Workshop with Iain Stewart
Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Registration is open
Detailed information can be found on the workshop application

Workshop with Eudes Correia
Tuesday, September 10 -  Friday, September 13, 2019
First time in the US!


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

Upcoming Workshops

Past Workshops

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.