Workshops

The San Diego Watercolor Workshops are held in our beautiful, light-filled education center in the SDWS Gallery at 2825 Dewey Road, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92106.  We offer both weekday and weekend workshops monthly.

Education Center The occasional plein-air workshops are held
outdoors on location.

Prices are discounted for SDWS Members.  To receive the discounted price, please log in, then choose Workshops to find the desired workshop and register and receive the automatic discount.

If you would like to Renew your membership or Join SDWS to receive the discounted price, you will receive your confirmation message shortly after you complete your transaction, find the desired workshop and register and receive the automatic discount.

To register for a workshop, please go to Registration.

Questions?  Contact registrar Dee Ruark 619-876-4550  or email her at workshops@sdws.org.


Workshops

Fast and Loose

Fast and Loose

Instructor:  Bruce Handford

Light and Shadow will be emphasized in this workshop along with the importance of tonal values in your paintings.  Encouraging the artists to produce bold strong paintings with confidence will be the goal of each day.

Experience Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $390.00 Members Fee: $350.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 - Friday, April 14th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Collage: Layer By Layer

Collage: Layer By Layer

Instructor: Risë Parberry

Revel in a technique that produces artwork unique to your own creative voice!

In a 3-day weekend workshop you will enhance your creative repertoire by painting customized
translucent and opaque collage papers unique to your own artistic vision. Then, hone your compositional
skills and master layering techniques to assemble intriguing works of art.

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Non Members Fee: $175.00 Members Fee: $150.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Friday, April 21st, 2017 - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Painting People from Photographs

Painting People from Photographs

Instructor:  Ted Nuttall

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject.

Experience Level:  All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, May 8th, 2017 - Thursday, May 11th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

The Expressive Figure

The Expressive Figure

Instructor:  Janice Cipriani-Willis

This 2-day class will focus on painting the figure expressively in watercolor. Janice will emphasize composition, value, and connecting all parts of the painting by “crossing the lines.” Mini Lessons will include topics such as drawing eyes and lips, using color for mood and feeling, using value for visual impact and taking photos for good portraits. Students may copy the demo painting or bring their own source material to work from.

 

Experience Level:  Intermediate to advanced students.

 

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Non Members Fee: $175.00 Members Fee: $150.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 - Sunday, May 21st, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Painting Figures with Exciting Textures

Painting Figures with Exciting Textures

Instructor:  Karen Knutson

In this workshop Karen will reduce your people drawing fears by showing you her shortcuts to making it really fun and easy!  This workshop starts out with silhouettes of people and then, on the last two days, students learn how to abstract them even further. Along with design tips, this workshop will concentrate on how to get the many textures that only acrylic allows. Rubbing alcohol, different surface textures and many other tricks will be used to come up with about four layers needed to produce the special effects.

Experience Level:  Intermediate to advanced

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Non Members Fee: $440.00 Members Fee: $400.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 - Friday, June 16th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

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The Illustrated Journal

The Illustrated Journal

Instructor:  Brenda Swenson

The Illustrated journal is the creative process of merging images and words together on a page. In the workshop we will explore fun and exciting ways to be creative with images, words and page design.

Note this is a 3 day workshop.

Experience Level:  All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $315.00 Members Fee: $290.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 - Sunday, June 25th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Workshop is full.  If you wish to be on the Wait List, please contact SDWS at sdwsregistrar@gmail.com.

Expressive Techniques in Mixed Watermedia

Expressive Techniques in Mixed Watermedia

Instructor:  Nancy Barch

The purpose of the workshop is to teach techniques in mixed media so that each student can best express herself/himself in their own ‘voice’ and not that of the instructor. While a high level of experience is not necessary, your success ratio will improve dependent upon your previous art background. So while beginners may struggle, they are welcome.

Experience Level:  All levels welcome

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Non Members Fee: $390.00 Members Fee: $350.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 - Friday, July 14th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Critique and Open Studio

Critique and Open Studio

Instructor:  Katherine Chang Liu

This workshop is for artists who have come to the point where they wish to evaluate their recent work and take it to a more distinguished personal level and/or who seek some clarity about his/her artistic strength and focus.  Katherine works with each artist individually providing an in-depth review, discussing with each student options to make his/her artistic efforts more current and more in keeping with the artist’s ideas and natural strengths.
Lectures make up another part of this workshops, with over 20 powerpoint lectures available to address content and the forms of visual language relating specifically to the class. Contemporary considerations of visual artists in watermedia and artists in general will be showcased.

 

Experience Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $590.00 Members Fee: $550.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, August 7th, 2017 - Friday, August 11th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Workshop is full.  If you wish to be on the Wait List for this class, please contact SDWS at sdwsregistrar@gmail.com. Please include your full name, telephone number, and email address.

Watercolor Techniques

Watercolor Techniques

Instructor:  Joe Garcia

The Watercolor Bible author and artist will demonstrate various painting tips and techniques, including wet into
wet, dry brush, and glazing. Reference materials will be provided, but students may bring their own material.
Joe will spend time with each student for help with any painting problems.

Experience Level:  All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $290.00 Members Fee: $250.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 - Sunday, August 20th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Experimental Mixed Watermedia

Experimental Mixed Watermedia

Instructor:  Elaine Harvey

Loose, luminous, experimental starts inspire creative ideas and solutions as watercolor or fluid acrylic flow .  .  Students will learn techniques for beginning  freely,  and then gently disciplining the results  so that they can become finished, well-designed  and out-of-the-ordinary paintings. Class will include flexible planning, analyzing and applying design, and making changes by paint removal and covering areas with opaque media or collage paper.  Students will make several experimental starts, choose one,  and then work toward completing it.  They may pursue their own images or follow the instructor’s lead.  

Experience Level:  Some experience in the chosen medium will be helpful, but brave beginners are also welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $175.00 Members Fee: $150.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - Sunday, September 17th, 2017 9:00 AM-12:00 AM Login and sign up

From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor

From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor

Instructor:  Ian Stewart

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression. 

Experience Level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $440.00 Members Fee: $400.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - Friday, November 17th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Matting and Framing

Matting and Framing

Instructors:  Denise Tverdoch and Susan Hewitt

Save time and money by doing your own framing.  In this one day workshop we will teach the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibition.  You will learn about framing options, acceptable matting and glazing.  Multiple mounting techniques, including floating, will be covered.  Mat cutting, double mats, multiple openings – you will have the opportunity to learn it all.

Limited enrollment will provide plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Experience Level:  all levels

 

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Matting and Framing

Matting and Framing

Instructors:  Denise Tverdoch and Susan Hewitt

Save time and money by doing your own framing.  In this one day workshop we will teach the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibition.  You will learn about framing options, acceptable matting and glazing.  Multiple mounting techniques, including floating, will be covered.  Mat cutting, double mats, multiple openings – you will have the opportunity to learn it all.

Limited enrollment will provide plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Experience Level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Sunday, November 19th, 2017 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up