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A Watercolor Workshop

Program Number: 14504RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016; 5/1/2016 - 5/6/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/7/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Ventura, California
Price starting at: $849.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Watercolor is an exciting and challenging medium. Gain skills and confidence while exploring its unique characteristics in a supportive group setting. Critiques – honest and constructive – are focused on your goals and highlight the positive. We’ll end the week with a hotel based art show open to the public – you’ll be delighted by what’s been accomplished!




Highlights

• Improve your watercolor technique under the gentle guidance of noted California artist, Diane Hanley.
• Paint in a relaxing and beautiful small-group setting, surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
• Visit and converse with local artists in their studios or art galleries.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three blocks on flat paved sidewalks during bus field trip.



Program for those with previous watercolor instruction.




Date Specific Information

5-17-2015

The focus is on color.



9-20-2015

The focus is on sea life and animals.



3-6-2016

The focus is on "Painting Nature".



5-1-2016

The focus is on "Fruit and Flowers".



10-2-2016

The focus is on "Composition, Color and Contrast".



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Ventura

A classic California beach community with surfers, art galleries, white-sand beaches and warm breezes, Ventura is situated between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara near the region's museums, historic missions and coastal wonders.



Accommodations
Beachfront property with balcony rooms and ocean views, steps from the historic downtown and pier.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Gay Kinman

Dr. Gay Toltl Kinman has nine award nominations for her writing, including three Agathas. She has penned several short stories in American and English magazines and anthologies, seven children's books, and a young adult gothic novel. Gay is also the author of five adult mysteries, including “Death in Covent Garden,” “Death in a Small Town,” “Death in Rancho Las Amigas,” “Up close and Personal” and “Death in Hamburg.” She has had several short plays produced and has published articles in professional law and library journals and newspapers. Gay currently writes a children's book review column, and co-edits a newsletter of book reviews.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
  Ventura, California 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
  Contact info: 450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.
  Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Self introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach that night.
  End of Program:
Please arrange your transportation so you can join us for the final morning watercolor class which will end about 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On the enclosed Participant Information Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking in the outdoor lot adjacent to the hotel. The parking pass needs to be validated by the front desk staff.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ventura, California
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Barbara
  Nearest highway: Highway 101 passes through Ventura
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles Int'l Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Ventura, California
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles/LAX to Crowne Plaza-Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$71 for 1st person one-way; $9 each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 20 min depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from LAX to Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach Hotel

   

Call or visit their website www.supershuttle.com for online reservations and exact fares. Advance reservations are required. The price is estimated and subject to change. SuperShuttle vans are a primary shuttle service for LAX and operate continuously. On arriving at LAX, claim your luggage, proceed outside, and look for the shared ride van sign on the inside curb just outside of Baggage Claim. ALTERNATE VAN SERVICE: Prime Time Shuttle at 800-733-8267, or www.primetimeshuttle.com

 

Ventura/ Amtrak Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-437-7977

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Minimum fare of $10 per ride one-way will be charged
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Under 2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Amtrak Station is 0.3 miles from hotel

   

Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) provides transportation service to Ventura via the Pacific Surfliner route. The covered Amtrak platform is located outside Seaside Park (Ventura County Fairgrounds) at 20 W. Harbor Blvd. near Figueroa St. You may walk 4 blocks from the station to the hotel, or call a taxi. Amtrak website: www.amtrak.com

 

Los Angeles (LAX) to Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ventura Co. Airporter Shuttle
phone: 805-650-6600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 P/P to drop-off point in Ventura; then taxi to Crowne Plaza @ $15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 15 min to drop-off point + taxi ride (additional 20-25 min for wait time and ride) 

 

Distance:

 

67 miles from LAX to Holiday Inn Express at Ventura Harbor

   

VCA Shuttle offers 8 daily trips to/from LAX and Ventura at a great price p/p. However, it drops off passengers at the Holiday Inn Express at Ventura Harbor, 3.5 miles from Crowne Plaza Hotel. From the drop-off point you need to call a taxi to get a ride to the Crowne Plaza. Call Yellow Taxi Cab at 805-659-6900 at $15 per ride. Advance reservations are required. For pickup times and current fare, call VCA Shuttle or visit their website at www.venturashuttle.com

 

Burbank/BUR to Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$65 for 1st guest; $9 each additional guest
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 10 min from Burbank Airport to Crowne Plaza Hotel (in normal traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

62 miles from Burbank Airport to Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach

   

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door shared van service from Burbank to your destination. Call for the current fare as prices are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required. For online reservations and exact fares, visit www.supershuttle.com ALTERNATE VAN SERVICE: Prime Time Shuttle. For info and reservations, call 800-733-8267; www.primetimeshuttle.com

