RIWS Classes, Workshops & Special Events


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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

    • 19 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 7
    Registration is closed
    Instructor: Evelyn Bernal

    Date and Time: May 19 - July 14 2017. Friday mornings from 10am - 1pm.
     
    ** No Class On May 26th**
     


    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

    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    InstructorBen Macomber

    Date and Time: June 6th - July 18th, Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm.

    Note: There will be no class on July 4.

    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

    • 07 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society Classroom
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    InstructorJerry Aissis

    Click here to view his profile on Fine Art America.

    Date and Time: June 7th - Jul 19th. Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12:30pm.

    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

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

    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

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 19


    Join us for 3 hours of hands-on creative experimentation with acrylic textures and grounds that can take your paintings and drawings in many exciting new directions!

    Have you ever walked into the art supply store and seen all sorts of new acrylic materials and wondered how to use them or what techniques are possible with them? The answer is... more than you ever imagined!

    In this all inclusive half-day workshop you will experiment with a variety of materials that offer dramatic textural possibilities that can be used with watercolor, pastel, acrylic and even oils. If you are only familiar with working on canvas, paper or hardboard, this workshop will open your eyes to an entirely new world of unique surfaces and textures, pastes, gels and grounds that can push your work in eye-catching new directions.

    All levels are welcome, no experience needed! All participants will receive free product samples and a literature packet, including hand-painted color charts.

    ALL GOLDEN MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED

    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 20


    Ralph is a New Yorker who moved to Stonington, Connecticut in 2005. He started drawing in his early teens and then taught himself to oil paint by doing portraits of family members and friends. To make a living, he began his career as a freelance display designer in New York City.

    Eventually, Ralph was introduced to the teachings of Edgar Whitney, a renowned water-colorist at the National Art League in Douglaston, NY. “He opened my mind to the freedom, transparency and spontaneity of watercolors.” After studying with Whitney for several years, Ralph was an instructor at the National Art League for 18 years.

    In this workshop, Ralph will start by giving a brief background of his early artistic ability and how he became a full-time artist. He will go over the paper, brushes & colors in his palette. He'll also discuss the principles of design along with the seven elements, which can be used as dominances.

    The demo itself will begin with an explanation on Ralph's technique, followed by a question and answer session. After the break, students can begin painting as Ralph gives individual help. A critique will follow aimed at helping students improve their techniques.




    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Slater Memorial Park 831 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 02861
    • 10


    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

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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