Adult Beginner Classes

SDWS offers a very popular series of classes twice a year for adults new to watercolors or adults who want to renew their interest and skills. You do not have to be an SDWS member to attend these classes. Each series consists of six Saturday classes, one or two Saturdays per month depending on other gallery events. All supplies are provided. Students may elect to take one class or all six. All students who take at least four of these classes will receive SDWS membership free for one year. Class List & Registraton


Students attending the initial Beginner Basics class receive one flat brush, one round brush, a small palette, paints and watercolor paper to keep. Materials, brands, and where to purchase art supplies are discussed during this first class. The balance of the class is spent with the students learning basic watercolor painting techniques and watching step-by-step painting demonstrations and getting lots of practice using what they learned.   

Our instructors come from SDWS's education committee. In addition to teaching beginner classes, they volunteer their time to teach art classes to all ages - in schools, after school programs and senior centers. As well as being active members of SDWS, many of our instructors are credentialed school teachers who have recently retired or are in between teaching positions.
Throughout the day of the second class, our instructor gives a variety of demonstrations on value and color mixing which are immediately followed by hands-on student practice.


After the Beginner Basics class, the next classes will begin with a review of key watercolor techniques and then focus on a specific topic. These additional class topics are: Color and Value, Drawing for Watercolor, The Still Life-Bringing It All Together, Landscapes and finally, Mixed Media. All classes are held in the gallery's education center. From here we hope new students will enjoy this new creative outlet and then join our membership by taking other workshops taught by a variety of professional instructors from across the country and from our own membership. 

In every class students review and continue to practice key
painting techniques like flat washes, graded washes, dry brush and wet-into-wet.


Beginner Class Registration

Remember, Rome was not built in a day.  Every great artist started somewhere. Make your start here!

Class List & Registraton