Susan Singer Classes

Posted by Crossroads Art Center General Account - July 15 2023

Susan Singer offers art classes at her home studio near Trader Joe’s Southside
Tuesday – Thursday each week. Her classes are full of great learning offered in an easy-going, fun, dynamic way. Susan is an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher who loves to teach and also loves to create her own work. Her home studio is wheelchair accessible though the restroom is not. Parking is readily available in the cul de sac by her home.
Susan Singer’s Late Fall Class Schedule






Build a Sketchbook

Thursday afternoons, 10/12 – 11/2 (4 weeks)

2 - 4:30 pm


Watercolor Open Studio

Tues mornings, 11/7 – 12/12

(6 weeks)

10 am – 12:30 pm


Beginning Watercolor

Tue evenings, 11/7 – 12/12

(6 weeks)

6:30 – 9 pm


Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Wed mornings, 11/8 – 12/13

(6 weeks)

10 am – 12:30 pm



Intermediate Watercolor

Wed evenings, 11/8 – 12/13

(6 weeks)

6:30 – 9 pm


Building Great Compositions

Thurs mornings, 11/9 – 12/14

(6 weeks)

10 am – 12:30 pm


Private Lessons





You can make your cover as fancy as you want! I made my plain and simple.

I created this class because I have found it difficult to find a sketchbook for Urban Sketching or plein air painting which has 140# watercolor paper in it and which is a quality that is good enough to satisfy me, so I started making my own sketchbooks. I love having such a great book to take on my travels, and I want to offer you the chance to make your own as well.

In this class you will begin with 140# Arches watercolor paper, matboard, glue, cover paper, and thread and will create a beautiful sketchbook in whatever size you prefer. I’ll take you through each exquisite, careful step as you finely craft exactly the book which will suit your own particular needs/desires.

Thursday afternoons, 10/12-11/2, 4 weeks, 2 – 4:30 pm, $150, includes some materials and use of tools. Maximum 6 students, minimum 4. Email me at to sign up or to learn more.



(artwork by current student Chaya Pollock)

This ongoing class is made up of students who have already learned the fundamentals of Watercolor and want an opportunity to work on their own passion projects under the guidance and tutelage of a teacher and in a classroom of other friendly students.

It’s a great group of folks who are dedicated to creating art. The atmosphere is supportive, creative, and welcoming, and YOU are invited! 7 students maximum.

Tuesday mornings, 10 AM – 12:30 PM. 6 weeks. 11/7 – 12/12. $210. Maximum 7 students, minimum 4. Email me at to sign up or learn




Painting in watercolor can be quite complicated if you dive in headfirst and try to paint a complicated photograph, for example. That's way too overwhelming, in my humble opinion!

Instead of throwing you off that deep end, I break down the skills you'll need into clearly defined, fairly simple exercises which each teach 1-2 skills. Each skill is taught within the parameter of fun, interesting, and/or beautiful exercises like the one above.

By the end of the class, you'll have a set of skills which can be combined to approach a more complicated picture or to paint Urban Sketches, for example. You'll feel confident that you understand how to use the materials well and how to apply them to achieve your desired results.

Tuesday evenings, 11/7 – 12/12, 6 weeks, $210, maximum 8 students, minimum 4. Reply to this email to sign up or for more information. (This class tends to fill quickly, so you may want to sign up early!)



Have you always wanted to draw but been afraid to try? Did you want to be an artist, but someone told you you had to do something practical instead so you could earn a living? Did an unskillful teacher crush your dreams of doing art? Or do you just want to have fun learning a new skill with like-minded beginners?

This class could be the perfect place for you! 

I teach drawing in such a way that ANYONE can learn to draw. I offer lessons which are fail-proof, go step-by-step, and lead to an understanding of how to approach drawing in a way that helps you render increasingly complicated subject matter. I use mindfulness exercises to help you learn to SEE - really SEE - what you're drawing, thereby being able to render it accurately. AND we have FUN!!

If you think you're the one person on the planet who could never learn to draw, here's a testimonal by Rober Allen who assured me - in fact, 

he vociferously insisted! -  I would NEVER be able to teach him to draw, yet he had the courage to sign up anyway. He wrote me this note the day after class ended:


     Oh, Susan, Where to start with feedback and thanks? 
     So I’ll start with a story:  Last night, I emailed a photo of my pear to my daughter, who responded, “YOU did that?!”  
Yes, Sarah—I did.  
      [...] thank you for the week.  The noisy oh-you-know-you-can’t-draw tape that has played in my head for 42 years, since my 4-yr. old daughter said, “That’s… real nice, Daddy….” is now a remote hum.  Not gone, but much more under my conscious choice about listening to it. 
      And, as you said yesterday, when I look back at the first blind contour drawings and volume sketches, and then at the pear and the Friday still life, I’m pretty amazed. 
     Thank you SO much!   


I hope you'll join me and still those silly voices in your head as you learn a new, absolutely wonderful skill!

Wednesday mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm, 11/7 – 12/12, 6 weeks, $210. Maximum 8 students, minimum of 4. Email me at to sign up or to learn more. (This class fills quickly, so you might want to sign up early!)



In this perfect follow-up class to Beginning Watercolor, you’ll have a chance to learn more advanced skills to add to the fabulous repetoire you’ve already accumulated! You’ll learn to paint trees and clouds In small landscapes. You’ll work with patterns in playful pieces. You’ll learn how to paint from a photograph – and more. Plan on lots of learning, lots of fun, lots of challenges, and wonderful classmates to do it all with!

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 PM, 11/8 – 12/13, 6 weeks, $210. Maximum 8, minimum 4 students. Email me at to sign up or to learn more.



Great compositions are the key to great paintings. In this class, you will learn to create powerful, captivating compositions using first pencil, then any medium of your choice.

Through a series of exercises, you will first learn the rules of composition and how to analyze a composition. You will then learn how to determine if your own compositions are working well. You’ll get lots of practice creating strong compositions, first from photographs you take, then from life. By the end of the course, you will have a solid understanding of composition and will have become skillful in making compositions which capture the viewer’s eye.

Thursday mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm, 11/9 – 12/14, 6 weeks, $210. Maximum 8 students, minimum 4. Contact Susan Singer at to sign up or to get more information.



“Susan exudes enthusiasm for any art medium she shares with others!”

“Susan is a fantastic teacher. She enthusiastically presents concepts in a way that is easy to understand and provides gentle critiques and advice to bring out the best in her students. I have taken two courses with her and greatly appreciate all that I have learned from her. Side note: she is one of the most optimistic, happy people I have ever met, and her enthusiasm is contagious.”

“Always upbeat and encouraging. She values the artist in each student!”

“Susan is inspiration. She makes you believe you can do anything.”