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These are workshops that SCVWS has run recently.  You can view the "More about the workshop" to see details of each workshop.

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Watercolor Impressions

"Sarah Yeoman"
Prevailing Winds

2021 Sarah Yeoman - A LIVE stream format
Watercolor Impressions

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

Enjoy the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist Sarah Yeoman, will lead you through a three day workshop focusing on helping you bring your creativity to light and aid in dispelling the myth that watercolor is difficult and unforgiving.  Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a wonderfully creative medium that is unmatched in ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.

  • Click to View Demo from Jan 17: Youtube
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: January 25-27, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.sarahyeoman.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™

"David Lobenberg"
Flower Gurl

2021 David Lobenberg
California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

David has added a new element to his well-known California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™ style - abstract stencil work and chalk markers. In this workshop, you will paint several California Vibe Portraiture™ paintings with expressive color hues and paint application techniques. In that and of itself, these end up being very exciting, non-traditional creations. What follows however with the abstract, non-representational stencil stage, are portraits that are amped up to an even higher level of visual excitement! Absolutely no portrait drawing experience is necessary to register for the workshop.
  • View ONLINE Demo: DEMO
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: February 22-24, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level:  All Levels welcome
  • Artist's Website: www.davidlobenberg.com
  • David recommends ordering the 2 stencils for the class as soon as you register - see materials list

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Faces, Figures & Flowers

"Janet Rogers"

2021 Janet Rogers - LIVE stream format
Faces, Figures & Flowers

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

This interactive online workshop will begin with warm up exercises with color to paint loose and flowing watercolors, using flowers as our subject.  We will focus on creating color and discovering design with flowers and nature to inspire us.  Next, we will move into painting the portrait – discovering the use of color shifts to achieve translucent and glowing flesh tones.  Experiencing this approach to the head will give us freedom to explore unexpected color and expression. To read a more in depth description of the workshop, click "more about workshop" below.

  • NEW DATE: ONLINE Demo: March 13 @ 1:30 pm (pst)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: March 22-24, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Watercolor Simplified - April 2021

"John Giannotti"
Rolling Green

2021 John Giannotti
Watercolor Simplified - April 2021

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" WEEKLY CLASS (It's a twelve week series presented in four week segments and recordings will be available for 3 months.)

In this weekly class you will refresh your skills in a fun environment and learn ways to simplify your painting techniques.  You will revisit Basic principles of design and composition through simple lessons and be encouraged to relax and not worry about “mistakes” to promote your growth as an artist.  The instructor’s goal is help you achieve success in painting in your own voice and style. 

Each week, the instructor will send out an email with two files attached. One is a photo of the image that will be painted as a class and the other is a line drawing that the student can use to trace or draw and have ready for class. And remember, “copy” is not a four letter word.  You will learn that talent is only ONE ingredient in painting. Love of painting, insatiable curiosity, plus not striving for perfection are a few more.

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  • ONLINE Class Dates: April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2021
  • Weekly Class Time: Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (pdt)
  • Fee for 4 Weeks: Members $156, Non-members $206
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Email: jcgiannotti48@gmail.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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A Painter's Guide to Drawing

"Caroline Mustard"
Tulips

2021 Caroline Mustard
A Painter's Guide to Drawing

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" WEEKLY CLASS FOR 4 WEEKS (Recordings available for 30 days)

Special: All students will receive a coupon to purchase the book "The Joy of Drawing" for half price.

If you are like many of us who "skipped" the step of learning to "draw" and went straight to painting and want to up your game in the that department, take this class! 

In this weekly series of four classes, Caroline Mustard, author of "Joy of Drawing, Beginning Steps" along with her co-author Katy Lea will help students overcome any "fear" of drawing by giving you the drawing tools you need as a painter.  You will learn to properly estimate proportions whether you are at the scene or even if you are copying from a photo.  You will learn how to do quick thumbnail sketches to improve your composition and achieve correct values and not be a slave to the scene or photo in front of you.  Each week the Instructor will show examples of painters and their drawing skill in how they use it to paint - great examples would be Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Pisarro & George Seurat to name a few.

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  • ONLINE Class Dates: April 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 2021
  • Weekly Class Time: Tuesdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am (pdt)
  • Fee for 4 Weeks: Members $97, Non-members $147
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.carolinemustard.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Painting Strong and Direct Watercolors

"Prague Evening Light"

2021 Ron Stocke
Painting Strong and Direct Watercolors

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

In this exciting three day workshop, watercolorist Ron Stocke will show students his techniques of painting exciting, loose watercolors. Students will be encouraged to push the limits and move away from illustrations and begin to create dramatic paintings using strong light, color harmony to create mood and interest, and strong values that will give your work a sense of depth. In addition, Ron will cover his tips to perfect perspective, composition and brushstrokes as well as how to simplify shapes.

  • ONLINE Demo: May 2, 2021 @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: May 17-19, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level:  All Levels welcome
  • Artist's Website: www.ronstocke.com

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Watercolor Simplified - May 2021

""Barn" by John Giannotti"

2021 John Giannotti
Watercolor Simplified - May 2021

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" WEEKLY CLASS - (It's a NEW 4 week series and recordings will be available for 3 months.)

