Education and Outreach

Military Arts Program   Youth and Senior Outreach  Adult Beginner Clases

To  fulfill its mission to be “an ongoing recognized leader in expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia”, SDWS founders and continuing members understand that instruction and education are key elements. To that end SDWS Board of Directors has continuously incorporated not just instruction in specific watermedia methods for experienced artists but also sought to inspire and educate aspiring artist through our outreach programs.

Youth/Senior Outreach

SDWS provides all the materials and instruction needed to engage both our youngest and most senior aspiring artists through various community outreach activities.Prepared with all necessary supplies, our volunteer teachers and aides visit numerous excited classes during school hours as well as many after school programs. Our team of outreach volunteers also provide class at various San Diego area senior centers as well

Military Family Arts Program

San Diego is home to a large military family population. Funded by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, SDWS is able to provide art classes at military family recreation centers through out the greater San Diego area. These classes are designed to provide the entire military family with the opportunity to learn to paint together and display their work at SDWS Annual Military Family Arts show.

Adult Beginner Classes

There is a growing population of adult San Diegans who discover a desire (or just overcome our fears) to create watermedia art later in life and who would like to learn how to paint. SDWS has put together a curriculum of six weekend classes for adults that are offered twice each year to give these late starter artists the skills they need.

Merit Scholarship Program

Today's art students are tomorrow's fine artists. Through its outreach efforts to local schools, SDWS knows there are many talented students who would like to exhibit their work and become a part of an organized group of artists.  To enable that opportunity, SDWS has created a Merit Scholarship Award (approximate value $500) that provides the student with the materials needed to participate in member shows and free membership to SDWS for at least one year.