Summer 2024 Watercolor and Gouache Classes at LGS Recreation

This summer I am teaching three different classes at LGS Recreation at the end of July and August.

Here is the list and dates of the classes

NEW- Watercolor on Yupo

About this Course

Learn to paint watercolor on Yupo (Synthetic Paper). Experiment with fun techniques on synthetic paper. But what exactly is Yupo? Yupo is a synthetic paper that is tree-free. It is a waterproof, tear-resistant, very durable, smooth, and 100% recyclable paper. The water and pigment do not absorb into the paper so it allows you to manipulate the paint until the water evaporates creating super fun watery textures. It is an ideal medium those who want to experiment with less traditional watercolor techniques.

Dates: Tuesdays July 23 and July 30, 2024

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $100

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Experimenting with Gouache

About this Course

In this class, you will learn to paint with gouache (opaque watercolor). Gouache is a wonderful medium that allows you to layer bold colors with different blending techniques. The instructor will have a project for each class where you can paint-a-long while you familiarize yourself with gouache paint by exploring tones, brushstroke techniques and understanding color combinations. No previous experience or knowledge is required for this class.

Dates: Saturday July 27 and August 3rd, 2024

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $100

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Watercolor Live Instruction – Start your watercolor journey – Three session Class

About this Course

In this class you will learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolor. Through simple and fun exercises you will get confidence painting with the medium. There will be at least three small projects in each class that will be demonstrated step by step and where you can paint-a-long. By the end of each class you will have finished exercises and paintings that will build up your skills. This class will bring you confidence with the medium and will help you move to the next level. No previous experience of knowledge is required for this class.

Dates: Thursday August 15 to August 29, 2024

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $120

Watercolor Live Instruction Registration

Center’s Location: Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, Rm 214 – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030

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Spring 2024 Watercolor Live Instruction Classes at LGS Recreation

Through a friendly and fun method you can learn to paint in watercolor at LGS Recreation in Los Gatos this Spring. Your instructor: Elvira Rascov
Watercolor Live Instruction classes are scheduled every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:00 pm and Thursday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

About these Classes

In these fun courses students will have the opportunity to practice and learn basic to advance techniques in watercolor. Throughout the classes there will be different demos and step by step paint-a-long exercises where students will learn and improve their watercolor skills. Students will be able to finish a painting at the end of each class. These courses are designed for all levels of painting. Drop-in option available. Please contact the registration office for assistance at (408)354-8700

Spring Watercolor Live Instruction – Afternoon Eight Session Class

Dates: March 19 to May 21, 2024 (No class 4/2 and 4/9)

Time: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Price: $245

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Spring Watercolor Live Instruction – Morning Eight Session Class

Dates: March 21 to May 23, 2024 (no class 4/4 and 4/11)

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $245

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Classes location at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030

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Spring 2024 Watercolor Classes at LGS Recreation

Watercolor Live Instruction Classes Winter and Spring 2024 at LGS Recreation.

This Spring there will be classes Tuesday afternoons 3:30 to 6:00 pm and Thursday Mornings 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Classes start March 19.

You can still sign up for these classes in the morning and afternoon.
Both classes still have spots available and you will only be charged for the remaining of the classes. Really fun opportunity!
Only want to sign up for one class of the series. Drop in available too!

Check the list of the ongoing class right now and the Spring classes. Please contact the registration office for assistance at LGS Recreation (408)354-8700

Instructor: Elvira Rascov


WATERCOLOR LIVE INSTRUCTION CLASSES – Morning and Afternoon this Spring. (Same class different days)

About this Courses

In this fun course students will have the opportunity to practice and learn basic to advance techniques in watercolor. Throughout the course there will be different demos and step by step paint-a-long exercises where students will learn and improve their watercolor skills. Students will be able to finish a painting at the end of each class. This course is designed for beginners to intermediate levels of painting. Advanced students are welcome to participate in this class if they want to refresh their watercolor skills in a friendly and fun environment. Drop-in option available. Please contact the registration office for assistance.

