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

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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DateTime
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Saturday, July 18, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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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.


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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DateTime
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Friday, August 21, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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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.


Michael Holter 2020 Landscape - CANCELLED

Michael Holter 2020 Landscape - CANCELLED

Michael Holter- Landscape - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Precautions
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
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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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.


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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DateTime
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Thursday, September 17, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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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.


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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DateTime
Monday, October 19, 2020 - Thursday, October 22, 2020
Full
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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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.