Vivian Ripley

Classes and Workshops Through Lifelong Learning & Leisure, Upper Arlington, OH

Winter 2019

Vivian has been showing her work both regionally and nationally for many years, and has as many years of teaching experience. She is a signature member of Ohio Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Degas Pastel Society, both the Wyoming and Missouri Watercolor Societies, International Society of Acrylic Painters, a charter member of the Ohio Plein Air Society, and holds membership in several central Ohio art groups. She recently won the Memorial Prize in the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition. Recently, Vivian has had works in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, the Kentucky Watercolor and the Ohio Watercolor Society Shows, and the Southern Appalachian Art Guild National Juried Show. She also won the Special Watercolor Award at the Ninth Biennial Art Exhibition in Punta Gorda, FL, and the Bronze Medal at the recent Ohio Watercolor Society show.

Classes & Workshop


Registration is ongoing: or by phone, in person, or by mail. Call Elise at 614-583-5331. You may also call Vivian with questions at 614-451-6254.


The three classes are all 8 weeks in duration. The fee is $110 for UA residents, and $132 for non-residents.  The fee for the one-day workshop is $55 for UA residents, and $66  for non-residents.


Acrylic Workshop

January 14 - March 4: Mondays, 7:30 - 10:00 PM, UA Senior Center Building 1 (Room 105). This versatile medium can be applied with a variety of brush strokes, resulting in a broad scope of interesting visual effects. A strong composition evolves from our emphasis on design and value. The class includes progressive subject matter, new techniques, individual attention and constructive critique. A very supportive atmosphere. All levels. Supply list emailed.

"Vivian is very patient and will bring out the artist in you!” “I like the variety of subject matter and techniques.”


Pastel Unlimited

January 16 - March 6: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:30 PM, UA Municipal Services Center (Lower Level Rec Room). The pastel techniques introduced emphasize tonal value, light, color and pattern through a variety of subject matter - always something new! Vivian demonstrates how to build a strong composition using a selection of strokes and effects. Benefit from individual attention and constructive critique. All  levels. Supply list emailed.

"Instructor - remarkable! She’s knowledgeable and encouraging!” “Exceeded my expectations!”



Creating with Colored Pencil

January 18 - March 8: Fridays, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, UA Municipal Services Center (Lower Level Rec Room). Learn a variety of colored pencil techniques, applied in multiple ways to a variety of surfaces. Composition, value, pattern, and color use are stressed. The class features demonstration, personal attention and encourages individual projects. A relaxing and creative way to start the day! All levels. Supply list emailed.

"I appreciate the hands-on help, individual critiques and specific instruction!” “Talented, student-centered teacher!”




Watercolor on Gesso (one-day workshop)

Saturday, February 16: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, UA Senior Center Building 1, Room

105. Take advantage of this day-long workshop to learn and practice Vivian’s unique gesso technique. Painting on a gesso surface provides an opportunity for experimentation, creating the lights and vibrant clean color. Elements of design  and value are stressed through demonstration, individual attention, and class critique. Purchase the gesso-prepared surface, at minimal cost, from the instructor. Some painting  experience is helpful. One-hour lunch break. Supply list e-mailed.



Please feel free to call me with any questions concerning any of the above classes or workshops. I look forward to seeing you!


Vivian Ripley 614-451-6254