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Paint a Series
July 31, 2015 (12:30-3:30 pm) — Get more from less! Be innovative! Create a triptych of paintings based on one or related photo(s). Spin off from your subject references for a fresh approach to composition and interpretation. Extract the design potential in your images. Explore ways to crop and tweak your favorite photos for exciting new results. Have fun playing with possibilities. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home a fresh new painting series and a whole new way to think about painting from photos. Bring your favorite photos. Extra brushes optional, ½ -3/4 in. Visit website


Location: South Burlington, VT
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: HK Holbein - Vermont Art Event
Cost: $80
Email: Jana or Debbie
Phone: 800-682-6686

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Chicago Creative Expressions in Monotype Printing
August 1-2, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Energy, improvisation, impulse, gesture and chance are all characteristics of this printing process, as stated by William Jung. During this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the monotype printing process in ink, watercolor, and fluid acrylics in the Additive, Subtractive, and Free Style processes. This is a popular workshop that promises a lot of creative fun and some excellent results! Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $295
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Fundamentals of Landscape Painting: Ogden, Utah
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. Focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though the demos will be conducted using acrylics, the principles taught apply universally to any variety of mediums, and all students are welcome. Visit website


Location: Ogden, UT
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 3-28, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics
August 3-5, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This fun-filled abstract painting workshop encourages you to be freer, more spontaneous and intuitive in your work. No teeny weeny brushes with lots of rules and regulations. Just paint with freedom using different mark making tools and big fat brushes. Several "get loose" challenges will help you arrive at a new place in your work. Be prepared to finish paintings that you can take home and be proud of. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Ragus, www.Ragus.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Picture yourself walking in the footsteps of Homer, Hopper, Kent, Fitzgerald, or Wyeth... Then imagine being inspired not only by the beauty of Monhegan island, but also by having the key to unlock your creativity. The plein air workshop on Monhegan is designed to help you hone your painting and visualization skills in ways unmatched by any other workshop and is aimed at helping you see with 'new eyes' and translate your vision more effectively whether your skill level is advanced or beginner. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-4, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 10 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean lies the tiny island of Monhegan - long known to artists as an inspiration for outdoor painting. This workshop is set up to enable participants to arrive on the 7:00 am boat on Monday out of Port Clyde, join the 9:00 am workshop and it ends at 3:00 on Tuesday to allow you to catch the last ferry back to the mainland. This makes it easy, you only have to stay on the island 1 night. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Ireland in Color with Master Artist Hugh O'Neill
August 4-10, 2015 — Started in 1995 Hugh O'Neill Art workshops to Ireland both North and south have been voted the very best. This Summer workshops will be based the County of Down and other beautiful coastal locations including a listed world heritage sight called Giants Causeway. Hugh O'Neill was born and lived in Ireland until 1995. Visit website


Location: various towns, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill
Cost: $1,100
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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Landscape Painting Workshop in Sedona, Az
August 6-9, 2015 (Times vary) — Join award-winning artist, Joe A. Oakes, for a fun, informative painting experience in beautiful Sedona, AZ. Workshop offers a combination of outdoor inspiration and in-studio painting. We will sketch, photograph and work out compositions amongst the beautiful red rocks followed by studio painting at the Sedona Arts Center. Plenty of individual attention plus discussions and demos. Topics will include sketching & photographing local scenery with discussions on composition, color & technique. Workshop max 10 persons. $160 deposit to hold space. Full refund if cancellation received 30 days prior to workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Joe A. Oakes
Sponsor: Joe A. Oakes Atelier
Cost: $360
Email: Joe A. Oakes
Phone: 760-861-4796

