Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive with Susan Sugar

$275, $225 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Students will meet offsite at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, 601 Howard England Way.

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sponsored by 7 Artists & Friends

Sparse watercolor of the sky and sea


If you’d like to attend, but just can’t afford it, we may be able to help. Learn more about The Studios Accessibility Fund here.


Class Description

Artist Susan Sugar invites students to the beach for a 4 session plein air watercolor workshop at dusk. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing their process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed.  The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House.

An exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West will take place at a later date.

“My greatest wish for my students is that they end up surprising themselves. No matter what, I encourage a true investment.”

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Sugar has been capturing the tumultuous ever-changing seas and skies of Key West for decades. With a background in dance and architecture, she works with rhythm, space, and light, recreating what she sees and feels, searching for what moves her most.

Sugar has a degree in Dance and Theater from George Washington University in Washington DC.  Following this, she studied architecture at Columbia University and then attended the New York Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture, NYC where she studied with Graham Nickson and Mathew Radford.

New York City has been home since 1979.  She summers here in Key West, when the skies are most active, using the Plein air watercolor studies to develop large oils in her New York studio.  Susan has exhibited her oils and watercolors here in Key West since 1995.  She has also shown in New York City, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Hamptons.  Her work is on view in Key West at the Marquesa Hotel and Salt Island Provisions.

Supply List

  • Watercolor block – Aquarelle Arches, fine, cold pressed 7 x 10″ (or, 140 lb paper, 20 sheets). Block is very useful because the paper is securely held for working out doors. Feel free to use another size to work in. Sugar prefers a slight texture, but the block does come in satin (smooth/no little bumps).  Excessive bumps/course grain not recommended.
  • Paints – watercolors – a basic palette of 8 colors or more. Student grade are fine. No particular brand. Sugar uses cakes, but tubes are fine.
  • Portable chair if uncomfortable sitting on the ground
  • Towel to sit on
  • Plastic container for water
  • At least 3 watercolor brushes (fine tip for line drawing and detail, medium sized, and a bigger brush for wide strokes or washes.
  • Small notebook for writing and notes
  • Camera (optional)
  • Hat and sun protection
  • Something to nibble on if you tend to get hungry while inspired

Supplies available at Books & Books with an additional 10% discount.

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