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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.

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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Watercolor Workshops 2022

California Watercolor Association Workshop Series 2022

Andy Evansen 2022 Virtual Workshop

Andy Evansen, CWA – A Valued Approach to Watercolor
January 18-21, 2022 (4 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours of Instruction: 27
*Recording of entire workshop will be available for 30 days
All Levels


2022 Evansen-CrestingZoom“There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor and it’s probably the most common goal of students. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings and editing out the non-essential, whether working from photo reference or painting on location.  I tell my students what you leave out of a painting is as important as what you put in.

Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time.  However, there are techniques that can speed up this process.  

My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene.  These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium.  Too often the 'found edges', or details, take over the painter's thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor. " 

Participants will move on toward color paintings with a lot of individual help, and complete color painting lessons together.  Demonstration paintings will be done by Andy every day to reinforce the day’s lessons.

 “To loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.”  This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.

Andy EvansenWorkshop Dates: January 18-21, 2022 (4 days), Tuesday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 27

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  All Levels

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $395, Members $335

Artist Website: Andy Evansen

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2022 Evansen-Fresh Snow in Hastings

Andy’s work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005.  He’s been featured in numerous other publications since and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.  He became a Signature Member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and was elected their president in 2015.

His paintings have won numerous awards including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his Signature status from the American Watercolor Society.  He is also a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society. 

2022 Evansen-Keyhole Reflections

His work was recently selected for inclusion in the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition in 2020. 

His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event. 

Andy has been asked to jury several exhibitions including the TWSA Exhibition in 2022, the California Watercolor Association in 2021, the New Jersey Watercolor Society in 2020 and the New England Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibitions in 2017.

DateTime
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Friday, January 21, 2022
5 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.


Tom Lynch 2022 Virtual Workshop

Tom Lynch - Color and Contrast, Light and Shadow
April 18-22, 2022 (4 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours: 23
*Recording of entire workshop will be available for 30 days

Intermediate Beginner to Expert

4-day Watercolor Workshop (6 hrs. daily)
Spread out over 5 days!
Plus 2- bonus days of lecture and critique meetings

2022 Tom Lynch Workshop 2022 Tom Lynch 

ZoomThe focus of this comprehensive workshop is to go through the building blocks of creating successful FINISHED paintings.  Tom will take you beyond techniques and guide you from the photograph to the preliminary sketches, then show each of the stages in creating beautiful, finished works of art.  Each day, Tom will be available 'LIVE" for Demo's and answering questions that the students may have. There is a critique at the end of each day.

Detailed information about this unique workshop can be viewed at https://youtu.be/XHzkxiHKqrs

Tom Lynch

Workshop Dates: April 18-22, 2022 (4 days), Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 23

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Intermediate Beginner to Expert

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $385, Members $325

Artist Website: Tom Lynch

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Tom Lynch is an internationally known watercolorist with over 50 years of experience. His work has been showcased around the world. His bold landscapes strive for a level of excitement and drama seldom seen in watercolor. “I feel that an artist is paid for their vision not their observation…normal and ordinary are not for me”. 

  • Author of 8 books and 5 PBS TV series
  • Featured artist at the US Open and PGA golf tournaments
  • 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Listed as a "Watercolor Legend" by North Light Books
  • Won "Best of Show" Architectural (Easton)
  • Won "Best of Show" Architectural (Sedona)
  • One Man Exhibition in Paris
  • One of the Leading Artists at ArtAcademyLive.com
  • Selected as Landscape Artist of the Year
  • Listed as One of the America's Top 20 Teachers
  • Referred to as One of America's Great Masters

DateTime
Monday, April 18, 2022 - Friday, April 22, 2022
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.  

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.


Janet Rogers 2022 Virtual Workshop

Janet Rogers - Watercolor Impression - Flowers to Figures
May 10-13, 2022 (4 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours of Instruction: 27
*Recording of entire workshop will be available for 30 days

Advanced Beginner to Expert

 

2022 Rogers Watercolor WorkshopZoomWe will begin this online workshop with our study of the nature of flowers – learning to interpret flowers in a loose and spontaneous manner – concentrating on discovering the power and movement of color, designing with individual flowers as well as groupings, values, edges (soft vs. hard), leaving white paper as part of the design, and controlling water and brush strokes to provide an intuitive experience.

This part of the workshop will involve sending you some photos of flowers, mostly individual ones (a variety), which you can use for your paintings or use your favorites photos or live flowers. I usually love live flowers but realize it is hard to share, so you can use my photos for your learning process.

We will then move into learning to interpret the head and figure which consists of a series of lessons, quick exercises and then into painting thus enabling students to gain knowledge and confidence in an approach.  In painting, we will focus on discovering the unique qualities of translucent flesh tones, features, hair, background, clothing, etc., and in the figure, the fun of discovering the gesture which is pervasive throughout the workshop.


