Workshop Information

Premier & Weekend Workshop prices are discounted for SDWS Members.  To receive the discounted price, please log in before registering. If you are not a member or your membership has expired and would like to receive the discounted price, renew your membership or join SDWS prior to signing up. Please contact our workshops registrar at registrar@sdws.org or the workshops director at workshops@sdws.org with any questions.

In-Gallery Workshops: All in-gallery workshops are held in our beautifully light-filled education center inside the San Diego Watercolor Gallery in The ARTS District of Liberty Station. (Location)

ZOOM Workshops: Virtual workshops will be conducted using Zoom. They will include a combination of live painting demo(s), interactive communication with the instructor, and individual painting time - all from the convenience of your home / studio.

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Premier Workshops

Premier Workshops are typically four days and take place during the week. They are taught by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Workshops are open to artist of all levels.

Acrylic Abstracts - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Acrylic Abstracts - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Kathleen Scoggin

This workshop will explore using acrylic and other mixed media to create abstract painting.  You will learn about layering, glazing using transparent and opaque paints, collage, stencils, and other mixed media to develop the painting.  A variety of methods will be used to apply the acrylic paint.  Design and composition will be explored as part of the process.  Each student will be encouraged to develop their own abstract style.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Perspective for Watercolor Artists - LIVE WORKSHOP

Perspective for Watercolor Artists - LIVE WORKSHOP

Instructor: Ralph Kingery

Ralph will teach you the basic concepts and practice of perspectives needed to depict three-dimensional reality on two-dimensional paper in the classroom and outside.  You will learn the “rules” of perspective and how to apply them to draw and paint objects in what is known as one-point perspective, where parallel lines leading away from us seem to end at a “vanishing point” on a distant horizon. 

This workshop will be held in the Ed Room at the San Diego Watercolor Society.  Procedures will be in place according to State and CDC guidelines.

Some experience sketching is useful, painting experience is not required.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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A Watercolor Walk on the Wild Side: Creating Whimsical Animal Characters

A Watercolor Walk on the Wild Side: Creating Whimsical Animal Characters

Instructor: Chris Ayers

Participants will work with Disney animation Art Director Chris Ayers to create their own stylized animal characters. Chris will share a variety of drawing styles, break down his design approach to creating appealing and whimsical animals, and demonstrate some of his drawing and watercolor techniques.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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California Vibe: Watercolor Portraiture - ZOOM WORKSHOP

California Vibe: Watercolor Portraiture - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: David Lobenberg

Learn to paint stunning portraits with expressive colors and crazy paint application techniques.  No portraiture drawing ability is needed.  David Lobenberg has more than 30 years’ experience conducting both studio and plein air watermedia workshops.  His teaching style is well-organized, energetic, fun, and high-spirited.

Zoom recordings will be available for students taking his workshop.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021 - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Memorable Landscapes

Memorable Landscapes

Instructor: Jami Wright

Create visually exciting watercolor landscapes using your favorite photos as reference.  With emphasis on composition and value adjustments, you will also define your focus with higher contrast and more detail.  You will learn how to create simplification and atmospheric perspective in your landscape paintings.  Other topics covered will include supply options for painting while traveling.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Unleashed - Wet & Wild - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Watercolor Unleashed - Wet & Wild - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Julie Gilbert-Pollard

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective, and splashy! With stunning waves, waterfalls or intimate woodsy creeks as your model, learn to paint water in motion and glassy reflections.  In addition to traditional watercolor methods, learn to use “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in your “waterscape” paintings.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, July 12, 2021 - Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

Instructor: Richard Hawk

Colorful, award-winning painter Richard Hawk shares his principles, mindsets and techniques for painting freely and intuitively in watermedia.  Richard will begin with teaching how to develop a clear, shape-based composition that will allow the artist to create with joyful abandon and expressive intensity.  The focus is on understanding and using values effectively, managing color temperature and bold, expressive line.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions

Watercolor Impressions

Instructor: Michael Holter

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings from photographs and explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions with dynamic results.  Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.  Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating expressive portraits and landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 - Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Mat & Frame

Mat & Frame

Instructors: Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

1-Day Workshop: Saturday, August 21 or Sunday, August 22

Learn the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibitions.  This workshop will cover framing options and acceptable matting and glazing methods.  We will explore multiple mounting techniques, to include floating.  Emphasis will be placed on mat cutting, learning how to cut mats with various mat cutters.  You will learn the secret to perfectly aligned double matting and how to create multiple opening mats for diptychs and triptychs.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $120.00

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Landscape Color & Composition

Landscape Color & Composition

Instructor: Don Andrews

Don’s Landscape Workshop is geared specifically for artists eager to paint and study in a no-stress studio environment.  Each day, Don will address a major visual concern; light, color, granulation, organizing nature, and utilizing negative space are just a few subjects to be covered.  This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, and personal and group critiques.

All experience levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 - Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions, How to Paint with Confidence

Watercolor Impressions, How to Paint with Confidence

Instructor: Luis Juarez

Students will learn what it means to paint with confidence and vision to see the finished product before they lift a brush.  Composition and values being the key to a successful painting, you will learn how to simplify your painting and capture a strong composition.  In addition, Luis will teach you how to sketch without fuss to eliminate unnecessary detail.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions, 3D Light and Shade

Watercolor Impressions, 3D Light and Shade

Instructor: Drew Bandish

Learn a watercolor sketching method that captures the value pattern of sunlight and shadow on any subject that casts a shadow.  With this Pattern Sketch skill, you quickly see if you have a composition that will lend itself to an exciting painting.  Small quick sketches will help us explore and improve design decisions. You will gain experience in planning within formats that are proportionate to the intended painting format.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage

Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage

Instructor: Liz Walker

Learn how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to mix paint with patterned collage papers, and take chances which make your art memorable and personal.  It is all about composition, color, value, line and shape.  You will learn how to choose and mix colors, with lots of short demos and some relaxed critiques led by this award-winning instructor. Students can expect examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Basic acrylic painting skills required

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, November 8, 2021 - Thursday, November 11, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Creating from Chaos

Creating from Chaos

Instructor: Ed Labadie

Explore an exciting method of creating works from wild wonderful beginnings, then develop the images you discover.  Ed guides students to design with dynamic shapes, contemplate narrative and drama, or enhance traditional scenes.  Expect valuable demos, personal attention, essential techniques and tips, presented in a relaxed supportive atmosphere.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 - Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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