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
August 7-9, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Painting for All Levels
August 7, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting and Mixed Media Two Day Intensive, with Lauren Mantecon
August 8-9, 2015 (11am-5pm) — Give yourself the gift of an art immersion. This workshop is designed to guide you in going deeper in your art practice. With two six hour sessions per day you will have the opportunity to move beyond creative blocks and discover new techniques and ideas to add to your process. We will use quality paper and large scale un-stretched canvas as our surface to create either multiple small pieces or one large work. Come spend the weekend exploring and finishing a mixed media painting. Price includes all tax, materials, snacks and refreshments. Discounted 15% for returning students. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $370
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Alchemy of Painting and Mixed Media
August 8-9, 2015 (10am-4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of an art immersion. This workshop is designed to help you go deeper in your art practice. With two five hour sessions per day you will have the opportunity to move beyond creative blocks and discover new techniques and ideas to add to your process. This workshop is dedicated to the alchemy of materials. We will work from the ground up, beginning with idea-generating techniques and visualizations provided to expand your authentic voice and vision on quality paper. Emphasizing individual expression, Lauren will guide you through a variety of materials, including pencil, pastel, glazes, collage, handmade gesso, paint and wax encaustic. No experience necessary, just a curious mind. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Paint Instinctively
August 10-14, 2015 — Kim's energetic and intuitive approach to painting establishes the direction for this class where you will learn to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form with big areas of color and shape and surety of line.... He will lead you to the discovery of how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the "process", the performance, the immediacy! Thru the painting of numerous studies you will practice the techniques which will help you accomplish a spontaneous but controlled approach. Kim will also address how to set up a palette that will help you simplify color relationship and comparisons...a great help in building a good painting! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $675
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic
August 10-13, 2015 — This workshop will emphasize developing abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. The majority of demonstrations will be provided in pastel with reference to acrylic painting. Students will learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature based abstractions. Time will be spent drawing from nature and taking these drawings back to the studio to create abstractions. Students will learn to "loosen up", be more expressive and work intuitively. All students will begin the week with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. Students will then receive daily instruction in developing abstractions in pastel and or acrylic. Each day will end with group critique. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deboralstewart.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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"The Figure, The Beach and More!"
August 10-13, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This Workshop focuses on the Live Figure while incorporating Beach Scenes or Landscapes into the overall composition. 4 Nights Lodging, Continental Breakfast, Fully Catered Lunches, Welcome Party on Sunday the 9th. Register Online. Visit website


Location: Harbor Springs, MI
Instructor: Don Hatfield
Sponsor: Julia Dufault McGrath Fine Art, Julia's Watercolors LLC
Cost: Packages from $657.00 - $917.00
Email: Julia McGrath
Phone: 248-842-8656

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
August 11-13, 2015 — The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. We will go out to paint for the three hours of class with the purpose to better visualize color, light and space in this short time. This will lead to a richer understanding of color interaction that can benefit successive paintings that you do on your own. I will begin with a demonstration and end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Charles Basham
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
August 14-17, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn how to be more creative and find inspiration in the world around you. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Color in the Summer Landscape
August 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bring some color into your landscape painting this summer! Work in the studio from photographic references. Learn how painters from the Impressionist, Expressionist, and Fauve movements viewed color in nature. Break through the limitations of local color in representing the landscape. Nina presents a brief review of light and color theory designed to help you utilize techniques such as layering, optical mixture, broken brushstroke, and glazing. She explains how ideas about composition and gesture can help you learn to best compose your landscapes. Nina provides a library of landscape imagery in addition to your own references. Painters in oil, acrylic, or gouache mediums are welcome! Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Innovative Watermedia Workshop
August 17-21, 2015 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) — You'll never think about painting the same way again! Prepare yourself for Nicholas' high-energy, unorthodox, and varied approach to watercolor. This workshop will focus on concepts, composition and design elements with concentration on diversity in subject matter; poured watercolor; fluid acrylic used as transparent watercolor; unusual textures such as his popular "batik" technique; large scale painting; computer-aided design; and creative photography for obtaining unconventional reference shots. Nicholas was the sole judge representing the US at the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, the world's largest watercolor exhibition, in 2010 and 2012. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Nicholas Simmons
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $695
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
August 17-21, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting and Exhibiting in beautiful Costa Rica
August 18-27, 2015 — With the beautiful settings of Costa Rica's marine and volcano sites, I share my experience with oil paint and how it allows me to grasp a moment of light and atmospheric effects, something painters go after since Turner and Monet. This 9 day workshop covers theory of design and composition, tonal maps, the application of the medium, drawing, basic perspective, light and color to paint scenes with value control and chromatic harmony. I give demonstrations (including palette knife technique) with oil (and other mediums as requested), although this workshop is mainly for oil painters, I believe that the medium is only the vehicle to send a message, so instead of focusing on the medium I give the foundations I was given to paint anything! Visit website


Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Instructor: Artist Jeannina Blanco
Sponsor: Mundoexpeditions
Cost: US$1869/person in double occupancy
Email: Ingal Grant y Juan Carlos Martínez
Phone: +001 (506) 2280-1999

