Plein Air Sketchbook with Courtney Armstrong

Graduating with a BA from the University of Minnesota at Winona, Courtney Armstrong was raised in Minnesota but has been 38 years in Denver being a Western gal.  As a board member of the Mountainside Art Guild, she was the computer coordinator/photographer and a frequent participant in all guild shows. She also worked in the graphic arts field in photography (8yrs) as a retouch artist, played around being a musician for a while, finally settling as a draftsman in Electrical engineering for 20 years.

She has been an artist all her life.  Courtney’s first award was at the Chatfield Western Days art show- they had no children's section so she was allowed to show with the adults (at 16yrs. old) and received an Honorable Mention.  She has had three solo shows, participated in five to six shows per year in the Denver area and won awards from Honorable Mention, Award of Excellence (this year) to first and second placings.  

It has been her pleasure to watch artists grow for eight years teaching beginning classes in drawing, pastel and watercolor.  Courtney enjoys teaching a great deal and especially love drawing.  It is the foundation of art and thus the most important part.

Currently her love is technical drawing with a new charcoal pencil she has found (Nero) so her style is tight and realistic.  Also, her subject matter has recently been focused upon horses, wild ones in particular, trying to get the hair to look particularly "wild" and free.


This is an outdoor class for every artist. Each week the class will visit a different location, recording the sights with pens, pencils, markers, crayons or watercolor. You will learn to evaluate each site to gain a good composition, and learn how values and shapes work together and how exciting light can be. This four week class meets Saturdays, May 5- June 2 (no class on May 19), from 9am-12pm. On April 28, before the first class, there will be short gathering to pass out the supply list and to discuss working out of doors and what other items you should bring for outdoor work. Teens 16 and older are welcome. Price is $100

Supply List:

To be determined.



Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992