Mini Workshops & Open Studio

SAWG now offers small or “mini” workshops – all are in the workshop room at the Gallery. They are taught by members of SAWG who have expertise in various areas of artistic expression. These mini-workshops give our members an opportunity to learn new skills, or fine tune previously learned techniques. 

Additionally Open Studio is held in the Gallery every Friday and available to any SAWG member and their friends who wants to paint with members of the SAWG community. Life Studies Open Studio is offered each first and third Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30. (See below for more info)

Please let us know of classes you would like to see taught in our Gallery. If you’d like to teach a workshop, fill out this form and it will be sent to Loisanne Keller.

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.


THE JOY OF WATERCOLOR taught by Karen Brungardt and Robbie Summers

Time: Monday 9am to Noon

Cost: $30

May 8: Still Life reassembled as Tiles – Discover the joy of creating a new and exciting composition by reassembling your still life into sectionals.

Register by email. Contact either Robbie Summers at 520-818-0817, email  or Karen Brungardt at 520-825-1845, email

COLLAGE WORKSHOP offered by Marti White

Thursdays 1 – 4pm  May 18, 25, June 1, and 8, 2017

Cost:  $120 for all 4 classes or $40 individually

Session 1: Building a collage on illustration board using papers supplied by the participants and glue sticks supplied by the teacher.

Session 2: Making a collage on watercolor paper using materials supplied by the participants and acrylic mediums supplied by the teacher. 

Session 3: Building a collage on a cradled board supplied by the teacher with a background of old papers, acrylic paints to burnish the background and images or abstract designs and stamps and more acrylic paint.

Session 4:  Using a dry heat setting technique with papers prepared in advance of the session by participants. Emphasis on abstract designs. 

A complete supply list will be sent upon registration. 

Register through Marti at or call 520-760-7223


May 22, 23 and 24 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) from 10am to 1pm

Cost: $110 for all 3 days

Learn to capture the ‘essence’ of a person in watercolor. This class will expand your painting and figurative skills, and will be of most use to painters who have some basic experience in watercolor. As you work from short to long poses, you’ll find the spontaneity of watercolor lends itself to capturing a gesture, a spirit, the energy of the sitter. Learn to take the mystery out of rendering the face so that it becomes reasonable and understandable ~ and do-able!

For more information and to register for the class, contact Judy Nakari at
Judy Nakari is currently on the faculty at The Drawing Studio; has received two Best of Show awards from SAWG, in addition to major awards in local, state, and national competitions; she is a signature member of 3 watercolor societies; and she loves to teach!

Looking for a model for each day, perhaps a family member or friend? Let Judy know if you know someone who would like to be a model.


Monday June 5 and Tuesday June 6, 2017, 1-4PM

Cost: $70

 If you love landscape this class is for you. We will learn about the four planes of landscape their value and color. Second perspective and aerial perspective in landscape. How to find your vanishing point. Third, composition in landscape, focal point and eye pathways. Last we will go through skies, clouds, sunsets, trees and rocks. Bring your beloved vacation photos. Be ready for breakthroughs..

Victoria Wills has taught watercolor for 19 years.  She studied under Lillias Appland, who was an understudy of Brownel Mcgrew,  Bruce MCGrew, Jerry Bishop and Bart Morse at the U of A here in Tucson where I received my BFA in fine arts. My web page is (where you can see the extended version of my bio)

For more information or to register, contact Victoria at or call her at 520-461-5021.


First and third Saturdays of each month thru mid-June. 8:30am – 12:30pm 

Cost: $15/ Session contribution to model fee and gallery rent. 

Life Studies Group Open Studio – an opportunity for artists to concentrate on drawing/painting from a live model (clothed) in company with other artists with similar interests. No instruction is provided but participants will learn by example and hone their skills such that they can incorporate people into their paintings. While many artists draw, historically most participants have painted during the sessions. Bring paper for several quick and three or four longer poses. The Life Studies Group has been a SAWG supported activity for many years organized by SAWG members Allison and Peter McCray.

Please enter by the back door of the Gallery. No registration necessary. For more information,  No Life Studies Group in July.


Open Studio: 9am – 12pm every Thursday thru mid-June

Open Studio: 9:30-12:30 every Friday.

Cost: $5 member/$7 non-member voluntary donation per session 

The Open Studio is available to any SAWG member and their friends who wants to paint with members of the SAWG community. There will be no instruction, and you can paint whatever you please. This studio is an opportunity to share ideas, experiences, painting and quiet time with other SAWG artists. And enjoy painting surrounded by the wonderful art of our members in our Gallery. 

A ‘Host” SAWG member will be there to open the Gallery, help with set-up and assure cleanup.You bring your own ideas, supplies, snacks, and water. You are responsible for returning the workshop space back to the condition it was in when you arrived. You can ‘drop in’ any week you wish. 

To volunteer as a ‘host’ once a month (or more if you desire), or for more information, contact the Mini-Workshop Manager, Loisanne Keller  520 445 4774 or