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2021

Michael Holter 2021 Online Workshop

Michael Holter 2021 Online Workshop

Michael Holter, NWS, OPS, SWS, SWA– Watercolor Impressionism: Faces and Places
October 15-16, 2021 - 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

Many artists have an unnatural aversion to painting people, yet we know there is an attraction to the human form when viewing a painting. Not only does including people in artwork add interest and connection to the viewer, it takes the same skills as painting a landscape or still life. The method Michael demonstrates and instructs you in will take you through the necessary steps to achieve your goals and give you tools to create a well-structured representation while still allowing for the expressive use of color and brushstroke.

Michael's workshop will include insightful discussion of important aspects of figurative work such as composition and capturing a mood. You will spend time on exercises designed to heighten your techniques. There will be real-time demonstrations as well as high-speed video demos of Michael working in his studio. Students of all levels and interests will enjoy Michael's personal and up-front style of teaching as well as his inspirational approach to his work. Students will leave prepared and challenged to move on to a new level of confidence in painting portraits in watercolor.

Demo:  September 15, 2021 CWA General Meeting on Zoom
Workshop Dates: October 15-16, 2021 - 2 days, Friday-Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Instruction Hours: 18
Recording Available: Yes
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $285 , Members $225
Artist Website: MichaelHolter.com

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David Savellano 2021 Online Workshop

David Savellano 2021 Online Workshop

David Savellano, CWA – Vacation Journaling- Ink and Watercolor
July 17 -18, 2021 2 Days, 10 AM – 3 PM, Hours: 9
Advanced Beginner to Advanced

     

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 or sketchbook 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.

David lives in the Bay Area and is a native Californian, which is reflected in the sun-dappled streets and waterfront imagery that dominate his work. Although largely self-taught as a watercolor painter, he credits his 30 years as a practicing architect with having given him the drawing skills and strong sense of perspective that have elevated his artwork to a professional level.

David’s passion for outdoor painting isn’t limited to his own sketches and paintings, he also teaches it, offering classes distinguished by their intimate size and the generous amount of personal instruction he provides. His expert instruction enables students to improve their artistic skills and knowledge.

 

Demo:  June 17, 2021 CWA General Meeting on Zoom
Workshop Dates: July 17-18, 2021 - 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm
Instruction Hours: 9
Recording Available: Yes
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $210 , Members $150
Artist Website: David Savellano

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Stephen Berry 2021 Online ZOOM Workshop

Stephen Berry 2021 Online ZOOM Workshop

Stephen Berry - Building a Strong Focal Point Through Composition
Exploring Shape and Color
April 16-18, 2021 - 3 Days, Advanced Beginner-Advanced

    

In this workshop, as we practice our painting skills, we’ll be focusing on an often challenging subject- Composition.  The goal for our time together will be to learn to build paintings with a strong focal point, that guide the eye of the viewer and create interest through contrast.  We’ll start by exploring and playing with abstract black and white shapes, shift into notans and single color paintings, and move all the way into the usage of a limited color palette.  On the final day, you will take what you have learned and apply it as you choose to your own subject matter.  Online instruction will feature topical lectures (which will be available for later re-viewing), skills based activities, rough sketching, and complete paintings 

Demo: March 17, 2021  CWA General Meetings
Workshop Dates: April 16-18, 2021 3 days, 9 AM – 4 PM
Instruction Hours: 18
Recording Available: Yes
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $285 , Members $225
Artist Website: Stephen Berry

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Charles Rouse 2021 Online Workshop

Charles Rouse 2021 Online Workshop

Charles Rouse - Shaping Up Your Watercolors
March 15-18, 2021 - 4 Days, All Levels

   

In this four day workshop you will receive valuable lessons from renowned transparent watercolorist, Charles Rouse. Charles’ subject matter ranges broadly from intimate portraits, to detailed still-lifes, to captivating landscapes and seascapes and practically anything in-between. While his technique varies per subject, you will learn about his value and shape-based method, and have plenty of time to practice and work together on every piece.

