Past Workshops

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Water (June 23)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: June 23 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Water is one of the most wonderful things to paint, with a fantastic variety of effects and colors. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Water scenes are a great lesson in perspective, light source, color theory, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting waterscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: NEW ADVENTURES IN WATERCOLOR (June 2)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: Sunday Workshop: June 2 10am - 4pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120

This is a new watercolor experience. You will learn exciting ways to put more interest, and emotion into your watercolor paintings like Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, Halation, reflections, imaginative skies, and so much more. You will watch Robert as he demonstrates these new adventures and then practice them.
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 viewer,
  • and much more.
Along with Robert’s enthusiasm, and these new adventures, you will learn to let go and enjoy creative watercolor painting. Beginning and accomplished painters will enjoy learning these new adventures in watercolor painting.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

DRAWING WITHOUT FEAR: One day Workshop (June 1)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: Saturday Afternoon Workshop: June 1 1-5 PM

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120

Now you can draw without having to hide underneath the bed.  You can draw without cold sweats, panic attacks, or feelings of embarrassment that may have limited you before!  The art of drawing is fun and easy to learn when you get beyond the fear of failure.  When you join this easy and unique drawing workshop, you will be in for some surprises.  This enjoyable day should remove any drawing phobias you may have and open your creative expression for a life time of drawing pleasure.
You will learn how to:
  • Draw with feeling and for fun,
  • Loosen up and be free,
  • Talk about drawings without being critical,
  • Teach drawing to others–adults and children,
  • Discover your world drawing—traveling, at home, in boring meetings, anytime, anyplace,
  • Draw quickly and effortlessly,
This workshop will use Mr. Dvorak’s book, Drawing Without Fear, as a guide to the exercises presented.  The carefully planned sequence of information and hands-on drawing exercises, with a wide variety of media, will free your creative hand and eye
Materials Fee: All drawing materials, your paper, the book, Drawing Without Fear, and handouts are included in the materials fee of $30, to be paid at the beginning of the workshop. If you have the book, bring it to the workshop and save $20.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Flowers (May 26)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: Sunday Workshop: May 26 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Flowers are a lovely and enchanting thing to paint — from bouquets and blossoms to poppy fields and super blooms. Nearly every artist paints flowers, and it’s a great way to build your skills. In this fun one-day session we will take on this popular and rewarding subject for art, and explore it together.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Flowers offer great lessons in color mixing and blending, light source and contrast, edges and shapes. you will learn about key concepts of painting, including composition, brushwork techniques, style and storytelling.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, pencils — whatever you like. Toaa will have still life floral arrangements and lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Painting Impressionist Landscapes (May 2024)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: Four Wednesdays: May 15, 22, 29, June 5 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $180, or become a member for an additional discount!

Impressionism is one the most beloved styles of painting. It’s playful, passionate, and just plain fun! We will do a deep dive into this popular and rewarding approach to painting, exploring the methods and techniques of great impressionists.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Impressionism offers great lessons in composition, perspective and depth, color theory, and brushwork technique. And we will explore key concepts of painting and art-making, including inspiration and subject matter, artistic style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Dogs and Cats (May 5)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: Sunday Workshop: May 5 2pm - 6pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

We all love our pets, and we have so many great pictures of them. Let’s explore the art of pet portraiture together in this fun one-day session. We will take a deep dive into this wonderful and rewarding subject for art-making.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Dogs and Cats are an inspiring subject for us, and painting them is a great lesson in composition, perspective, and anatomy. We will explore key concepts of painting and art-making, including color theory, brushwork technique, artistic style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, pencils — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great images for you to choose from, but you are encouraged to bring pictures of your own pets to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: Still Life Painting (April 21)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: Sunday Workshop: April 21 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Still life is one of the most timeless and fascinating things to paint, with an endless variety. Nearly every artist has explored it, and it’s a great way to build your painting skills. This fun one-day session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Still life offers great lessons in composition and perspective, light source, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including brushwork technique, color theory, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting still life arrangements and images for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Seascapes (April 7)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Day Workshop: April 7 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

The sea has inspired artists for thousands of years, and this fun one-day painting session is a deep dive one of the most thrilling subjects for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Seascapes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great seascapes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (March 17)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Day Workshop: March 17 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Clouds are a timeless source of fascination, and artists love to explore them. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Cloud scenes are a great lesson in composition, color theory, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great cloud scenes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Beginning Pastel: The Basics Workshop (January 13)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Mary Dettle

Offered: One Saturday Workshop: January 13th Noon to 4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Learn everything you need to know in one fun day to get started drawing and painting in soft pastel! From choosing the right paper, pastels and colors to basic techniques to create different effects. This is your class if you’re just getting started or want a refresher. Demonstrations of step by step exercises in sketching and painting with this exciting and vibrant medium will assist you on your artistic journey.



Meet the Instructor:

Mary Dettle has been enjoying painting with the colorful medium of pastels for over 15 years. She loves them for their versatility and richness in application and rich pigments.  Mary has shown her work in numerous shows including the Scotts Valley Art and Wine where she was the featured artist in 2009, and the California Landscape Shows . She has a bachelors degree in Interior Design and a Credential in Art Instruction . She enjoyed teaching elementary school for 22 years weaving fun, laughter and creativity into her lessons.


Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Snow Scenes (Dec 17)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: December 17 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Snow Scenes are really fun to paint, with a fantastic variety of lighting effects and colors. This one-day workshop is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Snow Scenes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great Snow Scenes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Impressionist Landscapes (November 19)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: November 19 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Impressionism is one the most beloved styles of painting. It’s playful, passionate, and just plain fun! This one-day session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding approach to painting.

This one-shot class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Impressionism offers great lessons in composition and color theory. And we will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including brushwork technique, perspective and depth, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

 

Urban Sketching Made Easy! with Robert Dvorak (November)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: November 12 10:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120

This will be a full day of learning urban sketching for fun. Urban sketching and sketch crawling are now being practiced worldwide. This enjoyable day should prepare you for a lifetime of outdoor drawing pleasure. It will give you great ideas for improving and practicing your drawing skills in public–here at home or when you travel to other urban settings in the world.  Most of the day will be spent practicing drawing outdoors. Bring your lunch to the class. We will eat our lunch when we are hungry giving us more time to practice our urban sketching skills.

Please plan to add watercolor you your drawings so bring a travel watercolor pan set. We will use my book, The Pocket Drawing Book, as a guide to the exercises presented. Bring your copy of this book to the workshop if you have it.

 


You will learn:
  • short and easy practice exercises for drawing urban subjects.
  • 22 tips on how to draw or paint in comfort in a public place
  • ways to add watercolor to your line drawings
  • how to draw quickly and easily with confidence
  • how to include people, trees and other outdoor things.
  • simple and impressive drawing techniques, including hatching and shading
  • how to use pen with watercolor
  • some simple perspective tips and much more
This day of urban sketching is designed to get you drawing anywhere and loving it.  No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing more often in public.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Water (October 8)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: October 8 2pm to 6pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $85

Water is one of the most wonderful things to paint, with a fantastic variety of effects and colors. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Water scenes are a great lesson in perspective, light source, color theory, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting waterscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (Sept 10)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: September 10th 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Cloudcapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Cloud scenes are a great lesson in color theory, composition, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.