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Kenn Backhaus in Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley
August 19-26, 2015 — Join a small group of artists painting and learning in the glorious Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland. Paint some of the tallest peaks in the Alps, beautiful Lake Brienz, charming mountain villages, roaring glacial streams, and beautiful waterfalls. There is so much variety to paint in the area! Kenn will teach for a full 4 days and mentor for 2 additional days. Breakfasts are included as are 4 group dinners. Transportation of artists to painting locations is also included. This will be a trip of a lifetime! Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Kenn Backhaus, Master OPA, Master AIS
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3150-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Learning to See Your Subject
August 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — What does the act of observing mean for an artist? Discover the answer in this three day workshop as you learn to "see" the subject, interpret visual elements and execute it on canvas. Students will learn the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and enthusiasm. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still life subjects throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for All Levels
August 21, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442


Acrylics Painting in the Style of the Scottish Colourists
August 23-28, 2015 (full day) — Scottish Colourists took inspiration from Impressionism, but infused their work with unique liveliness. Under Susan Forsyth's guidance, we paint on the seacoast, in the gardens and in Cambo House. Experience Scotland differently. Includes accommodation, materials, transport within Scotland, welcome reception & dinner + tour of Scottish Colourists exhibition. Visit website


Location: Kingsbarns near St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Susan Forsyth
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $1896
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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The Fundamental Approach to Plein Air Painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9am - 4 pm) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio or outside in nature. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth. Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


Location: Harrington, ME
Instructor: Larry Blovits
Sponsor: Golden Apple Art Residency
Cost: $425.00
Email: Shelley Stevens
Phone: 207-483-6543

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Customized Group Intuitive Painting Experiences
Ongoing thru August 28, 2015 (Tuesdays & Fridays) — Great for team building and bringing people together in a safe and non-judgmental space, creating intimacy and shared creative moments which encourage heart connection, trust and creative risk. Julie Claire is a professionally certified creativity-based coach (PCC, NCC) with over 1000 hours coaching individuals and over 1000 hours facilitating creative experiences for groups. Her studio on Upper Canyon Road has the feel of a retreat spot, with riverside seating for lunch, situated in a historic art compound which is quiet and enchanted. Julie titles her intuitive painting offerings Paint Big, Live Big! and her spacious studio has room for 9 people. Beginners welcome. All materials provided. Price depends on number of people and length of session. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $300-$900
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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Individual Intuitive Painting Sessions with Julie Claire
Ongoing thru August 28, 2015 (Tuesdays & Fridays) — Do you want to experience intuitive painting for yourself? Or perhaps with a loved one? Be freed up to paint, find your flow, and experience intuitive painting with Julie Claire in "Old World" Santa Fe along the Santa Fe River on Upper Canyon Road. These individualized Paint Big, Live Big! sessions are designed to give you an experience of painting freely, in a way you've always dreamed of, without getting stopped by your inner critic. This is a great way to dive into your creativity without signing up for a whole workshop. We will typically spend 2.5 hours together, although we can schedule more time if available. Large scale painting with acrylics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $200
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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ArtisTTable Morvan France Landscape Painting Retreat
August 30 - September 7, 2015 — The setting for this adventure is the lush rolling hills of the Morvan region of France, near the village of Larochemillay. ArtisTTable founders, the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will facilitate this retreat. Artists will receive an intensive experience spending time working in the countryside, small villages as well as from the model in the landscape. Emphasis will be given to exploration, experimentation and observation. There is no formal instruction offered, although Tali and Royce will be available for critique and to work with participants individually. Every evening will include a discussion and review of the day's work and activities. Writers welcome. Fees include accommodations, sketchbook, all meals and local transportation. Limited to 12 participants maximum. Visit website


