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. 

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Watercolor Workshop 2021

California Watercolor Association Workshop Series 2021

Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop

Thomas Schaller 2021 Online Workshop

Thomas Schaller AWS NWS TWSA - The Architecture of Light, Virtual Workshop
January 23-25, 2021 - 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:  January 20, 2021 
Workshop Dates: January 23-25, 2021 - 3 days, Saturday-Monday, 9 am - 4 pm
Hours of Instruction: 18
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $310 , Members $250
Artist Website: Thomas Schaller

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DateTime
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - Monday, January 25, 2021
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.


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

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DateTime
Monday, March 15, 2021 - Thursday, March 18, 2021
12 places available.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Stephen Berry 2021 Online Workshop

Stephen Berry 2021 Online Workshop

Stephen Berry - Building a Strong Focal Point 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, Thursday-Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Recording Available: Yes
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $285 , Members $225
Artist Website: Stephen Berry

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DateTime
Friday, April 16, 2021 - Sunday, April 18, 2021
30 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
Recording Avaliable: Yes

     

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 - 3 days, Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Registration Fees:  Non-Members $210 , Members $150
Artist Website: David Savellano

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DateTime
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
29 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.