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Put it Down, Leave it Alone: Plein Air Paintings in 100 Strokes or Less
August 26-28, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Tim Deibler at the Winslow Art Center for an exciting new approach to plein air painting. In this class you will be creating your plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less. You will be working deliberately counting each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this will force you to have a clear intention in your work. Using a limited palette, you will learn to quickly create vibrant, exciting paintings, while capturing the spirit of the outdoors. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Tim Deibler, timdeibler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting: Loose and Colorful - Oils and Acrylics
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Mike Rooney teaches classroom and plein air (outdoor) workshops that are guaranteed to loosen up your style and transform your art. Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value: Essential equipment needed for plein air work; Working outdoors or from photos in the studio; Capturing light effects; Simplifying objects- stick figures welcomed; Working quickly- time waits for no one; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color and composition theory, it's not as boring as it sounds and the importance of values over color; and more. There will be lots of outdoor painting (if weather permits) and classroom exercises guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Discover Tuscany with Acrylic Paint!
September 3-10, 2016 — Paint Tuscany with renowned instructor Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Explore the Italian countryside and be inspired by the light, landscape, terrain and architecture. Students will learn to use bold and brilliant color to suggest subtleties within the landscape. By using acrylic paint, workshop participants will learn layering techniques as well as impasto techniques all with the use of water. Acrylic paint, revered for its portability and its quick drying application allows for students to develop a range of works on canvas that are nel momento, or in the moment. Students will master the “Paint Sketch” technique and will gain skills in quick methods of capturing space and time as Italy provides it. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Plein Air Painting in the South of France with Phil Garrett
September 3-13, 2016 — Join artist Phil Garrett for this enchanting plein air workshop in scenic southern France. This tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region whilst learning from Phil as you share his enthusiasm for Plein Air painting in the beautiful French countryside. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Phil Garrett, www.philgarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3500
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Old Master Realism Comes to Montorno
September 4-16, 2016 — Study with David Buckley Good, from The Schuler School of Fine Art. David will teach old master painting and drawing techniques while painting en plein air in the beautiful Tuscan countryside at Montorno and in the small town of Seravezza. Techniques you may explore include: mechanical and aerial perspective; direct and indirect painting; how to use impasto, glazes and half-pastes; use of underpainting in establishing a composition; using site sketches as references for the painting; toned grounds and their use in developing an image; importance of drawing; and how to "see" the image in terms of light and dark masses (chiaroscuro). Students may work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache. Pen and ink drawing will also be taught. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: David Buckley Good
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
September 5-9, 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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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 6-13, 2016 — Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on Lake Como! Talented artist Larry Moore will teach for 5 full days at varying locations around the lake. Class size is limited to 6-8 students for much one-on-one instruction time. Workshop fee is inclusive of everything except airfare. All you have to do is fly over and leave the rest to us! All lodging is single occupancy/private bath at a wonderful lakeside hotel! Come join us for a wonderful week! Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3250/Single Occupancy, Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Plein Air Painting in New Hampshire with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 6-7, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for two full days of painting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. North Conway was a destination for many of the Hudson River School painters, including Thomas Cole. Beautiful scenery guaranteed! We will be staying at the historic Bartlett Inn together. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: North Conway, NH
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: New Hampshire Plein Air
Cost: Starting at $285
Email: Sharon Allen

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 8-9, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Romancing The Himalayas
September 10-25, 2016 — India is a painter's dream. You will paint it all in this once in a lifetime workshop traveling to many different villages in the low Himalayas. Historical sites, dazzling interiors and colorful people in saris, await your art eye. You will return home with numerous onsite sketches to make large paintings from. Non-painting partners welcome. Frequent art critiques by Johanna, demos and instruction. Visit website


Location: Dharamshala, India
Instructor: Johanna Spinks
Sponsor: Indus Experiences
Cost: $2998.00 plus airfare
Email: Johanna Spinks
Phone: 310-384-7029

