Calvin Liang: Landscape Workshop (August 2024)

Class will be open for registration on June 15th at 10:00am!

Calvin Liang will be teaching a two day workshop with one day of outdoor painting, and one day will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally.


Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. The lessons will include:

  • How to plan a composition that will be effective for the artist’s intentions and preferences;
  • How to better see and use warm and cool color in landscape;
  • How to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting;
  • How to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color and drawing skills;
  • How to consider the reasons for different paint surface textures, and brushstroke direction over the forms; and
  • How to get the best possible results in a short time.


Meet the Instructor:

Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China. He began painting in high school and completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute. Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession asa full-time artist. He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included the Walt Disney Studios and Nickelodeon Studio where he worked for the Little Mermaid and Spongebob Squarepants. However he decided to quit working for the studios to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Since leaving his animation career in early 2002, Liang has definitely been noticed.

His accomplishments include winning several top awards in important exhibitions including the Irvine Museum Award in the California Art Club 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition 2021, The Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in 2016, The Bronze Medal in the 25th National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America in 2016, Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape in California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition 2015, Juror’s Best Show-28th Annual C.M. Russell 2006, “Art-Talk Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition 2005, “People’s Choice Award” 6th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Event in Bowers Museum 2002, “Best of the Show” American Impressionist Society’s 4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2002. Thus assuring his position as one of the nation’s leading artist. National art magazines also took notice. In 2004, Liang’s work graced the cover of Art of the West’s special 16th Anniversary Edition; and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 three years he had a full feature article in American Art Collector Magazine. Also he received a full feature article in Southwest Magazine in 2005, American Artist Magazine in 2005, American Artist Workshop Magazine in 2007, and American Artist Magazine in 2010. Again, he had a full feature article in Art of the West Magazine in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was selected into the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, which was at the Autry National Center in Lost Angeles.

Calvin Liang is a Master Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.


Class will be open for registration on June 15th at 10:00am!

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Flowers (May 26)

Flowers are a lovely and enchanting thing to paint — from bouquets and blossoms to poppy fields and super blooms. Nearly every artist paints flowers, and it’s a great way to build your skills. In this fun one-day session we will take on this popular and rewarding subject for art, and explore it together.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Flowers offer great lessons in color mixing and blending, light source and contrast, edges and shapes. you will learn about key concepts of painting, including composition, brushwork techniques, style and storytelling.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, pencils — whatever you like. Toaa will have still life floral arrangements and lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Saturday Workshop: Mixed Media Florals in Watercolor, Ink and Collage (June 29)

Spend a few hours in the studio with me and get playful with watercolor, ink and collage. Together we will create lively, colorful floral paintings that are expressive and fun! No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Experiment with basic watercolor techniques, then incorporate what you’ve just learned to make a painting you will finish during the workshop. The instructor will provide floral photographs to use as a reference and for inspiration. You may bring your own photos and/or collaging papers to use during the workshop if you prefer.

$12 Materials fee to be paid cash at the door. All paint, paper, ink, glue and collaging paper will be provided by instructor.



Meet the Instructor

Local artist Heidi Michelle Woodmansee has been a popular workshop instructor throughout Santa Cruz County . A frequent First Friday and Open Studio and Filoli Art Walk participant, Heidi’s bright, colorful watercolor, acrylic and mixed media paintings have been shown locally in various venues, and are in private collections throughout the United States. Heidi is delighted to share her love for flowers, botanicals, and color during her workshops. She is particularly inspired to work with anyone who is just beginning their artistic journey. Heidi provides supportive, encouraging hands-on instruction and a friendly environment to ensure freedom of expression, and a positive creative experience.


 

Painting Impressionist Landscapes (May 2024)

Impressionism is one the most beloved styles of painting. It’s playful, passionate, and just plain fun! We will do a deep dive into this popular and rewarding approach to painting, exploring the methods and techniques of great impressionists.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Impressionism offers great lessons in composition, perspective and depth, color theory, and brushwork technique. And we will explore key concepts of painting and art-making, including inspiration and subject matter, artistic style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Dogs and Cats (May 5)

We all love our pets, and we have so many great pictures of them. Let’s explore the art of pet portraiture together in this fun one-day session. We will take a deep dive into this wonderful and rewarding subject for art-making.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Dogs and Cats are an inspiring subject for us, and painting them is a great lesson in composition, perspective, and anatomy. We will explore key concepts of painting and art-making, including color theory, brushwork technique, artistic style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, pencils — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great images for you to choose from, but you are encouraged to bring pictures of your own pets to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: NEW ADVENTURES IN WATERCOLOR (June 2)

This is a new watercolor experience. You will learn exciting ways to put more interest, and emotion into your watercolor paintings like Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, Halation, reflections, imaginative skies, and so much more. You will watch Robert as he demonstrates these new adventures and then practice them.
You will also learn:
  • how to use value studies and powerful compositional arrangements,
  • how to enrich your paintings with exciting color contrasts,
  • the elements and principles of good design,
  • how to paint with feeling
  • how to direct your viewers eye,
  • the importance of a focal area and where to put it,
  • how and when to paint lost and found edges,
  • how to excite your viewer,
  • and much more.
Along with Robert’s enthusiasm, and these new adventures, you will learn to let go and enjoy creative watercolor painting. Beginning and accomplished painters will enjoy learning these new adventures in watercolor painting.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

DRAWING WITHOUT FEAR: One day Workshop (June 1)

Now you can draw without having to hide underneath the bed.  You can draw without cold sweats, panic attacks, or feelings of embarrassment that may have limited you before!  The art of drawing is fun and easy to learn when you get beyond the fear of failure.  When you join this easy and unique drawing workshop, you will be in for some surprises.  This enjoyable day should remove any drawing phobias you may have and open your creative expression for a life time of drawing pleasure.
You will learn how to:
  • Draw with feeling and for fun,
  • Loosen up and be free,
  • Talk about drawings without being critical,
  • Teach drawing to others–adults and children,
  • Discover your world drawing—traveling, at home, in boring meetings, anytime, anyplace,
  • Draw quickly and effortlessly,
This workshop will use Mr. Dvorak’s book, Drawing Without Fear, as a guide to the exercises presented.  The carefully planned sequence of information and hands-on drawing exercises, with a wide variety of media, will free your creative hand and eye
Materials Fee: All drawing materials, your paper, the book, Drawing Without Fear, and handouts are included in the materials fee of $30, to be paid at the beginning of the workshop. If you have the book, bring it to the workshop and save $20.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

Sunday Workshop: Still Life Painting (April 21)

Still life is one of the most timeless and fascinating things to paint, with an endless variety. Nearly every artist has explored it, and it’s a great way to build your painting skills. This fun one-day session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Still life offers great lessons in composition and perspective, light source, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including brushwork technique, color theory, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting still life arrangements and images for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Seascapes (April 7)

The sea has inspired artists for thousands of years, and this fun one-day painting session is a deep dive one of the most thrilling subjects for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Seascapes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great seascapes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (March 17)

Clouds are a timeless source of fascination, and artists love to explore them. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Cloud scenes are a great lesson in composition, color theory, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great cloud scenes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.