Classes and Workshops

with Elly Hobgood

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Limited private lessons will be available. Email elly for cost and availability.

Elly’s 2018 Schedule


“A Firm Foundation in Watercolor”
with Elly Hobgood, GWS
October 18, 19 & 20, 2018

This 3-day popular, comprehensive and successful class is designed for adults who want to the learn the basics and for those with experience who want to get better results and expand their knowledge about painting - in a comfortable, non-competitive atmosphere. This is a no-intimidation zone!

Through a series of simple, but fun paintings and exercises, you’ll learn how to get the most for your money and avoid wasting money on supplies. You will gain skill in brushwork, color and value, pigment behavior and personality, mixing color, washes and all sorts of resources. Texture techniques, composition & design, perspective, planning a painting and handling different subject matter are among the many concepts included.

No experience in drawing (or watercolor) is necessary – really!

You’ll laugh your way through learning and forget your problems through 3 days crammed with fun. Elly Hobgood, gws, has been teaching people to enjoy painting in watercolor for 10 years. Read reviews from former students
Cost, registration, supply list and details at:
Cherokee Art Center 770-704-6244 or

Want to learn to watercolor – or maybe you’ve painted with watercolor and didn’t get the results you want?
Come to the Cherokee Art Center and learn!

Three jam-packed days of tips, techniques and insider secrets will get you started right and make learning painless and fun. You absolutely do not need to know how to draw for this class!

The course includes all you ever need to know about the essential supplies and how to use them – but how to save money when buying supplies. It includes brushwork, the secrets of pigment behavior, a bit on color theory, how to avoid making “mud”. You’ll learn how to create beautiful texture and how to easily correct your mistakes. All this and much, much more is included and you ‘ll learn this while creating a different painting each day!

Elly Hobgood has been teaching and helping people learn to enjoy watercolor painting for more than 10 years.



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“Better Than Therapy – Elly’s New Watercolor Support Group”

Canton, Georgia 30115

Watercolor enthusiasts will soon have an opportunity to participate in a regular commitment to paint and to “paint their own thing.”  There will be no assignments, but you will have a supportive group and lively camaraderie of fellow watercolor “addicts.”
Each participant in the Watercolor Support Group will bring their own personal painting project to the sessions – what you are inspired to paint, along with their supplies, energy and ideas.

Elly will be available to provide personalized feedback, guidance, objective advice and suggestions to support your inspirations – she may pull a helpful book from her watercolor library or an article out of her file, or a new tool for you to try - suggest a new color or give you a squirt of paint if you don’t have the right color.  If you are working on a new direction, she has a wealth of resources to get you started.  If you are stumped for a project, she has tons of reference photos or a file of past Paintgroup projects you might use.
Bring a sack lunch .  She’ll have snacks and a pot of coffee brewing or hot water & teabag !

Support Group will be in session on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and/or the first Saturday of each month from noon to 4 pm.  Therapy will take place at Elly’s home studio.  To reserve a space [space is limited] or get directions, drop Elly an email at

2018 Dates:
2018 Sessions include
January/Feb./March/April/May/ July/Aug./Sept./Oct./Nov. 2018
The first Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month.
Wednesday session:  10:30 to 2:30
Saturday session:  noon to 4 pm     Space limited.
Reservations essential by email:
For more information:



Handpainted and Batik Silk Scarves


“Firm Foundation in Watercolor”
and “Fresh Florals in Watercolor”
group workshops [3 –day or 5 – day] are available in your location. 
Contact Elly at or 678-880-2903.



“You teach exactly the way I learn best...explain, demo, suggestions and then hands on.........”

“Your class has opened up a whole new world for me. Having never done or been exposed to much art, I was very intimidated at first.  That lasted about 5 minutes in your class due to your easy style.”

“The title “Florals” is correct but there is so much good information that someone with any other watercolor aspirations will find this course valuable.”

“Elly is a wonderful instructor.  I thought I knew something about watercolor, but Elly really changed my life…she went to great lengths to make the class rich.”

“Elly has patience and willingness to share knowledge and techniques.”

“A patient entertaining instructor who unfailingly encouraged all of us…demonstrated everything…worked without a net…sometimes led her to correct mistakes in front of us – a great lesson…transforms her flowers into joyous settings…loved the course.”

“Inspired so much passion and inspiration…changed my life – truly.”

“Instructor was a master at making students feel at ease while at the same time encouraging them to work until they achieved their expectations.  Very enjoyable class dynamics.”

“Many tips and pearls generously shared.”

“I have taken many art classes and this is one of the best I have ever taken.”

“I learned more than in any other previous watercolor class.”

We call Elly's approach to teaching - "EDUTAINMENT !"