Workshop Information

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recommends wearing masks when indoors and when you are around those 
who may be vulnerable to the virus

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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.

 

A Valued Approach to Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

A Valued Approach to Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR: ANDY EVANSEN 

Learn use of value studies to find large shapes and connections in the scene, which helps simplify the composition and provides for lost edges which are so vital in watercolor painting.  Andy will demonstrate concepts. 

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, February 13, 2023 - Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Travel Photos to Watercolor Landscapes - LIVE IN GALLERY WORKSHOP

Travel Photos to Watercolor Landscapes - LIVE IN GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Jami Wright

Jami will show you ways to create watercolor landscapes using your favorite travel photos as reference.  You will create a painting with visual impact that shows the best aspects of your subject.

 Experience level: Advanced Beginners Or Higher

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 - Sunday, February 26, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Loose Watercolor Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Loose Watercolor Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Steve Griggs

Create loose, moving, and evocative watercolor paintings with free and generous brush strokes. Painters are invited to try out a variety of watercolor painting strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive, free, and spontaneous effects. 

 All Experience levels

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Non Members Fee: $400.00 Members Fee: $375.00

Date: Monday, March 13, 2023 - Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Light Values and Atmosphere

Light Values and Atmosphere

Instructor: Gabriel Stockton - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Capture scenes of San Diego, California, such as historic areas, boats and beaches in

beautiful watercolor. Learn confident brush strokes, bright colors and create eye-
catching watercolor paintings.

Expierence Level: All

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023 - Sunday, March 19, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watery Watercolor

Watery Watercolor

 Instructor: Drew Bandish -  LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Let's paint landscapes with water subjects. Drew will show you how to master painting
various types water scenes. Composition and design will be explored.

Experience Level: All

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023 - Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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What’s Underneath/Building Layers In Your Mixed Media Art - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

What’s Underneath/Building Layers In Your Mixed Media Art - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Denise Cerro

This workshop is all about adding layers to your art with papers, marks, scratches, paint and more. Choosing a color palette, subject matter, design and composition to make a painting intriguing.

All Experience Levels

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Non Members Fee: $350.00 Members Fee: $325.00

Date: Monday, May 22, 2023 - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Matting and Framing – June 24, 2023 (one day only)

Matting and Framing – June 24, 2023 (one day only)

* * * THIS IS A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP * * *

Instructors Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch - LIVE IN GALLERY WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of matting framing for gallery exhibitions. The workshop will cover framing options, acceptable matting and glazing methods. We will explore multiple mounting techniques including floating. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to cut mats using various mat cutters.

 

All levels welcome.

 

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Find Your Flow in Watercolor Portait & Landscape

Find Your Flow in Watercolor Portait & Landscape

INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN ZHANG

 

Stephen will share his process of painting both portrait and landscape. He will introduce his
painting technique with loose brush strokes while creating a captivating atmosphere and
personality.

 

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, July 31, 2023 - Thursday, August 3, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Up through the Layers -Acrylic Mixed Media – ZOOM

Up through the Layers -Acrylic Mixed Media – ZOOM

Instructor: Chris Cozen - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Explore color, pattern and line with nature as your inspiration. Layer, manipulate and
create with acrylic paint without constraints to create unique and interesting paintings.
Chris is known for her generous and patient style of teaching

Experience Level: All

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023 - Sunday, August 20, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Simplifying Clothed Figures in Sketch Groups and on Location

Simplifying Clothed Figures in Sketch Groups and on Location

 

INSTRUCTOR: KEN GOLDMAN

Learn how to simplify drawings or paintings of people in landscapes and interiors.
How to make bold, simple strokes in acrylics, gouache and/or watercolor using as few strokes as possible. You will draw from clothed models.

 

Experience Level:  Intermediate to advanced with some drawing experience. Beginners are welcome since instruction is individual, but the class will definitely be geared towards artists with SOME life drawing experience. 

 

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Non Members Fee: $400.00 Members Fee: $375.00

Date: Monday, September 11, 2023 - Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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People and Animals in Watercolor

People and Animals in Watercolor

Instructor: Lisa Wang - Live in Gallery

Lisa will start with easier subject, gradually move on to more complicated ones. The
demonstration will be step by step, how to start the drawing with basic shapes and at
last finish the painting with fine details touches.

 

Experience: All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $450.00 Members Fee: $425.00

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - Friday, November 3, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Master Class with Joseph Zbukvic

Master Class with Joseph Zbukvic

Instructor: Joseph Zbukvic

A special opportunity to learn from the master!
Learn to see watercolor as a medium, it’s good qualities and limitations. Learn basic rules of
good composition, how to see shapes rather than objects and master basic drawing skills.

Experience Level:  Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $700.00 Members Fee: $650.00

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023 - Monday, November 6, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Portraits in Watercolor

Portraits in Watercolor

 

Instructor: Susan Hewitt

If you always wanted to paint portraits this is the class for you Susan will guide you in allaspects of portrait painting, including color choices, shapes and proportion. This is the perfect follow up class if you have attended Susan's Beginner Portrait Class.

 

Experience Level: All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023 - Sunday, November 19, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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