Location: Larochemillay, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1250.00 - Discount for early registration.
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Five-Day Plein Air Painting
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Marc works in oils, pastels and acrylics on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You'll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. All Marc asks is that you come with an inquisitive and open mind, and the Art Spirit within you. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Northern Light: On location in Maine with acrylics and watercolor!
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Multi-award winner Bill Teitsworth uses the two watermedia alternately...acrylics in the opaque or "oil" method, and watercolor in the classic transparent method. Whichever medium you use, you'll benefit from Bill's expertise in the areas of concept and composition, drawing, values, color, and paint-handling. His response to his environment is lyric and sensitive and his instruction is solid, attentive and thorough. As a special treat, his wife Renee, an accomplished painter and instructor herself, will team teach with Bill. Her personality, experience and style, complement him well, providing great depth to the class! This Plein Air class will take full advantage of our beautiful nearby painting sites some to walk to and others a short drive away. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, etstudioart.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Modern Impressionism In Action
August 31 - September 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $560 by May 25; $660 after May 25
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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The Joy of Painting and The Power of Color
August 31 - September 3, 2015 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline's instruction fosters success for all regardless of experience/skill level. Have more fun, less frustration. Learn to improve without overworking. Forget the "rules" and discover productive painless painting strategies for powerful paintings. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including painting on red canvas. Advanced color techniques. Get the truth about real vs. wheel color and say goodbye to muddy color forever. Bring drama to your work with exciting color interactions. Manipulate light and shadow effects for dynamic depth. Each day brings another focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired fresh paintings of your own. Bring favorite photos. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Dillmans Creative Arts Foundation
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 3-10, 2015 — Join talented artist Mary Garrish for a week of plein air painting, instruction, and fun on beautiful Lake Como. Paint Bellagio, Varenna, Lenno and more! Workshop is strictly limited to 8 participating artists! Artist fee includes instruction, breakfasts and dinners, 7 nights single occupancy lodging, airport transfers, transportation to painting locations, and a great time! Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish, AIS, PAPSE
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3100 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 5-12, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Murlo Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,400 - USD$ 2,760 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 7-11, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + HST
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Painting for All Levels
September 11, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
September 12-19, 2015 — Duane will lead an immersive workshop on plein air painting in the country that inspired many of history's greatest open-air painters. Weaving historical context into daily painting sessions, critiques and demos, Duane will challenge and refine students' perceptual and painterly skills in the beautiful light and air of the Italian landscape. Duane Keiser studied painting under Raymond Berry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Lennart Anderson at Brooklyn College in NYC. Visit website


Location: Montisi, Italy
Instructor: Duane Keiser
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: see website
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Alchemy of Painting and Mixed Media
September 12-13, 2015 (10am-4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of an art immersion. This workshop is designed to help you go deeper in your art practice. With two five hour sessions per day you will have the opportunity to move beyond creative blocks and discover new techniques and ideas to add to your process. This workshop is dedicated to the alchemy of materials. We will work from the ground up, beginning with idea-generating techniques and visualizations provided to expand your authentic voice and vision on quality paper. Emphasizing individual expression, Lauren will guide you through a variety of materials, including pencil, pastel, glazes, collage, handmade gesso, paint and wax encaustic. No experience necessary, just a curious mind. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Intuitive Painting Weekend with Julie Claire
September 12-13, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Creative, Courageous You - a weekend of intuitive painting with Julie Claire. Have you always wanted to paint? Are you an artist that needs to get unstuck or reconnected to your artistic passions? Have you not picked up a paint brush since you were a kid? Julie's intuitive painting workshops are designed to take you deep into the creative process in a playful, nonjudgmental space, connecting you to your natural inner artist and giving you the opportunity to Paint Big, Live Big! These workshops are designed for the true beginner and for the seasoned painter alike. They are designed to help free you from the inner critic, the perfectionist, the need to figure life out. People come alive in these workshops in unexpected ways. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $225/$245 plus sales tax
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
September 12-13, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Greensboro, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Email: Liz Busch
Phone: 336-373-2725

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 12-19, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,395 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 553 24 34 22

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
September 17-20, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing, and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach -- the perfect artist's getaway. Geared toward oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 19-26, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


Location: Buonconvento Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,250 - USD$ 2,610 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Capitol Reef - "The Undiscovered Country"
September 19-21, 2015 — Capitol Reef is an extraordinary landscape of tilted planes and deep mysterious canyons. We will paint one day from Panorama Point near the entrance to the park, one day from an area within the park at the end of Scenic Drive and one day will spent on Boulder Mountain overlooking it all from magical aspen groves. David Santillanes will guide students in capturing the unique rock formations and atmospheric perspective that this terrain is known for. Evenings will allow for group dinners at various restaurants and group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this three-day immersion. Four nights Lodging (arriving September 18 departing September 22) is included. Visit website


