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Lee Copen Watercolor Workshop 2023


West Plains Arts Alliance members, the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and the Harlin Museum of West Plains (Harlin), will host a watercolor workshop by area artist Lee Copen. The workshop will be held 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in the Hathcock Gallery at the Harlin, 405 Worcester Ave. in West Plains.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “Lee Copen is an accomplished watercolor artist and oil painter. Lee is an excellent teacher and able to help the beginner artist learn the medium.”

About the Artist: Lee Copen lives and paints on a small farm in Mountain View, Missouri. Whether painting on location or in the studio her light filled paintings reflect her love of nature and the landscape.

“I have always been drawn to the diversity and beauty that landscape has to offer. I love to capture a fleeting moment of beauty and share what I see with others.”

Lee Copen studied art at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a degree in fine art and an emphasis in graphic design. She worked as a sign painter, art director and graphic artist; eventually starting her own freelance business in Architectural Illustration, which she did for 15 years. In 2002 she became certified in K12 art education and has taught art at Liberty High School for the past 21 years. In addition to teaching, she is a fine artist. She is equally comfortable painting in watercolor or oils, feeling different subjects call for different media and styles. She loves painting both on location and in the studio, each presenting their own unique challenges. She will be teaching a studio watercolor workshop. The workshop is suitable for all learning levels and her hope is that she can teach you to love watercolor as much as she does.

Her award-winning watercolor and paintings can be purchased online and at select galleries.

Go to to view available artwork and sign up to receive her newsletter.

Total cost for the workshop is $55, and pre-registration is required. Email or call Paula at 417-293-2325 to sign up. Space is limited for this workshop.

Lee says: “Students will need three or four sheets of quality watercolor paper, about 10 x 14. I love Arches cold press, but Blick premier cold press is almost as good for a lot less. Watercolor paints; I use Winsor & Newton, but bring what you have. Bring whichever watercolor brushes you have, but I will use a 1 inch flat, a round #6-9, and a smaller detail round.
If a student does not have any supplies, I will be bringing a few students quality paints and paper that I am willing to share.”

For more information, you may contact WPCA at, the Harlin Museum at, or contact coordinators Janey Hale or Vicki Martin