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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
December 12-16, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Winter Birds
December 13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic since Krista is proficient in both. Students will enjoy a fun festive day painting winter birds from reference photos that will be supplied, or they can bring their own favorite bird photos. There are so many pretty winter birds to paint: festive Red Cardinals with holly, or the Chickadee with red berries and snow falling; come see what you can create! Krista will start the day with an inspirational demo, and the rest of the time will be left to the students to paint their own winter bird paintings. “Learn the secret of making bird paintings that come to life!” Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
December 13-16, 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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Furry Friends: Paint your Pet
December 14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop, students will learn to capture the personality of their pet. First learn some basic drawing tips and how to determine good composition. Students will learn to work with acrylic paint, how to slow drying by adding mediums, how to soften edges and layer colors. The day will begin with a dog portrait demonstration by Linda followed by plenty of time for students to paint their own beloved four-legged friend. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
December 16, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Spontaneous Figure Painting
December 17-18, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Tired of getting lost in the details, and the look of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, www.kassemamoudi.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 19-23, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
December 20-23, 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. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 21-25, 2016 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color, and joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Migueld de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 including materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level

Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
December 26-30, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
December 27-30, 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. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
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Twelve Online Palette Knife Oil Painting Classes
January 2016 - December 2016 — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of six traditional oils and six abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415.213.2646

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting / Exploring the Verde Valley
January 3-6, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Verde Valley near Sedona. In this advanced workshop, we will focus on exploring a variety of landscapes, both natural and manmade. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on color. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Beginner Level

Painting Bootcamp with Rick Worth in January
January 3-31, 2017 (Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm or 6-8:30pm) — Our most popular class returns for a new season! A perfect way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re in Key West for a weekend, or for a lifetime. Rick Worth will take command of the class, bringing tips and laughs, and resulting in your very own master piece to take home with you. Supplies for this workshop are included in the price, just come ready to paint. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for a donation, please feel free to bring you own refreshments as well. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $165
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days
January 9-13, 2017 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level

Painting Bootcamp with Rick Worth in January
January 9-30, 2017 (Mondays, 6-8:30pm) — Our most popular class returns for a new season! A perfect way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re in Key West for a weekend, or for a lifetime. Rick Worth will take command of the class, bringing tips and laughs, and resulting in your very own master piece to take home with you. Supplies for this workshop are included in the price, just come ready to paint. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for a donation, please feel free to bring you own refreshments as well. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $135 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
January 10-13, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
January 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Ft. Myers, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Lee County
Email: Brandi Couse
Phone: 239-939-2787

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Color Focus
January 17-20, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on color. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
January 23-27, 2017 (9:30 AM - 1:30 PM ) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Realistic Painting mastery
January 23-27, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
January 24-27, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Advanced Level

Painting Over the Line
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing Media on Paper
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Learn everything you need to know about the wide variety of materials artists use on paper. Work in charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and collage from models, still life, and your own references. Framing, storage, materials’ care, and health concerns will be covered. Optional museum trips available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
January 27-29, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Carolina Painter's Guild
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Advanced Level

Women's Art and Writing Retreat
January 27-29, 2017 (4:00 p.m. Friday-2:00 p.m. Sunday) — Join other women for a weekend of art, writing, and connection in a beautiful woodland setting. Includes four workshops, six meals, hotel-style lodging, and supplies. Single or double occupancy rates offered. Visit website


Location: Eagle Creek, OR
Instructor: Heather Anderson and Anne Paris
Sponsor: Art Friends
Cost: $395-$425
Email: Anne Paris
Phone: 503-329-3813

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Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photograph
January 27-29, 2017 (9-4) — Learn to fill your paintings with light and energy. The study and interpretation of light is the foundation of all representational painting; capturing light, design, value structure, color theory and exquisite paint quality will be the focus of this workshop. Working from your own photo reference, you will learn how to redesign the elements of the photo to create a more dynamic and compelling painting. Demonstrations, discussion of materials, techniques and common problems will be a part of this 3 day workshop. The workshop is open to all skill levels and styles. The main focus is on oil painting, however all mediums are welcome. Class will be held indoors and will be limited to 8-10 people. Visit website


