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Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sarasota - Anna Maria 2 day Painting Workshop
March 2-3, 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Sarasota and surrounding area. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Florida area. Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture focusing on creativity, bold composition and atmosphere. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
March 5, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in the Desert - Shacharut, Israel
March 19-26, 2017 — This retreat may be the most unusual offering from the ArtisTTable to date. Like the retreats before, we are sure this one will be worth it. We specialize in taking "creative minds to inspiring places" and that means we make every part of our adventures entirely site specific. Whether you draw, paint, photograph, sculpt or write, this first ArtisTTable retreat to Israel our focus will be on responding to the landscape through individual expression. Visit website


Location: Shacharut, Israel
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Adding the You Factor to Paintings
March 27-29, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — The emphasis of this lively workshop zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – You! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach. Each day's lesson will focus on an individual aspect for getting there: seeing and personalizing shapes, abstract understructures, non-representational value patterns, creative color schemes, and more. Donna will also discuss the advantages of using a medium that allows for spontaneity, improvisation, correction, and revision. She will be using watercolor and white gouache in her demonstrations, but students are free to work in any media. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 1-2, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli, micheleusibelli.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Oil or Acrylic Painting with Janet Glatz
Classes starting April 1, 2017 (9-5 Tues. through Sat.) — Award-winning artist of Maine specializing in land and seascapes. Realism and tonalism. All materials and equipment provided by studio. Visit website


Location: Durham, ME
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Cost: $40 per hour private; $30 semi private
Email: Janet Glatz
Phone: 207-317-7952

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
April 2, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Acrylic Landscapes
April 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. William will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

After Van Gogh - Arles/St. Remy, France
April 3-10, 2017 — "After Van Gogh" takes you to Arles and St. Remy in the Provence Region of France where Vincent Van Gogh painted many of his most important works. Vincent traveled to Arles in 1888 in search of the very special light that is found there. In 1889 he moved to St. Remy where he committed himself to the asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he lived until May of 1890. These locations around the region are truly inspiring and moving. As you draw and paint in these places, you will feel the breezes and hear the birds that Vincent heard. It will put your creativity into a magical place that will urge to make your own art with a renewed passion. Visit website


Location: Arles/St. Remy, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

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Advanced Level

Image to Abstract I
April 4-6, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creating on Water Workshop
April 8-9, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — This workshop combines science with art, floating fluid acrylics on a special liquid surface, to create delightful shapes and compositions to be printed. Many final prints are fabulous works of art on their own, or can be used with other art at a later date. Workshop is limited to 7 participants. Come and join us for a creative adventure! Visit website


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 11-14, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Airetiko Art Retreat
April 19-26, 2017 (all day) — Explore... experiment... expand... Come join us for a week of life drawing with aerialists as your models. Challenge yourself with weird angles, and interesting perspectives. On the gorgeous Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain, come spend a week in a carefully designed, creative space to nurture your artistic self and nourish your general self. Under the guidance of professional artist Beth Pearson and hosted by the Airetiko Crew. You will get three deliciously nutritious, vegetarian meals daily. There is swimming, sunsets, sea on the doorstep. Surfing, yoga and aerial lessons and horse-riding available at request and massage treatments, for that extra bit of pampering. You will return home relaxed, inspired and with an exciting portfolio of your week's work. Visit website


Location: El Palmar, Spain
Instructor: Beth Pearson
Sponsor: Airetiko
Cost: £650
Email: Akasha Dryden
Phone: +44 7947 174121

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
April 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students may work in oil or acrylic since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. Students can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if they want to complete more paintings during the workshop. Each day, Krista will warm up the class with a demo, sharing her tips to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Image to Abstract
April 21-23, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Provence au Printemps
April 22-29, 2017 (9-4 daily) — A Unique Opportunity for 6 Painters - Immerse yourself in a small group mentoring workshop. Benefit from highly individualized and personalized instruction. Take your work to the next level, while enjoying camaraderie with other painters. Enjoy springtime in Provence. The poppies will be in bloom! Visit website


