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Current SCVWS Workshops and Demonstrations

The Santa Clara Watercolor Society welcomes members and non-members at our workshops. Workshops are 9:00am - 4:00pm daily, with the exception of Mike Bailey's Watercolor Beyond the Obvious class which is 9:00am - 12:30pm. All workshops and demos are held in the Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose, CA,  unless otherwise noted.

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Beyond the Obvious

"Attaching a Scarlet Letter"
by Mike Bailey

2017_Mike Bailey
Beyond the Obvious

Are your paintings just like all the others you have seen?  Do you have any ideas of what or how to paint without a model or photo?   Would you know where to begin in order to begin a path of artistic growth and understanding that will lead you to better and better paintings? There really is an underlying language that you can learn to “speak” with your brush to create visual poetry and provide the needed foundations for the breakthroughs you seek.

 

Awaken your creative senses, excite your mind and learn to reach beyond the obvious to new, extraordinary personal painting statements with the elements and principles taught in this intensive, stimulating workshop.

  • Demo:  No Demo
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., JAN 16 - Mon., MAR 20, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $645, Non-members $695
  • Skill Level:  All Levels, Beginners with basic skill knowledge
  • Artist's Website: www.mebaileyart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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12 Bookings.

Designing Powerful Landscapes

"Light Eagle Falls"
by Dale Laitinen

2017_Dale Laitinen
Designing Powerful Landscapes

Shape Shifting explores the underlying abstract design in landscape painting, says instructor Dale Laitinen.  During this workshop you will explore how shape is used both in abstract ways and representational painting. Through instructor demonstrations and discussions you will be shown practical methods to recognize and use shape to achieve these goals.

 In addition, there will be instruction in color layering and emphasis on mixing color on the painting surface. We also tackle the use of opaque watermedia with the use of gesso as our white pigment. You will also be introduced to Aquabord as an alternative painting surface. Demonstrations show planning through sketches and painting to the final brushstroke.

  • Demo:  March 5
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., MAR 6 - Thu., MAR 9, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $430, Non-members $480
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginners and up
  • Artist's Website: www.dalelaitinen.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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16 Bookings.

Painting the Transparency and Reflection of Glass

"Compulsion Dimensions"
by Paul Jackson

2017_Paul Jackson
Painting the Transparency and Reflection of Glass

Explore The Illusion of Glass/Transparency and Reflections in Watercolor with Paul Jackson,AWS,NWS.  Paul's focus for this workshop will be to guide you through the basics of reflection, translucency and transparency as you paint together a stunning still life of glass using a planned approach.

Join us for this rare opportunity to observe Paul's style and approach to painting. Reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability as Paul helps you explore design, color, value, textures and patterns. Through informal lectures, discussions, demonstrations and critiques you will be guided in refining your personal painting style. Come prepared to find logical and creative answers to your watercolor problems.

  • Demo:  April 2
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., APR 3, - Thu., APR 6, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $545, Non-members $595
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginners and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.pauljackson.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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16 Bookings.

From Sketchbook to Studio

"Gothic Quarter"
by Iain Stewart

2017_Iain Stewart
From Sketchbook to Studio

Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. 

  • Demo:  May 7
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., MAY 8 - Thu., MAY 11, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $545, Non-members $595
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.stewartwatercolors.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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16 Bookings.

California Vibe

"Perturbed"
by David Lobenberg

2017_David Lobenberg - 2017
California Vibe

You will learn the joy of taking your own emotional and dramatic photo portraits, learn how to trace them, and how to create a final watercolor interpretation that pops with super expressive colors and crazy paint applications . . . take it, trace it, and California Vibe it.

  • Demo:  June 11
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., JUN 12 - Thu., JUN 15, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $445, Non-members $495
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.lobenbergart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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9 Bookings.

Vibrant Paintings

"Carries with Reflection"
by Soon Y Warren

2017_Soon Y Warren
Vibrant Paintings

In this class you will learn how to create an image of a cut crystal bowl in watercolor using a step by step process. The step by step images and text will be provided.  Soon Y Warren will provide a reference photo and drawing for the group exercise. Following a painting demonstration, workshop participants will paint their own painting in order to fully understand the process. While concentrating on technique, the concept of color theory, composition, and color values will be incorporated into the workshop.

  • Demo:  August  20
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., AUG 21 - Wed., AUG 23, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $385, Non-members $435
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.soonwarren.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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17 Bookings.

Figurative Design

"Studio One"
by Jeannie McGuire

2017_Jeannie Mcguire
Figurative Design

In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she shares many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged to be inspired by the instructors approach; to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos; to find your own unique signature/style or improve upon your drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond illustration and create paintings worthy of exhibition. 

  • Demo:  September 10
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., SEP 11 - Thu., SEP 14, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $545, Non-members $595
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginners and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.jeanniemcguire.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

 

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9 Bookings.

Watercolor Floral on Gallery Wrap Canvas

"Pink Dahlia"
by Guy Magallanes

2017_Guy Magallanes
Watercolor Floral on Gallery Wrap Canvas

This workshop is ideal for artists at all levels of experience. You will be painting a floral image on to the gallery wrapped and stretched watercolor paper.

 You will see how watercolor responds differently in this method and learn how to control the watercolor to achieve a beautiful painting 

  • Demo:  October 8
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., OCT 9 - Fri., OCT 13, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $495, Non-members $545
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginners and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.guymagallanes.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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3 Bookings.

 Kickstart your Creativity

"With a Twist"
by Jaya King

2017_Jaya King
Kickstart your Creativity

This 3 day workshop is designed to reconnect to an inner creative “impulse” and play with a whimsical, visual narrative by using a simple color palette, basic drawing tools, and a hint of collage.  This workshop encourages you to challenge yourself and break through comfort zones by tapping into your own creative potential.

  • Demo:  November 5
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., NOV 6-  Wed., NOV 8, 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $295, Non-members $345
  • Skill Level:  All Levels, Beginners with basic skill knowledge
  • Artist's Website: www.jayasart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information



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3 Bookings.

Perspective and Drawing Basics for the Painter

"Yellow Lemon"
by Floy Zittin

2017_Floy Zittin
Perspective and Drawing Basics for the Painter

This workshop is designed to take the fear out of painting figures, buildings and still life set ups. Working in pencil and watercolor, we will cover the basic principles every artist needs to know to feel confident painting seemingly difficult subjects. 

  • Demo:  No Demo
  • Workshop Dates: Thu., NOV 9 - Fri., NOV 10 2017 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $160, Non-members $210
  • Skill Level:  All Levels, Beginners with basic skill knowledge
  • Artist's Website: www.floyzittin.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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6 Bookings.