Watercolor Workshops

beginner and intermediate

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,   2-6 pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT.27&28, 10 am-2pm 1-3 day option  (3 days for total beginners)

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San Francisco Bay Area, El Sobrante

Tuition:   $185    includes materials for beginners
$175 with your own materials

(suggested watercolor materials list sent upon registration)

  • Learn the pigments that never make mud. (Don’t buy any grey, brown, or black!!) Make your browns, darks, and grays by mixing.
  • Experience the three aspects of color–and other tools–to create the illusion of space and set a mood.
  •  Learn  never-fail- for-anyone  drawing for painting method.
  • Plan for dynamic composition
  • Explore many exciting ways of applying and moving paint around without using a brush.
  • Witness a demonstration of several ways to repair ruined or unsuccessful watercolors.
    people may bring paintings they are not happy with and rework them here with my materials.

A small, intimate, intensive workshop taught by Judith Greenleaf M.A., a retired college art instructor (Santa Rosa Jr. College, College of the Redwoods, El Camino College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College,)  and workshop leader (Mendocino Art Center, Gualala Arts, and privately) on the Mendocino Coast, Baja California, and other locations.

This workshop would also be useful for people with some experience painting in other media. Includes ‘Painting Clinic”
Private instruction could be arranged.




JANUARY 24-28                   MARCH 20-24
San Jose del Cabo                     Los Zacatitos

TUITION: $350  Includes materials
$300  with your own materials
 suggested material list upon registration. I will bring materials from the U.S. for those registering before November 1, 2014

REGISTRATION: judith@judithgreenleaf.com  


Plein Air Workshop in MendocinoThe five day intensive provides total beginners with skills needed to make watercolor part of your life.  Intermediates will strengthen their foundation and learn some new techniques

Plein Air artists (intermediate and advanced) will work outdoors in whatever media they choose. We will focus on issues specific to plein air painting:  planning your painting, studies and photos for reference and for studio work, responding to changing light,  contemplating your work to deciding on your next steps and how you might complete the work in the studio or develop a series.


Beginners and Intermediates in Watercolor  will learn everything necessary to make watercolor a part of your life.

  • video_thumbnailDrawing for painting
  • Planning dynamic   paintings
  •  Creating space
  • Choosing and mixing pigments
  • Applying the paint in exciting ways. Letting the paint and water do the work without using a brush!
  • total beginners will do a contour drawing and a watercolor on the first day.

Intermediate and Advanced painters will paint ‘en plein air’ in whatever media they choose, from the inspiring images that surround us.

The plein air painters get a brief presentation and go off to paint while I work with the beginners and those who want a review of watercolor techniques.  After about  3 hours, I meet with the Plein Air painters again, we see what they have done. We have a group critique, and the appropriate teaching follows.

This is a very small mixed level class which enriches everybody and is flexible and responsive to individual needs. The critiques are encouraging (so I have been told) and help students learn to analyze paintings, their own and that of others, and plan their next steps.
For Information and Registration, judith@judithgreenleaf.com

Watercolor by Judith Greenleaf

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3 Responses to Watercolor Workshops

  1. Pat Carneal says:

    Hello Judith,
    I would like to register for your class in Port Townsend Oct 5-6. I just looked at your paintings and love the colors and looseness. I’d like to paint just like you!!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Pat,thanks for your gracious comments. It looks like you missed the Port Townsend workshop but I will be giving 2 watercolor workshops at lovely locations in Baja California where it is warm and sunny during the winter.
    January 18-22 will probably take place at the Hotel Posada Real in San Jose del Cabo, but if the first people who register prefer Casa Corazon in Los Zacatitos, we will do it there. In either case, you could stay at Casa Corazon in Los Zacatitos and I would drive us to the hotel. if the first people to register prefer to have the workshop at Zacatitos, you will be there. The March 15-19 watercolor/plein air workshop takes place in Los Zacatitos.
    To see both locations, accommodations, and prices, go to http://www.greenleaf-art-artvacations.com/destinations/los-zacatitos-baja-sur-mexico/ and
    I look forward to hearing from you and, hopefully, working with you. If you would like to ask questions or register, please call me at 707-206-7472 or email judith@judithgreenleaf.com
    warmly, Judith

  3. Maria Yurasek says:

    will you be holding a beginning waterpainting/sketch class in Nov 2014 and April 2015 at what sounds like Mulege?

    I own in Laguna Hills

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