Workshop Information

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  • Unvaccinated persons are required to mask in all Indoor Public Settings.  
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking (when the risk may be high).

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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.

 

Special Members Only Event

 

Joseph Zbukvic Painting

Joseph Zbukvic Demonstration

A special San Diego Watercolor Society members only event  

In the SDWS Education Room

 

May 19, 2022

2 pm - 3 pm Demo

3 pm to 5 pm Reception for Joseph

 

 Fee $20 per person

Wine and Appetizers will be served

 

Questions? Contact Workshop Director at Workshops@sdws.org

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time:
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

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Masterclass with Joseph Zbukvic - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Masterclass with Joseph Zbukvic - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Joseph Zbukvic  

This workshop is open for registration to Members of SDWS only, until March 21, 2022

Intermediate to Advanced

On a first morning my workshop starts with a theoretical lesson on how I see watercolor as a medium, it’s good qualities and limitations. I also explain the basic rules of good composition, how to see shapes rather than objects and master basic drawing skills.

The rest of the workshop consists of at least two demonstration paintings per day, with students repeating them while I give individual help and guidance to each student. I start with a simpler subject like a landscape or seascape. Subject matter then progresses to more complex scenes with streetscapes and figures.

I very much encourage individual talent. My teaching concentrates on how to interpret the subject in terms of visual language and how to see it through artists eyes.   Weather and surroundings permitting, some work will be done plein air.

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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Abstracting the Landscape with Gouache - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Abstracting the Landscape with Gouache - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Larry Moore

This 4-day workshop is designed to push your boundaries, inform your thought process, increase your painting vocabulary, and develop intent in your work in the field, on-site, and on your toes. It’s about creating a unique approach to your work, focusing on the components of great art-making, and how to say nature without being literal. Learn how to interpret what you see and not just copy it and insert yourself into the work. The level of interpretation or abstraction is up to you.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced painters.

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022 - Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Negative Painting with Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Negative Painting with Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Brenda Swenson

Discover the exciting results of negative painting with watercolor! Discover the exciting technique of painting around a subject (the negative space) to define it in the composition. Build your confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, under-paintings and painting into wet passages. 

This workshop is suitable for intermediate skill levels.

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, July 11, 2022 - Thursday, July 14, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Master Mentoring in Watermedia - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Master Mentoring in Watermedia - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Linda Daly Baker

The workshops is designed for the participant who feels they have had enough ‘how- to’ and wants to spend serious time exploring and developing their own style; finding their unique voice and vision. Including a one on one consultation with each participant for personalized mentoring and short group discussions on art related subjects along with thought provoking slide presentations round out the week. 

 

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, August 8, 2022 - Thursday, August 11, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Painting the Urban Landscape in Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Painting the Urban Landscape in Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Iain Stewart

In this workshop Iain will teach how to create luminous and vibrant city scenes. Drawing on his 25 year career as an architectural illustrator he will teach the necessary skills to begin finding your own voice as an artist when viewing the urban landscape. Iain has been building this course over the last two years as a step up from earlier workshops he has taught.

Recommended for intermediate to advanced painter slill levels.

 

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, September 12, 2022 - Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beyond Technique, Finding Individual Expression - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beyond Technique, Finding Individual Expression - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Frank Eber

The workshop will:

  • Continue in the tradition of the 20th Century California Barbizon movement (“intimate works, painted with a limited palette; softly expressive, suggestive rather than detailed”)
  • Focus on emotional responses to nature
  • Encourage the individual artist’s expression while balancing the forces at play in creation of a painting.
  • Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium. 

 Small class settings only. Please sign up early!

All skill Levels Welcome

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, November 14, 2022 - Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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