Classes in Progress

(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Robert Regis Dvorák

Offered: Four Fridays, 6/18-7/9 2-3:30pm


Fee: $150.00

The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore, experiment and nurture the creativity in each person participating. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, he will create an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!
Each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student. At the beginning of each session you will see examples of that days painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. You will paint along with Robert, step by step.  There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!
A #10 or #12 round brush. Or a Chinese calligraphy brush about the same size. Chinese calligraphy brushes and Sable hair brushes hold more water than the synthetic brushes.
A 3/4” or 1” flat watercolor  o. Or a 1” Hake brush.
A watercolor palette filled with watercolor paint.
Colors can be what you have but you must have some black. Robert will be using: Permanent Rose or Alizarine Crimson, Vermillion, Azo yellow (Aureolin), Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue or Prussian Blue, Hookers Green or Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna, and Black. You don’t have to have these colors.
A No. 2 HB pencil (sharp), a cotton rag, some tissues.
One full sheet of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper torn down to 7.5” x 11” and a backing board or one watercolor block 8” x 10” or 9” x 12”.
A water container–an empty peanut butter jar or a yogurt container will work fine.
A mouth atomizer–available from art suppliers and a small plastic cup or shot glass.
A wooden skewer
A spray bottle. Some salt.
One sheet of copy paper and some masking tape.
A plastic card, (door key or old credit card),
A scissors.
Some heavy white paper for mounting paintings–will discuss in first class.
Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn 39 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

(LIVE ONLINE) Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Levels: Beginners and Intermediate

Instructor: Robert Regis Dvorák

Offered: Four Thursdays, 6/17-7/8 2-3:30pm


Fee: $150.00

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough.  Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most importantly, yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will learn:
  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
  • how to place the face on the paper,
  • how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
  • where to begin and how to proceed,
  • how to practice to increase your skill
  • a number of different media to use for the best results and much more.

No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.


Materials: 9 x 12 drawing paper or 8.5 x 11 inches at least 80#, a watercolor brush a No. 10 or 12 or a Chinese Calligraphy brush, a water container, a cotton rag.,a 2B pencil, a kneaded eraser, a piece of soft vine charcoal, some black watercolor, a calligraphy pen (speedball B5 point and pen point holder), a bottle of Higgins Non-waterproof India ink, handout materials will be emailed to you by the instructor. The third week you will need one sheet of drawing paper 20” x 14” and a backing board and a ruler.

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting.  He has taught right-brain drawing and painting methods for 35 years and is the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Pocket Drawing Book, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation.


(LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques Jun-Jul 2021

Levels: Beginners and Intermediate

Instructor: Wayne Jiang

Offered: 6 Fridays 6/11-7/16 10:15am-12pm


Fee: $175.00

Learn acrylic painting in the comfort of your own home. We’ll use the Zoom videoconferencing system for this online painting class. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to later so they can paint along at home at their own pace.

This class is designed for anyone who is  new to acrylic. Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in illustrated journals, textured abstract paintings, or traditional portrait paintings. Learning the essential techniques of acrylic painting can help improve any art project.

This class is designed for anyone who is a beginner to acrylic. Topics and exercises include:

• Mixing colors

• Transitioning to acrylic from other mediums

• Preparing painting surfaces for acrylic painting

• Blending and brush stroke techniques

• How to create a focal point using hard and soft edges

• How to create subtle colors using a limited color palette

• How to apply simple art theory and composition knowledge to improve your paintings

Repeat students: We won’t be repeating the same paintings. You’re going to reaffirm the basics as well as learn new techniques and concepts through creating new compositions.