Location: Torrey, UT
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $950
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
September 21-25, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
September 21-25, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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The Creativity Workshop in Singapore
September 24-26, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Singapore! --- This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. --- Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. --- You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Singapore, Singapore
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $975
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Painting for All Levels
September 25, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting the Portrait and Figure
starting September 25, 2015 (Fridays, 10am -1pm) — Liana is an excellent painting teacher. She is patient and extremely knowledgable. Her experience is in teaching, as she runs a small art school in Bothell called Arts Umbrella. She can teach beginners to advanced, oils and acrylics. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Liana Bennett, www.lianabennett.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $45, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Art Barn Creative Expressions in Monotype Printing
September 27-29, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Energy, improvisation, impulse, gesture and chance are all characteristics of this printing process, as stated by William Jung. During this 3-day workshop, participants will learn the monotype printing process in ink, watercolor, and fluid acrylics in the Additive, Subtractive, and Free Style processes. This is a popular workshop that promises a lot of creative fun and some excellent results! Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: The Art Barn
Cost: $400
Email: Jane
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 27-28, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + HST
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 30 - October 13, 2015 — Join us this year on a dream painting adventure in a land of historic wonder and enchanting beauty! Tuscany Painting Adventure Exciting imagery in the Arno Valley and surrounding hillside towns. Individual instruction and demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting scenes of Tuscany. Oil, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed with American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers, Boston Pops, featured on CNN, New York Times. Tuscany a second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and conducts many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Cost: $4,495. Double Occupancy / Package
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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Studio Italia 2015
October 1-11, 2015 — A unique and intimate ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history and philosophy of art, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi. Only two places left. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: 2700
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Floyd, VA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jacksonville Center for the Arts
Email: Leia Wood
Phone: 540-745-2784

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Still Life Study
October 2-4, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — "I have found the still-life to be the most biographical form of painting. Even a self-portrait is not so revealing of an artist's personality. The objects, atmosphere, lighting and composition bring forth a sense of the artist's being. His mood, character and interest all are reflected in the still life." This workshop will be centered on utilizing objects of personal interest to develop compositions and design. For three days we will work emphasizing form and value relationships through the use of lighting and color. Marc will give a demonstration the first morning followed by individual instruction. Visit website


Location: St Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Marc Chatov
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $425 members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Dunn
Phone: 912-638-8770

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Plein Air in Tuscany
October 3-10, 2015 — Join Jo Ellen Reinhart as she returns to beautiful Tuscany painting in plein air! Cortona will be the home-base with day trips Lucignano, Lake Trasimeno and Chianti! Read more online! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhart
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3290.00 all-inclusive in Cortona
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 3-10, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,395 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 553 24 34 22

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
October 3-10, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,650 - USD$ 2,950 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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The Joy of Painting & The Power of Color
October 5-9, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — How far can you go in days? This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Create more powerful paintings. Make color work for you. Through her hallmark one-on-one instruction, Caroline Jasper will teach you how to paint productively without overworking or muddy color. Bring drama to your work. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. Create exciting light and shadow effects. Manipulate perspective, color and value for dynamic depth. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired fresh paintings of your own. Visit website


Location: Boone, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Email: Edwina May
Phone: 1-800-227-2788

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Painting and Mixed Media Classes for Individuals and Groups
Ongoing thru October 7, 2015 (11am-4pm) — Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced painting and mixed media classes, hand tailored to the expression of mixed media and authentic expression. Learn how to combine and play, letting so-called mistakes inform along the way! No experience necessary, just a curious mind. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $175
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
October 9, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire
October 10-17, 2015 (Sessions daily) — Rich's workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer's eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. Rich's enthusiastic but patient teaching style is just right for those with little experience venturing outside to paint. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, the psychology involved in viewing a painting, and the effective use of the these principles. Read more on website. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Niagara Falls, last Autumn en plein air
October 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + HST
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting from Photo Reference
October 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Some subjects are almost impossible to paint from life. Artists often use photographs for reference. Dawn teaches you how to use the photograph as something to "refer to" in the process of creating a painting rather than an image to copy. Bring your own reference photographs, either print or digital. Subject matter can be people, landscapes, interiors, or anything else that interests you. Learn techniques through lecture, power point presentations, and demonstrations as well as one-on-one instruction. Dawn's goal is to help you incorporate reference material into completed paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, but acrylic painters are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
October 13-16, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Landscape Painting: End-of-Summer Power Critique with Author Mitchell Albala
October 16, 2015 (5:30-8:30pm) — Mitchell Albala, author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice and long-time instructor at PNWAS, will host a lively landscape painting "Power Critique" - a great way to review your recent efforts in plein air (or in the studio). Everyone is invited to bring in work to review, although this is not a requirement for attendance. Works brought in by attendees will serve as a launching point for an exploration into many topics: site selection, composition, color strategies, simplification and massing, technique, and different approaches to starting a painting. Mitchell's lively Power Critiques often include examples, live diagramming of composition, and other visual aids. A great way to receive constructive feedback and review key practices for the landscape painter! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitchell Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $45
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 16-18, 2015 (9:00-400) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your work utilizing line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific. All who use acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Southport, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Artists of Southport
Email: Ortrud Tyler

