Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Online Sky Studies Watercolor Workshop"
January 29-30, 2022
 

During this two day, online workshop, students will work along with Lorraine as she demonstrates a variety of skies in small 4”x6” studies (6 to 8, depending on time). We will cover ways to depict soft-fluffy clouds, dramatic sunsets, and stars in the night sky. Learn and use techniques like wet-on-wet, softening edges, layering, and more. Reference photos, drawings, and instructions are emailed prior to the class. Students need to have access to a computer with video and audio during the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Lorraine Watry Studio
Website, email, 719-291-2748


"Painting and Poetry"
January 29 & 30, 2022
 

Do you jot down writings as you paint? Or maybe you have a ongoing writing practice. Join poet and artist Cathleen Cohen in this live Zoom workshop and explore the link between painting and poetry. Deepen and expand your creative process, even if you've never written a poem before! Paint and write in response to helpful prompts in a supportive environment. Examine how artists like Jean Arp, Kenneth Patchen and Wassily Kandinsky linked the written word and visual art. Some experience with drawing and painting recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cathleen Cohen
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Valentine Mixer in Watercolor"
January 31 - February 1, 2022
 

Enjoy two days of painting Valentine themed watercolors with Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. We’ll mix it up with a variety of paintings as you try new subjects and explore fun techniques. We will teach you creative brushwork, stylized drawing, mingling colors, stenciling and more. Your colorful paintings will be wonderful Valentine cards. Day One: Cindy Briggs will share her “Quick Sketch” approach for simplified, playful watercolors. Day Two: Theresa Goesling will share her graphic, vibrant style of painting for mini-masterpieces.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"It’s All About the Light"
Tuesdays, February 1-22, 2022
 

Capturing Luminosity in Watercolor while Painting the Landscape, Floral Still life and Architectural Setting. This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light and movement in a variety of subject matter. Students will gain an understanding about the importance of painting "Light on subjects" not just merely painting the subject. Understanding temperatures of light and shadow, warm and cool colors and working edges will be demonstrated. While using painterly, colorful and impressionistic brushwork, we'll create depth, mood with limited light.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr
Cost: $325 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Unleashed!"
Tuesdays, February 1 - March 8, 2022
 

Paint a mountain stream with water flowing and cascading beneath red rock formations. Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! Study will focus on the magnificent subject-matter, watercolor techniques and the creative use of color. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject! There will be demos, instruction and individual critique throughout the Zoom class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Artist Demonstration by Richard Stephens"
February 2, 2022
 

Richard Stephens is offering a demonstration via Zoom prior to his Lighten Up Loosen Up Watercolor workshop scheduled for February 21-23.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Richard Stephens
Cost: $20 Member | $25 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Beautiful Dordogne-France in Watercolor"
February 3-4, 2022
 

In this workshop, Frank will teach painting principles and above all, how to paint watercolors that look connected, soft and beautiful. We will focus on painting landscapes in snow, using 2 reference paintings of winter scenes.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frank Eber, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Stories in Painting"
February 3, 7, 21, 28, March 7
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Students will join Carol as she demonstrates watercolor techniques and addresses how to paint with more emotion and symbolism - sharing her personal concepts and ideas with the class, while students are encouraged to pursue their own imagery. Students will participate in two class critiques where they will share their art and can engage in friendly class discussions that explore why we paint, how we can better communicate our story, and what we can learn from other students. The intention of these conversations is to support students through taking risks, growing their skills, and exploring what art means to them.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Guarding the Holiday Tree in Watercolor"
February 5-6, 2022
 

You’ll be supplied with a painting reference photo and an outline drawing to trace onto a half sheet of watercolor paper before the Zoom workshop commences. During the workshop, you’ll follow my step-by-step painting method. Learn how to render winter light through snow covered pine trees.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Scenes of Tivoli, Italy in Watercolor"
February 7-8, 2022
 

Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you. Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $224 for 8 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Design and Composition: Storytelling from your own photos"
February 11-12, 2022
 

