Distance Learning ~ Live Zoom Workshops

Live Zoom Workshops & Classes are designed to meet with Mindy and other artists in a live virtual classroom. These special offerings are limited to 15 or 20 participants and are held on specific dates and times. A recording of the workshop is sent to participants within 48 hours of the close of the workshop and is viewable for 90 days on my Youtube Channel. Live Zoom Workshops are specialty topics with live demonstrations and opportunity to work with Mindy in a live forum. A membership to Facebook Group: Drawing the Beauty of Nature with Mindy Lighthipe is available to all students enrolled in any class. This bonus allows for artists to share their work, questions and be part of a community.

Drawing Owls & Raptors (Online via Zoom)  with Mindy Lighthipe

5 Thursdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18 + Bonus Review: May 2, 2024  Online via Zoom

Join Mindy for an exhilarating journey into the captivating world of owls and raptors through an immersive online Zoom class using multi-medias. Delve deep into the art of creating stunning compositions with emphasis on creativity, composition, and anatomical accuracy.

These classes are recorded and available for future viewing.

Form and Texture in Graphite 2 with Mindy Lighthipe At Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

4 Thursdays, March 21 & 28 and April 4 & 11.   9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Online via Zoom

In a continuation of Form & Texture with Graphite Part I at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Certificate Program,  students will further develop their understanding and application of graphite to more complex natural subjects. By using pineapples, pine cones, the interior of a pepper, and so on, students will develop their skills, including working on rendering different pigments in greyscale. Explore the tonal quality and textural differences between the papery skin of garlic and the deep, dark shine of an eggplant. Learn to translate multi-colored subjects into tonal values, all while maintaining form and perspective. To register click the button to go to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Website.

Pre-requisite: Suggested as a continuation of Form and Texture with Graphite Part I. These classes are recorded and available for future viewing.

White Pine Cone and Chick-a-Dee


Thursdays, April 18 & 25 and May 2, 9 & 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

As part of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens …….Join us as we celebrate the Maine state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee, and the unique state flower, the White Pine Cone and Tassel (Pinus strobus, linnaeus). Learn about this tiny bird from egg to feather and its deciduous habitat as we explore anatomy and composition. By the end of the four-week online class, students will create an original painting of a Black-capped Chickadee on a White Pine tree branch with a pine cone!  

This online class meets four Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting April 18. We’ll meet on May 23 to review the final painting/drawing.

All levels are welcome. Students can work in watercolor or colored pencil. To register click the button to go to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Website. These classes are recorded and available for future viewing.

I can’t begin to tell you how much you will learn in Foundation Drawing with Mindy Lighthipe, but I can tell you it is well worth your time and money! Mindy is an excellent teacher with a fun sense of humor. I can honestly say that I am SO much better of an artist than I was before I took this class, and I would recommend it to both beginners and to anyone who already thinks they can draw but wants to improve their skills. Your art won’t be the same after you take this class…. it will be better!!! I learned so much from Mindy that I didn’t hesitate to immediately sign up for her next class Drawing the Beauty of Plants!

~ Rebecca E, USA