Domaine du Haut Baran, Lot Valley, France - August 2020

France Flier 2020

“I loved our trip in so many ways and really, really thank you for wondrous instruction and for setting such a tone of joy and ease.”

– Leslie, participant 2019


Cancellation and Refund Policy

For workshops sponsored by outside organizations, please see their individual refund policies on their registration pages.

Workshops sponsored by Ruth Armitage Studios: Tuition is refundable less a $75.00 administrative fee, which will be retained for all cancellations to offset the considerable time involved in accounting, corresponding and registering participants. Often other artists miss out because the class is full and they are not able to register in a timely fashion. For cancellations less than 30 days before the workshop begins, tuition is non-refundable, unless a waiting list participant takes your place. No refunds for no-shows or withdrawals after a workshop has begun, regardless of the reason.

In the rare case that a workshop must be cancelled due to the illness of instructor or due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather or acts of God, students will receive a full refund. 



Ruth Ellen Hoag, AWS, NWS Composition & Color for Contemporary Painters

October 18 – 20, 2019

Oregon City

This workshop is about ideas. Ideas can break loose the creative spirit in each of us. They help us clarify what gives us joy and give us the satisfaction of making something that never existed before.

Ruth’s professional training was in music. Having approached music from a lyrical point of view was preparation for her second career as an artist.

Ruth says: “In both art forms, when I go into the studio, all else is left behind, and my mind is opened to what is waiting to be thought or envisioned. Being in the moment of inspiration is quite the same whether making music or putting brush to paper. But it takes practice. What form will an idea take? Being receptive allows something different and unexpected to show up.”

    Abstract Elements of Design

    March 13-15, 2020 – Brownsville Art Association

    More Info Coming Soon!

    Skip Lawrence

    Skip Lawrence Artwork

    ©Skip Lawrence

    May 18-22, 2020, Wilsonville, OR

    Registration will open January 1, 2020. Save the date!

    Looking Ahead

    Save the dates and watch this space for details coming soon!


    September 13-15, 2021 

    Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX – More information to come.

    ProCreate - Analog Painting with Digital Experimentation


    January 25-27, 2020:, The Oregon Society of Artists presents a 3-Day workshop with Ruth Armitage. 

    The focus will be design and creativity, working toward each individual artist expressing their own style.

    Learn how digital experimentation can free up your painting process. Explore the basics of ProCreate – an Ipad app that allows you to manipulate an image to see how it would look with different colors, shapes or values.

    This intuitive app has changed my painting process for the better!

    Registration information available August 1 on the OSA website.


    Creativity in Cold Wax

    “Canyon” ©Ruth Armitage, Oil & Wax on Multimedia Board, 8×10″ 

    February 14-16, 2020 – Tubac School of Fine Art 

    Join Ruth for a workshop inspired by nature, but leaning toward the abstract using cold wax medium along with oil paints. Learn multiple application techniques, layer opaque and transparent pigments, incise, build up and more.

    Participants will work on multiple wood panels over the course of the workshop, culminating in several finished pieces. Techniques will include different types of paint application, reductive and layering techniques, mark making, shape, color and texture galore. Pre-planning and intuition will work hand-in-hand to lead artists to creative compositions. 

    An open and adventurous attitude and imagination are the only pre-requisites.

    ABC's of Abstraction

    February 21-23, 2020 – Tubac School of Fine Art

     Revel in texture, line, color and shape in this mixed media workshop exploring the properties of Golden High Flow and Golden Open Acrylics. We will begin with textured watercolor washes, incorporating gouache and acrylic to explore the contrast between transparent and opaque media. You will work with several methods for abstracting nature in a directed and intentional process.

    Participants will work on a series of work inspired by nature. Techniques will include different types of paint application, reductive and layering techniques, mark making, shape, color and texture galore. Pre-planning and intuition will work hand-in-hand to lead artists to creative compositions.

    Ruth approaches teaching by showing multiple approaches through demonstrations and slide presentations. She is an experienced and enthusiastic instructor with over 20 years of teaching under her belt.

    “Slipping Through My Fingers” ©Ruth Armitage Watermedia on Panel, 30″x30″


    “It was a very rewarding workshop. I feel everyone came away with new and exciting ideas. What I liked most was the slide examples and your description of how, why and what makes each work. No, maybe it was the exercises, no the demos, no the something different each day, or maybe it was —- everything. I felt your workshop was a good all around learning experience for everyone, any level. You have such a great since of humor, it made us all feel relaxed and right at home. “


    “Ruth, I think you are a wonderful teacher. Thank you for your positive and fun attitude. I especially liked to learn from your example, and I was glad to see you paint and struggle at times too…then solve whatever problem a work presented.”

    Debra Chase

    I came away with a multitude of ideas. I feel more confident in how I will approach my art. Ruth gave me the key to unlock my ideas and get them down on canvas and tools to go beyond the basic beginning. She is a gentle, effective teacher. She knows when to leave you alone and when to offer help.”

    Buff Holtman

    Ruth is a modest and approachable professional with lots of experience she is willing to share. My learning experience in this class was better due to several types of teaching methods—- personal art evaluations, teaching time, reference examples/materials and frequent desk critiques.

    I left feeling excited and inspired about my art and a new approach to my creative process.”


    “I’ve taken several classes from Ruth over the years. With each class I’ve come away with gems that have remained in my tool box. In her most recent workshop, I wanted to learn more about how to implement line. I feel that I accomplished that along with so much more. Ruth is such a generous teacher, always willing to go to the next step in the process.”

    Jennie O'Connor

    “Ruth has so much to offer in many different aspects of creating artwork. She is approachable and respectful. She ranks well among the other excellent classes I have taken.  Ruth is decisive and thoughtful with her answers. Her ability to be personal and honest yet gentle are commendable. The class was worth my time and money and I have come away with many ideas, both theoretical and practical to work with.”


    Interested in a Workshop in Your Area?



    I am available for jurying and workshops starting in 2019. Click the Contact button below to receive a packet with course description, work samples and testimonials.

    Workshops generally span 3, 4 or 5 days and can be customized for your group. Please provide information about location and the needs of your group. I look forward to hearing from you!


    About the Instructor

    Armitage, Ruth 1Ruth Armitage is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia,  the California Watercolor Society and Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon has awarded her its Outstanding Service Award and nominated her as Oregon’s Delegate to the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

    Ruth’s work has received many local and national awards and been included in numerous national publications and exhibitions. In 2004 her work was profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat.

    You can find Ruth’s work at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. Ruth has enjoyed teaching for over 20 years and watching lightbulbs come on in her students’ eyes.

    Ruth's Studio

    Ruth’s home studio is perched above an oversized three-car garage, with dormer windows and excellent lighting. Each participant will have an ample work area: both seated and standing areas are available. If you work with an easel you are welcome to bring it. Lunches and slide programs are held in the kitchen and family room of the home. Refrigerator space is available to keep your lunch cold. Ruth provides coffee, tea and munchies. You will enjoy beautiful territorial views if you wish to paint plein air, including the farm’s  goats and sheep. You’ll find ample parking and the company of studio companion “Russell.” 


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