Watercolor Immersion: Under the Sea, Pet Portrait and Landscape

Sean P Callahan Under the Sea watercolor painting

Sean P Callahan brings his watercolor expertise from Key West, Florida to San Diego for a three-day workshop for students of all levels. Learn the very basics while producing undersea paintings, pet portraits and landscapes, all in a very comfortable, stress-free environment. Explore watercolor washes, monochromatic painting, color choices, composition, how to approach drawing issues, use of salt and spray bottles to create textures and movement, how to paint lifelike eyes in animals by layering colors and lifting and capturing a pet’s personality, dry brush, and wet washes, how to paint skies, textures on buildings, and grasses.

SeanPCallahan Pet Portrait

With demonstrations, assisted painting and critiques, this unique hands-on experience is not to be missed. Be encouraged to jump off the dock as you and other students take this watercolor journey together. This is meant to be a fun and comfortable experience that provides understanding of watercolor and the confidence to paint beyond the class. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned painter, Sean tailors the class to you and your comfort level. Pre-registration required. Materials list provided upon registration.

$262 Bravo member / $298 non-member

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 31, August 1 & 2, 10am – 4pm

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See Sean in his new introductory video


Two great Workshops this weekend


Beautiful students modeling their new hats.
Beautiful students modeling their new hats.

Join instructor and milliner Jill Courtemanche for this Sunday afternoon workshop.
Just in time for Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack with the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest”! Now is your chance to make your own fabulous fascinator or charming cocktail hat. Learn basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching to craft your hat using straw, feathers, netting, grosgrain and more. Little or no sewing experience required. Class size is limited to 8 students.

at Bravo School of Art • 2690 Historic Decatur Rd, Studio 206 • San Diego, CA 92106

$57 Bravo member / $65 non-member
Materials fee  $20
       Sunday, July 15       1 – 4pm

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© 2012 Jennifer Van Pelt Zentangle®

Instructor and artist Jennifer Van Pelt will take you step by step through this fun and relaxing workshop: Zentangle®, an easy to learn technique of creating beautiful art from patterns that are simple and repeated with deliberate strokes. No art skills are necessary. Beginning with simple tools – pen, pencil, blending tool and paper; learn one pattern, step-by-step, and then another. Soon you have a repertoire of many patterns, variations and embellishments to apply to paper, cloth, jewelry, walls and more; whatever your heart desires. Breathe, smile and appreciate as you relax into this confidence-building method of creating beautiful art. Zentangle provides artistic fulfillment and an increased sense of personal calm and well-being through a very portable, inexpensive art form. It is sweeping the world as an amazing endeavor.

$55 Bravo member / $63 non-member

Materials fee  $20

         Saturday, July 14      1 – 5pm

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Put a Bird On It!

© 2012 Valerie Henderson

Join us February 3, 2012 for free art demonstrations by Bravo’s instructors. Learn about the creative possibilities of Valerie Samuel Henderson‘s Monoprint Madness workshop. Louise Shadonix will dazzle us with the magic of Precious Metal Clay. Watch art making first-hand and register for adult & children’s art classes. Registration specials available this night.

Also in Bravo School of Art’s classroom studio, M Fischbeck Studio/Gallery will host the February “Make Your Mark” Project: Birds on a Wire. Create a quick and easy 3 x 5 painting in Bravo’s studio classroom. Your finished piece will hang as a group exhibition in Barracks 19 throughout February.

Friday Night Liberty •  5 – 9pm • February 3, 2012 • NTC at Liberty Station

Bravo School of Art • 2690 Historic Decatur Rd, Studio 206 • San Diego, CA 92106

CASA de MILAGROS workshop this weekend

student's Casa de Milagros
Student's Casa de Milagros

Instructor Helen Shafer Garcia.
Milagros can happen to everyone! Build your House of Miracles from the ground up with light paper mache techniques, paint and collage embellishments. Your structure will house a unique small pamphlet stitch book with collaged pages. Start with house construction and paper mache, building your own unique style of home. Add a window or two. While the paper mache dries, create a small pamphlet stitch book that reflects the milagro theme. This can be a memory or a hopeful event for the future! Paint and embellish the house with contrasting acrylic paint layers and collage. Milagros will be added to complete the casa. Viva la Vida! Please bring in several simple ideas drawn, ahead of time, in your journal. Materials list provided upon registration.

$81 Bravo member / $93 non-member
Materials fee  $15
Sunday, June 19    10am – 4pm

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