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.

Memorable Landscapes - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Memorable Landscapes - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

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 26, 2021 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Intuitive Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Intuitive Painting - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

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 -  LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Mat & Frame - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructors: Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

This is a 1-Day Workshop, you may sign up for either Saturday, 8/21 or Sunday, 8/22.  The content is the same each day.

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: $100.00

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Time:
9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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Mat & Frame - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Mat & Frame - LIVE GALLERY WORKSHOP

Instructors: Susan Hewitt and Denise Tverdoch

This is a 1-Day Workshop, you may sign up for either Saturday, 8/21 or Sunday, 8/22.  The content is the same each day.

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: $100.00

Date: Sunday, August 22, 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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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: $185.00 Members Fee: $165.00

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Friday, September 24, 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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