"After taking Karen Lynn Ingalls's Abstract Landscape class today, I wanted to share what a dynamic, hands on, wonderful teacher she is. She packs a lot of information in one day that I will be thinking about for days as I continue painting in this new way. She is so encouraging and knows just what to subtly suggest when you come to an impasse and you don't know what to do next. She is a magnificent painter, but not all great painters are great teachers, but she is!"
— Diane Barr, St. Helena, California
From Acrylic Painting class students:
"I've learned more about how to make a real painting in three hours than I have in three years."
— Catherine Singels, Calistoga, California
"When I considered starting this class I contacted Karen Ingalls and asked if she would be able to take a 'Rank Beginner' in the class. I knew nothing of brushes, paints or technique. She said 'Absolutely!' and welcomed me into the group wholeheartedly.
"During this course I learned a lot about technique, mixing colors, and looking at objects more closely. I can't tell you how enjoyable it has been and how tickled I have been about being able to produce some paintings. I'd even have to say that an onlooker could identify what I was painting! Karen also is great at presenting work of the Master Painters, discussing their techniques and style, and encouraging each student to grow with your own personal style. I saw a lot of development in all of the students in the class."
— Cindi Buell, Santa Rosa, California
"Classes with Karen are fun. She does formal teaching at the beginning of each class, but most of the time is spent painting. Every one gets individual attention. I had no idea if I could paint when I started taking her classes. It's very subtle, but you learn a lot, and everyone makes continual progress. She is very supportive of individual styles and gives really constructive feedback. Thanks, Karen, for a wonderful, relaxing three hours every week!"
— Patricia Campbell, Santa Rosa, California
"I have been taking classes from Karen Ingalls for approximately two and a half years. She is an amazing teacher. Her demos have always been very instructive and helpful, yet she allows each of her students to create/paint where their interests lie. I have been painting off and on my whole life, but have never understood how to use a palette of three to four colors to blend and create a painting that is so much more pleasing to the eye.
"She has also taught me how to create a focal point using lines, color combinations, shapes, etc. She is always positive when critiquing our work, but also encourages us to move out of our comfort zones into a place that enables us to grow in our own individual styles. She NEVER paints our paintings for us (which I appreciate!), as some of my teachers in the past have done. This always made me feel that the painting was not truly my own. I have learned so much from Karen, and plan to learn more as I continue to take classes from her!"
— Sally Briggs, Healdsburg, California