California Watercolor Society
Roland Lee – Watercolor landscapes workshop
August 20-21, 2020 – 2 Days, Thursday-Friday, All Levels

Sponsored by the California Watercolor Association. This workshop is designed to help artists become better interpreters of the landscape by learning to see how nature catches our attention. Our role is not to duplicate nature but to create new images based on our personal experiences. Using Powerpoint and live demonstrations, plus printed handouts, Roland will guide us through the steps he uses to create exciting studio landscape paintings from on-location sketchbook studies and ordinary reference photos. We will do a number of paintings studies in class, and complete one small finished painting. Roland will be demonstrating in watercolors, all levels are welcome, but the experienced watercolorist will probably gain the most from his presentation. Subjects include: Seeing the light; Amazing 3-minute skies; Unraveling the frustrations of negative painting; Guaranteeing success with sketchbook value studies; and Creating winning paintings from wimpy photos.
Non Members Fee: $360.00 Members Fee: $300.00

Materials List and Instructions (Download)

Workshop location: Concord, California
Cal State East Bay University, Art Lab – 4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Concord CA
Workshop information here

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2020 Master Classes – 4 Students per session

These small-group classes are for experienced painters, held in Roland’s own private studio classroom, and include a lot of one-on-one time focusing on specific needs. Roland only takes 4 or 5 Students in his Master Classes, and they must have already taken one of his workshops or classes to be eligible. The typical pattern consists of a one-or two hour morning demo and/or Powerpoint instruction by the teacher with the remainder of the time spent working on your own individual paintings. You should come to class with ideas for potential paintings or paintings in progress. It is also okay to bring finished paintings to talk about. Classes are held on one Friday and one Saturday each month. You can choose either one or both days. Cost is $150 per person per day.

Master Class dates for 2020:

Fri-Sat Jan 17-18 2020

Fri-Sat Feb 28-29 2020

Fri-Sat March 13-14 2020

Fri-Sat April 24-25 2020

Fri-Sat May 22-23 2020

Call or email for availability 435-673-1988.

St. George, UT Workshops:
Roland Lee usually presents several workshops from his St. George studio each year. Located just 45 minutes from Zion National Park, and only minutes from Snow Canyon, St. George provides the ideal setting for plein air instruction and  vacation-style scenic watercolor workshops. Regardless of the subject matter, each workshop usually includes both studio and outdoor sketching and painting in various locations, coupled with in-studio powerpoint presentations and live demonstrations. If you want to jump-start your art, and re-charge your artistic batteries, this is the place to do it.

Subscribe to Roland’s Watercolor Workshop Channel on YouTube

Private Lessons:

For those who need very specific help, Roland Lee offers private consultation/lessons. These are also held in his own private studio and include one-on-one time focusing on specific needs of the individual. All levels are welcome from beginning to advanced. A 3-hour morning session or afternoon session is $300 per session.

Custom Group Workshops:

Roland will custom create an individualized 1-3 day workshop for your painting group for $1000 a day. Call or text Roland directly for more information on private instruction. 435-673-1988.

Experience Levels:
All Roland’s workshops are intended for painters with some previous watercolor experience and a knowledge of basic watercolor painting techniques. You don’t have to be a pro, but we do want you to feel comfortable. No specific paints or materials are required. Just bring what you like to use. A suggested materials list can be found below.

What to expect:
Typical workshops consist of teacher demonstrations, powerpoint presentations, and actual student painting time under Roland’s supervision. Classes will be mostly in the studio, with some short outdoor sketching trips to learn to see in nature. At least two plein air outdoor painting workshops are offered each year in southern Utah’s spectacular National Park country.

Meeting Times:
Classes generally meet from 9am to 4pm each day with a 1-hour lunch break (on your own).

Tuition and Cancellations:
The Class fee is due at reservation. You will receive a full refund if cancellation notice is given 30-days prior to class time. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time.

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 1.26.24 PMSee Roland’s Latest Full-length Step-by-Step Instructional Videos

In response to requests from his many workshop participants, Roland Lee has now released a series of new step-by-step instructional videos for online download. Each video is shot with multiple cameras, and uses both dialog and on-screen text to demonstrate in real time his watercolor techniques. Each demo features a complete painting starting with the planning and thumbnail studies to the finished matted painting.

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