SAWG Workshops     

Workshops coming in 2018 – 2019 

Sign ups for workshops start July 15. Watch this page for more information. 

  • Pat Weaver November  November 13 – 16, 2018
  • Randy Hale  #1 January 15-16, 2019
  • Randy Hale #2 January 17-18, 2019
  • Lian Quan Zhen February 12-15,2019
  • Fealing Lin March 12-15, 2019

Fill out this secure Online Registration Form with the options to charge your $100 deposit or pay in full for your workshop. If you prefer, you can mail your registration and check or take them to the Gallery, download a printed form. Participants must be a paid up SAWG member at least 6 weeks before the workshop in order to be eligible for a member fee. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to another workshop. Reservations are taken in order of submission or postmark dates (no exceptions). WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY – Up to 6 weeks prior to the workshop – 100% refund minus the $100 deposit. Less than 6 weeks prior to a workshop – you are responsible for the full payment. If unable to attend, contact the Registrar about a substitute from the wait list. No refunds will be made! No substitutions may be made without the permission of the Registrar and only if the workshop is full. No refunds for no-shows or withdrawals. Full refund if SAWG, for any reason, cancels a workshop.

Questions? Email Judy Constantine   All workshops are held at St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center at 4625 E. River Road (near the corner of River and Swan) Tucson, AZ.


Workshops 2027 – 2018

November 14-17, 2017
“From the Garden” Workshop
All Levels
Cost: $395 members, $495 non-members.


Birgit’s soft but dramatic style reminds one of Georgia O’Keefe. Her philosophy as an artist is observation, emotional connection to her subject and the healing nature of creating art to give the viewer a new perspective. Her beautifully mastered topics are Florals, Landscapes and Nature. (maximum of 24 participants)

O’Connor Supply List

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January 9-12, 2018
“Discovering Realism Through Patterns”

All Levels
Cost: $395 members, $495 non-members.

One of our most popular workshop artists returns. Each day will consist of exercises in identifying and painting the patterns found in nature. Students will discover that the appearance of realism is not found in countless details, but in recognizable patterns. This will help the student produce better paintings in less time. Each day will also include a finished painting and a critique. (maximum of 20 participants)

Purcell Supply List

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February 13-16 2018
“Simplifying Watercolor”
Intermediate to Advanced Level
Cost: $395 SAWG Members • $495 Non-Members

This workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in color. Too often the ‘found edges’, or details, take over the painter’s thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor. In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly. This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.”  (maximum of 20 participants)

Evansen Supply List

March 13-16, 2018Stewert
From Sketchbook to Studio – 
Painting Light in Watercolor “
Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: $395 members, $495 non-members.

Iain Stewart brings to this workshop all of the lessons he has learned over a long career in painting with watercolor. His focus is on bringing each student’s creativity to light in a relaxed setting for all skill levels. Iain will demonstrate his process of creating a great painting from photographs using simplified exploratory sketches and value studies of the subject both in a plein air setting and in the studio. Believing the class time should focus on the student and not how well he can paint, Iain will provide lots of one-on-one instruction and thoughtful critiques for each student. (maximum of 20 participants)

Website: www.stewartwatercolors.
Stewart Supply List

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April 30- May 4, 2018 (5 days)Nuttal

“Painting People from Photographs”

All Skill Levels
$490 SAWG Members, $590 Non-Members

Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting–plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages in each participant a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. (maximum of 20 participants)

Nuttall Supply List