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2017

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers - Expressive Watercolors: Flowers, Faces and Figures, October 16-19, 4 days, Advanced Beginner & Up

  

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to faces and figures.  Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings.  We will move into painting people, learning how to express translucent flesh tones, while focusing on the gesture of the person.  Painting children will also be covered as well as an approach to quickly interpret the figure.   Although we will be working primarily with photographs, we may have a chance to work from a model….so bring your camera!

Some students may want to paint just figures or just flowers, although the demonstrations and instruction are geared to beginning with flowers and ending with faces and figures.

Workshop location is east of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

For more information, visit Janet's website at http://www.watercolorsbyrogers.com/pages-janet/janet-rogers-aws.html.

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Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques Session II

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques Session II

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques, August 25-26, 2 Days, Advanced Beginner & Up


California native Michael Reardon is a signature member of AWS, NWS, Watercolor West, and our own CWA. He is also an avid plein air artist who has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years.  Throughout his travels, he has refined his techniques, creating plein air paintings as he goes. Trained as an architect at UC Berkeley, he was an architectural illustrator for over 30 years. Michael and his work have been featured in numerous articles over the last few years, including Watercolor Artist, Watercolor, Plein Air, and the Art of Watercolour.

In this workshop, Michael will share information from his latest book, Watercolor Techniques, which hit the shelves this past spring.  In this workshop he will share some of his insights into painting and how to enjoy it. Through demonstrations and hands-on painting, Michael will show ways to simplify and create dynamic compositions, work quickly and decisively, and capture the essence of a scene convincingly. He will cover the use of a limited palette, dynamic color mixing, and the use of light and value to describe form.

Workshop location is east of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

To learn more about Michael, see his website: http://www.reardonwatercolors.com/.

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Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques Session I

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques Session I

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques, July 21-22, 2 Days, Advanced Beginner & Up

 

 

California native Michael Reardon is a signature member of AWS, NWS, Watercolor West, and our own CWA. He is also an avid plein air artist who has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years.  Throughout his travels, he has refined his techniques, creating plein air paintings as he goes. Trained as an architect at UC Berkeley, he was an architectural illustrator for over 30 years. Michael and his work have been featured in numerous articles over the last few years, including Watercolor Artist, Watercolor, Plein Air, and the Art of Watercolour.

In this workshop, Michael will share information from his latest book, Watercolor Techniques, which hit the shelves this past spring.  In this workshop he will share some of his insights into painting and how to enjoy it. Through demonstrations and hands-on painting, Michael will show ways to simplify and create dynamic compositions, work quickly and decisively, and capture the essence of a scene convincingly. He will cover the use of a limited palette, dynamic color mixing, and the use of light and value to describe form.

Workshop location is east of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

To learn more about Michael, see his website: http://www.reardonwatercolors.com/

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Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O'Connor - Fearless Flowers, May 15-18, 4 Days, Advanced Beginner & Up

A self-taught watercolor artist, Birgit O'Connor specializes in florals and landscapes and has developed interesting techniques for painting rocks and sand. Finding inspiration near her home in Bolinas, California, her award-winning work has been recognized and published in over 24 national and international artist publications, including Australian Artist and International Artist Magazine.

In her workshop, Birgit will guide you step-by-step through the painting process, share how she studies her subject, and teach her techniques for simplifying a flower and finding the WOW factor that creates dramatic paintings. You will learn how to blend and mix color to give the illusion of depth by using a limited pallet. The techniques learned in this class are the same ones she uses for her larger 60"x120" triptychs, but for the workshop, you will be using 1/2 sheets for manageability. Advanced beginners and up are welcome!

For more information on Birgit's workshops and her preferences for materials and supplies, visit her website at www.birgitoconnor.com.

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Workshop location:  East of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden - Translucent Watercolor Portraits, March 15-18, 4 Days, All Levels

Living in the foothills of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Jeannie Vodden dedicates her time to expressing her love and passion for art in painting, drawing, teaching and the continuing study of both art and philosophy. She is a versatile painter of portraits, still life, floral, landscape and fantasy, most often with watercolor. “My desire is to bring to my work, the imagination and curiosity which is so often found in children… And to combine that sense of wonder with an experienced artist’s hand.”

