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Watercolor Impressionism - Landscape

""Pacific Grove" by Michael Holter"

2022 Michael Holter - Online & In Person
Watercolor Impressionism - Landscape

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

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)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $260, Non-members $310
  • 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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3 Bookings.

Watercolor Impressionism - Figurative/Portrait

""Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by Michael Holter"

2022 Michael Holter - Online & In Person
Watercolor Impressionism - Figurative/Portrait

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

Many artists have an aversion to painting people, yet we know there is an attraction to the human form when viewing a painting. Not only does including people in artwork add interest and connection to the viewer; it takes the same skills as painting a landscape or still life. The method Michael demonstrates and instructs you in will take you through the necessary steps to achieve your goals and give you tools to create a well-structured representation while still allowing for the expressive use of color and brushstroke.   We 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 19 - 20, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $260, Non-members $310
  • 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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2 Bookings.

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: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (pst)
  • Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.sterlingedwards.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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3 Bookings.

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 (pst)
  • Workshop Dates: March 21 - 23, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • 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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3 Bookings.

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 (pst)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: April 25 - 27, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • 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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1 Bookings.

Mastering the Urban Landscape

""St Giles"
Edinburgh" by Iain Stewart

2022 Iain Stewart - Online & In Person
Mastering the Urban Landscape

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

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 (pst)
  • Workshop Dates: June 6 - 9, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $469, Non-members $519
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level:  Intermediate & Advanced
  • Artist's Website: www.iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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5 Bookings.

California Vibe - Pets & their People

""Yellow Lab" by David Lobenberg"

2022 David Lobenberg - Online & In Person
California Vibe - Pets & their People

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

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: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $399, Non-members $449
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level:  All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.lobenbergart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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Painting Vibrant Flowers & Foliage with Depth and Realism

""Orange Hibiscus" by Kathleen Alexander"

2022 Kathleen Alexander - Online & In Person
Painting Vibrant Flowers & Foliage with Depth and Realism

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

Students will learn to paint realistic watercolors, usually by establishing the shadows first, and building upon that framework. Working wet into wet, one shape at a time in order to control edges, the Instructor will show you how to apply a lot of juicy paint to achieve saturated color. You will learn how to use contrast between the areas in sunlight and those in shadow to create drama and realism.

This workshop will cover how to layer transparent colors to create depth and realism, how to select a good photo reference, and a brief description of the use of Adobe Photoshop to merge photos for a better composition. Techniques for pulling the focal point forward and pushing the rest into the background, as well as how to paint foliage, will also be covered. Everyone will work on the same project in order to learn the techniques covered, and the instructor will provide the reference.

  • Demo: August 21st @ 1:30 pm (pdt)
  • Workshop Dates: August 22 - 24, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $459, Non-members $509
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and Up
  • Artist's Website: www.kathleenalexanderart.com
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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4 Bookings.

Illustrated Journal with Watercolor

""Poble Espanyol Barcelona" by Brenda Swenson"

2022 Brenda Swenson - In Person Only
Illustrated Journal with Watercolor

NOTE: THIS IS AN IN PERSON WORKSHOP - MASKS MAY BE REQUIRED

The Illustrated journal is the creative process of merging images and words together on a page. In the workshop we will explore fun and exciting ways to be creative with images, words and page design. Each day we’ll explore different drawing techniques, watercolor, and ink. Whether you’re interested in creating an illustrated journal for travel, gardening, daily life...amazing things happen when you put images and words together. You’ll come away from the workshop excited and inspired about your work! Best of all your illustrated journal will uniquely reflect your style and creative voice. Workshop participants will benefit from demonstrations, encouragement and individual help.

  • Demo Dates: September 11, 2022
  • Workshop Dates: September 12-14, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Workshop Fees: Members $399, Non-members $449
  • Skill Level:  All Levels
  • Artist's Website: www.swensonsart.net
  • Email workshops@scvws.org for more information

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8 Bookings.

Abstracting the Western Landscape

""Rocks" by Dale Laitinen"

2022 Dale Laitinen - Online & In Person
Abstracting the Western Landscape

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS 2 OPTIONS - ONLINE "LIVE" STREAM & IN PERSON

Students will learn though 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 - 3:00 pm (pst)
  • IN PERSON Workshop Fees: Members $399, Non-members $449
  • ONLINE Workshop Fees: Members $275, Non-members $325
  • 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 (pdt)
  • ONLINE Workshop Dates: November 7 - 9, 2022
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (pdt)
  • 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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