The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we will explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Bring your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. We will explore: Using a resist. Drybrush effects. Read More

Watercolor ABC’s (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Do you want to get started with using watercolor in your field sketches? This is the class for you. In this workshop I assume no background using watercolors and will cover the essentials to get you started, so that you can quickly and easily apply watercolor to your work. In this workshop you will learn: Read More

Reflections and other tricky things about water (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Why is water so hard to paint? How do you sketch something that's always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have used, develop some strategies for analyzing what Read More

Drawing Fundamentals: Gesture & Negative Shapes (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Start the Nature Journaling New Year with a look at the most important skills for getting an image on the paper. Using gesture sketching and negative shapes together allows you to block in basic shapes and see fundamental masses. Once you have this down, the details, color, and value can drop onto a framework that Read More

Color Gets All the Credit, Value Does All the Work (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Want to get more of a pop from your watercolors? Wish they were easier to use? Would you like an adaptable system to help you get your paint down on the paper? It is easy to get wrapped around the axle about accurately matching a color. With practice and work you can learn to match Read More

How to draw Marine Mammals (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to help you sketch marine mammals as you see them in the field. Whether you draw from shore or head out whale watching, this class will help you capture the moments on paper. Learn relevant anatomy for artists and field sketchers to help you draw Read More

Drawing Birds: getting the details (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

When the bird lands in front of you, you must be ready to get the basic form on paper with a few lines. This was the focus of last month's workshop which you can view here. But what do you do then? Once you have this basic shape you are ready to fill in the Read More

Songbird Sketching (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Would you like to sketch the birds at your feeder and garden? Learn basic techniques to get the bird on paper while it is still in front of you and how to fill out the drawing from memory and reference once it has flown the coop. In this workshop we will explore drawing songbrids from Read More

Drawing Mammals: the final details (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to round out our exploration of mammal anatomy, structure, and drawing techniques. This will be a fun draw along lecture so bring your sketchbook and pencil. In this workshop we will: Explore ways of rotating a simple mammal model in your head so that you can draw the Read More

Santa Clara Wildflower Show Field Trip

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA

Join the Nature Journal Club at the Santa Clara Valley Wildflower Show. Wildflower Shows are incredible events. For days before, teams of botanists scour the Bay Area and beyond for fresh specimens of wildflowers. These they bring to one room, all labeled and organized. You can easily compare species side by side and become a Read More