“As an instructor, I do not demo, per say. We work together on every piece, I answer questions and give advice, and we solve problems together as we paint. You learn by painting. You need to do it, not talk about it. That comes later.”

Demo:  February 17, 2021 CWA General Meeting on Zoom
Workshop Dates: March 15-18, 2021 - 4 days, Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm
Instruction Hours: 24
Recording Available: Yes
Skill Level:  All
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $305 , Members $245
Artist Website: Charles Rouse

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Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop II

Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop II

Thomas Schaller AWS NWS TWSA - The Architecture of Light, Virtual Workshop
February 4-6, 2021 - 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

       

"The focus of my workshops is far less concerned with technical expertise and far more about inspiration and observation. Specifically, the focus is on finding and expressing ourselves with our unique personal artistic voice." - Thomas Schaller

A common phrase we often hear is: "Mother Nature is the best teacher." While Tom agrees that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention. In Tom's workshops, painting indoors or out, he demonstrates the fundamentals and crucial importance of identifying strong compositional subjects for the artist. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in the strength and clarity of a strong initial intent, a main idea, and a solid value organization. We will try to learn how to see the beautiful and infinite compositions all around us and within us in the most grand and most humble of scenes.

Demo:  January 20, 2021 
Workshop Dates: February 4-6, 2021 - 3 days, Thursday-Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Hours of Instruction: 18
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $310 , Members $250
Artist Website: Thomas Schaller

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Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop

Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop

Thomas Schaller AWS NWS TWSA - The Architecture of Light, Virtual Workshop
January 23-25, 2021 - 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

       

"The focus of my workshops is far less concerned with technical expertise and far more about inspiration and observation. Specifically, the focus is on finding and expressing ourselves with our unique personal artistic voice." - Thomas Schaller

A common phrase we often hear is: "Mother Nature is the best teacher." While Tom agrees that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention. In Tom's workshops, painting indoors or out, he demonstrates the fundamentals and crucial importance of identifying strong compositional subjects for the artist. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in the strength and clarity of a strong initial intent, a main idea, and a solid value organization. We will try to learn how to see the beautiful and infinite compositions all around us and within us in the most grand and most humble of scenes.

Demo:  January 20, 2021 
Workshop Dates: January 23-25, 2021 - 3 days, Saturday-Monday, 9 am - 4 pm
Hours of Instruction: 18
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $310 , Members $250
Artist Website: Thomas Schaller

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2020

Michael Holter Watercolor Impressionism - ONLINE

Michael Holter Watercolor Impressionism - ONLINE

Michael Holter- Watercolor Impressionism ONLINE
October 29-30, 2020 - 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

     

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

You will experience Michael's well-produced online watercolor workshop through Zoom and other special high-quality online streams. You will have an opportunity to paint along with his demos or watch carefully, and for up to two weeks from the recorded session. The workshop will be interactive.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating landscapes and you will be able to follow along and paint with him during the demos.

Workshop sessions will be recorded and available to view at the participant's convenience.


Demo: Michael Holter's CWA Demo on our YouTube channel
Workshop Dates:
  October 29-30, 2021 - 2 days, Friday-Saturday, 9am-4pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $250 , Members $225
Artist Website: Michael Holter

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Fealing Lin 2020 - CANCELLED

Fealing Lin 2020 - CANCELLED

Fealing Lin - Luminous Faces and Figures CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
October 19-22, 2020 - 4 Days, Intermediate to Advanced

   

Although portrait painting can be very intimidating, Fealing will teach you how to relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity and uniqueness to watercolor. You will also learn how to capture the quality of light available to you. You will achieve a level of transparency with your images and develop an understanding of head architecture that will give you the confidence to take on even the most challenging portraits. Award-winning watercolorist, Fealing combines semi-abstract strokes and impressionistic concepts to elicit life and movement in her portrait and figure paintings. There will be daily lecture, exercise and demo. Fealing will assist and critique student's works whatever way she could, and allow the students to work on their own pace. During this workshop, learn how value and temperature change, as well as how to use transparent glazing to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. By balancing colors and weaving lights and darks, you will achieve painterly and successful paintings. She will spend time in the workshop discussing the value and essentials of a good drawing, although the focus will be on painting.