In this weekly class you will refresh your skills in a fun environment and learn ways to simplify your painting techniques.  You will revisit basic principles of design and composition through simple lessons and be encouraged to relax and not worry about “mistakes” to promote your growth as an artist.  The instructor’s goal is help you achieve success in painting in your own voice and style. Each week, the instructor will send out an email with two files attached. One is a photo of the image that will be painted as a class and the other is a line drawing that the student can use to trace or draw and have ready for class. 

  • View a 1 hour Demo? View 
  • ONLINE Class Dates: May 20, 27, Jun 3 & 10, 2021
  • Weekly Class Time: Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (pdt)
  • Fee for 4 Weeks: Members $156, Non-members $206
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Email: jcgiannotti48@gmail.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

Paint Patterns for Stronger Paintings

"Carl Purcell"
The Survivalist

2021 Carl Purcell - LIVE stream format
Paint Patterns for Stronger Paintings

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

Learn how to extract the most important design characteristics from your photos through patterns and other dominant elements, and then build a strong painting around them.  To read a more in depth description of the workshop, supplies list, daily itinerary & bio, click "more about workshop" below.

  • DATE CHANGE - ONLINE Demo: June 27 @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: June 28 - 30, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.carlpurcell.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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2021 John Giannotti
Watercolor Simplified - August 2021

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" WEEKLY CLASS - (It's a NEW 4 week series and recordings will be available for 3 months.)

In this weekly class you will refresh your skills in a fun environment and learn ways to simplify your painting techniques.  You will revisit basic principles of design and composition through simple lessons and be encouraged to relax and not worry about “mistakes” to promote your growth as an artist.  The instructor’s goal is help you achieve success in painting in your own voice and style. Each week, the instructor will send out an email with two files attached. One is a photo of the image that will be painted as a class and the other is a line drawing that the student can use to trace or draw and have ready for class. 

  • View a 1 hour Demo? View 
  • ONLINE Class Dates: August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021
  • Weekly Class Time: Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (pdt)
  • Fee for 4 Weeks: Members $156, Non-members $206
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Email: jcgiannotti48@gmail.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Watercolor Unleashed!

"Galena Creek"
Julie Gilbert Pollard

2021 Julie Gilbert Pollard - LIVE stream format
Watercolor Unleashed!

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

Through demos, instruction, one-on-one critique and lots of painting time, students will learn the techniques that will help them to make water look wet and splashy as it cascades over rocks and boulders. We will focus on the “anatomy” of a waterfall, negative painting and the creative use of color. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject! Additionally, you will learn to use "acrylic underpinnings" to set the stage for vibrant colors in your paintings. he benefits of this method are numerous and is a unique approach to both watercolor and oil that will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques.

  • ONLINE Demo: August 15 @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: August 16-18, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.juliegilbertpollard.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Coast to Coast Sunsets, CA Vibe Style

""Floridian Sunset" by David Lobenberg"

2021 David Lobenberg
Coast to Coast Sunsets, CA Vibe Style

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg in this California Vibe inspired Coastal to Coast workshop. 

Students will paint two striking ocean sunset scenes from reference photos taken by Lobenberg. The west coast photo was taken off the beach at Asilomar, California between Carmel and Monterey. The east coast photo was taken at a boat landing at Duneden on the west coast of Florida. With both landscapes, you will learn the art of watercoloring wet-on-wet sunsets with distant clouds. Moving forward within the picture frame, you’ll paint a breaking wave, ocean rock formations, sand texture, warm light reflecting off ocean wavelets, and a silhouetted pier filled with people observing the setting sun. You will be provided with both the photo images and corresponding outline drawings that will be traced onto half-sheets of watercolor paper well before the first day of the workshop. We’ll progress on both scenes from painting start to painting finish in incremental steps.  At the end of the last day of the workshop, you will have had experience painting by-coastal the Lobenberg way!

  • ONLINE Demo: September 12, 2021 @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: September 20-22, 2021
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $250, Non-members $300
  • Skill Level:  All Levels welcome
  • Artist's Website: www.lobenbergart.com

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Watercolor Simplified - October 2021

""Giraffe" by John Giannotti"

2021 John Giannotti - REVISED START DATE
Watercolor Simplified - October 2021

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" WEEKLY CLASS - (It's a NEW 4 week series and recordings will be available for 3 months.)

In this weekly class you will refresh your skills in a fun environment and learn ways to simplify your painting techniques.  You will be painting the image of a giraffe in one of the weekly sessions.  The instructor’s goal is help you achieve success in painting in your own voice and style. Each week, the instructor will send out an email with two files attached. One is a photo of the image that will be painted as a class and the other is a line drawing that the student can use to trace or draw and have ready for class. 

  • View a 1 hour Demo? View 
  • ONLINE Class Dates: October 14, 21 & 28 & November 4, 2021
  • Weekly Class Time: Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (pdt)
  • Fee for 4 Weeks: Members $156, Non-members $206
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Email: jcgiannotti48@gmail.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

"Kyn Russia by Frank Eber"

2021 Frank Eber - Live Stream Option
Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

 "Online Workshop" via Zoom

Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium and encourages the individual artist’s expression while balancing the forces at play in creation of a spectacular painting.

