Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange


  • Are you eager to sketch new places?
  • Are not quite ready to travel and paint outside?
  • Want instruction from seasoned international instructors?

Then welcome to Foreign Exchange.

Studio Kelkar and Pedro Loureiro are teaming up to bring a set of workshop that will start online but end outdoors. We have 2 sets for you.

  • Our first set is Lisboa focussed. (Sign up link)
  • Our second set is San Jose focussed. (You are in the right place, keep reading)

We use technology so that you can avail of instruction from both of us in one weekend. Look at the graphics to see how the 3, 2-hour sessions are planned.

The San Jose focussed workshop will begin Friday night in the comfort of your house where Pedro will instruct from his home town of Lisboa over Zoom. Next day, Uma will take you to Almaden Lake (link) to use the tools that you learned from Pedro the day before. She will of course add her flavor to his teachings in-person. After lunch break, we reconvene for an on-location workshop with Uma as the in-person instructor and will have a booth setup where Pedro can Zoom chat with anyone who needs 1-1 instruction. We will have a system in place so no one person overuses Pedro’s 1-1 time.

In Pacific time
Fri, June 25, 6 pm – 8 pm, Pedro teaches via Zoom
Sat, June 26, 10 am – 12 pm, Uma on location
Sat, June 26, 1 pm – 3 pm, Uma on location, Pedro on Zoom
And you get a Sunday to relax.

Our common strengths:
Introverted instructors who can talk a lot about painting. Both use watercolor, ink and pens and are avid urban sketchers. Both volunteer with urban sketchers in varying roles other than that of Urban Sketcher instructors.

Our differentiating strengths:

Where Uma is a shape painter, Pedro is a line artist. Even his complex drawings appear clean and this skill is reflected in his vocabulary and in-person teaching as well. Uma is well acquainted with Almaden Lake and feels she can show you beauty in the sometimes stark vegetation around the lake. Starting with line and moving to shapes or vice-versa will inform choices one makes. Foreign Exchange workshops will provide options for tackling the same plein air spot. 

We will follow all the county restrictions and social distancing mandates. Uma is fully vaccinated.

* All times below are Pacific.
* Zoom link will be shown upon registration.
* 24 hours before the workshop, Zoom link will be once again sent to the email address with which payment is made. Don’t forget to check that inbox!
* Material list is below in the ‘Additional Information’ tab.
* One 2 hour class: $65 + PayPal fees = $67.2
* All three 2 hour classes:  $195+PayPal fees = $201

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Fri June 25, 6pm, Sat Jun 26, 10am, Sat Jun 26, 1pm, All three workshops


Paper: Watercolor Painting Sketchbook preferred. If using loose watercolor paper, use quarter sheet papers, you will go through 4 of them. Tape/clip loose paper on a flat support. Prefer rough grain, and cold pressed. Make sure that your sketchbooks can open flat. Otherwise bring clips to hold down pages of your study book.

Brushes: Watercolor round brushes, size 12, 6, 2. If you are using squirrel mops: size 2 alone works. Uma will be working in a sketchbook too, so large washes are not expected.

Spray bottle: Used to keep washes and paints moist in hot weather.

Pigments: Raw sienna, Burnt sienna (brown), Cerulean blue, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, Neutral tint(black), Sap or Olive green, Hansa Yellow Medium (rarely used). Adding Carmine will round out your palette but if you don't have it, you won't suffer in learning.

Pencil: 2B lead or softer

Eraser: Don't bring one

Markers: Some black-grey markers to do thumbnails in addition to pencil. Tombow brush pens are great.

Pen: Nib pen with waterproof ink, or pigment fineliners

Cancellation Policy

No cancellation allowed.


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