Watercolor Live Instruction Spring Afternoon Class (8 sessions)

Dates: Every Tuesday afternoon 3/19 to 5/21/2024

Time: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Price: $245

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Watercolor Live Instruction Spring Morning Class (8 sessions)

Dates: Every Thursday Morning 3/21 to 5/23/2024

Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $245

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Some samples of paintings that we are going to do in class

Sunflowers field landscape. It will be one of the projects in these classes


On the woods floor. Painting colorful mushrooms using texture techniques

Watercolor Mother’s Day Cards

CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

About this Course

Surprise the women in your life with a hand painted watercolor card on Mother’s Day! In this workshop you will learn how to paint 3 different watercolor and ink cards. The instructor will provide the images and you will paint-a-long. Class is designed for all levels of painting. Basic materials you should have for this class: -Basic set of watercolor paints -140lb/300 gm watercolor paper -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.

Date: 5/4/2024

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Price: $40

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Holiday Cards in Watercolor and Ink class at LGS Recreation

When: December 9th, 2023

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Price: $40

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Location: Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, Room 214 – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA

About this Course

It is fun to send friends and family your own watercolor cards. In this class you will have the opportunity to learn how to make your own holiday cards. With simple watercolor techniques you will make four different holiday cards. Using wet and wet techniques, glazing, masking to reserve whites you will be able to make beautiful winter and holiday scenes. 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.

A detailed list of materials will be sent to you once you sign up for the class.

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

It is time to celebrate the season. Handmade watercolor cards are fun to paint and fun to give away.

A typical and fun Christmas Holy in Watercolor.

How about a fun Christmas tree in Watercolor?

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Paint Day at Narrative Fermentations

THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

When: November 11, 2023

Location: Narrative Fermentations in San Jose, CA

Time: 12 to 3 pm

Ticket price: $40

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It’s time for a beer and a paint, just in time for the holidays!! Join Elvira Rascov and Elvira Gallery, at Narrative Fermentations, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) for a fun watercolor painting event on November 11th from 12-3 at Narrative Fermentations! We will be painting cheetah cards and because it is so close to the holidays we can teach you how to paint them for holiday gift giving!! Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) will be there, so this is a great opportunity to meet her and learn more about her work in Africa and how some of this work can be translated to how we protect our wildlife here.

This will be a fun time so come over and let us celebrate the cheetah and animals together with a beer and a couple painted cards!!

Let’s paint two fun cards with cheetahs!

Narrative Fermentations Location Map

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Watercolor Live Instruction Classes November- December 2023

It is time to sign up for the next six-session Watercolor Live Instruction Classes. Classes are Tuesday afternoon 3:30 to 6 pm and Thursday morning 10 am to 12:30 pm. Classes are at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030.

DROP IN AVAILABLE CONTACT THE CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION AT: (408)354-8700

$40 Drop in fee

Finish a painting at the end of each class through demos and step by step paint-a-long exercises. Learn and improve your watercolor skills from basic to advance techniques.

Here at the dates and registration directly to the Center.

Tuesdays | 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm | 10/31 – 12/12 | (6 meetings) | $185 (no class 11/21)

Tuesday 10/31 to 12/12 Register here

Thursdays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | 11/2 – 12/14 | (6 meetings ) | $185 (no class 11/23)

Thursday 11/02 to 12/14 Register Here

Classes November 7th and November 9th.

Let’s learn how to paint a landscape with trees and grasses. Composition is very important and we will learn the key elements for an attractive painting.


Classes on November 14 and November 16

Let’s paint humming birds in watercolor! Using a loose approach and transparency these birds are fun to paint.


Classes on November 28 and November 30

Let’s paint a modern still life. Learn how to paint reflections in glass, composition of different elements and shadows.


Classes on December 5 and December 7

Let’s learn composition, taking notes of live places and how to paint different kind of trees. We can even add people to the landscape. This image could be different from the actual one we are going to make in this specific class


More samples of class projects to come.

Class location map:

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Paint Night-Watercolor Autumn Landscape at LGS Recreation

This Event is no longer Available

October 25, 2023

4:30 to 6:30 pm

Price: $40

Location: Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, Room 206 – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA

Register here

About this Course

In this fun evening class students will learn how to paint an Autumn Landscape in Watercolor. 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 landscape. 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.