Workshop location:  East of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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John Salminen

John Salminen

John Salminen - Realism Through Design,  February 13-17, 5 Days, Intermediate/Advanced

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Award-winning artist John Salminen will kick off our 2017 workshop season with his workshop, Realism Through Design. In this workshop, John will share his approach to painting the urban scene in watercolor.  John will help participants in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo reference in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. The workshop will include demonstrations, critiques and lots of one-on-one individual help.  Whether you’ve never tried painting cityscapes or are an experienced urban painter, this workshop will be an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights.

For more information, visit John's website at http://johnsalminen.com/.

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Workshop location:  East of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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2016

Stan Miller

Stan Miller

Stan Miller - Romantic Realism / Portrait and Landscape in Watercolor, October 18 – 21, 4 Days, Intermediate/Advanced

What makes a painting convey a subject more beautifully and interesting than it actually is, yet give it all the reality, and even a more convincing reality then that of our everyday lives? Mark Twain said, “First get the facts, then you can dilute them (or romanticize them) at your leisure”.  The first step that must be taken if we desire to communicate the romantic in our painting is to make sure we know the truth. 

In this painting workshop students will be shown how to truthfully see their subject, the color, shapes, textures, perspective, and design.  Once one can see and draw the truth, then…and only then, is one ready to recompose, adjust the color, the lighting and composition so that the message and mood one desires is successfully communicated. Everyone can learn how to paint and everyone can improve their skills, dramatically, if properly instructed.  Come join our painting quest!

Workshop location is east of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.


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Jean Pederson

Jean Pederson

Jean Pederson - Mixed Media Faces and Figures,  September 19-22, 4 days, Intermediate/Advanced

Jean Pederson's course will open the door into the exploration of various combinations mixed media with an emphasis on water soluble paints and mediums as they relate to the human face and figure. You will be encouraged work beyond your traditional practice in pursuit of your own personal language. We will be exploring how everything from watercolor to gouache, gesso, acrylics, inks, mark making tools, collage and much more can be applied to figure painting. Emphasis will be placed on design, personal style, live models and class work will be part of the course.

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Workshop location is east of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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Frank Eber

Frank Eber

Frank Eber - Atmospheric Landscape in Watercolor, May 17-20, 4 Days, All Levels with some familiarity with watercolor

Frank Eber (AWS, NWS, TWSA, WW) is an award-winning artist who paints timeless art. A painter's painter, Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.

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Carol Carter

Carol Carter

Carol Carter – Watercolor from the Heart, April 19-22, 4 Days, All Levels

Carol’s early years in Florida left her with the strong visual impression of the importance of water as an environment for human activity. In much of her work, water provides the setting for anonymous figures, and she often uses images of water and tropical themes. The paintings contain duality: clarity and ambiguity; sanctuary and threat; pleasure and pain. The use of vibrant, saturated-color contributes to the tension between these extremes. Strongly recommended by our recent guest artist, Iain Stewart, Carol is well recognized by her fellow artists.

In this workshop, Carol will demonstrate her technique of wet, loose watercolor. Each day begins with a uniquely tailored lesson to inspire. She will discuss color, water, design, and value. The brilliance of color and the purity of paint application will be emphasized. She will talk about juxtaposing colors to make them vibrate. Imagery, content, and point-of-view are a focus. The afternoon will be devoted to individual instruction and group critique. All levels are welcomed but  some experience with watercolor is helpful. 


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Bev Jozwiak

Bev Jozwiak

Bev Jozwiak - Painting Life with Life, March 16-18, 3 Days, All Levels

Painting life with life – as in people and animals, and as in energy and excitement: this workshop is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor.  It focuses on answering many of the questions artists constantly ask: “Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up?” It is designed to help students at every skill level, to master techniques, and work on design and color.


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Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe - Watercolor: Keep It Simple and Strong, February 15-19, 5 Days, All Levels

Keiko Tanabe is award-winning artist and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Often working en plein air, her atmospheric watercolors perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Through her use of color, textures, and signature brushwork, Keiko’s landscapes and cityscapes beautifully convey both the exotic and the simple scenes of the many places she travels.