Location: Milford, PA
Instructor: Peter Fiore
Sponsor: Peter Fiore Workshops
Cost: $325
Email: Barbara Fiore
Phone: 570-491-2610

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Cape Cod School Underpainting with Mike Rooney
February 1-22, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — It’s all about temperature, and we’re not talking about the tropical sunshine. Rooney walks his students through the classic Cape Cod School approach to building an underpainting. By selecting colors with the right values, you’ll ensure your painting has the successful foundation it needs to become a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

Exploring Abstract Painting
February 3 - April 7, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-12pm) — Broaden your understanding of the history and possibilities of abstraction, through a variety of stimulating projects. Learn to find inspiration in the natural world, artworks, symbolic abstraction, and gesture. Oil/acrylic painting will be supported by drawing and sketchbook studies. Drawing and painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Challenging Collage
February 3-4, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Explore the technique of collage and décollage as strategies for mixed media works of art with artist and educator Jean Hess. Day One: Create “traditional” collages on a backing or substrate using the more common methods of joining or overlaying materials such as gluing, acrylic resins and paint. Techniques include but not limited to spilling, breaking, crushing, marking and chance juxtapositions of materials. Day Two: Free-floating collage/assemblage. Using techniques such as stitching, wiring, stapling cold figure in place. Explore the works such artists as El Anatsui in 2000’s, Howardena Pindell in 1970’s and Pierre Buraglio in 1970’s. Hess will also demonstrate different surface materials, tools, methods and manipulations. Visit jeanhess.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Jean Hess
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $275 Museum members/$300 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Students will work from direct observation using the still life and human figure/portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the modeling of forms through values and color relationships. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Wilson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $20 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting with a Knife
February 7-10, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on using the knife. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Healing Power of Art
February 9 - April 13, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Discover the restorative power of art with Dona Duncan, registered art therapist. Art-making can bene?t those suffering from memory loss, depression, PTSD, or the frustrations of daily life by reducing stress, improving communication skills, and unlocking creative blocks. Includes light meditation and relaxation techniques, viewing and discussing works in the PAFA galleries, and in-studio drawing and painting. No experience necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

Acrylic Painting Workshop
February 11-12, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Experience the vibrancy and versatility of acrylic painting! Learn the basic techniques of this water-soluble, solvent-free and easy to clean-up medium including blending and layering, impasto, and use of painting mediums. Previous painting experience is not required, but drawing experience is recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Creative Coping: Art as Expression for Teens
February 11 - March 4, 2017 / March 18 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm) — Finally, a class that focuses on the issues of being a teenager! Learn to improve your communication skills for better relationships with friends, parents, teachers and others through expressive drawing and painting, group discussion, and optional role-playing. Issues of bullying in schools, feeling different, repressed anxiety, and anger management will also be addressed. Open to anyone seeking a comfortable, creative means of building confidence and self-expression – no prior art experience required. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195 for 4 weeks or $350 for 8 weeks
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days
February 13-17, 2017 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 14-17, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
February 20-24, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 21-24, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 22-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Island Art Association
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Abstraction/Intention 2017
February 22-25, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this all medium four-day workshop, Larry Moore will provide skills to help develop intent and authenticity (through a series of progressive steps) and then bring it with authority. Intent of the class is to break your routine way of doing things in order to help you to think differently. For starts we will be doing small studies using ink and watercolor on heavy w/c paper sketchpads out doors. Then work out from the studies with different materials. Working small to large in studio, he will focus on what makes a painting tick; what makes you tick and what you can bring to your work. You will progress to a large format in this class. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Ground Breaking: Water Media with Jean Pederson
February 22-24, 2017 — Pederson is an internationally acclaimed instructor and the author of “Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People”. In this five-day intensive, students develop a variety of surfaces, or grounds, using combinations of mixed media with an emphasis on water-soluble paints and mediums. The surface quality achieved in your initial layers provides rich surfaces to develop into finished paintings. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, styles and surfaces to create your own unique artistic statement and develop a knowledge base for how the paints and mediums can be used. Emphasis is placed on design and personal style. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Jean Pederson, www.jeanpederson.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $325, $290 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 27-28, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Key Largo, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Ocean Reef Art League
Email: Sherri Harris
Phone: 305-509-2359

