RIWS Classes, Workshops & Special Events


Gallery Hours:

Wed - Sat: 10am - 4pm 

Sun: 12pm - 4pm

CLOSED Mon, Tues & Holidays


RIWS is proud to offer our members, and the general public, a wide variety of water media art classes, workshops and special events, such as artist demos, fundraisers and group bus trips to see exhibitions at Museums located in the north east.

If you are interested in signing up for an event, you may register through the website and pay by using Paypal. You may also stop by during gallery hours to register and pay in person with cash, check or credit card. If you cannot come by the gallery, please feel free to call us for assistance. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Payment is due upon registration for classes, workshops or pre-registered events.

RIWS Cancellation and Refund Policy 
The Rhode Island Watercolor Society relies heavily on an accurate attendance count in order to plan crucial arrangements for our Classes, Workshops, Bus Trips and Special Events that require pre-registration. Please keep this in mind when signing up for an event. 
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days, prior to the start of the event, can receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 7 to 30 days, prior to the start of the event, will be charged a minimum of 50% of the original priced fee.
  • *No refunds will be given for any cancellations made less than 7 days before the scheduled date of the event; or after the event has started.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    Join us Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 4pm for our 1st official Rebranding Committee Meeting. 

    The Rhode Island Watercolor Society is having it's first official rebranding meeting!

    This meeting is free and open to our entire membership. For this first meeting, we will be working a new mission statement for our organization.

    We'll also leave some time to establish some long term goals for the committee.


    For those that are planning on attending:

    Please bring a short statement on what you believe the mission of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society should be. This only needs to be a couple of sentences, but should reflect what you see is most important about RIWS. This does not need to be perfectly refine, but it will be essential to the productivity of our meeting. 


    Please RSVP as soon as possible. 

    Feel free to reach out to us with any comments, concerns and questions. 

    401-726-1876 / riwsgallery@gmail.com

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 19
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    Instructor: Evelyn Bernal

    Date and Time: April 26 - May 31

    Friday mornings from 10am - 1pm.

      

    Class Description
    Definition: Wet on wet painting is wet paint applied onto wet paint, so that the colors will spread into one another producing soft edges and blending. 

    The purpose of this class is to teach a more free and loose style in watercolor. To allow water to express itself by using spraying. To drop pure pigments on wet paper and letting them mix freely.

    SUPPLY LISTEvelyn_Supply_List.pdf

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 14
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    CREATING MONOTYPES WITH GEL PLATES

    A monotype is a unique print made by painting, drawing or inking on one surface and transferring the image to another surface, such as paper, using pressure. This may be done with a printing press, a rubbing tool or simply a hand.

    If you would like an introduction to monotype printmaking in a stress free environment, join us for our five-hour workshop on Gel Plate Printing. You will have an opportunity to create an array of beautiful prints with layered colors and textures using Golden Open Acrylics with a variety of mark making tools, stencils and stamping materials. Experimenting is key during the process, often yielding unexpected results and each student will produce many innovative monotypes that may be used as final pieces or as pieces for card making or collage.

    Before the end of class, there will be a demonstration on creating monotypes on plexiglass plates and using the printing press to transfer the image. A follow-up workshop is planned for those interested in more advanced monotype experiences.

    Instructors: 

    Mary Wojciechowski has been working in monotype for five years and is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England. Her monotypes have been accepted into many juried shows including two MGNE national exhibits.

    Andrea Warner has been a monotype artist for six years and is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England. Her monotypes have been accepted into many juried exhibits and she has had her work accepted into national exhibits at MGNE and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society.

    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 10
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    Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
    Click here to visit his website. 

    Date & Time: August 9-11, 2019 (Fri-Sun) from 9am - 4pm each day.

    Workshop Description:

    Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)". There are 4-6 short demos each day with student practices between. In critiques Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At end of workshop students may be able to finish their paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

    The instructor will be demonstrating how to paint animals and wildlife such as elephants, lions, birds, fish and underwater creatures as the subject matter for this Watercolor Painting class. 

    Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

    He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

    His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows.


