Workshop Information

In Order to comply with current CDC recommendations all workshop participants must provide proof of full vaccination ( Minimum of Two Vaccinations, one for Johnson and Johnson) prior to signing up for a workshop. 

 

You will only need to do this once as we will keep a master list.

All staff, volunteers, instructors, and participants in workshops will be required to wear a mask in the education room during workshops. 

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.

Click HERE for Virtual Workshop Technology Requirements

Click HERE for Workshop Refund Policy

Click HERE for Nearby Hotel Accomodations


Weekend Workshops

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

 

Watercolors That Glow -LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Watercolors That Glow -LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Julie Crouch

In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to simplify shapes and values of subjects that will create a balanced and harmonious painting.  You will also learn how to use a limited palette to paint in layers that will create paintings that glow. Julie will share her secrets about the importance of having an organized approach to painting. This workshop will take your painting to the next level by learning to paint watercolors that glow.

All experience skill levels are welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Textural Watercolor Exploration - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Textural Watercolor Exploration - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Rise Parberry

Learn to use granulating watercolors and saturated paper to portray your unique world view.  Move beyond painting literal representations by learning to distill the essence your subject matter.  Learn about the use of symbols for emotional impact that will produce fresh and powerful statements. Rise will share techniques for recovering light shapes while painting medium and dark values with gorgeous textures. 

Watercolor experience is required.

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022 - Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Expressive Drawing and Painting

Expressive Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Roberta Dyer

This workshop will explore ways to create expressive and loose paintings by using a variety of approaches that include mark making, collage, unusual compositions, colors, and much more.  Whatever subject matter you choose, including non-representational work, may be used.  This approach works for watercolor as well as acrylic.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced painters.

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Painting Animals With Character and Figures On the Beach - ZOOM

Painting Animals With Character and Figures On the Beach - ZOOM

Instructor: Kim Johnson

Kim’s workshops on human and animal experiences bring the thrill of throwing, dropping, and pushing paints until the subjects emerge from the paper. 

Experience Level: Some watercolor experience recommended 

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Non Members Fee: $275.00 Members Fee: $250.00

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 - Monday, May 23, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

 

 

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Bold Contemporary Realism - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Bold Contemporary Realism - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor:  Diane Morgan

Get started or improve with solid basic skills for creating realistic watercolorsthat glow and pop.  Learn to add drama and impact starting with a strong image and using good color choices to make the subject take center stage.  Learn color mixing both on the palette and on the paper. 

Techniques will be learned while creating a finished painting. Each student will receive one-on-one guidance along the way.

This workshop is suitable for beginner through intermediate and beyond.

 

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022 - Sunday, July 17, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Matting and Framing, Plus All About Finishing the New Substrats - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Matting and Framing, Plus All About Finishing the New Substrats - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

* * * THIS IS A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP * * *

Instructors Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

Learn the basics of matting framing for gallery exhibitions. The workshop will cover framing options, acceptable matting and glazing methods. We will explore multiple mounting techniques including floating. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to cut mats using various mat cutters.

You will learn the secret to perfectly aligned double matting and how to create multiple diptychs and triptychs. In addition, cradle board framing, our newest substrate, will be demonstrated. Also discover ways how to properly package your artwork for shipping.

All levels welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Matting and Framing, Plus All About Finishing the New Substrats - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Matting and Framing, Plus All About Finishing the New Substrats - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

* * * THIS IS A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP * * *

Instructors Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

Learn the basics of matting framing for gallery exhibitions. The workshop will cover framing options, acceptable matting and glazing methods. We will explore multiple mounting techniques including floating. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to cut mats using various mat cutters.

You will learn the secret to perfectly aligned double matting and how to create multiple diptychs and triptychs. In addition, cradle board framing, our newest substrate, will be demonstrated. Also discover ways how to properly package your artwork for shipping.

All levels welcome.

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Non Members Fee: $120.00 Members Fee: $100.00

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Exciting Figures on a Textured Background -- LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Exciting Figures on a Textured Background -- LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

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 welcome

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Sunday, September 18, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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iPad Art with Procreate - ZOOM WORKSHOP

iPad Art with Procreate - ZOOM WORKSHOP

Instructor: Pat Kodet

This weekend workshop will be an introduction to the App Procreate. No experience necessary.  Handouts  for everything will be included, leaving you free to work with your iPad.

Day 1 you will learn the Interface, Drawing, Guides, Color, Working with Photos.

Day 2 will include Preference settings, Gallery Organization, Actions, Crop, Layers, Text, Gestures, Tips, and more.

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Non Members Fee: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Sunday, November 20, 2022
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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