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 7-10, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Head Study
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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5 Paintings in 5 Days
March 13-17, 2017 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Landscape from the Masters
March 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Artists from the Renaissance through today have shaped and transformed their craft through copying works of their predecessors. Apply this time-honored tradition to landscape painting in order to gain a better understanding of mark-making, composition, space and color. Explore your discoveries outside in an excursion to paint the surrounding landscape. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Image to Abstract 2
March 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Mark will start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 15-18, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fresno, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fresno Art Hub
Email: Diane Breuer

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Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop with Robert Burridge
March 19-25, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. This workshop with Robert Burridge will emphasize loose, expressive abstract techniques, creative tearing and paint splashing. Burridge is a celebrated contemporary painter, contributing author to artists’ magazines, college teacher and publisher of his own books. We will be primarily painting in our beautiful studio overlooking the bustling town, along with a couple of optional excursions to experience the beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging, all breakfasts, 3 dinners, taxes, tips and the occasional taxi. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Bob Burridge, www.robertburridge.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Working Up Studio Paintings from Charcoal Renderings and Photo Reference
March 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — John is an artist who regularly paints on location in oils and acrylics, and he also understands the need to have quality studio time for the creation of larger finished pieces. In this workshop, he will demonstrate how to use vine charcoal as a preliminary rendering from photo reference, and then use the drawing, along with the photo reference to complete a finished painting in acrylics. When working from physical photo reference there is a good way and a bad way to view photos, which John will discuss in detail. He will be working from his iPad, and suggests that students, who would like to do the same, bring along a tripod with an iPad holder. Physical photo reference will also be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: John Hughes, www.johnhughesstudio.com/blog
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 20-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
March 20-24, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 21-24, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Exploring Your Landscape Painting Skills in the Studio
March 23-26, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums 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 the time 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. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Marc Hanson, www.marchansonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Experience the Wonders of Water Based Media
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Realistic Painting mastery
March 27-31, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 28-31, 2017 (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 advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 2-8, 2017 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson and Doug Tweddale for a week of plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, students will be able to benefit from two masters of oil and pastel. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Workshop length is five full days. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson & Doug Tweddale
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $475
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Ocean City, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Email: Katrin Huber
Phone: 410-524-9433

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Acrylic Landscapes
April 3-7, 2017 (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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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor – Use Like Oil
April 8-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Students will paint a landscape in which they incorporate the juicy, transparent characteristics of watercolor and the richness and forgiving nature of oil – in the same painting! A photo will be provided, but students are always welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 9-11, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown RiverArts
Email: Andy Goddard
Phone: 410-778-6300

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 11-14, 2017 (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. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Preparing Supports for Painting
April 15, 2017 (9am-12pm) — Learn the correct methods to prepare stable, archival supports for painting in oil or acrylics. Stretching canvas, preparing wood panels, and applying size and ground layers will be demonstrated. Alternative supports such a metal and plastics will be explored. Useful information for all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 15-22, 2017 (9-5) — We are returning to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain to spend a week together exploring nature and finding inspiration to set us on our own artistic path. Our days will be filled with on-site drawing and painting of the abundant native vegetation as well as nearby beaches and coastal towns. Camaraderie and casual critiques are part of the week of making art in a beautiful natural setting. Visit website


Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1500
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 17-21, 2017 (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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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
April 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
April 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic 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. Students can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if they want to complete more paintings during the workshop. Each day, Krista will warm up the class with a demo, sharing her tips 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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Image to Abstract
April 21-23, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA
April 23-28, 2017 (All Day) — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Ipswich, MA
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $550
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 24-28, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Awaken Your True Creativity Within
April 27-30, 2017 (9:30-4:30pm) — A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, different acrylic applications, your own photography, layering and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Visit website


Location: Cambria, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $595.00
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Realistic Painting mastery
May 1-5, 2017 (2:30-5:30PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in the charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 5-7, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is an advanced level mentorship workshop where students spend time working on a consistent body of paintings over three days. David is completely focused on helping each student achieve their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 15-19, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Escape 2017- A Painting Retreat in Denmark
May 16-23, 2017 — Join Canadian artist and Chef Melanie Smith for a relaxing week of fine Danish cuisine and oil painting in the rustic danish countryside. Visit website


