CWA Workshops

CWA invites you to enjoy your art class among the rolling hills of Beautiful Concord. We strive to provide our students some of the best workshops with the top professional artists of our time. Please join in the fun. We look forward to meeting you.

Workshops are held at California State University East Bay
Concord Campus, Art Lab
4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord, CA 94521
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Watercolor Workshops 2018

Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins - Everything About Color
September 17-18, 2 Days, All Levels

       

"I can hear you say, 'All I want to do is paint; I don't want to think about it!'
For me, all I want is success!" - Nancy Collins

Unlike other mediums, watercolor artists have to pay attention to color combinations so they do not create the dreaded MUD!

Nancy will help you understand the characteristics of watercolors, and how to make them perform in the manner that suits you. The information that you will obtain by being in this class will open doors to a wider variety of techniques and understanding. There will be a discussion on how many colors it takes to make a color wheel, what are complimentary colors, and how that affect your eyes as well as your paintings. Whatever the subject; landscapes, flowers, portraits, or still life, this class will give you the tools for dynamic paintings. She will address many more subjects and welcomes any questions you may have.

Learn more about Nancy and visit her website at Nancy Collins Art.  There are short videos for your viewing.

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

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DateTime
Monday, September 17, 2018 - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
8 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

To receive the Member Price, please log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button above.  If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.  

Alternatively, you may print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


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

  

Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods of "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)." He shows how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used for painting. There are 4-6 short demos each day with student practicing between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons. In critiques, Lian will help students by touching up their paintings. At the end of the workshop, students may be able to finish a couple of paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

For more information on Lian, visit his website at www.lianspainting.com.

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

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DateTime
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Saturday, September 22, 2018
10 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

To receive the Member Price, please log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button above.  If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.  

Alternatively, you may print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form


Michael Reardon II

Michael Reardon II

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques
November 9-10, 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

       

In this workshop, Michael will share information from his latest book, Watercolor Techniques. 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.

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

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

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DateTime
Friday, November 9, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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To receive the Member Price, please log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button above.  If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.  

Alternatively, you may print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


Watercolor Workshops 2019

CWA Workshop Series 2019

Jean Haines 2019

Jean Haines 2019

Jean Haines, SWA - Loose and Free, Watercolor Inspiration
2 Identical Classes for 2 Days each, February 19-20 and February 22-23
Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

Internationally renowned Watercolor Artist, Jean Haines, offers an exciting workshop that will help us look at how to work in a loose style minus the use of a preliminary sketch. We will paint a variety of subjects in ways that seem to magically bring them to life. Jean will guide us from the first decision of choosing what to paint, to selecting a wide range of techniques, along with dramatic color combinations for adding impact to gain unique results. This workshop will aim at bringing the best out of you as an original artist and have you leaving feeling motivated and inspired.

Offering Two Identical Classes! Choose one and click the "Sign up now" button below to register.

Demo:  February 20, CWA General Meeting
Workshop 1:
  February 19-20, 2 days, Tuesday - Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm
Workshop 2:  February 22-23, 2 days, Friday - Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $485, Members $425
Artist Website:  Jean Haines

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Important Note:  These 2 classes are identical.
Please register for one class only unless you want to take the second class to sharpen the skills you learned.

DateTime
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
8 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019
3 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

To receive the Member Price, please log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button above.  If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.  

Alternatively, you may print out the Registration Form (Download), fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form


Brenda Swenson 2019

Brenda Swenson 2019

Brenda Swenson, WW, NWWS, SDWS- Sketching Techniques with Watercolor
March 21-23, 3 Days, All Levels

    

Enjoy the charming, loose, and colorful nature of watercolor at its best, while sketching! Sharpen your observation skills, color awareness, and learn simple design principles. Each day we'll explore various sketching tools, techniques, and papers. Learn how a sketch can be complete in itself, or a road map to larger studio paintings. Whether you want to improve your drawing skills, create travel journals, or take that next step as an artist, you will come away from this workshop excited and inspired about your artwork. Students will benefit from informative demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.

Demo:  March 20, CWA General Meeting
Workshop Dates:
  March 21-23, 3 days - Thursday-Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  All levels
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $450 , Members $390
Artist Website:  Brenda Swenson

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DateTime
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019
13 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

To receive the Member Price, please log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button above.  If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.  

Alternatively, you may print out the Registration Form (Download), fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


Soon Y. Warren 2019

Soon Y. Warren 2019

Soon Young Warren, AWS, NWS - Vibrant Watercolors
May 13-15, 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced