Workshops

My objective in teaching a workshop is to share my thought process in constructing a painting. By learning how I think as I demonstrate various watercolor techniques, students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original design in their own personal statements.

My workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas but still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. The inspiration comes both from nature and the inevitable unpredictability of the watercolor medium.

I demonstrate a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Topics include: wet-into-wet, under-painting and layering, designing with shapes (using realistic or abstract forms), and methods for producing clean washes. Daily demonstrations and critiques each last about an hour, leaving ample time for painting and individual assistance. Critiques will approach problem solving upon the premise that there is always a solution that can turn an unsuccessful painting into a successful one.        

                                      WORKSHOPS and Events 2019

I have no workshops scheduled for the rest of this year but welcome visits to my Napa Valley Studio. 1085 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga CA.                     

Let me know if you wish to visit. My new book is also available here

Thursday, October 10 rescheduled to NOVEMBER 14 1:30-4:00 PM                            Demonstration for Watercolor Art Society of Sonoma County at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave Santa Rosa, CA.

Sunday, October 20 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Join us for the Opening Reception    Watercolor From Within – 22 Barbara Nechis watercolors on exhibition THE GALLERY AT FIRST Presbyterian Church 1550 Pacific Avenue,       Santa Rosa. Exhibit runs through January 4,                                                         Building Hours Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday 9-12.

                                                    WORKSHOPS 2020   

Feb 17  SANIBEL ISLAND, FL
Demonstration for Big Arts open to public

Feb 18-20 Workshop (3 day)
www.bigarts.org email: info@bigarts.org 

March 9-12 SEDONA, AZ (4 day workshop)
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society contact: martimcnamee@outlook.com www.naws-az.org

Napa Valley Studio Workshops

My studio classes are similar to what I offer throughout the country and suitable for students with some experience in watercolor who enjoy a challenge. Limited to 12 participants. Access the complete course description, supply list and sign-up form Studio Course DescriptionSupply List or send an email to nechis@earthlink.       

March 30-April 2  (4 day)                                                                                         For committed artists who paint regularly (places reserved for returning students until January 15)                                                                                            

May 4-6 (3 day) open to new and returning students.                                  

Details will be posted at least 6 months prior to the following workshops

October 4-8 Austin TX, Waterloo Watercolor Group

October 14-16 Reno, NV Sierra Watercolor Society                              

October 17 demo 1-3PM

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  1. I am interested in your workshop in the Hudson River Valley May15-17, 2015. I took a workshop from you in Rockland, Maine about 12 years ago when I first took up watercolor. They are stil the best watercolor paintings I think I have done, so would love to reconnect. Sue Scheer

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