Location: Noves, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Plein Air Journeys LLC
Cost: $2,250.00
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Image to Abstract 3
May 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the artist interested in exploring various approaches to creating completely abstract, non-representational paintings. Students will apply classical academic compositional strategies such as color theory, value structure, line, shape, proportion, contrast, repetition, harmony, unity, and more. Through a series of short exercises, students will experiment with multiple approaches to abstract painting including direct painting, layering, expressive mark-making, and geometric ordering. Acrylic paint is the preferred medium (due to its fast drying time) but oil, gouache, pastel, or watercolor are also acceptable. It is also acceptable to use an iPad/tablet with drawing software. Participation in “Image to Abstract” 1 or 2 is not required. Visit website


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

Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!
May 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work went-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. Reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges. All with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve ‘problems’ ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Use your own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, www.RPJFineArt.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $225
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Acrylic
May 16-19, 2017 (8:30am-3:30pm) — Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $495 by March 16th; $545 after March 16th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May
May 18-21, 2017 — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway. Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

Beginner Level
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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Abstraction as Experience
June 1-3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction within the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and conceptual interests. Group discussions will provide analytical and constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Experimental Approaches to Paint Media
June 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this multi-faceted workshop, you will examine abstraction, materials, and process. Experimental methods with traditional media will provide you with techniques and inspiration to incorporate into your creative practice. Wendi will guide you through a series of explorations, including material investigations, collaborations, and personal expression exercises. These experiments will act as a framework for a set of finished, more complex works that address your individual artistic pursuits. Each day will include demonstrations, slide lectures of the work of contemporary artists, group discussion on making and defining art, and one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Interior Light
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will examine atmosphere, light, and color as they relate to interior space. Expand your observational skills and strengthen your techniques as you engage in the tradition of recording spaces and places bathed in interior light. Daily demonstrations and conversations will provide strategies and context in approaching this subject matter, including composition, value, color, lighting, personal interpretation, and an overview of artists working in this manner. You will work from photo references, as well as on locations in environments ranging from a barn to a restaurant. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $435, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

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Italian Landscapes Painting Workshop with Yoga & Cooking
June 17-24, 2017 — Indulge in a variety of creative experiences and recharge your batteries through the power of Yoga. If you are passionate about all things Italian, then this course is for you. We will spend 6 mornings and two afternoons drawing, sketching and painting the beautiful local scenery and ancient hill-top towns. Your experienced and patient tutor will demonstrate and guide you through the use of various media. A great opportunity for beginners to explore different media and techniques. Experienced painters can create in stunning new surroundings and are invited to venture away from familiar media. Three 2 hour Hatha Yoga and and one fun cooking class are also included. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John W. Skelcher

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Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Vibrant Color and Vital Energies: Mixed Media Figure Painting
June 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Capture the energy, vitality, and essence of the living model in layers of paint and pastel. Expand your observational skills in this workshop focused on painting and drawing from a live model. Using various underpainting strategies, spontaneous gestural mark-making, and playful color, create dynamic mixed media works of the figure. Each day you will spend approximately four to five hours painting and drawing from a live model. Different poses, vantage points, and lighting will be utilized. Demonstrations and lecture topics will include use of line, value, planar analysis, and how to apply color theory in your figurative works. Through relaxed and supportive critiques, you will gain insight and see improvement. Those with some drawing experience will benefit the most from this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, www.CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Layered: Painting and the Digital Image
June 19-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will use layered and collaged materials to work directly and quickly in the process of image-making. Working with acrylic paints and a variety of mixed-media, Holly will demonstrate and discuss image transfers, gluing techniques, expressive painting methods, surfaces, supports, media compatibility, and layering materials. You will gain an understanding of various strategies in combining different media successfully. This method of working provides immediate feedback and assists you in identifying issues while actively developing each piece. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and process. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $590, Non-Members: $625
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Unbounded: A Mixed-Media Laboratory
June 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of mixed-media painting techniques. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including collage, water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed material, and other found 2D materials to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in working with various media and techniques. In this workshop, you will learn through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. Compositional strategies, historical and contemporary context, and idea generation will be emphasized. You will work on multiple projects over the course of the workshop, providing lots of opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Leah Schreiber, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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


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

Intermediate Level

Order into Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting
June 28 - July 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoons with Emmett available for individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level

Landscapes Imagined and Observed
July 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by playful exploration, this workshop will examine the visual language of the landscape. Utilizing strategies to simplify compositions, distill imagery, and invent space, you will create a series of plein air sketches and paintings to later be used as reference for abstraction and experimentation in the studio. You will begin by documenting the surrounding landscape while working on-site with sketching and painting materials; exploring composition and identifying value and color. You will then bring your observed work into the studio to use as inspiration for landscapes of your own imagining. A lecture and series of exercises will help you select your favorite moments from the plein air works, such as palette combinations, shapes, mark-making, or imagery, to inform a new painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Melanie Brown, www.MelaniePBrown.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level

Abstraction through Observation
July 12-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting
July 17-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Jo bases her fun-filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials; she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer, pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue. You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been coated with white and black Gesso. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Monhegan island, Maine Painting Workshop
July 24-28, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Monhegan Island, Maine 2 day Painting Workshop
July 24-25, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

Intermediate Level

Sense of Place
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Learning to See Your Subject en Plein Air
July 31 - August 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The act of seeing is a crucial skill for any artist. In this workshop, you will explore the specifics of learning to see your subject matter, interpret its visual elements, and translate that information to canvas. The fundamental principles of plein air painting will be emphasized, as you work to capture form, atmosphere, and space. Mitch will provide demonstrations on a variety of topics, including creating sound compositions, identifying value and color, and using edge. You will work en plein air to apply these concepts. If there is inclement weather, you will work in the studio. Individual attention will be a high priority. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters, however all demonstrations will be done in oil. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.MitchBaird.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

Intermediate Level

All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Abstract Acrylic Techniques
August 4-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition and materiality. Through an overview of abstraction, learn how to simplify images into shapes, colors, and textures and translate that information into visually interesting abstract works. Beki will demonstrate a series of acrylic painting methods to help you find new and creative ways to apply paint while playing with design elements. You will practice basic painting techniques, as well as palette knife work, impasto, and glazing. Class discussions will explore a variety of topics, including how to know when an abstract composition is complete. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece
August 9-15, 2017 — For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Modern Impressionism In Action
August 12-15, 2017 (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: $625 by June 1; $675 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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


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

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


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

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Contemporary Practices in Abstract Acrylics
August 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand your knowledge of contemporary abstract painting in this intensive workshop. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting compositions from a formal point of view; focusing on color, value, line, shape, scale, and surface. Through lectures and demonstrations each morning, Ellen will share techniques specific to the acrylic medium, how to use color relationships to your advantage, and how to develop surfaces. Afternoons will be spent applying and practicing these concepts with Ellen available for individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Ellen Richman, www.EllenRichman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic
August 15-19, 2017 — 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.deborastewart.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
August 17-20, 2017 — Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics
August 31 - September 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and chance, this workshop provides an opportunity to open up your practice and push yourself to experiment. Using large brushes and non-traditional mark-making tools, you will discover how to paint loosely, yet intuitively. This workshop will begin with several experimental challenges led by Karen to help you arrive at a new place in your work. You will apply that spontaneity to more developed works that you can take home and be proud of. A constructive critique will close the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Ragus, www.Ragus.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Introduction to Painting in Oil/Acrylic
August 31 - September 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Designed to introduce students to oil and acrylic painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in structural drawing, compositional strategies, color theory, and paint application. Through daily demonstrations, Christian will illustrate a variety of techniques and concepts, including structural drawing with an emphasis on types of line, composition, and perspective. Learn direct and indirect painting methods and their benefits in the field and studio, as well as color theory and mixing. There will be ample time to practice these techniques and discuss your progress with Christian individually and with your fellow students in group critiques. You can expect to create at least one finished painting. This workshop is open to novices in oil or acrylic paint. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Christian Helser, www.ChristianHelser.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Unique Island artist workshop in Helsinki
September 3-14, 2017 — Explore a Scandinavian influence for your art in Helsinki, Finland. This workshop is for independent artists seeking a unique instructional experience coupled with time to explore Helsinki’s world class arts and design culture. Stay in your own apartment in Central Helsinki and attend class in an island studio a few minutes’ ferry ride off the coast. With a limit of 10 students, you will receive individual and group instruction in English with an exceptional instructor to enhance and develop your art. Quality lodging in a great location, a travel pass to easily explore Helsinki and social events to meet and compare notes with your fellow artists make for an exceptional and memorable experience. Visit www.selftourshaws.com to learn more. Visit website


