Gray Matter, San Jose

Gray Matter, San Jose


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Gray Matters: How to use two washes in two complementary colors harmonized with gray to generate quick and evocative paintings – is a mouthful title. What it wants to convey is that most paintings can be painted using a flow method of watercolors, top to bottom, like a wash. Two complementary colors are then used to achieve maximum color contrast, harmonized by using gray. The class will emphasize wet in wet painting, loose capture of scene and abstraction of parts of a painting. Come with an attitude to challenge yourself and to practice hard. There will be time to brush up technical skills, especially the art of looking as well as time to see many examples of using same technique while painting varied scenes.

This is an extended version of workshop Uma taught at Chicago Seminar and at USK Symposium in Portugal.

Sat and Sun, March 9 and 10, 2019
9AM-4PM with time for lunch in between.

Saturday will be a in-studio day at –
Citadel Art Studios, 199 Martha Street, San Jose CA 95112
Sunday will be plein-air day around the studio but if weather doesn’t cooperate, we will indoors.

If you sign up, it is assumed you’ve read the FAQ below, so please do read!

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Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event?

18 years or older

Is this a plein air workshop?

This two day workshop will be split into an in-class day on day 1 followed by plein air painting on day 2.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking available.

What can I bring to the workshop?

Supply list will be emailed to you upon booking your ticket & two weeks prior to the workshop.

How big is the class?

We will be 10(min)-15(max) of us.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds will be issued if minimum number of participants is not met by Jan 10, 2019. No refunds after that unless instructor cancels the class.

Is previous watercolor experience required?

Yes, previous watercolor experience is needed.

Is this a repeat of the workshop held in Porto, Portugal for the Urban Sketchers’ Symposium?

USK symposium workshops are 3 hour long workshops held outdoors. This is a more intense workshop where we will start with exercises in studio before we step out the next day.

  • An extended workshop works at a slower pace – but allows to cement the basics it needs to cover for a strong outdoor painting session on day 2.
  • Longer time duration also allows for more material to be explored.
  • An indoor to outdoor class transition has been shown to boost confidence of the students and that increases the happiness quotient of class participants as well as the instructor.




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