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Building Strong Foundations through Underpainting for Oil or Acrylic Painters
October 17-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Underpainting is a powerful and reliable method that works out issues of composition, placement, and value at the very start, helping you to avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework your painting later on. Many painters have tried underpainting, or what they thought was underpainting, but were unsuccessful because they did not fully understand the method. The workshop will cover the specific technique (for oil or acrylic painters) for building strong and successful underpaintings, as well as the conceptual framework behind underpainting: that the simplified value structure and simplified shapes developed in the underpainting create stronger and more enduring compositions. The technique for underpainting in oil or acrylic is slightly different, and the instructor will demonstrate in both media. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 17-24, 2015 — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


Location: Buonconvento Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,250 - USD$ 2,610 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
October 19-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life class for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. No pressure, no need to complete a large, complex still life unless you wish. You can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if you want to complete more paintings. Learn how to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
October 19-23, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Creativity Workshop in New York
October 23-26, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and get over creative blocks. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
October 23, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts
October 24, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cary, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Waverly Artists Group
Email: Monica Lenares
Phone: 919-949-2427

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
October 26-30, 2015 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a looser, abstract direction drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. "Drawing the nude" skills are not a prerequisite. Classes will include a variety of poses with an undraped model, lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 27-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Open Studio Wednesdays - Painting and Mixed Media
Ongoing thru October 28, 2015 (Wednesdays, 1-4pm) — Once a week I open my studio doors at discounted prices for an afternoon of painting. All mixed media materials are provided from hand made gesso, encaustic, collage, acrylic paints and more. From 12-1 pm I offer a one hour materials course in which you can get a crash course of what can be mixed with what and how. No experience necessary - just bring yourself or some idea that you may already have brewing. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $55
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Awesome Abstracts
October 31 & November 1, 2015 (10-4p.m.) — Rediscover painting like you did in Kindergarten - no rules but lots of inspiration and play. Two day abstract painting workshop at the St. Joseph Box Factory on the shores of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, MI. All supplies provided including paints, brushes, paper, canvas and of course Chardonnay and chocolate! One day workshop available. Visit website


Location: St. Joseph, MI
Instructor: Jane Robinson
Sponsor: Jane Robinson Studio/Gallery
Cost: $320
Email: Jane Robinson
Phone: 517-814-5853

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 2-6, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

ArtFusion Event
November 3-6, 2015 — Artists, Muralists and Faux Finishers of all levels can expand their Knowledge and Portfolios with Classes, Live Demos and Exhibitors. There will also be an ARTFest open to the public. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: varies
Sponsor: ArtFusion Event
Cost: Depends on class
Email: Heidi Schaeffer
Phone: 218-940-3095

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Texture - Color - Feeling
November 6-9, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Jan's experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this abstract painting process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space. All of the paints used will be waterbased. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
November 6-7, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
November 6, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint a Series
November 13, 2015 (1:00 - 4:00 pm) — More from less! Let's get creative... Create a triptych of paintings based on a single or related photo(s). More than one painting can come from a single image. Learn to rethink composition and extract the design potential in your subjects. Explore approaches to cropping and tweaking your favorite photos for exciting new results. Have fun playing with possibilities. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home a fresh new painting series and a whole new way to think about painting from photos. All materials provided. Bring favorite photos - any subject. Optional: Bring extra brushes, ½ -3/4 inch wide, bright or flat. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $143
Email: Katie Jandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Intermediate Level
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Painting Water - New Ways
November 13, 2015 (5:00 - 8:00 pm) — Whet your appetite for water and take the plunge! Whether a rushing stream or quiet pool - we love to look at water. Enjoy the excitement of painting this fascinating subject. Learn to analyze while looking at water and then successfully capture its reflections, refractions, transparency and patterns. Master color and method keys to making water sparkle, ripple or flow. Acrylic paint's versatility offers a range of productive approaches for portraying water's many qualities and moods. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own "wet" painting masterpiece and valuable new ways to paint exciting water subjects. All materials provided. Bring favorite water photos (references available to borrow). Optional: Bring extra brushes, #4 and #6 bright or flat (½"- ¾") Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $143
Email: Katie Yandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Painting Animals and Pets, Crash Course
November 14-15, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of creating fun portraits of your furry family members. We will learn how to get a likeness, and have fun with color, shape and texture to paint our pets! All art materials are provided! However you must bring the photos for us to work from. Please bring a variety with different light and backgrounds so that we will have some options to explore! With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
November 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
November 20, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 23-25, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 1-4, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Intermediate Level
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The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
December 3-5, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Dubai! --- This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. ---Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. --- You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,150 tuition only or $1,995 tuition, hotel breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
December 4, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 8-11, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
December 14-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 14-18, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 15-18, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting for All Levels
December 18, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 21-23, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 28-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Abstract Painting with Andrea Cermanski
Ongoing thru December 31, 2015 (all day) — Spend a few hours painting with me! I teach a variety of painting courses in either encaustic or acrylic in my large, sunny studio in Santa Fe county. All materials are provided and the classes are open to all levels. I have a Masters in Art Education and have been painting for over 15 years. Visit the William and Joseph Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe to see my work, or go to my website. Since there are no pre-determined rules, abstract art offers limitless opportunities for expression. Whether you are just learning how to paint or you are a realist who needs to round out your skill set, I can teach you how to start thinking and painting abstractly. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Andrea Cermanski, santafemodernpainter.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $250
Email: Andrea Cermanski

