Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Freedom in Watermedia"
February 11-14, 2019

The Freedom in Watermedia workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting with no preconceived notions or outcome. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement line, value, color, texture, shape, size and direction. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between the elements and principles of design. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is a painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $500 For SDWS Members, $540 for Non Members
Sponsor: San Diego Watercolor Society
Website, email, 623-533-1580

"Painting the Portrait and the Figure"
March 25-27, 2019

Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Dana Point, CA. 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.
Location: Dana Point, California
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg,
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Watercolor, 'Let it Flow'"
April 15-17, 2019

Dawn Davis at the "C Gallery on Broadway", Long Beach, CA. A signature member of the NM and KS watercolor societies, Dawn teaches design concepts and color theory, along with the fun of using lots of water and many wet into wet techniques. Refinement and sharp edges happen after layers of transparent watercolor. Inspired by nature, Dawn's many students are always grateful for her sharing, as she holds nothing back, and she is grateful beyond measure for them. All levels welcome.
Location: Long Beach, California
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: C Gallery on Broadway
Website, email, 505-699-7314


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