Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats
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Master Classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was founded in 1805, and is the nation's first school and museum of art. Located in a vibrant Center City, Philadelphia location, PAFA is just blocks away from the city's major art museums including the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum. Our Master Classes and Workshops offer you the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations, many of them on the PAFA faculty. Classes are scheduled in two- or three-day formats, usually over weekends and often include a public lecture. The 2016 line-up includes Dan Miller, Neysa Grassi, Scott Noel, Stuart Shils, Susan Van Campen, James Toogood, Joe Sweeney, Ellen Eagle, Christine Lafuente and Elizabeth Osborne. Visit
pafa.org/masterclasses or call 215-972-7632.
Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) - La Pointe, WI
Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Board the car ferry in our charming port town of Bayfield, WI and in twenty minutes you'll slip into Island time. MISA's workshop environment is known for its world renowned instructors, spacious studios, superior on-site accommodations, and a staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience. Our fabulous meals and dining facilities provide an additional opportunity to bond with students and instructors. Classes in photography, painting, writing, quilting, fiber arts and mixed media are available June -October. View our workshop schedule at
www.madelineschool.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 715.747.2054.
Acrylic Painting Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Study Acrylic painting with Susan Santiago, Director of Galeria San Francisco, in a sun filled space, in San Miguel de Allende. The gallery, located in one of the oldest buildings in the city, overlooks the Jardin, with great views of the Parroquia, and has restaurants and shops directly below. Susan has 30 years of experience as an art teacher and exhibiting artist in Los Angeles. She opened her gallery in San Miguel in 2014 and offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes throughout the year. If you are interested in learning the basics, improving or brushing up your skills, then these classes are for you. For more information please visit the
gallery's website or send an email to email@example.com.
Open Air Italy - Plein Air Workshops
Open Air Italy is in its 7th year of specializing in well-organized artist workshops and retreats with small groups of participants and world-class instruction. All instructors are well-known artists with a gift for teaching. We want the participant to spend their time learning and painting, as well as living and relaxing, in the most beautiful areas of Europe. Much time and effort is given to everything, from the planning of accommodations to the choice of various charming painting locations. All accommodations are single occupancy for artists. Workshops are planned with a focus on multiple group activities, while still allowing time for individual expression and exploration. All instructed workshops are limited to eight participants in order to allow plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. To learn more about specific workshops or retreats please visit
www.openairitaly.com or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn Painting with Ann Bell (Houston, TX)
Private painting classes with artist Ann Bell give you a unique creative experience. Personal attention enables you to improve quickly, whether you're a beginner or experienced. You choose the subject matter and degree of detail you want: abstract, realism or in between. You'll learn how to paint, how to mix colors, how to compose your painting, and how to evaluate your finished painting. You can learn watercolor, acrylic or mixed media, even if you can't draw a straight line. Ann provides all supplies for your first class, so even if you are visiting Houston, you can enjoy painting with Ann in her centrally located artist studio. Online Classes are available. Visit
www.annbell.net/classes.htm, or contact Ann Bell at artist@AnnBell.net or 281-330-3827.
PhotoQuest Adventures (PQA) is an international travel company specializing in intimate photography workshops and unique cultural experiences around the globe. Through the highly skilled travel and photographic leadership of the Quest Leaders, PQA breaks down barriers commonly encountered in global travel, creating access to unforgettable experiences for travel enthusiasts and photographers of all skill levels. With PQA, you'll enjoy once-in-a-lifetime photography adventures to the most interesting and photogenic corners of the world. Visit:
A variety of one week painting workshops all year around
Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery established in 1989, offers a great variety of one week workshops in San Miguel de Allende, picturesque and inspirational setting, called The Heart of Mexico. We welcome beginners to advanced artists to join acrylic, watercolor, oil painting workshops, teaching expressionist and realistic painting, in studio and plein air. Choose one of the scheduled workshops or contact us for a private week. Novice encouraged to enroll. We offer personalized instruction in a small group setting from accomplished and experienced painters and instructors. It is a fantastic vacation blending painting and side seeing of Colonial architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, shopping, restaurants and brilliant light. Gain experience and confidence! Contact us in advance at
www.cristiferart.com and email@example.com
"The New Colored Pencil" - July 19-21, 2016 in Coos Bay, OR
Come to the Oregon coast, a gorgeous summer haven! Kristy Kutch, workshop instructor, invites you for three fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, even some watercolor crayons, will be featured, combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. (Bring a spare tote bag!) Classes are held at the Coos Art Museum. Kristy Kutch is the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs and is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Members: $300, non-members: $350. (Registration ends June 15).
Visit www.coosart.org or contact Stephanie Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-267-3901.
