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!


Because of space considerations, we will be limited to the first four participants. To sign up, please email the Video Club coordinator,  We typically watch the video while taking notes and practicing along with the video, so bring your painting supplies and journal. Our meeting dates are September through May on the fourth Monday of the month.

We will be starting with a video series by Sterling Edwards:

  • September - Painting Trees, Grass, and Rocks with Watercolor
  • October - The Starting Point for Watercolor
  • November - The Wooden Landscape

Donation is $5.00 which goes to SAWG.


The ANOTHER PAIR OF EYES workshops will begin on Saturday January 8, 2022 at 9 - 11AM in the SAWG 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. 

This workshop is led by two different SAWG members. Reserve a space by emailing  This workshop is limited to 10 participants. 

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 in this workshop.

Workshops will be held on the 2nd Saturday of January, February, March, April and May.  A voluntary $5 donation to SAWG is encouraged.


Beginner Watercolor


SAWG is introducing a new beginners watercolor series of classes called “Beginner Watercolor.” Classes will be held in the gallery on Saturday mornings in September and October from 9:00 am to 10:30 am for the price of $15 per person each week. We can take up to 12 people per class, 18 years and older. Art supplies are provided by SAWG. Each weekly class is taught by a different instructor with different subject matter.

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




Tracy Lynn Ross
Painting a Colorful Parrot
September 4th

Students will learn to use brush strokes to paint a colorful parrot.

Registration Full


Karen Brungardt
Painting a Gambel Quail
September 11th

Students will learn brush strokes and blending techniques.

Registration Full


Sandra Montgomery
Painting a Desert Sunset
September 18th

Students will learn how to use contour drawing to develop the scene and use wet into wet techniques to paint the scene.

Registration Full





Eledel Giddings
Painting Flowers and/or Fruit
September 25th

Participants will learn in a step-by-step process of painting from the actual subject. This class will use real flowers and/or fruits as a reference.

Registration Full


Barbara Beamer
Painting a Water Scene
October 2nd

Let's dip into water with your paints & brushes! We'll learn how to use brush strokes and blend colors to create reflections in water.

Registration Full


Kathy McLean
Painting a Hummingbird
October 9th

Students will use tracing to pre-draw a hummingbird and flowers, then learn the wet into wet technique plus the use of salt to make the background. Finalize by using wet into dry, edge softening, and blending to paint the bird and flowers.







Kathy McLean
Painting Pumpkins
October 16th

Students will use a tracing to pre-draw pumpkins and leaves, and then learn wet into wet technique to make the background.  The teacher will discuss keeping areas dry to prevent merging of wet areas and will talk about complementary colors and lights and darks as students complete the pumpkins.


Karen Brungardt
Painting Moonscapes
October 23rd

Students will learn how to paint a moonscape using only brushes to create the scene. No drawing required!




Tracy Lynn Ross
Painting Chili Peppers
October 30th 

Students will learn how to paint a string of chili peppers using color mixing wet in wet technique.






SAWG's Spring Virtual Classes REPLAYS!

Online Art Classes

Here they come... the replays of the spring 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 that were taught recently by SAWG member instructors.  These excellent instructors have expertise in various areas of artistic expression. The online-only 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.  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 class 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 July - August 2021   

Jully 11, 2021 - Terri Gay  "Preparing to Paint En Plein Air"  Registration Closed

July 18, 2021 - Barry Sapp "Knowing Your Watercolor Pigments"  Registration Closed

July 25, 2021 - Tracy Lynn Ross "Going Beyond Paper: Painting on Watercolor Canvas and/or Watercolor Ground" Registration Closed

August 1, 2021 - Karen Brungardt "Painting a Full Moon Landscape" Registration Closed

August 8, 2021 - Susan Morris "Using an Underpainting to Enhance your Artwork" Registration Closed

August 15, 2021 - Sandy Walker "Improve Your Brushwork - Improve Your Paintings!" Registration Closed


Virtual Class 8 - Terri Gay

"Preparing to Paint En Plein Air"

July 11, 2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

Terri Gay is an experienced Plein Air painter, illustrator, hiker, teacher, trails advocate, and outdoor equipment expert. Terri will walk you through why painting outside can be a great experience, what to bring, when is the best time of day to get a great painting and different groups you can join that paint around town.  Part of her presentation will include a recorded session of Terri painting and guiding you through the process.



Virtual Class 9 - Barry Sapp

"Knowing Your Watercolor Pigments"

July 18,2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

Adventurous Beginners to All Advanced Levels

Knowledge is power! There are many benefits to being fully cognizant concerning the properties and attributes of your pigments, as well as the WHEN and the WHERE to use them. Armed with this knowledge, mixing bright luminous color is much easier, more accurate and chances of making “mud" and laying waste to your painting are greatly diminished.



Virtual Class 10 - Tracy Lynn Ross

“Going Beyond Paper: Painting on Watercolor Canvas and/or Watercolor Ground”

July 25, 2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

Intermediate to Advanced

Learn to paint watercolor on a variety of surfaces.  A finished piece doesn’t need glass protection, you can work on a larger scale, scrub and lift easily, these surfaces don’t buckle, and the paint stays wetter, giving you more time to play.  Sign up for a fun class of exploratory play!



Virtual Class 11 – Karen Brungardt

“Painting a Full Moon Landscape”

August 1, 2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

All Levels

Painting a night scene can be a challenge.  This class will teach you how to paint a full moon in a cloudy sky and how to capture the night’s light on the land below. As we’re in Arizona, our painting will capture moonlit saguaros.



Virtual Class 12- Susan Morris NWS, WFWS, SAWG

"Using an Underpainting to Enhance your Artwork "

August 8, 2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

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!”

August 15, 2021 - one week rental Registration Closed

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

  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.