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2015

Mary Ann Beckwith

Mary Ann Beckwith

Mary Ann Beckwith | 3 Days | October 22-24 | Brush and Beyond | All Levels

Mary Ann’s workshop “Brush and Beyond” is an art altering experience! The energy filled days explore creative methods of watermedia application, including the building layers: texturing and collage. Participants learn new techniques and experiment with materials that allow them to better express their visions and ideas through their paintings and collages, whether those are representational or abstract imagery. Demonstrations and discussions focus on composition and design, how to recharge your work, sources of inspiration and the business of being an artist. Each day includes plenty of time for painting and optional critiques.

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Joseph Zbukvic (2 San Francisco)

Joseph Zbukvic (2 San Francisco)

Joseph Zbukvic | 3 Days | Sept 18-20 San Francisco | Mastering Mood & Atmosphere in Watercolor| Intermediate-Advanced

Joseph Zbukvic is an acknowledged master of watercolor painting. His impressive achievements are due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Joseph’s works cover a wide variety of subjects; his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings are valued by people and galleries all around the world.

For those in search of greater insight into the magical medium of watercolor, this workshop will address all aspects of successful painting, using frequent demonstrations and detailed analyses.  From simpler compositions of seascapes and landscapes to street scenes, interiors and portraits, you will learn how to recognize major shapes, draw, understand tone, place figures in your work and master techniques from dry brush to wet in wet.  Joseph will explain his techniques for painting into light, for creating a variety of edges from soft to hard, and plus more techniques to help you reach new artistic heights.

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Joseph Zbukvic (1)

Joseph Zbukvic (1)

Joseph Zbukvic | 3 Days | Sept 14-16 Concord | Mastering Mood & Atmosphere in Watercolor| Intermediate-Advanced

Joseph Zbukvic is an acknowledged master of watercolor painting. His impressive achievements are due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Joseph’s works cover a wide variety of subjects; his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings are valued by people and galleries all around the world.

For those in search of greater insight into the magical medium of watercolor, this workshop will address all aspects of successful painting, using frequent demonstrations and detailed analyses.  From simpler compositions of seascapes and landscapes to street scenes, interiors and portraits, you will learn how to recognize major shapes, draw, understand tone, place figures in your work and master techniques from dry brush to wet in wet.  Joseph will explain his techniques for painting into light, for creating a variety of edges from soft to hard, and plus more techniques to help you reach new artistic heights.

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Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart - Painting Light in Watercolor
July 19-21, 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

  

Iain’s workshop will explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. An Award-winning watercolorist, his sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Students will follow him in group demonstrations from photographs provided by Iain. More experienced painters are encouraged to work from their own photography. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all with a broad mix of experience and skill levels represented. Most importantly, Iain allows as much time as possible for one on one instruction and critique. After all, a workshop should focus on the student and not how well the instructor can paint. In the end, it's about you and your experience and whether it will help you to continue on your artistic journey.

Learn more about Iain at his website:  http://www.stewartwatercolors.com/

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Workshop location:  East of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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Charles Reid (2)

Charles Reid (2)

Charles Reid | 5 Days | April 27-May 1 | Figures, Still Life and Historic Photos | Intermediate/Advanced (2 sessions)

Internationally known artist and teacher Charles Reid is so popular, we needed to schedule 2 sessions to accommodate all the interest in his workshops. This class will include painting live models, still lifes, and working with historic photos.  Reid will begin each day with a demonstration, in which he will explain his drawing techniques and his use of fresh colors.  Students will have plenty of painting time, and will receive individualized attention during class painting times.

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Charles Reid (1)

Charles Reid (1)

Charles Reid | 5 Days | April 20-24 | Figures, Still Life and Historic Photos | Intermediate/Advanced (2 sessions)

Internationally known artist and teacher Charles Reid is so popular, we needed to schedule 2 sessions to accommodate all the interest in his workshops. This class will include painting live models, still lifes, and working with historic photos.  Reid will begin each day with a demonstration, in which he will explain his drawing techniques and his use of fresh colors.  Students will have plenty of painting time, and will receive individualized attention during class painting times.


