8 Burruel Street

Tubac, AZ





Watercolor Wisdom


With plenty of demonstrations, the various watercolor techniques will be fine tuned and the basic elements of design emphasized through critiques.


Because of the small class size, Barbara teaches individually, with students learning from each other. She teaches beginner level to advanced level with the purpose of having each student “stretch” their talents and enjoy the process.




































Photos may be brought in as reference or Barbara has a selection to work from. Unfinished work that needs help is always welcome.


Beginners get Barbara’s “happy packet” which includes a photo and a line drawing of photo to transfer. Barbara’s greatest quality is her patience and passion of the process of watercolor art.


Every third Thursday is the BASIC Watercolor Class for new watercolorists. The paints are provided by Beads of Tubac for these Basic Classes.


Run Freely and Finish With Shape-Up


In this two day workshop you will “run freely” with the Watercolor Pouring technique.


The subject matter will be floral and/or nature inspired. From different floral/nature shapes you will create a composition using a letter of the alphabet as your design guide.


Then the SHAPE-UP begins! It will be time to delineate the positive and negative SHAPES. At the same time, you will concentrate on producing soft and hard edges.


The PURPOSE of the this workshop is to increase your awareness of SHAPES AND BALANCE while creating a pleasing composition.


*Supply List given upon registration (Minimal supplies required)





Originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin, watercolorist and fashion illustrator, Barbara Borgwardt, resides with her husband, Randall, in Green Valley, Arizona.


A graduate of Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a former fashion art instructor for twenty-five years at the college, she now spends time when not on the golf course or being grandma, at her foremost passion-- painting.


Not only a watercolorist but also an accomplished fashion artist, Barbara mimics the drama of drapery in her floral paintings through use of texture, shape, form and color. Watercolor is Barbara’s favorite painting medium. It’s transparent and translucent qualities enhance her use of reflections in her subject matter. She loves the challenge of each painting.


As a fashion illustrator she has had her artwork published in Milwaukee magazines and newspapers with clients such as Harley Davidson and Florence Eiseman. Borgwardt is also a self-publisher, author, and illustrator of the “No Milk Cookbook.”


Barbara is a two time winner of the prestigious “Master Meeds’ People’s Choice Award” 2008 and 2010 at the Tubac Center of the Arts.




Third Place: Santa Rita Art League Juried Member’s Show: 2010

Best of Show: Santa Rita Art League First Members’ Show, 2009

Honorable Mention: Santa Rita Art League First Members’ Show, 2009

Award of Excellence: Tubac Center of the Arts, 40th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, 2009

Juror’s Award: Santa Rita Art League- Murph Ranspot Memorial Competition, 2008

People’s Choice Award: Tubac Center of the Arts, 38th Annual Member’s Juried Exhibit, 2008,2010

Award of Merit: Southern AZ Watercolor Guild Member Show (Advanced Level), 2007

Second Place: Santa Rita Art League-Murph Ranspot Memorial Competition, 2007

Honorable Mention: All Members Show-Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, 2007

First Place: Art Real Exhibit—Green Valley Recreation & Santa Rita Art League, 2006

Award of Excellence: Juried League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibit---Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI, 2005

Honorable Mention: Juried fall “Color of Harvest” Show---League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibit----Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI, 2003

Best of Show: Juried League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibit—Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2002


Visit Barbara Borgwardt’s Website to learn more about this artist and her work.



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