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

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 0

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    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. 



    Supply list can be found here:

    WS-S_Miller-SupplyList.pdf

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 45


    Join us for a one hour watercolor demonstration with renowned artist Stan Miller. 

    Lunch will be served.

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 15

    InstructorBen Macomber

    Date and Time: OCT 17 - NOV 28

    Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm.

    * NO CLASS ON NOV 21


    Class Description: Has 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

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 13

    InstructorJerry Aissis

    Click here to view his profile on Fine Art America.

    Date and Time: OCT 18 - NOV 29 
    Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12:30pm.
    *NO CLASS ON NOV 22

    Class Description
    This class will emphasize painting rocks, trees, water and buildings that can be used to create a landscape.  Emphasis will be in mixing colors directly on the paper, learning to use controlled washes and creating textures that simulate actual objects used to paint a landscape.  This six week class will have students using photos of their own to learn the basics of watercolor and how to push it to more than just copying the photo.

    Download Supply List: Supply List_JerryA.pdf

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Dec 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 19
    Instructor: Evelyn Bernal

    Date and Time: OCT 20 - DEC 15
     Friday mornings from 10am - 1pm.
     
    *NO CLASS ON NOV 24
     


    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

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 13

    Level: All levels are welcome but some painting experience is helpful.

    In this 2-day workshop, Kris will help students evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their photo references for paintings. Students will then do sketches that include a value plan before executing the final watercolor painting.

    Bring your work to life from photo- to sketch- to finished piece!

    Students should bring a lunch and beverage.

    Supplies:

    Watercolor Paper. Recommended: Arches 140lb

    12” H x 9” W Sketchbook. (Aquabee’s, Bee Paper Professional Series- Heavy weight drawing paper for Wet and Dry media or similar)

    Drawing Pencils and kneaded eraser

    Black and gray double ended markers. (Wide nib at one end and fine nib on the other end.)  Prismacolor, Coptic or similar.

    Tube watercolors, palette, and brushes that the student likes to use.

    Painting board (Gator Board), two plastic containers for water, and a roll of paper towels.



    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 10

    ALCOHOL INK WORKSHOP            

    Beginners Welcome!

                                                             

    InstructorMary Wojciechowski

    Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, from 10am-3pm
     
    Class Description

    Alcohol Ink is a highly pigmented and quick-drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on a non-porous surface such as Yupo. The vibrant colors of this ink intermingle creating unique textural effects, often leading to unexpected results.  

    The five-hour workshop (with a break for lunch) will begin with an introduction to alcohol ink as a painting medium and a demonstration in techniques of pouring, brushing and creating textures with inks. The remaining time will be used for personal exploration with time to complete many paintings on Yupo. The workshop will end with a critique allowing participants to share their paintings and to discuss what they have discovered. 

    All materials will be included. * It would be advisable to bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing. There will be protective gloves provided.

    **Materials needed to participate in this class will be provided**


    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 15

    Level: All levels are welcome but some painting experience is helpful.

    In this 2 day workshop, Kris will help students evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their photo references for paintings. Students will then do sketches that include a value plan before executing the final watercolor painting. 

    Bring your work to life from photo- to sketch- to finished piece!

    Students should bring a lunch and beverage.

    Supplies:

    Watercolor Paper. Recommended: Arches 140lb

    12” H x 9” W Sketchbook. (Aquabee’s, Bee Paper Professional Series- Heavy weight drawing paper for Wet and Dry media or similar)

    Drawing Pencils and kneaded eraser

    Black and gray double ended markers. (Wide nib at one end and fine nib on the other end.)  Prismacolor, Coptic or similar.

    Tube watercolors, palette, and brushes that the student likes to use.

    Painting board (Gator Board), two plastic containers for water, and a roll of paper towels.



Past events

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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