JWS sponsors two three-day workshops per year in conjunction with our Spring and Fall exhibitions.  In Fall 2024, we initiated a two-day workshop in place of the three-day workshop. One-day workshops are available periodically. 

Instructors: We have been fortunate to have wonderful instructors who are recognized nationally and internationally, such as Marilyn Hughey Phillis, Sue Archer, Sherry O’Neill, Fran Larsen, Mary Ann Beckwith, Janet Rogers, John Salminen, David Daniels, George James, Pat Weaver, Cheng-Khee Chee, Janet King, Lynn Ferris, Morten E. Solberg, Jaimie Cordero, Ted Head, Ted Nuttall, Anne Abgott, Mike E. Bailey, David Lobenberg, Margaret Roseman, Don Andrews, David R. Becker, Lian Quan Zhen, David R. Smith, Xi Guo, Michael Holter, Pam Wenger, and Lorraine Watry, Libit Jones, and Robin Lee Makowski.

The instructor for the three-day workshop generally serves as juror for the exhibition and provides a “sneak preview” of the workshop at our monthly meeting on the Tuesday prior to the three-day workshop. Information about the workshop instructor, examples of artwork, website, workshop, and supply list are listed in the section below. This is also true for the two-day workshop for the Fall of 2024.

Location and times: All workshops are held at the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society building, 3733 Crown Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257. JGMS is located between San Jose Blvd and Old St Augustine Rd, just a few miles north of the I-295 ramps.  Classes are from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, unless otherwise published.

Registration and Fees: You may register by mail or online, see instructions below. A $100 deposit will hold your spot in the 3-day workshop. Total cost for the 3-day workshop is $375 for members, and $425 for nonmembers payable 30 days before the workshop. Space is reserved on a first come basis for those who have paid the required fee. Deposit is non-refundable. Due to committed expenses for workshops, refunds less than 30 days before the workshop begins are not available unless there is someone on the waiting list to fill the vacancy. If a workshop must be canceled, all monies will be refunded.

In the 1-day workshop, total cost is $95 for members and $125 for non-members and for the 2-day workshop, the total cost is $250 for members and $285 for non-members. The full fee is due at registration.   

For those of you who are new to our workshops, we provide coffee, water and light snacks. Bring your own lunch. Class sizes are limited to 18 students to ensure individual attention and a table of your own for workspace.

Directions and information about workshop instructor, materials list, and workshop outline, times, etc. will be provided several weeks before the workshop to those attending.

2024 One-Day Workshop
"You Gotta Start Somewhere"
by LuAnn Dunkinson
July 20, 2024 - NOW FULL
from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
$95 for members
$125 for non-members

All seats for this workshop have been filled. Do not register online. If you are interested in being on a waiting list, contact Danielle Helow 904-614-3465.

Designed for beginners, this workshop introduces the techniques, materials, and vocabulary of watercolor painting. The project will consist of painting from a colorful summer themed still life, and will explore the fundamentals of shape, line, and color. Students will learn about watercolor brushes, papers, and pigments, as well as learning basic techniques such as washes. 
Learn more about LuAnn and the workshop - click here

See LuAnn's website - click here


2024 Two-Day Workshop
"Kickin' Glass: Painting Glass & Shiny Stuff"
by Robin Lee Makowski
October 23 & 24, 2024
from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
$250 for members
$285 for non-members

Join Robin for this amazing workshop!  This two-day workshop will focus on composition, setting up your drawing for best results, avoiding issues and problem solving, saving whites, and painting believable clear & reflective objects. 

Because it is two days with lots of information, participants must know how to use their watercolor materials and substrates. It is not for beginning watercolorists.  Drawing skills will help tremendously but is not required as templates for tracing will be provided on the first day. 
Learn more about the workshop and what to expect.

See Robin's website for information about her, her work, and accomplishments. For additional information about Robin click here.

Robin encourages contacting her if you have any questions.

 Supply List

Register for Workshops 

Please register by mail or online.  Space is reserved on a first come basis, so make your deposit early.  

Registration and Payment by Mail

Download the registration form for 3-day workshop.  Complete the registration information and send with the $100.00 non-refundable deposit check payable to the Jacksonville Watercolor Society by mail to: Danielle Helow
8402 Papelon Way
Jacksonville FL 32217

Space is reserved on a first come basis for those who have paid the required fee.  Contact Danielle Helow by email ([email protected] or phone 904- 614-3465 if you have any questions.  A reminder to pay the balance due 30 days before the workshop will be sent.

Download the registration form for 1-day and 2-day workshops. Complete the registration information and send check with the full fee payable to the Jacksonville Watercolor Society by mail to: 
Danielle Helow
8402 Papelon Way
Jacksonville FL 32217

Online Registration and Payment

This is two step process.
Step 1. Pull up the online registration form by clicking here  and enter the information requested. "Submit" will send an email to the Workshop email address with your information.  You will receive an acknowledgement by email. Come back to this page to complete step 2 below.  

Step 2. Pay deposit, balance or full fee, selecting the appropriate payment option from the boxes below - depending on your membership status (member or non-member), then press the “Pay Now” button below.  

Caution: Please review the shopping cart to ensure your selection is recorded correctly - with "1" in the quantity.
You may pay with your own PayPal account or by credit card and fill out the requested information as a PayPal guest. 

A small convenience fee of $3.00 is added for online payments to offset charges to JWS for PayPal's payment processing services. You will receive confirmation that your registration fee is being processed.

3-Day Workshop Member Payments


$100 plus $3


Balance Due

$275 plus $3 


Full Payment

$375 plus $3


3-Day Workshop Non-Member Payments


$100 plus $3


Balance Due

$325 plus $3 


Full Payment

$425 plus $3


2-Day Workshop Payments


$250 plus $3



$285 plus $3 


1-Day Workshop Payments


$95 plus $3



$125 plus $3