Land Lines: January 25 - 29, 2021

Work at your own pace with access for 90 days

Making line is our first experience of art as children. It is as old as cave art, and as contemporary as graffiti. For painters, it is often overlooked in favor of texture, value, shape, form or color. Join Ruth for this 3-day online workshop exploring personal mark-making inspired by the landscape. You'll experiment with different mark making tools and a symbolic, abstracted approach. Using script, repetition, direction and layering to interpret or symbolize a specific, special place will convey feelings more potently than realistic rendering. This class is suitable for both watercolor and acrylic painters.

“This workshop challenged me to think differently about starting a painting.”

- Katey Sandy, Land Lines Participant

How often do you have a hard time knowing where to start, knowing when you’re finished or stuck in the ‘hideous middle?’ 

This class is perfect for you if you find yourself ‘stuck’ to your reference photo or hampered by trying to be accurate rather than expressive.

You’ll see your work move beyond replicating a scene to work that conveys emotions and ideas with excitement. 

You’ll improve your mark-making confidence, learn about other artists who emphasize line and finally use compositional guides for planning. 

Get ready to create work that wins awards and is recognizably yours!

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Ready

  • 2

    Day 1

    • Why Emphasize Line?

    • How Line Can Create Emotion

    • Great Examples of Line

    • Assignments for Day 1

    • Printable Assignment Page without images

  • 3

    Tuesday Zoom Session 10 a.m. PST

    • Zoom Link: 10 am to 12 pm PST

    • Zoom Recordings

  • 4

    Day 2

    • Types of Mark-Making - Repetition

    • Favorite Mark Making Tools Demo

    • Repetition and Symbolism Assignments

  • 5

    Thursday Zoom Session 10 a.m. PST

    • Zoom Session 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST

    • Thursday’s Zoom Recording

  • 6

    Day 3

  • 7


    • Evaluate the Course

About Ruth

Ruth began her career as a high school English teacher. Her communication and organizational skills stem from that training. Her work has appeared in the Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine and the Palette Magazine as well as numerous local, regional and national shows. She is represented by the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, Freed Gallery and Earthworks Gallery in Oregon. Ruth enjoys watching light bulbs come on in her student’s eyes. She has led hundreds of students through the creative process to find fulfillment in her over 20 years of teaching art.

Ruth Armitage

Ruth brings clarity to the creative process for her students. There is so much to think about: design elements, composition, content. Her goal is to help students solve the creative puzzle. She teaches them to put their inner critic to work rather than let it become an obstacle to success. Ruth enjoys teaching the creative process and watching lightbulbs come on in her students' eyes. She and her husband Marc maintain a small farm and studio in rural Oregon City.

Course Features

  • Synchronous and Self-Study

    Three full days of instruction: Work at your own pace, with 90 days access. Plus 2 scheduled Q&A Sessions via Zoom.

  • Downloadable Handouts +

    Video demonstrations, warm-up assignments and Slide Lectures, all with your own front row seat online.

  • Work from Home

    No more forgotten materials, commuting or exposure to viruses.

  • Private forum for Discussion

    Share your work in the private forum and receive comments from fellow artists

  • Scheduled But Flexible

    Lessons are released on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Work at your own pace, rewind if you need to! 90 minute zoom sessions Tuesday & Thursday from 10-11:30 PST.


Your registration helps support Colorado Watercolor Society.

Live classes with Ruth are valued at $395

Enjoy instant replays, written comments on your work, live Q&A’s and a front row seat for every lesson. Review the lessons for 3 months from the date of enrollment.

Student Testimonial

“This course had the feeling of an in-person workshop. Ruth’s preparation of the materials, her live painting presentations and the quality of her responses to discussion board submissions made this possible.”

- Christine Davidson, Land Lines Participant

All online Access

Enjoy instant replays and 3 months access from date of enrollment. Invest in your art!

All content will be accessed through my learning portal on and via Zoom live video/voice calls. You will need access to the internet: a laptop or desktop is best, but tablets also work. You’ll need to be able to log in, upload images for review, etc. If you are not sure whether you’ll be able to navigate the technology, preview my free mini-workshop: Texture Explorations here:

“I loved this course.!  I was pushed out of my comfort zone and given the time to focus on just one design element that I tend to overlook.”

 -Christine Jennings, Land Lines Participant

Join Us for Land Lines

Your enrollment benefits CWS


  • What time does the class meet?

    Pre-recorded lessons are released on the website on Monday 1/25/21, Wednesday 1/27, and Friday 1/29. You have access to the lessons for 90 from the date of registration.

  • What if I can't participate in the Zoom calls?

    These are live optional sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, 1/26 and Thursday 1/28 at 9 a.m. MST. You can submit questions beforehand if you can't attend. The session will be recorded and Ruth will post a link on the site so you can watch at another time.

  • What is your refund policy?

    I want you to be completely happy with your experience. If you find you cannot participate due to a health issue or technical problem, please contact me for a full refund.