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Current SCVWS Workshops and Demonstrations

The Santa Clara Watercolor Society welcomes members and non-members at our workshops. Workshops are held from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm daily for in-person workshops & 9:00 am (pst) - 3:00 pm (pst) for Online workshops. All workshops and demos are held in the Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose, CA, unless otherwise noted or are a "LIVE STREAM" online format.

Under each workshop there is a second page called "More about the workshop."  Class itinerary, Artist Bio, Materials List and more info regarding the workshop is listed there.  If you still have questions, please send email to workshops@scvws.org. If you'd like to know more about joining this fantastic organization, please visit the membership page.

Online Registration & Payment  See workshop offerings below.  
(You can view further details about signing up, and balance-due payments on the Workshop Payments page.

View SCVWS Workshops Cancellation and Refund Policy - Policy

To see the benefits of online workshops and how they work click here. (pdf file)

NOTICE TO ACOORD, COORD, SET-UP, LEADER:  IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO USE THE SPECIAL CODE, YOU MUST GET THE CODE FROM THE REGISTRAR BEFORE YOU REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP.


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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

More about the workshop…

12 Bookings.

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

8 Bookings.

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.

  • ONLINE Demo: June 13 @ 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

More about the workshop…

21 Bookings.

Watercolor Unleashed!

"Julie Gilbert Pollard"
Galena Creek

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

More about the workshop…

7 Bookings.

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 

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.

  • 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.davidlobenberg.com

More about the workshop…

2 Bookings.

Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

"Frank Eber"
Boca Boat

2021 Frank Eber - Held at Hoover Theatre
Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

NOTE: THIS IS A COMBINATION WORKSHOP: IN PERSON WORKSHOP (MASKS REQUIRED), Plus a "LIVE STREAM" OPTION AVAILABLE - (ENROLL UNDER THAT OPTION BELOW)

In this workshop, Frank will teach in the tradition of the 20th Century California Barbizon movement (“intimate works, painted with a limited palette; softly expressive, suggestive rather than detailed, focusing on emotional responses to nature”) 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 painting.

  • "LIVE" Stream Demo only: October 17, 2021
  • Workshop Dates: October 18-20, 2021 
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (pst)
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and UP
  • Artist's Website: www.frankeber.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information
  • In Person Workshop Fees: Members $350, Non-members $400 (enroll here for in person)
  • For "LIVE"Stream Workshop Fees: (See next workshop below - enroll there)

More about the workshop…

2 Bookings.

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

 "LIVE STREAM" OPTION - ENROLL HERE.  Dates & workshop description are exactly the same as the in person workshop at Hoover.  This option is for students who do NOT want to attend in person and will view the workshop online.  All additional information, ie, supply list, workshop description and teacher bio is listed above under the "in person" workshop.

  • "LIVE" Stream Demo only: October 17, 2021
  • "LIVE" Stream Workshop Dates: October 18-20, 2021 
  • "LIVE" Stream Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (pst)
  • "LIVE"Stream Workshop Fees: Members $225, Non-members $275 (Enroll HERE)

Email questions to: workshops@scvws.org

0 Bookings.