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Watercolor Workshops 2016

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.

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

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $495.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, September 19, 2016 - Thursday, September 22, 2016 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 2016 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

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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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $495.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Friday, October 21, 2016 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 2016 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

Watercolor Workshops 2017

John Salminen

John Salminen

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

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.

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

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Non Members Fee: $750.00 Members Fee: $695.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, February 13, 2017 - Thursday, February 17, 2107 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 2017 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

 


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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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $495.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Saturday, March 18, 2017 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 2017 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O'Connor - Fearless Flowers, May 15-18, 4 Days, Intermediate/Advanced

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. Although some knowledge of watercolor is helpful, even beginners are welcome and encouraged not to be afraid.

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

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $495.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, May 15, 2017 - Wednesday, May 18, 2107 8:00 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 2017 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

Michael Reardon

Michael Reardon

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques, July 21-22, 2 Days, Intermediate/Advanced

 

 

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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Non Members Fee: $330.00 Members Fee: $275.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Friday, July 21, 2017 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 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 2017 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.

 

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers - Expressive Watercolors: Flowers, Faces and Figures, October 16-19, 4 days, Intermediate/Advanced

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.

 

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Non Members Fee: $595.00 Members Fee: $550.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, October 16, 2017 - Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:00 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 2017 Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.