Watercolor in Bloom! A 2-Day Workshop

Saturday April 1 and Sunday, April 2
Update: Only 2 spots left!  Contact via email to reserve.
Paint indoors and out as we focus on shapes, values, edges and composition rendered in a luscious springtime palette. As always, we focus on fundamentals in an inspiring setting that will have you exploring still life, florals, interiors or outdoor fountain-splashed vignettes.
The Garden Room at the Sierra 2 Center in Sacramento, is a charming 1929-vintage classroom with french doors, wainscoting and a small kitchen. We also have exclusive access to an outdoor tiled courtyard with California mission influences featuring a variety of flowers and peaceful fountain.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and beyond, with step by step instruction, slides and targeted challenges for more advanced painters. Space is limited. You bring your own supplies. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Email me to hold a spot, fees can be paid at PayPal, where you can find me via my email address. If you prefer to pay by check, send it to the PO address on my contact page.
Fee: $200.
Garden Room and Patio
Sierra 2 Center, Sacramento
Saturday April 1 and Sunday, April 2
10:00am – 3:00pm
March 7th, 2017|Watercolor, Workshops|

2-day Fall Workshop in Vermont

Creative by Design

September 20 & 21, 9:00-4:00 at the Bennington Center for the Arts


Art and science converge in a workshop about inspiration, imagination and intentional creativity.  If you’ve ever run headlong into artist block or just felt stuck-in-a-rut, this two-day retreat will give your creative muscle a good stretch.  Artists of all mediums and skills levels are invited to join us as we dispel the myth of the muse and learn what neuroscience has to say about the artistic process.  We’ll be using watercolors and assorted drawing tools for creative cross-training in this hands-on workshop where you’ll interpret the science for yourself in a series of drawings, doodles and playful paintings.

● Experience the difference between just looking and actually seeing.  As artists, we sometimes take vision for granted – yet it is an incredibly complex process that uses up a sizeable portion of the brain’s energy and computing power. How do we make the most of it?

● Discover the overlap between how the brain processes what we see and the elements and principles of design – the basic compositional tools that guide us through creating a work of art.

● Learn how an intentional creative process offers cognitive benefits that extend well beyond making art.

● Return to your studio with an artful array of simple and effective strategies to reinvigorate your own creative process.

Register directly through the Benningon, by calling Jade Trombley at 802-442-7158 or email her at Course fee is $250.  Full payment is expected upon registration.  Workshops are open to all artists for registration – AWA members receive 10% discount on all workshops. Email me for a supplies list.

Spring 2016 Six-Week Workshop

Friday mornings, 9:30-11:30, March 11 – April 15  
The Pocket-Greenhaven Library in Sacramento is again offering my beginner series of workshops as part of their “In Creative Company” series for adults.  The classes are free of charge and all your supplies are provided – it just doesn’t get better than that! This class is perfect for the brand-new beginner as well as painters with a little more experience.  You must sign up through the library to attend.   Online signups begin  Friday, February 12 at 1:00pm.  They expect this class to fill very quickly – probably within the hour – so don’t wait.
February 10th, 2016|Watercolor, Workshops|

Autumn Hues, Fall Favorites: A Two-Day Watercolor Workshop

October 31 and November 1
Sierra 2 Center, Sacramento
Course Fee: $180.
The rich bold colors of autumn will inspire the weekend as we explore expressive watercolor.   Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced painter, it’s always good to focus on fundamentals as we hone our direct observation skills with glorious fall still life.  On Saturday, we’ll paint the bounty of the season in still life arrangements with emphasis on color, composition and pattern.  On Sunday we will take a different spin on still life as we learn how to create “one-off” watercolor monotypes with a variety of techniques.   All skill levels are welcome. Students will provide their own art supplies.  Please note: your course fee includes specialty materials needed for monoprinting and participants will be able to keep the acrylic printing plates which I will provide.
September 22nd, 2015|Watercolor, Workshops|

May 1st free watercolor workshop

Free 8-week watercolor workshop

I’ll be teaching a free eight week introduction to watercolor course at the Pocket-Greenhaven Library in Sacramento starting May 1, 2015 The course is a grant-sponsored program called In Creative Company – a series of art classes for older adults (55+).

