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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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The Pillars of Watercolor
March 25-27 and 29-31, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Karl Dempwolf Santa Barbara Workshop
March 31 - April 2, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — Karl Dempwolf, recipient of a lifetime achievement award, will provide 3 days of plein air instruction. Students love Karl's painting, his enthusiasm and his teaching style. Karl makes himself available to each student, often asking permission to demonstrate on student work. Karl Dempwolf is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, where he lectures on artists of the California Impressionist movement. Dempwolf’s work is consistently displayed in prominent galleries and in numerous group and solo exhibits. A classroom will be available in the event of rain. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Karl Dempwolf
Sponsor: (SCAPE) Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment
Cost: $410 non-SCAPE member; $350 SCAPE member
Email: Cezanne Totton
Phone: 805-562-8795

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Painting in San Francisco and in the Sonoma Wine Country
April 5-10, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 15 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $1,490
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Color Secrets
April 11-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Achieve color harmony! Explore new ways to paint white using color and discover alternatives to grey in shadows. Master the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Learn how to warm up a color or cool it down and how to neutralize a color and show it off with its compliment. We will conquer clouds, skys, moutains and fields! The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Debra Huse
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Plein air painting in California
April 25-28, 2017 (1 to 5 PM) — Paint like a Fauve! Christensen leads students to four different locations on California's beautiful Central Coast.Each of the four days Ken will do a demo painting and then each student will choose the subject of their choice. Ken will circulate and work with each student individually with encouragement and advice suited to their work. The sessions will last all afternoon in and around Morro Bay. The class will meet the first day at Christensen's studio for a complimentary lunch. Visit website


Location: Los Osos, CA
Instructor: Ken Christensen
Cost: $390
Email: Ken Christensen
Phone: 805-528-1498

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Awaken Your True Creativity Within
April 27-30, 2017 (9:30-4:30pm) — A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, different acrylic applications, your own photography, layering and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Visit website


Location: Cambria, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $595.00
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

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Lay it Down and Leave It Alone
May 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Debra Huse
Phone: 949.723.6171

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La Rusticana, "A Plein Air Feast"
May 26-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels). Visit website


Location: Los Gatos, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Email: Sara Langone

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Redwood Coast: Plein Air Painting Workshop
June 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Humbolt County, CA this three day workshop focuses on the power of Plein Air to keep you in the moment. Open to all level, the workshop is designed to challenge all artists to push their boundaries to paint with more confidence. 15 Student Max. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association, www.redwoodart.us
Cost: $425 for RAA members / $475 for non-members
Email: Claudia

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Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA
June 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Visit website


Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 28-31, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Staying Afloat in Watercolor
September 11-15, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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