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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.

CWA conducts both In-Person and Virtual Workshops. Check the workshop listings to see the type of workshop that you are interested in.

Below is the address for the In-Person workshops.

Danville Ranch House
1895 Ridgeland Circle
Danville, CA 94526

  • 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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Watercolor Workshops 2023

California Watercolor Association Workshop Series 2023

Thomas Schaller 2023 Virtual Workshop

Thomas Schaller – The Power of Design
January 23-25, 2023 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
*Recording of the entire workshop will be available for 30 days

Intermediate to Advanced

2023 Schaller HavanaZoom

THE POWER OF DESIGN

Through a series of, live and interactive sessions, you will be guided through everything you need to become the artist you want to be.  The basics of materials, drawing, and watercolor application will be covered as well as the most advanced techniques of expression and exploration.

But the goal of this course is not to teach you to any one specific way of painting, but rather to help you discover and develop your own unique creative vision.

Workshop Dates: January 23-25, 2023 (3 days), Monday through Wednesday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $360, Members $300

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2023 Schaller Floating CityThomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in New York City. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and is a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons)and  Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master - a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media and now Penguin / Random House, NYC  in 2018. He is in demand worldwide as a speaker, exhibitor, author, instructor, and juror. Artist Network Television has produced two best-selling series of instructional Videos and DVDs of his technique. Creative Catalyst / Streamline Video published a full length video of his process in 2020. In October 2021, he has released a first of its kind interactive online curriculum Design and the Power of Imagination with Terracotta LLC

Social Media Sites:
https://www.facebook.com/thomaswschaller
https://twitter.com/twschaller
https://www.instagram.com/thomaswschaller/

Web Site: https://www.thomasschaller.com

DateTime
Monday, January 23, 2023 - Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

WAIT LIST ONLY

Please click here to be added to the waitlist.


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.


Birgit O'Connor 2023 Virtual Workshop

Birgit O'Connor – Big, Bold, Beautiful Flowers
February 22-24, 2023 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
*Recording of the entire workshop will be available for 30 days

All Levels are welcome with the focus on the skill level of Intermediate to Advanced

Zoom2023 Birgit O'Connor StarflowerLearn how to see nature and view flowers to determine the elements that inspire paintings that command attention. Achieve dynamic results in your paintings as you explore the use of light and shadow by creating interesting floral compositions. Each day you will engage in discussions, demonstrations, exercises, to complete compositions that will leave you confident of how to interpret what you have learned into your own successful paintings. Birgit’s personal and up-front teaching style, as well as her inspirational approach to her own paintings will break down the painting process, step-by-step. All levels are welcome, some knowledge of watercolor is helpful, this workshop will focus on intermediate to advanced students.

2023 O'Connor Rhododendron BudWorkshop Dates: February 22-24, 2023 (3 days),  Wednesday through Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  All Levels, with focus on Intermediate to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $285, Members $225

Watercolor Workshop Supply List - Please note: I may add and adjust colors and paper as we get closer and the final compositions are determined.

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2023 Birgit O'ConnorBirgit O’Connor is a Master watercolor artist and signature member of M-NWWS, (Northwest Watercolor Society) M-CWA, (California Watercolor Association) M-LWS (Louisiana Watercolor Society).

Known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style, Birgit is an award-winning artist, judge, juror, and author of the top-selling North Light books “Watercolor in Motion,” “Watercolor Essentials,” and “Paint Watercolor Flowers,” along with being included in multiple other titles and publications. 

Social Media Sites: 
https://www.facebook.com/BirgitOConnorWatercolors/
https://www.instagram.com/birgitoconnorwatercolors/ 

Artist Web Site:  www.birgitoconnor.com

DateTime
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - Friday, February 24, 2023
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 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.


Uma Kelkar 2023 Virtual Workshop

Uma Kelkar – Juicy Watercolor
March 11-12, 2023 (2 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
*Recording of the entire workshop will be available for 30 days

Intermediate to Advanced

2023 Kelkar SoMeZoom

Juicy Watercolors 2023 is a comprehensive and intimate workshop led by fine artist Uma Kelkar that strengthens the technical foundations of watercolorists interested in pursuing wet-in-wet style of painting.

Kelkar will emphasize painting landscapes and cityscapes in an impressionistic style. Perfect for intermediate artists. Resilient beginners are welcome. 

2023 Kelkar Pune Night

Uma will demonstrate all basic skills that she will ask students to engage in. This is the workshop which opens the gateway to a masterclass and commensurate study.


Workshop Dates: March 11-12 (2 days), Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $410, Members $350

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2023 Uma Kelkar

Uma Kelkar, NWS, CWA, CSPWC is an award winning plein air artist - engineer with talents in other media including watercolor, ink, charcoal and Procreate. Her use of color harmony and composition gives her work its unique energy. Uma is a strong believer in cross pollination - she believes that being an engineer makes her a better artist and being an artist makes her a better engineer. Kelkar teaches and exhibits internationally and is also a solo and contributing author to half a dozen art books. Previously, she served on the Executive Board of Urbansketcher 2019-2022.

Social Media Sites:
https://www.facebook.com/UmaPaints/
https://www.instagram.com/umaPaints/

Artist Web Site: https://www.umakelkar.com

DateTime
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - Sunday, March 12, 2023
16 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.


