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 Workshop 2020

California Watercolor Association Workshop Series 2020

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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DateTime
Friday, January 31, 2020 - Sunday, February 2, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Thomas Schaller 2020

Thomas Schaller 2020

Thomas Schaller - The Architecture of Light
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
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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DateTime
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Friday, March 20, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

WAIT LIST ONLY

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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 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.


Thomas Schaller 2020 II

Thomas Schaller 2020 II

Thomas Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA- The Architecture of Light II
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
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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DateTime
Monday, March 23, 2020 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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.  

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Peggi Habets 2020, Portraits and Figures

Peggi Habets 2020, Portraits and Figures

Peggi Habets- Creating Expressive Portraits and Figures
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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DateTime
Monday, May 18, 2020 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
17 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Peggi Habets 2020, Landscapes and Cityscapes

Peggi Habets 2020, Landscapes and Cityscapes

Peggi Habets - Creating Landscapes and Cityscapes with Personality and Mood
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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DateTime
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - Thursday, May 21, 2020
17 places available.
12:09 AM-12:16 AM

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Leslie Wilson 2020

Leslie Wilson 2020

Leslie Wilson, CWA - Watercolors Fresh and Loose
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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DateTime
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Saturday, July 18, 2020
17 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Roland Lee 2020

Roland Lee 2020

Roland Lee - Landscape
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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DateTime
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Friday, August 21, 2020
15 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.  

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Michael Holter 2020 Landscape

Michael Holter 2020 Landscape

Michael Holter- Landscape
September 14-15, 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. 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 14-15, 2020 - 2 days, Monday-Tuesday, 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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DateTime
Monday, September 14, 2020 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020
17 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.  

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Michael Holter 2020 Portraits

Michael Holter 2020 Portraits

Michael Holter, NWS, TWSA, OPS, SWS - Portraits
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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DateTime
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Thursday, September 17, 2020
18 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.


Fealing Lin 2020

Fealing Lin 2020

Fealing Lin - Luminous Faces and Figures
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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DateTime
Monday, October 19, 2020 - Thursday, October 22, 2020
18 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.  

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