Let’s Paint Watercolor Valentines Cards!

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Date: February 4th

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Location: Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, Large Hall – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA

Price: $40

About this Course

This Valentine’s Day have a special gift for your Valentine and friends. A unique handmade watercolor card. Learn all fun techniques using ink and watercolor to create 3 different Valentine’s Day cards. In this workshop the instructor will provide the images for the cards and the students will paint-a-long to create their own cards. At the end of the workshop you will have 3 original watercolor and ink cards that you can send to your Valentine and friends. Class is designed for all levels of painting.

Basic materials you should have for this class: -140lb/300 gm watercolor paper -Basic set of watercolor paints -Set of watercolor brushes include round brushes number 4, 6, 10 or 12 and a rigger brush for details. -Low tack masking tape -Masking fluid -A black ink liner 0.3 or 0.5 (Micron brand) or (Faber Castell)

The simplest way to make the cards is to fold a sheet of paper in half, but you can also find watercolor postcards ready to pop in an envelope if you prefer.

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

Valentine’s Gnomes. Let’s have fun painting this two gnomes wishing you Valentine’s Day.

Bunnies in Love. What a cute card that we can paint with ink and watercolor.

Who doesn’t love a hummingbird with a Valentine’s message.

Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center’s Location

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New watercolor classes in 2023

Starting January 19, 2023 there will be new watercolor classes at LGS Recreation. Here is the list of the classes and the registration links. All new projects in the new year and I will continue doing live step-by-step demos and paint-a-long classes.

Classes are at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center 208 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Watercolor Live Instruction

Dates: January 19 to March 2, 2023 ( No class February 23) (six sessions)

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $185

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Check the projects for this class HERE

Let’s paint watercolor Valentine’s Worskshop

Date: February 4th, 2023 (Saturday)

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Price: $40

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Check the projects for this class HERE

Watercolor Live Instruction (Spring Class)

Dates: March 16 to May 4, 2023 ( No class 3/13 and 4/13) (six sessions)

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $185

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Let’s paint Mother’s Day Watercolor Cards! Workshop

Date: May 6, 2023 (Saturday)

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Price: $40

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Paint Night Spring Blooms in Watercolor Workshop

Date: May 10, 2023 (Wednesday)

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Price: $40

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Landscapes and Spring Flowers Watercolor Instruction Class

Date: May 18 to June 1, 2023 (3 sessions)

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $110

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Center’s location

Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center 208 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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Let’s paint watercolor Thanksgiving cards (Class no longer available)

CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR CLASSES 2023

Thanksgiving is a special Holiday. Let’s celebrate it by sending special handmade cards to our family and friends. In this class you will have the opportunity to paint with watercolor your own Thanksgiving cards. With simple watercolor techniques you will make three different cards. The instructor will provide the images and sketches and will guide you all the way.

One class is still available through Los Gatos Saratoga Community Education and Recreation.

IN PERSON CLASS

DATE: 11/19/22

TIME: 1 PM TO 3P

PRICE: $40

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About this Course

Basic materials you should have for this class -140 lb./300 gm watercolor paper -Basic set of watercolor paints – Set of watercolor brushes include round brushes number 4, 6, 10, and 12 and a rigger brush for details. -Low tack masking tape -Masking fluid -A black ink liner 0.3 or 0.5 (Micron Brand) or (Faber Castell)

The simplest way to make cards is to fold a sheet of paper in half, but you can also find watercolor postcards ready to pop in an envelope if you prefer. Do you want to keep your original cards? The instructor will give you information of where you can make prints of your cards.

Let’s have fun painting Thanksgiving cards!

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

CLASS LOCATION: 123 East Main Street, Los Gatos, 95030

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Let’s paint Holiday cards in Watercolor! 2022 workshops through LGS Recreation ( Class no longer available)

CLASSES NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR 2023 CLASSES

The holidays are coming and we can deliver friends and family our own hand painted watercolor cards. Let’s learn fun techniques of how to use watercolor and ink to create our own cards. There is one workshop left through LGS Recreation in person at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030

Price: $40

Class Instructor: Elvira Rascov

Here is the workshop and you can register directly from here:

In Person at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center

This class is no longer available

Let’s Paint! Holiday Cards in Watercolor and Ink

12/10/22 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In person class register here

Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center Map below:

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Let’s paint Halloween and Autumn Watercolor Cards Classes 2022 NO LONGER AVAILABLE

CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR CLASSES 2023

Class through Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation.

Price: $40

Let’s celebrate the beginning of Autumn painting fall and Halloween cards in watercolor. Who doesn’t enjoy the multi-colored leaves before they fall away. In this class we will paint with simple watercolor techniques three different autumn theme cards. The instructor will provide the images for the cards and the students will paint-a-long to create their own cards. At the end of the class you will have three original cards that you can send family and friends.

In Person at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, Large Hall – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030

Saturday 10/22/2022 10 am to 12 pm REGISTER HERE

Basic materials you should have for this class:
-140lb/300 gm watercolor paper
-Basic set of watercolor paints
-Set of watercolor brushes include round brushes number 4, 6, 10 or 12 and a rigger brush for details.
-Low tack masking tape

The simplest way to make the cards is to fold a sheet of paper in half, but you can also find watercolor postcards ready to pop in an envelope if you prefer.

