(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Studio: Flowers

Levels: All levels

Offered: Fridays January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2-3:30 pm

Instructor: Robert Dvorak


Spring will be here before we know it, so let’s get ready to learn how to paint flowers in our gardens and beyond.

The objective of the Spontaneous Watercolor Studio is to learn and practice new and exciting ways to paint watercolors. You will explore and experiment with landscapes, seascapes, still life, figurative, and abstract subjects. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, you will experience an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!

In 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 an example of that day’s painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. Some of the days you will paint along with Robert, step by step. There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individual’s 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 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 small paintings–will discuss in first class.


Meets: Fridays from 2 pm-3:30 pm. January 8, 15, 22, 29. And February 12, 19, 26, March 5. 2021


Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn and fun to practice for 40 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 MeditationThe 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.


Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. You will receive the Zoom link about a week before the first day of 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: $120.00 Join Now