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Art Retreat in Killarney, Ontario, Canada
September 10-15, 2016 (All day each day) — Killarney is an amazing painting destination. Rugged northern cliffs plunge into the cold northern lakes. Real Group of Seven territory. This retreat is all inclusive. Our hosts feed us and transport us to our inaccessible painting locations by pontoon boat. Keith also demonstrates Modern colour theory and how using his simple palette you can mix almost any colour with ease. Visit website


Location: Whitefish Falls, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $1100
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
September 12-16, 2016 — Marsha Staiger's workshops are exciting, informative, fun, and challenging for beginning, intermediate or advanced painters. An energetic working artist, she is a seasoned instructor with a teaching career of more than 30 years. Her artwork has been included in national and international exhibitions group and one artist exhibitions while maintaining a studio at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center for the past decade. This Mixed Media workshop will reinforce the elements of art and their principles as well as acrylic technique via demonstration, printed material and critique. The class will work in the workshop area as well as with plein air studies. Working with acrylics on site gives the ability to capture the light, sound and rhythms on location. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Marsha Staiger, www.marshastaiger.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $650
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
September 12-16, 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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Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics
September 12-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and chance this workshop provides an opportunity to open up your practice and push yourself to experiment. Use large brushes and non-traditional mark-making tools to paint loosely, yet intuitively. The workshop will begin with several experimental challenges led by Karen to help you arrive at a new place in your work. Apply that spontaneity to more developed works for paintings that you can take home and be proud of. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Ragus, www.Ragus.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
September 12-16, 2016 — Marc works in oils, pastels and acrylics on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting… Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design… with one other element, possibly the most important one of all… Concept… being explored and discussed at length. 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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Plein Air Painting
September 13-23, 2016 — We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Howard and Susan are both Signature Members of Oil Painters of America and of the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Howard Friedland and Susan Blackwood
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Autumn in Vermont
September 13-16, 2016 (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
Cost: $475
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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The Figure as Point of Departure
September 15 - December 8, 2016 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Develop a personal response to drawing and painting the human figure whether representationally or abstractly. Work in the medium of your choice including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil sticks, and wet/dry drawing media and collage. Receive individual demonstrations and instruction in materials and techniques including under-painting, glazing and direct painting. Figure models will assume extended poses to allow for developed works. Artists through history using the figure in an abstracted manner from Marcel Duchamp to Jacob Lawrence will be discussed. Group and individual critique will be ongoing. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
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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Italy 2016 Adventure-Artists
September 15-23, 2016 — Exploration and creativity for all artists in Italy. Ancient Hilltop Villages, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Pisa. Delicious Chef prepared Italian Cuisine, all ground transfers, en-suite private rooms available at our exclusive 12th century Villa. Roman Spa Baths for you to enjoy nearby, you will be able to paint to your hearts content the ancient cobblestone shepherds path as it winds past past olive groves and grape arbors. Plein air painting for all levels and mediums, all inclusive* a very limited number of spaces available, book early for this next exciting journey for Adventure-Artists. Horseback riding stables available nearby for riding in the magnificent hills of northern Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Bennabio, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Drawing and Painting: Open Studio
September 17 - December 10, 2016 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This studio session affords students the opportunity to work on individual painting and drawing projects of their choice at their own pace. The instructor will provide individual, custom-tailored guidance to each student. Group discussions and question-and-answer periods, as well as painting, drawing, color theory and other demonstrations, will be offered appropriate to each student's needs. Still life arrangements, the PAFA Cast Hall, and models for figure/portrait work will be available as needed. Students at all levels are welcome. This class provides a communal space and a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere in which to paint and draw at one’s own pace. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
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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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
September 17-24, 2016 (9:30-4:30) — Learn to think like a painter while under the Tuscan Sun. For the week we will stay at the beautifully restored San Fedele monastery. It dates from the 11th century and sits in the Chianti hills outside of Siena. The focus is on experiencing the beauty and unique light of Tuscany while enlivening your artists eye to notice and record what moves you. You will be encouraged to work in your own way at your own pace creating plein air sketches in any medium that you choose. The trip is sponsored by Il Chiostro. Highlights of the week include: daily painting lessons with Marjorie Glick, excursions to paint on location, and 1/2 day excursion to Sienna. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2900
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 17-24, 2016 (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: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Art in the Aspens: The Joy of Painting Plein Air
September 18-23, 2016 — 6-8 student Maximum. Join Randall as he shares his technique and joy of painting on location in beautiful Colorado. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries in an effort to be "In the Moment". The smaller class size creates a more intimate workshop atmosphere and one-on-one attention. Visit website