    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Park & RIWS Classroom
    • 20
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    Instructor: Frank Costantino
    Click here to visit his website.


    Date & Time: August 28 - August 30 (Wed-Fri) from 9am - 4pm each day.
    Workshop Description

    On Slater Park’s scenic grounds, and in the RI Watercolor Society facilities, Mr. Costantino will be offering an exciting plein-air watercolor workshop. This three-day session will expose students to the freshness and spontaneity of using the watercolor medium on site, and painting the wonderful scenes in the Park or adjacent areas. With daily demonstrations and theory, the instructor will explain the choices for subject and view selection, arranging a composition, color palette options, color mixing methods, and expressive brush techniques. He’ll explain wet-on-wet, glazing, blending, edge and dilution control, and other techniques – to help in capturing their own vision of their subjects. With individual review sessions & private demos during the painting day, each participant will learn ways to simplify subjects, while learning to see and achieve the dynamics of light, contrast, value, movement, space, texture, etc., which make paintings come alive. Experimentation will also be encouraged, to bring a heightened awareness of the many approaches for painting en plein-air. Relaxed group reviews will occur at the end of the day, with ample opportunities for unstructured painting time after class during longer daylight hours. Participant’s abilities should include basic drawing, a comfortable level of watercolor experience, and some painting experience on easels. Expectations are to have fun while learning.



    Frank is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, and elected member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, some of the oldest art societies in the United States, as well many other groups. He is a Co-Founder of the Plein Air Vermont Competition (PAVT), a nation-wide artists’ event. Frank has conducted numerous workshops and demos for students from all over the US. He is inspired by the effortless, masterful works of watercolorists from many eras and cultures - Sargent, Homer, Turner, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hiroshi, and Zorn - and has developed a versatile painting style from notable contemporaries. He has also been a selected artist and instructor to participate in plein-air events around the country. His work has been featured in Plein Air & Fine Art Connoisseur magazines, among others.



