RIWS Classes, Workshops & Special Events




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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

    • 09 Jan 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 18 Dec 2017
    • 8:30 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom

    Join us for Monday Night Paint Nights! 

    An ongoing workshop, drop-ins are welcomed. 

    All painting mediums and styles are encouraged and a group critique is held at the end of each session.

    $5 per person (includes dessert)


    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society 831 Armistice Blvd Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 3


    Untitled: Writing About Painting

    This workshop will explore the purpose of writing about your own work, and the potential of a well-written artist’s statement. We will dissect the elements of an effective statement, as well as a bad one, and establish some simple guidelines to follow when creating a draft. We will go through the writing and editing process, and learn how to craft a statement that says what you mean. We will also discuss the power of titling your work, and how to approach the question of titles.

    If you have an existing artist’s statement, please bring two printed copies, as well as two to four images of current work with titles.

    • 02 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd Pawtucket RI 02861

    The overall objective of the workshop is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting and developing creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the intermediate and advanced painter feel welcome!

     

    A goal for each day is set, and each student will see an example and understanding of that day's lesson. There will be daily demonstration paintings, with detailed explanations of all the "hows" and "whys" followed by individual attention to see that each student understands and has an example of the day's objective. Included will be tips on photography, "on-location" painting and matting. Also, Lynch's ever-popular program on salvage techniques for discarded paintings during the critique session.

    Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his (6) national PBS series "Fun with Watercolor" that has been on PBS for the last 20 years. His vast list of accomplishments, credits and awards are listed in "Who's Who in American Art". He is a signature member of the Society of American Impressionists and numerous watercolor societies. His work is featured in all the leading art publications including the American Artistmagazine, the International Artist magazine, the Wall Street JournalArtist MagazineSouthwest Art and Arts and Antiques. He has written six books on watercolor techniques. Among his many prestigious exhibits were a one-man show at the American Embassy in Paris and as the featured artist for four U.S. Open Golf tournaments and numerous PGA events.

    Past students have said of his workshops... "The best workshop I have ever had"... "As a teacher I was not only impressed with how you paint, but also how well you could teach"... "Wonderful job of breaking it down into easy steps"... "Never a dull moment"... "Best organized class I have ever attended"... "I learned more in one day that I have in years"... "Patient, positive and knowledgeable"... "How soon can he come back"... "A master of painting and teaching"... "I have been painting for 30 years and he still taught me many new things"... "His energy and enthusiasm is contagious".

    You will come away from this workshop with enthusiasm for watercolor painting, some new techniques, a new friend and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!

    • 09 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 20 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 15

    InstructorBen Macomber

    Date and Time: May 9th - June 20th, 2017 evenings from 6pm-8pm.

    *No Class on May 16th

    Class DescriptionHas it been a few years since you picked up a paintbrush? Are you a painter that wishes to try the medium of watercolor, but would like a little guidance? Or maybe you have never painted at all, but have always wanted to... 

    In this class, the instructor will demonstrate the various techniques of working in watercolor and introduce his students to the characteristics of watercolor, application of paint and drying times. There will be a focus on composition, value, style and focal point. The instructor will seek to enhance each student’s individual painting styles and skill level. 

    Ben Macomber is a Continuing Education Instructor at RISD and also teaches at the Taunton Art Association.

    Please click on the following link, to obtain the Materials List: Materials List for Ben Macomber’s Beginner Watercolor Class.pdf

    • 12 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 20
    Instructor: Evelyn Bernal

    Date and Time: May 12 - July 7th 2017. 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

    • 02 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 831 Armistice Blvd Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 15

    PATTI MOLLICA - How to Paint Fast, Loose, and Bold (3-Day Workshop)

    Beginner and advanced painters alike are often overwhelmed by "where to start" in a painting.  Many feel they need to paint everything they see, which is a daunting task. One of the most important aspects of painting is learning how to simplify  - from the start.

    If you feel that you are concentrating too much on small details at the expense of a bolder, more dramatic outcome, this step-by-step workshop will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and apply your paint in a gestural, painterly manner.

    You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by translating color to values and departing from realism. Timed exercises will be given to learn how to work more quickly and efficiently. Join us for several days of instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. The workshop is open to acrylic and oil painters. Pastel and Watercolor painters are welcome although painting demonstrations will be in acrylics.

    The workshop begins with with a full explanation of materials, methods and a step-by-step painting demonstration

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861


    In this workshop Stan will demonstrate every morning. Students have the option of working on portrait, or any subject, throughout the workshop. Fundamentals of realism, impressionism and abstraction will be demonstrated and discussed during the week. The instructor will individually visit each student every day, helping the student edit their photos and plan and design their paintings. Choosing a paintable subject that matches ones skill level, technique, color, creating mood, understanding composition and design will be addressed as well as a variety of other topics. A limited number of instructor handouts will be available, so students should not depend on instructor handouts for painting subjects. All students should bring a minimum 5 to 10 photos or images of things they might like to paint. A few of these images should be enlarged to 8 x 10 inches. 

Past events

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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