2021 Workshops, Updated as Information is Available
Mary Whyte

The Self Portrait , Watercolor

watercolor - studio

all level painters  welcome

April 19 - 21
9 am to 4 pm Pacific Time

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    Picture yourself painting and
    touring with internationally
    acclaimed watercolorist, Mary
    Whyte. Mary will guide you
    through the techniques of
    planning your compositions,
    drawing, mixing color and
    creating great backgrounds.
    She will show you how to
    work with the model, avoid
    mistakes and give personal
    critiques and great tips for
    marketing your work.  Enjoy
    lots of painting action, one-on-
    one instruction, wonderful
    meals and wine, and Italian
    activities! Come, explore the
    Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take
    in local museums and more.
    We have a full itinerary with
    you in mind so don't miss this
    workshop of a lifetime for
    travel enthusiasts and all levels
    of  artists.

    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.  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

Alvaro Castagnet

The Pillars of Watercolor


intermediate to advanced painters

May 1 - 2
9  AM - 4 PM Pacific Time

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    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 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.

Michael Reardon

Watercolor Techniques

watercolor- studio

intermediate to advance Painters

August 3-4 and 5-6
9 AM - 1 PM Pacific Time

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    Technique is everything and
    Michael Reardon will help you
    explore so many ways to
    strengthen your skills in
    landscape and cityscape
    watercolor painting. You will
    learn how to create a strong
    composition and use value to
    invoke a sense of light.
    Michael  will teach you how
    to   manipulate color for a full
    expressive effect. Join us for  
    this 4-day workshop and
    you'll go home with an
    abundance of
    techniques that you can use
    the rest of your life.
    Michael is the Author of
    Painting Light and Color in
    Landscapes and Cityscapes,
    from North Light Books and
    has three instructional DVD’s.

Herman Pekel

The Importance of Tone


all levels welcome

June 16 - 20

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    Come join a week of exploring
    the beauty of color in oils.
    Designed for all levels of
    experience in oils, this is an
    exciting and informative
    workshop helping you to train
    your eye in the discipline of
    observation. There will be
    demonstrations each day
    based on the solid fundamental
    approach championed by the
    impressionists and realists. We
    will explore landscapes,
    streetscapes and waterscapes.
    Herman's works are featured
    in the books Australian
    Impressionists and Realist
    Artists and 3 others. Herman's
    workshops are in high demand
    Australia wide and
    internationally. Early
    enrollment is encouraged.
Steve Kleier

Launching a Masterpiece,
Lessons in Perspective

studio, graphite w/ some watercolor

all levels welcome

June 21 - 23

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    Let's put paintings in
    perspective. You want your
    work to show mastery and a
    proper drawing will do this
    and make the journey so
    enjoyable. Steve Kleier will
    give you the tools to bring
    structure and meaning to your
    paintings. Using traditional and
    classic art skills that date from
    the renaissance, you will find
    proportion, capture the effects
    of light and create the illusion
    of depth. Come experience
    success and be inspired to
    launch masterpiece after
    masterpiece. Steve 's past
    clients include: Nike,
    Tektronix, US Bank, Stash
    tea, Microsoft and many more.
Herman Pekel

Be Brave and Have Fun

watercolor - studio

all levels welcome

June 24 - 28

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Herman Pekel 2 hour Demo
$25 >>>

Once you pay you will receive a
Zoom Link and pass code good
for at least 2 years.
    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.
Fabio Cembranelli

Intuitive Painting,
Transcending the Subject

watercolor - studio

intermediate to advanced painters

June 30 - July 3

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    Learn to take advantage of
    transparent watercolor to
    create loose, intuitive, free and
    spontaneous effects in your
    paintings. Join Fabio
    Cembranelli and explore wet-
    on-wet techniques, practicing
    how to paint with no
    preliminary drawing. You will
    learn how to take advantage of
    your own mistakes and
    capture the essentials of each
    subject. Participants will be
    encouraged use their personal
    view, moving through the
    bridges that connect
    unexpected effects, shapes,
    colors, tones, lines and
    textures. Fabio is a regular
    contributor to several art
    magazines in South America,
    US, UK, Norway, France,
    Japan and Australia.

David Lobenberg

California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture

watercolor - studio

all levels welcome

July 5 - 7

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    Shake it up with David
    Lobenberg. Apply watercolor
    with splatters, swabs, slaps,
    splats, and slashes to that
    portrait you’ve be waiting to
    paint or use one of David’s
    outline drawings. Come flood,
    blossom, and create textures
    with a style that is about
    gesture, expressive color, soft
    transparency and hard
    opacity. You’ll paint several
    studies with step-by-step
    demonstrations from painting
    start to painting finish. David’
    s watercolor paintings can be
    found in private, public, and
    corporate collections across
    the country.  His work has
    been featured in American
    Artist, Southwest Art, and
    American Art Collector
    magazines and several others.

David Lobenberg

Koi Joy

watercolor - studio

all levels welcome

July 9 - 11

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    Are you mezmerized and joyed
    by the incredibly beaurtiful,
    ballet-like motion, fluidity and
    grace of Koi? Come truly
    express yourself with David
    Lobenberg's bright colors and
    new and exciting paint
    application techniques You
    will use everything from
    stencils and pipettes to conte
    crayon and chalk markers to
    bring your Koi to life with
    curving and bending motions
    which convey these graceful
    creatures. David’s watercolor
    paintings can be found in
    private, public, and corporate
    collections across the
    country.  His work has been
    featured in American Artist,
    Southwest Art, and American
    Art Collector magazines and
    several others.
John Salminen

Cancelled for 2021
John will return in 2022

Don Andrews



levels welcome

July 17 - 20
Amanda Hawkins

Methods in Abstractions

acrylic, studio workshop

all levels painters welcome

July 21 - 25

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    What does it mean to work in
    an abstract manner? How
    does it feel? What does it look
    like? Amanda will help you
    find your unique way of
    translating your gestures into
    an abstract composition.
    Using traditional art principles,
    you will take risks and make
    informed decisions on the
    canvas, both in the workshop
    and long after. We will focus
    on composition, value, and
    color, but more importantly,
    your intuitions will guide the
    painting to completion.
    Amanda's work is in private
    collections worldwide and she
    blog's, sharing her studio
    practice, with over 25,000
    people worldwide.
Amanda Hawkins

Abstract Landscape Painting

acrylic, studio workshop

all levels painters welcome

July 27 - 31

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    How can you capture that
    energy and express those
    fleeting feelings of
    exhilaration, nostalgia, or
    serenity on canvas?  Amanda
    will help you transform your
    reference imagery into rich,
    energetic, abstract paintings.
    She will teach the traditional
    rules of landscape painting and
    encourage you to break the
    rules. We will build
    unconventional color palettes
    and create marks and
    brushstrokes that will surprise
    ourselves. Come explore
    abstraction, color and mark-
    making through the lens of
    landscape painting. Artists will
    complete several mini-series
    of paintings on paper and 5-6
    larger paintings on canvas
    over the course of this

Barbara Nechis

Cancelled 2021
Iain Stewart

Cancelled 2021
Returning in 2022

Joan Fullerton

Cancelled 2021
Requested for 2022

David Taylor

Staying Afloat in Watercolor

intermediate to advance painters welcome

September 6 - 10

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    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. David is
    the coauthor of Solving
    Mysteries in Watercolor with
    Ron Ranson.  His work has
    been featured in the
    International Artist Magazine.
Mary Whyte

Portrait and Figure, live models

Maine Extravaganza
watercolor, studio workshop
w/plein air components

all levels of painters and travel enthusiasts

September 12 - 18

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