Classes in Progress

(LIVE ONLINE) Painting Flowers in Watercolor

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: Four Fridays, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 2:00 PM–3:30 PM.


Fee: 150.00 non-members

Painting flowers in watercolor can be learned by anyone.  This class is for you if you:

  • Have had some previous watercolor painting instruction.
  • Would like to be able to paint flowers in watercolor.
  • Would like to learn some easy techniques for making your flowers glow.
  • Want more confidence and skill painting flowers simply and beautifully.

This online workshop will provide a sequence of easy exercises designed to give you skill and success painting flowers.  The class will focus on the spontaneous representation of flowers rather than an attempt at careful realistic representation.  There will be a strong emphasis on the use of white space and composition.  The workshop will also cover: layout, composition, color mixing and blending for light, shade and shadow, brush techniques, graded washes, lost and found edges and more.  No matter how much previous instruction you have had, this workshop will have you painting flowers simply and beautifully.

Materials: Have your watercolor painting materials and some flowers (if you can)

Watercolor paint, palette, brush(s), a number 2 HB pencil, water container, cotton rag, kneaded eraser,  and watercolor paper, one full sheet torn down to 8–7.5” x 11” sheets or a watercolor block of 140 pound cold pressed paper.  7” x 10” or 9” x 12”. Robert will be demonstrating with the following colors:  Permanent Rose, Vermilion, Aureolin Yellow, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Viridian or Hookers Green, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna.  Students are not required to have these colors. Just use what you have.

Handout: A handout will be emailed to each student to print out prior to the first class session.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, FAAR, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education.  His books include:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Magic of Drawing, Selling Art 101 and his latest book, A Book About Nothing.



(LIVE ONLINE) The Magic of Watercolor

Levels: Beginners and Intermediate

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: Four Thursdays, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 2-3:30 pm


Fee: 150.00 non-members

Anyone can paint watercolors when they know the magic of the medium!  This class will teach you the secrets—everything from the foundation basics to more advanced techniques.  You will learn how to:
  • use the magic of the medium
  • use different brush techniques
  • mix any color
  • paint people, landscapes, trees, and other things
  • take advantage of the white paper
  • achieve luminous transparent washes and much much more
In this hands-on class you will learn a variety of watercolor magic with this remarkable medium painting abstract, landscape, and still life subjects.  You will paint lively watercolors to express your creativity and nourish your heart and soul.  Whether you are painting in your home, traveling, vacationing, or on a weekend outing, you will easily be able to incorporate these skills.  This class will prepare you for a lifetime of watercolor painting pleasure. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome. We will be painting from in class demonstrations and simple drawings you will make from the handout materials.
Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvořák has been showing people how to have fun drawing and painting for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and public speaker on the subject of creativity in education and business.  He has worked as an architectural designer and is a former professor of architecture at the Universities of Oregon and California, Berkeley.  He is the author of six books on drawing and painting:  The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is: A Book About Nothing.
Materials:  A small watercolor block. 7” x 10” or one sheet of watercolor paper 22” x 30” torn to 8 sheets of 7 1/2” x 11”. A palette of watercolor paint or a watercolor pan set. A round watercolor brush #10 or #12, or a Chinese calligraphy brush. A flat 1” brush or a 1” Hake brush. A No. 2 HB Pencil. (sharp). A kneaded eraser. A pint jar for water. A cotton rag. Some tissues. A comprehensive handout will be emailed to you and you will be required to print it out, in color if possible.