Workshops Classes Retreats

I love teaching and sharing inspiration and growth with those eager to dive in and learn. My workshops, classes and retreats are ongoing, hosted at various venues, and include the option for private lessons at my home studio.


Private Lessons at the Artist's Studio

“Private Lessons at the Artist’s Studio”

Have the Artist’s undivided attention and together you can explore the world of pastel painting or photography on whatever level you desire.  Working out of the Artist’s home studio, you are exposed to the various “tools of the trade” and work side by side with an experienced professional and passionate teacher!

2 hour lesson = $85

Group of 3 (2 hour) lessons = $240

Group of 6 (2 hour) lessons = $450

Group of 9 (2 hour) lessons = $630

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Unglue Your Mind, Stick To Your Art; Four Keys To Increased Creativity

“Unglue Your Mind, Stick To Your Art; Five Keys To Increased Creativity”

Adult Visual Art Class at the Durango Arts Center

Saturday, April 28th from 10:00am-4:00pm

All levels welcome! SIGN UP HERE

“Do you know how when your creative efforts get derailed or comes to a halt and it can be very frustrating. I’ am a Creativity Coach and I help artists trouble shoot those challenges and get back to doing what they really want to do and that is to create!  Through conversation and art-making exercises, each of the four classes addresses an issue and a “key” to open the door to new ways of thinking.  Each Participant will have a hard bound drawing book as a portfolio for their thoughts, notes, drawings, sketches and collages.  Fun and compelling “homework” will be assigned to maximize learning!

  1. Overcoming creative blocks?
  2. Understanding the creative process and making progress?
  3. How to prioritize art; when life demands so much of my time and energy?
  4. Finding new ways to deal with old problems and issues of resistance like procrastination or perfectionism.
  5. Bravely addressing issues of anxiety, fear and the inner critic.

Mindful Sketching

“Mindful Sketching”

Willowtail Springs – Mancos, CO

Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00am-4:00pm

All levels welcome! Contact Deborah directly to SIGN UP  970-259-4389

If you have ever found yourself saying, “I can’t draw” or “I’m not creative” know that you can! As your advocate and founder of Creative Nature™Coaching, I believe we are all born with natural capacities to create and we all have creative potential of which we are unaware. This workshop provides a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in sketching. Through mindful inspired exercises such as; focused observation, calm attention, addressing thoughtful questions and exercising self-compassion, you will embrace your creative nature! As an outdoors, nature-based workshop, the beauty and solitude of Willowtail Springs provides a perfect environment for creative exploration.

Pastel Painting; Discovering Your Artistic Spirit

“Pastel Painting; Discovering your Artistic Spirit”

Five day workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. May 6th-12th, 2018

All levels welcome!  DETAILS on pricing, lodging, and additional information.

If you have ever found yourself saying, “I can’t draw” or “I’m not creative” know that you can! As your advocate and founder of Creative Nature™Coaching, I believe we are all born with natural capacities to create and we all have creative potential of which we are unaware. This workshop provides a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in sketching. Through mindful inspired exercises such as; focused observation, calm attention, addressing thoughtful questions and exercising self-compassion, you will embrace your creative nature! As an outdoors, nature-based workshop, the beauty and solitude of Willowtail Springs provides a perfect environment for creative exploration.

Fundamentals of Pastel Painting

“Fundamentals of Pastel Painting”

Adult Visual Art Class at the Durango Arts Center

4 Sessions.  Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Jan 15th – Feb. 6th, 2018

All levels welcome!  DETAILS

Students will dive into this delightful, colorful, tactile and expressive medium.  No prior experience is required to explore the fun and the fundamentals of pastel painting!  

Appropriate for beginner or newly experienced painters.

“Slow Down and See – Photography”

Mancos Public Library, Colorado

Sunday, May 20th, 10:00am-4:00pm.

All levels welcome! Contact Deborah directly to SIGN UP 970-259-4389

Artist & photographer Deborah Sussex will help participants, of all skill levels, explore a contemplative approach to creating images. A series of exercises will be offered to engage the senses, analyze light and consider the issues of a well-conceived photographic composition. Digital images will be loaded onto a computer for sharing and group reflection. Items to bring; your digital camera with removable flash card, notebook, pen and clothing/items for being outdoors. This workshop provides a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in photographic composition.

Bring a bag lunch and a beverage.  The artist will provide a special snack-treat! Drinking water, Wi-Fi and bathrooms are available at Willowtail.  We will utilize both the indoor studio and working outdoors amidst the natural beauty of Willowtail Springs.
The cost is $80 plus a $25 materials fee (this includes a hard bound multi-media sketch book and a special assortment of drawing utensils).

Appropriate for beginner or newly experienced painters.