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.

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


Workshops

Putting the POW in Your Painting

Putting the POW in Your Painting

Instructor: Susan Keith

Focus on color and composition in planning and executing the POW factor using light and shadow for maximum impact. Interpreting your photographic references along with compositional tips to bring life and interest to the subject matter. Will use techniques for painting loosely, incorporating backgrounds into subject matter using soft and hard edges, color and fluidity of watercolor, as an artist.

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, June 10th, 2019 - Thursday, June 13th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Paint With Impact (See Details for dates & times)

Paint With Impact (See Details for dates & times)

Instructor: Robin St. Louis

Robin requests interaction with attendees via email a few weeks before the workshop to assist with choosing a good subject for the painting options. This is in an effort to assure your painting will offer maximum drama and light, even while using a limited palette. The goal is to plan a patinting, then relax and paint boldly. This class includes a Friday afternoon 1-4pm class time.

Workshop Dates and Times:
Friday, June 21 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday, June 23 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Recommended experience level:  Intermediate levels

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Non Members Fee: $225.00 Members Fee: $215.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Friday, June 21st, 2019 - Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

The Architecture of Light

The Architecture of Light

Instructor: Thomas Schaller

Focus is on inspiration, finding and expressing your unique personal artistic voice. Learn how to see the world in your own unique way, how to identify what it is that will result in the best possible paintings unique to you, and tell your story. Find your unique voice concentrating less on specific objects and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition. 

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, July 8th, 2019 - Thursday, July 11th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

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 Login and sign up

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