From the Plein Air Sketch to the Watercolor Painting

With instructor Jean Warren

In a workshop of sketching and watercolor painting

Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm

Arts Center; Sign up by March 23, 2017

Members $325; Non-members $375

Download materials list for the Jean Warren workshop by clicking here.


"hide-go-seek" Jean Warren
“hide-go-seek” Jean Warren


Jean Warren is inspired by the great outdoors. It’s all there; the shapes, colors, texture, line, value, and much more. Come along as we sketch the forest outside.

In this class, participants will use sketchbook/journals to play with their imagination,  contour-draw, and gesture-scribble the leaves and branches before them.

“Sketching/journaling contributes to our visual library of ideas which we will then put to use by transferring the sketches into paintings,” Warren says. “We’ll explore how we put us, the artist, in our work, and why movement and dominance are important. Jean will demonstrate watercolor’s versatility, and how to use its unpredictable qualities as we respond to what the paint is doing on the paper. We will explore ‘paint to water ratio’, color theory, negative space, and leaving whites.”

"Hakone-Oak"-Jean Warren
“Hakone-Oak”-Jean Warren

Through individual help and critiques, artists, at all levels, will experience the confidence of painting personal and dynamic watercolors in this workshop.

Warren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and has been painting and teaching for over 35 years. Her paintings are included in public, corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her work and articles about painting are featured on the cover and in Places in Watercolor, Best of Watercolor, Bridging Time & Space- Essays on Layered Art, and The Art of Layering, among others.

Warren is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, and The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.  She teaches The Creative Process in Watercolor at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and has paintings on exhibit throughout Sonoma County. In August, she co-leads The Women’s Alpine Art Retreat in the Sierra. She also has been painting collaboratively with two other artists for the past 8 years, resulting in shows in Los Altos, Calif. and Ashland, Ore.

"Spring-Lake"-Jean Warren
“Spring-Lake”-Jean Warren


Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy

Register at Gualala Arts Center, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm or call (707) 884-1138. We accept Visa and Mastercard. Out of town workshop participants: see our Visitor Information page, including lodgings & restaurants.

If you would like to receive monthly workshop email announcements, please go to our website, Go to the left menu and click “Email sign up.”  After signing in with your current email address, instructions will be mailed to you for updating your email choices.

Class must be paid in full at registration. Payments can be refunded (minus a $25 non-refundable fee) until the “register by” date; after that date, no refunds. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled. All classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If the class does not fill, you will receive a full refund. Please check that your class has filled before the first meeting date.