Demo: October 21, 2020 CWA General Meeting
Workshop Dates:
  October 19-22, 2020 - 4 days, Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $525 , Members $465
Artist Website: Fealing Lin

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Michael Holter 2020 Portraits - CANCELLED

Michael Holter 2020 Portraits - CANCELLED

Michael Holter, NWS, TWSA, OPS, SWS - Portraits - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
September 16-17, 2020 - 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting paintings of places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating landscapes and also show you several high-speed video demonstrations. Many watercolorists have an aversion to painting people and with that in mind, special attention will be paid to the steps Michael uses to paint his award-winning figurative paintings. He will break down the process, from how to use the camera to capture exciting painting subjects, to adding sparkle to the finished piece. By the end of the workshop, you will feel confident that you can complete successful paintings. We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience. Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and discuss other artist's work and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques. You will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

Demo:  September 16, 2020 CWA General Meeting
Workshop Dates:
  September 16-17, 2020 - 2 days, Wednesday-Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $330 , Members $270
Artist Website: Michael Holter

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Roland Lee 2020 - CANCELLED

Roland Lee 2020 - CANCELLED

Roland Lee - Landscape - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
August 20-21, 2020 - 2 Days, Thursday-Friday, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

This workshop is designed to help artists become better interpreters of the landscape by learning to see how nature catches our attention. Our role is not to duplicate nature but to create new images based on our personal experiences. Using Powerpoint and live demonstrations, plus printed handouts, Roland will guide us through the steps he uses to create exciting studio landscape paintings from on-location sketchbook studies and ordinary reference photos. We will do a number of paintings studies in class, and complete one small finished painting. Roland will be demonstrating in watercolors, all levels are welcome, but the experienced watercolorist will probably gain the most from his presentation. Subjects include: Seeing the light; Amazing 3-minute skies; Unraveling the secrets of negative painting; Guaranteeing success with sketchbook value studies; and Creating winning paintings from wimpy photos.

Workshop Dates:  August 20-21, 2020 - 2 days, Thursday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $360 , Members $300
Artist Website: Roland Lee

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Leslie Wilson 2020 - CANCELLED

Leslie Wilson 2020 - CANCELLED

Leslie Wilson, CWA - Watercolors Fresh and Loose - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
July 15-18, 2020 - 4 Days, Intermediate to Advanced

  

In this workshop, Leslie Wilson will teach students a direct painting method for an impressionistic result. She will help you explore brush techniques, find areas of emphasis and employ connections to promote looseness, and keep the viewer's eyes moving through the painting. She will challenge students to ask themselves "what the painting needs," instead of reproducing all that exists in front of them. The students will use still life, figures, and photos as source material and will be introduced to a variety of painting exercises. Leslie believes that good paintings begin with a contour drawing, which hones observation skills and provides a roadmap for the painting. During the painting process, colors are slightly worked out on the palette or mixed directly on the paper, incorporating soft and hard edges. Students will be shown how to use correct value, color, and shape the first time, rather than overworking. Join Leslie for an exciting artistic journey to develop a fresh and loose style of painting!

Demo:  General meeting Demo will be by Judith Kunzle July 15, 2020
Workshop Dates:
  July 15-18, 2020 - 4 days, Wednesday to Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $390 , Members $330
Artist Website: Leslie Wilson

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Peggi Habets 2020, Landscapes and Cityscapes - CANCELLED

Peggi Habets 2020, Landscapes and Cityscapes - CANCELLED

Peggi Habets - Creating Landscapes and Cityscapes with Personality and Mood - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
May 20-21, 2020 - 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

In this 2-day workshop, we will work to create a place and time that evokes mood and atmosphere, rather than a copy of a photo. Day 1 will focus on the landscape/cityscape only and Day 2 will focus on painting figures in a scene. Although there will be a daily demo, this is not a follow along, step-by-step workshop; participants will be encouraged to develop their own personal style using their own reference material.

