Workshops

The San Diego Watercolor Society Workshops are held in our beautiful, light-filled education center in the SDWS Gallery in The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2825 Dewey Road, Bldg #202, San Diego, CA 92106.

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, register and receive the automatic discount.

If you are not a member and would like to receive the discounted price, Renew your membership or Join SDWS  then log in, choose Workshops to find the desired workshop, 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

From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor

From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor

Instructor:  Iain 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
Monday, November 13th, 2017 - Thursday, November 16th, 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

Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage

Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage

Instructor:  Robert Burridge

Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all new “Loosen Up Workshop.”  Also you will learn how to begin a new fresh body of work with your own artistic voice and point of view. Think “artist retreat,” producing a body of work, a series of paintings or your conceptual solo show.

Experience Level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $540.00 Members Fee: $500.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, January 8th, 2018 - Thursday, January 11th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

From Sketches to Masterpieces

From Sketches to Masterpieces

Instructor Shuang Li

Focusing on composition and design, during this workshop you will use sketches and reference materials
for your composition, select shapes, lights, colors, and other visual elements into your composition, create
dramatic atmosphere compositions, and turn your own sketches into well-designed successful paintings.

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $180.00 Members Fee: $155.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 - Sunday, January 21st, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Instructor:  Barbara Fox

Barbara will teach advanced watercolor techniques to achieve realistic effects. Using a still life and photographs, participants will learn how to plan a still life painting, and to use the technique of layering washes to build color and contrasts, painting glass and/or metal, and the texture and color of fruits and flowers.

Recommended experience level:  This workshop is designed for those who are familiar with the basic techniques of watercolor painting.

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Non Members Fee: $180.00 Members Fee: $155.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Sunday, February 18th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Experimental Watermedia Workshop

Experimental Watermedia Workshop

Instructor:  Stephen Quiller

The emphasis of this workshop will be color and experimental watermedia in acrylic and gouache with some graulating watercolor. We will begin using acrylic as a water medium and as the week progresses introduce gouache as a translucent and opaque overlay and the last day combine these media with granulating watercolor.  During the five day workshop artists will be in the studio and we will focus on color, color mixing and color relationships in acrylic and gouache.

Experience Level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $590.00 Members Fee: $550.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, March 12th, 2018 - Friday, March 16th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Be Brave!

Be Brave!

Instructor:  Rich Hawk

Do you want to paint more intuitively, paint with flow, freedom, and ease of expression, within a solid design framework? Understand values? In this class learn to create solid compositions and successfully use negative space.

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Non Members Fee: $265.00 Members Fee: $235.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 - Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Sunlight, Shade, and Shadow

Sunlight, Shade, and Shadow

Instructor:  Linda A. Doll

The focus of this workshop will be seeing, understanding, and capturing sunlight, shade, and shadow. We will also explore the basic controls of abstract design and the inventive use of color since more paintings suffer from lack of design and color organization than anything else.

Experience Level:  All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $390.00 Members Fee: $350.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, May 7th, 2018 - Thursday, May 10th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture

California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture

Instructor:  David Lobenberg

In this workshop you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive
paint applications and wildly intense colors. Six successive steps will be emphasized during the workshop to enable you to follow your own path towards success.

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, June 11th, 2018 - Thursday, June 14th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Textures in Watercolour

Textures in Watercolour

Instructor:  Angus McEwan

The aim of the workshop is to realise the true potential of watercolour in its ability to describe unique surface characteristics of different objects (from life).The utilization of numerous applications will be explored to help the students uncover the many possibilities available within the media. We will also study the methods used by Andrew Wyeth and apply those techniques to photographic reference material.

Recomended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, July 9th, 2018 - Thursday, July 12th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Abstraction by Design

Abstraction by Design

Instructor:  John Salminen


The workshop will focus on abstraction, encouraging representational painters to experiment with a different style and challenging experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities in expressing their creative voices. Demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help will be given.

Recommended experience level:  Advanced

 

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Non Members Fee: $590.00 Members Fee: $550.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, August 13th, 2018 - Friday, August 17th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Workshop

Instructor:  Frank Francese

Nature, country, city, beach and natures moods (storms , etc.) are all painted during this workshop. Frank includes two daily demonstrations in which design, color, and values are explored. Daily critique at 3pm. A good attitude is a must.

Recommended experience level:  all levels

 

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, September 10th, 2018 - Friday, September 14th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Capturing Light and Atmosphere en Plein Air

Capturing Light and Atmosphere en Plein Air

Instructor:  Keiko Tanabe

All Levels
In this workshop, Keiko explains how to tackle basic outdoor elements as well as key artistic elements to build a painting that is simple and strong in composition, content, and helps invoke a certain mood. One-on-one uidance is given and a group critique conducted at the end of day.

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, November 12th, 2018 - Thursday, November 15th, 2018 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up