  • "LIVE" Stream Demo only: October 17, 2021
  • "LIVE" Stream Workshop Dates: October 18-20, 2021 
  • "LIVE" Stream Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  •  Workshop Fees: Members: $225, Non-members: $275
  •  Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and UP
  •  Artist's Website: www.frankeber.com
  •  Email workshops@scvws.org for more inform

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Watercolor Impressionism - Landscape

""Pacific Grove" by Michael Holter"

2022 Michael Holter - Online Only
Watercolor Impressionism - Landscape

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM 

This workshop will focus on painting beautiful Landscape and Cityscape paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.  You will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow and the principles of watercolor to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.  We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. 

  • Demo: January 16th @ 1:30 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Dates: January 17 - 18, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $180, Non-members $230
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.michaelholter.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Stylized Watercolor Interpretations

""Hanging Out" by Sterling Edwards"

2022 Sterling Edwards - Online Workshop
Stylized Watercolor Interpretations

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP

Join world renowned watercolorist Sterling Edwards as he explains and demonstrates his process for developing eye catching and thought provoking stylized paintings with watercolor. All skill levels are invited to this creative and exciting class. If you're ready to take your creativity to the next level then this is the class that you don't want to miss.

  • ONLINE Demo: February 6th @ 1:30 pm (pst)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates:February 7 - 9, 2022
  • Workshop Time:10:00 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Fees:Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level:Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website:www.sterlingedwards.com
  • Email:workshops@scvws.orgfor more information

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Capturing Light & Emotion

""Venetian Nocturne""
by Keiko Tanabe

2022 Keiko Tanabe - In Person Only
Capturing Light & Emotion

NOTE: THIS IS AN IN PERSON ONLY WORKSHOP 

You will learn what to look for in a composition, how to build a strong design, ideas to simplify, how to see and interpret as an artist, how to create light and atmosphere, how to express our emotions, etc. Through studies and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko explains her methods, techniques and decision-making process that enable students to understand key elements and principles and how to make them work in a painting.  She will share her techniques, philosophy and practical tips to make a painting that captures the essence of the subject that is full of life.  The goal is to capture the essence of the subject matter that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.

  • Demo: March 20th @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Dates: March 21 - 23, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $429, Non-members $479
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.ktanabefineart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Watercolor Process & Improvisation

""Words Can't Describe""
by Jean Warren

2022 Jean Warren - Online Only
Watercolor Process & Improvisation

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP

What inspires you? What is your color story? Your design story? We'll paint from life, sketches, and doodles to interpret the mood through color, value, structure and especially rhythm of the scene or subject. Painting representationally or abstractly (your choice), we will play with the spaces in-between, contrast and dominance. Through the process of painting, we can search, hunt and discover a new way of working, a new color combination, or an invented shape that we have never experienced before. Explore the many techniques of watercolor as we play and explore, and get out of our own way, and let the painting take shape, surprising us with its new mystery!

  • ONLINE Demo: April 24th @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: April 25 - 27, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level: All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.jeanwarren.com
  • Email:workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Mastering the Urban Landscape

""St Giles Edinburgh""
by Iain Stewart

2022 Iain Stewart - In Person
Mastering the Urban Landscape

UPDATE: REDUCED PRICE! THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT HOOVER THEATRE

In his third workshop with the SCVWS Iain will bring to bear his considerable experience as an urban watercolorist and build on the skills taught at his two previous workshops. The focus of this course is breaking down the conventional ideas of the use of perspective and form to allow you to find your own unique voice in your painting journey. In the past Iain has taught the foundations of his painting theory and this course is designed to move to a more advanced understanding of how to paint architectural subjects.

Students will be encouraged to work from their own reference photography. Iain will demonstrate daily and then allow the students to work with his guidance on their own compositions. In his 27 year career as an architectural illustrator and watercolorist Iain has found a clear way to focus in on what he wants to say in his paintings and how to gather reference imagery, plan a lighting schematic, edit an advanced scene, and finally put all that information in to one powerful statement.
  • Demo: June 5th @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Dates: June 6 - 9, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $375, Non-members $425
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Artist's Website: www.iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
  • Email:workshops@scvws.org more information

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California Vibe - Pets & their People

""Ode to Joy""
by David Lobenberg

2022 David Lobenberg - Online via Zoom Only
California Vibe - Pets & their People

The special bond between people and their pets just begs to be expressed through art. David Lobenberg's California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture; method with its colorful, energetic, flowing, and energetic style meets that need.

David will provide you with several fun, entertaining painting reference photos and associated outline drawing to trace onto half sheets of watercolor paper before the scheduled workshop start date. And during the workshop, he will teach you the art of observing and translating those photos into super eye-catching CA Vibe creations.

David teaches in a step-by-step progression from painting start to finish. Nobody is left behind and no questions during the process are left unanswered. His is known for a detail teaching style sprinkled with a dose of good humor.

  • Demo: June 26th @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Dates: June 27 - 29, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level: All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.lobenbergart.com
  • Emailworkshops@scvws.org for more information

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