Gallery Classes

SAWG now offers small or “mini” classes- all are in the workshop room at the Gallery. They are taught by members of SAWG who have expertise in various areas of artistic expression. These gallery classes give our members an opportunity to learn new skills, or fine tune previously learned techniques. 

If you are interested in presenting a class, please fill out the Mini Workshop Proposal Form, and click on Submit.  For more information, contact Loisanne Keller,

Check below for current offerings.  If you see a listing you are interested in, please contact the instructor directly as SAWG is not involved in the registration process for these classes.

Ongoing Activities in the SAWG Gallery Workspace

Video Club led by Kim Fernandez

    Members of the Club meet, watch a video and paint along with the video’s exercises.
    When: Fourth Monday of every month except December
    Time: 1-2:30pm (Arrive earlier to rearrange tables in order to view video)
    Fee: No Cost, but donations welcome
    Contact: Kim Fernandez at

    Note:  Club membership is limited to 12 members.    Registration is required and it will begin in September.

Art Book Club

Formed by Monica Hart, this book club will meet at the SAWG Gallery monthly throughout the year. Both fiction and non-fiction books will be chosen by the club members with the assistance of Janis Mathews, organizer of the Dusenberry Library Art Book Club. The club is limited to 12 members. For more information contact Monica Hart at
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Time:  1:30-3:00pm
Location: SAWG Gallery
Cost: Voluntary $5 donation each meeting
Hosts:  Monica Hart and Janis Mathews

Open Studios

Studios meets every Tuesday, from 9 – 12 pm in the SAWG Gallery backroom. This is a drop in, unsupervised time to paint and socialize with other artists. Enter through the back door. No registration is required, but a donation of $5 is requested to help support the gallery.

Upcoming Classes in the SAWG Gallery

Another Pair of Eyes

Participants bring two paintings for evaluation and everyone receives recommendations specific to their paintings from the two SAWG Signature/Saguaro artists hosting the event.  Previous attendees have commented: “Wonderful”, “Made me see things I had not noticed before.”, “The presenters were very helpful and positive.”

Don’t be shy! Bring your art and let us help you prepare for entering a show, or just helping you have more confidence in your artwork. Each session is limited to 10 participants, and $5 donation for SAWG is requested.

The November 16th event will be hosted by Bob and Helen Jennette.

Register now to save your space. Contact Bob and Helen at: (520)818-6332 or email them at

Try Your Hand At Watercolor 

This mini workshop is perfect for people who are interested in pursuing an interest in watercolor. Kathy McLean is offering mini workshops in the SAWG Gallery to lead you through the process and the means to create your own watercolor painting – in one session! In one afternoon you can create and take home your painting with no prior painting skill (trace the scene to begin). All supplies are provided by Kathy. She will demonstrate step by step and guide students as they work. Each 2 1/2 hour session will produce a different painting. 

Kathy has been painting for more than 20 years. She has hosted paint out parties and taught beginner classes garnering praise from her students for her patience and guidance. Maybe this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for to jump into watercolor.

Dates and Times: Sept. 25, 1-3:30 p.m. | October 2, 23, 30, 1-3:30 p.m. | Nov. 6, and 17, 1-3:30 p.m. | Dec. 4, 1-3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $40 ($20 to reserve) per session 
Contact Kathy to register at: (858)864-5728 or

Yupo for Everyone!

Are you asking, “What is Yupo?” Or perhaps you’ve tried working on Yupo only to become frustrated with the results. Sue Ritz invites you to join her in one of her three hour mini workshops in which she will focus on how to use Yupo (a tree-free paper). She will instruct students in the use of this relatively new surface for watercolor, from drawing on the surface to getting the paint to do what you want it to do. Students will be provided with a list of supplies needed, and each class session is limited to 8 total. Students should bring a photograph of what they would like to paint. (Simple is best to start.)

Sue is a self taught artist specializing in animals and has shown her Yupo artworks in the SAWG Gallery. She has practiced art most of her life, and has taken several workshops.
For more information and registration contact Sue Ritz: (520)345-9166   or

Cost: $25 per session
Dates and Times: Oct. 5, 12 – 3:00 pm | Nov. 2, 12 – 3:00 pm | Dec. 12, 12-3:00 pm

Basic Drawing and Watercolor Workshop

SAWG Juried Artist Sandra Montgomery offers you an experience of painting in watercolor. Discover its’ charms and challenges. Practice correct brush strokes and color mixing. Practice drawing the subject. Then a demonstration will be given, and students paint along step by step, using their own interpretation. You receive individual help. This workshop is for those new to watercolor, or wanting more guided practice. Each workshop is complete; take one time or both. Materials are provided. 

