Each year Bluff Strokes offers a limited number of multi-day workshops featuring high quality regional artist/teachers.  Workshops are targeted to artists ranging from advanced beginner (some experience with the media) to professionals who wish to expand their skill set.

Urban Sketching In Dubuque

Kathleen Newman

October 13 - 14, 2018



Kathleen combines focused observation and sensitive interpretation in her award winning pastel and oil paintings.  Painting on location fosters perception and appreciation of the subtle nuance of color information in the landscape, something a camera cannot capture.  This experience can also be realized through sketchbook work, providing a quicker and easier method of gathering information.  Working in a sketchbook fosters the meditative mindset of focused observation that is required to interpret our world around us.  A sketchbook is compact to carry and readily available to complete a sketch in a matter of minutes or hours, depending on the time at hand.  As a sketchbook enthusiast, Kathleen is thrilled to teach the enjoyment of drawing and observation and to encourage students to record their own experiences on site.



  • Explore the fun and value of sketchbook work within Dubuque’s historic downtown.

  • Learn to interpret the world around us through observation and focused drawing techniques using pencil, pens, markers, and watercolor.

  • Capture your vision quickly. Learn to design and simplify your composition through quick thumbnail sketches in minutes.

  • Record your vision as an artist, not like a camera.

COST: $150                      PARTICIPANTS: Minimum 8 - Maximum 16

QUESTIONS CONTACT:  Wes Heitzman 563-845-1801   info@bluffstrokes.org