RIWS Classes, Workshops & Special Events


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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

    • 26 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 4
    Register
    Instructor: Evelyn Bernal

    Date and Time: Saturday, May 26th, from 10am - 4pm.
      


    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

    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society
    • 10
    Register

    2-Day Beginner Pastel Workshop with Renee Finlay 

    This beginner pastel class is perfect for the artist wanting to try his or her hand at soft pastels. This 2-day workshop will cover all the basics, from materials to techniques. Step by step instruction will provide insight to color choices as well as keeping your design simple, with an emphasis on drawing while considering composition. Demonstrations during classes will show students how the instructor approaches her own work. Students are also encouraged to bring in failed watercolor paintings so that the instructor can show them how to create a pastel drawing on top of them! Limited to 12 students. This is an introductory pastel workshop.

    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society
    Register

    Jack Haran: Basic Watercolor Simplified

    June 20-22, 2018


    The goal of the class will be to demystify watercolors, from Planning, Materials, Composition, Washes,

    Shapes, Perspective, Values, Edges and anything else that comes up. Each day will start with a short talk

    and demo followed by the class trying to paint following the advice.


    Read Jacks bio here: Jack Haran bio171030short.doc

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 12
    Register


    Dates: 

    July 14-15 (Saturday & Sunday)


    Workshop  Description:

    Have you wondered how a realistic watercolor artist creates atmospheric

    perspective? In addition, do you desire to learn how to layer washes to

    create more realistic and intense colors and values? J. M. Littleton will

    reveal her process of how she begins with a preliminary drawing and light

    washes to develop them into realistic images. Students will enjoy learning

    these concepts through discussion and demonstration and they will practice

    executing flat and gradated washes. In addition, students will learn the

    meaning and uses of color theory to enhance the depth of field in their

    paintings. Further, participants will bring in images (with a strong light

    source) of subject matter that interests them, to develop a painting. Pupils of

    all ability levels will be inspired and revitalized by attending.


    Instructional Materials Required:


    Instructor will provide exemplars and visuals. Instructor would much

    appreciate if three or more easels were available for displaying visuals.

    Instructor will also require ample table space for visuals and demonstrations.

    Proper table space will also be required for the students and instructor would

    prefer to have a room with a sink in it.


    Objectives:

    1. Students will know how to select an appropriate image and

    composition.

    2. Students will be able to complete a line drawing and transfer it onto

    the watercolor paper.

    3. Students will know how to execute a flat wash with a flat and round

    brush.

    4. Students will be able to create light and dark values through the use of

    tints and complimentary colors.

    5. Students will know the meaning and uses of color theory.

    6. Students will enjoy creating transparent washes to create a realistic

    watercolor.

    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket RI 02861
    • 10
    Register

    Art Studio for Kids (ages 5-9)

    "Every child is an artist" 

    5 Day Camp August 6 - 10 

    1pm-3pm each day

    Class size limited to 10. All materials included.

    Children ages 5-9 will explore making art in a peaceful and supportive studio setting, with the luxury of time to follow their ideas and images in many directions. Instructor Elizabeth O'Connell is an experienced educator, artist/instructor, and an exhibiting member of Made in Warren Art Cooperative. 

    Using an animals theme and childrens' books as a springboard, Elizabeth will introduce the children to the fun of using different media: drawing with pencil, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel and mixed media to create art and express themselves.  At the conclusion of this class, the child will share a portfolio of his or her art work with invited guests.

    Teacher: Elizabeth O'Connell

    Contact Elizabeth at eoconnell401@gmail.com




    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Sep 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12
    Register

    Vladislav Yeliseyev 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

    Dates: September 12 - September 14 2018

    THREE STAGES AND THREE COLORS APPROACH TO WATERCOLOR PAINTING

    You will learn Vlad’s 3 stages and 3 colors approach which are the core of his DVD "Impressions in Watercolor".  This workshop will concentrate on watercolor application techniques, brush strokes, light distribution, and the importance of composition and values as part of the creative process. Basic rules of composition such as dynamics, movement, focal points, etc. will be discussed. 

    You will be painting the variety of subjects from seascapes to cityscapes, practice values by using monochromatic painting technique, studying color and creating finished paintings from small postcard size to half sheet. Photo references will be provided by the instructor. Vlad will share with you his unique method of mixing watercolors. The goal of this method is to simplify and give the students clarity in understanding color and its implementation. The workshop will start with lecture and demonstration and follow with one-on-one instructions.

    Vladislav Yeliseyev  yeliseyevfineart.com     A Russian émigré, Vlad came to the US in the 80's. He was classically trained as an architect. He's a renowned watercolor & plein air artist.. He has won numerous prestigious awards throughout the world.

    Supply List: Coming Soon

Past events

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!)
30 Mar 2018 EVELYN BERNAL: Wet on Wet Techniques in Watercolor- 8 week class (Intermediate-Advanced)
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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