Keiko will teach you how to design a painting by applying the basic rules of composition. Day 1: We will use your references creatively to have more fun with watercolor. We will be focusing on story telling and explore different ideas and options by doing various sketches. Day 2: We will put together sketches to make a final painting. Bring your own reference photos to add your own figures in the painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Venice"
February 15-16, 2022
 

Learn watercolor techinques from an avid plein-air painter. Day 1: Venice Sunset. The sunset over the domes of Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice remains an irresistible subject. The scene has been celebrated by thousands of painters through the centuries. Day 2: Canals of Venice. As an artist, I never tire of painting those narrow canals of Venice with the dance of shade and light on the beautiful buildings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amid El Haddad, www.amidelhaddad.com
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting a Scene of a Medieval Village in Watercolor"
February 17-19, 2022
 

Let’s be inspired by this unique medieval village on the Costa Brava in Spain. Pals is a unique village with stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers. I will have the pleasure to paint there during my plein-air painting workshop with French Escapade on the Costa Brava scheduled in May 2022. Hope you will join me. Various techniques will be explored that lend themselves to expressing ourselves with watercolor on this thrilling subject. We will use a photo furnished to you by e-mail. I will be teaching live through Zoom, giving you instruction and critique throughout. Still photos of the painting steps will be sent to you via e-mail after the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie G. Pollard
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Illustrated Letter"
Saturdays, February 19 - March 5, 2022
 

Artists and authors have been illustrating their correspondence for centuries. Picasso, Victor Hugo, Gaugin, Corot and Van Gogh all combined words and pictures when writing to friends—just to name a few. Of course, these artists and authors didn’t have access to email or texts (thank goodness!) And although we do, I think it might be time for a “Slow Letter” movement, much like Slow Food, where we take the time and make the effort to communicate in a more creative, personal way. Join me as we explore this old idea and make it work for us in today’s high-tech world, with words and pictures of our own. All skill levels welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jane Barton
Cost: $125 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Nostalgic Scenes in Watercolor"
February 21-22, 2022
 

In this workshop, we will paint a nostalgic city scene and a vintage car/camper. While doing so, you will learn to: Unify a painting by linking shapes based on values, Mix colors on the paper, Work on different moisture qualities of paper, Create different edge qualities for the shapes, Work with different consistencies of pigment. The class is live and interactive on Zoom.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
February 22-24, 2022
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Artist Demonstration by Graham Berry"
February 23, 2022
 

Graham Berry is offering a demonstration via Zoom prior to his People at Work & Play in Watercolor workshop scheduled for March 7-9.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Graham Berry
Cost: $20 Member | $25 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Puppy Project in Watercolor"
February 23-24, 2022
 

Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color. The intensity of color and use of negative space as foundational is a signature of her work. You will create one painting each day.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Reflections in Water"
February 24-25, 2022
 

Join internationally renowned watercolor artist Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz for a packed two-day workshop to perfect painting reflections in the water. Pablo has spent over a decade specializing in this watercolor technique and will walk you through the process. Students will paint different water reflections and learn the basic knowledge needed to paint an atmospheric landscape. All levels are welcome as this workshop will start from the basics of palette organization, brushes, and picking the right colors. From there, you will work on creating rich landscapes to understand the flow of water over sunken rocks and how to manipulate the water to reflect different atmospheres. Throughout this process, Pablo will be there to provide personal guidance and supervision for all students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Kimono Magic: Watercolor & Gold Leaf"
February 25-27, 2022
 