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Painting with Texture
Ongoing thru December 31, 2015 (all day) — Spend a few hours painting with me! I teach a variety of painting courses in either encaustic or acrylic in my large, sunny studio in Santa Fe county. All materials are provided and the classes are open to all levels. I have a Masters in Art Education and have been painting for over 15 years. Visit the William and Joseph Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe to see my work, or go to my website. Texture adds contrast, beauty and interest to art works. In this workshop students will learn how to create a variety of textures in their artworks using natural materials from New Mexico, found objects and painting mediums. Participants may also sign up for a full-day excursion to collect earth pigments from various areas in Northern New Mexico. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Andrea Cermanski, santafemodernpainter.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $250
Email: Andrea Cermanski

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Paint Sedona (INT-ADV) with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Advanced Level

Impressionism in Acrylics: A Fresh Approach to Painting in Acrylics
January 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Award-winning artist Dianna Shyne, will share tools and techniques she uses to create dynamic impressionist paintings. Dianna's classes are always fast, fun and packed with information. The possibilities with this medium are endless, but a good understanding of handling acrylics is essential. Whether students are seasoned oil painters, experienced watercolorists, or newcomers to acrylics, Dianna will take students through the steps to create vibrant, oil-like acrylic paintings. With demonstrations and lectures on color mixing, values, design, composition, and color harmony students will do exercises to improve their skills while still having plenty of time to work on their own paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dianna Shyne, www.diannashyne.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Composing in Color
January 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for All Levels
January 8, 2016 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Explore Historic Verde Valley in Paint with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his special painting spots in the Verde Valley. In addition to painting Sedona's red rocks, we'll visit historic Jerome and the Gold King Mine and other beautiful locations. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 19-22, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting for All Levels
January 22, 2016 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Crash Course
January 23-24, 2016 — This course guides you in a painting process that will focus on using brushwork and a limited palette of color to see the shapes, tones and edges that create the illusion of form. This is a great class for the first time painter or a nice refresher course for the returning painter. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Explore Advanced Color en Plein Air with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 26-29, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you explore the many possibilities of color in the landscape and bring your painting to the next level. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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"Powercolor Painting" All-Inclusive Workshop Vacation
January 30 - February 6, 2016 (9:30 am - 6:30 pm) — All-Inclusive! Immerse yourself in a lush, relaxing setting where you will create your best work ever. Fabulous plein air painting options and exquisite workshop studio space. Make color work for you and say "good-bye" to muddy colors. Bring drama to your work and ways to think about and work with color, painting water, landscape or whatever you want. Master Caroline Jasper's way of painting on red canvas. Create exciting light and shadow effects for dynamic depth. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired new paintings of your own. Bring favorite photo references. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Jalisco, Mexico
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Casa de Los Artistas
Cost: $1995.00
Email: Bob Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 2-5, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 9-12, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Emphasizing Abstraction - Master Class Intensive
February 19-21, 2016 — The first 2 days we will be working in the studio from reproductions including older and 20th century masters, we'll move through a guided series of exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is THE foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively from the images, as the most abstract graphic language, with part of each day spent engaged in a series of exercises using crayons and graphite to complement our examination of form with acrylic paints. On the third day, in downtown Sedona, we will focus on noticing how everyday architectural space is really extraordinary visually, and translate that awareness into drawing. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $875
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Powercolor Painting
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Get excited about color and painting! Break some rules and paint with more fun/less frustration! Caroline fosters success for all regardless of experience/ skill level. Learn essential truths about real color vs. wheel color, and say "good-bye" to muddy color. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. (other ground colors welcome). Explore advanced color interactions through a series of paintings. Become skilled in productive methods and watch your paintings progress quickly without overworking. Learn strategies for captivating light and shadow effects and dramatic depth illusion. Each day brings new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Palm Desert, CA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Venus Studios
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Mumm
Phone: 760 -340-5085

