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 seven Saturday workshops with all supplies provided. Students may elect to just take one workshop or attend all seven. 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, and a small palette to keep. In addition, students will be provided with professional quality watercolor paper and pigments. 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, Portraiture - Let's Paint a Face, 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.


Workshop Information

Currently, our San Diego County and the CA Department of Health recommends wearing masks when indoors and when you are around those who may be vulnerable to the virus.

All workshop participants 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.

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 if you need assistance 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  #7 - Introduction to Mixed Media - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #7 - Introduction to Mixed Media - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Risë Parberry

Enhance your watercolors with textured papers, acrylics, oil pastels, and more.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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 Beginner #1 -  Beginner Basics - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Jami Wright

 

Teaches watercolor techniques and all about using and purchasing supplies.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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Beginner #2 - Color and Value - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #2 - Color and Value - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Julie Anderson

 

Teaches color mixing, value, compliments, neutrals, and color scheme.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Julie Anderson

Learn perspective, drawing from photos, composition, and gridding up.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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Beginner #4 -  Still Life - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #4 - Still Life - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Susan Hewitt

Review watercolor techniques and learn the principles of art (balance, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity/variety, and movement.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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 Beginner #5 -  Landscapes - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #5 - Landscapes - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Jami Wright

Create the illusion of depth by using perspective, value, color, and more.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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 Beginner #6 -  Beginning Portraiture - Let’s Paint a Face! - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #6 - Beginning Portraiture - Let’s Paint a Face! - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Susan Hewitt

Use a grid and photo reference to complete a portrait and facial features using various skin tones.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Beginner #7 - Introduction to Mixed Media - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Beginner #7 - Introduction to Mixed Media - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructor: Risë Parberry

Enhance your watercolors with textures papers, acrylics, oil pastels, and more.

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Non Members Fee: $85.00 Members Fee: $85.00

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2024
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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