Gold leaf is integral to Japanese art and textiles since the 16th century and have been included in kimonos and obi designs since its introduction. Award-winning artist Carrie Waller has been living and working in Tokyo for over 7 years and is heavily influenced by the designs of Asia. This is an online Zoom workshop. We'll record the sessions for your additional 30 day access. (Hours are 10am-1pm EST on Feb 25, 26 & 27.) Early Bird: $200 by Dec 25.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Creating Mood with Color and Light"
February 25-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Magic happens when colors are harmonized with other design elements. By understanding how color affects the overall feel in our painting, we can use it to express our emotions and make a stronger statement. In this three-day workshop, students will explore the energy of vibrant colors and the subtlety of muted colors. Through a step-by-step demonstration and a running commentary, Keiko will guide you through her creative process to explain how she uses color as a useful tool. The goal is to capture the light and the essence of the subject that conveys a specific mood.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Shadows and Light"
February 26-27, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The unique power of transparent watercolor lies in the fact that the untouched surface of the paper holds all the light the final work can contain. We paint by literally subtracting away enough of this light to tell the luminous stories we design. In this intensive 2-day course, we will look closely at the power of luminous shades and expressive shadows. A deeper understanding of these areas of dark will show us ways we can give the light in our paintings' life and identity.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"How to paint shadows and contrasts in Watercolor"
February 26-27, 2022
 

In this online workshop, George will show several of his techniques to achieve striking and successful watercolors, full of textures and contrasts.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: George Politis, RI, AWS
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Online Figure Drawing Marathon"
February 26, 2022
 

Join us for a very special online edition of an ArtisTTable Figure Drawing Marathon. In this 6 hour figure drawing session, held on Zoom, you will be able to draw from 3 different models from Europe, Israel and the US for one single registration fee of $30. With your registration you will be able come and go from the session as you would like. This fee also includes automatic registration in our next online exhibition "Figuratively Speaking". The session will run from: 10 AM to 4 PM Eastern US time, 16:00 to 22:00 Central Europe time, 17:00 to 23:00 Israel time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $30
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Blooming Cactus Watercolor Workshop"
March 2-4, 2022
 

When cactus bloom, the desert comes alive with color! In this workshop we will paint a prickly pear cactus with contrasting bright orange/red blooms against a cool green plant. Students will learn methods to create the glowing petals of the flowers in the sunlight. Color mixes for describing the cactus plant and techniques like layering, adjusting a masked area, wet-on-wet, and more. Time permitting, as a contrast to the desert plant, I will also demonstrate how I paint a swan in the water as smaller, bonus painting. Students are welcome to watch or paint along. Instructions, supply list, reference image sent after registration. The workshop video is available to students with no expiration.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Lorraine Watry
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Western Colorado Watercolor Society
Website, email


"Artist Demonstration by Stan Kurth"
March 2, 2022
 

Stan Kurth is offering a demonstration via Zoom prior to his Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache workshop scheduled for March 14-16.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $20 Member | $25 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Fundamentals"
Thursdays, March 3 - April 7, 2022
 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor in this live Zoom class with renowned artist, educator and author Roberto Osti. In-depth demonstration and lecture will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques as they learn to paint still life objects, landscape and the portrait. Students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Hosukai Tea in Watercolor"
March 3-6, 2022
 

Join award winning, international artist, Carrie Waller as she shares her watercolor techniques. Carrie is a natural teacher and shares methods in an easy to follow way. Her mission is to elevate everyday objects into extraordinary paintings. She shares her process for painting from beginning to end. Learn how to really “see” what you are painting and achieve the look you want.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller, AWS, NWS
Cost: $269 for 10 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Alternative Techniques in Watercolor"
March 7-9, 2022
 

This workshop combines a loose free approach with sharp observational skills, coupled with tonal observational painting and the joy of pure colour to create a mix of styles & techniques that will increase your knowledge base. Day 1: we will explore a few drawing styles. These drawing techniques will help improve the quality of your observational skills and help you see connections from one object/subject to another. We will then take that into a wash & line drawing. Day 2: we will focus on producing a monochromatic painting. Day 3: we will expand upon that Grisaille painting and explore pure colour washes to produce a painting that exudes atmosphere and strength of tone & colour.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan, RWS
Cost: $249 for 9 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Art of Watercolor"
Mondays, March 7 - April 11, 2022
 

Join James Toogood, AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors. James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques. Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment. James will take you through the development of a painting, from drawing and composition to opening washes to a completed piece. He will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mountains Majestic"
March 8-10, 2022
 