Plein Air Pastel Painting in Southern France - August 23 - September 2, 2016
Join Terri Ford for 10 fun and educational days of painting in the Lot & Dordogne regions of Southern France. Based at the idyllic Domaine du Haut Baran, the trip will include day trips to charming nearby villages, vineyards & many picturesque, historical locations. Terri will demonstrate techniques that she uses to create her award winning paintings. We will paint at Domain du Haut Baran (indoor studio and French easels available), and travel to neighboring villages and other locations on alternate days. Work closely with Terri or at your own pace and leisure. Enjoy delicious meals and wine along the way. Terri, an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor.
Gibson House Art Workshops/Retreats (Haverhill, New Hampshire)
The Gibson House Bed and Breakfast overlooks the peaceful landscape of New Hampshire's pristine Upper Connecticut River Valley, offering an idyllic setting for artists' workshops/retreats. You will find yourself inspired by the charming, unspoiled New England village and the picture-perfect village, garden and mountain views. Two 50-foot-long porches insure outdoor work and relaxation in any weather. And the 2000 square foot art gallery and workshop features 12 foot ceilings with great illumination. A wide variety of workshops are taught by an accomplished group of artists/instructors who have a passion for teaching all experience levels. Attending a Workshop at the Gibson House is an experience you will long remember. Visit
www.gibsonhousebb.com, call (603) 989-3125 or (800) 989-2150, or email email@example.com
Secret, Sacred France
Spend a magical week of painting and meditating at sacred sites in southwest France with Melissa Harris (author of the book, Painting Outside the Lines). Stay in a charming chateau during harvest time, surrounded by vineyards drenched in the colors of fall. Daily visits to sacred sites such as the legendary Montsegur (scene of the Cathars last stand), Bugarach Mountain (or "magic mountain" as the locals call it), an ancient cave with pre-historic drawings, the strange villages associated with unorthodox local legends about Mary Magdalene (who is said to have lived in the region), standing stones, and the remnants of worship sites associated with Diana, Cybele and other pre-christian goddesses in western Europe. All gourmet meals are provided in this watercolor workshop. All levels welcome!
Visit website, or contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Kristy Kutch has been creating colored pencil art for almost thirty years and has been teaching colored pencil workshops since 1991. A teacher with a life license, she applies many basic learning principles to her workshops, enthusiastically meeting each student at the appropriate level. Beginners are always welcome, but even advanced artists benefit from Kristy's instruction. Offering demonstrations of techniques and the characteristics of different types of colored pencils, papers, and other related materials, Kristy covers a wide range of possibilities. Her techniques book, Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications), was released in 2005. Her new book, The New Colored Pencil, is a May, 2014 Watson-Guptill release. She is also the feature artist in the Artist Palette Productions DVD "Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond The Basics". Kristy's workshops are held nationwide; each is an enjoyable, supportive, memorable experience in a beautiful location. To learn more, visit
www.artshow.com/kutch/ or contact Kristy at email@example.com or 219-874-4688.
Etruscan Places - Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana, Italy
Etruscan Places offers a completely unique series of open air painting workshops on location, rain or shine, in some of Italy's most spectacular landscapes. Artists, curators, writers Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson are residents and home owners in both the USA and Italy. Their presence in Tuscany since 1995 guarantees their knowledge of the landscape, inhabitants and local culture and everything connected with it. Presently 4 distinct 1 week classes are offered May - October: Open Air Fundamentals (all levels); Elements of Landscape (intermediate +); Roman Campagna (advanced); Advanced Seminar. Fees include materials and surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips and local transport. 12 student max and 2 instructors every class. 40%+ participant return rate. Contact
www.landscapepainting.com or call 212-780-3216.
The most personalized plein-air painting workshops in Europe
We have the reputation to be the company that organizes the most personalised painting workshops by taking care of you from start to finish. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a bilingual tour leader stays with you at all times. We hire the best teachers known for their love and reputation of teaching. Our workshops take place in unique places carefully chosen for their beauty but also their history, culture and food: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 12 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. Our motto is "Don't be a tourist, be our guest".
www.frenchescapade.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-483-5713
Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast, Italy (July 14-23, 2016)
Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit:
www.gonzaloruiznavarro or email email@example.com
Flying Colors Art Workshops
Flying Colors Art Workshops specializes in organizing and hosting art workshops around the world - USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia. We concentrate on providing workshop participants with the finest, widely known instructors, and in arranging a variety of travel destinations designed to enhance participant experiences and satisfaction. As a result, Flying Colors enjoys a well established 20+ year reputation for creative planning, attention to detail and a commitment to artists' needs and interests. Every effort is made to identify workshop locations that feature unique cultural, historical and landscape characteristics. Your comfort and safety remain uppermost as we plan and carry out these diverse workshop experiences. And we also focus on having fun-- a LOT of fun!
