(LIVE ONLINE) Painting Flowers in Watercolor

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

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.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

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) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

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!
Materials:
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) Watercolor Landscapes

This skill builder course is open to painters of all experience levels looking to better familiarize or advance their application of landscape views with watercolors. Participants will have the opportunity to build on their drawing skills, develop composition planning, and learn principles for simplifying and editing the landscape. Working with fluid color and expressive brushstrokes students will create landscape paintings full of life and energy.

Coverered in the course:

  • Working with reference photos to compose a landscape painting
  • Editing using values as your guide
  • Color theory for vibrant colors
  • Using a variety of painting techniques build a painting
  • Demonstrations for repertoire of landscape elements

 

Materials List:

Pencil/eraser

Brushes: Use your favorite watercolor brushes, we can work with what you have. If you are new to watercolor, a decent selection that includes the following would be helpful: 1 inch flat, 1⁄2 inch flat, #12 round, #8 round, #6 round. Good quality synthetic brushes are fine. For smaller brushes, make sure they have a good sharp point.

Palette: For studio work: 12 x 16inch plastic watercolor palette with a cover is highly suggested. Can be found at most art supply stores, as well as online.

Arches 140# paper, Cold Pressed, either full sheets (cut in half) or blocks (10 x 14 inch maximum). Mounting board for individual sheets.

Artists tape Masking fluid

Paints: (tube paints) Ultramarine Blue Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue Quinacridone Gold

I’ll introduce other colors during the class; to tempt you.

Two water containers – recycled yogurt containers work well Paper towels

(LIVE ONLINE) Cityscape Painting With A Palette Knife

In this workshop you are welcome to use oils or acrylics.
In this Zoom class students will paint a San Francisco cityscape from photographs along with the instructor. The use of a palette knife is encouraged but not required. Instructor will demonstrate each step of painting a cityscape in a loose and painterly style. Perspective,  atmosphere, color, brush strokes, paint application, composition and so much more will be discussed. Barbara ‘s class is guarenteed to be fun and informative.  Students have the opportunity to complete a small colorful painting in oil or acrylic.

(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Studio: Painting Coastal Waves

Learn how to paint in watercolor waves, rocks and trees in coastal landscapes. Have you ever marveled at the magic of waves and rocks in painting? It is not difficult to learn how to paint these on your own.

You will learn to paint dynamic ocean waves, ocean spray, coastal rocks dripping with water, mist, waves breaking, tubes, coastal trees, sand, and maybe some surfers in watercolor. In this fun and lively workshop, you will learn to discover and embrace your creative ability as you paint these subjects.

In each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student prior to the first session. At the beginning of each session you you will watch Robert demonstrate. Most days you will paint along with Robert, step by step as he explains the painting exercise. Robert will look at each individuals 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 an enthusiasm for painting coastal landscapes.

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. 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 8 sheets, 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.

Meets: Fridays from 2 pm-3:30 pm 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14.

 

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn 36 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.

(LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques Jun-Jul 2021

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.

(LIVE ONLINE) Pencil Drawing the Easy Way

Anyone can easily learn to draw with a pencil.  If you have always wanted to be able to draw with a pencil, 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 pencil drawing approach it the wrong way.  In this course you will learn how to do amazing drawings with a pencil in no time.  You will learn basic tricks with the pencil that will amaze your friends and family and most important yourself. You will learn:

  • what pencils to use
  • how to hold it
  • how to create different line weights
  • pencil shading and pencil hatching
  • when and how to erase
  • how to draw trees, faces, landscape, and still life subjects
  • how to sharpen a pencil

In this workshop you will learn how to draw with a pencil—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will practice with a variety of subjects: people, faces, architecture, trees, and still life subjects. No matter what your skill or background, this class will have you drawing with a pencil and loving it.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorak has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He is popular speaker on creativity in education and business.  He has authored and illustrated six books on drawing and watercolor painting subjects:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Magic of Drawing, and The Pocket Drawing Book.

Materials:  Two sharp 2B pencils and an Ebony pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a drawing pad with textured paper. You will need a way to sharpen your pencils–a pocket knife or a pencil sharpener. Handout materials will be emailed to each registered student.

(LIVE ONLINE) Landscape Painting from Small to Large

This Zoom class will start off by learning about and painting 2 small (8×10 or 9×12) quick landscape studies, from photo reference, using a palette knife and brush.  During the second meeting students will transfer their preferred study to a larger painting (about18x24).  Topics covered and emphasized with be composition, value blocking, atmospheric perspective, edge quality.  You will also discuss color, palette organization, paint application/brush control, materials, and so much more. Each student will be able to get feedback for their completed painting via email after class.