With a minimal five-color palette and two flat watercolor brushes, we will capture both majestic mountains scenes: “Yosemite Sunset” and “The Grand Tetons”. I am a firm believer that watercolor painting is about depicting more with less. Too many palette colors and brush choices distract from the creative power of the medium. With my minimal approach, you will learn to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) each painting to end up with two beautiful, translucent Mountains Majestic watercolors!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Bold & Bright Watercolors"
March 11-13, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. The process of learning to paint is a journey that is aided by practice, patience, and experimentation. Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. No matter your artistic background, there are techniques that can support students as they find their voice. We will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene, then complete color painting lessons together so students have a platform to ask questions as we work through the color process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Six Primary Colors for Unlimited Possibilities"
March 11, 2022
 

Imagine painting with a wide variety of colors by mixing only six specially chosen colors. Painting with a limited palette of colors is one sure way to achieve unity and color harmony. The word “limited” makes us think we won’t have lots of colors, but with the three primary colors, we can mix all the colors. Alex Sharma will demonstrate the mixing possibilities and the wide color variations achievable. Paint along in any medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Atmosphere"
March 19-20, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. One of the amazing qualities of watercolor is an understanding that there is as much power in the areas of the work that are not painted as those that are. And often, to create an atmosphere in our work, the best effects are achieved by learning what areas of our work not to paint. In this intensive 2-Day course, we will take a close look at the unseen, the suggested, motion, mood, and energies in our work that feel like authentic atmospheres.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Mix all the greens you'll ever need"
March 28-29, 2022
 

By mixing your own greens you are able to create transparent, glowing, warm and cool variations that can be adapted to any subject, season, lighting or weather. Simply by looking at a tree or field or any “green” subject and seeing all of the colors except green will be your first step towards gaining a repertoire of warm and cool combinations to use when painting subjects that our brain tells us are “green”. We will “name” the green in the painting, and then choose pigments to mix it. These paintings are all in the “spring” palette. Within each are warm and cool colors of different values.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy
Cost: $178 for 6 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Gouache Landscape Painting"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Gouache is a fun, portable, water-based medium that allows spontaneous painterly effects. Gouache is known for its vibrant color, matte finish, and reactivating properties allowing control of edges and corrections along the way. This 4-week painting course will explore a range of landscape subjects to broaden our skill set and increase our painting confidence. Students are encouraged to work at a smaller scale to increase their productivity and get over the learning curve of the medium faster. There will be weekly demonstrations and email support throughout the course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Virtual International Watercolor Paint Along"
April 23-24, 2022
 

Each of the 12 artists will not only do a demo, but paint along with you while sharing their unique techniques, tips and tricks they have developed over the years. Each artist will give a 75 minute class. There will be no overlapped classes meaning you will be able to attend every teacher’s class, one after the other. The event will be live, online on Zoom.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 12 World-Renowned Artists
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Birds in Watercolor"
Wednesdays, July 6-27, 2022
 

Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this 4-week course, Kim will guide students through several different approaches to painting birds -- a very direct painting approach, a wet into wet approach, and a unique “throwing paint” approach. Students will learn to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Although, continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, taking advantage of soft and hard edges, students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
July 13-15, 2022
 

This workshop will explore how to paint portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to paint portraits that express the persons' characters and personalities and to do it with the artist's own personal touches. The interactive class includes: Daily demos, Introductions to concepts such as anatomy, forms, lighting, and brushwork, and Individual student work feedback. This workshop aims to help students to develop their unique creative vocabulary in watercolor portraits. Stephen will explore a new set of subjects for the demonstrations.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting the Self Portrait with Mary Whyte"
July 14-15, 2022
 

Join Mary Whyte for a Zoom Workshop focusing on the Art of the Self Portrait. For centuries, artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Sargent and Wyeth, periodically turned their focus inward for a reflective self portrait. During this time of the pandemic, historic changes, new insights and self-quarantine, many artists worldwide are doing the same. Using a standalone mirror, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your unique composition, drawing, mixing flesh color and creating a background that tells your story. She will also talk about maintaining your pose, avoiding mistakes and will also give personal critiques and tips for marketing your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Polar and Panda Bears and Cubs"
November 10-12, 2022
 

