Class Schedule

I believe that through patient teaching methods including encouragement, examples and helpful suggestions students learn best.  Strive for excellence, not perfection.

2016 Schedule of Classes



Exploring Watercolor I in the Gold Country, Pioneer, CA.

When:  March 17, 2016

Cost: $50

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Where:  Wendy Ward’s Studio, 22594 State Highway 88, # 18, Pioneer, California
(Find directions and more information on Facebook at Wendy Ward’s Studio)

This mid-week class (Thursday) is for beginner – intermediate watercolorists who are interested in learning how to use this beautiful fluid medium, and to refine and expand their skills.  Please join us!

We’ll explore watercolor techniques using a limited palette with exercises and a small floral painting using my photo reference, or student’s choice of subject matter.


Flowering Quince at Tracy Lewis’ Chroma in Cameron Park, CA

Flowering Quince c2009Flowering Quince II c2011

Experiment with several small paintings or work on just one.  You may pick from Jeannie’s photo references or use your own.  During each day you will be treated to demonstrations, plenty of painting time, individual attention and gentle critiques.

Sign up early… Class size is limited.
When:  April 1 – 3, 2016

Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class fee:  $200

Where:  Tracy Lewis’ Chroma, Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite E6, Cameron Park, CA


Exploring Watercolor II in the Gold Country, Pioneer, CA.

(Follow-up to first Exploring Watercolor class)

When:  Saturday April 9, 2016

Cost: $50

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Where:  Wendy Ward’s Studio, 22594 State Highway 88, # 18, Pioneer, California
(Find directions and more information on Facebook at Wendy Ward’s Studio)

This class is for beginner – intermediate water-colorists who are interested in learning how to use this beautiful fluid medium, and to refine and learn new skills.

We’ll expand on the first class and continue to practice watercolor techniques using a limited palette of staining transparent color.  You’ll learn the stages of painting wet into wet and where and how to use it, as well as layering and glazing.  Students are  encouraged to bring photos they’d like to paint, any subject matter.  Jeannie will also bring a demo painting students may choose to paint.  Please join us!


Pinole, CA:  April 13, 14 and 15 (Wed – Fri)

A message about this class from Penny Bledsoe and Pinole Artisans:
Hello to all,Heritage in pink c 2015
I would like to let you know about a special up coming Watercolor Workshop brought to you by the Pinole Artisans.  I am pleased to announce that Jeannie Vodden, has agreed to teach another three day watercolor workshop in Pinole, Wednesday April 13th through Friday April 15th 2016.  It will be a Portrait/Floral class, your choice, I have attached a painting that Jeannie has sent entitled “Heritage Rose”, it includes a beautiful rose, glass and lace which she though would be fun to paint, you may paint it if you like or bring in your own design.
The class will be held at the El Sobrante Methodist Church in the Auditorium. The class will be approximately $225 depending on the number of students that enroll the price may change a little.  A $50 deposit will be required when you enroll to hold your spot.  Please make the check payable to: Jeannie Vodden, and send it to Penny Bledsoe, 2737 Flannery Road, San Pablo, CA 94806.
Please take a look at Jeannie beautiful paintings, she is a wonderful artist and teacher, her gentle style of teaching puts everyone at ease and brings out the best in her students, and makes for very enjoyable class.  You can view her work at you will be amazed.  Let me know if you are interested in taking this class as soon as possible, space is limited.
If you have any questions or require any further information please feel free to contact me.
Penny Bledsoe

Morro Bay Art Center:  May 20 – 21

9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Friday and Saturday)

In this workshop I’ll demo a small landscape on the first day.  
Then, in the afternoon, or 2nd day, work on a painting with a bird, or duck.  
Students can paint along with me using my images, or they may work on a subject of their own choice.  
I will give each student plenty of individual attention, with gentle, helpful critiques.  I will do several demos each day.
To sign up contact the Morro Bay Art Center @


Mendocino Art Center:  July 18 – 22

“Sense-sational Roses and Faces”cabbage roses Shalom 4 12

Workshop Dates: July 18-22 2016 (Mon. – Fri.)

Contact the Mendocino Arts Center to sign up:

In our world there are many surfaces… shiny, textural, transparent, reflective, luminescent and iridescent.   The artist who understands what goes into rendering these surfaces can create, not only beautiful paintings, but, works that call to the viewer’s senses.

In this class, using two different subject matters, Jeannie will guide you in exploring these surface qualities. First she will demonstrate painting a beautiful translucent rose, including how to paint glistening water drops.

Next the class will explore a close up portrait which will include a bit of hair, glowing eyes, smooth skin, and glossy lips.

In beginning to understand the individual qualities of each surface and the techniques that go into creating them, you may add a whole new depth and meaning to your paintings.

Come experience, explore and create.


“Sparkle and Shine”

Three day watercolor workshop in Lodi, CA at Double Dip GalleryPink Hydrangea in Cut Glass Bowl 2014

Double Dip Gallery

When:  August, 9 – 11

Times:  10am – 4pm

Class fee: $250

Let’s study how to paint shiny surfaces…  silver, glass, chrome…  It’s always fun to see the surface of an object come to life on the page.  Jeannie will help you see and translate paint on paper into the illusion of shine.  A photo reference will be provided, but students my use their own photo, if desired.


North Valley Art League Watercolor Workshop

“Painting with Rainbows”

When:  August 30 – September 2

Where:  North Valley Art League, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, California


Translucent Watercolor Portraits in San Luis Obispo

TBA (probably will be in October)




If you’re interested in any of these events or classes, please contact me for more information and to sign up.


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)
Thalo Yellow Green (Grumbacher), or Skip’s Green (Cheap Joe’s)
Winsor Lemon or other transparent lemon yellow
Winsor Orange
Cobalt Blue
French Ultramarine Blue
Winsor Dioxazine Violet
Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Green (blue shade)
Quinacridone 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 or 4×4 piece of wood 
Jeannie Vodden 1/13