Welcome to The Village Workshop. A great place to learn watercolor technique. Work in light filled studios in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYC!
The Village Workshop was opened in 2004 by Kaaren Lewis in her Manhattan loft space where she presently teaches classes in watercolor painting.
Kaaren Lewis is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and studied painting there with John Caceare. She also enrolled in the Sculpture Program at The California School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of sculptor Gabriel Kohn.
Great place and instructor.
The instructor had an amazing studio and was very kind and welcoming! The class wasn't as traditional as I had liked, I expected a bit more on color mixing and more about how the technique of watercolor is really supposed to be used. Nonetheless, I had a great time! She really allows her students to be independent and have fun with it. I think it's a great class for beginners because you just get to give it a go without any real pressure, but I'll admit I did feel a bit intimidated by her intermediate students who had paintings already half finished. The instructor is a very cool person and has a lovely studio, it was very inspiring. The materials provided were also top notch! I left with a great piece and a good feeling overall.
I enjoyed the class. I wish I had more time to truly grasp the concept of Watercolor. I thought the instructor would do a demonstration first so we’d know more or less where to start. Glad I took the course though.
The teacher was kind and welcoming and the space, materials, and lighting were excellent. She provided snacks in the middle of the 6-9 PM time slot--which makes sense--because it is during dinner time. I was disappointed with the experience, though, because I didn't feel that the teacher really was able to help me LEARN. She briefly showed me techniques--but the task--to copy a picture--while she made squares and then divided up the photo into quadrants and told me to "draw it" in pencil and then I would use watercolor to complete it--felt beyond what I had been assigned to play with it ben was able to accomplish. Looking back, I wish I had been given a scrap piece of canvas and been told to play. Instead of the evening being relaxing (the teacher told me to "just have fun with it"), I felt disappointed that my work was more a reflection of the teacher's effort than my own.
MARY ANN M.
Kareen has an amazing space for the watercolor class....an exceptionally large, extremely well lit room....each personal space for the student is wonderfully set up with a large palette, numerous brushes, water, tissues, paper.....all the finest...ARCHES and WINSOR NEWTON. Also, there are folders of so many pictures, all gridded so ready for the person to draw on paper. Kareen is constantly walking around to be available to answer questions, demonstrate a technique, offer suggestions... Definitely one of the most enjoyable three hours of watercolor. Do attend!
This class was amazing! Everyone was so nice and welcoming. All very talented painters. The instructor was incredibly patient and helpful. I feel like I really learned a lot!
Wonderful class that is well suited for all levels, in a beautifully lighted space with the best materials provided. The instructor Kaaren is very talented and will guide you through with all the patience and rigor needed!
Wonderful, highly skilled and imaginative teacher in a beautiful studio. Each student, whether beginning or advanced, is given individual instruction and encouragement. Kaaren Lewis inspires!
Great host. Very fun class. The teacher is great. She has a lot patience and is a lot of fun. She puts out coffee and snacks for the class also!
I have taken this class before and it never disappoints. Great teacher, nice environment.