Wednesday to Saturday, November 4 - 7, 2020
in Newton, MA

"The Shape Of Water"

4-day workshop with
Roberto Zangarelli

"I know the rules, but the rules do not know me"

Under this motto, this famous Italian watercolorist creates vibrant city and marina scenes imbued with engery and emotional intensity Balancing between teh laws of academic painting and his won vision, he creates unique, dynamic watercolor paintings that ofene border on the abstract. "I like to capture the essence of things, not to describe them. Through his visceral style he invie=tes the viewr to interpret the art with their own emotional response.

Roberto Zangarell was born in Rome in 1070. After graduating from the European Institute of Design, he founded an advertising studio and later, together with two other prominent watercolor artists, he then went on to found the Aquarelle Art Studio Association in 2016l a studio instructing watercolor techniques that convey passion and emotion by exploring the unpredicability of watercolor.

Roberto Zangarelli is a European master aquarellist, well know in Europe and all over the world. Over the last several years he has been invieted to national and international exhibitions and events in Shenzhen (China), Pakistan, Hungary, France, Belgium, India, Italy, and Russia. He regualrly hosts watercolor courses and workshops in Rome and all voer Europe, and is coming to the US for the first time to us in newton.

This is and indoor workshop and we will be painting urban scenes and marina landscapes.

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced watercolor artists.

Applications for the workshop can be downloaded HERE
(the workshop is full; be first on the wait list)
Roberto Zangarelli


Thursday, March 26 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

3-day workshop with
Tony Couch

This workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled

Participation in the offered workshops assumes at least a basic knowledge and some experience of painting with watercolors.

Upcoming Workshops

Past Workshops

Eudes Correia
September 10 - 13, 2019          4-day workshop

This was a very successful workshop by any standards! Eudes Correia dazzled us with spot-on watercolor painting demos of portraits and figures caught in their daily life and painted with such an amazing repertoire of all the details in the faces and at the same time with such wild and loose expressions of the whole painting!

He also took the time to teach us his little painting secrets and we could observe how much fun he had to explore new territory – yet the outcome was always perfect!  It is rare to see in workshops that all the artist’s paintings work out and are fabulous – but he pulled it off!

We were very pleased having had Eudes Correia here in Newton for his first US workshop and we have lot of requests by the workshop participants to bring him back soon.

Iain Stewart

May 20 -23, 2019             4-day workshop
What a fantastic workshop! We spend Day 2 and 3 in Boston in nice but very windy conditions and had great feedback with our selection process of zooming in on an interesting and manageable subject for our paintings. We sketched and painted, while attempting to integrate the techniques that Iain had us practiced on the first day. On the final day everything gelled together in our studio paintings and we finished the workshop not only with a wonderful reception that Iain had juried, but also with a fine group seafood dinner.

Catherine Gill

November 8 - 10, 2018           3-day workshop

Cathe Gill taught a wonderful 3-day workshop this past November giving the participants an understanding of the different qualities of watercolor paints by separating them into the three basic colors categories of transparent, opaque and stained paints.

It was fascinating to listen to her and observe her in the daily demos. Her very comfortable teaching style  and her humor expedited the understanding of the various interactions of those colors on our watercolor paper. She developed "color trails" and "hubs" and at the same time payed attention to the thickness of the paints in context with the qualities of these three paint categories.

"Architecture of Light" with Thomas Schaller 
July 24-27, 2018             4-day workshop
Thomas Schaller is a signature member of many art organizations including the AWS and has won many prizes world-wide.
He is famous for his luminous and colorful paintings full of atmosphere and value contrasts. See here a review of the workshop.

Yupo Workshop  with Ginny Zanger
April, 28, 2018              1-day workshop
Participants experimented with a variety of tools to paint, including brayers, eye-droppers, and sprayers, and created paintings without brushes.
They explored a variety of removal techniques used in mono-printing, discovered the patterns created by applying textured materials such as sponges, Kleenex, lace, and corrugated cardboard to both dry an wet paint.

Lian Quan Zhen         

June 21-24, 2017          3-day workshop

Our “Color Pouring and Blending” workshop with Lian Quan Zhen was impressive because of his techniques and teaching ability. He had us mask out the yellow pedals of a sun flower and then spray the paper adding the 3 primary colors, mixing with his finger or blowing the colors or using a brush. Then we went in to define the flowers and leaves. His second project was a landscape with rocks and running water. Again we masked areas before spraying the paper and adding colors.

