Class Schedule

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

Upcoming Classes:

University Art Mid-Town, Sacramento, 2601 J Street, Sacramento, CA

  • Six-Week Watercolor Class:   A Study in Translucent Watercolor Portraits

For intermediate – advanced watercolorists
Classes will include portrait demos each week, group conversations and individual attention.
You will be working with other enthusiastic students, intent on capturing a likeness, telling a story, creating a mood, or recalling the memory of a special person.
Watercolor portraits are a great challenge, fun and rewarding.
And… Remember:   Learning how to paint watercolor portraits are more like a journey than a day trip.

When:    September 9 – October 14, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Time:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Class fee:  $170

Where:  University Art Mid-Town, Sacramento2601 J Street, Sacramento, CA, Telephone: 916 443-5721

To sign up for class send a check to Jeannie Vodden, P. O. Box 512, Jackson, CA 95642.
For more information or questions you may contact me via my website.  Just click above on “Contact” button.
  • Six-Week Watercolor Class:  Flowers in Rainbow Layers

 A class for beginning to intermediate watercolorists.  

  • Gain skill in basic watercolor techniques
  • Use a limited palette with heightened color
  • Experience Jeannie’s patient teaching methods.
  • Learn through encouragement, examples and helpful  suggestions

When:  September 9 – October 14, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Time:  1:00 pm – 3:30

Class Fee:  $170

Where:  University Art Mid-Town, Sacramento 2601 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, tel 916 443-5721 

To sign up for class send a check to me, Jeannie Vodden, P. O. Box 512, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information or questions you may contact me via my website.  Just click above on “Contact” button.

Workshops at University Art:

Translucent Portraits!  A two day watercolor workshop with Jeannie in Sacramento, Midtown.

This class is designed for artists interested in incorporating Jeannie’s use of color in their watercolor portraits.  Jeannie will provide a  photo reference for practice on the first day.  Bring your own photograph that you would like to paint after your practice study.

  • Learn and practice the use of a limited palette
  • Paint in transparent layers
  • Achieve a depth of color in your portraits

In this class, with Jeannie as your guide, you will gain skill in the art of watercolor portraiture, slightly loose, transparent layers.  This workshop is the perfect introduction into Jeannie’s portrait techniques.

When:  Saturday, September 27, 10:00am- 4:00 pm
                 Sunday, September 28, 12:30pm – 3:00 pm
Cost:   $125
Where:  University Art Midtown Sacramento on J Street



Two Day Watercolor Workshop in Pleasanton, Ca

When:  September 12 – 13, 2014

Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where:  Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, CA

Fee $199 early bird (before July 1, 2014), $209 Regular

Space is limited
To Register online go to
To Register by mail contact Jeannie for registration form and address.

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.


My three favorite colors… I almost always use these.
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 
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