2020 Workshop - Janet RogersWorkshop Dates: May 10-13, 2022 (4 days), Tuesday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 27

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Expert

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $295, Members $235

Artist Website: Janet Rogers

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Janet Rogers has been a working professional artist for over 35 years and has achieved Signature Status in The American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society, South Carolina WatercolorSociety, and others.  She has garnered many awards over the years for her sensitive paintings of people which are spontaneous, direct, and expressive.  Janet shares easily with others her passion and joy for the fluid and unexpected nature of watercolor.  

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Janet has a busy schedule of workshops and demonstrations featuring impressions of people and flowers which are very popular across the United States, Canada, and in Europe.  Four instructional and inspiring DVDs of Janet's work, “Expressive Watercolor Florals”, “Expressive Watercolor Portraits”, “Watercolor Rhythms with Figures”, and “Expressing the Bouquet in Watercolor” are also available.  

Janet has been featured in watercolor painting videos as well as in a delightful new interview on YouTube.


DateTime
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - Friday, May 13, 2022
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.


Leslie Wilson 2022 In Person Workshop

Leslie Wilson – Watercolors  Fresh and Loose
August 15-17, 2022 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours of Instruction: 20
Location: TBD
Advanced Beginner to Expert


2022 Wilson-Treasure Hunt2022 Wilson-Green Truck for Lafayette2022 Wilson-Silver Dollars


Explore watercolor painting to its fullest with emphasis upon a direct painting process, incorporating elements of design and your own creative vision.  Students will develop more advanced watercolor painting skills using still life, live model, and/or photographic references, and including demonstrations, coaching and critiques as needed.

Leslie WilsonWorkshop Dates: August 15-17, 2022 (3 days), Monday through Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 20

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Expert

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $375, Members $315

Artist Website: Leslie Wilson

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Leslie Wilson is a watercolor artist offering original watercolor paintings and commissions, including landscapes, still life and figures in an impressionistic style.  Art has always been fundamental in her life.   She has focused on watercolor painting for more than 30 years, capturing the moment in vibrant light and color, both en plein air and in the studio.  She loves transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary and reminding people of the places they have been, the people they have met, and the truly remarkable light and color in our world.

DateTime
Monday, August 15, 2022 - Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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.


Michael Reardon 2022 In Person Workshop

Michael Reardon – Watercolors Techniques
September 19-21, 2022 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours of Instruction: 20
Location: TBD
Advanced Beginner to Advanced

2022 Reardon Customs HouseIn this workshop you will work on techniques to strengthen your skills in watercolor landscape painting. Fundamentals covered will include: creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values; and manipulating color for its full expressive effect. While Michael will demonstrate his painting style and the use of colors in his palette, he will encourage participants to develop their personal style and approach to watercolor.

A demonstration will start each day, followed by individual painting with careful guidance. A review of the days work concludes each day. You will also explore ways to work with photo references so that they help, not dictate, your final painting.

All levels are welcome. Some experience with watercolor recommended.

2022 Reardon-South Anchorage
Workshop Dates:
 September 19-21, 2022 (3 days), Monday through Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 20

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $400, Members $340

Artist Website: Michael Reardon

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Michael Reardon

Michael Reardon is a watercolor artist based in Oakland, California. His work has received numerous awards in national and international competition. He is widely sought as a juror and workshop instructor.

He is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, California Art Club and has Master Signature status in the California Watercolor Association. He has received many awards, including Best of Show at the Triton Museum of Art Statewide Exhibition of Watercolor and the Ogden and Mary Pleissner Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Society. His work has been featured in many magazines, including American Artist Watercolor, the Artist’s MagazineSouthwest Art, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air, Fine Art Connoisseur, and L’Art de l’Aquarelle. He is the author of Watercolor Techniques, published by North Light Books.

Learn more about Michael Reardon

DateTime
Monday, September 19, 2022 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022
19 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 2022 Virtual Workshop

Fealing Lin – Transparent Watercolor Portraiture and Figure
October 12-14, 2022 (3 Days), 9 AM – 4 PM, Hours of Instruction: 20
*Recording of entire workshop will be available for 30 days

Intermediate to Expert

2022 Lin PonderingZoomAlthough 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.



2022 Lin - In The Moment


Workshop Dates: October 12-14, 2022 (3 days), Monday through Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm

Instruction Hours: 20

Recording Available: Yes

Skill Level:  Intermediate to Expert

Registration Fees:  Non-Members $235, Members $175

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Fealing Lin

Based in Los Angeles, Fealing is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Missouri Watercolor Society and others. She is a popular workshop instructor and judges for national and international shows. Her works and articles appear nationally and internationally including in France, in England and in Estonia. Both Fealing's portraits and cityscapes were published in many Splash books and various magazines in the United States.

"I live for art," says Fealing, "The challenge of each process of every painting keeps me humble, so I can continually be inspired by all of the beauties in this world."

DateTime
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Friday, October 14, 2022
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.