Premier 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.

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


 

CANCELLED: Landscapes/ Light

CANCELLED: Landscapes/ Light

Instructor:  Don Andrews

Learning to paint with watercolor should be fun! 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.

Don’s class isn’t geared to any specific level of achievement; rather artists at all levels will benefit from a more personal understanding of the painting possibilities available in the exciting world of landscape painting.  This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help and personal and group critiques.

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, May 11th, 2020 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Workshop Full.  Wait List Only.  Contact: registrar@sdws.org

Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression

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 Levels Welcome

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Experimental/Aggressive Textures/Unusual Mediums

Experimental/Aggressive Textures/Unusual Mediums

Instructor:  Jan Sitts  

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “Raw” materials the end result in mixed media abstraction painting is the creative accomplishment.  This method presents the magnetism that is abstraction in mixed media painting.  Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all, emotions play off of each other when creating the piece.  The adventure is not knowing where you are going with it until you get there!  You will become enlightened as you journey through this process.

The workshop is loaded with information that can be useful applied to any painting.

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, July 13th, 2020 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Impressions of Built, Natural, & Imagined Worlds

Impressions of Built, Natural, & Imagined Worlds

Instructor:  Michael Reardon

In this 4-day workshop we will emphasize fundamental techniques in order to strengthen your skills in watercolor landscape painting. Fundamentals covered will include: creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect. While Michael will demonstrate his painting style and the use of colors in his palette, he will encourage people to develop their personal style and approach to watercolor. 

A demonstration will start each day, followed by individual painting with careful guidance. A review of the day’s work concludes each day. We will also explore ways to work with photo references so that they help, not dictate, your final painting.

Recommended experience level:  all levels with watercolor recommended

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Non Members Fee: $490.00 Members Fee: $450.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, August 10th, 2020 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Portriature/ Figurative & Still Life

Portriature/ Figurative & Still Life

Instructor:  Matthew Bird

With a focus on strong light and deep value to create intense and dramatic paintings, this four-day workshop will include daily watercolor demonstrations illustrating Matthew's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will follow along with daily demonstrations on the same subject moving toward a complete or near-complete painting. Painters with more experience can work from their own photographs with individual guidance, or work from the material provided. 

Whether you are a beginning student looking for an introduction to figure work,or a more advanced painter looking to refine your understanding of light, colorand value, this class will be a great opportunity to take your understanding to a higher level.

Topics include:

  • The importance of design, value and composition
  • Painting the translucency of skin
  • Properties of color and the physics of light
  • Handling complex textures such as hair and fabric
  • Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, edges and color
  • Plus tips on working with your model, avoiding mistakes and marketing 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 7th, 2020 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Landscapes/Flowers/ Foliage

Landscapes/Flowers/ Foliage

Instructor:  Carol Carpenter

Class will include daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, composition and placement, as well as examples of related techniques. 

 Demonstrations of edges, layering, and methods to retain the white of the paper will be given. And a display of steps to arrive at a finish will be provided to follow.

 We will also focus on how to pick which details to include or exclude, how to add that bit of mystery into your work. There will be individual instruction for each student throughout the class. Please bring the materials you have and if you need suggestions about additional materials please refer to the supply list posted online. Carol will provide a watercolor paper workbook.Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use.

 

Recommended experience level:  all levels

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Non Members Fee: $390.00 Members Fee: $300.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Monday, November 9th, 2020 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up