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David Lobenberg

David Lobenberg

David Lobenberg

David Lobenberg

David Lobenberg

David Lobenberg

Instructor: David Lobenberg
May 15–17, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In my California Vibe workshop, you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive paint applications and wildly intense colors.

ABSOLUTELY NO DRAWING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY – You will work from photo references both provided by me and your own. A tracing technique will be utilized for all paintings.

You will learn how to take dramatic, stylistic photographs with a camera, smart phone, or computer pad.

You will also:
• Learn a simple technique to trace contour outlines from your photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper.

• Learn to economically and with minimal brush strokes, render head structure and facial features.

• Learn how to work with a minimal color palette and the four basic water/pigment consistencies to render strong value contrasts, subtle tints, and intense hues.

• Learn how to create one-eighth sheet (5 1⁄2 by 7 1⁄2 inch) pochades (a French word for a small painting), to quickly explore both paint application techniques and expressive color combinations.

• Learn how to use your pochades as guides to paint your final California Vibe, beyond the norm, portraits.
Depending on the duration of the workshop (a minimum of three to a maximum of five days), these six successive steps will be mastered and practiced. Towards the end of the period, you’ll have the where-with-all to follow your own path towards California Vibe watercolor portraiture!


DAVID LOBENBERG has over 30 year’s experience conducting both studio and plein air water media workshops across the United States and Canada. He has established a reputation for a well-organized, energetic, fun, and high-spirited teaching style. David received his Master of Art degree from UCLA and has taught for 17 years as an adjunct college art professor at Sacramento City College.

He has had his art exhibited and published both in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Below are just a few publications that his art works have appeared in:
The Artist’s Magazine, Pratique Des Arts magazine, The Art of Watercolour magazine, The Palette magazine, Watercolor Artist magazine, American Watercolor Artist online magazine, American Art Collector magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Plein Air magazine, The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques (hardbound book), Painting in Watercolor (softbound book), World Watercolor Exhibition, Thailand, International Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Turkey, and Concours Mondial de l’Aquarell, France.

David has also created commissioned art works for the Amgen Tour of California, the USAF Thunderbirds, Maria Shriver, IMAX Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, Sacramento Olympic Track and Field Pre-trials, and the National Gymnastics Association.

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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