A Practical Course by Raisy Derzie

Wednesdays, at 2 pm, EDT 
September 9–October 14, 2020
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $50 for series of 6

Have you always wanted to be an artist? Or at least be able to doodle with confidence? This expert mini-course takes students on an exciting journey of art exploration. Raisy Derzie, one of our phenomenal faculty members, will guide you through 6 weeks of media, creativity, and fun!

Adding more variety to our Armchair Journeys series, Artful Journeys offers a hands-on art class where you’ll be able to draw out your inner creativity. Grab a gel pen, some pencils, watercolors, or acrylics and a piece of paper; almost anything will do, and take on the challenge of putting pen to paper to learn and see how to visually express yourself.

Raisy Derzie will begin with six weeks of presentations: 
September 9 & 16:  Find a flower, a piece of fruit, a vase or your favorite window; grab a gel pen, or a pencil or crayon, to draw or sketch the scene in front of you.
September 23 & 30:  Using watercolors...Raisy will teach you how to mix colors while painting your chosen subject.
October 7 & 14:  Raisy will show you how to use acrylic paints and combine media into a collage, which has become a passion of hers!

Each class will last about an hour and will be presented through Zoom. You are not expected to finish a drawing or painting during the session; you can work on that during the week.

If you don’t have different types of media, you can use whatever is laying around the house! Whether it is crayons, pastels, colored pencils, or markers. The purpose of this class is to get you to realize your visual capabilities and get you excited about your new-found talent.



Raisy Derzie

Born and raised in Lebanon and after teaching French and art for a few years, I came to New York in the late ’60s with my husband. I studied at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. When we relocated to Long Island, I started painting again and met some wonderful and talented artists who became my longtime friends! I was also introduced to printmaking and worked at the Ruth Leef Studio in Douglaston. There I produced many prints. Two of them, “The Kurdish Family” and “The Protest,” were reproduced in the NY Times with a great article by Phillis Braff.

As a longtime member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, I had numerous solo shows, including the display of nine panels that constituted the decor for an off-Broadway play, “Rewriting Her Life” by Barbara Masry. Three years ago, I discovered a program on the IPad called “Brushes,” and I started experimenting and producing numerous large pieces printed on archival paper. This method that David Hockney employed and thereby legitimized is a new art form! One of my large works is “Teatime with cousin Berty,” and it has been featured in the NY Times.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


  • Each session will cost $10 or $50 for the series of 6

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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