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

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Fall 2022 Watercolor Classes at LGS Recreation

CLASSES NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR CLASSES IN 2023

In person classes will be at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA. (Map below)

On line classes will be live via Zoom

Watercolor Live Instruction

Six Session classes

Dates: 10/27/22 – 12/15/22 ( no classes 11/24 and 12/1)

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10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Price $185

Drop in available $40 class

Some samples of paintings that we are going to do in the Second Session of Watercolor Live Instruction starting Thursday October 27th. Six classes until December 15th. No Class on November 24 Thanksgiving Day and December 1st.

Let’s Paint! Holiday Cards in Watercolor and Ink

12/10/22 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class at LGS Recreation

Price: $40 REGISTER HERE

Los Gatos Saratoga Community Education and Recreation location

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Plein Air Painting workshop. This event is no longer available.

Check Photos of the Event. Beautiful place to paint on Plein Air

CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR CLASSES 2023

Plein Air painting workshop at Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Scotts Valley, California

When: October 1st, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm to Sunset

Price: $45 for 3 hours workshop. Fee includes $20 donation to Canham Farm Horse and Rehabilitation Center

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

About the Class:

Come and enjoy an afternoon of plein air painting at the beautiful Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Scottsvalley, California.

In this workshop you will learn how to take notes and sketches of the place by developing your observation skills. You will also familiarize yourself with the use of tone and values on your sketches that later on will help you develop the final painting. Also you will learn about light and shadows and how to simplify the scene. Horses can be added to the scene in a simplified manner and I will show you how to easily sketch them by using the shapes method of painting. This is a wonderful opportunity to paint pictures of horses with the beautiful backdrop of the Santa Cruz mountains, redwoods and stables in the company of fellow artists.

Location: 333 Canham Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

If you want to learn more about Canham Farm listen to the podcast of Beprovided Conservation Radio where Marcia Sivek interviews the Center’s Founder Julia Hyde and her senior volunteer and outreach coordinator, Jackie Foley. You can listen to the podcast on this LINK

Also, read this nice article from the Press Banner Newspaper in Scotts Valley about Canham Farm, their work with rescuing horses and of course, about this Plein Air painting event. HERE

Donate. Adopt. Sponsor. Volunteer. Help Give Horses a Chance

For donations to the Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center use this LINK

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PAINT NIGHT AT LGS RECREATION. Watercolor Seascape in person class. -This event is no longer available.-

CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR CLASSES 2023

When: June 2nd, 2022

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Price: $40

This class was through Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation. Located at 208 E Main Street, Los Gatos, 95030. There will be more classes in the fall on this venue.

About this Course

In this fun evening class students will learn how to paint a watercolor seascape. Instructor will demonstrate the whole process from beginning to end. You can paint a-long and learn all the steps to be successful in making a beautiful seascape. Techniques will be presented while doing the live demo. There are a lot of opportunities to improve your painting techniques and the instructor will be there to help you through the process. A sketch of the painting will be sent to students before the class so students can be ready to follow step by step.

Materials for this class are:

Brushes– Size 4, size 8 and size 12. A rigger brush for details will be good to have too. If you don’t have any brushes you can start with Windsor and Newton watercolor brushes in the sizes above. You can find these at Michaels.

Paint – Set of Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor Field Box set of 12 colors. It works well for beginners. If you want better quality watercolor paints I will recommend Daniel Smith. These colors are good to have. They are expensive so you can start with the small tubes. You can find them at Michael’s.

Here are the colors I recommend for this class: -Cobalt blue -Prussian blue -Cerulean Blue -Cobalt teal blue it is Turquoise blue in other brands -Yellow ochre -Burnt Sienna light -Burnt umber -Sepia -Indigo -Lavender Most of watercolor sets have these colors if you already have a set at home

Paper – It is really important to invest in good paper if you want good results. Arches- Cold Press 140 lb for all styles of painting. Available in pads or blocks. Size of paper depends on what you want to paint. Or any other brand that is cold press 140 lb.

Additional materials to bring with you: Soft pencil for sketching, Paper towel, Cup for water, Masking tape, Board, Old toothbrush, A natural sponge, Masking fluid (Pebeo or Winsor and Newton), and White tempera.

Let’s have fun painting together!

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Brand New On- line watercolor class through LGS Recreation (Class no longer available)

Six classes with six different watercolor projects on- line. Class starts February 3rd until March 17, no class February 24.

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Price $185

In this course, students will learn the basics of the watercolor medium in six classes. Classes will be held on zoom. There will be a different project for each class. A sample of a painting and demonstrations will be live in each class. A sketch or image of the paintings will be sent to students before each class so students can be ready to follow step by step. The class will be scheduled for two hours with a live demo. A recording of the class will be sent to students so they can practice at their own time. The class will be for beginners and intermediate students.

Free live demo video Painting “Los Gatos” the cats.

This was a fun live demo. Now you can enjoy it on YouTube.

Marcia Sivek and Elvira Rascov demonstrated how to paint cats in watercolor! We demontrated a loose cat face painting and moved on to paint the whole cat. It was fun to paint together.

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