Premier Workshops     

Workshops Coming in 2019 – 2020

November 12-15, 2019 – Michael Holter – Watercolor Impressionism: Faces and Places
January 14-17, 2020 – Tom Lynch – Watercolor Secrets Revealed – FULL
February 11-14, 2020 – Brenda Swenson – Negative Painting with Watercolor – FULL
March 10-13, 2020 – Ken Hosmer – Energizing Your Color – FULL

Fill out this secure Online Registration Form (registration opens July 15th at noon Pacific Time) with the options to charge your $100 deposit or pay in full for your workshop. If you prefer, you can mail your registration and check or take them to the Gallery, download a printed workshop form here. (available July 15)  Participants must be a paid up SAWG member at least 6 weeks before the workshop in order to be eligible for a member fee. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to another workshop. Reservations are taken in order of submission or postmark dates (no exceptions).

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Reservation/class lists are in order of postmark/submission dates. Non-members are most welcome if the classes are not filled by September 1, also in order of postmark/submission date. Cancellation policies are in effect.

2019-2020 Registrar: Contact Kay Sullivan at for information.

All workshops require $100 deposits which are non-refundable and non-transferrable (unless there is a waiting list, in which case please contact Kay Sullivan).

All workshops will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day at the St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center at 4625 E. River Road (near the corner of River and Swan) Tucson, AZ.

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WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY – Up to 6 weeks prior to the workshop – 100% refund minus the $100 deposit. Less than 6 weeks prior to a workshop – you are responsible for the full payment. If unable to attend, contact the Registrar about a substitute from the wait list. No refunds will be made! No substitutions may be made without the permission of the Registrar and only if the workshop is full. No refunds for no-shows or withdrawals. Full refund if SAWG, for any reason, cancels a workshop.

Questions? Email Kay Sullivan   All workshops are held at St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center at 4625 E. River Road (near the corner of River and Swan) Tucson, AZ.


November 12 -15, 2019
$395 SAWG Members • $495 Non-Members
“Watercolor Impressionism: Faces and Places” 

All Skill Levels   

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting paintings of people and places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results. Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating portraits and landscapes and also show you several high-speed video demonstrations. Many watercolorists have an aversion to painting people and with that in mind, special attention will be paid to the steps Michael uses to paint his award-winning figurative paintings. He will break down the process, from how to use the camera to capture exciting painting subjects, to adding sparkle to the finished piece. And by the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you can complete successful paintings. We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience. Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and discuss other artist’s work and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques. 

Holter Supply List

(Email to be included in the waitlist)

January 14-17, 2020 – 
$395 SAWG Members • $495 Non-Members
“Watercolor Secrets Revealed”

All Skill Levels  

Tom’s objective is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor. You will learn new techniques; how to plan for success; build a successful painting; and to put drama, emotion, and conviction in your art. This award winning artist will show you how to push the limits of color, contrast, and light. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting. He has an organized program, with lots of visuals, that sets a goal for each day and sees that each student has an example and understanding of that day’s lesson. You will see daily demonstrations with detailed explanations of all the how’s and why’s, followed by plenty of individual attention, and a positive critique session. Past students have said of his workshops… “Rather than coming out with perfect littles copies of what Tom does, I came out with a wealth of watercolor techniques which I can utilize in my painting.” “The best workshop I have ever had…” “Never a dull moment…” “Learned more in a day that I have in years…” “Patient, positive and knowledgeable…” Let him lead you on an exciting watercolor adventure in color, contrast, and light!?


Lynch Supply List

(Email to be included in the waitlist)

February 11-14, 2020
$395 SAWG Members • $495 Non-Members
“Negative Painting with Watercolor” 
 Skill Level: Intermediate and beyond

Discover the exciting results of negative painting with watercolor! Negative painting is the technique of painting around a subject (the negative space) to define it in the composition. Build your confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, under-paintings and painting into wet passages. Strengthen your understanding of pigments and how they directly relate to the complexed medium of watercolor. During the workshop you’ll learn how to create interesting shapes and depth of color with transparent glazes. Strengthen a painting with overlapping, interlocking shapes and linkage. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. 

Swenson Supply List

(Email to be included in the waitlist)

March 10-13, 2020
$395 SAWG Members • $495 Non-Members

“Energizing Your Color” 

All Skill Levels

Explore color through a unique approach! Learn the use of color, light and dark pathways, and how the eye moves through a painting. Ken reveals “color secrets” and design ideas each day. He offers guidelines which  encourage you to creatively interpret painting subjects in your own style. Painting demonstrations emphasize free flowing watercolor and cover a variety of subjects, including landscape, flowers, human figures or animals. Ken is passionate about his painting and teaching. He clearly explains his artistic method as he paints, and in a positive and gentle manner, skillfully pinpoints and verbalizes exactly what your painting needs for improvement. This makes the class ideal for both beginning and advanced students. A typical day includes presentation of new ideas and demonstration in the morning with class work time and individual help in the afternoon. The workshop ends with an uplifting and informative critique session.

Ken Hosmer has been a guest workshop instructor for over 100 art organizations across the U.S. and in exotic locations such as Hawaii, Italy, Greece and Mexico. His work has been featured in The Artists’ Magazine, Watercolor Magic, and International Artist Magazine. He has produced a number of art instruction videos. Ken is a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and his painting titled “Good Conversation,” was in the American Watercolor Society 147th Annual Exhibition.


Hosmer Supply List