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David Lobenberg's "California Vibe"

  • 04 Jun 2019
  • 9:30 AM
  • 07 Jun 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
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  • Non-Member price
  • Used only by the workshop chair. BWS policy document states the chair attends at no cost to compensate for the work in setting up and running the event.

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David Lobenberg's 
"California Vibe"

4-Day Workshop
June 4th-7th 2019


Members: April 6th 2019..............10:00 a.m. $475

Non-Members: April 20th 2019.....10:00 a.m. $550

Not member? 

Consider becoming an Associate Member for $25/year

Remember that these popular events sell out fast

Registration ends May 28th 2019 or when the event is full


Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.

D a v i d K e i t h L o b e n b e r g

Internationally published and exhibiting fine artist David Lobenberg has over thirty-five years experience teaching both college and private art classes. He has also established a reputation for conducting well organized, energetic, hands-on watercolor and drawing workshops across the United States and Canada.


His art can also be seen on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook 

Email contact:

Telephone: 916-505-6108

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature internationally respected watercolor artist David Lobenberg in a four-day watercolor workshop where he will introduce watercolorists to his expressive approach to painting portraits. The workshop will begin Tuesday, June 4th and continue through Friday, June 7th 2019 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD. 


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

This will be accomplished by:

1. learning how to take dramatic, stylistic photographs with camera, smart phone, or computer pad.

2. learning a simple technique to trace contour outlines from your photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper

3. learning to economically and with minimal brush strokes, render head structure and facial features

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

5. painting 1/8 sheet (5 ½ by 7 ½ inch) “pochades” (a French word for a small painting), to quickly explore both paint application techniques and expressive color combinations.

6. using your pochade(s) as a guide to paint your final California Vibe, beyond-the-norm, portrait(s)

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 portraits

For more information about David visit

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.  




* Paint: Student or professional grade (I highly recommend using professional watercolors) tube watercolor paint such as Daniel Smith, Schminke, Holbein, Winsor Newton, Mission Gold, etc.

Colors: Payne’s Gray, a bright lipstick red such as Opera or Permanent Rose, Alizarin or Crimson Red, Cad. Yellow and or Cad.Yellow Light, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue (or Peacock Blue), Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Blue Light, plus any other bright colors that you would want to throw into this mix. 

* A #12 or #16 round watercolor brush. I suggest a combination natural and synthetic hair. Don't go too cheap!...this size brush is a real workhorse.

* A small  # 6 round watercolor brush.

* A soft graphite drawing pencil (can simply be a soft Ticonderoga office pencil).

* Two sheets or more of 140lb. Arches (or any other Professional grade – I like Fabriano extra white) cold press watercolor paper (NOT cold press rough!). We will be mostly painting on quarter sheets (11 by 15 inches). 

* A good size rectangular plastic palette with paint wells around the outside and a good size mixing area in the inside. The palette should measure about 10"x16". There are various manufactures of these palettes, but they are all around this size and configuration.

* Half to one-inch wide 3M blue painter’s tape or any other masking tape that can keep out water but will not harm the watercolor paper when pulled off (only if you want straight edges around your painting when you are done).

* A box of Mr. Clean (Original) Magic Erasers.

*One big round straw or big round Flexi Straw. *One stick of white conte crayon.

* A roll of absorbent kitchen paper towels, absorbent cloth or sponge to soak up extra water on your brush.  *Something to hold about a quart of water. I love Mijello brand water that holds about 1 Liter of water.

ABOUT David Lobenberg


His art can also be seen on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook 

Email contact: 

Telephone: 916-505-6108

  • The price for the workshop is $475 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $550 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the workshop on your check.
The workshop will take place at 

The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge
6175 Sunny Spring 
Columbia, MD  21044

  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online sign-up. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered.

FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION VISIT: and go to Public Events. 
Remember that these workshops fill up very quickly. When filled, you can register on the waiting list.

  • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time .
  • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
  • Paid registrants who cancel on or before May 21st will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
  • Paid registrants who cancel after May 21st will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
  • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
  • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Sabine Yeager (BWS Workshop Chair) at
The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia, MD 21044-5623
Tel: (410) 730-7327

Doors open at Hawthorn Center: 9:00 AM
Workshop instruction begins: 9:30 AM
One-hour break for lunch
Workshop instruction ends: 4:00 PM
Hawthorn Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 4:30 PM

Mail check made out to BWS and reference David Lobenberg Workshop to:
Sabine Yeager 
Workshop Chair
3420 Buttonwood Ct. 
Reisterstown, MD. 21136

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