Landscapes and Cityscapes with Raisy Derzie

Wednesdays, at 2 pm, EST 
January 20-February 24, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $75 for series of 6

During this series of hands-on art classes, Raisy will concentrate on drawing and painting landscapes and cityscapes. Concepts such as perspective, the illusion of depth, vantage and vanishing points, horizon, and the relationship between objects and people in a drawing will be clarified and worked into drawings to effect dimension. Techniques such as drawing straight lines, using different brushes, and monochromatic painting will be incorporated into the work. 

The landscape series will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and will continue each week through February 24*. Each class will last about one hour and will be presented through Zoom. You will not be expected to finish a drawing or painting during the session; you can work on your piece during the week.

If you were in Raisy’s two preceding series, you most likely have all the different drawing and painting media necessary, along with some sketch paper. 

Suggested materials:

  • Gel pens

Sketchbook or any smooth paper for drawing

  • 2 to 3 Pencils, range of softness up to 6B

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Eraser 

  • Set of watercolors

  • Watercolor paper, Arches or Strathmore, or any good brand

  • Three or four different sizes of watercolor brushes


​For students who want to paint with acrylic: 

  • Tubes of white, black, red, blue, and yellow, optional colors such as green, purple, ochre, or any color you have in your collection

  • Small canvas or thick paper

  • Brushes for acrylic or oil paint: Different sizes at least four

  • Plastic knives for mixing colors on a palette, which could be a plastic or paper plate

  • Paper towels or old cotton tee shirt cut into small pieces

*Schedule is subject to change.



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.


  • $75 for the series of 6 online classes

  • 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.