Weekend 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.

Workshop Terms & Conditions

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


 

Watercolor Block Prints

Watercolor Block Prints

Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia

Imagine the combination of relief block prints and watercolor. You will learn to design and carve images with little effort on a soft synthetic material suitable for print additions. These designs will build detail and strong lines for our watercolor painting using simple printmaking methods. Bright colors, lines, and shapes just pop immediately on the surface using fully charged dropped in watercolor pigments.

Recommended experience level:  All levels

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Non Members Fee: $180.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Painting Water Subjects

Painting Water Subjects

Instructor:  Drew Bandish

Watercolor painting methods are particularly well suited to the subject of water in its many moods and colors. In this lesson set, we will focus on developing effective symbols for such characteristic watery effects as:

-very calm and reflective surfaces, as in lakes, ponds and puddles, including their surroundings.

-water with some motion, as in harbors with boats moving about and their many shattered reflections. 

-splash and spray, as in surf and waterfalls, sprinklers and other. 

-clear and refractive, as in a vase of flowers or clear, shallow shoreline areas or dew drops.


All skill levels welcome!

You can do it.

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Sunday, January 19th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Tracing Paper Treasures

Tracing Paper Treasures

Instructor:  Julie Anderson

Learn to design and use value plans to turn your photo references and/or figure drawings into exciting paintings full of texture.  Using photo references, gridding up drawings, applying tracing paper to watercolor paper backing, and use of color schemes will be covered.

All skill levels starting from advanced beginner 

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, February 15th, 2020 - Sunday, February 16th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Memorable Landscapes

Memorable Landscapes

Instructor:  Jami Wright

Create visually exciting watercolor landscapes using your favorite photos as reference. Emphasis will be on simplification, composition, value adjustments, atmospheric perspective and defining your focus with higher contrast and detail. Supply options for painting while traveling will also be covered. 

Recommended experience level: Advanced Beginner and higher levels 

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 - Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Vibrant Abstracts On Yupo Paper

Vibrant Abstracts On Yupo Paper

Instructor:  Wanda Honeycutt

It’s official! Painting on Yupo paper is an amazing experience!  

Can it be challenging? …. YES!

Can you learn tricks to tame it, while still allowing it to do it’s wonderful, colorful magic? …. YES!

Wanda will teach you her secrets of painting with watercolor on Yupo paper. This workshop will focus on non-representational abstracts. These techniques can also be used to enhance your own representational art, adding dimensionality and interest.  

You will complete this class with more ideas and tools for expressing your unique self through ART, using techniques that have allowed Wanda to create award winning paintings.

From Wanda: Many people have said things to me like:  I love your abstracts but I just can’t do them myself…….I wish I could.

This class will give you the structure you need to succeed and the freedom to create your own unique paintings.  

 

All skill levels welcome!

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 - Sunday, April 19th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Matting/Framing For Gallery Exhibition  - Saturday

Matting/Framing For Gallery Exhibition - Saturday

Instructors Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

In this workshop you will learn the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibitions using the SDWS mat cutter or your own. We will cover multiple mounting techniques including floating, multiple mat openings for diptychs and triptychs, and the secret to perfectly aligned double mats. You will also learn about wholesale suppliers.

All levels welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, May 16th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Matting/Framing For Gallery Exhibition - Sunday

Matting/Framing For Gallery Exhibition - Sunday

Instructors Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

In this workshop you will learn the basics of matting and framing for gallery exhibitions using the SDWS mat cutter or your own. We will cover multiple mounting techniques including floating, multiple mat openings for diptychs and triptychs, and the secret to perfectly aligned double mats. You will also learn about wholesale suppliers.

All levels welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Creating Watercolor Abstracts

Creating Watercolor Abstracts

Instructor:  Kathleen Scoggin

This workshop will focus on where to find inspiration and how to develop your own abstract style.  Design and composition will be explored as part of the process.  Step by step instructions will be given for a no fail abstract with lots of WOW FACTOR.  We will explore different ways of applying the watercolor medium.  We will also use mixed mediums to achieve new and varied effects.

All skill levels welcome!

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 - Sunday, June 21st, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Bold Big Brush Painting

Bold Big Brush Painting

Instructor:  Craig Anderson

Spend a few days learning how to be a more confident artist creating loose watercolors and have fun while doing it.  The workshop will include what defines a painting and the steps involved to go from concept to completion.

We will use markers to create a value sketch as a foundation and guide for your final painting.

All skill levels

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, July 18th, 2020 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

The JOY of Yupo!

The JOY of Yupo!

Instructor:  Carol Thomason

Discover the JOY of using polypropylene Yupo! Carol will demonstrate and talk about how—and why—she creates her Lines of Communication painting series using mixed watermedia and layers of fluid acrylic…now all on Yupo!  Paint with abandon!  Do it all on Yupo! 

All levels welcome!

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

Developing a Style

Developing a Style

Instructor:  Gordon Bashant

In this workshop you will work on color along with ideas for and distortion of “subjects.” The emphasis will be on finding your unique style. This class will help newer painters get off on the right track and inspire experienced painters to find new ways to look at a blank piece of paper.

All Levels Welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, November 14th, 2020 - Sunday, November 15th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up