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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.

Please send email to workshops email for more details. If you'd like to know more about joining this fantastic organization, please visit the membership page.

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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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20 Bookings.

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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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11 Bookings.

An Introduction to the Beyond the Obvious Workshop

"Still128"
by Mike Bailey

2018_Mike Bailey
An Introduction to the Beyond the Obvious Workshop

ATTENTION:  SPECIAL FEATURE; A PRESENTATION BY MIKE BAILEY

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce and summerize the Beyond the Obvious Workshop to new members and all who are interested.  The Beyond the Obvious workshop is an important workshop to all artists.  SCVWS is lucky to have the creator of Beyond the Obvious, (BTO), Mike Bailey,  living in our Bay Area and available to give this workshop each year.  This workshop is unique and unlike any other.  Most worshops are taken because you like an instructor's style and paintings and you would like to learn how to paint like them.   This workshop is not about learning to paint like someone else but about learning and applying the principles of artistry and the elements of design to your own style.

In an effort to dispell some of the fears of taking the BTO 10-week workshop, we have asked Mike Bailey to give a presentation talk and summarize what this workshop encompasses and its value to every artist.  

Yes, BTO is challenging; yes, it can be overwhelming; but if you push through, you will have a truly rewarding experience. 

Several of our members have taken this workshop many times. Some of those members will be present to give testimony of their experiences in this workshop.  Plan to attend.  This will be a fun-filled, enlightening experience about a workshop that will enhance your artistry "Beyond the Obvious."

Refreshments will be served. 

  • Presentation:  September, 24, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Presentation Fee: Free

No Reservations Required

 

 

   

1 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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6 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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7 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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12 Bookings.

Negative Painting with Watercolor

"Leaves & Berries"
by Brenda Swenson

2018_Brenda Swenson
Negative Painting with Watercolor

Discover the dynamic results of negative painting! Learn new techniques for creating overlapping and interlocking shapes and lost edges. Enrich your understanding of opaque/transparent colors and learn color theory directly related to watercolor. Improve your paintings with rich, loose and glowing colors. Learn to be inventive with glazing, wet into wet, charging colors and more!

  • Demo:  January 21
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., JAN 22, - Thurs., JAN 25, 2018 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $398, Non-members $448
  • Skill Level:  All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.swensonart.net
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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19 Bookings.

Watercolor Beyond the Obvious

"Still128"
by Mike Bailey

2018_Mike Bailey
Watercolor 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
  • Demo Time: 
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., JAN 22, - Mon., APR 2, 2018 (Meets once a week for 10 weeks - Ending MAR 26, 2018,  Presentation APR 2, 2018)
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $745, Non-members $795
  • Skill Level:  Intermediate - Advance
  • Artist's Website: www.mebaileyart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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3 Bookings.

Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors

"Now You See Me"
by Frank Eber

2018_Frank Eber
Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. 

  • Demo:  February 11
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., FEB 12, - Thurs., FEB 15, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $416 non-members $466
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.frankeber.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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18 Bookings.

Fearless Flowers

"Appleblossom"
by Birgit OConnor

2018_Birgit OConnor
Fearless Flowers

I strive to show that watercolor can be bold, rich and dramatic. Fascinated with depth, shadow and movement, the fluidity of this medium gives me the sense of working with subconscious emotion.  We will spend time going over your reference material and learn how make more powerful andintriguing compositions.  In this three day workshop you will follow along with Birgit in her step-by-step approach. This will allow you to clearly understand and apply the techniques that will result in powerful, lumunious paintings.  

  • Demo:  March 18
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., MAR 19, - Wed., MAR 21, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $377, Non-members $427
  • Skill Level: All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.birgitoconnor.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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10 Bookings.

Use Shapes and Symbols to Create Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes

"Westport by the Sea"
by Joyce Hicks

2018_Joyce Hicks
Use Shapes and Symbols to Create Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes

Joyce brings her passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop. Emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. 

  • Demo:  April 15
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., APR 16, - Wed., APR 19, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $464, Non-members $514
  • Skill Level:  All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.jhicksfineart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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6 Bookings.

Color Pouring and Blending for Exquisite Watercolor Paintings

"Resolution"
by Lian Quan Zhen

2018_Lian Quan Zhen
Color Pouring and Blending for Exquisite Watercolor Paintings

Lian teaches basic techniques such as composition and coloring, and his unique method of "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)".  You will learn how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. You will use only three primary colors for painting and get amazing results.


  • Demo:  June 10
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., JUN 11, - Thurs., JUN 14, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $450, Non-members $500
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.lianspainting.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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15 Bookings.

Figurative Painting from Photographs

"At The Still Point"
by Ted Nuttall

2018_Ted Nuttall
Figurative Painting from Photographs

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject.

  • Demo:  August  19
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., AUG 20, - Thurs., AUG 23, 2018 
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $560, Non-members $610
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.tednuttall.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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12 Bookings.

Painting from the Heart

"Fish Market"
by Carol Carter

2018_Carol Carter
Painting from the Heart

Learn how to paint with fluidity in watercolor.  Carol will demonstrate technique of wet, loose watercolor through demonstration.  Carol will provide a tutorial that everyone can follow. The step-by-step instruction will allow ample time to observe paint application and then individual painting. A finished painting will be completed each day.
Carol will discuss color, water, design, and value. The brilliance of color and the purity of paint application will be emphasized.


  • Demo:  No Demo
  • Workshop Dates: Thurs., SEP 6, - Sun., SEP 9, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $464, Non-members $514
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.carol-carter.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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6 Bookings.

Painting Vibrant California Scenes

"Beach"
by Frank Francese

2018_Frank Francese
Painting Vibrant California Scenes

Students will learn Frank's method of painting shapes large and loose, often disregarding fine detail. Using Frank’s sketches that he has done while traveling in California, each day you will paint a different place, such as Yosemite, then Mendocino for country, San Francisco for City scenes and San Diego/Newport Beach for the beach scenes. Frank will leave it up to the students to decide on the image to paint each day.

  • Demo:  November 4
  • Demo Time: 1:30 PM
  • Workshop Dates: Mon., NOV 5, - Thurs., NOV 8, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Workshop Fees: Members $428, Non-members $478
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.ffrancese.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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7 Bookings.