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Current SCVWS Workshops, Classes and Demonstrations

The Santa Clara Watercolor Society welcomes members and non-members at our workshops. 

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Painting Dynamic Watercolors

"Day for Exploring"
by Brienne Brown

2023 Brienne M Brown
Painting Dynamic Watercolors

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS AN ONLINE WORKSHOP VIA ZOOM

During this 4-Day workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process in watercolor. While sharing her love for the medium, she will put particular emphasis on getting your values correct and connecting shapes in order to create strong and dynamic watercolor paintings. During the first couple of days, Brienne will teach you how to use interesting value patterns to compose strong paintings. She will then discuss how she uses color to unify and set the mood of a painting. Throughout the workshop, Brienne will share useful training tools and tips to help you take your paintings to the next level. For the final day, Brienne will share some great exercises you can use to improve your skills and demonstrate how to frame watercolors without glass. No experience with watercolor painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

  • Online Demo: February 11 @ 1:30 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Dates: February 20-23, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (pst)
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $285, Non-members $335
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.briennembrown.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Expressing Your Artistic Inner Voice: A Meaningful & Creative Journey in Mixed Media

"Journeys 4"
by Nancy Grigsby

2023 Nancy Grigsby - Workshop Cancelled - WATCH FREE DEMO
Expressing Your Artistic Inner Voice: A Meaningful & Creative Journey in Mixed Media

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

BUT YOU CAN STILL JOIN US FOR THE ONLINE ZOOM DEMO

In this demo, Nancy Grigsby will demonstrate it doesn't matter if you are a representational or abstract painter. The main goal is to open your creative soul and come away with the knowledge and freedom that will allow your artistic voice to become more evident in all of your work.  Nancy teaches a 3-day course in abstract mixed media as well as a personalized creative self-analysis that will be the inspirational source behind the work you can create.  You'll discover ways to use acrylics, stencils, stamps, collage, the gel plate, a variety of ephemera, texture, watercolor and more. You're asked to put your inhibitions and hesitations aside and literally learn to relax and have more fun with your art.

  • Online Zoom Demo: March 19 @ 1:30 pm (pdt)

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WORKSHOP IS FULL

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Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling

"Vincents Olive Tree"
by Leslie Fehling

2023 Leslie Fehling
Sketch Your Life! An Introduction to Sketchbook Journaling

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON 

Get ready to learn, play, and grow in this jam-packed three-day workshop! It offers a fun-filled introduction to expressing yourself creatively through illustrated sketchbook journaling. You’ll be treated to a show of inspiring pages from my journals, and I’ll share the secrets to designing artful sketchbook pages filled with watercolor sketches, dynamic page layouts, hand lettering, and decorative elements like borders and corner designs. Best of all, I’ll offer clear guidance on how to organize and design pages of your own. Then the real fun begins!

Note: Each student will receive a 45-page full-color spiral-bound handbook filled with all the information from the workshop.

  • No Demo
  • Workshop Dates: April 17-19, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $429, Non-members $479
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.lesliefehling.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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The Watercolor Journey

"Shower of Light"
by David Smith

2023 David Smith
The Watercolor Journey

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON AT THE HOOVER THEATRE

Join David R. Smith and learn how to link shapes in a composition based on values, while also learning about edge quality of shapes, the importance of different consistencies of paint, and the different moisture qualities of paper – concepts and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future. 

  • Demo: August 20 @ 1:30 pm
  • Workshop Dates: August 21-23, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $395, Non-members $445
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.dsmithfineart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Plein Aire Rose Painting

"Just Joey in full bloom"
by Carolyn Lord

2023 Carolyn Lord
Plein Aire Rose Painting

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS AN OUTDOOR PLEIN AIRE SESSION

The portability and vibrancy of watercolor makes it ideal for plein air painting! This three-day workshop will be held outdoors at the Municipal Rose Garden of San Jose to paint roses. There will be presentations on how to organize the watercolor palette; pigment selection; color perspective; drawing and composition; silhouettes, light and shadow; and painting strategies. There will be painting demonstrations each day and throughout the day, individual attention will be given to each student. Students should have a familiarity with drawing, composition, and plein air painting in any media.

  • Online Demo: September 17 @ 1:30 pm
  • Workshop Dates: September 18-20, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $399, Non-members $449
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.carolynlord.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Realism in watercolor: Painting Glass and Pattern

"Ikigai"
by Carrie Waller

2023 Carrie Waller
Realism in watercolor: Painting Glass and Pattern

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON AT THE HOOVER THEATRE

Join master, realist painter, Carrie Waller as she walks you through her process of achieving successful, realistic, paintings in watercolor. Carrie teaches in a step by step approach breaking down complicated subjects building practical strategies towards successful outcomes. She walks you through the entire process of her painting. Learn how to really “see” shapes and colors and their relationships in the composition. The workshop is jam packed with hints, tips, and insights from studios practices to painting techniques on achieving realism in watercolor. The environment is fun and approachable accommodating experienced beginners and more accomplished painters.

  • Demo: October 15 @ 1:30 pm
  • Workshop Dates: October 16-18, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $429, Non-members $479
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.carriewallerfineart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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