Location: Helsinki, Finland
Sponsor: Self Tours Art Workshops LLC
Cost: $3,100
Email: Debra Self
Phone: 626-524-9700

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


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

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


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

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Trinity Plein Air Retreat 2017
September 10-15, 2017 — Paint along side local Artist Elizabeth Burry, in this unique retreat designed for the novice to the expert artist who would like to combine their love of painting with exploring & experiencing one of the most scenic areas of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is not an instructional workshop however there will be time dedicated each afternoon to group sharing with fellow painters. Spend your time learning and painting, living, relaxing & enjoying unique experiences to make your week one to remember. This retreat is designed with a focus on multiple afternoon & evening activities, while allowing time for individual expression and exploration in morning painting sessions. Visit website


Location: Trinity NL, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth Burry
Sponsor: Elizabeth Burry Studios
Cost: varies
Email: Elizabeth
Phone: 709-697-1061

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


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

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


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

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Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Exploring Composition in Painting
September 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Whether painting en plein air or using a photo reference, two-dimensional design and composition are the underpinnings of any painting. This workshop will explore and strengthen your compositional strategies by helping you develop focal points and create movement. Through demonstrations, group discussions with visual references, and one-on-one instruction, Jacque will share how to develop an area of dominance, as well as secondary centers of interest to keep your viewers’ eyes moving around the painting. Group critiques in a relaxed and positive environment will close each day. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters of all levels. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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The Art of Studio Painting from Photographs
September 21-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Motivated by gesture and expression, this workshop focuses on material, application, and composition. Using photographic references, you will break down each painting into manageable stages while implementing new techniques, identifying personal goals, and enjoying the process. Tom will demonstrate and guide you through a variety of concepts and techniques, as well as provide individualized instruction as you incorporate what you learn into your work. Using provided photo references, you will bring your work to the next level and begin in a new direction aligned with your artistic goals. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, pastel, or acrylic. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $395, Non-Members: $430
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Fast, Loose and Bold Painting
September 25-29, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: how to see limited values clearly; how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities; bravura brushwork and eliminating needless brushstrokes; how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes; the importance of grays & colorful grays; and more! Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence. Patti has received numerous national awards and scholarships, and is represented in galleries from NY, NY to Carmel, CA. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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


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

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Linda Fisler - Palette Knife Artist and Author
September 29 - October 3, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm) — Would you like to paint lovely landscapes in oil or acrylic confidently and more easily? Instruction is relaxed, in my home studio and outdoors in the Broadlands neighborhood, limited to 12 students. Linda will teach you how she paints from life outdoors, using palette knives (talk about easy clean up compared to brushes!). Learn how to compose and edit landscape paintings. Then learn how to compose and edit documents like your biography, resume, newsletter, social media posts, etc. Each day in the workshop you will learn techniques for fully expressing yourself visually and literally. Every student will receive a free copy of Linda's instructional book, Four Pillars to Build Your Masterpiece. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Linda Fisler
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $385
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

Intermediate Level

Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Painting from Photo Reference
October 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Certain subjects are nearly impossible to paint from life, which leaves artists with only a photo reference from which to work. The emphasis of this workshop is to transform reference material into paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Through lectures, image presentations, demonstrations, and individualized feedback, Dawn will guide you through the process of how to use photographs as a reference, not as a manual. You will provide your own original reference material, print or digital, in the subject matter of your choosing, including people, landscapes, and/or interiors. Dawn’s technical instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, however acrylic painters who are proficient in the medium are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $570, Non-Members: $605
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level

Image to Abstract
October 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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Intermediate Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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Art Coaching Workshop
One week, all year round (afternoon) — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 950 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: 0034 619164632

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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