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Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Instructor: Jeannie Vodden
July 28–30, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is full. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Join Gold Country artist Jeannie Vodden in a three-day watercolor workshop designed to teach you her basic watercolor techniques, limited color schemes and layering methods, while painting a still life with a vintage jar full of delicate flowers.

During the workshop, you will learn about painting translucent and transparent objects, about creating the illusion of volume, about reflected light, cast shadows and soft turning edges.

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

Students are encouraged to bring their own photos to work from if they desire. However, Jeannie will provide images for those who would like to follow along with her as she demonstrates. Jeannie will have handouts, color and instructional charts for sale. This class is for beginning through advanced painters.


JEANNIE VODDEN’s interest in the variety of textures and patterns found in both natural and man-made objects is the starting point for most of her paintings. She adds natural light, sometimes a figure, occasionally a dash of fantasy, and pulls it all together with a limited palette.

Her preference for the complex play of form and light is balanced by her use of a very simple palette. Starting with only three colors, and seldom using more than six, she glazes many transparent layers. Each layer modifies the last, changing the color and adding a multi-leveled glow. The visual effects of glazing are revealed in an unusual feeling of depth of color. The results are stunning and unique. This is not an instant gratification process, however, and takes patience and practice. Jeannie is a popular instructor of watercolor. She has taught workshops throughout California and out of state for 21 years. She enjoys demonstrating her watercolor techniques to art and community organizations and finds the challenge of judging art competitions rewarding and inspiring. She has shown her work in galleries and businesses in the wider Sacramento area, Lodi, Stockton and throughout California.

A few of her many awards and activities include:
• Salis International, Inc. Award in the 2016 California Watercolor Association’s 46th National Exhibition
• Acceptance into National Watercolor Society 95th Exhibition 2015
• Awards in the Stockton Art League’s competition at the Haggin Museum
• Acceptance into the prestigious 2000 and 2002 Crocker Kingsley competition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA
• Awards at the “California Works” fine art competition at the California State Fair
• Honorable Mentions at the KVIE Annual Art Auction
• Many Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards
• The State of California has purchased two of her paintings for its archives.
• In 2015 Jeannie’s work was published in both Pratique des Art Magazine in France and Artist Palette Magazine in Australia.

Visit Jeannie Vodden's website

Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 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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