Both engaging creatures are synomymous with the color white, but guess what? White fur is like white snow. It often reflects subtle and beautiful ambient colors. And Pandas live in rich forest-likesettings. There is a ton of creative color possibilities, and that is what we will be exploring with both mamas! A simple five-color palette and two round watercolor brushes will be required.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Creative Watercolor Portraits - Online Program"
Ongoing
 

From start to finish, discover how to draw and paint 6+ watercolor portraits. Enjoy livestream paint-alongs and an encouraging facebook community. You'll learn how to mix skin tones, layer and blend paint, create eyes that sparkle and capture the personality of your subject in flowing colors. Program now open for a limited time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $247
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"All About Watercolors Membership Program"
Ongoing
 

Enjoy monthly livestream paint-alongs in this watercolor immersion course. Monthly video modules are also added to the library of lesson modules. You'll make connections in our encouraging private facebook community with over 100 artists. Beginner basics lessons and more advanced lessons provided, plus bonuses. Registration is only open twice a year.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $42 month or $420 year
Sponsor: Cindy Briggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Design & the Power of Imagination"
ongoing
 

As an instructor, it is my sincere desire to help guide aspiring painters to find better ways to trust, develop, and listen to their artistic voice. This is not done by providing answers so much as in helping artists to ask the right questions. When we begin to grasp this and ask ourselves these fundamental questions, we are well on our way to making significant strides. The curriculum presents a comprehensive and sequential education of watercolor techniques while inspiring the development of your own unique style. The program has rolling admission; you can join anytime and start from the beginning of the curriculum. Each month you will progress through a new 4-8 hour video series while honing your style & technique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Stephen Zhang and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This workshop explores how to paint portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to learn how to tell the subjects' stories and explore the artist’s own unique touches. This solid foundation will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively in watercolor portraits.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Rustic Textures"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Angus McEwan and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. In this class, Angus will introduce you to using more creative textures in your artwork with purpose and intent. You will be specifically looking at representing wood & rust. Angus will demonstrate a few of the techniques he employs in his work. These will then be applied to an image that Angus will provide. Includes 14 supplementary videos and 17 accompanying PDFs on demonstrations as well as “Colour mixing (optical mixing),” “How I use Colour,” “My palette & Mixing tints,” “Stretching Paper-Gum strip,” and “Stretching to the edge.”
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Introduction to Painting Glass: Glass Teacups"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Includes a personal critique from Carrie Waller. Learn how to capture the structure and transparency of glass in watercolor. Through demos, discussion, and a step-by-step painting of a glass teacup, Carrie offers guidance and methodology on painting realistic glass. A sketch is provided, ready to transfer to your watercolor paper. An image is also provided illustrating where to apply your masking fluid. This is a fun interactive, and informative class. The solid foundation of painting glass will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Illuminated Glass Teapots"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 6 days of recordings available, 3 personal critiques from Carrie Waller and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Learn how to capture the structure and transparency of glass in watercolor. Through demos, discussion, and a step-by-step painting of glass teapots illuminated by bright bulbs, Carrie offers guidance and methodology on painting realistic glass. This class includes 20+ hours of instructional videos of Carrie painting from start to finish. Carrie uses live class sessions for demonstrations, critiques, and learning the fundamentals of capturing glass and light reflections in watercolor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Capturing Essentials in Landscape"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 2 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Eugen Chisnicean and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Eugen will take you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting using watercolor. He will share his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Students will learn how to read and simplify any subject, build their compositions, capture the essentials of their desired landscape, and create mood and atmosphere using a watercolor medium.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Introduction to Painting Glass: Lightbulbs"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Includes a personal critique from Carrie Waller. Learn how to capture the structure and transparency of glass in watercolor. Through demos, discussion, and a step-by-step painting of a glass teacup, Carrie offers guidance and methodology on painting realistic glass. A sketch is provided, ready to transfer to your watercolor paper. An image is also provided illustrating where to apply your masking fluid. This is a fun interactive, and informative class. The solid foundation of painting glass will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Bold & Colorful Watercolors"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Andy Evansen and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. This workshop will focus on using value studies to identify the large shapes in a scene. Then we will move on to color. Demonstration paintings will reinforce the day’s lessons. In order to loosen up, it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Stories of Still Life"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings available, 4 personal critiques from Carol Carter and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. It’s a challenge to notice the small things in life —the ordinary things— and make them extraordinary. This class is designed to discuss content, meaning, intention, expression, communication of a personal, autobiographical, and narrative painting. Students will learn the history of still life in watercolor, prepare their own still life setups at home, and fundamental concepts of composition, value, and storytelling in creating a successful painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Macroscale Contemporary Landscape"
