Artist Donna Dickson

 Workshops are limited to 12 persons with intermediate to advanced skill levels in oil, watercolor, or acrylic technique. You must have reasonable drawing skills. Some experience with plein air  would be an asset but painters who have never tried plein air but wish to  develop their skills in the technique of working on location are also encouraged to join. There will be 2 instructors, highly skilled in both water media and oils available at all times for help and encouragement


Upcoming Workshops in 
San Miguel & Riviera Nayarit
Donna & Tom Dickson

“Day’s End”  30 x 24 ins. Tom Dickson

Upcoming 2015/2016

Riviera Nyarit


A typical, tranquil morning at Rincon de Guayabitos,  Riviera Nayarit. 
Our new, private studio is on the hill, overlooking the 
warm, clear waters of Jaltemba Bay. 

Workshops and classes are held in our downtown studio space,  just 1 short block from the beach.

Below; the view from our studio deck –lots of north light!.

The subject matter around Jaltemba bay is an endless inspiration; the Pacific Ocean with all the colourful boats afloat; the life of the beach; the rugged mountains with their misty jungle vegetation spilling down toward the sea; the play of surf and sand; the sun falling behind the islands  serving up the most gorgeous sunsets imaginable. 
Our location is one hour, by car or bus, north of Puerto Vallarta. We first saw Jaltemba Bay (Rincon & La Penita) back in 1970, when it had little more than just a few thatch-roofed fishing palapas scattered here and there  along the beach -long before this coast gained the distinction of being Mexico's "Riviera Nayarit". It was beautiful then of course, but in a wild, unsophisticated way. It has since blossomed into one of Mexico's prime beach detinations, while retaining a real, authentic Mexican charm. The hotels are well run, clean, comfortable, and affordable. The same can be said of the many excellent seafood restaurants, and the crime rate is so low as to be essentially non-existent.

Of course, as always, we’ll still be doing lots of painting on the streets of San Miguel de Allende –when it gets too too hot on the beach, we’ll flee inland to the mountains –that’s the plan!


 ** Upcoming  Workshops ** 


Donna & Tom Dickson

** 2015 Dec. 28th.–Jan. 1st. 

Rincon de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta)

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** 2016 Feb. 1st.– 5th. 

Rincon de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta)

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** 2016 Feb. 22nd.–26th. 

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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The price for each of the 5 day workshops is $550. U.S. total. ($200. at signup) 

The balance due 1 month before start of workshop. Cancellations are allowed: signup fee returned up to 1 month before start of the workshop.

The price includes:

– Instructive demonstrations, and lots of one on one help and encouragement tailored to your individual needs. 

– First morning in studio coffee and refreshments.

– Final critique and fairwell party.

– For those who paint in oils: Odorless Solvent is included at no expense–this important item is not allowed on the airlines as it is deemed a fire hazard. 

– Any transportation to a Painting Location   beyond the usual range of our normally local painting sites. NOTE: this does not include airport bus or taxi.

What is not included:

– Your flight or other transportation to and from the workshop location.

– Your Hotel (we will recommend a list of good, clean, affordable lodgings, for each location)

– Your daily meals and entertainment.

– Your painting supplies are your own responsibility. (as mentioned: odorless solvent is included.)

*Also there will be back-up materials in case of an isolated disaster of some kind. 

*In addition, there will be a limited number of plein air easels for rental at an additional cost –please let us know in advance


Jaltemba Bay Community Website:

If you would like to see more recent photos of Jaltemba Bay

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"Donna is an excellent teacher. Her demonstrations in oil and watercolors 
are awesome and her critiques of your work helpful and encouraging. 
Painting plein air with the Dickson's in San Miguel? - you will love it!"                                                                  YvonneHayes (student)

"Donna is a highly gifted teacher and painter. She makes each class 
inspiring, challenging and rewarding, and we always manage to add quite 
a bit of laughter to the mix. Her demos and patient observation and 
suggestions provide tremendous insight and knowledge, - there is always 
something new to learn about color, composition, shadow, light and 
"loosening up".Painting in such a unique and beautiful setting such as San 
Miguel is a privilege and a delight, Donna enriches that experience even 

"I was particularly helped by the way you and Tom stressed and illustrated 
how light hitting a wall will be either more or less saturated depending on 
your angle to the sun and wall. In all the classes and workshops I've taken I 
have never had that pointed out before."                                                           ElaineWest(student)

"I feel fortunate to have had Donna inspire me in painting with 
watercolors. I painted with Donna twice a week for three months. I came to 
her studio as a beginning  painter and gained a foundation of technique 
and confidence that I will carry throughout my creative life.
Both Donna and Tom have an amazing intimate knowledge of San Miquel. 
Plein air painting always seemed to be at the perfect location in the 
ultimate light to bring out the best in each painter. Donna provided great 
guided demonstrations. She gave clear, individual evaluations that  always 
included solutions. I especially appreciated her insight and instruction in 
tone, shadows and perspective.
Donna's excitement for my progress as a new painter made me feel like I 
was painting with a friend"                                                                                                                                                   Steve Stockman  (student)

"I took some classes with Donna in San Miguel de Allende last winter and 
can't speak highly enough of her skills.  The sessions were very informative 
and relaxed, and the encouragement was always there.  As well as the 
in-class instruction,  there were great opportunities to join her on some 
fabulous plein air excursions."                                                             Jecka Meertens  (student)

© Donna Lee Dickson 2015