Past Workshops

Watercolor and Mixed Media Collage

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 02/16/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89

Brilliant colour, and a step into abstracting from nature, this process creates stunning results for artists of all levels.

Using a technique that I’ve been developing and loving for years, we’ll first create our materials by painting fine tissue  paper with watercolor in a very free, loose and expressive way.  Each sheet of tissue is then like a sheet of stained glass, ready to be “glazed” , torn, cut, layered and collaged to create images of pure colour and texture that are unique and beautiful.

This intensive all-day workshops includes all materials .

You will learn this new technique, create one beautiful piece of artwork, meet some other artists, and its really fun!

Introduction to Oils

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Mac McWilliams

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 02/09/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price: $89.00

Have you ever wanted to try oils?  This workshop is for both new artists or experienced artists wishing to try a new medium.  We will look at paint quality,  how to set up your palette, uses of various mediums, brushes & brushwork, and more.   More than just a “Materials & Techniques” demonstration, we will cover composition, color theory and paint paintings.

 

Instructor: Mac McWilliams is a professional artist and teacher with over 40 years’ experience.  Well-known on the Central Coast, his work is represented in both private and public collections.  An Open Studios artist and a long-time member of the Carmel Art Association.

TEXTURE: Get the Feel of it!

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Janet Trenchard

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 02/02/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price $89

Learn how to get that highly textured surface using common and uncommon materials!  A highly textured surface evokes the elements of earth and appeals to our sense of touch.  Let’s explore new ways to create textured surfaces and interact with them with sepia washes, scumbling, sanding and more!

Janet Trenchard has retired from teaching art in the public schools and now is a fulltime professional artist. She has been in juried exhibitions around the Bay Area and Carmel, and is a Santa Cruz Open Studios artist.

Janet Trenchard, Artist’s Statement

I work in an abstract contemporary style, and often work large for the physicality of it, and the sense of expansion.

I enjoy texture for the sense of touch, implied or real. My work is inspired by exploration and the interaction with materials.

What’s coming through in my current work expresses the earth, geology, geography, water.

 

 

Materials As Metaphor (Acrylics)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Judy Gittelsohn

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 01/26/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price: $89.00

A one-day Golden Paints workshop featuring three separate projects:
Wild Water
Using watercolor paper and plenty of water, plunge into the flow and enjoy the voyage. Experience effects of Golden High Flow and Golden Fluid Acrylics. Wet into wet with water leading the way.
Deep Ravine
Now on board (acid free backing board), learn how to add depth, texture and interesting dimension. Golden Heavy Body Acrylics will help you scramble down the gulch, scale the shale, scratch at the edges, shimmer at the shore and explore the heady world of rough Golden Gels. Pumice gel, Glass bead gel and more.
Forging the Stream
A Fierce offering.
Formulate a theme, a symbol, something simple, an emblem and then some. A synthesis on canvas. Blending and layering and delaying and engaging. Then selecting and eliminating and refining and highlighting.
Please bring two or more canvases 16 x 20 or larger. All other materials are provided, but you may bring brushes and tools of your choice.
Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She exhibits widely and her work is collected around the world.  Judy is a Golden Paints Certified Working Artist, educating artists about the vast variety of Golden products and their uses.

Making Faces: An Introduction to Portraiture

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 01/19/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Faces are endlessly fascinating. And given a few basics, it’s surprisingly easy to draw them.

In this intensive workshop, we will discover the underlying anatomy that we all share as humans.

Then we’ll explore the subtle nuances that make each of us so unique.

We will focus on the capturing a likeness quickly in a portrait sketch, rather than a formal sitting.

Drawing on the “canons of the face”, Betty Edward’s, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, and my own 30 year experience as a portrait painter, we will weave together several very different approaches to drawing and painting the wonderful human face.

I can’t  guarantee that you will be a brilliant portrait painter by the end of the workshop, but you WILL have a clear understanding of human facial proportions, you’ll have drawn a convincing portrait of a person of your choice, you’ll have learned a few secrets and tricks of the trade, and have taken the first steps on a path that may become a lifelong obsession.

The drawings below have all been made in my sketchbook, at concerts and in cafes, and the people were NOT holding still!

               

Seana has an MA in Drawing as Process, and has drawn and painted humans (and dogs…) all her life, both as a professional portrait painter for many years, and in life drawing sessions for decades. She has taught in adult education and at university level for over 25 years, and loves to share her experience and enthusiasm for the human form.

Holiday Watercolor Workshop

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop, Sunday December 9th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Illustrator Cynthia Armstrong will guide you through this 5 1/2 hour workshop in which you will learn the basics of watercolor painting, experiment with different application techniques and tools, and create your own holiday work of art. Projects include cards, gift tags, bookmarks or a holiday themed work of art suitable for framing.

The workshop will feature an introduction and hands-on tutorial of basic techniques (wet on wet, dry on wet, etc.) as well as an introduction to alternative application tools and techniques.

     

Cynthia will provide a color mixing tutorial, focused specifically on “holiday colors” so you can learn how to mix the saturated reds of poinsettias and holly, or the deep greens from pine trees and wreaths.

Finally you’ll get to work on your final piece, either working from your own inspiration or using one of the pre-prepared design outlines provided by Cynthia. Cynthia will work with everyone to help them achieve their best result.

Introduction to Gouache

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 11/17/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Introduction to Gouache

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It’s water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup. Since it’s dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day.

