Workshop Information

Guidance for the Use of Masks (Per the California Department of Public Health as of February 16, 2022):

  • 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).

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 Yourself Free - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Paint Yourself Free - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Joan Fullerton

Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. You’ll learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate using acrylic and mixed media. You'll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, mixing and utilizing neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts.

She will address attitudes  of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, play, inspiration, intuition, your mean critic, metaphor, symbolic elements, competition, marketing, your belief systems, finding balance, and more! 

 

Experience Level:  All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, January 16, 2023 - Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

 

 

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A Valued Approach to Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

A Valued Approach to Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR: ANDY EVANSEN 

Learn use of value studies to find large shapes and connections in the scene, which helps simplify the composition and provides for lost edges which are so vital in watercolor painting.  Andy will demonstrate concepts. 

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $550.00 Members Fee: $525.00

Date: Monday, February 13, 2023 - Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Loose Watercolor Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Loose Watercolor Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Steve Griggs

Create loose, moving, and evocative watercolor paintings with free and generous brush strokes. Painters are invited to try out a variety of watercolor painting strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive, free, and spontaneous effects. 

 All Experience levels

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Non Members Fee: $400.00 Members Fee: $375.00

Date: Monday, March 13, 2023 - Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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What’s Underneath/Building Layers In Your Mixed Media Art - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

What’s Underneath/Building Layers In Your Mixed Media Art - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Denise Cerro

This workshop is all about adding layers to your art with papers, marks, scratches, paint and more. Choosing a color palette, subject matter, design and composition to make a painting intriguing.

All Experience Levels

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Non Members Fee: $350.00 Members Fee: $325.00

Date: Monday, May 22, 2023 - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Find Your Flow in Watercolor Portait & Landscape

Find Your Flow in Watercolor Portait & Landscape

INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN ZHANG

 

Stephen will share his process of painting both portrait and landscape. He will introduce his
painting technique with loose brush strokes while creating a captivating atmosphere and
personality.

 

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Non Members Fee: $475.00 Members Fee: $450.00

Date: Monday, July 31, 2023 - Thursday, August 3, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Simplifying Clothed Figures in Sketch Groups and on Location

Simplifying Clothed Figures in Sketch Groups and on Location

 

INSTRUCTOR: KEN GOLDMAN

Learn how to simplify drawings or paintings of people in landscapes and interiors.
How to make bold, simple strokes in acrylics, gouache and/or watercolor using as few strokes as possible. You will draw from clothed models.

 

Experience Level:  Intermediate to advanced with some drawing experience. Beginners are welcome since instruction is individual, but the class will definitely be geared towards artists with SOME life drawing experience. 

 

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Non Members Fee: $400.00 Members Fee: $375.00

Date: Monday, September 11, 2023 - Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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People and Animals in Watercolor

People and Animals in Watercolor

Instructor: Lisa Wang - Live in Gallery

Lisa will start with easier subject, gradually move on to more complicated ones. The
demonstration will be step by step, how to start the drawing with basic shapes and at
last finish the painting with fine details touches.

 

Experience: All Levels

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Non Members Fee: $450.00 Members Fee: $425.00

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - Friday, November 3, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Master Class with Joseph Zbukvic

Master Class with Joseph Zbukvic

Instructor: Joseph Zbukvic

A special opportunity to learn from the master!
Learn to see watercolor as a medium, it’s good qualities and limitations. Learn basic rules of
good composition, how to see shapes rather than objects and master basic drawing skills.

Experience Level:  Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $700.00 Members Fee: $650.00

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023 - Monday, November 6, 2023
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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