    Supply List: FC_Materials List.pdf

Past events

06 Apr 2019 Mary Wojciechowski: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Alcohol Ink Landscape Workshop (all levels)
30 Mar 2019 JERRY AISSIS: Splashes of Light 1-DAY WORKSHOP (All Levels Welcome!)
09 Mar 2019 Mary Wojciechowski: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Alcohol Ink Floral Workshop (all levels)
22 Feb 2019 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 6 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
07 Nov 2018 Marla Greenfield 2-Day Watercolor Workshop (intermediate-advanced)
03 Nov 2018 Mary Wojciechowski: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
19 Oct 2018 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 6 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
17 Oct 2018 JERRY AISSIS: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (All Levels Welcome!)
15 Sep 2018 Vladislav Yeliseyev Watercolor Demonstration & Luncheon
12 Sep 2018 Vladislav Yeliseyev 3-Day Watercolor Workshop
11 Aug 2018 Mary Wojciechowski: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
28 Jul 2018 Evelyn Bernal: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor
14 Jul 2018 Realistic Watercolor Via Transparent Washes with J. M. Littleton
20 Jun 2018 Jack Haran: Basic Watercolor Simplified
14 Jun 2018 2-Day Beginner Pastel Workshop with Renee Finlay
26 May 2018 Evelyn Bernal: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor
16 May 2018 Instagram for Artists
12 May 2018 POSTPONED: Mary Wojciechowski: 1-DAY WORKSHOP - Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
31 Mar 2018 **NEW DATE** Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
29 Mar 2018 FREE Artist Presentation by Jennifer Littleton
28 Mar 2018 Sue Klas Wright: A TASTE FOR POSSIBILITIES!
28 Mar 2018 Promote Your Art on Instagram
07 Mar 2018 Collage Course: Painting with Paper (2-Day course)
17 Feb 2018 **NEW DATE** Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
20 Jan 2018 ADVANCED: Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (for students that have used alcohol ink before)
13 Jan 2018 Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
12 Jan 2018 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 8 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
09 Jan 2018 BEN MACOMBER: Splendors of Watercolor- 6 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
18 Nov 2017 NEW 2nd workshop - Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
11 Nov 2017 Mary Wojciechowski: Alcohol Ink Workshop (Beginners Welcome!)
28 Oct 2017 **CLASS CANCELLED** KRIS OCCHINO: From Photo to Finished Painting (All Levels)
20 Oct 2017 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 8 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
18 Oct 2017 JERRY AISSIS: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (All Levels Welcome!)
14 Oct 2017 STAN MILLER: Watercolor Demo
11 Oct 2017 STAN MILLER "Painting the Portrait (& other subjects) in Watercolor" 3-day Workshop
05 Aug 2017 PATTI MOLLICA "The A-to-Z Textures and Surfaces Workshop" Half-Day Workshop (All Levels - Beginners Welcome!)
03 Aug 2017 PATTI MOLLICA: Golden Products Lecture/Demonstration
02 Aug 2017 PATTI MOLLICA - How to Paint Fast, Loose, and Bold (3-Day Workshop)
07 Jun 2017 JERRY AISSIS: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (All Levels Welcome!)
06 Jun 2017 BEN MACOMBER: Splendors of Watercolor- 6 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
19 May 2017 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 8 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
06 May 2017 Tom Lynch Watercolor Demonstration & Luncheon
02 May 2017 TOM LYNCH "Watercolor Secrets Revealed" 4-day workshop
25 Apr 2017 Untitled: Writing About Painting
28 Mar 2017 Untitled: Writing About Painting
01 Feb 2017 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (All Levels Welcome!)
24 Jan 2017 Ben Macomber: Splendors of Watercolor- 8 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
08 Dec 2016 December Critique Night
04 Dec 2016 DEC 4th FUNDRAISER AT RIWS
10 Nov 2016 November Critique Night
17 Oct 2016 Birgit O'Connor: Florals & Nature Watercolor Workshop- 5-Day Workshop (All levels)
13 Oct 2016 October Critique Night
15 Sep 2016 Bob Noreika Fluid Watercolor or Acrylic... You Pick the Medium! 2-Day Workshop (All Levels)
10 Sep 2016 Plein Air Painting in the Park
08 Sep 2016 September Critique Night
02 Sep 2016 Evelyn Bernal: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 8 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
31 Aug 2016 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
30 Aug 2016 Ben Macomber: Splendors of Watercolor- 8 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
26 Aug 2016 Frank Costantino: Plein Air Painting Workshop ***THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED
28 Jul 2016 World Watercolor Month Critique Night
13 Jul 2016 Lian Quan Zhen: Watercolor Painting- 3-Day Workshop (All levels welcome!)
