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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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Paint Night – Spring Blooms Event at LGS Recreation

This Event is no longer Available

When: March 13, 2024

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm

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

Price: $40

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About this Course

In this fun evening class students will learn how to paint Spring Blooms 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 Spring Blooms painting. 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

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

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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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Summer Watercolor Classes 2023

Two fun new watercolor classes this summer at LGS Recreation in Los Gatos, CA.

Experimenting with Gouache – Opaque Watercolor Live ClassThis

THIS CLASS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Three session course.

Dates: 7/20/23 – 8/03/23

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Price: $115

Register here

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.

Materials for this class

-Gouache paints a selection of primary colors plus black and white (Winsor and Newton brand)

-Synthetic paintbrushes: One half-inch angle shader, a quarter-inch filbert brush, a size 8 round brush, and a size two round brush.

-These are basic suggested brushes to bring to class Watercolor paper 140 LB

-A palette to mix your paints

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

Learn how to mix primary gouache colors to create a fun layered painting with sunflowers.


Using a black watercolor cold pressed paper is fun with gouache colors that are opaque. Colors will show brighter over the dark background.


Let’s paint a landscape in gouache! Learn how to mix a basic palette to get a big range of colors that can be applied on a landscape painting.


Using tan toned mix media paper you can get a different style using gouache. This fun bird was painted in that paper and a nice mixture of colors. This will be one of the exercises in class.

More samples of gouache paintings will be added soon.

Watercolor Live Instruction for beginners and intermediate level

This class is no longer available

Three session course

Dates: 8/17/23 – 8/31/23

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Price: $115

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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.

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.

Let’s paint simple watercolor projects to build confidence with the medium and move to the next level.


Let’s learn how to paint a red robin in watercolor. What a fun exercise for this class!

More samples of class projects coming soon.

Classes at 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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Fall 2022 Watercolor Classes at LGS Recreation

CLASSES NO LONGER AVAILABLE. CHECK THIS LINK FOR FALL 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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Fall 2021 watercolor zoom classes (no longer available)

WATERCOLOR CLASSES through Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation.

NEW FALL WATERCOLOR CLASSES 2022 MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION ON THIS LINK

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