(LIVE ONLINE) New Adventures in Watercolor

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Levels: Intermediate and Advanced

Offered: Four Friday afternoons, begins June 17th, 2-3:30pm

Instructor: Robert Dvorak



This is a new online watercolor workshop experience. You will learn exciting ways to put more feeling, interest, and emotion into your watercolor paintings like Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, Halation, reflections, imaginative skies, and so much more. You will watch Robert up close as he demonstrates these new adventures.

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 audience,
  • and much more.


Along with Robert’s enthusiasm, and these new adventures, you will learn to let go and enjoy creative watercolor painting. Intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters will like these new adventures in painting.


In each session you will complete one or more painting exercises. You will see examples and watch detailed explanations of the different painting adventures. Robert will look at each person’s creative endeavors and give valuable feedback.


Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many suggestions to bring more life and energy in your painting expressions.


Materials required:

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 brush. 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. You don’t have to have all these colors, but you will need black. Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow are also good colors to have. I am not a fan of the Cadmiums.

A couple of No. 2 HB or 2B pencils (sharp), a cotton rag, some tissues.

A kneaded eraser.

One full sheet of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper torn down to 8– 7.5” x 11” sheets 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.

Some crayons. A small box of 6 to 12 colors is fine.

A spray bottle with water.

Some salt.

Some sheets of copy paper.

Some masking tape.

A plastic card, (door key or old credit card),

A scissors.

A knife. A pocket knife, a utility knife, or an Xacto knife.

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 for 35 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of life and creativity, He has authored: A Book About Nothing, Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, 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 from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test logging in before the first session. Please log in 10-15min in advance to allow the class to start on time. A recording will be emailed to you within 1-2 business days after the end of the class.

Fee: 150.00 non-members Join Now