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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Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays and are open to artist of all levels.

The Gifts of Paintbooks - ZOOM WORKSHOP

The Gifts of Paintbooks - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Cherry Sweig

In this ZOOM Workshop you will discover how to transform a blank watercolor book into your own prized memoire.  This workshop will follow a PRE-plan outline to embellish the pages within a consistent composition, yet welcoming flexible imagery from your life’s adventures.  Using watercolors as the central medium, special effects, innovative tools and techniques will be explored.

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021 - Sunday, January 17, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Abstracting Plants with Experimental Watercolor Techniques - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Abstracting Plants with Experimental Watercolor Techniques - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Alison Watt

This ZOOM Workshop will bring welcome random and surprising elements to your watercolor painting process.  Using photographic images, we will explore techniques to disengage from brush work.  With pours of pure color for optical mixing, we will add and lift resist, to create rich layered paintings.  We will introduce mixed media to build loose, expressive plant portraits.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - Sunday, February 21, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Cherries & Glasses

Cherries & Glasses

Instructor: Linda Mullen

This fun workshop will focus on painting red cherries in a clear, crystal bowl. Linda will share tips on how to paint glass and get the deep, rich reds of the cherries. You will learn how to integrate white flowers with a white or dark background.  Paintings will be done from photos supplied ahead of time and there will be tips on how to take the best photos for painting.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - Sunday, March 14, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Exciting Abstracts on Yupo!

Exciting Abstracts on Yupo!

Instructor: Wanda Honeycutt

Wanda will teach you her secrets of painting with watercolor on Yupo paper. This workshop will focus on non-representational abstracts but the techniques can be used in representational work as well. Wanda’s techniques have allowed her to create unique, award winning paintings.  This class will give you the structure you need to succeed and the freedom to create your own unique paintings. 

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Sunday, March 21, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Build Beautiful Paintings

Build Beautiful Paintings

Instructor: Cris Weatherby

This workshop will teach you the process of identifying the right painting subject to designing a painting from the information in your photo.  You will learn the importance of viewpoint perspective and how to show light. In addition, you will learn about controlling color values and how to leave the photograph behind, letting your color choices set the mood of your painting.

Beginner with some experience to Intermediate Painter

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Perspective for Watercolor Artists

Perspective for Watercolor Artists

Instructor: Ralph Kingery

Ralph will teach you the basic concepts and practice of perspectives needed to depict three-dimensional reality on two-dimensional paper in the classroom and outside.  You will learn the “rules” of perspective and how to apply them to draw and paint objects in what is known as one-point perspective, where parallel lines leading away from us seem to end at a “vanishing point” on a distant horizon. 

Some experience sketching is useful, painting experience is not required.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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The Art of Inventory

The Art of Inventory

Instructor: Duke Windsor

Learn how to effectively catalog art inventory as an artist and a collector.  This workshop will teach you how to create an effective inventory control system and choose the right inventory software.  You will learn systems to track artwork out to shows, on loan, sales, and track the location of all your work. Duke will cover how to manage your expenses, track income, and estate planning.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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A Watercolor Walk on the Wild Side: Creating Whimsical Animal Characters

A Watercolor Walk on the Wild Side: Creating Whimsical Animal Characters

Instructor: Chris Ayers

Participants will work with Disney animation Art Director Chris Ayers to create their own stylized animal characters. Chris will share a variety of drawing styles, break down his design approach to creating appealing and whimsical animals, and demonstrate some of his drawing and watercolor techniques.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Memorable Landscapes

Memorable Landscapes

Instructor: Jami Wright

Create visually exciting watercolor landscapes using your favorite photos as reference.  With emphasis on composition and value adjustments, you will also define your focus with higher contrast and more detail.  You will learn how to create simplification and atmospheric perspective in your landscape paintings.  Other topics covered will include supply options for painting while traveling.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 - Sunday, June 20, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

Instructor: Richard Hawk

Colorful, award-winning painter Richard Hawk shares his principles, mindsets and techniques for painting freely and intuitively in watermedia.  Richard will begin with teaching how to develop a clear, shape-based composition that will allow the artist to create with joyful abandon and expressive intensity.  The focus is on understanding and using values effectively, managing color temperature and bold, expressive line.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Mat & Frame

Mat & Frame

Instructors: Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

1-Day Workshop: Saturday, August 21 or Sunday, August 22

Learn the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibitions.  This workshop will cover framing options and acceptable matting and glazing methods.  We will explore multiple mounting techniques, to include floating.  Emphasis will be placed on mat cutting, learning how to cut mats with various mat cutters.  You will learn the secret to perfectly aligned double matting and how to create multiple opening mats for diptychs and triptychs.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $120.00

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions, How to Paint with Confidence

Watercolor Impressions, How to Paint with Confidence

Instructor: Luis Juarez

Students will learn what it means to paint with confidence and vision to see the finished product before they lift a brush.  Composition and values being the key to a successful painting, you will learn how to simplify your painting and capture a strong composition.  In addition, Luis will teach you how to sketch without fuss to eliminate unnecessary detail.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Watercolor Impressions, 3D Light and Shade

Watercolor Impressions, 3D Light and Shade

Instructor: Drew Bandish

Learn a watercolor sketching method that captures the value pattern of sunlight and shadow on any subject that casts a shadow.  With this Pattern Sketch skill, you quickly see if you have a composition that will lend itself to an exciting painting.  Small quick sketches will help us explore and improve design decisions. You will gain experience in planning within formats that are proportionate to the intended painting format.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Creating from Chaos

Creating from Chaos

Instructor: Ed Labadie

Explore an exciting method of creating works from wild wonderful beginnings, then develop the images you discover.  Ed guides students to design with dynamic shapes, contemplate narrative and drama, or enhance traditional scenes.  Expect valuable demos, personal attention, essential techniques and tips, presented in a relaxed supportive atmosphere.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 - Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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