SRAL offers multi-day fee-based classes taught by professional artists from the region and elsewhere. All classes are offered in conjunction with Green Valley Recreation, Inc. and will be held at the SRAL studio, 921 W. Rio Fuerte in the Santa Rita Springs social center.
The following classes are available for sign-up now in GVR's Winter 2017 class schedule.

Paintings the Soul - painting an Animal portrait in Watercolor
Learn how to paint a beautiful portrait that really captures the feeling and the personality of the animal you are portraying.
Full time artist for 30 years, Michaelin is the author of "Watercolor for the Fun of it, Painting People", she is contributing author of "Watercolor Portraits, The Essential Guide", and is featured in "Splash 9", two books by Karlyn Holman, and the latest book by Nancy Reyner. She has illustrated 10 Children's Books.
Michaelin owned and operated her own gallery and teaching studio in Minnesota for 18 years, where she taught 3 - 4 classes a week. She also traveled and taught workshops all over the US, Mexico and Guatemala.
Since she relocated to Green Valley, she is focusing on collage, charcoal, and watercolor. The colors of the west have totally inspired her.
Michaelin's watercolors and collages have won numerous awards nationally, and have earned her signature memberships in The Louisiana Watercolor Society, The Taos National Society of Watercolor and Silver Signature in Artist's Changing Tomorrow. She has been in several national Publications, including Southwest Art, Watercolor Magic(Artist's to watch in 2002), Western Art Collector and Artist's Magazine.

Supply list (Paintings the Soul - painting an Animal portrait in Watercolor)

If you have any questions, call Michaelin at 520 207-6545
Instructor: Michaelin Otis
Nov. 1–3, 2017 We - Fr 9:30AM - 3PM
Fee – $260/265
See GVR’s fall 2017 class schedule when it becomes available.

CPAC Classes

While not sponsored by SRAL, the Community Performance and Art Center offers many art classes of interest to our members. For more information about these and other workshops, go to (click Programs, then Adult Education).

Quail Creek Classes

While not sponsored by SRAL, Quail Creek also is now offering many art classes open to our members.

Incorporating Animals Into Your Painting
A Two-Day Watercolor Workshop with Instructor Marianne Nielsen

Course Overview
This two-day workshop offers watercolor artists who have some experience an in-depth exploration of the nuances of painting animals with emphasis on eyes, noses, fur, light, and composition. In addition, source material will be provided to enable the student to create their own original painting. Instructor Marianne Nielsen has been teaching watercolor since 2007. She is a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society. She exhibits in Oregon and more of her work can be seen at her website

Date and Time
Friday October 20 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday October 22 9:00AM-4:30PM

Registration and Fees
Register for this workshop with Dusty Friedman or 541-582-0733. Registration is ongoing with all fees due no later than October 1, 2017. No refunds after September 15, 2017. Fees for members are $135. Non-members $145. Space is limited. Non-member registration will be accepted after August 15th. If you have questions for the instructor you can contact Marianne Nielsen at:

Supplies List
  • Two drop cloths or plastic sheets
  • Full supplies list will be provided at registration.

Latest Update: 09/09/2017