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Walnut Creek, CA 94596  USA

CWA Workshops

CWA strives 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 online during the pandemic - when it is over we will resume having them at California State University East Bay
Concord Campus, Art Lab
4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord, CA 94521
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • When taking a CWA virtual workshop we will provide students with a limited-time link to view a recording of the workshop.
  • CWA will provide a link to a facebook page where students will be able to post their work for the artist and workshop participants to view. 
  • Discounts for CWA Members:  To receive the Member discount, you must log in, choose Workshops, then click the blue Sign Up Now button. If you are not a CWA member, you may click the Sign Up Now button at any time.
  • Sign up for more than one workshop at the same time and receive an automatic 10% discount off the total 
  • Waitlists: To get on our waiting list contact our registrar at registrar@californiawatercolor.org
  • Pay online: Pay through your PayPal account or Visa/Master Card (which will be accepted by PayPal)
  • Pay by check: 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.
  • Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy: Registering for a workshop means you are accepting our terms and conditions and cancellation policy.
  • For more information, contact your Workshop Team at registrar@californiawatercolor.org

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2021 Registration Form

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Watercolor Workshop 2021

California Watercolor Association Workshop Series 2021

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

More Workshop Information

DateTime
Monday, March 15, 2021 - Thursday, March 18, 2021
2 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 download and print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


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

More Workshop Information

DateTime
Friday, April 16, 2021 - Sunday, April 18, 2021
24 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 download and print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


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

More Workshop Information

DateTime
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
25 places available.
10:00 AM-3:00 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 download and print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.


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 18, 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

DateTime
Friday, October 15, 2021 - Saturday, October 16, 2021
27 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 download and print out the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with your check to the name and address printed on the form.