Paintings by Charles Crotser entitled "Lighthouse" and "Barn".

The Central Coast Watercolor Society (CCWS) was founded in 1976 for the purpose of furthering interest and appreciation in the watercolor medium.  It is an independent group of artists, collectors, teachers, students and anyone interested in watercolor and water media.  We are located on the beautiful central coast of California in San Luis Obispo County.  CCWS holds a general meeting each month at 6:30pm at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks Street, San Luis Obispo. All meetings are free and open to the public and routinely host guest artists, demonstrations, and lectures suitable for all levels.

Charles Crotser will give a presentation on important elements of line and values on June 27, 2017!

The Social Time will start at 6:30 pm with the demonstration to start at 7:00 pm.

The June presentation is by architect and artist Charles Crotser.  Currently a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, Crotser will focus on a variety of techniques and subject matter that have become important elements of his painting “explorations,”  including expressive line work; the importance of value study;  shades and shadows;  and compositional considerations.

Crotser holds a Bachelor’s in architecture from Cal Poly as well as a Diplôme d’Architecture from the École d’Art Américain in Fontainebleau, France.  As an architect, he has always had a passion for the precision and accuracy of drawing.   However, when he began using watercolor in some of his daily and travel journals, he discovered a refreshing opportunity to play with drawing and color in a much more informal and playful manner. Although he still tends to begin his work with line drawings in various media, he uses watercolor to provide the values and visual interest, trying to work loosely and to mix paint directly on the paper, enjoying the sometimes unexpected results. Although he still includes architectural elements in his work, he has also found landscapes to be very forgiving and extremely fun to paint.  Crotser takes great joy in the painting process.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Mari O’Brien, CCWS Publicity Chair at 805-439-0295.

The Tuesday, June 27, 2017 meeting will start at 6:30 pm at The United Methodist Church at  1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. 

The meeting is not in the main church.


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