Location: Westcliffe, CO
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: All inclusive, $2295
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719 545-2795

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Hand Painted Decorative Paper
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Be prepared to have some fun! Class participants will truly enjoy splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing, crumpling and staining papers. Appropriate papers include old book pages, maps, personal ephemera, rice paper and store bought art papers. Papers can be used to make mobiles, gift cards, place cards, gift wrap, gift tissue, scrap book backgrounds, postcards, etc. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Jump, Trust, Paint! (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — We will learn to carve stamps of our own design and print them onto a variety of surfaces, including canvas, wood and paper. We will combine them with acrylic paints to create dynamic surfaces and images! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Abstract Mixed Media Collage (A 3 Day Workshop)
September 18-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — The Medium of Collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich storylines of experimentation while aiding in each student’s visual vocabulary. The use of color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through the layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with the fine art of collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse the collage papers to a variety of desired surfaces. Clear image transfer technique will also be taught using the tack iron fusing method. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $600
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Celebration of Creative Exploration thru Art, Yoga + Sisterhood
September 18-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this special 3 day workshop, we will celebrate creativity and sisterhood by tending to our mind, body and spirit. This practice of self-nourishment is an essential and powerful aspect of Carrie’s intuitive painting process which she will share in one mixed media art project each day—this includes a healing chakra tree, a self-portrait power headdress, and a usable painted yoga mat. We will also be speed collaborative painting, and each of us will take home one painting created by the entire class—a very fun, revealing and joyful process. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $600
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Painting with Water Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will paint in various mountainside locations; among the olive groves, in the fern lined grotto of the waterfall, and on the high piazza of Casoli. Our muses will be the commanding mountain vistas, dramatic light, and the rustic Tuscan architecture of stone and terra cotta. Participants will be free to explore and experiment. Artists will also keep a travel watercolor sketchbook which will document their itineraries and discoveries. The sketchbook can be an artwork in itself, and a reference for later work. Instruction will be provided in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic media. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Susan Amons
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Paper Painting Collage (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Be prepared to have some fun! Collage students need to take the one-day painting paper workshop or come prepared with hand-painted papers from previous projects. It is highly recommended that you take the one-day painting paper class in order to prepare papers (colors, values) specifically for your class project. The collage emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping, very similar to traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative. Students start with the “Small Apple Exercise” in order to get a handle on creating volume and dimension with a simple sphere shape. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Plein Air Painting the Grand Canyon
September 19-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Painted Word (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create inspirational artwork in this in-depth journey with words in mixed media using handwriting, stencils, rubber stamps and collage. Whether you’d like to use lettering as a focus, or augment your artwork with words – this is the class for you. Students will explore techniques like collage, rubber stamping, and stenciling to create layers of paint and lettering and incredibly beautiful art. Learn tips and tricks from this accomplished calligrapher for working with handwritten words in a variety of writing, drawing and painting tools. The Modern Calligraphy Class would be an excellent starter class. Take your handwriting to the next level or just explore the many possibilities available working with stencils, stamps and collaged lettering to your art “speak”. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Caitlin Dundon
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
September 19-23, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — 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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Painting Over the Line
September 21 - December 7, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting in this open studio style class. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work more intuitively and view unforeseen occurrences as opportunities to discover new possibilities. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, www.kassemamoudi.com
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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Plein Air in Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and fun in Tuscany! Well-known artist and instructor Gay Faulkenberry will be teaching at various stunning locations in the area. Class size is limited to 6-8 students to allow much one-on-one instruction time! Lodging will be in an old restored farmhouse that rests in the golden hills of the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany. All breakfasts and 5 group dinners are included in the fee as is private room and bath. Come join us for a great week! Visit website


