Workshop Information

Premier & Weekend Workshop prices are discounted for SDWS Members.  To receive the discounted price, please log in before registering. 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. 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.

Vibrant Watercolor Painting

Vibrant Watercolor Painting

Instructor: Soon Warren

Soon will teach you how to utilize light and dark values in order to capture the sparkle of crystal, smooth background washes, and pouring backgrounds.  You will learn valuable glazing and washing techniques that will create luminous under painting.   While concentrating on technique, the concept of color theory, composition, and color values will also be incorporated into the workshop.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Animals Simplified

Animals Simplified

Instructor: Pat Weaver

You will learn a simplified approach to drawing animals using a limited palette with no more than five colors in any painting. The workshop will focus on drawing, value painting and direct painting without drawing.  Pet portraits of dogs and cats, as well as various other animals, including birds, may be painted in this workshop.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, April 12, 2021 - Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Acrylic Abstracts

Acrylic Abstracts

Instructor: Kathleen Scoggin

This workshop will explore using acrylic and other mixed media to create abstract painting.  You will learn about layering, glazing using transparent and opaque paints, collage, stencils, and other mixed media to develop the painting.  A variety of methods will be used to apply the acrylic paint.  Design and composition will be explored as part of the process.  Each student will be encouraged to develop their own abstract style.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $500.00 Members Fee: $475.00

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 - Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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California Vibe: Watercolor Portraiture

California Vibe: Watercolor Portraiture

Instructor: David Lobenberg

Learn to paint stunning portraits with expressive colors and crazy paint application techniques.  No portraiture drawing ability is needed.  David Lobenberg has more than 30 years’ experience conducting both studio and plein air watermedia workshops.  His teaching style is well-organized, energetic, fun, and high-spirited.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $500.00 Members Fee: $475.00

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021 - Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Unleashed - Wet & Wild

Watercolor Unleashed - Wet & Wild

Instructor: Julie Gilbert-Pollard

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective, and splashy! With stunning waves, waterfalls or intimate woodsy creeks as your model, learn to paint water in motion and glassy reflections.  In addition to traditional watercolor methods, learn to use “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in your “waterscape” paintings.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $500.00 Members Fee: $475.00

Date: Monday, July 12, 2021 - Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions

Watercolor Impressions

Instructor: Michael Holter

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings from photographs and explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions with dynamic results.  Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.  Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating expressive portraits and landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 - Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Landscape Color & Composition

Landscape Color & Composition

Instructor: Don Andrews

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.  This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, and personal and group critiques.

All experience levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 - Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage

Creating Paintings With Impact - Acrylic/Collage

Instructor: Liz Walker

Learn how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to mix paint with patterned collage papers, and take chances which make your art memorable and personal.  It is all about composition, color, value, line and shape.  You will learn how to choose and mix colors, with lots of short demos and some relaxed critiques led by this award-winning instructor. Students can expect examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Basic acrylic painting skills required

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, November 8, 2021 - Thursday, November 11, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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