www.flyingcolorsart.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858.518-0949
Montfaucon Art Tours in Southern France
Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France with respected professional artists and teachers to guide you in your artistic journey! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. Stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where you will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Come and be creative where some of France's most renowned artists found their inspiration!
artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations in Prague (Czech Republic)
Named in 2008 by National Geographic as one of the world's 'Best Girlfriends Getaways'! The secret is out: artbreak is a one-of-a-kind learning vacation and totally new way to experience a great European capital - via its artistic heart. artbreak puts you in intimate contact with Prague's vibrant artistic community, morning to night, for six creativity-filled days. Your mornings: three hours in an atelier, honing your skills at painting, collage and ceramics. Afterwards you'll browse private galleries and major museums, then fit in some wine tasting and dinner before heading out to savor the absolute best of Prague's opera, theatre, ballet, and superlative jazz scene. artbreak is a chance to inspire your artistic self and an exquisitely choreographed cultural adventure. Visit
www.artbreak.org to learn more.
"Art Makers Denver - An Urban Art Retreat", Denver, CO - September 18-20, 2016
Whether you want to discover your inner artist, hone existing art skills, or stretch your artistic muscles in a new direction, Art Makers Denver is for you! Join us for three days of artistic discovery with our hand-picked panel of dynamic instructors from around the country, teaching over 30 workshops. Whether it is jewelry making, hand-lettering, intuitive painting, illustration, digital oil painting or surface pattern design (and more!), our dedicated instructors bring innovative techniques and tools to the table - all you need is the insatiable desire to create! Art Makers Denver is an urban art retreat located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. Visit our website at
www.artmakersdenver.com to learn more!
An All Inclusive Art Destination Holiday (Virginia, USA)
The Shenandoah Art Destination is a 10-acre property, magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Offering an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for any art lover - all artists welcome from the beginner to the professional painter for watercolor, oil and acrylics; lino and woodcuts; drypoint and mono printing. Daily course guidance/tutelage by your host, Jan-Willem Boer, an established artist in the USA and Europe. Courses run from early spring to late autumn - choice of weekend, 4-day, 7-day or 10-day stay. The fee for your stay is all-inclusive - lodging, food, transport from airport, and art instruction/inspiration. Limited to 8 participants + non-artist partner/spouse welcome. For course schedule & cost:
www.ShenandoahArtDestination.com or call 612-221-1140 or contact email@example.com.
Weeklong All Inclusive Retreats with Renown Artist Instructors in a Tropical Paradise
"The Casa Experience is truly unique - It touches the very soul of the artist and provides endless inspiration!" - Sterling Edwards, renown watercolor artist and workshop instructor. Located in the charming village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico's gorgeous Pacific Coast, Casa de los Artistas offers one of the most affordable and unique art and cultural experiences available. Oceanside accommodations, all gourmet meals and drinks, private room/bath/balcony and view, (we do not charge extra for a single!), and much more. See our website for details, schedule, free video instruction and more. Find out why participants that have come to the Casa return saying it is the best workshop experience they have ever had!
"Coastal Colored Pencil" - October 3-7, 2016 in Bernard (Acadia National Park), ME
Come and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Mount Desert Island on coastal Maine while learning the gorgeous art of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch guides the class through techniques for both "traditional" (wax-based or vegetable oil-based) colored pencils and watersoluble colored pencils. Kristy also provides numerous demonstrations, a supportive, informative atmosphere, and very generous take-home samples of products. She is an experienced workshop instructor,is the featured artist in 4 DVDs, and is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Cost: $625.
Visit www.acadiaworkshopcenter.com or contact Gail Ribas; 207-244-9742.
Art in the Mountains - "Premier Destination Workshops!" Since 1983
Art in the Mountains has 10 - 15 fine art painting classes each year including studio and plein-air classes. Our instructors are internationally known and published artists who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques in their workshops. We offer instruction in most media and genres. Classes include daily demonstrations, unique curriculum, and one-on-one support. Class sizes are limited to 18 or 20 so you get more individual instruction. Please visit our website for our current line-up of classes and workshops and remember to check back at the end of the year when we post next year's schedule. We hope to see you soon.
Equine Drawing/Painting Workshop at The Kentucky Horse Park, Sept. 5-9, 2016
Sponsored by The American Academy of Equine Art. Open to artists working in oil, acrylic or pastel with basic competence in their medium. Instructor Lynn Maderich is a multi award-winning oil painter who is an Associate Member of the Society of Animal Artists and a Juried Member of The American Academy of Equine Art. Visit Lynn's web site at www.lynnmaderich.com for a detailed description of her workshop. Whether your style is loose or tight, she will improve your realistic depictions of the horse using classic methods taught at The Atelier art school where she teaches (www.theatelier.org). Cost: $500. Register at
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