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Abstracting the Western Landscape

""Rocks" by Dale Laitinen"

2022 Dale Laitinen - In Person
Abstracting the Western Landscape

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON AT THE HOOVER THEATRE

Students will learn through experimentation to paint shapes, rich with colors and details, complete to the final brushstroke. You will use observation, sketching, composition, and ultimately how to use washes of color that bring your painting to life. In this workshop the instructor will teach you through painting demos, slide presentations and individual instruction how to capture the underlying abstraction in nature and translate that process into a finished painting.

  • Demo: October 2nd @ 1:30 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Dates: October 3 - 5, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $399, Non-members $449
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.dalelaitinen.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Watercolor Wet & Wild!

""Pink" by Karen Knutson"

2022 Karen Knutson - Online Only
Watercolor Wet & Wild!

NOTE: THIS IS AN ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM WORKSHOP 

Get ready to paint juicy, wet beginnings and then add detail with a process called Wire Drawing.  I named it “wire drawing” because the drawing resembles a wire sculpture.  These are done with permanent markers.  Subjects can vary widely according to the artists’ preferences.  Good examples are birds, fish, people with long hair, abstracts, still life settings, machinery, gears that remind you of steampunk art, etc. Color lessons and lots of design tips make this a win/win workshop!  Limited collage will add texture to the painting.  All in all, this workshop will improve your design skills and imagination. Karen believes that art should be fun and easy. Karen Knutson is a very popular instructor who teaches workshops nationally.

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

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Painting Light in Watercolor

"Lost in the Moment"
by Paul Jackson

2023 Paul Jackson
Painting Light in Watercolor

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON AT THE HOOVER THEATRE

If watercolor is your passion, then this highly energized painting workshop is for you! Paul's stress-free, positive approach toward the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up and have fun again.

Paul will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint. You will learn how to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous colors. Paul will lead you step-by-step with demonstrations of the painting process. Emphasis will be on what makes a good painting, planning the entire picture area, the importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value planning, what to communicate about the subject, and how to correct mistakes.  Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will elevate your understanding of watercolor. Beginners are always welcome!

Paul is the author of Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor and The Wandering Watercolorist.

  • Demo: January 15, 2023 @ 1:30 pm
  • Workshop Dates: January 16-18, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $499, Non-members $549
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.pauljackson.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS IN PERSON AT THE HOOVER THEATRE

It doesn't matter if you are a representational or abstract painter. The main goal of this workshop 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.  This 3-day course in abstract mixed media begins with an introduction to the materials that we'll be using, as well as a personalized creative self-analysis that will be the inspirational source behind the work you will create in the classroom.  You'll discover ways to use acrylics, stencils, stamps, collage, the gel plate, a variety of ephemera, texture, watercolor and more. You'll leave your inhibitions and hesitations at the classroom door and literally learn to relax and have more fun with your art.

  • Demo: March 19 @ 1:30 pm
  • Workshop Dates: March 20-22, 2023
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $379, Non-members $429
  • Skill Level: Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.nmgrigsbystudios.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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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.

  • Demo: April 16 @ 1:30 pm
  • 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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