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 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.

  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.



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 

June 5 - June 11 - Kathy McLean  "Introduction to Twilight Stars and Fan Brush Trees"  

June 12 - June 18 - Loisanne Keller "The Earth Meets the Sky: Rocks and Grasses as Landscape Elements"  

June 19 - June 25 - Tad Lamb "Loosening Up"

June 26 - July 2 - Sandy Walker "Focus on Design - Leaving Whites" 

July 3 - July 9 - Carolyn Streed "Pet Portraits Made Easy" 

July 10- July 16 - Judy Constantine "Introduction to Scratchboard" 

July 17 - July 23 - Dru Hill "Drawing for the Fearful" 

July 24 - July 30 - Terri Gay  "Preparing to Paint En Plein Air"  

July 31 - Aug 6 - Barry Sapp "Knowing Your Watercolor Pigments"  

Aug 7 - Aug 13 - Tracy Lynn Ross "Going Beyond Paper: Painting on Watercolor Canvas and/or Watercolor Ground"

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 1 - Kathy McLean

"Introduction to Twilight Stars and Fan Brush Trees"

June 5th - 11th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

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"

June 12th - 18th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

In this 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"

June 19th - 25th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

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"

June 26th - July 2nd - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

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"

July 3rd - 9th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

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"

July 10th - 16th - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

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.



Virtual Class 7 - Dru Hill

"Drawing for the Fearful"

July 17th - 23rd   - one week rental 

Cost $25 members, $25 non-members

This is a three hour class for those that have the misbelief that they can’t draw, or for the artist that wants to brush up on the basic skills that make drawing a joyful part of your art practice. We will start with easy exercises that build on each other, working together, as you increase your knowledge and confidence. For centuries artists have known that drawing helps to sharpen their ability to interpret the visual world. There is a joy in letting your pencil help you to understand the three-dimensional world by organizing shapes on a two-dimensional surface. My goal is to alleviate your fears and increase your fun.



 Virtual Class 8 - Terri Gay

"Preparing to Paint En Plein Air"

July 24th - 30th - one week rental 

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 31st - Aug 6th - one week rental 

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”

Aug 7th - 13th - one week rental 

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”

Aug 14th - 20th - one week rental 

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 "

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


Try Watercolor with SAWG


 “Try Watercolor with SAWG” classes will be held in the gallery on Saturday mornings in March and April from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for the price of $20 per person each week. 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 matter.

We have five 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.

Masks are recommended but not required.

For more information, contact the Gallery Classes Registrar, at




Karen Brungardt
Painting a Rooster
Class 1B March 20th, 1-3pm


Learn how to combine a sharpie and watercolor to create a fun, bright, lively painting of a rooster.




Barbara Beamer
Painting a Pond
May 7th, 9-11am

Water is rarely static, has its own colors, tonal values as well as reflecting its surrounding.  Brush work will vary to catch the movement and water tones in the pond.



Sandra Montgomery
Painting an Ocotillo with Wildflowers
March 26th


Students will learn how to develope a desert scene with a mountain backdrop.













Eledel Giddings
Painting a Yorkie
April 2nd


Experience the joy of painting a Yorkie portrait in watercolor.  In this class, you will be drawing along with Eledel as she shows you how to draw a Yorkie in a step-by-step process. This class will also teach you how to mix different browns using complementary colors.


Eledel Giddings
Painting a Rose
April 16th


Learn how to paint a beautiful rose by painting wet colors onto wet paper.





Sandra Montgomery
Painting a House
April 23rd


Painting a house with a mountain backdrop. Lesson in cast shadows and two-point perspective.










Karen Brungardt
Painting a Desert Landscape
April 30th


Learn how to paint a desert landscape with a colorful sky and one of our famous saguaros.




Watercolor painting is magical, hypnotic and addictive.


Tracy Lynn Ross is offering classes on Tuesdays 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.


March 22 thru May 10, 2022 - $140 

Both classes are full

9:30am to 12:30pm session for those who perfer a more lesson-based approach. 

1pm to 4pm session for those who prefer individual guidance working on projects.

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