New from SAWG!

Online Art Classes

Are you ready to upgrade your artist skills or learn some new ones? We have the safe, convenient solution!

SAWG is now offering virtual classes taught by SAWG members who have expertise in various areas of artistic expression. These online-only classes give our members and other artists an opportunity to learn new skills or fine-tune previously learned techniques – without the current health concerns and inconvenience of traveling to a classroom. Our program offers great flexibility: classes are open to both SAWG members and non-members. You can register for one or more of our classes and then attend from your own home.

Please check below for 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, you can register online NOW.

Upcoming SAWG Virtual Classes

Virtual Classes Coming in 2020-2021    

September 15, 2020 – Kathy McLean "Introduction to Twilight Stars and Fan Brush Trees" Registration Closed

September 22, 2020 – Loisanne Keller " The Earth Meets the Sky: Rocks and Grasses as Landscape Elements©" Registration Closed

September 29, 2020 – Tad Lamb "Loosening Up" Registration Closed

October 6, 2020 – Sandy Walker "Focus on Design - Leaving Whites"

October 13, 2020 – Carolyn Streed "Pet Portraits Made Easy"

October 20, 2020 – Judy Constantine "Introduction to Scratchboard"


Virtual Class 1 - Kathy McLean

"Introduction to Twilight Stars and Fan Brush Trees"

September 15, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

Registration Closed

Beginners level

Twilight skies (or snow storms if you see it that way) are easily successful paintings for beginner watercolorists and fun for all levels. The stars are made by sprinkling salt at just the right moment and the trees practically make themselves with a fan brush. With a little investment in quality paper and paints, you can paint these in a  2-hour on-line class and have two finished paintings to show for it.



Virtual Class 2 - Loisanne Keller

"The Earth Meets the Sky: Rocks and Grasses as Landscape Elements©"

September 22, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

 Registration Closed

In this two and a half hour Zoom class, we will explore painting a variety of rocks and grasses  as elements of foreground details, or as the center of interest in your landscape painting.

We will think of shapes instead of rocks, textures instead of grasses, and we will use light and dark values to showcase these landscape elements.

We’ll be painting wet-on-wet, as well as wet-on-dry, using a variety of brushstrokes, including some negative painting.

This class is for artists interested in painting landscapes, who are comfortable with a variety of brushstrokes, and know their paints and papers.



Virtual Class 3 - Tad Lamb

"Loosening Up"

September 29, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

Registration Closed

Suitable for beginners, but some experience helpful

I love watercolor not just for its freshness and vibrancy, but also for the mediums ability for spontaneity and finding lost edges.’   Students will learn how to apply and lift pigment with an emphasis on timing and our water/brush/pigment/paper relationships to help them adapt this loose and intuitive approach to painting.   Suitable for beginners, but some experience helpful.



Virtual Class 4 - Sandy Walker

"Focus on Design - Leaving Whites"

October 6, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

Intermediate to Advanced students


The WHITE of the watercolor paper is probably more important than any other color in designing your watercolor composition. The contrast between the white areas of the painting and the other painted areas is important in making your painting appear fresh and crisp. Learn how to PLAN your whites!!! We will be painting a white” object. Learn how to get the beautiful glow” in your watercolors. This is the essence of watercolor!




Virtual Class 5 - Carolyn Streed

"Pet Portraits Made Easy"

October 13, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

This will be a fun and fairly easy course on the basics of pet portraiture. I will teach you the most important things to “get right” when painting any animal.

I will supply a photo of a dog that you can print out and we will all paint this together. Be sure to print it on copy paper because we are going to trace it onto our watercolor paper.



Virtual Class 6 - Judy Constantine

"Introduction to Scratchboard"

October 20, 2020 (9am - 12pm*) Cost $35

Ever hear of scratchboard? It is white clay on a masonite surface covered with black ink. By scratching away the surface to reveal the white underneath, the artist creates dramatic images with little effort. It is a very forgiving medium: scratch something you didn't want? Just grab a pen and cover it over!  Learn the basics and get some hands-on practice in this introductory class.




For more information, contact the Gallery Classes Registrar, Joanne Lustre, at

*Classes run between 2 to 3 hours  


Robert & Helen Jennette Gallery Classes  

Classes held in the Gallery are Temporarily Postponed 


  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.