Workshops, Classes, and More!


Workshops, Classes and More!

Drop in every Friday at 9:30 am for a big dose of fun and friendship at the Oregon Society Of Artists "Pixels, People, and Paint!

(will return in 2021)

 Each week Ward shares his unique style and passion for painting and touches on digital devices, marketing, print making and other art related topics. Mostly we paint like crazy:)!
Dedicated to the education and
nurturing of talent in the visual arts

Art on The Columbia

Ward Stroud: Ready Set Paint Workshop 

When: June 26, 27, and 28 @ 9:30- 4:00

Where: Art on the Columbia

830 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite B2

Kennewick, WA 99336

Cost: $350

Contact: Liz Braich



REGISTER: Contact Liz Braich directly at (509) 948 8507 to register. Also, please send an email to with the following details in your email: name, phone number, mailing address. We also need $350 at time of registration.

NOTE: If the class fills up, you can still send your information to get on the waiting list.

DESCRIPTION: You will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and step by step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks. There is something for everyone and every style. Ward’s fun and infectious personality inspire through group talks, demos, activities, and one on one time.

Ward is one of America’s freshest and most diversified artists in the watercolor community. Ward has been featured in many prestigious magazines: Pratique des Arts (France, 2018), Watercolor Artist and The Palette Magazine (2018). Ward is a juried member of the (WSO) Watercolor Society of Oregon and (OSA) Oregon Society of Artists. His instructional DVD/videos “Brusho and Beyond” have enjoyed both national and international distribution. Ward is a talented artist, who’s inspiring life journey has taken him across the country, where every day, he skillfully paints all that surrounds him. Learn much more about Ward and his beautiful art at




Escalante Canyons Art Festival

Escalante Utah

Ready, Paint, Go!
Workshop reg will open soon!

Cheap Joes

Boone NC

Ready, Paint, Go!

Quick Overview

2020 Art Workshop: In Ready-Paint-Go! you’ll learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and full step-by-step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks.

*Sold Out but waiting list available !


July 13th - July 18 2020




Interview with Terry Henry. Editor of the New "Palette" Magazine.

 Comments from Students!

"This has been the best class I have ever taken at Cheap Joes. Teacher was wonderful down to earth. Took time with all of us. Was careing and sharing, did not make you feel he was above all. Did not look down his nose like most do."

"Excellent! We had a wonderful time. He was professional, polite and knew his stuff. Besides all that he was fun! Cant wait for his next class".

"Energy and warmth."

"Fantastic, dynamic, talented and a great teacher."

"Wow - Bam! (word of the day!) Say no more... Wonderful week and Ward was down to Earth and made everyone feel welcome."

"Wonderful spirit, passion, heart - excellent methods."

"I know what I need to paint now. Ward is a special person. I am requesting him to return."

"Excellent! tremendous instructor. learned more than expected - Great, Great, Great!"

"So personable, enjoyed the Brusho so much. Ward is a breath of frest air and we laughed more in this class than any I've taken. A wonderful week!"

"Fantastic presenter and willing to share his total knowledge of technique and materials."

"He was the absolute best! Not only did he teach me about art, he gave wonderful bits about life, I am inspired. This is the best vacation I have ever had."

"I've been watching Ward's Youtube videos and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming to Cheap Joes He is an absolutely amazing teacher and person. I came from California to share this experience with him and he far exceeded my expectations. This was SO much fun!!!"

Supply List


 I like 140lb Arches Cold Press but I highly encourage experimentation with all papers including super texture 300 lb rough or even crazy fun Yupo. It's really fun to try different surfaces to see what kind of results you can achive. For more consistent results stick with and learn all the characteristics of one particular kind of paper.
Iridescent Paint.
(If you dont have, I'll provide plenty for you to try)
Iridescent Paints are amazing. There are several on the market and you can buy the "sparkle" and add to your existing paints.
Brusho or Crystal Paint
(If you dont have, I'll provide plenty for you to try)
An assortment of set is usually a great bargain and most companies offer them. Be sure to get black and grey as they will serve you well. I like Brusho and have several Youtubes on what to buy and how to use it.
Tube paint - I love American Journey Paints available from Cheap Joe's but I do tend to mix and match and encourage you to do the same. This is the palette that I use I highly recommend that you use whatever your most comfortable with and have an established relationship. Having said that I hope that you experiment with new colors and exchange likes and dislikes with other artists and friends from time to time to keep your work fresh and exciting.
Yellow ochre
Quin. Gold
Burnt Sienna
Ultra Marine Blue
Burnt umber
Naples yellow
Cerulean blue
Andrew's Turquoise 
Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Blue
Janet's Violet Rose
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Rose Madder Genuine
Cadmium Red
Aureolin Yellow

These are the brushes I use.
I love a  small, medium and a large mop or round brushes for the bulk of my painting. It's a good idea to have and a small fine detail brush (for detail) and a 1/16 flat brush (for cleaning up lines) because they are treasures. I also highly recommend a "lizard lick" brush from Cheap Joe's (medium size) for calligraphic work add a couple of "scrubbers" (stiff bristle brushes that can lift even the toughest staining colors *use with care:) small and medium sizes and your good to go!
Other Supplies
Masking Fluid
Can be very useful for special effects (youtube it) but can also add an unrealistic and clumsy lines. I do use it from time to time. There are many ways to apply masking fluid or liquid frisket, and more still being developed every day. I love the "Fine-line" applicator bottle because it has a resealable "non clogging" tip and you can get spiderweb fine lines and cover large areas with no fuss.
Softer lead (HB 4-7) lifts and disappears more easily, I recommend experimenting with different "grades" of lead to learn the pro's and con's of each.
I love the kneaded erasers but keep several kinds for different effects. Small round and cube erasers with sharp corners can do amazing things. Erasers are pretty inexpensive and I encourage you to have a collection at your ready. Always take care not to bruise or smudge your paper.
Sturdy Board or Painting Surface.
I use Gator board ( a stiff and treated non porous light foam board) to tape my paper onto. Any non flexible board that is easy to clean and move around should do the trick. Most paper sizes range from small to '30x22"  so size your surface to fit the paintings. You can of course paint right on a table, just be careful of staining! I like to put something under my board it to tilt it up -like a rolled up towel or equivalent. A table to easel or similar is great also!
Tape. If you use tape to secure your paper masking or DIY tape works great. Some artists "pre soak" and stretch their paper and secure with staples. Find what works best for you.
Drinking straw.
Small and large kitchen sponges.
Spray bottles. I have a small and a large.
Plastic tubs or whatever you use for water, and paper towels (viva has no pattern to transfer to you paper).
Cloth kitchen towels or rags for cleaning and for soaking up excess moisture from your brushes. Don't use your good towels, they will get funky!
That's pretty much all you need! Enjoy!!
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