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2024 Rafael DeSoto Jr "Painting California Coastlines"

Rafael DeSoto, Jr
Painting California Coastlines


This 3-day workshop will focus on learning how to paint beautiful California coastlines in watercolor using photo references from Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Monterey.


Lessons will be based on painting in a representational, impressionistic manner with consideration in developing your personal style. Learn methods for painting waves, rocks, ocean currents, wet sand, cliffs and dunes. Emphasis will be on creating compelling compositions, using tonal values and effective application of color. Procedures for washes, blending, underpainting, layering, dry brush, masking, lifting and scraping will be explored. Tips on interpreting photo reference, using thumbnail sketches, and plein-air painting set ups are included. Students will also be coached on learning how to view subjects simply in order to paint boldly and confidently.


Lectures will be followed by demonstrations along with easy-to-follow step-by-step instruction. Constructive critiques will be offered. Students can expect to complete at least one painting each day.


Skill Level: Experienced Beginner and Up

Check out a demo by the artist on Youtube for the Society of West Coast Artists.  Website

Online Demo Date: June 2, 2024 @ 1:30 - 4 p.m (pdt)
Online Workshop Dates: June 10 - 12, 2024
Workshop Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (pdt)

Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

ONLINE Workshop Fees: (Members can reserve a spot for a $75 deposit)

Member Fee: $225
Non-member Fee: $275

Skill Level: Beginner and Up
Artist's Website: DeSoto, Jr. Website

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"Monterey Coastline" by Rafael DeSoto, Jr.
Monday, June 10, 2024, 9:30 AM until Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 3:30 PM
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Cancellation Policy:
SCVWS Workshops Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please contact the Workshop Director or the Registrar to cancel your enrollment.

Cancellations made prior to 30 days will receive full refund.

Cancellations between 30 days and the end of the workshop will NOT receive any refund.

Balance payments are due 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. Make payments online.

Failure to pay within 15 days of the beginning of the workshop will result in your enrollment being removed and your spot made available to the membership. Your monies will NOT be refunded.

Workshop participants are NOT authorized to fill their own slot.

SCVWS reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet the minimum of 15 participants requirement. If SCVWS cancels the workshop, all monies paid will be refunded to the participant by check.
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Initial Payment: $ 75.00

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