SAWG is excited to announce this coming year's Premier Workshops.  We are planning to have all workshops held at St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center.  Registration opens for members on July 15th at noon Pacific time.  Nonmembers are welcome to register beginning September 1st if the classes are not filled.

Workshops Coming in 2021-2022
November 9-12, 2021 – Stephen Quiller “Color and Water Media" Registration Full
January 11-12 and 13-14, 2022 – Dan Wiemer “Creating Pathways for the Eye”
February 15-16 and 17-18, 2022 – Randy Hale “Making a Splash with Watercolor” 
Registration Full - contact the Registrar ,, to be added to the waitlist
March 15-16 and 17-18, 2022 – Steve Griggs “Loose Watercolor Painting”




4-day Workshop: Tuesday through Friday, November 9-12, 2021 Registration Full
All workshop days will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The tuition for 4-day workshop is $395 for SAWG members, and $495 for nonmembers.

"Color and Water Media"
Intermediate to Advanced Levels

The emphasis of this workshop will be color and watermedia. Stephen will work with watercolor primarily and with some opaque gouache. The first two days will be devoted to color relationships and expression using transparent watercolor and the Quiller Palette.  The next two days will be focused on experimental water media working with gouache or casein.






Workshop 2A: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 11 - 12, 2022
Workshop 2B: Thursday and Friday, January 13 - 14, 2022
All workshop days will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The tuition for each 2-day workshop is $225 for SAWG Members and $275 for nonmembers.

"Creating Pathways for the Eye"
All skill levels

Join us for a workshop with nationally known artist, Dan Wiemer. He will be presenting two 2-day sessions appropriate for all skill levels.   Using the same techniques for each session, he will be instructing with different reference photos, so you may opt to enroll in both.

Good painters are first good designers, and in these workshops, you will learn concepts that allow you to look at scenes and find strong abstract shapes. You will learn about the different types of contrasts and how they add drama to your painting.  Composition will be explored and used to lead the viewer’s eye through a more interesting painting.

Simplifying a scene can be one of the greatest challenges that face an artist; we will explore distilling a scene and become better artists through the process.  

Dan will demonstrate how he paints like a print maker. Negative shape-making is the key in his creative combination of acrylic and watercolor use.  This will provide you with an energizing and unique approach to your next subject.  





Workshop 3A –Tuesday & Wednesday, February 15 - 16, 2022 Registration Full
Workshop 3B – Thursday & Friday, February 17 - 18, 2022 Registration Full
All workshop days will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The tuition for each 2-day workshop is $225 for SAWG members, and $275 for nonmembers

"Making a Splash with Watercolor"
All Skill Levels - but there should be some prior familiarity with the medium

Participants will discover a whole series of subjects in each of these exciting two-day watercolor workshops!  You will find yourself painting a diverse series of subjects ranging from landscapes to urban settings, water reflections, florals, or taking a fun whimsical approach to painting wonky critters! The objective behind each subject YOU paint will be to loosen up, have fun, but also embrace three crucial concepts: 

  • mastering brushwork that includes “lost and found” edge treatments.
  • understanding how “light and shadow” create the perceptions of 3-dimensional depth and dimension.
  • the importance of value contrasts in creating paintings that “pop!” 

At the end of the first day, participants paintings will be lined up for sharing (with commentary by Randy) and at the conclusion of the second day, Randy will do a critique of each painter’s best piece.

For the second workshop all of Randy’s demos will be different, so those who sign up for both workshops will be experiencing something new applying the same techniques and crucial information.

This workshop is designed to help participants pick up important watercolor techniques and set a course to launch them toward becoming more confidant painters.






Workshop 4A – Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 - 16, 2022 – Cityscapes 
Workshop 4B – Thursday and Friday, March 17 - 18, 2022- Landscapes
All workshop days will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The tuition for each 2-day workshop is $225 for SAWG members, and $275 for nonmembers.

"Loose Watercolor Painting "
All Skill Levels

Learn how to create loose, moving, and evocative watercolor paintings with free and generous brush strokes. During this workshop, beginner to advanced level painters are invited to try out a variety of watercolor painting strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive, free, and spontaneous effects. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness, and lost and found edges, while painting short, warm-up sketches as well as finished landscape or cityscape paintings.

Workshop sessions start with a demonstration painting, followed by a short instruction session, and then time for participants to work on their own paintings with individual attention and feedback. At the end of the painting session the group will gather for positive and encouraging critique. After a lunch break, the afternoon sessions follow the same format.

This style of painting will move participants out of their comfort zone. There is sure to be a lot of laughter and camaraderie as participants encourage one another's efforts and discover the beauty that emerges as they develop their own loose painting voice. 

Steve’s first workshop will be using cityscapes as the reference photos for his demos.  For the second workshop all of Steve’s demos will be different, using landscape reference photos. If you choose to sign up for both workshops you will be experiencing something new, while applying the same techniques and crucial information.