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Katherine Chang Liu

Katherine Chang Liu

Katherine Chang Liu | 5 Days | Feb. 16-20 | “Open Studio” Workshop | Intermediate/Advanced

Back by popular demand, CWA's first guest artist for 2015 will be Katherine Chang Liu, a. UC Berkeley graduate and internationally known painter, juror, curator, teacher, and full-time exhibiting artist.

As in the acclaimed Taos Intensive Studies Seminar, Katherine's workshop is designed to address a common struggle – experienced artists with technical knowledge and experience who have yet to find their own voices. Katherine's focus is to help artists make their work more personal. She will have one-on-one discussions about the strength and direction of each student's work, covering prior work and work done during the class, and end with a group critique session.  


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2014

Dick Cole

Dick Cole

Dick Cole | 4 Days | Sept 15-18 | Re-Imagining the Familiar | Intermediate/Advanced

A past president of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Dick Cole (AWS, NWS, CWA, WW) is an illustrator/watercolorist with over 40 years of experience. A graduate of UCLA and The Art Center College of Design, he has worked as a graphic designer, art director, and illustrator in New York, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. He has taught painting and illustration at the Academy of Art University, San Jose State University and Foothill College, and is an Artist Member of the California Art Club.

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Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden - Translucent Watercolor Portraits, March 15-18, 4 Days, All Levels

Living in the foothills of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Jeannie Vodden dedicates her time to expressing her love and passion for art in painting, drawing, teaching and the continuing study of both art and philosophy. She is a versatile painter of portraits, still life, floral, landscape and fantasy, most often with watercolor. “My desire is to bring to my work, the imagination and curiosity which is so often found in children… And to combine that sense of wonder with an experienced artist’s hand.”

Workshop location:  East of San Francisco, on the Walnut Creek/Concord border, at Cal State East Bay. Details.

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Stan Miller - Painting the Portrait and Landscape in Watercolor

Stan Miller - Painting the Portrait and Landscape in Watercolor

All Levels, 5 Days

In love with watercolor, Stan Miller decided early in life to make his living as a watercolorist. A master of both watercolor and egg tempera, Stan paints many types of subjects and is a signature member and award winner with the American Watercolor Society. He has received a number of awards and gives workshops around the United States, as well as in Canada and France.

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Mary Whyte - Portraits and Figures - Dynamic Realism

Mary Whyte - Portraits and Figures - Dynamic Realism

Inter./Adv. Levels, 3 Days

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendents of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Mary's paintings have been included in many museum and national exhibitions and are in private collections in the US and abroad. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, makes gilded and hand-carved frames.

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David Savellano - Plein Air: Landscape, Seascape & Cityscape

David Savellano - Plein Air: Landscape, Seascape & Cityscape

Inter./Adv. Level, 3 Days

A native Californian, David Savellano is an artist who works primarily en plein air (outdoors), creating watercolor paintings that capture random moments—on the street, in nature, and wherever else his portable easel takes him. “I enjoy working outdoors because it’s unpredictable and lends itself to a kind of spontaneity you just can’t get in a studio,” he says; “When you paint outdoors, you’re completely immersed in the scene—the atmosphere, the mood.”

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Judy Morris - Design and Watercolor: From Start To Finish

Judy Morris - Design and Watercolor: From Start To Finish

All Levels, 5 Days

On her website, Judy Morris says, “The subjects I paint are recognizable but certainly not painted in a photographic manner. The design of my 'painted shapes' is more important than painting realistic details. Many times I paint people. I always paint the presence of people, even if their image is absent in the painting. My work has been described as abstract but intimate.” This quote tells you a great deal about her relationship to her art.  Learn more about Judy by visiting her website.  See more of Judy's work now.

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2013

Lian Quan Zhen

Lian Quan Zhen

Lian Quan Zhen - Free and Fun, Color Pouring, and Paint-Around with 3 Watercolors
September 20-22, 3 days, Beginners to Advanced