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“Starting with Watercolor” Workshop with Lee Copen

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host a “Starting with Watercolor” workshop led by artist Lee Copen. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, in the Walnut Room at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., West Plains, MO.

Starting with watercolor is a workshop for people new to watercolor painting. Students will learn about the materials as well as fundamental techniques and processes. Students will get to paint a small landscape painting. All materials are provided for this workshop, but students may bring their own paints and supplies if they have any.

Organizers say, “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. Her hope is that she can teach you to love watercolor as much as she does.

Copen’s award-winning watercolors and paintings can be purchased online and at select galleries. Go to to view available artwork and sign up to receive her newsletter.

Cost for the workshop is $75, all supplies provided. Pre-registration is required. Register via email or call Paula at 417-293-2325. Space is limited for this workshop. For more information, you may contact WPCA at