Community Resources

Any member of SAWG who teaches either at the SAWG Gallery or another location may post a free listing here. If you wish to be added to the list, contact the VP of Shows at with your contact information and a short statement of what you teach.

SAWG Teaching Artists Listing


Gallery Classes

SAWG now offers gallery classes- all are held in the "Robert & Helen Jennette Gallery" (back room of 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 Gallery Class Proposal Form, and click on Submit. For more information, contact Jean Pascek,

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.

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Video Club led by Kim Fernandez - POSTPONED

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. No cost, but a $5 donation is welcome.

Art Book Club – POSTPONED

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 – POSTPONED

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.


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Framing on the Cheap taught by Karyn Vampotic POSTPONED

Framing can be costly. Learn how to save money and keep more of your sale price from your framed art, regardless of the medium. The $5.00 materials fee covers a small frame and all framing materials. Bring a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” painting that you would like to hang, and learn how to frame it. Why pay a professional framer over half the sale price of your painting when you can do it yourself. No experience or talent required. Hint: Karyn’s Annual Show painting cost under $20 to frame. All secrets revealed.

Karyn is the current President of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and former spinner, weaver, and quilter. She currently works in pastel, monoprint, and mosaic. She has 17 years of adult education teaching experience at the university level and enjoys having fun with students in her classes while adding skills to their repertoire. 

Contact Karyn to register: (520)440-6977 or

Cost: $25 plus $5 materials fee

Date and Times: Thursday, April 9; 1-3pm


Another Pair of Eyes -POSTPONED

This is a wonderful opportunity for SAWG members who are wondering “What’s wrong with my painting” or “I’d like to enter this in a juried show,” or “What would make my painting ‘Pop’?” We’ll be looking at value, contrast, shapes, center of interest and more.  Get these answers and suggestions from SAWG Signature and 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.  

Registered participants will enter the Back Door of the Gallery and put their paintings (two paintings are encouraged) on the tables. The artist may remain anonymous if preferred. When all the paintings are assembled, the Host artists will view and comment on each painting, time permitting. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the evaluation of the painting.  No painting will be done in this session. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. 

We ask you for a voluntary $5 donation. The SAWG artists/hosts are volunteering their time to give support to YOU!

When: April 18, 2020: 10- Noon

Ellen Fountain and Marti White will host this session. Contact Marti or Ellen to reserve a place.


The Earth Meets the Sky: Landscape Elements taught by Loisanne Keller – POSTPONED

One of the most common questions I get asked in my sky painting class is, “What do I do with the foreground?” Artists often are intimidated to paint the foreground, middle ground, and background. This thee session class addresses the basic elements found in the landscape: stones, rocks, grasses, and trees.

Instruction on these landscape elements includes discussion and demos showing a variety of techniques to paint them. There will be plenty of time to practice painting these elements each day, with a complete landscape painted in the third session. 

Loisanne began painting in watercolor after retiring from her professional career in healthcare. She has studied painting with both regional and international artists including Stirling Edwards, Stephen Quiller, Ron Ranson, Tony Couch, and others. 

Her chosen style is ‘wet on wet’, soaking the paper with water before applying the paints with large brushes. From initial dilute washes to finishing with intense colors, Loisanne loves painting landscapes, especially skies, attempting to capture the beauty of the natural world in a more impressionistic style.

She has attained both Signature and Saguaro Fellow status in the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Loisanne was awarded “Best of Show” for her painting, “Summertime At Baboquivari” in this years Signature Show.

Contact Loisanne to register: (520)445-4774 or

Cost: $105 for three sessions; 50% deposit at registration 

Dates and Times: Thursday, March 19, Friday March 20, and Thursday, March 26; 9-noon

The class is FULL; to be put on the WAIT list, please contact Loisanne at (520)445-4774 or 

Gallery Class Resources:

Fact Sheet for Gallery Class Instructors
Gallery Class Proposal Form
Members Letter of Agreement