibit and sell your work, and so much more. Guild members enjoy a discount on classes. Space is limited, so register now at