Robert & Helen Jennette Gallery Activities and Classes  



Everyone is welcome: member or non-member, beginner artist or accomplished artist. This is a time to sit, paint, visit and learn from one another. Informal - just friends meeting to enjoy painting and each other.

Donation is $5.00 which goes to SAWG. See you then!



The ANOTHER PAIR OF EYE’S sessions are offered on the second Saturday of the month, 9 - 11AM in SAWG’s Robert & Helen Jennette Gallery. This is a wonderful opportunity for new or intermediate SAWG members who are wondering “What’s wrong with my painting” or “I’d like to enter this in a juried show, so what would make my painting ‘Pop’?" We will be looking at value, contrast, shapes, center of interest and more.  Get these answers and suggestions from SAWG Signature and/or Saguaro Fellow artists in a positive, encouraging, and supportive environment. Take the risk! Be as brave as you are each time you put the first brushstroke of paint on your paper. 

Participants should bring one or two UNFRAMED paintings for the critique. They may remain anonymous if preferred. If not they are encouraged to ask questions about their work. No actual painting will be done.

This class is led by two different SAWG members and is limited to 10 participants. Don’t just show up because nobody will be there unless you reserve a space by contacting Bob and Helen Jennette,

A voluntary $5 donation to SAWG is encouraged.


  Community Resources

Many member artists of SAWG teach water-based painting in a variety of forms, either at the SAWG Gallery or another location.  If you wish to continue taking classes, please review our "SAWG Teaching Artists Listing" to see what is available for you.




Try Watercolor with SAWG

 “Try Watercolor with SAWG” classes will be held in the gallery on Saturday mornings in September and October from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for the price of $25 per person each week. Classes will include two hours of instruction followed by an optional tour of the art gallery discussing what you just learned. Class size is limited, 18 years and older. Art supplies are provided by SAWG. Each weekly class is taught by a different instructor with a different subject.

We have six talented instructors who will teach a variety of subjects and techniques to beginners interested in how to paint in watercolor. These classes are designed to introduce students to not only watercolor but also and more importantly, introduce them to our terrific Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.

For more information, contact the Gallery Classes Registrar, at




Sandra Montgomery
Desert Palm Sunset
September 17th, 9:00am-11:00am

Using transparent washes, create strong contrast with a Palm silhouette in setting sun. Practice perspective in composition with middle and foreground subjects.


Barbara Beamer
Cool off painting an ocean scene!
September 24th, 9:00am-11:00am

Explore watercolor brush strokes, color mixing, create water reflections, and develop illusionary depth of space in painting.



Tim Bhajjan
Paint a Rooster
October 1st, 9:00am-11:00am

In this lesson we will focus on understanding the role played by light, medium, and dark color values in a painting. We will paint a picture of a rooster by applying various types of values to our watercolor paintings.











Risa Waldt
Painting the West
October 15th, 9:00am-11:00am

Take a fun ride on 3 watercolor techniques.




Eledel Giddings
Painting a Still Life
October 22nd, 9:00am-11:00am

Learn to paint a “still life” in watercolors through step-by-step instruction. Participants will learn how to create a strong composition and various watercolor techniques to create a still life.


Karen Brungardt
Colors of Fall
October 29th, 9:00am-11:00am

Learn how to layer leaves in an autumn explosion of colors. You’ll learn how to bring depth to a flat piece of paper and learn layering techniques to develop the subject. Class is FULL









Watercolor painting is magical, hypnotic and addictive.




Tracy Lynn Ross is offering classes for watercolor artists who wish to experience the beauty of the medium, and how to express your own personal approach to subjects. Classes held in the SAWG Gallery in the Robert and Helen Jennette room.

New to watercolor? Join the Monday evening class for a lesson-based approach. 4:30pm to 7:30pm Class is FULL

6 weeks $120 October 17 thru November 28, 2022 (no class November 14, come to SAWG general meeting and see Demo by Tony Couch)

Experienced watercolorists join a Tuesday class.

9:30am to 12:30pm or 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Session I - 6 weeks $120 August 23 thru September 27, 2022. Completed 

Session II - 8 weeks $160 October 11 thru November 29, 2022. Class is FULL

Session III - 9 weeks $180 January 17 thru March 14, 2023. Class is FULL

Session IV - 6 weeks $120 April 4 thru May 9, 2023.

Space is very limited. Please contact Tracy Lynn directly at 520-907-8941 or for space availability and registration.



SAWG's Virtual Classes REPLAYS

Starting June 5th running through September 3, 2022

Online Art Classes


Here they come... the replays of the virtual classes you’ve been waiting for.  Artists, are you ready to upgrade your skills and perhaps learn new ones?  We have a safe, convenient solution!

SAWG is offering replays of the virtual classes taught by SAWG member instructors.  These excellent instructors have expertise in various areas of artistic expression. These replayed classes give our members and other artists an opportunity to learn new skills or fine-tune previously learned techniques. Our replay program offers great flexibility: classes are open to both SAWG members and non-members, and upon registration, are available to you for one week during the specified week.  You can register for one or more of our replayed classes and then attend from your own home.

Please check below for our current offerings. Be sure to review the materials needed for the classes of your choice. Having the proper materials will allow you to gain the most benefit from the instruction provided.

If you see a class of interest, register online now.




Virtual Classes Rentals - All rentals available from Sunday to Saturday 

Aug 14 - Aug 20  - Karen Brungardt "Painting a Full Moon Landscape" 

Aug 21 - Aug 27 - Susan Morris "Using an Underpainting to Enhance your Artwork" 

Aug 28 - Sept 3 - Sandy Walker "Improve Your Brushwork - Improve Your Paintings!" 



Virtual Class 12 -Susan Morris NWS, WFWS, SAWG

"Using an Underpainting to Enhance your Artwork "

Aug 21st - 27th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

Intermediate to Advanced

In this class Susan brings the perspective of the “Old Masters” and their use of an underpainting to your watercolor artwork.  The class will teach you how using an underpainting or multiple glazing layers of watercolor can help you have more variety in your values, create more depth and build rich, luminous colors. 



Virtual Class 13 – Sandy Walker

“Improve Your Brushwork – Improve Your Paintings!”

Aug 28th - Sept 3rd - one week rental

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

Beginner to Advanced Level

This class will help you improve your paintings by 100%, make your paintings look “wet” instead of dry, by teaching you how to use all of your brushes correctly, learn to mix the correct density of paint for your subject, and teach you how to achieve clear clean washes. 




*Classes recordings run between 2 to 3 hours    

For more information, contact the Gallery Classes Registrar, at