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Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This demo will show the creation of a large-scale contemporary landscape painting in watercolor from start to finish. Students will explore painterly ways to find the composition. Activating the entire picture plane and working with “push and pull” early in the process will be prioritized. We will use techniques such as glazing, scumbling, splattering, and smearing to deconstruct the image, and Elizabeth will demonstrate a variety of mark-making in this unconventional approach to watercolor. The inclusion of gouache will introduce opacity, and layering and removing paint will be a key part of the evolution of the painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Elizabeth Allison
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Rustic Textures: Personal Project"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings available, 6 personal critiques from Angus McEwan and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This class will primarily focus on mentoring students to develop their own body of work from concept to manifestation. In addition to exercises and demos, students will work on self-directed projects that incorporate drawing, painting textures. The class will also include critiques, discussions, and readings. This course is an opportunity to work on your own unique painting with guidance, support, and mentoring, with a whole host of supplementary videos, pdfs, and other support material.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Watercolor Portrait—Capturing the inside and outside"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. In this unique demo, Stephen will share how he paints expressive portraits built on the solid foundation of physical forms. He will demonstrate how he uses dynamic brushwork and colors to loosen up and to express the subject's personality.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Tea & Red Maple Leaves"
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With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings, 4 personal critiques from Carrie Waller and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Carrie is known for her highly detailed and realistic still-life paintings in watercolor. Join her for a workshop where she shares tips and techniques for a gorgeous composition. She breaks the painting down into easy-to-follow steps and guides you through her style. Carrie provides all the resource material to simplify your process: a reference photo, a supply list, an image of her drawing, and a map to guide you through the masking process. Carrie’s students have phenomenal success with her easy-to-follow and clear teaching style.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Maple Leaf & Glass Demo"
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Enjoy learning at your own pace. Join award-winning watercolor painter Carrie Waller for an instructive demo where she shares her techniques for realistic glass. Carrie will be using a challenging palette of reds and will share her palette and methods for achieving saturated and vibrant reds in watercolor.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $30
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Expanding the Limits of Watercolour"
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Enjoy this self-paced class where you will have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. In this intensive but fun course we will experiment with and push watercolor to the limits. This will make you question your understanding of watercolors. This isn’t just about messing around with paint, as we will corral our experimentation into a detailed rendition of surface texture. I will take you through the process step by step, but I will also back this up with videos & pdfs. Enjoy exploring watercolor while learning.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Language of Landscape"
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Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. In this course, Eugen takes you behind the scenes of creating a landscape painting. He shares his approach to design and compositional process, introducing "The Language of the Landscape" as a common language between teacher and students. Each lesson has step-by-step demonstrations showing in detail various technical approaches to watercolor. The course contains different types of landscape subjects and compositional solutions. This course grows with you! New lessons and teaching ideas will be added regularly and will be accessible to existing students.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eugen Chisnicean
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Terracotta
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"Loose & Vivid Florals"
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Enjoy lifetime access to this sequential video series that includes personal critiques from the artist for dynamic & engaging online education. Learn how world-renowned watercolorist Yuko Nagayama observes and recreates vivid florals in watercolor. In this demonstration, you will learn about Yuko's process, from the beginning stages of creating a solid floral arrangement to the sketching process and finally executing the final painting. Yuko's down-to-earth and straightforward approach to art education provides students of all artistic backgrounds an opportunity to experiment with floral watercolors.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Yuko Nagayama
Cost: $39
Sponsor: Terracotta
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