Below are a few awesome emails I received from  my students

I have attended classes by Valerie Toliver for 6 years. I have found her to be extremely talented and generous with her talents for her students. Teaching and mentoring by showing how it’s done and then guiding the student as they develop. She teaches technique but never interferes with each students individual style. She remains honest in her assessments, and find individual strengths to encourage with each student.


"She knows where to put the paint..and can tell you what small extended line will make the difference between an ok outcome and a spectacular project. She coaches you- showing the technique, letting you do it and then asks what did I do differently to allow the student to learn by observation. I have been with her 4 years and I continue to attend her sessions- because I learn something new each time. She is incredibly supportive of her students' own style and encourages one's strengths while nudging them to try new things...she shares what she knows and learns. Can't get better than that!"

Hi to my saturday artsy friends from paris. Have painted four pictures before leaving MN and am taking many pictures for us to paint next winter. Thanks again Val for changing my life as I am seeing the world clearer and painting everything I see in my mind!!!!!  Love from the Paris traveler; Carol B.    5/5/12

Hi Valerie, I want to thank you so much for your teaching methods, your experience and your expertise!  In just two classes, you have made a world of difference for me to want to pursue watercolor painting, as I finally see myself being successful to accomplish my desires.  I am so encouraged by your teaching techniques and your advice to buy the correct supplies, so that I now can see the results I desire. Now I want to paint more and more, and it is NOT stressful and frustrating.  Thank you again,   Tynette 


Hi Valerie, I'm really enjoying your class. Fun techniques, attention to students needs, demonstrations that are more instruction and education than the usual, "Here is how I do this...".   I really appreciate that you explain the "whys" and "hows".  Rita

"Valerie’s watercolor classes deliver new techniques, using vibrant colors, breathing life into your paintings." From Susan Lewis Stuart on Jul 14, 2011


Valerie, I just wanted you to know that Sarah and I had a fantastic time taking your art class.  We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be taught by an artist of your caliber.  You are so talented, warm, friendly and giving of yourself.  I appreciate the time you put into the set up.  All the supplies were ready and such high quality so that we could focus on painting.  Your yard is simply beautiful which made me even more inspired to paint.  The food was fantastic.  The company was lovely as well.  All of this and time spent with my precious daughter.  I had such a wonderful time and I really appreciate what you did for us. We love our paintings.  I couldn’t stop looking at them last night.  All my life I wanted to take a water color class and now this dream has come true.  Thanks for a perfect Sunday afternoon!  Felice and Sarah  April 3, 2006