SWS Workshops

Suzanna Winton
March 9-11, 2016

demo March 12
registration open

Mark Mehaffey
May 11-13, 2016

demo May 14
registration open

Don Andrews
August 16-19, 2016

demo August 20

Nancy Collins
October 25-28, 2016

demo October 29

SWS sponsors water media and related workshops throughout the year. Recognized artists from around the nation are brought to Reno to teach classes, which are available to members and non-members. Fees are very reasonable. Registrations for each workshop opens three months prior to the workshop. At that time the cost of the workshop is established and announced in our monthly newsletter. Signups open on the day designated in the announcement.

For more information, please call Gina Lijoi at (775) 843-1209 or email her at artbygina@yahoo.com.  To register, please see Workshop Fees and Procedures on this page.

The workshop artist for March, Susan Winton, is a nationally known watercolorist whose paintings capture the humanity of her carefully chosen subjects. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in Splash 6, American Artist, and The Artist Magazine. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the Florida Watercolor Society. Her book, Realistic Watercolor Portraits, is available online.

This Watercolor Portrait Class is designed to teach even the very beginner how to paint a variety of ages and ethnicity. The first day we will make a color chart that is invaluable in making skin tones glow by layering transparent colors. A drawing will be provided, each day by the instructor as we paint along together. You will be surprised at how easy it can be, once you learn the basics.

Registration for this workshop is open, and the cost is $260 for members, $320 for non-members. A deposit of $160 for members and $190 for non-members will secure your place.

Susanna Winton
Happy Day

Susanna Winton
A Wild Hair




1. The deposit must be paid in order to reserve a seat. Because we need to make a commitment to our presenters 30 days prior to the workshop, if  you wait until after 30 days prior to the workshop, it could be filled or cancelled. Signups are taken first-come first-served and workshops are limited to 20 attendees. Make checks payable to SWS & send to Treasurer, Sierra Watercolor Society, PO Box 70564 Reno NV 89570 to reserve your space. Include your mailing address, email, and phone number. Tricia Leonard will send out the supply list about three weeks before the workshop.

2.  While non-members are charged a higher fee for our workshops, for $30 you may choose to become a member thirty days prior to the opening of registration. You would then be eligible for the member rate for this and all 2015 workshops.

3. Workshops must be paid in full 30 days prior to the first session. 

4. Up until 30 days prior to a workshop, if a member or non-member must cancel his reservation, he will be refunded his deposit. After that time, monies paid will be refunded only if the organization has a waiting list for that particular workshop and is subsequently able to sell the seat. If no waiting list exists, the person wishing to cancel would then have the option of providing his own replacement. If this occurs, a refund will be issued.

5.  All workshops are held at Temple Sinai, 3405 Gulling Rd., Reno NV 89503, from 9 to 4 each day.


WE start with what is important to YOU. We build on that to make the strongest painting possible.

Participants will create paintings using the elements of shape, line, value and color to simplify subject and use a variety of color plans to create emotion and mood. Discussion of content, the importance of color schemes and line quality will also be discussed. Participants will also work intuitively with shape, color, line and especially texture to produce an abstraction with a personal focus and a representational work based on personal reference choices. A variety of 'slippery surfaces' will be explored. Painting intuitively and experimentally will be covered. These paintings will be as fun and absorbing to view, as they are to paint. There will be both group and individualized instruction. This is a fast moving, fun, mixed water media workshop where we all learn and share. All levels are welcome as long as everyone is comfortable with their materials.

Mark's paintings are included in corporate, private and museum collections. Among his many awards are the Silver Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society (twice) and the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Watercolor Biennial Award, the top award in the TWSA, the top award in The San Diego International and the top award in the Rocky Mountain National. Mark is the author of "Creative Watercolor Workshop" by North Light and is a popular juror, he was honored to serve as a juror of selection for both the American and National Watercolor Societies, and as an elected juror of awards for the American Watercolor Society.

The registration for his workshop is now open! The cost for the three day workshop for members is $275 and $335 for nonmembers. The deposits are $175 and $200.

Mark Mehaffey
mixed water media on yupo

Mark Mehaffey
Narrow Passage
transparent watercolor on gesso/paper


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