Frank Eber 2023 In-Person Workshop

Frank Eber – Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression
April 23-26, 2023 (4 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
All Skill Levels

2023 Eber Viarreggio

The workshop will:

- Continue in the tradition of the 20th Century California Barbizon movement (“intimate works, painted with a limited palette; softly expressive, suggestive rather than detailed”)

- Focus on emotional responses to nature Encourage the individual artist’s expression while balancing the forces at play in creation of a painting.

- Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium.

Small class settings only. Please sign up early!

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. 

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium and of simple one point perspective. Students should be able to paint a simple watercolor wash.

Frank stresses a solid foundation in the basics, “…so that our focus is on creating timeless art. An emotional link is necessary in our work, as well as the connection to the vibrancy of everything we paint.”

2023 Eber YosemiteWorkshop Dates: April 23-26 (4 days), Sunday through Wedensday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: 

Skill Level:  All Skill Levels with some basic understanding of watercolor techniques

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $500, Members $440

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2023 Frank EberBased in Central California, Frank Eber is an artist working in both watercolor and oils. His body of work inspires an emotional response to Nature and Beauty, resulting in timeless, enduring artwork. A closer look reveals subtlety in color, poetic impressions, and serene beauty. “I think it is important to leave some mystery, some room for imagination. When you look at the finished piece, it is remarkable what you think you see that is not really there! For me, that is one of the most beautiful things about painting.” Conveying atmosphere and mystery is Frank’s specialty. In fact, it is the basis of all his work and teaching.

Social Media Sites: 
https://www.instagram.com/frankeber/

Artist Web Site: http://www.frankeber.com

DateTime
Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Wednesday, April 26, 2023
12 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.


Gary Tucker 2023 In-Person Workshop

Gary Tucker – Finding Confidence with Watercolor
October 16-19, 2023 (4 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
Advanced Beginner - Some experience with watercolor is helpful

2023 Gary Tucker La CastellaOur subject will be the streets and countryside of Sonoma and how we can translate these into watercolor. I will show you methods to build your confidence with watercolor through brushwork and edge control. We will learn to quickly a focal area, construct a composition, and bring it to life through watercolor. The workshop includes demonstrations, work time, and critique.

“Through the media of watercolor and my process of painting I find power through brushwork, and subtlety through transparency.” “Watercolor differs from other media in that there is a performance aspect to it. The fine pieces come out in one sitting and very often like a classic performance, something happens, a fusion of mind and subject, an improvisation that cannot be duplicated” – Gary Tucker2023 Gary Tucker Reflections Golden Hour

Workshop Dates: October 16-19, 2023 (4 days), Monday through Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: No

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $595, Members $525

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2023 Gary Tucker WorkshopGary Tucker was drawing and painting from an early age, even in high school he began to think more seriously about life as an artist, and with the support of family and a chance meeting a life long mentor and artist, Mrs Anita Fahs, he started to make art his life path. Eventually Gary was drawn east to Boston where he enrolled at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Here Gary studied with Professor Kaji Aso, who taught watercolor and Japanese Calligraphy. Professor Aso introduced eastern aesthetics, Calligraphy and Sumi painting. Gary was also introduced to the media of watercolor and found he could achieve more subtlety and expressiveness in his painting.

 

DateTime
Monday, October 16, 2023 - Thursday, October 19, 2023
20 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.


Juanita Hagberg In-Person Workshop

Juanita Hagberg – Painting Abstractly Using Watercolors on Yupo
November 1-3, 2023 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM PST
Advanced Beginner to Advanced

2023 Juanita Hagberg Pinnacle

Many watercolor artists talk about wanting to “loosen up,” and go from painting carefully rendered representations to non-objective or abstract work. Painting on Yupo - a slick, non-porous, white, synthetic paper, can help you achieve this. The surface supports exploration and experimentation, and provides many exciting possibilities for dynamic paintings. Paint can be completely wiped off of the surface, allowing you to correct mistakes, change course, or start over.

Each day, there will be demonstrations, discussion, painting time, personal feedback, and critique. If you want to take your painting in a more abstract direction, Yupo is worth trying. Working on it allows you to experiment and take chances in your art journey. We will go beyond painting what we see, to expressing more personal responses to a subject or idea. There will be new ideas to inspire you, and plenty of opportunity to be more spontaneous and creative. You will also see how using composition and design strengthens your work. Whether you’re an advanced beginner, have been painting watercolors a long time, or feel “stuck,” this workshop will get you thinking about expanding your possibilities as an artist.2023 Juanita Hagberg The Old One


Workshop Dates: November 1-3, 2023 (3 days), Wednesday through Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST

Recording Available: No

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $255, Members $195

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2023 Juanita Hagberg WorkshopMany of us love nature. We spend as much of our time as possible outdoors, or wishing we could. Our emotional connections and visual impressions of the natural world energize us.

Landscapes and seascapes are reflected in all of my watercolor paintings. Recalling my experiences in nature provides inspiration and content for my exploration of natural forms, colors, and textures.

I always wanted to be an artist. I loved drawing, and was attracted to anything creative. My journey to become a watercolor artist began after a career as a public school teacher. I am self-taught, and fortunate to have had 2 inspiring mentors. Experiencing nature is paramount to me, and I love of painting "en plein air." Those impressions become the genesis for my abstractions.

 

DateTime
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - Friday, November 3, 2023
20 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.