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Gualala Arts Workshop
The Wonders of Watercolor
Instructor: Annie Murphy Springer

Saturday - Sunday
November 10 - 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   November 5, 2012
Tuition:   $140 Members; $155 Non-members
Materials fee:   $10
Materials list:   Bring any materials you may have, but none are required

Mother Tree #2, by Annie Murphy Springer This class is for you if:

  • You haven't tried watercolor since years ago - remember the little tin pans, wimpy colors, stubby brushes, and bad paper?

  • You are a novice artist who has heard myths about watercolor, such as it is "hard to control or correct."

  • You use a different medium for your art, such as oil, pastel, or opaque acrylic, and would like to discover the innovations and possibilities of watercolor.

  • You have a spirit of adventure, and would like to experiment with watercolor, and create frame-able art in two days!

Join Annie as she introduces you to the freshness, simplicity, and spontaneity of transparent watercolor.

You will learn the basic principles of composition, color, value, perspective, and brush techniques. You will experiment with "warm and cool" transparent watercolor pigments and create special effects with common tools and materials. You will discover how experimental surfaces influence your painting as you paint on various watercolor papers, YUPO, canvas, and more. And you will create at least 3 frame-able paintings and discover your own previously undiscovered or under-utilized artistic abilities. Bring any materials you have, but none are required.

About the Instructor

Annie Murphy Springer Annie is a (mostly) self-taught watercolorist who has been painting since the 1980s specializing in local landscapes and seascapes. She loves sharing the excitement and surprises of watercolor with her students (especially in her Watercolor For Guys Workshops). She is noted for her innovative approach to teaching where she creates a comfortable, positive learning environment as she demonstrates, guides, works one-on-one, and provides helpful feedback.

She is a member of numerous North Bay art associations and frequently shows her work at member shows, local art galleries, and other interesting venues. At this time she is honored to have three one-person shows along with shared shows in two galleries. Last year, she was served as curator for a multi-artist, multi-media show at the Gualala Arts Center.

Surf's Up, by Annie Murphy Springer She has received a number of awards for her work and has developed an extensive following of collectors of her paintings. They tell her that her art makes them "feel happy," and that they respond to the color, freshness, exuberance, and sometimes whimsy of the paintings.

She has created a series of videos teaching watercolor on KRCB 22, a PBS station in Rohnert Park, Calif. On July 18, 2012, her program was distributed to approximately 300 PBS stations across the USA.

If you go to her website,, you can view these short lessons on "THE WONDERS OF WATERCOLOR" by clicking on "Annie," then "Annie on PBS."

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.