Dates and Times: October 10 and 26, 9:00 – 11:30 AM | Nov. 9 and 21, 9 – 11:30 AM
Cost: $35.00 per session
Contact Sandra to register, 520-850-5644  or email her at:

Seven Compositions taught by Francheskaa Clark

Take your painting to a new level. Gain a new perspective and the creative tools to go beyond your current way of painting. This class will excite you, lead you down new creative paths, and grow your ability to express yourself in watercolor. Students will paint seven abstract compositions over four Sunday sessions. 

Francheskaa has a Masters of Fine Art and has been teaching for over 28 years. She is an accomplished abstract artist who has won numerous honors in regional and national shows, First Place and Best of Show.  She is a delightful presenter who enjoys  helping students to discover their own personal intuitively, creative expression. 

Contact Francheskaa Clark for more information and to register: (775)772-4445 or

Minimum of five students.

Dates and Times: November 24, December 1, 8, & 15;   9am – 1pm


Line Work, Tying It Together

Compose your painting using ink and watercolor. Use line to define and unify your painting. Students will explore the element of line in art using ink lines and painted lines. The instructor will provide bamboo sticks, inks, markers, and various line making materials.  Bring your watercolor paints and 140 lb. watercolor paper. Bring reference material or use mine.

Eulalie is a SAWG Saguaro Fellow who has received many awards for her artwork. She attended Parson’s School of Design in New York and received her BA in Art Education from C.W. Post College on Long Island. Visit her website to see her artwork:

Contact Eulalie about registering for this workshop and further details: (520)780-9920 or
Cost: $110
Dates and Times: December 9, 11, and 13,     9AM – 12 Noon

Acrylics and Glue Gun Fun taught by Karen Brungardt

Here’s an opportunity to rev up your creative process with new ideas and some new materials.  Karen will lead students in how to use a hot glue gun to make a textured/3D motif on canvas board, and then create a finished acrylic textured landscape. (Students must bring their own glue gun and glue sticks.) She will lead students through finishing their painting using acrylics (their own paints or Karens). Karen will provide landscape subject matter, canvas boards, and handouts to participating students. This will be a paint along type class; teacher showing students how to do each phase and then supervising students to do the same. 

Karen Brungardt is a Signature member of SAWG and an Award-winning artist and author. She loves using unusual materials to do paintings just to see what will happen. She invites students to step out of fear and into the fun of creating art. 

To register contact Karen Brungardt: (520)825-1845 or

Cost: $35

Dates and Times: January 25, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon

India Ink and Watercolor Florals taught by Karen Brungardt

Pump up the drama in your florals. Karen offers this class which will teach students how to use waterproof India Ink and unusual tools to apply ink to paper to make a floral drawing. Then students will complete their painting with the application of watercolors. Karen will provide the tools for applying the ink and a hand out with subject matter. Students will need to bring 140# cold pressed 100% rag paper and watercolor supplies. The class will use a paint along technique where the instructor demonstrates each step before supervising students to do the same. 

Karen Brungardt is a Signature member of SAWG and an award winning artist and author. She loves using unusual materials and techniques to do paintings just to see what happens. She invites students to step out of fear and into the fun of creating art. 

Contact Karen Brungardt to register: (520)825-1845 or

Cost: $35 

Date and Time: January 25, 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Painting Tucson Skies Using the Wet-On-Wet Technique taught by Loisanne Keller

Take this opportunity to experiment with the wet-on-wet watercolor technique, and never have plain blue skies again. This three  part class will have group instruction, demos, and most importantly lots of time for you to paint, starting with ? sheets, working up to ½ sheets or more. Students will focus on washes; monochromatic, colorful, and complex. They will see and use a variety of techniques for creating calm skies or monsoon drama on really wet paper, using lots of paint and big brushes. This class is for all levels of experience.  There is a minimum class size of 5 and a maximum of 8. Only requirement: a willingness to paint and have fun doing it!

Loisanne is SAWG Saguaro member juried into both national and international shows this year. 

To Register of more information:(520)445-4774 or

Dates and Times: January 22nd, 23rd, & 29th;  9-12pm each of the classes

Cost: $105 for the three sessions (50% deposit required with registration)

Introduction to Pastel

Grow your creative toolbox. Pastel and watercolor are a great combination, and if you’ve been thinking about trying pastels, this is a great way to start. Karyn Vampotic is offering this two hour class that will introduce you to a variety of pastels, papers, and techniques, including watercolor as an underpainting for a pastel painting. All materials will be provided and the class will include an opportunity for participants to paint a small pastel painting on a subject/photo of their choosing. This is an excellent opportunity to have fun and explore another medium – no experience necessary, just a sense of adventure.

Karyn is the current president of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and a member of the Tucson Pastel Society. You might have seen her pastel in the TPS show at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum show which won a second place ribbon.

For additional information or to register, contact Karyn at (520)440-6977 or
Cost:  $25
Date and Time:  February 5,  10a.m.-12p.m.