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.

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 or your membership has expired and would like to receive the discounted price, renew your membership or join SDWS prior to signing up.

Workshop Terms & Conditions

Questions?  Please contact our workshops registrar at workshops@sdws.org.


Workshops

Sketches to Masterpieces

Sketches to Masterpieces

Instructor: Shuang Li

This workshop focuses on COMPOSITION and DESIGN. During the workshop, you will learn important design principles of composition. Learn how to turn your own small sketches into well-designed successful paintings! The class will be working with watercolor based mediums. Learn Shuang Li’s approach to capturing on-site landscape photos and sketches.

Recommended experience level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $200.00 Members Fee: $175.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, July 27th, 2019 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

WAIT LIST ONLY

Workshop Full.  Wait List Only. 

Figurative Design - Character Development

Figurative Design - Character Development

Instructor:  Jeannie McGuire

In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she aims to act as a mentor and inspire artists to create character in their figurative work.  Jeannie shares her painting application and spontaneous thoughts and stories that guide her design process and style.  As a student you are encouraged to be imaginative about the people in your reference photos and to study their expressions, body language, surroundings and interactions.  

You will hear about intuitive design and composition, versatility of pigment/water ratios, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white as an additional pigment, and the freedom to change your mind. 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $640.00 Members Fee: $600.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, August 12th, 2019 - Friday, August 16th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Textural Watercolor

Textural Watercolor

Instructor: Risë Parberry

Use granulating watercolors and saturated paper to portray your unique world view! Move beyond painting literal representations by learning to distill the essence of your subject matter and create art with a bold, experimental attitude influenced by gravity. See more detail on this 3 -day textural pigment journey @ SDWS.org Workshops! Some previous watercolor experience necessary.

Recommended experience level:  Intermediate levels

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Non Members Fee: $200.00 Members Fee: $175.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - Monday, August 19th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Composition & Narrative

Composition & Narrative

Instructor: Chuck McPherson

For watercolor painters seeking more from their paintings, a strong composition and a good narrative will lend a “voice” to your art that turns heads. Paint from your own reference material. Chuck’s layout reviews and demos will emphasize that once you have created an interesting narrative, it’s on to telling the story with composition.

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $180.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 - Sunday, September 8th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Shaping Up Your Watercolor

Shaping Up Your Watercolor

Instructor:  Charles Rouse

Charles uses value/shape method of painting to bring more life to your paintings and confidence as an artist. Charles will address all the fundamentals of brushes, paints, paper, application technique, layout, composition, and the acquiring of reference.  He will show new ways to simplify and strengthen your work. 

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 9th, 2019 - Friday, September 13th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Watercolor Secrets Revealed

Watercolor Secrets Revealed

Instructor Tom Lynch

Tom has a uniquely styled landscape painting style, strives for a level of excitement and drama that seems to push somewhere beyond what the environment naturally provides. Tom will assist in considering subjects searching for something striking, like sky color, light direction, shadow patterns, or sunlight glint on water. He embellishes those striking features to impact the viewer.

Recommended experience level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $590.00 Members Fee: $550.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, November 4th, 2019 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Watercolor Block Prints

Watercolor Block Prints

Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia

Imagine the combination of relief block prints and watercolor. You will learn to design and carve images with little effort on a soft synthetic material suitable for print additions. These designs will build detail and strong lines for our watercolor painting using simple printmaking methods. Bright colors, lines, and shapes just pop immediately on the surface using fully charged dropped in watercolor pigments.

Recommended experience level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $180.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage

Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage

Instructor:  Bob Burridge

 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $640.00 Members Fee: $600.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, January 13th, 2020 - Thursday, January 16th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Plein Air

Plein Air

Instructor:  Iain Stewart

 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $540.00 Members Fee: $500.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, February 10th, 2020 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Bridges/Urban Landscapes

Bridges/Urban Landscapes

Instructor:  Antonio Masi

 

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, March 9th, 2020 - Thursday, March 12th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Figurative impressionist

Figurative impressionist

Instructor:  Ted Nuttall

 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $640.00 Members Fee: $600.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, April 6th, 2020 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Landscapes/ Light

Landscapes/ Light

Instructor:  Don Andrews

 

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, May 11th, 2020 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Emotional Responses to Nature

Emotional Responses to Nature

Instructor:  Frank Eber

 

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 8th, 2020 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Expirmental/Aggressive Textures/Unusual Mediums

Expirmental/Aggressive Textures/Unusual Mediums

Instructor:  Jan Stitts  

 

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, July 13th, 2020 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Impressions of Built, Natural, & Imagined Worlds

Impressions of Built, Natural, & Imagined Worlds

Instructor:  Michael Reardon

 

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, August 10th, 2020 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Portriature/ Figurative & Still Life

Portriature/ Figurative & Still Life

Instructor:  Matthew Bird

 

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 7th, 2020 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Landscapes/Flowers/ Foliage

Landscapes/Flowers/ Foliage

Instructor:  Carol Carpenter

 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $390.00 Members Fee: $300.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, November 9th, 2020 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up