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Instructor: Melanie Smith
Sponsor: Mel Smith Studios
Cost: from 940€ to 1540€
Email: Melanie Smith
Phone: +45 60 52 16 60

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May
May 18-21, 2017 — 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. Instruction geared towards 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
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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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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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed. Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Documenting “Non-places”
May 27-28, 2017 (10am-12pm) — Godlewska challenges participants to look beyond the tropical veil of paradise to see the ordinary. Participants will wander Key West with Godlewska photographing or sketching everyday settings – “non-places”. Key West is a unique place but to serve people’s everyday needs, it requires ordinary areas such as parking lots, loading docks, and chain stores. Back in the classroom, participants will create one drawing or painting based on one of their photos or sketches. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maja Godlewska, www.majagodlewska.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $75, $60 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — 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, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 5-8, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Dillman's Art Retreats
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Let’s Boss Around Color (Pastel, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor)
June 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Many artists are afraid to turn up the colour volume in their paintings. Most artists become stuck painting only the colours they see and are missing out on taking their work to the next level — and to making artistic statements. This session will help you bring more creative interest to your work no matter what subject matter you enjoy painting. During our time together we will also touch on these foundational topics as they relate to colour: harmony, values, underpainting and the power of greys. There will be many exercises designed to ground your learning by doing! There will also be time to work on your own paintings with plenty of support as you gain insight into a new way of looking at and bossing around colour. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Composition Can Be Fun!
June 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Good composition makes your paintings stand out. Whether a painting is a still life, a landscape, wildlife, people, or an abstract — the underlying structure holds the painting together. Knowing compositional design tools can make you more creative, not less! You’ll also spend more time painting and less on fixing! Together we will identify the compositional and design tools at your disposal and put you in the designer seat. Among many things we will learn how to make Notans and thumbnails using photo references. You’ll find out how to use line, shape, values, colours, textures and so much more to help your creative story take shape. You’ll learn by doing and work on your own paintings to strengthen your compositional skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Only three places left. Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painter's Retreat in Provence
June 16-23, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting, camaraderie, and fun in the Cotes du Rhone region of northern Provence. Here, vineyards and lavender abound with a backdrop of the Vaucluse mountains, and tourists are few! An old silk mill, beautifully restored into a lovely estate will be "home" for a week. All rooms are private, as are most baths. The grounds surrounding the estate are gorgeous...and flanked by 2 lavender fields! You will be escorted to varying painting locations daily, and will also paint on the lovely grounds. On Sunday you will be escorted to the world famous open air market in L'Isle- sur-la-Sorgue. Fee includes all breakfasts and 3 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2500/Single Occupancy
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — 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, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 19-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Email: Linda Nye
Phone: 330-928-8092

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Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big
June 23-25, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Capturing The Light and Atmosphere
June 27-29, 2017 — This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $350
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — 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 (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 4-7, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Jan Rasch
Phone: 575-682-2889

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 11-14, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Paint Rockland, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 17-21, 2017 (8:30-4:30) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting scenic Midcoast Maine. Think boats, the working waterfront and vistas! Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Once in the field and following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $650
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 207-594-4813

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
July 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 24-28, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Abstract Painting: Series as Process
July 24-28, 2017 — Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 28-30, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Marion Hood
Phone: 404-237-6331

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 1-4, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 8-11, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
August 12-15, 2017 — Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $650
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in Beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada
August 14-18, 2017 (9 am-5 pm) — Join artist James Middleton for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants. Subjects covered: • Various ways to start a painting. • Making quick field sketches to determine compositions. • Making preliminary value sketches. • Types of light and value planes. • Understanding cool/warm colours. • Simplifying detail for a more powerful statement. • Understanding edges (soft, hard and lost). • Creating atmospheric perspective. And more. If you are coming from out-of-province, I recommend staying a few extra days – or even longer – to enjoy the spectacular Bluenose Coast! Visit website


Location: LaHave, Canada
Instructor: James Middleton
Cost: $477.00 USD
Email: James Middleton
Phone: 902-693-2093

