Class Schedule

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

My Summer/Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes


Watercolor Workshop, “Luminescent Floral Still Life”, Yuba City, CA

May 22 – 23
A class for beginning through advanced paintersJoin watercolorist, Jeannie Vodden, in a two-day watercolor workshop designed to teach you her transparent watercolor techniques in a floral still life.  You may use your own photo or follow along with Jeannie. (If you use your own photo, subject matter is not restricted to a floral.)

During the class you will learn about creating the illusion of volume, about reflected light, and adding transparent staining color layers to create luminescence.

Watercolor demonstrations, class discussions and one on one instruction are always part of Jeannie’s classes.

Jeannie will give out handouts describing her techniques. Also she will have instructional charts, prints and cards for sale.
Two Day Workshop: Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (with lunch break)
Cost: $125 (Deposit of $35 to hold your spot in class)
Location: North Valley Calvary Chapel, 613 Bogue Road, Yuba City, Ca 95991Mail the registration form below and your check for $125 (whole fee), or a non-refundable deposit of $35 to hold your spot in class, to Jeannie Vodden, P. O. Box 512, Jackson, CA 95642.Email: to reserve your spot or further information.




Watercolor Demonstration, Folsom, CA – June 18, 6 PM

Open to the public

For more information go to:


 University Art – Two  4-week classes

Times:  10 – 12:30 Portraits
                  &  1 – 3:30 Open Subject Matter
When:  Tuesdays, June 9 – June 30
Where:  J Street, Midtown Sacramento, CA
Class Cost:  $120 for each 4 week session.  $240 if you take the am and pm classes


Watercolor Class and Demonstration in Morro Bay, CA

Demonstration:  July 13

Watercolor Workshop:  July 14 & 15



Translucent Painting with Jeannie Vodden, July 14th & 15th from 9:00 – 12:00 am.  Cost:  members $150 & nonmembers $175

This workshop will include watercolor demonstrations, plenty of painting time, individual coaching and gentle critiques. Participants may use Jeannie’s template and photos, or bring their own references (still life, floral or portrait) to paint on a 1/4 or 1/2 sheet watercolor paper. Students will gain skill in watercolor techniques, color glazing, color mixing, the use of a limited palette and how to see and paint light and color. Beginning to advanced painters will enjoy this workshop.

Paper: Artist-grade cold-press paper, 140 lb. or 300 lb. Watercolor pads, 140 lb., 11 x 14 or larger, are okay. Arches brand paper is recommended. Be prepared with extra paper for practice studies.

Brushes: Round synthetic or sable: #6, #10, #16

Jeannie’s uses primarily Robert Simmons White Sable brushes and Princeton brushes, but any good synthetic or sable brush will be fine.

Palette: Large Professional palette with areas for mixing colors.


Jeannie’s three favorite colors:  Winsor Yellow, or another transparent yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium okay)Permanent Rose (substitute, Quinacridone Rose)Winsor Blue Green Shade (or substitute with Thalo Blue)

Additionally, you may use any transparent staining color.

Water containers: Two – quart or larger plastic containers


2B pencil and sharpener or automatic pencil, Kneaded eraser, Household sponge,

Ruler, Paper towels and/or Kleenex, Masking Tape, Artist Tape or blue tape (to tape your paper to board), Spray Bottle, Graphite Transfer paper, to transfer your drawing to your watercolor paper, Notebook and/or Sketchbook

To sign up for class please contact the Morro Bay Art Center:

For additional information you may contact Jeannie @ or Website:


University Art Watercolor Workshop

Two Days, Friday and Saturday – July 24 & 25

Mendocino Art Center

Painting Watercolor Animals
July 31 – August 2
Workshop Title “Animals in Watercolor – Life, Light and Translucence”

Workshop Dates: July 31 – Aug 3, 2015

Course Description

This workshop is about bringing life, light, translucence into your paintings. Subject matter is open to painting a favorite pet or animal, or floral with insects.

With four full days to work and learn, you’ll be able to observe and practice Jeannie’s technique of painting multi-colored layers of transparent staining color, which will add beauty and translucence to your paintings. You will try a variety of warm-up exercises which will add to your skill in watercolor. You will experience Jeannie’s methods of painting interesting backgrounds which enhance your foreground objects. You will learn how to paint shine and light trickling over surfaces such as fur and wings.

Working with a limited palette, color mixing, glazing, composition and design are always included in Jeannie’s workshops. Jeannie takes plenty of time to demonstrate her unique techniques. She guides each student at their own skill level, and gives gentle and helpful critiques.

Jeannie will bring color copies and/or templates for those who would prefer to follow along.

Open to all levels.

 To Sign up for class please contact the Mendocino Art Center

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 
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