In-Person Workshops

Join our in-person workshops with renown watercolor artists

Upcoming In-Person Workshops 2023-2024

Learn from renown watercolor artists from around the world at our in-person workshops hosted by the WSST through our local art centers. 

December 7 – 9, 2023 (Rockport Center for the Arts)

Vladislav Yeliseyev: 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

Vladislav Yeliseyev is an award-winning artist who works in watercolor and more recently oil.

In 1996 Vladislav won the Formal Presentation Drawing Award from American Society of Architectural Illustrators.  His work is prominently featured in February 2016 issue of  the Watercolor Artist magazine where he is also chosen as a cover artist, 2017 June/July issue of PleinAir Magazine and 2018 March issue of Art of Watercolour (french edition).

In his work as a plein air artist, Vladislav has participated in prestigious invitational paint-outs nationwide and abroad. He has won numerous awards including Best of Show Awards, First Place Awards, Collector’s Choice Awards and The BoldBrush Award.

Vlad is an exhibiting member of many art societies nationwide, and a signature member of American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society. 

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You will paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

Vlad will demonstrate his approach to creating  impressionistic watercolors and bringing out the light, that is so crucial to every watercolor. He will show how to prepare a watercolor painting using small tonal sketches.

Vladislav welcomes both novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

Jan 13-20, 2024 & Jan 23-30 (Tequisquispan, Mexico)

Join artist Al Kline in Tequisquipan, Mexico in January 2024 for a unique watercolor workshop experience in old Mexico. The maximum accommodation for this workshop is 10 people, so space is limited.

The trip includes 7 days of accommodations, 5 days of painting, meals and transportation to and from the airport in Queretaro. Meals include all breakfast and lunches provided by a private chef at the Villa, a farewell dinner/celebration with music in the Villa. Accommodations including double occupancy rooms, en plain air, tours and a private cooking class. The workshop does not include air fare, trip insurance, tips, meals other than those noted and optional activities such as massage, yoga and private wine tasting.

Cost is $1650.00 USD double occupancy for each workshop.  There is a $350 cost to upgrade to single occupancy. We encourage travelers to travel together and share a room since space is limited. Students can sign up for both workshops.   A deposit of $300.00 is required to be submitted when making this reservation.  There is a $150 DISCOUNT for persons who sign up to both workshops and stay with us for 2 weeks.

This trip will include a week long stay in Mexico including daily indoor watercolor workshop and plein air painting in the town of Tequis, Mexico.

This watercolor workshop will include 5 days of painting including the basics of watercolor and how to compose and paint impressionists watercolor paintings.  The class will include sketching basics, in-class instruction on sketching and painting and on those days we will urban sketch and paint en-plein air in the village and surrounding areas of Tequisquiapan.

Coming to the Rockport Center for the Arts in August 2024!

Ari de Goes Jr: 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

Ari de Goes Jr is a Brazilian from São Paulo and had a career in advertising and marketing. Art director, Creative director, and as a businessman owning his Ad Agency. He worked in the area of communication for more than 30 years, where he acquired experience in the creative process, art directions, photography, entrepreneurship, administrative practices, leadership, mediation, coordination and group work, guidance, and human development.

He started professionally at age 14 as a draftsman in advertising agencies. Since 2011 he has developed his authorial work with watercolor in editorial projects, galleries and is a professor of technique and orientation of the individual artistic process for beginners and advanced students of watercolor.

He conducts classes, workshops and monthly group trips in Brazil and International. He is founder of the Plein Air Project. As a plein air painter, promotes a monthly outdoor painting excursion with a group of students in  the beautiful region of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Since 2015, he has coordinated Group of Studies and Experiments with the technique of watercolor in Florianópolis – Brazil. Director of Communication of the NGO Casa da Criança Morro da Penitenciária since 2018, with participation in social and artistic projects in the area of Childhood and adolescence.

February 1 – 3, 2024 (Rockport Center for the Arts)

Jean Francois Arnaud: 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

Jean Francois Arnaud will return to South Texas in February 2024 to teach another 3-day workshop!

“From the light is born the shadow, from this contrasting set is born a scene, the artistic interpretation creates the atmosphere. Between the search for poetry and realism, my heart swings.

What I want the most is to understand the landscape that I paint, without spectacular effects, but with accuracy. Thus improving the technique with each painting, I get closer to a form of truth.”

December 12 – 14, 2024 (Rockport Center for the Arts)

Tim Saternow: 3-Day Watercolor Workshop

“I make the city quiet.”

Tim Saternow is an American painter whose watercolor paintings explore the lost and forgotten areas on the edges of the urban scene. His work encompasses the old High Line train trestle above the gritty industrial streets of New York City, the empty homesteads of Joshua Tree, California, and the dignified and genial old houses of Provincetown, on Cape Cod.

Saternow, trained as a set and lighting designer in theater, and as an art director in film, has always used his design sensibilities to make paintings that tell stories of the people who live in these places.

He paints large architectural landscape watercolors with a thick use of watercolor paint, playing with the tension between the illusions of depth, carefully drawn linear perspective, and an obvious play on the surface of the paper through watermarks, paint runs, blooms and spatters.    Saternow is particularly sensitive to the emotive power of light, especially the distinct light of fall and winter creating deep shadows while playing across the faces of the old brick townhouses in New York and the weathered clapboard of Cape Cod.

Tim Saternow was awarded the 2019 Fellowship with The Clark Hulings Fund, and is currently a Executive Fellow in the Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program.

Can’t attend in-person? Join our online classes instead.

If you missed a past workshop, don’t worry, we have you covered! Just click on the Guest Artist Archive button below. You can read a biography of each artist and decide if you want to purchase that workshop. Each workshop is $15 and accessible to members with an active subscription. You must be a member of the WSSTX to purchase any Guest Artist Archive Workshop.

Once you purchase the workshop, you will be given a unique password to a resource page that includes the Zoom video and all the resource material including the photo references, any downloads required for the paint-along, and a picture of the final painting!

You will have unique access to this page and be able to view the video as many times as you like!

Access our archived zoom workshops and monthly sunday painting classes

The WSST Monthy Sunday Paintings and archived Zoom Mini-Workshops are just $35 for the year and FREE to all members.

Live guest artist demonstrations on Zoom are $15 each to our members. If you miss the Live scheduled workshop and you are not a member, cost for the recording is $15 with any active membership subscription.  All recordings past and future professional guest workshops are $15 to members.

Proceeds for the $15 professional guest workshops go directly to the artist giving the demonstration. The WSST only benefits from it’s membership fee.

We ask for a subscription of $35/year or $5/month to receive access to our workshop archive and an additional $15 for each live professional guest workshop.

You can pay for your annual membership on our Join Page.  This will grant you access to our Archived Zoom classes for 2021-2023 and includes access to our Video Archive as long as your membership remains active. This is over 100 hours of class instruction!

Becoming a member also has great benefits including entry to our yearly Member’s Exhibition and special discounts. You can go to our Join Page to see a list of our membership benefits.

Once you join, you will receive a welcome email with further information and password to our archive within 1 business day.

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