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

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Looser Paintings - Land and Water
September 25-29, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Let’s get a little reckless! Enjoy painting with freedom and take your work to the next level - a place where painting is more fun! Break those burdensome rules… Stop worrying about making mistakes! Quit over-working and redoing. Trust your instincts. Painting should bring pleasure, not anxiety. Learn advanced color ground methods and productive practices for quicker, fresher, better paintings. Discover ways to sidestep potential pitfalls inherent in various media. Discover insightful ways to translate photo references into dynamic paintings. Learn to analyze landscape depth layers and deconstruct the complexities of water for bold impact. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own exciting, fresh, loose and lively paintings along with a battery of advanced color interaction strategies and new methods. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Dillmans Bay Resort & Workshops
Email: Sue Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Painting in Paradise Art Retreat in Ubud, Bali
September 25-30, 2016 — The Painting in Paradise Art Retreat consists of art workshops & excursions conducted by accomplished Australian artist, Lisa Addinsall (accommodation & airfares extra) & activities at Lily Lane Villas. Also indulge yourself in a tropical paradise with healthy food, rice paddy walks, massages, visits to local Balinese artists including painters, silversmiths, wood carvers and with time built in for just lazing in your private pool in your garden villa. Please email for the full program or visit my website. Visit website


Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Instructor: Lisa Addinsall
Sponsor: Lilylane Villas
Cost: $990 (NOT including airfaires & Accommodation)
Email: Lisa Addinsall
Phone: 0438305658

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
September 26-30, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — 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 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: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 26-27, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Plein Air Painting on the Delaware
September 27 - November 1, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10am-3pm) — Paint the spectacular views of the scenic Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Topics will include compositional fundamentals, effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, and sound painting practices. The museum will be open to the class, offering a tour of the collection, the opportunity to see boat builders in action, and use of the facilities. Capture the Philadelphia skyline during a session on the Delaware River itself, in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and/or van transportation from PAFA available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
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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Conservation Issues in Painting
September 29 - November 17, 2016 (Thursdays, 1-3pm) — Practicing artists, collectors and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate this fascinating overview of the lifespan of paintings: how they are constructed and why they fall apart. Slide lectures, hands-on studio demonstrations, and museum visits will reveal how paintings react to the effects of time, ill- treatment and environmental conditions. Topics will span the use and conservation issues of paper, wood panels, canvas, non-traditional surfaces, watercolors, egg tempera, oil, acrylic, painting mediums and varnishes; as well as framing, hanging and storage issues. The class will visit the PAFA Museum for a special behind-the-scenes tour with Mary McGinn, Paintings Conservator. Additional trips will include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Autumn Landscape
October 1-22, 2016 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Celebrate the color of autumn amidst beautiful views and wildlife at nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands, marsh, and creek provide varied and compelling scenery for the study of landscape painting techniques, including methods for simplifying water and foliage and managing the effects of shifting daylight. Located near the airport in Southwest Philadelphia, the Heinz Refuge offers plenty of free parking, access by public transportation, sheltered locations and restrooms. All media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
October 1-8, 2016 (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 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: $2,700 - $2,950 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 3-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten
Phone: 707-785-3408

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Studio Italia 2016
October 3-13, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/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 two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of 2985$ CAD (around 2350$ US as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi 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: 800 611-4789

