art room at the Tides Inn hotel containing easels and art supplies on long tables

Summer 2021 Artists in Residence

May 29-30, 2021 , June 25-26, 2021 , July 21-22, 2021 & August 20-22, 2021

Collaborating with area artists, the Tides Inn presents art-filled workshops for our guests. Hosted in our newly created Maker Space – a light-filled, interactive studio, each hands-on workshop is led by artists who are also exceptional educators.

Meet the Artists

Claire Jensen, Ceramic Artist + Educator

Claire Jensen, based in Richmond, is an artist, maker, and educator. Teaching ceramics and photography at a high school and Visual Arts Center of Richmond, she hails from Harrisonburg, VA – in the foothills of the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountains. There, she developed a deep appreciation for nature and the beauty in all things organic. She works predominantly with clay, as she is drawn to its raw origins and tangible possibilities. Striving to bring art into the everyday, Claire uses her ceramic pieces to enhance the aesthetics of life.

photo of Claire Jensen creating small objects out of clay

Molly Reeder, Painter, Stylist +Educator

Living around the world – from Hawaii to Bulgaria to New Zealand – Molly Reeder is a Richmond-based painter and stylist, specializing in botanicals and food illustration. She paints large scale, detailed watercolors of edible plant-based subjects to highlight their unique shape and beauty. Molly seeks meaningful collaborations through the lens of her artwork, where her paintings and illustrations help to support and showcase community efforts for LGBTQ, BIPOC & other minority run organizations. Co-organizing Richmond Bakers Against Racism, she sees food styling and baking as complimentary focuses that serve a symbiotic relationship to her work. Her work has been featured in such publications as Saveur Magazine, Taproot Magazine and Bake From Scratch, naming her as one of the top dozen bakers in America for 2018.

woman in an art room surrounded by plants while painting

Artist in Residence Class Offerings

Watercolor Workshop: Food Illustration, two 90-min classes

Led by artist Molly Reeder, this class explores food as an art form. Working with the Chef Truman and team, edible subjects will be delivered to use as your painting inspiration. Discover how to compose a pleasing still life, and then move into the technique of watercolor. The first session starts with setting up our subjects, mapping them out in pencil on paper and then beginning to add the first layers of watercolor. The second session will provide additional time to put the finishing touches on your piece. Suitable for all levels of painters, this class is held in two 90-minute sessions. $300 per person

Offered on the following days:

Friday, June 25 at 10am and Saturday, June 26 at 10am
Wednesday, July 21 at 10am and Thursday, July 22 at 12pm
Friday, August 20 at 10am and Saturday, August 21 at 10 am

Watercolor Workshop: Botanical Nature, two 90-min classes

This alfresco workshop takes you outside to explore painting either an object from nature (such as a seashell, a flower or a leaf) or a landscape. Learn how to compose a beautiful image on paper, adapt in pencil and then add watercolor. Suitable for all levels of painters, this class is also held in two 90-minute sessions.$300 per person

Offered on the following days:

Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 – both days at 2pm
Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22 – both days at 2:30pm
Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21 – both days at 2 pm

Beginner Pottery Wheel Experience, 2 hours

Ceramic artist, Claire Jensen, leads an introduction to pottery’s most interesting tool, the pottery wheel. Your masterpiece will be fully fired and glazed by our team and sent to your home. $225 per person

Offered throughout the summer on these days:

Saturday, May 29 at 2pm
Sunday, May 30 at 10am
Friday, June 25 at 2pm
Saturday, June 26 at 2pm
Wednesday, July 21 at 2pm
Thursday, July 22 at 10 am
Saturday, August 21 at 2pm
Sunday, August 22 at 10 am

Pottery & Pinot, 2 hours

With your choice of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio, join pottery instructor, Claire Jensen, for a fun beginner class and a glass or two – including small bites from our culinary team. $150 per person

Offered at 5pm on the following days:

Saturday, May 29
Friday, June 25
Wednesday, July 21
Saturday, August 21

All classes are hosted in the Maker Space, except Botanical Nature, which will be outdoors. Please make a reservation by emailing

art room at the Tides Inn hotel containing easels and art supplies on long tables