WSO Convention Workshop

Workshops are held twice a year in conjunction with our conventions. They are normally held the week before or the week after the weekend activities and each is presented by the artist who juries the show at the convention. Workshops are limited to WSO Active Members and opened to Subscriber Members if spaces remain available.


April 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday) 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Mini Workshop

Ken and Stephanie Goldman WSO Workshops April 2021

Supply List: Stephanie Goldman (Monday)

  • Paper sizes can be varied 9×12 to 11×14
  • Hot Press 140 lb Arches or Sennellier Watercolor Paper
  • Strathmore Toned Gray Paper Sketch Book
  • .03 Mechanical Pencil HB
  • .05 Mechanical Pencil HB
  • .07 Mechanical Pencil HB
  • 2B, 4B, 6B Woodless Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
  • White Gouache, Black Gouache
  • Water Soluble Black Ink
  • 1, 2, 4 Round Watercolor Brush
  • 4 or 6 Flat Watercolor Brush
  • Ruler or Straight Edge

Description: Stephanie Goldman (Monday)



An Old “New” Approach To Drawing And Gouache Painting

Recently, while traveling abroad, Stephanie developed a “new” way to create stunning tonal Gouache Paintings. In this workshop, Stephanie will help you create small jewel-like paintings with three mechanical pencils, ink, a kneaded eraser, brushes and white gouache on toned paper. Working from an iPhone or iPad, participants can use any preferred subject, whether from travels abroad or simply animals, figures or portraits. Stephanie is well known for her ability to help each person find their own unique drawing ability, in their own way, without feeling overwhelmed.

Supply List: Ken Goldman (Tuesday)

If you are intermediate or advanced please use the materials you most prefer.

All others:

  • 18×24″ Newsprint with 3/16″ 19×25 foam core drawing board and clips
  • Soft medium thickness Vine Charcoal
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Your favorite watercolor supplies

Description: Ken Goldman (Tuesday)


For many beginners, it is tempting to be overly literal about figure drawing. Detailed study is important when there is unlimited time, but during this short Zoom workshop, we will focus primarily on effective ways to simplify and depict the figure in terms of gesture, rhythm, design, flat shapes and simplified light/dark areas (using pencil, charcoal, pen/wash, watercolor and certain simple measuring techniques.) The poses will range in length from 2 – 20 minutes plus a longer portrait. If you participate in figure sketch groups, what we do in this workshop will add a whole new dimension to your drawing and painting skills.

This speedy time-lapse video of a demo at Watercolor West in Brea summarizes what I would teach. Since they did not have a live model, I used sketches from my drawing pad.


Ken’s teaching plan:

  1. Figure gesture drawing in charcoal to warm up.
  2. Figure gesture in watercolor using a variety techniques including painting into an abstract background and water soluble pens and markers.
  3. A watercolor portrait.

These four PDF’s show a pencil portrait, watercolor portrait, gesture drawing tutorial, and the colors I use for portraits.

2_shading demo
3_watercolor Demo
4_Making Flesh Tones

Folks can either work from their own life sketches like I did or use a good photo with good lighting.




Online registration for Ken and Stephanie Goldman’s two-day workshop, demo, and all breakout sessions will open on Saturday, February 27 at 8:00 am. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants. A registration link will be emailed to all Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members on that date. Names beyond the 30 participants may opt to be waitlisted. If there are any cancellations, the waitlisted artists will be notified in the order that they registered. Workshop fee $150.00 for current Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members. Online Registration closes on Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 pm.

Current Active/Lifetime Members and Subscribers

If the workshop is not filled by March 20 with Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members, registration will open to non-members. Note:Non-members must register for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35.00 subscriber fee in addition to the regular fee for the demo, workshop, and/or breakout sessions.


The workshop will be held conveniently online with Zoom access. Following registration, all participants will receive an email from the host facilitator containing an access code and detailed workshop information.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for full refund less a $25.00 processing fee will be accepted prior to April 3 (8 full days prior to the workshop). Refunds for cancellations after April 3 will be given only if the workshop fills up and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions will be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds less a $25.00 processing fee will be mailed or refunded via PayPal after the workshop.

Instructor Gallery

Ken Goldmanfineart_Bubble Birds_Watercolor_22x22-SOLD
A Touch of Red (Serenity)_Acrylic on paper_30x22
Ken Goldmanfineart_After Fishing All Night_Watercolor_22x22, SOLD
Stephanie Goldman -Praying Man, Watercolor 10x8

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