This introduction to gouache will cover it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matt finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

      

 

 

Experimental Approaches to the Human Form

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: One day workshop, November 10th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Using a wide variety of traditional and unusual materials, (sponges, sticks and fingertips among them), we will look at the human figure from the inside out, attempting to capture the spirit and movement of the form, as well as the underlying anatomical structure.
This is a fun, dynamic and exciting approach for artists at all levels.
It’s a great introduction for beginners , and an excellent way for more experienced artists to loosen up and rejuvenate their practice.
              
Seana has an MA in Drawing as Process, and has drawn and painted humans (and dogs…) all her life, both as a professional portrait painter for many years, and in life drawing sessions for decades. She has taught in adult education and at university level for over 25 years, and loves to share her experience and enthusiasm for the human form.

The Abstract Figure

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Sefla Joseph

Offered: Weekend Workshop, Nov. 3rd & 4th 10am - 3pm

Fee: $200 / $175 members price

Sefla Joseph’s Abstract Figurative Workshop is a process of exploration and discovery. We will be exploring the inner workings of what lies within the human figure: the aches and joys of human experience. Using color, shapes, bold and loose brushwork, layering, and texturing, we will work intuitively with the figure to convey emotions. This workshop is designed for all levels of painters, both beginners and more experienced painters who would like to loosen up.
Sefla Joseph is a figurative abstract artist who grew up in Montreal, Canada. Sefla’s images remind us of our own resilience and inspire us on our journeys, finding our authentic selves. Sefla’s work is exhibited internationally. She now paints and teaches locally in Santa Cruz, California. She has been an Open Studio artist for over a decade. It is her hope that her paintings will connect those who view them with the compassion in their own hearts, and remind us all of our connection to each other. Please visit Sefla’s website at seflajoseph.com to see more of Sefla’s beautiful artwork.

Pastel Portraits

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Mac McWilliams

Offered: One day workshop, October 20th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

This one-day intensive pastel portraiture workshop will concentrate on realistsic modeling of forms with warms and cools, lights and darks, layering techniques and studying the proportions of the human head.

 

                                    

 

 

     (Self-Portrait)     

Mac returns to the Santa Cruz Art League with over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of mediums.  In addition to teaching at UCSC , he has also taught Plein Air, Figure/Life Drawing & Portraiture classes in Carmel and Pacific Grove and is part of the Art Faculty at Notre Dame High School in Salinas.  His artwork has been displayed at many galleries and he has been an Open Studios artist for the past 16 years.  Welcome back Mac!  

 

Introduction to Acrylics

Levels: All Levels

Offered: One day workshop, September 29th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Introduction to Acrylics – this is a great place to begin or just be. Using Golden Acrylic paints, I will teach an overview of a few techniques; layering, blending, glazing. You will learn how to work with gels and create beautiful colors that range from transparent to opaque. This class will introduce you to a range of materials we will discover plenty of ways to paint.
Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She exhibits widely and her work is collected around the world.  Judy is a Golden Paints Certified Working Artist,  educating artists about the vast variety of Golden products and their uses.

Calligraphy – The Pointed Pen

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Ruth Korch

Offered: (2) Saturday Morning Workshops (09/15 and 09/22) 9.30am - 12.30pm

Fee: $90.00

The pointed pen is a dip pen (dipped in ink, as opposed to a cartridge pen) and can be endlessly variable in style, ranging from totally fanciful to classic elegance.  In this two-part series (Saturday mornings, Sept 15 & 22, 9:30am-12:30), we’ll be learning a casual style alphabet probably best characterized by descriptions such as free-form and whimsical.  I use this style of calligraphy all the time in my correspondence and art journals. It’s very user friendly and so much fun!

Ruth Korch is a professional artist, calligrapher and art coach, relishing the variety and continually changing combinations that these roles provide.  She is especially passionate about beautiful letters (calligraphy) and the lettering arts. On her own she enjoys painting unique visual pairings of text with imagery. She is also an avid art journalist, finding it a wonderful medium for the marriage of illustration and text.  A local Open Studios artist and teacher for over 25 years, she loves sharing her enthusiasm and love of letters with anyone who will listen!

Please visit Ruth’s website at www.ruthkorch.com to see more of her beautiful artwork.

Oil & Acrylics Saturday Painting Studio – Cityscapes from Photo

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Barbara Bailey Porter

Offered: Saturday Morning Workshop 08/11/18 9.30am - 12.00pm

Fee: $45.00 - one price for this class

Learn all aspects of painting Cityscapes from photographs (provided by instructor) .  This class will cover composition, paint application, palette organization, value, color, perspective and more.  Students will work on their own paintings, following along as Barbara demonstrates the step-by-step painting process from one or two photographs . Students will be able to paint along and complete a painting in class (or nearly complete). This class is great for beginners, and experienced painters who want to learn Barbara’s quick, loose, painterly process.

 

Watercolor Plus! (Mixed Media)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves Boic

Offered: One day workshop - Sunday 08/05/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

This one-day workshop will explore additions to watercolor. We will begin with a base of watercolor gesso and build on top with a variety of media including:

  • watercolor
  • gouache
  • acrylic inks
  • pastel
  • charcoal
  • inktense blocks/pencils
  • caran d’ache crayons
  • paper

Students may work in abstraction or realism. The emphasis will be on experimentation with the combining of media.

           

 

Jo-Neal has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She paints a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

Pastel for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Getting Started with Soft Pastels

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 07/28/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Come get immersed in the world of soft pastels. In this one day intensive class you will learn the basics of working with this vibrant, forgiving and addictive medium.
We’ll discuss choosing pastels, pastel surfaces, color mixing, layering, mark making, underpainting, value and color harmony. We’ll do a variety of short exercises and some longer studies, preparing you to paint on your own. No previous pastel experience necessary.