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

Open Studio

When:  Every Tuesday morning, 9-12 nn
Where:  The SAWG Gallery Workshop Space.
Cost: Free. A voluntary $5 donation is appreciated.

The Host is Cara Smith. Everyone is encouraged to come and paint with friends and SAWG members. No reservations are necessary, but come early as space is limited to 8 artists. Be sure to use the BACK DOOR as the front door is locked. This Open Studio will continue all summer, and longer if there is interest. The first Open Studio is Tuesday April 2 and will recur every Tuesday Morning.
Questions: Contact Cara Smith, , cell: (520) 548-8781
If you are interested in hosting an Open Studio, please contact Loisanne Keller,

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

Upcoming Classes in the SAWG Gallery

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

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:

Pet Portraits – Tips and Techniques (from photoshoot to framing)

In this two session mini workshop Kay Sullivan will share what she has learned from doing pet portraits for the last seventeen years, including the photo shoot, choosing the right reference photo, capturing the eyes and fur with your paint, and presenting the finished product. She will demonstrate techniques in watercolor and have the students do exercises in their preferred medium. All levels are welcome, but beginner students must have some experience and their own high quality paints, paper, and brushes. Students should bring their pet photos for discussion and be prepared to do a homework assignment between the two sessions. 

After many classes and years of experience, Kay is able to enjoy painting without the anxiousness of execution. She loves to paint watercolor pet portraits as well as architecture, landscapes, and experimental work. Kay is a juried member of SAWG and a member of Saddle Brooke Fine Art Guild. See her work at

Dates and Times: October 21 and 28, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Cost: $70 for the two sessions, 50% due at registration
Contact Kay for registration and additional information: (520)818-6601 or

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 4, December 1, 8, & 15;   9am – 1pm


Portraits in Watercolor

Judy Nakari offers a three hour class that will pack your creative tool box with all kinds of great ideas and techniques to help you capture a likeness in watercolor. She will share techniques like: when to lose an edge; how to use surprising colors; how to integrate a background with the subject; how to create an expressive, not sloppy portrait. Judy will provide demonstrations, individual help, and hand-outs to take home. (Participants may want to contribute $3, so we can have a model.)

Besides having taught plein air workshops in Tuscany, Judy is a faculty member of The Drawing Studio of Tucson, and has led workshops in Colorado, California, and Arizona (at Toscana Studio/Gallery and the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.)

Contact Judy Nakari for further information and registration: (720)626-5672  or

Dates and Times: November 7th, 9a.m.-12p.m.

Cost: $35

Line Work, Tying It Together

Eulalie Brown invites students to this three day class learning to create dynamic artwork using line to define and unify their paintings. Her class will explore the element of line in art using ink lines, painted lines, and various line making materials and is open to all painting levels. 

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.