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Telluride Painting School – The Figure and the Natural World
October 3-14, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the phenomenal landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This workshop will explore new techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style and theme. Students will investigate approaches to representational and abstract painting, as well as the metaphorical meaning in figure and landscape paintings. Working from live models and landscape, students will discover how a basic image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas/techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ying Li
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Art Journaling at the Speed of Life
October 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Visual journals are a valuable tool and play an important role in an artist’s creative process. In this workshop, you will be immersed in the process of art journaling. Emphasis will be placed on identifying your own voice and vision while reacting to and working intuitively with your drawings and notes. You will start your journal by creating a variety of backgrounds using acrylic inks and stencils. From there, your compositions will morph into unique pages as you add mixed media on every page. Learn how to manage color and composition using color wheel stencils and design fundamentals. Open to all subject matter and level of experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Pam Carriker, www.pamcarriker.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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For Love or Money : Excellence in Portraiture With Chris Saper
October 7-10, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Would this workshop propel you to that next level? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students - 6 students per model. The instructor is dedicated to helping you create a business plan as a portrait artist. Each day in the workshop is targeted at improving your skills as a painter and a creative entrepreneur. The instructor will paint in oils, but students are welcome to use oil, acrylic or pastels. Learn to pose and photograph live models. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Chris Saper
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $595
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Express Yourself
October 7-12, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Art in the Aspens; Premium workshops with all the perks! Included: Tuition, private lodging, all meals, appetizers after class, cocktails, beer and wine. Meals prepared by on-site chefs. Massage available in the evenings. Figure painting on location and in-studio with renowned artist Michelle Torrez. Quick studies leading to longer poses as the week progresses. Celebrating 26 years of fine art workshops. Visit website


Location: Pueblo, CO
Instructor: Michelle Torrez
Sponsor: Art in the Aspens artist workshops
Cost: $2295 + Model Fee $40.00
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719-545-2795

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Painting on the Brandywine
October 9, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Portray the beauty of the autumn landscape en plein air along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Draw or paint in the medium of your choice to capture the effects of light, time of day, reflections and shadows. Bring a packed lunch or dine at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit the Brandywine River Museum to view the land- and seascapes of William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey and Asher B. Durand and others. On-site restrooms and sheltered locations available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Content / Expression of Your Art with Alex Powers
October 10-12, 2016 (10am -4pm) — The workshop will include portrait demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and consultations of work from home. You will also receive individual critiques at your table/easel along with being involved in group critiques. Alex Powers lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been an instructor throughout the United States and abroad. He exhibits in numerous galleries and has many national juried exhibition awards. Alex is the author of “Painting People in Watercolor—A Design Approach". Visit website


Location: Columbia, SC
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: City Art
Cost: $250
Email: Randy Hanna
Phone: 803-252-3613

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Go Big Go Bold Abstract Painting Workshop
October 10-12, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join me for this exciting approach to painting large, bold abstract paintings! In this fun 3 day workshop, you will explore how to use composition and color to achieve masterfully powerful paintings. You will experiment with new painting techniques as you learn to trust your intuition and discover your own artistic voice. I will demonstrate my own painting techniques and talk about my thinking process as I paint. As you begin to work on your own paintings, I will be available to answer questions, make suggestions and push you out of your comfort level to a whole new area of discovery and creativity. Visit website


Location: Inverness, FL
Instructor: Filomena Booth
Sponsor: Filomena Booth
Cost: $350.00
Email: Filomena Booth
Phone: 817-676-6009

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
October 10-14, 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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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 14-16, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society
Email: Hanna Joensuu
Phone: 850-582-1329

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Furry Friends: Paint your Pet
October 15, 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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Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 15-22, 2016 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 15-22, 2016 (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: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Paper Paintings
October 17-21, 2016 — During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative collage technique, using a variety of hand painted and found papers. Emphasis will be on developing imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping– very similar to traditional painting techniques. This workshop is all about having fun and experimenting with hand-painting, staining, stamping and patterning sheets of paper! No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


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

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Telluride Painting School – Plentiful Nature: Observing and Composing
October 17-28, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This intensive program offers instruction from and interaction with a diverse faculty of working painters, inspiring curiosity and innovation in a stimulating and supportive environment. The goal of this intensive course is to re-create from observation the full energy of nature. Participants will concentrate on the way colors and forms animate impressions of light, weather, space and weight. We’ll frequently consider how the masters, from traditionalists like Corot and Innes to modernists like Matisse, saw and captured the world around us. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: John Goodrich
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1045
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
October 17-21, 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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Acrylics into Abstraction
October 17-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for artists interested in exploring the abstract realm and the expressive potential of acrylics to deepen their artistic development. The focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color with acrylic paint. Personal artistic expression, composition, color and value will be woven into group and individual workshop discussion. Visit website