23 Jun 2016 Paul Leveille: Painting Dynamic Portraits from Life ***THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED***
19 May 2016 Lian Quan Zhen: Chinese Painting- 3-Day Workshop (All levels welcome!)
15 May 2016 Sherri Snyder: Empowering Young Women Through Creative Expression and Yoga- 1 Day Art & Yoga Workshop
08 May 2016 Sherri Snyder: Mother's Day Yoga and Creative Expression for Mother and Daughter- 1 Day Art & Yoga Workshop
30 Apr 2016 Sherri Snyder: Empowering Young Women Through Creative Expression and Yoga- 1 Day Art & Yoga Workshop
26 Apr 2016 Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: Flowers, Faces & Figures **THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
09 Apr 2016 2016 RIWS Annual NYC Bus Trip to the AWS Show at the Salmagundi Club
01 Apr 2016 Evelyn Bernal: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 6 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
30 Mar 2016 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
29 Mar 2016 Ben Macomber: Splendors of Watercolor- 8 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
26 Mar 2016 Kris Occhino: Making Better Color Choices- **THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
21 Mar 2016 Frank Francese: Watercolor Workshop- **THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
20 Nov 2015 June Webster- "Class Favorites" 2-Day Workshop (All Levels)
07 Oct 2015 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 6 week class (Advanced beginner-Intermediate)
06 Oct 2015 Ben Macomber: Splendors of Watercolor- 8 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
28 Sep 2015 Ted Nuttall: Portrait & Figure Painting Workshop- 5-Day Workshop (Intermediate-Advanced levels)
27 Sep 2015 Ted Nuttall Painting Demo & Luncheon
15 Aug 2015 RIWS Fundraiser Party: 1,000 Works on Paper Exhibition- 2015
23 Jun 2015 ***THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED***Janet Walsh: Still Life & Florals- 4-Day Workshop (All levels)
05 Jun 2015 Richard Harrington: Introduction to Abstract Painting- 2-Day Workshop (Advanced beginner-Advanced levels)
30 May 2015 Frank Costantino: Plein Air Painting- 2-Day Workshop (Intermediate-Advanced levels)
16 May 2015 **THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED** Al and Lavonne: Enthusiam for Watercolor 2-Day Workshop (All levels)
09 May 2015 Gala Reception for The American Watercolor Society's 148th Traveling Show
21 Mar 2015 Sue Klas Wright: Color, Value and Intensity- 6 week class (All levels- Beginners Welcome!)
19 Mar 2015 *THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED* Kris Occhino: Capturing the Landscape in Mixed Watermedia- 8 week class (All Levels Welcome)
18 Mar 2015 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 8 week class (Advanced beginner-Intermediate)
17 Mar 2015 Ben Macomber: Splendors of Watercolor- 8 weeks (All Levels - Beginners welcome!)
05 Mar 2015 Paul Leveille: Portraits in Watercolor 3-Day Workshop *THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED
21 Nov 2014 Bob Noreika Fluid Watercolor or Acrylic... You Pick the Medium! 2-Day Workshop
11 Nov 2014 Ben Macomber- Splendors of Watercolor- 6 weeks (Beginners welcome)
13 Oct 2014 Steven Quiller: Color and Watermedia- 5 day Workshop (Intermediate and Advanced levels)
12 Oct 2014 Stephen Quiller Painting Demo & Luncheon
26 Sep 2014 Introduction to Abstract Painting- 2-Day Workshop with Richard Harrington
25 Sep 2014 Kris Occhino: Color Theory for the Color Confused- 8 week class (Advanced Beginner-Indermediate)
24 Sep 2014 Jerry Aissis: Painting the Elements of the Landscape- 8 week class (all levels)
16 Aug 2014 RIWS Fundraiser: Exhibition, BBQ buffet, Live music, Silent auction & Raffle!
12 Aug 2014 Matting Workshop with Richard Greene
07 Jun 2014 Kris Occhino: Summer Painting Class- 6 weeks (ALL levels- Beginners Welcome!)
04 Jun 2014 Jerry Aissis, Elements of Landscape- 6 week class (all levels)
03 Jun 2014 Ben Macomber- Splendors of Watercolor- 6 weeks (Beginners welcome)
06 Apr 2014 RIWS Annual NYC Bus Trip to the AWS Show at the Salmagundi Club
04 Apr 2014 2 Day Monotype Workshop with Richard Harrington
03 Apr 2014 Kris Occhino: Creating Dramatic Coastal and Landscape Scenes- 6 weeks (Advanced Beginner and Intermediate levels)
01 Apr 2014 Ben Macomber- Splendors of Watercolor- 6 weeks (Refresher course, Beginners welcome)
06 Jan 2014 Monday Night Painting- Ongoing Painting Group (All levels welcome)
22 Nov 2013 Bob Noreika Fluid Watercolor or Acrylic... You Pick the Medium! 2-Day Workshop
13 Nov 2013 Jerry Aissis, Elements of Landscape- 4 week extension (all levels)
08 Nov 2013 Abstract Expressionism Acrylic Workshop with Richard Harrington
17 Oct 2013 Portraits from Models & Photos with Sue Klas Wright- 4 week class
10 Oct 2013 Kris Occhino, Painting Wildlife- 6 week class (all levels)
03 Oct 2013 Barbara Nechis 4-Day Workshop
02 Oct 2013 Jerry Aissis, Elements of Landscape- 6 week class (all levels)
01 Oct 2013 Ben Macomber- Splendors of Watercolor, 8 week beginner class

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