Wendy Artin         

April 7+8, 2017          2-day workshop

This Spring we enjoyed a really outstanding workshop with Wendy Artin here in Newton. It was a very interactive workshop, where short demos alternated with participant exercises throughout two days. Each day we honed our figure painting skills by focusing on the shaded body surfaces of each of the models. During the daily still life portion, we practiced painting vegetables with a wet-on-wet/take-off technique on white Canson Mi-Teintes paper - what a perfect combination! Wendy is an excellent teacher who provided continuous feed-back and made those fully-packed days very comfortable and inspiring.

Andy Evansen         

August 15 -18, 2016          4-day workshop

Andy Evansen, award-winning watercolor artist, former President
of the Minnesota Art Association and currently president of the Plein
Air Painters of America, taught a four-day workshop titled:
"Simplifying Watercolor; Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

Shari Blaukopf
June 24 +25, 2016         2-day workshop

Shari Blaukopf is a Montreal-based graphic design teacher, watercolour artist, sketch blogger and correspondent for Urban Sketchers. She has a BFA from Concordia University with a specialization in graphic design, but her true love has always been watercolour painting. In fact, she began taking workshops at age 12 and has subsequently painted and drawn her way across several European countries, parts of North America, and Asia. She recently taught at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Singapore. Her watercolours are in corporate, government and private collections in both Canada and the USA.

Z. L. Feng

Oct. 10-12, 2015     3-day workshop

Internationally known and multiple award winning watercolorist Z. L. Feng almost never gives workshops.  His job as a professor at Radford University in western Virginia and doing his own work keep him too busy. The Newton Watercolor Society was therefore highly privileged to be the rare exception—and his workshop was just outstanding. Zeng always starts his painting by sipping a cup of tea for about 30 minutes. He shared his techniques for painting award-winning portraits, as well as his techniques for painting award-winning landscapes using gator board with paper wet on both sides stapled to it. He is a wonderfully generous person, and participants were absolutely delighted to be able to learn in this terrific workshop.




Eric Wiegardt

July 13 -16, 2015     4-day workshop

For four days, Eric Wiegardt regaled 19 workshop participants with news stories from the small town in Washington state where he grew up, how he gave up a career in business and became an artist, and, of course, how he paints watercolors. The participants learned that  an extra scoop of the brush into the water supply after the brush is loaded with pigment is key to obtaining the effects he achieves with bright colors and the merging of shapes, “free and easy” as he calls it. Eric had us paint a half sheet with only 50 strictly-counted brush strokes. This was a great exercise and made us be more thoughtful about our brushstrokes. It was an excellent workshop.

Alvaro Castagnet
October 10-13, 2014    4-day workshop
Outdoor watercolor painting doesn't get better than this!
Together we painted in Newton, in South Station on a rainy day, in front of Boston's Public Library and around Boston's back bay alleys including Newbury Street. Our workshop was truly international this time as our participants came from all over the world to learn and get inspired by Alvaro, whom we had invited to hold a workshop for a second time.

Nan Rumpf

June 13+14, 2014 local artist Nan Rumpf held a very informative workshop for all levels called "Adding Texture to Enhance your Watercolors".

Pictures of the workshop: 1  2  3

Kate Aubrey

Dec 7+8, 2013, from Nevada relocated to Cape Cod, Kate Aubrey taught an instructional 2-day workshop on painting flowers with supporting backgrounds.

Joseph Zbukvic

July 15-19 of 2013, internationally known watercolorist Joseph Zbukvic was in Newton and taught a fantastic 5-day workshop.

Joyce Hicks

Charming and highly inspiring Texas artist Joyce Hicks was in Newton for a

3-day workshop on March 21-23, 2013.

Paul George

Prominent local artist Paul George ( came to Newton to give a
two-day workshop on painting flowers.

This workshop was held November 9-10, 2012

Alvaro Castanget

July 16-20 of 2012, internationally known watercolorist Alavaro Castagnet ( came to Newton to teach a 5-day workshop. We painted in and around Boston and had a terrific workshop.

Nicholas Simmons

Internationally known and much in demand artist Nicholas Simmons

( gave a two-day weekend workshop March 24-25,

2012.  This workshop was co-sponsored by the New Art Center and was held there, 61 Washington Park  Newton, MA 02460. 

Mel Stabin
In June of 2011, internationally known watercolorist Mel Stabin came to Newton to teach a 5-day workshop. It was,

as all Mel's workshops are, a great experience.


Charles Reid

In June 2010, the NWS hosted its first 5-day workshop for members,

bringing in internationally known watercolorist Charles Reid You can find photos from the workshop here.