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Painting & Drawing

Be inspired by professional artist-instructors who are accomplished in their fields and will share their expertise in a range of techniques, media, and styles. Workshops are tailored for all levels of proficiency – from beginners to professional artists.

Don’t miss our special online opportunities in painting and drawing, or explore the many online workshops our artist-faculty have designed to keep your creativity flowing and for expanding your figurative “tool kit.”

Check back in November to see the line-up of workshops for 2021.

2020 Online Workshops

Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

Robert Regis Dvorak
Dates: 7/21, 7/23, 7/28, 7/30
Times: 2:00pm to 3:30pm (PDT)

Four 1 ½ hour sessions (Two sessions per week) 

This will be a new online workshop experience. The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore, experiment and nurture your creativity. 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 day there will be one or more painting exercises. Prior to each session, you will be sent handout materials and some preparation instructions. At the beginning of the session you will see examples 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 your individual endeavors and give you valuable feedback.

Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $200
Lab fee: N/A
Enrollment limited to 30 students

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 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.

Instagram: robert.regis.dvorak

Exploring Acrylic Painting

Jessie Dodington
July 6 – 10
Five-day session

Acrylic is the perfect medium for working intuitively and spontaneously, as well as to practice observational art. This workshop covers a range of acrylic painting techniques, from thin watercolor-like application to thick impasto using brushes, palette knives and other tools. Exercises include color-palette investigations, monochromatic and full-color studies, still-life painting, landscape painting, working from photographic resources, and abstract experimentation. Inspiration will be gleaned from the surrounding nature, poems, online sources, photographs, and your imagination.

Experiment, play, and make recipes for color-mixing, mark-making and compositions in a sketchbook that will become your technical and creative reference book. You will complete studies and finished pieces on different surfaces: mixed-media sketchbook, acrylic paper, and canvas board. 

There will be plenty of creative prompts and technical demos if you prefer more direction, and lots of flexibility if you prefer to work more independently. You will leave this workshop having developed a reference and creative process sketchbook, paint studies that can be turned into larger pieces, and finished works of art. Whether you are brand new to painting or more experienced, this will be a creatively liberating and inspirational week.

The course will be organized into five days, each with quick exercises, more in-depth assignments and larger projects. There will be pre-recorded demos, live viewings with questions and discussion, as well as live Zoom painting sessions as a group. Work will be posted in a group gallery for written comments and critique. 

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $625
Lab fee: N/A
Materials List: View list here
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Jessie Dodington holds an MFA from Texas Tech University, and her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the US and internationally. She has taught drawing and painting at Eastern New Mexico University and Texas Tech University and teaches painting workshops for children and adults. She is a member of the 806 Collective at the Charles Adams Studio Project and is published in the Journal of the Texas Art Education Association on the topic “Expanded Materiality: Surprise and Serendipity in Art Education.”


Instagram: @JessieDodingtonArt

Facebook: Jessie Dodington Art

Twitter: @Dodington

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