The Colorado Watercolor Society is an organization dedicated to upholding the highest standards and principles of art and to promote, encourage, educate and foster an interest in fine art in all media, especially watercolor.

CWS Workshops

The Colorado Watercolor Society coordinates a variety of water media workshops annually and all are open to the public. Our workshops offer artists of every skill level the ability to expand their knowledge and skills by learning from nationally recognized artists in a professional setting. 

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CWS Workshop List for 2019 


Peggy Morgan Stenmark

Peggy Morgan Stenmark will be teaching a one day workshop titled "Painting Mountain Landscapes" in Crested Butte, CO on August 3, 2019.

Date:  Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time:  9:00am to 4:00pm,  Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m

Price:  CWS Members $100

            Non CWS Members $115

Location: Crested Butte Center for the Performing Arts,

                606 6th Street,  Crested Butte, CO 81224

The Rocky Mountains provide endless artistic inspiration, and the area around Crested Butte is no exception. This one-day water-media workshop will help students capture the unique look of the local mountain landscape. Incorporating ideas about composition, values, and color theory, as they relate to a mountain landscape, students will learn skills they can apply to their individual styles of painting.

Supply List:

Watercolors or Acrylics – whichever brand you have on hand.


Paper, aquaboard, canvas, gesso board – use what you are comfortable with, half sheet size (15” x 22”) or smaller. Bring 3 or 4 pieces.

Assorted brushes

Container to hold water, spray bottle

Reference photos, or work from the views out the windows of the classroom.

Paper towels, pencils, a board to tape paper on (optional)

If you have any questions about the supply list, please feel free to email me at

How to Register:
You can register online for your convenience, or by contacting the Workshop Coordinator, Sandy Day Selbert at 

Registration is $100 for current CWS Members and $115 for Non Members.

You can pay online or pay by check (in which case your registration will be pending until payment is received). Make check out to "Colorado Watercolor Society" and mail it along with your name and address to Priscilla Greenbaum at 

15168, W Washburn Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228

If online registration is closed before the deadline, it is because the workshop is full, but please  register for the waitlist (The waiting list usually gets called, as there are always some cancellations by participants.)

Questions and inquiries about a waiting list can be addressed to the Workshop Coordinator, Sandy Day Selbert at


Ken Goldman

Ken Goldman will be teaching a three day workshop in April 2019 at the First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Boulevard, Englewood, CO. (southwest corner of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard

April 30, May 1& 2, 2019

Workshop :     9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily ( the building may be entered at 8.30 a.m for set up) 

Lunch break : 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Workshop fees are $350 for CWS members and $400 for non-members (or members with lapsed membership dues).



I will demonstrate WC process 

with photos of flora, fauna, landscapes portrait and/or figures

Bring your own photo reference material


Bring your own favorite watercolors and brushes or use the following recommendations. 


Robert Simmons #8 round, #36 Goliath and a 1 - 3” flat wash brush)


warmcool and neutral of each primary


BLUE - Thalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Lamp Black. 

RED - Quinacridone Magenta or perm. Alizarin, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Sienna

YELLOW - Lemon Yellow.\, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna


Quinacridone Rose, Maroon perylene, Cerulean blue, Cobalt teal, Yellow Ochre, Hooker's green permanent, Sap Green and Titanium (or Chinese) White

2B. 4B pencils (I use an 0.5 mechanical pencil with  HB lead for cross hatching)

Kneaded eraser


Tracing paper

Saral Graphite transfer paper (to transfer initial compositional drawings onto watercolor paper) 

Plastic to cover your workstation table and containers for water

Ken Goldman's further specifications for a successful workshop in addition to those listed above.

Bring your own reference photos and if you want, bring a simple sketch of what you think you might want to paint, but with no shading or filling in or detail.   Just the outline of your subject and composition.  Or you can do it in class.  

Do the sketch on drawing paper as it will not be your final rendering.  For that you will be transferring the drawing onto 140 lb. cold press paper.  He likes Arches.  You will be doing the transfer holding it up to the window or using transfer paper if you want to being that.

You must have a couple of 0.5 HB pencils and a Kneaded eraser is a must....not any eraser, but a kneaded one.

Bring a small box cutter or razor blade

Bring a piece of 90 to 120 sand paper, or a sanding block from Home Depot, or a sanding paddle from your favorite art store.

The method of drawing for this technique is very important and something new that you will learn.

Ken plans for you to have the drawing ready to go after the first day and then learning how to apply watercolor to a heavily drawn composition and not have it get muddy or dull with graphite.

Attached below is a link on how to sharpen pencils for professional pencil drawings.  It's interesting.

Transform your favorite photos into eye-catching compositions by using patterns, rhythms and dynamic value placement in order to lead and circulate the viewer’s eye. Ken will teach you his unique method of doing a detailed crosshatch drawing that lays the foundation for a correct value study and then uses the layering of watercolor to achieve the final in depth bold, and saturated painting.  The crosshatching showing through in some places ads great texture and interest.  Ken will lead you into the creative realm of generating your own unique, rhythmical paintings through demonstrations, examples and one on one time with him. He is a renown expert in figure and portraiture painting, 

Ken has a talent for helping students take the fear out of painting with his warm, inviting demeanor. Years of experience have also proven he has the gifted ability to teach students the art of finding one’s own style and message, allowing each artist to create according to their own unique interests and personal style.


Ken is an internationally celebrated artist, teacher, author and juror. He has exhibited his works in various group and solo exhibits in Holland, Paris, Mexico, China, Italy as well as the U.S. His work is in numerous permanent collections, including the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, and the Zuo Wen Museum in Qindao, ChinaKen is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America (1995-2006) and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. He is past president of NWS and the author of twelve instructional books on Pastels, Acrylics, Charcoal, and Artistic Anatomy.  He has been featured in The Art of Watercolour, International Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash 12, 13 & 19, and the Artist’s Magazine, among others.



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