Basic materials you should have for this class: -Cold press watercolor paper – Basic set of watercolor paints – Set of watercolor brushes include round brushes number 4, 6, 10 and a rigger brush for details A more detailed list of materials will be sent when you sign up for the class.

Instructor: Elvira Rascov

Let’s Have fun painting an autumn landscape!

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New Experimenting with Gouache class in the Fall 2023 at LGS Recreation

This two session class will be offered two Saturdays in September.

Experimenting with Gouache NEW Class FALL 2023 – Two sessions

Learn to paint with gouache (opaque watercolor) a wonderful medium that allows you to layer bold colors with different blending techniques. With a project with each class, paint-a-long and familiarize yourself with gouache paint by exploring tones, brushstroke techniques, and color combinations.

Two session class

Dates: Sat. September 9 and 16, 2023

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $95

Register here

Some samples of projects we will make in class.

Gouache is a fun medium that allows you to create different layers of color. It can also be used with less amount of pigment to create watercolor effects.


Painting landscapes in Gouache. Let’s learn how to paint landscapes using this fun medium.


Classes will be offered in person at Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030.

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NEW AFTERNOON Watercolor Live Instruction Classes Fall 2023 at LGS Recreation

I am excited to announce that this Fall 2023 starting September 12 I will be offering late afternoon and morning classes at Los Gatos- Saratoga Community Education and Recreation. Classes will be at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center – 208 East Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030

For your convenience these are the Classes with the links for registration. Also take a look at some of the projects that we are going to do in class.

All classes are six sessions each.

Price: $185

TUESDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES STARTING SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 ( SIX SESSIONS)

Tuesdays | 3:30 pm- 6:00 pm | 9/12 – 10/17 | (6 meetings) | $185

Tuesday 9/12 to 10/17 Registration here

Tuesdays | 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm | 10/31 – 12/12 | (6 meetings) | $185

Tuesday 10/31 to 12/12 Register here

THURSDAY MORNING CLASSES STARTING SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 (SIX SESSIONS)

Thursdays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | 9/14 – 10/19 | (6 meetings) | $185

Thursday 9/14 to 10/19 Registration Here

Thursdays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | 11/2 – 12/14 | (6 meetings ) | $185 (no class 11/23)

Thursday 11/02 to 12/14 Register Here

These are some samples of projects we will do in class. More projects will be added later.

Let’s learn how to paint water reflections in watercolor. In this class we will work with transparencies and values.


Bunnies are fun animals to paint in watercolor. We will learn to mix colors on paper to get different color effects.


Flowers using a negative painting technique that create fun effects and transparent layers on the watercolor painting.


How about a children’s book illustration using watercolor and ink?

Let’s learn how to combine two mediums to create fun illustrations.


A contemporary still life is a fun project to paint. You will learn composition and how to paint reflections and shadows in watercolor.


A landscape made with watercolor and ink will be an inspiration to learn how to paint outside the classroom. New techniques to take notes and sketches that will be use later to create a fun composition in watercolor.


Chamomile and a butterfly. A watercolor with a loose and atmospheric approach.


Marguerite in watercolor, Using negative painting technique the whites of the flowers come to life.


Have you thought about painting kids stuffed animals in watercolor? What a fun project!


Let’s celebrate the beginning of fall painting flowers and pumpkins in watercolor.

Lots of fun techniques in this painting. Blending colors, negative painting, adding layers and values, mixing colors and more.


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Fun Paint night event at Great Bear Coffee in Los Gatos, CA this fall. (New)

This event is no longer available

I am delighted with the upcoming event this December at Great Bear Coffee in Los Gatos, CA

19 N SANTA CRUZ AVE, LOS GATOS CA

(408) 395-8607

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December 1, 2023

6pm to 8pm: Learn to paint Holiday cards and tags

with watercolors, instructed by Elvira Rascov.

Let’s paint two watercolor holiday cards and tags. What a nice start for the holidays. Classes are for all painting levels.

Class is an Introduction to Watercolor Painting, suitable for

beginners to intermediate, all ages welcome.

$40.00 the event

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In October my art was exhibited at Great Bear Coffee Shop.

Great Bear Coffee Shop location

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