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Alvaro Castagnet Watercolor Workshop

There are still some spaces available! Hurry and register before they fill up!


April 4, 5 & 6, 2019

(Intermediate to Advanced Watercolor Painters)


Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

David Art Center brings international Master Watercolor Artist Alvaro Castagnet (A.W.S.) to Louisiana for 3 intense days of inspiration, hard work and productive creativity. Through many demonstrations, dialogues and humor, Alvaro will express his own philosophy about painting. You will learn to achieve successful results, make quick decisions, and simplify for the most impact!

Alvaro Castagnet is an inspirational and expressive watercolor painter who has won many prestigious international awards and has been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine. Alvaro travels around the world, exhibiting, judging and teaching the arts of watercolor. He is a member of many art societies, including AWS (American Watercolor Society) and AWI (Australian Watercolor Institute). He is a successful author, who holds highly popular workshops and his works are collected worldwide.
He currently lives in Uruguay.



There are still some spaces available! Hurry and register before they fill up!

Enrollment is limited and will be accepted on a first-come basis. A deposit of $100 is required at time of registration in order to reserve your place in class (limited to 20 students). The balance should be paid in full 4 weeks before the workshop starts. Registration 30 days or less prior to workshop starting date must pay in full.

By Phone -
Call (504) 888-3630

In Person:
David Art Center
3020 N. Arnoult Road
Metairie, LA 70002 USA


Cancellation Policy:
60 days or more before the start of the workshop: Full Refund
59 to 30 days before the start of the workshop: $50 Cancellation Fee
29 to 15 days before the start of the workshop: $100 Cancellation Fee
14 days or less before the start of the workshop: No Refunds


All supplies are available at David Art Center. Workshop attendees receive an extra discount on most purchases.

French Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Organic Vermillion
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna Light
Hansa Yellow Deep
Yellow Ochre
Pyrrol Red
Pyrrol Orange (Daniel Smith) *
Titanium White *
Lavender (Holbein)
Brown Madder *
Green Turquoise Light (W&N) *
Neutral Tint
Caliente Grey (Daniel Smith)
Fresco Grey (Daniel Smith)
Jaune Brilliant #1 (Holbein) *
Mayan Orange *
(* = Suggested, but not indispensable)
Please bring the best you can afford.
Preferablly round big, Mop shape and pointed brushes sable or squirrel. (not synthetic!)
Alvaro's brand are Premier Squirrel hair brushes, soft and very absorbent, with long handles to achieve more freedom and spontaneity. #10, 6, 4, 2, 0 and 00.
1 Rigger or needle point for fine details and lines (like Alvaro's #8)
Also, small synthetic brushes sized #4, 5, 6 (for finer detail work) or #8, 10, 12 (Escoda Set).
Alvaro will bring some to the workshop.
Saunders Waterford 300grams rough texture (Arches or Fabriano). 300 grams = 140Lbs
Some smooth paper for charcoal sketches.
Paper sizes I use: 1/2 imperial = 56x38cms. 1/4 imperial = 38x28cms. Panoramic = 56x19cms.
For workshops, it is best to use 1/2 size sheet, but of course, you can paint in any size you feel comfortable.
Alvaro will demonstrate in 1/2 size sheets.
Sponges, towel, tissues, water container, masking tape, 2b - 6b pencil, charcoal sticks, water spray bottle, painting boards
And lots of good sense of humor!
David Art Center has all Alvaro Castagnet list supplies available (including Alvaro’s brushes and Sketch/Watercolor books) and rent easels (contact David Art for rental prices).

Please Note: The workshop is held in our upstairs workshop studio. If you have any difficulty navigating stairs, we have a stairlift available for use by anybody needing assistance.

Hotel Information:
David Art Center has a special rate at the Comfort Inn & Suites - $75 each night (Please call (504) 888-9500 to make reservations, and mention discount code “David Art”. Discount cannot be used for online reservations; you must call to get the discounted rate.). This hotel is only 3 blocks from David Art Center.
For more information about the hotel, click here:

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