Workshop Information

All workshop particpants must have an account on our website to register for a workshop. SDWS Members should log in to their account prior to registering. If you are not a member and do not have an account, please click HERE to create a free account.

Premier & Weekend Workshop prices are discounted for SDWS Members.  To receive the discounted price, please log in to your account before registering. If you are not a member or your membership has expired and would like to receive the discounted price, click "Membership" in the main menu to 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.

Watercolor Impressions - ZOOM  WORKSHOP

Watercolor Impressions - ZOOM WORKSHOP

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: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Mat & Frame -  LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Mat & Frame - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructors: Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

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: $100.00

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

Landscape Color & Composition - ZOOM WORKSHOP

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: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 - Wednesday, September 15, 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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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: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Friday, September 24, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage - ZOOM WORKSHOP

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: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, November 8, 2021 - Wednesday, November 10, 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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