Watercolors Workshops with Phyllis Gubins

Spend a fun day learning how to capture the world in watercolors as you paint your very own piece.  In each class you will finish one painting of the given subject, all levels are welcome and lots of personal coaching will be provided. NO DRAWING SKILLS NEEDED! Drawings for All Subjects provided in Class.

All Workshops are limited to 8 students, sign up early to reserve you seat. Call the gallery for more information 805-643-6400! To see additional samples of Phyllis' work art please click here.

Please arrive 10 minutes early, class will start on time. All class reservations must be paid in advance and cannot be cancelled or changed less than 72 hours prior to class. Sorry, no exceptions.                 

Shore Birds

Saturday, August 5th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Explore a variety of fun techniques in this class all about the birds along the shore.  You will learn how to layer feathers crating textures with shading, color variation and masking.  Learn to capture depth and dimension of your chosen bird.  Pick between an Egret, Heron, Pelican or Plover.



Watercolor Essentials Workshop - Go Wild with Brushes

Sunday, August 6th 1-4pm 

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Now we are ready to paint away and play with so many different types of brushes.  We will use rounds, flats, fans, filberts, mops, daggers, liners and lots of other specialized brushes as you get to paint with each type.  You’ll learn the proper wrist and hand techniques to get the desired and proper brush stokes for many different styles of paintings.  Each brush has it’s own personality and you will learn how to become “friends” with each one as you experiment with them in this fun hands-on class.




Watercolor Essentials Workshop - Rainbow of Magical Colors

Sunday, August 13th 1-4pm 

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Learn all about paints and how to select paint colors for your perfect personal artist palette.  You will understand the reason to choose warm and cool of each primary, how to choose colors for your painting that will look wonderful together, how to mix colors and the best brands to choose and why. We will begin by creating your own personalized color wheel that will be an invaluable tool that you will use over and over for years to come. As you become acquainted with your beautiful paints you will learn their hues, values, temperature and intensity as we cover the How’s and Why’s of color combinations that make successful paintings. Master this class and you have 60% of watercolor painting down. We will also explore Watercolor Sticks, Watercolor Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Inks, Liquid Watercolors, Brusho Watercolor powders and Watercolor Filled Spray Bottles.


Watercolor Essentials Workshop - The Characteristics of your Paints & Mastering Water to Paint Ratios


Sunday, August 20th 1-4pm 

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Now we go into detail about the magical properties of the paint in your palette and practice color mixing using transparent, semi-transparent, opaque, staining, non-staining, granulating and sedimentary paints. . As you learn the differences in all of these, you will paint numerous personalized reference charts that will very helpful for all future painting projects.  We’ll also study the major manufacturer’s color charts. Next the big question of water will be covered, including how to control your water to paint ratios.   This is the fundamental lesson in why we love watercolors. 



Birch Trees in the Fall

Tuesday, August 22nd 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

We will look at various ways to use special effects to enhance your scene and when to exaggerate color and when to subdue values as we create this colorful landscape.




Saturday, Aug 26th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Learn to paint a sea siren in this class of imagination and fanciful delight, we will paint a fun fanciful mermaid in the water.  Choose from a variety of mermaids and make her your own. You will learn a variety of techniques to capture this creatures' environment and the mermaid herself.



Watercolor Essentials Workshop - Painting Techniques

Sunday, August 27th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

We will explore an amazing variety of techniques including more in-depth wet-on-wet methods, wet on dry, dry brush, lifting out, scratching in, softening edges, glazing, back-runs, blossoms, blending, color washes, negative painting, spattering, sponge painting, scraping back with credit cards, palette knives, brush ends, an exacto knife, sandpapers, and using a variety of unexpected items such as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, rice, salt, masking tape, masking fluid, wax-paper, saran wrap & candles as resists and an atomizer..  You will discover how the watercolor that we love truly is magical but it is also controllable, when you just think it all through.  



A Dramatic Vista with the Illusion of Distance & Atmospheric Perspective

Tuesday, August 29th 5:30-8:30pm

We will use several unique processes to create this vast mountain range on a hazy day with a silhouette of trees in the foreground and a dramatic sky. Everything works together to capture a subtle feeling of peacefulness.



Capturing Light in a Forest with Textured Overlays of Rice Papers

Tuesday, September 5th 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Creating a strong focus area with sun-rays of light, shade and shadows will be the first step and then we will add texture and impact with exotic rice papers.



Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, September 12th 5:30-8:30pm

Experience the fun of using watercolors to create the beauty of the colors of fall foliage.  We’ll create a layer of textured and colorful leaves on the forest floor, while using a variety of techniques and when finished you will have a colorful and inspiring painting. 



 Koi of all Colors

Saturday, Sept. 16th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Paint a zen of Koi swimming in a tranquil pond as you learn how to layer shapes and colors to create depth in your painting, how to add subtle lines to create the movement of water and add your ideal number of luck Koi. 


Painting Trees Through the Seasons

Tuesday, September 19th 5:30-8:30pm

Capture all the color and beauty of trees as they appear in all the 4 seasons.  Paint the look of winter light as you paint trees enveloped in snow. Warm up from winter by painting a picture of spring with realistic leaves and beautiful blossoms. Move on to summer with steps for painting big, leafy green trees. Then, capture the magic of changing leaves as you learn how to paint autumn.



Tropical Flowers

Sun, October 15th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Escape to a tropical paradise with this fun class of watercolor flowers with Phyllis.  Choose between painting a dramatic colorful hibiscus, plumeria or bird of paradise with an atmospheric background and bold contrasts.  You will learn a variety or techniques to create these stunning florals with ease.