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 1-4, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 8-11, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 15-18, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to creating more dynamic compositions. We will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish. In addition to any prerequisite studies, we will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, instructor demonstrations, class critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. The principles taught apply universally to a variety of mediums, and though demos will be done in acrylics, all students are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 22-25, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Acrylic Landscapes
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. William will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 29 - April 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Powercolor Painting
April 4-6, 2016 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Get excited about color and painting! Break some rules and paint with more fun/less frustration! Caroline fosters success for all regardless of experience/ skill level. Learn essential truths about real color vs. wheel color, and say "good-bye" to muddy color. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. (other ground colors welcome). Explore advanced color interactions through a series of paintings. Become skilled in productive methods and watch your paintings progress quickly without overworking. Learn strategies for captivating light and shadow effects and dramatic depth illusion. Each day brings new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Ocean City, MD
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: The Art League of Ocean City
Cost: $390
Email: Katrin
Phone: 410-524-9433

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell in Sedona Arizona
April 10-16, 2016 (9am - 9pm) — This mentoring program is focused on advancing your craft and on career-building. It is an exciting, in-depth program different from Mr Handell's workshops. Everyone will paint together during the day, every day, both in the morning and afternoon. You will paint along with Mr Handell as he starts and finishes his paintings on location. In the evening will be a critique of the day's paintings and continued instruction, plus valuable (and effective) information on career-building. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $975
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Power of Color
April 25-29, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's five-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. *price includes studio fee* Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh, Jerry's Artarama
Cost: $595
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919 - 307 - 8107

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Acrylics into Abstraction
May 2-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This course is for artists interested in exploring the abstract realm and the expressive potential of acrylics to deepen their artistic development. The focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color with acrylic paint. Personal artistic expression, composition, color and value will be woven into group and individual workshop discussion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
May 3-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life class for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. No pressure, no need to complete a large, complex still life unless you wish. You can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if you want to complete more paintings. Learn how to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Color and Energy Workshop (Oils or Acrylics)
May 12-15, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Join Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O'Neil for this four-day painting intensive. Working from still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes, and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color. Building form with value and color will be emphasized. The relationship of color theory to representational painting will be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Karen O'Neil, karenoneilfineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $495
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein air painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 12-18, 2016 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting the local village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. Tour "The Painters Trail" along the Riviera coast. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu-La Napoule, France
Instructor: Angela Powers
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Powercolor Painting
June 20-24, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's five-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915.490.5071

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Powercolor Painting
May 19-22, 2017 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's four-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Metairie, LA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: David Art Center
Email: Adriana
Phone: 504-888-3630

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Dynamic Color Sketching For Entertainment | Self-Study
Ongoing — Sam has perfected an approach to picture making that works for any level of experience. The absolute beginner will rise quickly and start creating bold energetic paintings within the first couple of weeks of this online self-study. The experienced professional will learn the simplest way to break down a scene and only paint what is necessary to communicate the story. We will not be covering tightly rendered paintings, but instead focus on quick color sketching to tell the entire story. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Samuel Michlap
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Plein Air Essentials
Ongoing - web/online — Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $40 buys a 4-session punch card
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
By Appointment — Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
Begin any time — Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Mixed Media Online Workshop
Begin this online class at any time (24/7 on your computer) — Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Individualized Professional Practice Support for Visual Artists
Customized (Customized) — Individual instruction sessions are offered to artists in support of reaching their creative goals. Long distance students are supported through Skype sessions, emails with image sharing and phone calls. Appropriate for all levels, from the beginner to an intermediate or advanced level student with a space set aside for studio activities, these sessions allow you to identify your goals and challenges and develop the steps to progress toward your vision for your work. Artists determine and refine their vision through these sessions, discussing both the formal and conceptual aspects of art-making: materials and techniques, various approaches to beginning, problem-solving, methods of building a painting/drawing and advancing their career as an artist. Instructor has a Masters in Business and Fine Art. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Rebecca George
Sponsor: The Art House
Cost: $200
Email: Rebecca

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