Beginner Workshops

SDWS offers a very popular series of workshops twice a year for adults new to watercolor or for those adults who wish to renew their interest and skill level. You do not have to be a SDWS member to attend these workshops. Each series consists of six Saturday workshops with all supplies provided. Students may elect to just take one workshop or attend all six. All students who are not members and take at least four of these workshops will receive a SDWS membership, free for one year.

Students attending the initial Beginner Basics Workshop receive one flat brush, one round brush, a small palette, paints and watercolor paper to keep. Materials, brands, and where to purchase art supplies are discussed during this first class. The balance of the class is spent with the students learning basic watercolor painting techniques and watching step-by-step painting demonstrations and getting lots of practice using what they learned.

Our instructors come from SDWS’s Education/Outreach Committee. In addition to teaching beginner classes, they volunteer their time to teach art classes to all ages - in schools, after school programs and senior centers. As well as being active members of SDWS, many of our instructors are credentialed teachers who have recently retired or are in between teaching positions.

After the Beginner Basics Workshop, the next workshops will begin with a review of key watercolor techniques and then focus on a specific topic. These additional topics are: Color and Value, Drawing for Watercolor, The Still Life - Bringing It All Together, Landscapes, and finally Mixed Media. All workshops are held in the gallery’s education center. We hope new students will enjoy this new creative outlet and then join our membership by taking other workshops taught by a variety of professional instructors from across the country and from our own membership.

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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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Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

Instructor: Jami Wright

Beginner Basics: Learn and practice the main watercolor techniques. Also get lots of information about watercolor painting supplies - paint, brushes and paper as well as where to find them. And much more...

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #2 - Color and Value

Beginner #2 - Color and Value

Instructor: Julie Anderson

Color and Value: Learn about and practice color wheels, color mixing, color value, warm/cool colors, complements, neutrals and general color theory. Students will complete a simple painting in the afternoon.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

Instructor: Julie Anderson

Drawing for Watercolor: Learn how to plan and sketch a painting through the use of basic composition, perspective and grids. Also, learn how to use a photo reference and then complete a simple watercolor scene in the afternoon.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing it All Together

Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing it All Together

Instructor: Susan Hewitt

Still Life - Bringing It All Together. Review watercolor techniques and composition considerations. Learn about the Principles of Art (balance, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity/variety and movement.)

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #5 - Landscapes

Beginner #5 - Landscapes

Instructor: Jami Wright

Landscapes and Atmospheric Perspective: Learn how to handle the illusion of distance and depth through the use of atmospheric perspective - color value, object location, object sizes, detail and textures.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #6 - Introduction to Mixed Media

Beginner #6 - Introduction to Mixed Media

Instructor: Elaine Harvey

Learn how to take your watercolors to a new and creative direction by adding a variety of materials such as textured papers, acrylics, oil pastels and more.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

Instructor: Jami Wright

Beginner Basics: Learn and practice the main watercolor techniques. Also get lots of information about watercolor painting supplies - paint, brushes and paper as well as where to find them. And much more...

Find out more…

Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #2 - Color and Value

Beginner #2 - Color and Value

Instructor: Julie Anderson

Color and Value: Learn about and practice color wheels, color mixing, color value, warm/cool colors, complements, neutrals and general color theory. Students will complete a simple painting in the afternoon.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

Instructor: Julie Anderson

Drawing for Watercolor: Learn how to plan and sketch a painting through the use of basic composition, perspective and grids. Also, learn how to use a photo reference and then complete a simple watercolor scene in the afternoon.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing it All Together

Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing it All Together

Instructor: Susan Hewitt

Still Life - Bringing It All Together. Review watercolor techniques and composition considerations. Learn about the Principles of Art (balance, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity/variety and movement.)

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #5 - Landscapes

Beginner #5 - Landscapes

Instructor: Jami Wright

Instructor: Jami Wright

Landscapes and Atmospheric Perspective: Learn how to handle the illusion of distance and depth through the use of atmospheric perspective - color value, object location, object sizes, detail and textures.

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Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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