Programs and Education

JWS Monthly Meetings: There are eight (8) monthly meetings throughout the year with demonstrations and lectures by renowned national or prominent local artists - providing support and arts education for the beginner to the professional.  Scheduled programs are listed below.

JWS Media Library offers educational books and DVDs by prominent artists.  Details and inventory are listed below. 

JWS Outreach Program offers educational opportunities for volunteers as described below.
Additional art education and instructions are available from some JWS members. Go to Membership and check out the links to members’ websites for instructions they may be offering.

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise specified, from September through May (except December) at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223.  Monthly programs are open to the public.

Directions to the meeting location  - South of I-295 on San Jose Blvd; right at Loretto Rd light and entrance is left off Loretto Rd. Additional parking in the back. 

Please note we follow CDC guidelines during the meetings; masks are encouraged, but not required; socially distanced seating and hand sanitizer will be available. 

Jan  31, 2023 - Lorraine Watry (Workshop Instructor)
Feb  28, 2023 - Dee Roberts
Mar  28, 2023 - Elaine Bergstrom (rescheduled from 2022)
Apr  25, 2023 - Virginia Meadows (Artist of the Year 2021)
May  23, 2023 - Year-end Social Gathering 

Summer Break

Sep 26, 2023 - Reddi Arts - Demo of New Watercolor Products
Oct 24, 2023 - Libit Jones (Workshop Instructor)Watercolor Demo
Nov 28, 2023 - Robin Makowski, FWS NWS NMWS WFNS - Watercolor Demo 

Winter Break

Jan 30, 2024 - Linda Wokoun (Workshop Instructor) Watercolor Demo
Feb 27, 2024 - LuAnn Dunkinson - Urban Sketchers Demo
Mar 26, 2024 - TBD
Apr 23, 2024 - Geri Groenert (2022 AOTY) Demo
May 28, 2024 - End of Year Members Social

2023  Spring Programs 

Contact Geri Groenert for suggestions and more information about monthly meetings. 

January 31, 2023
Lorraine Watry

February 28, 2023
Dee Roberts

March 28, 2023
Elaine Bergstrom

April 25, 2023
Virginia Meadows
(AOTY 2021)

May  23, 2023
Year-End Gathering

Media Library

During her many years as librarian, Janet Killackey built a significant media library of DVDs and books by nationally recognized artists. As she steps down,  Barbara Holt is working with Janet to make DVDs available to check out at meetings. Mary Walker volunteered to handle checkouts and returns of DVDs at each meeting. 

Books will no longer be available to check out, but will be available for sale at the May Meeting.

           DVDS                    BOOKS

JWS gratefully accepts donations of gently used media to share with members. 

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Outreach Program

Join the JWS volunteers who provide support and education to the community through Outreach Programs.  More opportunities are available to help.

Westminster Woods Wednesdays: Members of JWS have been sharing our love of watercolor painting with a group of Westminster Woods residents on Wednesday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am. Many in the group are now active members of JWS themselves - and attend meetings and workshops.  Outreach volunteers are needed to share their knowledge, talents and ideas in planning and demonstrating and working with others.
Volunteering and sharing our knowledge with others helps reinforce our understanding of art concepts.  If you would like to find out more about outreach contact Tuni Weiss, Barbara Holt or Rebecca Mentz.