Class Schedule

2016 Schedule of Classes


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OVERVIEW // Join me in this 3-day watercolor workshop focusing on translucent watercolor portraits. Known for her patient teaching methods, watch Jeannie as she demonstrates her rhythmic wet-on-dry, wet into wet, and glazing approach to watercolor using a limited palette of transparent staining colors.

If you are new to portraits, you will be entering a great new adventure! If you’re experienced in painting faces and figures, you will enjoy learning and watching Jeannie’s transparent limited palette techniques.

Jeannie will give plenty of demonstrations and instruction. She will bring photos that you can work from or you can bring your own. You may draw out your portrait ahead of time, freehand draw, trace, or project your own image. This workshop will include watercolor demonstrations, plenty of painting time, individual coaching, and gentle critiques. Artists will gain skill in watercolor techniques, the use of a limited palette, ways to see and paint light and color, and techniques to heighten color.

Enjoy the fun and rewarding challenges presented by painting watercolor portraits!

DETAILS // $300 members, $325 general.
DATES// October 14 – 16, 2016. 10 am – 4 pm with breaks.
Please register by Friday, October 7.

Where:  San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

To find out more and to sign up for this class please click the link below.




Ventura Watercolor Artists


DETAILS // October 12 & 13, 2016

Students may use Jeannie’s template and photos on the floral day, but should bring their own photo reference and drawing on the portrait day.  Use a personal photo or magazine or internet image.
At the end of the workshop, you will gain skill in new watercolor techniques, understand the use of a limited palette, create translucent, luminescent flowers and portraits, and see how to add heightened color to your work.
Jeannie will start the first day with her signature painting warm-up exercises, then a floral watercolor demonstration.  On the second day she will show how her techniques and limited palette work equally well in a watercolor portrait.

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Camarillo, near Thousand Oaks, CA

CONTACT// Sheri A. Jones (pm via facebook) or email her at

DATES// October 19 – 21, 2016

Join me in this three-day watercolor workshop in the hills of Camarillo in Southern California. The workshop will take place at Marie Adam’s beautiful home in the Santa Rosa Valley. Her address is 2701 Vista Arroyo Dr, Camarillo. It’s just off Santa Rosa Road. (very close to Thousand Oaks).

We will be exploring all aspects of painting a portrait, from the features of the face, to translucent skin, to hair and background. Jeannie will show you how she uses her limited palette, moving from color to color in layers of transparent color.
Beginning students can practice painting eyes and basic watercolor exercises and use Jeannie’s drawing. Intermediate and advanced students can bring their own photo references and drawing.
Jeannie will do watercolor demonstrations throughout the three days and will give individual attention to all students and all skill levels.
Additionally, students who would prefer to paint another subject matter, such as an animal or flower are welcome to attend class.
During the class you will learn about creating the illusion of volume, about reflected light, and enhancing color to create a luminescent glow.
I will have handouts, color and instructional charts as well as original paintings, prints and cards. She may have some supplies available for sale as



My workshops so far for 2017:

1.  “Translucent Watercolor Portraits” 

   California Watercolor Association

 DATES//  March 15 – 18, 2017 
LOCATION//  Cal State East Bay 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord, CA
CLASS FEES//  Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $495.00

2.  Sierra Watercolor Society, Reno, Nevada

DETAILS//  3 day watercolor workshop
DATES// May 10 -12, 2017, 9am – 4pm
                    with WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION on May 13, 1pm – 3pm
CLASS FEES//  Not sure yet of class fee yet 
To sign up go to:  Sierra Watercolor Society

3.  “Opalescent Layers of Color”

  LOCATION// Emerald Art Center, Springfield, Oregon

DATES//  August 27th – 29th, 2017  9am – 4pm   (date changed from October 19 – 21, 2017)
This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels
WORKSHOP FEES//  Member $390, Non Membert: $415
Registration Deadline// 9/25/2017
Watercolorists often worry about overworking their paintings and creating “mud”.  They also may find the multitude of colors in their paint box confusing and expensive.  In this watercolor workshop, I will teach students how I work with a limited palette of only 3 staining transparent watercolor hues to craft clean and translucent paintings.
Students will first learn my color mingling, layering and lifting  techniques.
Then I will demonstrate, working through a small floral and a small portrait.


Materials List for Watercolor Classes and Workshops

Paper:   Artist-grade cold-press paper, 140 lb. (Stretched preferred) or 300 lb. Clipped, stapled or taped on gatorboard or other hard surface.

  • Use ¼ sheet, ½ sheet or full sheet, your choice
  • (For those wanting to use my template, use ¼ sheet)
  • Watercolor pads, 140 lb., 11 x 14 or larger, are okay
  • I recommend Arches brand paper.
  • Be prepared with extra paper for practice studies.
Brushes:  Round synthetic or sable:  #2, #6, #10, #14, #16, #26 (or larger)
I like Robert Simmons White Sable brushes, Robert Simmons “Sienna”, and Princeton brushes but any good synthetic or sable brush will be fine.  

Palette: Large Professional palette with areas for mixing colors.


Winsor Yellow, or another transparent yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium okay)
Permanent Rose
Thalo Blue or Winsor Blue (green shade)
Winsor Orange, or other transparent orange
Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
French Ultramarine Blue
Winsor Dioxazine Violet
Thalo Turquoise
Perelyne Green
Green Gold
Quinacridones: Gold, Coral, Magenta        

Water containers: Two – quart or larger plastic containers


2B pencil and sharpener or automatic pencil
Graphite transfer paper (no wax)
Kneaded eraser
Household sponge
Paper towels and/or Kleenex
Masking Tape or blue tape 
Spray Bottle
*I work on a slanted surface, so bring something sturdy to prop up your work ie: pencil box, 2×4  piece of wood 
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