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
August 14-18, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 15-18, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 18-20, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $350
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 22-25, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 23-25, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: West Jefferson, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Email: Kathleen Janowiak
Phone: 336-846-3827

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting: Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design and Concept. You may not go home with paintings that need framing, but you will go home with a portfolio full of valuable exercises that you can refer back to as you move forward in your own painting process. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Advanced Level

Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 29 - September 1, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and working waterfront. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals are assumed so we can move to the finer points. We will study design, color usage and work to achieve personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

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Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Jo bases her fun-filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials; she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer, pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue. You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been coated with white and black Gesso. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jo Toye
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. 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, most meals and wine are included. 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 & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — 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 (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Autumn in Vermont
September 20-23, 2017 (9am-3pm) — Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 29-30, 2017 (9-4) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting rural Indiana. Art Barn is home to 60 acres of fields, woods, a pond, barn. Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Art Barn
Cost: $215
Email: Jane Bartos
Phone: 219-462-9009

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — 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, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. 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, most meals and wine are included. 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 & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast
October 10-17, 2017 — Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — 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, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Intermediate Level
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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 20-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work. Visit website


Location: Lafayette, LA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Email: Susan Hamilton
Phone: 337-849-6791

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 2-4, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 7-9, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Spring Island, SC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Spring Island
Email: Pam Brickell
Phone: 843-987-3403

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (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 at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. 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 Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
November 20-24, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
December 18-22, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (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 at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. 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 Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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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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Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

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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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Acrylic Painting
Year Round (Tuesdays through Thursdays: 9:30- 12:30, 1- 4 PM) — I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Cost: $40 per class or $150 for 4 classes
Email: Susan Santiago
Phone: 415-152-0552

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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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One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel
Offered Tuesdays year around (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Intro to Plein Air Acrylic Painting Wednesdays
November to February (Wednesdays, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join in every Wednesday at Cristi Fer Art Studio, in charming San Miguel. We are fortunate to enjoy an almost perfect weather all year around! You will be guided by experienced painters in the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essentials to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Crisi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $99.00 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intro to Plein Air Acrylic Painting Wednesdays
March to October (Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12:30 PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join in every Wednesday at Cristi Fer Art Studio, in charming San Miguel. We are fortunate to enjoy an almost perfect weather all year around! You will be guided by experienced painters in the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essentials to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Crisi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $99.00 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of eleven traditional oils and one abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My Online Painting Classes teach traditional oils and acrylic abstract painting with a palette knife. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The video starts with the selection of subject matter. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife, which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely and consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $35.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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Awaken the Painter in You! Everything you need to know
4 sessions 1 per week all year around (Mondays, 2:30PM-6:30PM) — Snowbirds Special! Offered in magical San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Many visitors spend the winter rejuvenating here. Presented by popular demand! Everything you need to know to take the first step as an artist! Learning to paint can be intimidating. Your experienced instructor has the ability to teach in a way easy to understand, fun to apply. She has helped thousands beginning artists to learn the secrets of becoming a painter, in record time; Learn to think and see like a painter ; Learn design basics for painting with a focus on basic shapes, composition and color; How to tap into your creative impulses and express yourself ! Select 4 consecutive Mondays. Register ASAP - maximum 8 so you receive individualized instruction! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $300 all materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Make Your Art Sing!
4 sessions 1 per week all year around (Wednesdays, 2:30PM-6:30PM) — Snowbirds Special! Offered in magical San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Many visitors spend the winter rejuvenating here. Presented by popular demand! Master painter Fernando Gonzalez, full time painter and muralist, has helped many artists like you to take their art to the next level. Make your paintings more meaningful when you learn how to apply the attributes of color; Bring your acrylic painting one step further by adding realistically rendered elements; Effectively create depth, dimension, and texture in your paintings by practicing and perfecting a variety of painting techniques; Learn tips, techniques, and painting approaches; Create beautiful and engaging paintings that capture your viewers. Select 4 consecutive Wednesdays. Register ASAP - maximum 8 so you receive individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Painter/ Muralist Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $300 all materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Fundamental Art Skills
Monday - Friday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40.
Email: Sherry Egger
Phone: 912.506.2982

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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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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