Beginner Workshops

The San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Beginner 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.

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.

Workshop Terms & Conditions

Nearby Hotel Accomodations

COVID-19 Information

San Diego Watercolor Society will adhere to CDC guidelines. We are limiting the number of participants to 10 and have separated individual workspaces to allow for physical distancing. Workshop attendees will be required to wear a face mask and bring their own lunch & beverages. 

In addition, everyone will have their temperature taken before entering the gallery. No one should attend if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing, headache, fever, chills, body aches, recent lack of smell or taste, or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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


 

CANCELLED: Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

CANCELLED: 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

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, July 11th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #2 - Color and Value

CANCELLED: 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

This workshop takes place on:

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

CANCELLED: Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

CANCELLED: Beginner #1 - Beginner Basics

See COVID-19 information above.

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

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, September 5th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

CANCELLED: 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

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, September 5th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #2 - Color and Value

CANCELLED: Beginner #2 - Color and Value

See COVID-19 information above.

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.

Find out more…

Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

This workshop takes place on:

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

CANCELLED: Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing It All Together

CANCELLED: 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

This workshop takes place on:

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

CANCELLED: Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

CANCELLED: Beginner #3 - Drawing for Watercolor

See COVID-19 information above.

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.

Find out more…

Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, October 10th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing It All Together

CANCELLED: Beginner #4 - Still Life - Bringing It All Together

See COVID-19 information above.

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.)

Find out more…

Non Members Fee: $75.00 Members Fee: $75.00

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, October 24th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #5 - Landscapes

CANCELLED: Beginner #5 - Landscapes

See COVID-19 information above.

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

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, November 7th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up

CANCELLED: Beginner #6 - Introduction to Mixed Media

CANCELLED: Beginner #6 - Introduction to Mixed Media

See COVID-19 information above.

Instructor: Carolyn Sullivan

Mixed Media:

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

This workshop takes place on:

DateTime
Saturday, December 5th, 2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Login and sign up