 
Driving Directions
  Northbound Highway 101 Going North on Hwy 101, take the California St. exit. Turn left onto California St. at the top of the exit ramp. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd., then left into the hotel parking lot.
  Southbound Highway 101 to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel Going South on Hwy 101, take the Ventura Ave. exit. Turn right on Thompson Blvd. and continue for approximately 4 blocks to California St. Turn right on California St. and go over the freeway to Harbor Blvd. The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach hotel will be directly ahead. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. then immediately left into the hotel parking lot.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, May 17)

Note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

All classes and instruction will be led by our resident artist, Diane Hanley, a renowned artist known for her watercolors. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal plus water, coffee, and tea.
 Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class, Constructive Critique, Watercolor Demonstration
(Monday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel we’ll enjoy a buffet featuring an assortment of hot and cold breakfast items, plus water, coffee, and tea.
 Morning: Under Diane’s instruction, we’ll begin to improve our watercolor technique. One of the most important aspects of painting is color. The theme of this week’s program, color is capable of transforming an image. Whether different shades or contrasting colors, this basic tool can completely alter the perception of a painting.
 Lunch: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.
 Afternoon: Under the expert guidance of our expert instructor, Diane Hanley, participants will receive constructive critique during this workshop.
 Dinner: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.
 Evening: A local artist will join us for a watercolor demonstration.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class, Constructive Critique, Watercolor Presentation
(Tuesday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: In this class we’ll continue to focus on the theme of our program and working towards fully mastering the art of color with the help of Diane.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: During this session, participants will be able to reflect upon their work and advance their skill with the assistance of constructive critique. This is a fantastic opportunity for feedback and guidance for the projects at hand.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At the hotel we’ll enjoy an instructional presentation to further delve into the theme of the program.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Painting Photographs Lecture, Field Trip to Ojai
(Wednesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: First developed in the mid 19th century, photography slowly began replacing painting in everyday life. Still an important art form, painting is ever changing as new styles and techniques are developed. This class will discuss painting from photographs as these two art forms collide.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Board the bus at the hotel for a field trip to Ojai. This destination has a law in place prohibiting chain stores in order to promote local business and keep its unique flair. Surrounded by hills and mountains and a community focused on health and beauty, this small city is the perfect destination for watercolor painting.

Using all that we have learned so far, take in the surrounding beauty and paint with the help of the instructor. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local art gallery before returning to Ventura.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class, Constructive Critique, Group Art Show
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: In this final class we’ll continue mastering the power of color.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: As we prepare our projects to be showcased in the art show, we will identify new techniques and concepts we have used during the week.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: We’ll celebrate our art and all that we have learned with a group art show that will be set up in the hotel lobby. Each participant will display their works of art created during the week.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Constructive Critique, Program Concludes
(Friday, May 22)

Note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With Diane, we’ll have a final critique and examine the creative process each participant used while painting. No two processes are the same and each person works differently. What worked best for you? This concludes our program.

We hope you have enjoyed all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ventura, California Mission San Buenaventura
211 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-4318

Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross. For additional information, visit www.mission.net/california/ventura

  Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume. For additional information, visit www.venturamuseum.org

  Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau

101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

805-648-2075 or 800-333-2989

Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel. For additional information, visit www.visitventuraca.com

Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Artists Color Manual


Author: Simon Jennings


Description: Developed by the same team that created Artist's Manual and Art Class, both top-selling art reference books, Artist's Color Manual is the ultimate guide to color for visual artists. Whether they work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, or inks, artists of all stripes will find information and ideas flowing from every profusely illustrated page. Renowned art instructor Simon Jennings begins with a basic introduction to color theory, the color wheel, and the art of mixing pigments. The heart of the Artist's Color Manual is a comprehensive guide to mixing and creating each color of the spectrum, from primaries to tricky neutrals, flesh tones, and metallics. Additional chapters focus on techniques, such as mixing media, that create color in both traditional and unexpected ways. Examples of work by accomplished artists and interviews with leading painters suggest creative ideas for color use. With expert instruction, detailed information, and inspiring visuals, Artist's Color Manual is especially helpful for those who are learning to paint, yet speaks with definitive authority to all artists looking to perfect their craft.



Painting What You Want to See


Author: Charles Reid


Description: If you've ever wanted to control your art so that you can paint anything and paint it well this is the book for you! The mediums are oil, watercolor, and contour drawing but this is a book about making good paintings, not learning a particular medium. The subject matter is broad, ranging from still lifes to figures and portraits, to landscapes. Again, the point is that if you can paint, you can paint anything! But you must never feel compelled to paint what is before you. You must feel free to paint not what you see, but what you want to see and the way you want it to look. This book shows you how.





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