Demo:  May 20, CWA General Meeting
Workshop Dates:
  May 20-21, 2020 - 2 days, Wednesday-Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $335 , Members $275
Artist Website:  Peggi Habets

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Peggi Habets 2020, Portraits and Figures - CANCELLED

Peggi Habets 2020, Portraits and Figures - CANCELLED

Peggi Habets- Creating Expressive Portraits and Figures - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
May 18-19, 2020 - 2 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

   

In this 2-day workshop, we will be expanding our idea of what a portrait is and will create personal works of art, rather than a copy of a photo. Day one will focus on the face and Day 2 will focus on the figure in a setting. Although there will be a daily demo, this is not a follow along, step-by-step workshop; participants will be encouraged to develop their own personal style using their own reference material.

Demo:  May 20, CWA General Meeting
Workshop Dates:
  May 18-19, 2020 - 2 days, Monday-Tuesday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $335 , Members $275
Artist Website:  Peggi Habets

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Thomas Schaller 2020 II - CANCELLED

Thomas Schaller 2020 II - CANCELLED

Thomas Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA- The Architecture of Light II - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 precautions
March 23-25, 2020 - 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

      

"The focus of my workshops is far less concerned with technical expertise and far more about inspiration and observation. Specifically, the focus is on finding and expressing ourselves with our unique personal artistic voice." - Thomas Schaller

A common phrase we often hear is: "Mother Nature is the best teacher." While Tom agrees that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention. In Tom's workshops, painting indoors or out, he demonstrates the fundamentals and crucial importance of identifying strong compositional subjects for the artist. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in the strength and clarity of a strong initial intent, a main idea, and a solid value organization. We will try to learn how to see the beautiful and infinite compositions all around us and within us in the most grand and most humble of scenes.

Demo:  March 18, 2020 CWA General Meeting - CANCELLED
Workshop Dates:  March 23-25, 2020 - 3 days, Monday-Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $510 , Members $450
Artist Website: Thomas Schaller

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Thomas Schaller 2020 - CANCELLED

Thomas Schaller 2020 - CANCELLED

Thomas Schaller - The Architecture of Light - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
March 18-20, 2020 - 3 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

      

"The focus of my workshops is far less concerned with technical expertise and far more about inspiration and observation. Specifically, the focus is on finding and expressing ourselves with our unique personal artistic voice." - Thomas Schaller

A common phrase we often hear is: "Mother Nature is the best teacher." While Tom agrees that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention. In Tom's workshops, painting indoors or out, he demonstrates the fundamentals and crucial importance of identifying strong compositional subjects for the artist. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in the strength and clarity of a strong initial intent, a main idea, and a solid value organization. We will try to learn how to see the beautiful and infinite compositions all around us and within us in the most grand and most humble of scenes.

Demo:  March 18, 2020 CWA General Meeting - CANCELLED
Workshop Dates:  March 18-20, 2020 - 3 days, Wednesday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $510 , Members $450
Artist Website: Thomas Schaller

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Michael Reardon 2020

Michael Reardon 2020

Michael Reardon - Watercolor Techniques
January 31-February 2, 2020 - 3 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.

Location: Harrington Gallery, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton CA 94566   See Map here
Workshop Dates:
  January 31 - February 2, 2020,  3 days, Friday - Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $485 , Members $425
Artist Website: Michael Reardon

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2019

Mark Mehaffey 2019 - CANCELLED

Mark Mehaffey 2019 - CANCELLED

Mark Mehaffey - Experiment for Fun, Design for Success, Traditional to Experimental
September 18-21, 2019 - 4 Days, Advanced Beginner to Advanced

WORKSHOP CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience.