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Drawing and Painting in Mexico with the Springfield Museum School
March 7-24, 2015 (all day) — Join Jeanne Fontaine and the Springfield Museum School Travel Program on their return to the Casa for "Drawing and Painting in Mexico, Plein air and the Studio" - with Casa co-founder, artist Robert Masla and special guest - artist Doug Gillette. A week of drawing, painting, creative exploration, fine cuisine, cultural excursions and fun and adventure. "The combination of the uniqueness of the Boca, the ideal environment of the Casa and the wonderful art instruction made for what I think must be the most exotic trip I've taken... This experience will remain with me for a long, long time" - Jeanne Fontaine, Courses & Travel Curator, Museum School-Springfield Museums, MA Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla, Douglas Gillette
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Intuitive Painting with Julie Claire
March 7, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Paint Big, Live Big! One Day Intuitive Painting Experiences for people who want to play, paint, create, explore, engage, open up and come alive! We will fully engage in the creative process and still be home for dinner. Large scale acrylics. All materials provided. Rediscover your juicy side, giving your left-brain a day off. Experience painting from a place of freedom and openness rather than criticism and shut down. Receive guidance by a creativity coach, trained in the loving art of helping you open and take the next step. Experience intuitive painting in a small group and sacred space with inspired music, poetry and soulful conversation. Jump-start your art making or discover your inner artist. Allow yourself time and space to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $125 plus sales tax
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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Acrylic Painting Workshop with Robert Burridge
March 8-14, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


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

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Making a Painting Work
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Mueller 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: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Painting for All Levels
March 13, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Intuitive Painting with Julie Claire
March 14, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Paint Big, Live Big! One Day Intuitive Painting Experiences for people who want to play, paint, create, explore, engage, open up and come alive! We will fully engage in the creative process and still be home for dinner. Large scale acrylics. All materials provided. Rediscover your juicy side, giving your left-brain a day off. Experience painting from a place of freedom and openness rather than criticism and shut down. Receive guidance by a creativity coach, trained in the loving art of helping you open and take the next step. Experience intuitive painting in a small group and sacred space with inspired music, poetry and soulful conversation. Jump-start your art making or discover your inner artist. Allow yourself time and space to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $125 plus sales tax
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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Two Day Art Intensive- Alchemy of Mixed Media
March 14-15, 2015 (10:30am-4pm) — Art making and especially Mixed Media approaches can be liberating but daunting. In a supportive community in my Santa Fe studio we will explore the Alchemy of Mixed Media and work together to create something greater than its parts. Exercises and demonstrations provide new approaches to techniques and process. We will use paint, drawing materials, scrapers, brushes, collage, handmade gesso, glues, plaster, wax and more. Stimulate your muse and expand your art practice. No experience necessary- just a curious mind. Materials included- you may bring collage materials and water based paints. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $220.00
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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


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

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Emphasizing Abstraction - Master Class Intensive
March 16-18, 2015 — The first 2 days we will be working in the studio from reproductions including older and 20th century masters, we'll move through a guided series of exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is THE foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively from the images, as the most abstract graphic language, with part of each day spent engaged in a series of exercises using crayons and graphite to complement our examination of form with acrylic paints. On the third day, in downtown Sedona, we will focus on noticing how everyday architectural space is really extraordinary visually, and translate that awareness into drawing. Visit website


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Fun with Art and Wine
March 17, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Acrylics - Master the Mediums
March 18-20, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This three day retreat is going to kick your art into high gear. All levels are welcome and all supplies are provided. This workshop will cover some unique mediums to get your paint to flow and glow. Of course, we will cover transfers and textures too. Class is limited to 8 students. We will work on several different Ampersand panels, and will work with viscosity and mediums to get your paint to flow. I call it the painter's dance - how we manipulate the mediums, the paints and the surface to create reactions, resists and textures. We will cover crackles, both paste and clear, how to incorporate textures and transfers, composition and color and of course final finishes, from glossy to waxy. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $450
Email: Sandra Duran Wilson
Phone: 505-438-3775

Beginner Level

Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
March 20-22, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will show you how to do all of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific - all who use watercolor, acrylic, oils and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Roundabout Art Collective
Email: Susan Woodson
Phone: 919-747-9495

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Landscapes & Marine Painting in Oil & Acrylic
March 20-22, 2015 (9 am-4 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday) — Create a new, controlled impressionistic styled painting every day during this workshop. Gruppé shares his unique techniques in which he uses a palette knife and brush in a rapid wet-on-wet approach with tonal colors. A combination of impressionistic-styled, clean color and a sense of detail produce a wonderfully loose painting in either oils or acrylics. Charles Gruppé comes from a family dedicated to art for several generations. He studied at Yale, Columbia Universities and the National University of Mexico. He also painted on a Fulbright Fellowship Grant in Italy where he received the Italian Government Award. He is represented in many private and public collections and has had commissions by universities and companies. Visit charlesgruppe.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Charles Gruppé
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Painting Crash Course
March 21-22, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) — This course guides you in a painting process that will focus on using brushwork and a limited palette of color to see the shapes, tones and edges that create the illusion of form. This is a great class for the first time painter or a nice refresher course for the returning painter. With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


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

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Intuitive Painting with Julie Claire
March 21, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Paint Big, Live Big! One Day Intuitive Painting Experiences for people who want to play, paint, create, explore, engage, open up and come alive! We will fully engage in the creative process and still be home for dinner. Large scale acrylics. All materials provided. Rediscover your juicy side, giving your left-brain a day off. Experience painting from a place of freedom and openness rather than criticism and shut down. Receive guidance by a creativity coach, trained in the loving art of helping you open and take the next step. Experience intuitive painting in a small group and sacred space with inspired music, poetry and soulful conversation. Jump-start your art making or discover your inner artist. Allow yourself time and space to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julie Claire, www.fullbloomcoaching.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $125 plus sales tax
Email: Julie Claire
Phone: 575-581-0024

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Powercolor Retreat - Painting Light: Land/Water/Still Life
March 23-27, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Caroline's one-on-one approach fosters success for each individual. She empowers personal advancement regardless of skill level. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategy for efficient color management. Explore advanced color interactions. Experience more productive painting by starting on a color ground and watch your work develop quickly. Learn to dramatize and improve without over-working. The first day is devoted to advanced color instruction: Important truths about real vs. wheel color. Each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Take home a head full of color theory master concepts, better ways to paint, and inspired new paintings of your own. Visit website


Location: Havre de Grace, MD
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Caroline Jasper Studios
Cost: $520
Email: Caroline Jasper
Phone: 941-698-0718

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Reverse Painting on Glass with Joseph Cavalieri
March 25-27, 2015 (2-5pm) — The technique of reverse painting on glass was used for sacral paintings from the Middle Ages to Renaissance Venice. It lends itself just as easily to gesture painting, cartoon figures and nature studies. Known for his irreverent stained glass paintings, former AIR Cavalieri returns, loaded with techniques, materials and inspiration. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri, www.cavaglass.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $135 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting for All Levels
March 27, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Paint Realistic Portraits
March 28-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to paint highly realistic portraits using this method developed by Lee Casbeer, whose fine art and mural-painting career has often demanded quick execution of portraits with complete accuracy. His straight-forward approach will take the mystery out of portrait painting for you once and for all. This workshop will focus on working from photographs, including instruction on lighting and photographing the subject, and overcoming the challenges of working from poor photographs. This mixed media approach with acrylic and oil provides a working method that ensures that a likeness of the subject will not be lost at some point in the process. Students will come away from this workshop completely equipped to paint realistic portraits for personal and professional use. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Lee Casbeer
Sponsor: Lee Casbeer Fine Art
Cost: $195
Email: Lee Casbeer
Phone: 830 456-9615

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Acrylic mixed media workshop with Niki Sherey
March 29, 2015 (10am-4pm) — Join me in exploring high level color mixing and dynamic composition based on acrylic paint, photograph collage and your imagination. We will use a photo of your choice as a starting point to create two landscape paintings. Email a photo upon enrollment in order for me to print them out and transfer them to linen before class. We can work with the two major topics of composition and color using the photos. I will demonstrate the importance of establishing the paintings' focal point and give an overview of composition rules and tips on how to make a dynamic piece. Working with two pieces simultaneously, we'd get the opportunity to see the same subject yield different results simply based on composition. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Niki Sherey
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $275
Email: Sherry Ikeda at Gallery 901
Phone: 505-780-8390

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Unleashing Creativity!
March 1-31, 2015 — Ongoing workshop- A playful introduction to the creative process or a jump start to an already ongoing practice! Please call a day ahead for availability. No experience necessary, just a curious mind. This two and a half hour session is an introduction to form and color with acrylic and water based paints. Lauren Mantecon has been teaching and guiding the creative process for over twenty years- from the University classroom to healing and retreat centers around the globe. Her Santa Fe studio offers a safe and unique environment in which your authentic voice and vision is gently awakened through guided meditations, idea generating techniques that solidify into a personal journey of form, symbol and color. This is an ideal workshop to awaken your muse. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $75.00
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 31 - April 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Plein Air Painting - Loose and Colorful
April 1-22, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value. We'll cover: how to draw in the essentials to the scene; equipment needed for plein air work; how to block in the big color notes quickly; Simplifying objects; Working quickly; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color mixing ABC's; and how to set up your palette. There will be tons of outdoor painting (when weather permits) guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting and take your painting, inside or out, to the next level. Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Abstract Painting with Andrea Cermanski
Ongoing thru April 5, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-12pm) — Come paint with me! As someone who started out painting portraits and flowers, fifteen years later I now exclusively paint abstractly. Since there are no pre-determined rules, abstract art offers limitless opportunities for expression. Whether you are just learning how to paint or you are a realist who needs to round out your skill set, I can teach you how to start thinking and painting abstractly. All materials are included. Andrea Joy Cermanski is an artist and educator who has taught Art and English for 12 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. Visit website


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

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Acrylic Landscapes
April 6-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook 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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth
April 7-28, 2015 — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! Class meets Tuesdays in April. Choose from 4 Afternoons: 2-4:30pm or 4 Evenings, 6-8:30pm. All supplies included. Limited to 30 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Still Life: Composition & Expression
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn to better translate our observable three-dimensional world into dynamic and expressive drawings and paintings. Use the still life motif to investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, color relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Students may draw or paint or do both. Includes a visit to A Fine Arrangement: The Art of Still Life, on view in the PAFA School of Fine Arts Gallery, co-curated by the instructor. Basic drawing and/or painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Michael Gallagher
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor - Use Like Oil
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Paint a landscape in which you 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 you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you 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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Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lorraine Christie
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Fun with Art and Wine
April 14, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Master Class with Stuart Shils: Voyages Through Perceptual History
April 17-19, 2015 — Led by renowned painter and PAFA alum, Stuart Shils, this workshop will examine the foundation structure of painting from Giotto to David Hockney. Working in the studio from reproductions including historical and 20th century masters, move through a closely guided series of fascinating drawing and painting exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is the foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively and inventively. This is not a "copy" class, replicating the superficial appearance of paintings, but rather, going deeper to see what they are made of and learning to use graphic shorthand to describe both what is there and also how we see it. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $950
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in Sweden
April 17-22, 2015 — Meditative Art is an approach towards creativity that changes the way we create to be receptive and to become a means for spiritual growth. Applying of a meditative state of mind when expressing creativity allows us to be a part of Art rather than "making" it. Our focus while creating is inwards - not on the artwork created, but on our inner state. Creating from a meditative state of mind is an essentially different way of creating. This retreat combines: Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. It is an opportunity to learn and to experience Meditative Art through: Meditative Painting & Sculpting, Creative Movement & Writing. Visit website


Location: Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: 4900Kr / €535
Email: Mochita

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Expressing Place with Lori Swartz, AIR
April 17, 2015 (9am-12pm) — From painting and writing to welding and performing acrobatics, Swartz is constantly expressing ideas of "place". Here, she combines writing and painting, encouraging students to identify a place in which they feel at home. Through writing exercises followed by painting work, these ideas will be translated into a final piece. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lori Swartz
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $90, $75 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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The Plein Air Primer: Essential Practices of the Outdoor Painter
April 18-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The landscape is beautiful, but it is also exceedingly large, overly complex, and highly changeable. This makes tasks like site selection, simplification and massing, and value and color control even more challenging. By exploring these concepts through guided exercises, in the relaxed and more structured environment of the studio, you will be better prepared to face them when you begin working outdoors. The workshop will cover limited focus as a means to simplify and build strong compositions, the value divisions of landscape, the proper way to plan and begin your painting, and how to approach color. We will also review the logistics of plein air: how to set up outdoors and organize a light pack of supplies. Suitable for oil, acrylic or pastel painters. Visit website


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

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Painting Sedona Sunsets and Gold King Mine
April 19-20, 2015 — Join award winning plein air painter, Tracey Frugoli at her favorite spots in Sedona for sunsets/nocturnes and the rich environment of Gold King Mine. An artist's paradise, the mine near Jerome AZ presents wonderful learning opportunities for composition, color and light. By day, students will explore how Tracey breaks it down to build better paintings. Then in late afternoon into evening, they will learn Tracey's distinct methodology for executing little gems in the fleeting light of sunset and early evening. All with the sparkling lights of Sedona below. A former art therapist, Tracey is a giving teacher who meets every student where they are in their artistic journey to help them on their way. She will demonstrate and provide individual attention. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tracey Frugoli, traceyfrugoli.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Mastering Water Medium: Acrylic and Watercolor
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each morning starts with a demonstration and discussion on simple proven methods for successful and beautiful painting while using a more relaxed approach. Students will receive daily individual instruction and critiques to help with a more personalized learning experience. Photos will be used and explained as a vital and helpful source of information to create that one of a kind painting through the use of light and shadow. Emphasis will be on mastering the handling of techniques in acrylic and watercolor. We will be doing numerous studies along with more completed paintings to round out the learning process. Carr's passion for art and spirited teaching style makes this workshop a fantastic inspiring experience. Students may work with acrylic, watercolor or both. 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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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
April 20-24, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
April 24, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 25 - May 2, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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Make Mighty and Memorable Paintings
April 25-27, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains, meadows and beaches of Santa Barbara. You will learn to see with a greater awareness. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Learn to make bright and bold paintings with Kathleen's signature vivified palette. You will learn to search for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. Kathleen will demonstrate how she begins a painting and talk you through her process of painting the canvas. There will be a studio tour, a slide show of paintings and individual instruction at the easel. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Elsey
Sponsor: Kathleen Elsey Brush with Life
Cost: $325
Email: Kathleen Elsey
Phone: 805 452-7717

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Mixed Media Basics
April 25, 2015 (2:30-6:30pm) — Have fun exploring your True Creativity through the art of mixed media. Learn how to blend the basics of collage, different acrylic applications, layering and more. The beauty of mixed media is that anyone with little or no prior art experience can do it. In this workshop you are free to experiment and be spontaneous in whatever you create. When working in mixed media there is no one right way to do it. We invite accidents and mistakes to happen. All levels of experience are welcome. Materials Included. Visit website


Location: Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: TrueCreativityWithin.com
Cost: $80
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

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Children's Book Illustration
April 25 - May 2, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This workshop is focused on developing imagery that effectively contributes to the storytelling of a children's book manuscript. Topics covered include character design, collecting and utilizing reference material, designing compositional elements, page layout, and responding to a text. The class will review the work of children's book greats of the past century as well as contemporary figures in children's book illustration. In addition, strategies on marketing a children's book portfolio and self-publication will be discussed. Instructor demonstrations will be presented using a variety of common illustration techniques such as pen-and-ink, watercolors, color pencil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, collage and oils. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ryan Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Spontaneous Abstraction
April 25-26, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop will focus on different techniques that will enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Learn how to gather inspiration for a painting from anything - from observation, pictures, or simply by brainstorming on canvas, creating chaos and then making order out of it. Focus on composition, movement, harmony, and the use of line independent of color. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Acrylic paint is preferred but oil is ok. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich MA
April 26 - May 1, 2015 — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Visit website


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

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
April 27 - May 4, 2015 — Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful spring colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. So why not paint the romantic images Italy is so famous for? It's also the time of year for stunning rainbows and magnificient sunrises and sunsets, when the sea in the backdrop sparkles with light and the ancient hill-top towns glow in full glory across the panorama. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
May 4-8, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth
May 5-26, 2015 — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! Class meets Tuesdays in May. Choose from 4 Afternoons: 2-4:30pm or 4 Evenings, 6-8:30pm. All supplies included. Limited to 30 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting for All Levels
May 8, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
May 8-10, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Niagara Falls, Ontario en plein air
May 9-10, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Intuitive Painting Weekend with Julie Claire
May 9-10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Creative, Courageous You - a weekend of intuitive painting with Julie Claire. Have you always wanted to paint? Are you an artist that needs to get unstuck or reconnected to your artistic passions? Have you not picked up a paint brush since you were a kid? Julie's intuitive painting workshops are designed to take you deep into the creative process in a playful, nonjudgmental space, connecting you to your natural inner artist and giving you the opportunity to Paint Big, Live Big! These workshops are designed for the true beginner and for the seasoned painter alike. They are designed to help free you from the inner critic, the perfectionist, the need to figure life out. People come alive in these workshops in unexpected ways. Visit website


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

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
May 11-18, 2015 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Texture - Color - Feeling
May 11-14, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Jan's experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this abstract painting process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space. All of the paints used will be waterbased. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Morocco 2015 - with Sam Paonessa
May 11-18, 2015 (all day w/ free time too) — Join us for 8 days of plein air painting in exotic Morocco. Take your skills and portfolio to the next level with outings to some of the Tetouan's most breathtaking urban and natural locations. Under indescribable light of Mediterranean skies you'll walk the ancient walled city's labyrinthine streets, colorful markets, and ancient architecture. Set up your easel in the high mountain forests, lush river valleys, and fishing beaches. Fill your panels with images for several year's worth of painting. Receive individual coaching and instruction from Canadian master painter Sam Paonessa in both studio and field. Pricing includes tuition, 8 nights fine housing, all meals, ground transport, guides and plenty of tea! Limit 8 participants. Early bird pricing until Dec 10! Visit website


Location: Tetouan, Morocco
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Sponsor: Green Olive Arts
Cost: $2500 includes all ground transp, housing, meals, etc.
Email: Jeff McRobbie
Phone: USA (302) 396-6051 - MOR +212 674358942

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Fun with Art and Wine
May 12, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Mountain Springs Cabins North Carolina
May 16-20, 2015 — Mountain Springs Cabins will be our base camp for painting day-trips to beautiful waterfalls, Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain panoramas and the vast Biltmore estate, as well as an evening excursion to the nearby Asheville River Arts District for food, touring and camaraderie. David Santillanes will lead this workshop in plein air painting teaching his methods and process for achieving depth and effective composition using all of these motifs. Evenings will allow for some group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this five-day immersion. Visit website


Location: Asheville, NC
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $1700
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in B.C Canada
May 17-22, 2015 — Empower yourself and your creativity though Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. Learn & Experience Meditative Painting & Sculpturing, Creative Movement & Writing. Discover art from a meditative place, along with daily practice of Yoga, inner work, walking/sitting Mediation & guided Relaxation. Explore nature & a fascinating variety of natural materials: earth, stone, wood, natural paints, felt, shells, beads, dry foods, flowers and.. So much more. During the workshop we will be working indoors & outdoors, in silence & through sharing with others. The retreat is set on a beautiful Island at an inspiring & supportive location. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: Tuition Price: $525
Email: Mochita

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts
May 17-18, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda
May 18-22, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and Bermudian watercolorist Jill Amos Raine for a plein air painting class in beautiful St. George's Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Featuring demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Painting times will be broken up to utilize morning and evening light. Take advantage of the afternoon break to explore the picturesque surroundings or relax on the beach! Includes a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by Charles Demuth, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Visit website


Location: St. George's, Bermuda
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
May 18-22, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Design and Personal Style
May 22-24, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This workshop is more about the participants' personal painting style and design, than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations, individual critiques of work from home, individual help at your table/easel, group critiques, one demonstration drawing and Alex's drawings for display. Visit website


Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Aline Jordan
Phone: 912-638-8770

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 23-30, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


Location: Licciana Nardi, Italy
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Email: Jacqui Seddon

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


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

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'Colours of America' 14-Night Painting Tour
May 26 - June 9, 2015 — Come with us to paint and draw the stunning canyon and desert landscapes of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. This tour offers you spectacular locations to paint & draw and includes Pamela's art workshops, demonstrations and positive critiquing. The journey includes scenic Grand Canyon and the red rock Canyons of Sedona. We also visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and a tour of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West house and studio. The galleries of Canyon Road, Santa Fe and the pueblo of Taos will provide inspiration, as will visiting and painting with local artists. Hotels are 4-star, stylish, full of character and wonderfully located! Non painters are welcome with a varied itinerary including painting workshops, excursions, gallery and studio visits. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Pamela Fairburn
Sponsor: Pamela Fairburn Art
Cost: $6,530 per person, twin share basis
Email: Pamela Fairburn
Phone: +61408801104

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Paint Plein air Oils in Tuscany with Kim English!
May 27 - June 6, 2015 — We'll stay at Castello Montalto, a medieval hilltop castle nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. The estate is complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, laundry and garden areas. Castello Montalto is a glorious location...we will have our own Italian cook for nightly dinners at the Villa...2 day trips to sight see or paint...plenty of time to relax and soak up the Chianti countryside! And 7 days of Kim English's excellent instruction! Kim's energetic and intuitive approach to painting establishes the direction for this class where you will learn to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form with big areas of color and shape and surety of line.... He will lead you to the discovery of how to paint quickly and accurately! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $4195 painter; $3895 non-painter
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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Making Great Paintings from Photographs
May 28-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With a little imagination and a bit of exaggeration, make colorful and expressive paintings from your photographs. Learn how to select the most effective photographs for reference and how to make them come to life on your canvas. Bring a large selection of photos to explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures. Shelby demonstrates daily, and offers lots of personal attention to promote both confidence and skill in creating paintings from photos. Learn the technique of bright, complementary-colored acrylic underpainting, for an oil or acrylic painting in a bold, Impressionistic style. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting for All Levels
May 29, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Discover Tuscany with Acrylic Paint
May 30 - June 6, 2015 — 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 of 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: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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The Figure in Florence
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Live and paint in downtown Florence, Italy! The city that every artist must visit at least once. Join Vianna Szabo and your hosts for a 9-day adventure of art and beauty. For detailed information please visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Abstract Painting: Series as a Process
May 31 - June 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum; rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of a series create clarity of a starting point. You shed the preciousness of the individual piece, the fear of "ruining" it, which can keep you stuck. Explore multiple possibilities, try out different solutions to visual "problems", and develop confidence in uncertainty. Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $10
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Plein-air Painting Workshop in Italy
June 1-8, 2015 — Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. We will cover a variety of techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale and composition and more and explore ancient hill-top towns and panoramic painting locations among the rolling hill-sides in the heart of Italy. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Northeast Art Workshops
June 1-5, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Create impact paintings! Caroline's encouraging one-on-one approach fosters success for each individual, regardless of experience or skill level. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color. Be prepared to change the way you see/ think/paint. Learn dual-hue palette strategy for efficient color management. Explore advanced color interactions. Experience productive painting on a color ground and watch your work develop quickly. Dramatize and improve without over-working. The first day is devoted to advanced color instruction: Get the truth about real vs. wheel color and say "good-bye" to muddy colors forever. Each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Take home a head full of color theory master concepts and inspired new paintings. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Northeast Art Workshops Retreat
Email: Kat
Phone: 978-729-4970

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Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth
June 2-23, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm) — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! All supplies included. Limited to 30 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Impressionist Landscape in Acrylic
June 5-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Discover how to capture color and light the way the Impressionists did. Beki will discuss historical examples, analyzing the techniques of Impressionist artists such as Monet and Pissaro. View demonstrations of acrylic painting techniques and receive step by step instruction from Beki as you work from photographs and real life to create your own Impressionist style paintings. This class is perfect for beginners or experienced acrylic painters who want to challenge their current working methods. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220 + materials fee, Non-Members: $245 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Niagara Falls, NY USA en plein air
June 6-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
June 6-13, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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A Tuscan Obsession: Mixed Media and Yoga in Tuscany
June 6-13, 2015 (all day) — The Art: This workshop will allow both passionate beginners and inspired artists to discover possibilities and explore a variety of methods to respond to and interpret the surrounding landscape of Tuscany. Working both from observation and on-site sketches we will use materials such as ink, pastel, water-based paints and collage methods. The Yoga: Enjoy spirited Yoga and self-exploration in an atmosphere of supportive connection, with group size small enough to allow individual attention. With a combined 35+ years of teaching, Jenni & Paul offer you joyful and heartfelt yoga inspired by Anusara, Iyengar, Restorative, Zen Buddhism, and their own playfully serious self-discovery and meditative journey. Visit website


Location: Casole d"Elsa, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Andrea Borsuk, Paul Gould, Jenni Fox
Sponsor: Verrocchio Art Centre
Cost: $2135 (usd)
Email: Andrea Borsuk or Paul Gould
Phone: 831-458-3275

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ArtisTTable Plein Air Adventure in Walworth Co. Wisconsin
June 8-14, 2015 — There might not be a better way to kick off your 2015 plein air painting season than with this ArtisTTable art retreat in historic rural Southeast Wisconsin's Walworth County. The ArtisTTable founders Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will offer instructed plein air sessions throughout this retreat. The property where we will stay is located on a small farm with barns and a pond where the participants are free to explore and paint. Side trips will take us to paint in small towns, and to visit a winery. Each evening we will gather together look at and discuss the art from the day. Writers welcome. Cost of this retreat includes the accommodations and food. Space is limited, book early and save. Visit website


Location: Walworth County, WI
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $975.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
June 8-12, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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The Dynamics of Color
June 10, 2015 (10-4) — Expand your palette with vivid color! This one day workshop teaches students to draw with color in their paintings, creating depth, space and form through an in depth look at color temperature (warm and cool) and the interactions of color. Students will work from a still life of objects that have special meaning to them and learn to use color as a vehicle to express emotion and create a narrative. Examples of evocative, painterly realism will be explored through a sampling of related visual art works and demonstration. Students can work with oil or acrylic paints. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Suzanne Schireson
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $125 Members, $170 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
June 10-12, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
June 10-12, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 14-20, 2015 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths, will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting, the local village-Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Early bird discount - May 1. The Euro exchange rate is near record low and flights have come down. Book today. Traveling Painters. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800 Early Bird rate-May 1. Includes room, most meals.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
June 15-19, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Fun with Art and Wine
June 16, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Treasures of Austria's Tyrol en Plein Air
June 17-24, 2015 — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Tyrol region of Austria. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. The entire painting process will be covered along with daily demonstrations in oil. You may work in any medium. Carolyn will work individually with each student at their easel and guide them at their own level. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. Visit website


Location: Tyrol, Austria
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Painting for All Levels
June 19, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
June 20-27, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Acrylics Painting in the Style of the Scottish Colourists
June 21-26, 2015 (full day) — This course is based in St Andrews, Scotland. Scottish Colourists in the 1920's took inspiration from the Impressionists, infusing their paintings with unique liveliness. And so will you under Susan's guidance! You will see and feel Scotland differently, producing work 'Inspired in Scotland - Made by you'. Visit website


Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Sysan Forsyth
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2135
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Paint the Light with Acrylics
June 25-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The light illuminating a subject affects its color. Learn to perceive and control values and color temperature to capture the mood in your paintings. Work from a still life to explore how light effects the nature and color of objects in our environment. Learn to simplify and paint large shapes first. Kyle takes the mystery out of mixing color and demonstrates how to replicate those colors and values that you see. Learn about the use of neutral colors, creating color harmony, modern color theory, and the strengths and weaknesses of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Create sophisticated color changes that will give your painting sparkling color. When you can paint the effect of light, you can paint anything! Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Creating Abstract Art
June 26-27, 2015 (9:30-3:30) — My new best-selling book, Creating Abstract Art, presents new pathways to creativity rooted in your imagination. We will explore abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques working from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. Even if you are just curious to try something that's out of your comfort zone, this class will expand your passion to make art! Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $300 Members, $345 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Expressive Daily Acrylic Painting Workshop
June 27-28, 2015 (9am-4pm) — My two-day workshop combines demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction to teach students the techniques I use to create fresh, deliberate marks. Using acrylic paint students will discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. Oil painters are welcome, with Gamsol only. Continuous painting is by far the most effective way to improve creativity and image making skills. I will share examples of how the discipline of daily painting produces personal growth. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lisa Daria, lisadaria.blogspot.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Team Building Through Art
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — Small paintings on paper workshop for larger groups at my studio or your hotel. The experience of creating individual works of art and sharing the results in a group show, fosters team building. Participants gain confidence in creative problem solving and learn new skills enhanced by the group dynamics. "Julianna has a special way of working with each student on an individual basis, taking whatever time is needed, 'meeting' that student fully, in present time. It was in this way that she was able to help me to not only identify but to get over my own personal 'stumbling blocks', to begin to really clear away some obstacles that were getting in the way of my own painting process." - Jillian, England 2012 Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Julianna Poldi
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Email: Julianna Poldi
Phone: 505-603-2658

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Painting with Texture
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 (all day) — Spend a few hours painting with me! I teach a variety of painting courses in either encaustic or acrylic in my large, sunny studio in Santa Fe county. All materials are provided and the classes are open to all levels. I have a Masters in Art Education and have been painting for over 15 years. Visit the William and Joseph Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe to see my work, or go to my website. Texture adds contrast, beauty and interest to art works. In this workshop students will learn how to create a variety of textures in their artworks using natural materials from New Mexico, found objects and painting mediums. Participants may also sign up for a full-day excursion to collect earth pigments from various areas in Northern New Mexico. Visit website


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

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The Art of Landscape Painting
June 30 - July 2, 2015 — This workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students who work with oils, acrylics, or pastels and wish to master the challenges of painting the landscape. Beautiful as they may be, landscapes are often expansive, complex and constantly changing. This makes tasks like massing, simplification, color, and lighting very challenging for the painter. Each day we will focus on a different aspect of landscape painting to learn proportion, light, energy, value, and color. There will be a short lecture each morning. The rest of the day will be spent outdoors creating a new painting. The small size of the class will allow for plenty of individual attention. Peter is a teaching faculty member of the Truro Center for the Arts. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Peter Chepus, www.chepus.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Abstract Painting: Order Within Chaos
July 1-2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore abstract, non-objective painting. Alternate between working spontaneously, deliberately, and methodically, to reach a point of balance. See your work in context through class discussions on the history of painting. Each morning, demonstrations and exercises reveal a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting and to maintain engagement with the process. Work independently or one-on-one with Emmett in the afternoons. Explore Emmett's philosophy that abstract painting is the most important art that holds all creative expression. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
July 4-11, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Painting in Tuscany
July 4-11, 2015 — We are going to examine, compose, draw, mix and paint. From a simple lemon to a vast landscape, for beginner or experienced, you will enjoy developing as an artist and creating the vision or mood you want to portray in your work. My goal is to teach you how to regard your composition and how to work with the breathtaking Tuscan landscape that exists 360 degrees around you. You will learn how to simplify what you see, draw directly on canvas with a brush and mix and apply those soft hues using a limited palette. We will also be working in studio, creating some classic 'red chalk' drawings and Botticelli-esque paintings. After all, we are in Italy! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $2200.
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 703-474-2966

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
July 4-11, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 6-31, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Bold and Brilliant: Plein Air Painting Using Dramatic Color!
July 6-9, 2015 — Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. In this workshop you will learn how to capture the colors of any landscape in bold dramatic colors, and in a painterly, gestural manner. Step-by-step instruction will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various color schemes and departing from realism. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Patti Mollica, www.pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Laura & Billy's Excellent Italian Painting Adventure
July 11-18, 2015 — Replenish Your Art Spirit - Constructive Positive Energy - Small Group - Budget-Friendly. Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide this week long painting workshop in the outskirts of Perugia. Laura's medium is pastels, William's is oils. We will work plein air as much as weather permits. Work in any medium. We encourage artists of all levels to consider joining us. Each person works at their own pace. We are all striving for our personal best. The camaraderie of the workshop group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire. Opportunities for local sight-seeing as well. Add on a three day stay in Rome with us to round out your Italian experience, additional pricing on request. Visit website


Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Sponsor: William Noonan Studio
Cost: $1,850
Email: William Noonan
Phone: 845-542-6472

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Abstraction Through Design
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With a focus on abstract design, John encourages representational painters to experiment and challenges experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities. John provides demonstrations, critiques, and lots of individual help. You are encouraged to expand upon your current level of understanding and become more comfortable with applying the elements and principles of design to your work. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
July 20-24, 2015 — 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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Techniques in Acrylic Mixed Media
July 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Experiment using an extensive array of Golden Paint acrylic products, including Heavy Body, Fluid and High Flow paints, mediums, gels, and grounds. Create innovative and unusual surface treatments, and paint combinations ranging from bumpy to smooth, shiny to matte, and pourable to carvable. Explore the differences between mineral and modern pigment families and discover how they affect clean color-mixing, opacity, and hue. Create sample boards and papers using broad ranges of color, texture, viscosity, iridescence, and sheen. These unique surfaces can be the point of departure for a painting, or can be used as elements to incorporate into paintings, drawings, pastels, and/or mixed media. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Painting Katahdin
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Artist Philip Frey is offering a unique plein air painting workshop at Church's Camp Rhodora on Millinocket Lake Maine facing glorious Mount Katahdin - the same camp that famed artist Frederick Church painted from. Each day students will paint at various locales around the lodge and lake engaging in specific assignments, individual instruction, instructor demos and group critiques. Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished paintings. Having taught in many venues, he is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student's abilities to help them move to the next level. "His teaching style is positive, reinforcing, instructional, and gifted." -Andy Carpentier. Workshop size is limited and registration closes April 20, 2015. Visit website


Location: T1R8 Wels, ME
Instructor: Philip Frey
Sponsor: Philip Frey, LLC
Cost: $475
Email: Philip Frey
Phone: (207) 422-2008

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
July 28-30, 2015 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Art Effects: Tehniques for Acrylic Mixed Media
July 30 - August 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn eye-catching techniques using acrylic paint and mediums to create artwork with great depth and interesting textures. Utilize colored pencils, oil pastels, stamping, and more to create effects from traditional to experimental. Learn a variety of methods for making image transfers and altered papers to add interest to your work. This workshop does not require advanced drawing skills. Dianne demonstrates and provides personal guidance for your exploration. Experimentation and personal expression are encouraged. Create a packet of creative techniques to use for reference as you produce an assortment of materials for use in your future artwork. Positive critiques will be offered throughout the workshop. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Acrylic Painting: No Boundaries
August 17-21, 2015 — Indulge yourself in color and creativity. Susan's simplified approach to color theory challenges the more experienced while giving confidence to those beginning. Using the beautiful Maine scenes as inspiration you will learn approaches of plein air painting while also learning basic techniques of using acrylics. Susan's strength is in her respect of the individual and her understanding that we all approach learning in different ways. One of her goals is to help her students define their own style. Because "loosening up" is a common concern among so many she shows many techniques to comfortably go out of your comfort zone. You will leave this workshop with knowledge of products and techniques to do as the name implies: to paint with No Boundaries. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Susan Tobey White, www.susantobeywhite.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $560 by May 30; $660 after May 30
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting and Cooking School in Tuscany
September 6-13, 2015 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art and cooking adventure in Tuscany. Spannocchia is a magical 1000 acre, working farm near Siena, Italy with something to excite everyone: hiking paths, farm animals, gardens, cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine, fantastic food and because it's a non profit foundation, costs are low! We will stay there at the villa-well appointed double rooms with views of the garden and valley below. Price includes a one day excursion to beautiful Sienna. There is much to see, and do and paint! Join us for a dream holiday in Tuscany. Limited to 14 participants. Non painters welcome. Early bird discount until May 1. Traveling Painters. Visit website


Location: Spannocchia, Italy
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800 Early Bird rate-May 1. Includes room, most meals
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 23-25, 2015 (10:00-5:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your work utilizing line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific. All who use acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fort Smith, AR
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Email: Casey Seamans
Phone: 479-784-2787

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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