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

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Art Coaching Workshop
October 17-21, 2016 — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non-academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 700 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: +34 619164632

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Painting: All Media
October 17 - December 5, 2016 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Work in the painting medium of your choice (oil, acrylic, watercolor and/or gouache) from a variety of subject matter including the still life. Instruction will focus on color mixing, scale of mark, and the nature of each student’s chosen medium and surface. Studio practice will be supplemented by helpful critique and reference to historical and current artists in discussions of painting elements and trends. Designed for students with some painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
October 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life workshop for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. 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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Composing in Color
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
October 24-28, 2016 — 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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Painting Portrait Studies in Oil
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your observational understanding in this workshop focused on painting the portrait. Portrait sketches are an effective way to improve skills in rendering any subject matter, through the practice of drawing, applying design principles, understanding paint quality, and use of color. Each day you will paint a head study from a different vantage point with different lighting. Throughout the workshop Dawn will provide group instruction, as well as individualized attention, to find the painting process and selection of colors that best suits your needs. Open to oil and acrylic painters, however those with some drawing skills and working knowledge of materials will benefit the most from this experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $555
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 4-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $325
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
November 7-11, 2016 (2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — 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 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: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
November 7-11, 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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Paint your Pet with Maggie Ruley
November 8-29, 2016 (Tuesdays, 5-7pm) — Do you want to create a cherished keepsake of your fur baby? Or surprise a loved one with a truly memorable gift? And learn the basics of acrylic painting at the same time. This step by step four week class is packed with demonstrations and personal attention. Your results will be a unique portrait of a beloved pet. Students will work from their own photos. Photos need to be printed out prior to the first class. Need help figuring out which photo to use? Register by November 1, and email your photos to Maggie at dragonflyartstudio@yahoo.com. See the materials list for pet photography tips, supplies and where to buy them. Beginners welcome. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maggie Ruley, www.maggieruley.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 11-13, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Three Day Palette Knife Abstract Painting Workshop
November 14-16, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Painting abstracts is an incredible experience. If you are looking to loosen up and paint a more expressive and spontaneous style then this workshop is for you. But there is a process for creating an abstract painting and I will teach you the process using shape, color and composition to create an abstract painting. My abstract workshops go a step further as we explore the process you should follow when working with interior designers and abstract commission clients. On the final day you will be presented with a “client portfolio” which consist of photos of an actual interior room, fabric samples and colors. Your task will be to paint an abstract painting for this “client”. Visit website


Location: South Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $399 includes one gourmet home-cooked dinner
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
November 14-18, 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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Head Study
November 19, 2016 (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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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
November 21-25, 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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Color Harmony and Edges- an Artist’s Toolbox for Painting Impressionism in Acrylics
November 29 - December 2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have you been frustrated with the drying time, hard edges and “plasticy” look of acrylics? Do your paintings look muddied or muddled? Dianna has studied the medium for almost 20 years and has some great practical tools for working in acrylics. Come learn the strengths of acrylics in this fun, fast paced, and energizing environment. Students will be creating Impressionist paintings they never thought possible with this incredible medium. Working from still life and photographs, students will explore the world of color harmony and color mixing as well as techniques to create soft and lost edges right from the start. Students learn how to make the switch from making pictures to creating paintings by using and practicing these tools. Visit website


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

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
December 5-9, 2016 (2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — 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 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: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Bootcamp with Rick Worth in December
December 5-19, 2016 (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: $100, $85 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting Bootcamp with Rick Worth in December
December 6-27, 2016 (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: $135, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Image to Abstract 1
December 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exploring Your Painting Skills in the Open Air
March 30 - April 2, 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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


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

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


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

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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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Painting the Landscape with Janet Glatz
Weekends starting June 2016 (9-4 two days) — Learn composition, color theory, perspective, brushwork, atmospheric techniques and much more. All materials and equipment provided. Lunch included if desired. Each student leaves with a finished painting they will be proud to hang. Visit website


Location: Durham, ME
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Sponsor:
Cost: private: $250 two days semi: $175
Email: Janet Glatz
Phone: 1 (207) 317-7952

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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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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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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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