Discover and express your inner talents through watercolor as we explore this expressive medium from a beginner’s perspective. We’ll cover landscape, still life, figurative and abstract works, along with the basics of color theory and the elements and principles of design.

You must register through the library. If the class is full – get on the wait list. Perhaps they’ll add another section if there’s enough interest. Here is the link: Sacramento Public Library

April 9th, 2015|Watercolor, Workshops|

Art, Yoga, Earfilms!

An weekend experiential multi-sensory journey in collaboration with The Crocker Museum of Art and the Mondavi Center… March 21-22

This workshop will be unlike anything you’ve done before!  You’ll just have to see it to believe it…or listen closely, as is the case with Earfilms, an innovative performance group with roots in the United Kingdom, the BBC, New York and Toronto.  Earfilms will be performing at the Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus in March, and in conjunction with the Mondavi and the Crocker Art Museum, I’ll be team-teaching a creative workshop built around this mind-blowing event.

On March 21, we’ll meet at the Mondavi for creativity exercises, meditation, light yoga and a gourmet box supper.  Then we attend the first-ever feature-length Earfilm, To Sleep, To Dream; a purely audio event that fuses storytelling, 3D sound and a cinematic musical score into a hyperreal experience that will unlock your imagination. The following day, we meet at the Crocker Art Museum to create mixed-media artscapes using all five senses to access the inner visions from the night before.

Space is limited, and already filling fast.  You must register with through the Crocker.  $150 for members and $185 for non-members, includes admission to the Mondavi, box supper, admission to the Corcker and art supplies.  Team taught: Kathy Lemke Waste and Madeleine Lohman.

Watercolor Workshops

My watercolor workshops will resume in June through October, 2015 on the last Saturdays of the month.  Look for more information on my website later in February.  Between now and then, I’ll be in the studio painting, painting, painting!  You can catch a glimpse of one of my new large-scale watercolors on the easel in the studio portrait above.

January 5th, 2015|Workshops|

Wine Country Workshop a Success!

The September Wine Country Watercolor Workshop was a real success, with students enjoying beautiful sunny weather and prime painting conditions.  We look forward to doing it again next year.


October 8th, 2014|Watercolor, Workshops|

Watercolor and Yoga: a “Bisociation” in the High Sierras

The creative juices were flowing at our watercolor & yoga workshop at the Buck Scholar Retreat in sunny Squaw Valley in California’s High Sierras last weekend.  Creativity research tells us that breakthroughs often occur when two or more disciplines intersect. Whether you call it Chi or Prada, the life force was with us as we explored color – yet another form of energy –  and gave our muscles a good creative stretch.

“The act  of creation,” wrote Arthur Koestler, is based on “the thesis that creative originality does not mean creating or originating a system of ideas out of nothing but rather out of a combination of well-established patterns of thought–by a process of cross-fertilization.”  Koestler calls this process “bisociation.”  “The creative act,” he said, “…uncovers, selects, reshuffles, combines, synthesizes already existing facts, ideas, faculties, skills.”

The cross-fertilization between yoga and art had rich results.  Participants juried a selection of their works to be matted, framed and included in a silent auction to benefit future Buck scholarship recipients.

July 15th, 2014|Creativity Retreats, News|

September 19 to 21- Wine Country Watercolor – A 3-Day Workshop

September 19-21 – Knowlton Gallery, Lodi,CA

Seventy-five wineries along with 750 winegrowers farming nearly 100,000 acres of winegrapes makes the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, California, the perfect spot for an early autumn watercolor adventure. Vineyards, grapes and fine vintages will provide the inspiration and the subject matter for a three-day focused workshop covering the fundamentals.

We’ll practice technique and explore the visual language of color, design and composition, while working with vibrant color triads. Our economical approach includes using a limited palette with an eye toward transparency, offering a foolproof way to mix color without making making mud.

Our classroom is inside the Knowlton Gallery where we will be surrounded by fine art as we explore each concept with demonstration, slides, examples and plenty of hands-on practice. We’ll take a day to spend painting plein aire on location at the scenic Heritage Oak Winery along the banks of the Mokelumne River.

Experienced students will be able to concentrate on composition, technical skills and color development. Beginners will enjoy a comprehensive introduction to this expressive medium in a positive and supportive learning environment.
$375. Materials list provided upon registration. To Register: (209) 368-5123 Or email Robin Knowlton at

July 7th, 2014|Workshops|