Workshop Information

In Order to comply with current CDC recommendations all workshop participants must provide proof of full vaccination ( Minimum of Two Vaccinations, one for Johnson and Johnson) prior to signing up for a workshop. 

 

You will only need to do this once as we will keep a master list.

All staff, volunteers, instructors, and participants in workshops will be required to wear a mask in the education room during workshops. 

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.

 

Paint What You Love/Love What You Paint - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Paint What You Love/Love What You Paint - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Carol Carter

Learn how to paint with fluidity in watercolor. Carter will demonstrate technique of wet, loose watercolor through demonstration. Each day begins with a uniquely tailored lesson to inspire.  She will discuss color, water, design, and value.  The brilliance of color and the purity of paint application will be emphasized. Carter will provide a tutorial that everyone can follow. The step-by-step instruction allows ample time to observe paint application and then individual painting. A finished painting is completed each day.

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022 - Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Plein Air By Design: Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Plein Air By Design: Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Geoff Allen

Geoff’s philosophy is to practice in the studio for outdoors and practice outdoors for in the studio.

This workshop will focus on the design skills beneficial for creating a strong composition and paint handling so you can create the scene you want in the field. This is especially applicable to the expressive “one go” medium of Watercolor. Studio exercises will deal with sketching, limited value compositions, and paint handling to achieve better plein air results. There will be two plein air demos a day applying studio concepts in the field with a short critique of paintings at the end of the day.

 

 

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, March 7, 2022 - Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
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Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ZOOM

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ZOOM

Instructor: Robert Burridge

Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all new “Loosen Up Workshop”

This workshop is for all levels.

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Monday, April 11, 2022 - Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Watercolor with Wild Abandon - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Watercolor with Wild Abandon - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Karen Knutson

This workshop will emphasize using all the qualities of watercolor to our advantage to produce beautiful glowing textural abstracts. Drips, glazes, back-spills (blossoms), spatters, and transparent washes are just a few of the qualities that watercolor has over other mediums.

Adding collage will give us ideas for content into our abstracts. Good design tips are the topper for this workshop. Karen has many exercises that are fun and easy to develop good design for all your paintings. Wire drawing (using a permanent marker to produce a drawing that looks like a wire sculpture) will be a bonus of this workshop. Get ready to throw paint and have fun!

All experience levels welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022 - Thursday, May 12, 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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