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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
February 15-19, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting classes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Classes will meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. at different locations near the Centro Jardin (town square)and other scenic places. Classes will cover composition and design, color, value, the effects of light, painting materials techniques, and how to get a solid start for more success and still have fun! Demos will be in oil paint. "Handouts" will be sent well in advance. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Art Workshop in Plein Air and Studio Painting
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Plein Air and Studio Painting in wonderful San Miguel! Classes will cover choosing subjects, composition, value, color, painting techniques, use of painting knives, group critiques and lots of personal attention (and fun!). Classes will be held near the Centro and outer areas and in a garden and meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri with Wed as free day. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 16-18, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fairhope, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Art Center
Email: Hannah Lyle
Phone: 251-928-2228 ext. 107

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
February 22, 2016 (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 video lessons. 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
February 22-26, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting (6 day or 3 day workshop)
February 25 - March 2, 2016 (9AM - 3PM) — In “Naples” paint on site at cafés, historic cottages and the coast. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures along the streets. “Nature” features the nearby Everglades, comprising, palms, mangroves and the last virgin forests of the majestic bald cypress. Paint in an exotic natural garden with rare giant ferns, air plants, wood storks, and owls. Demonstration and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, presented on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries. Visit website


Location: Naples, FL
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Cost: $375. / $675.
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 26-28, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

Rick Worth Painting Boot Camp - March
March 1-29, 2016 (Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm or 6-8:30pm) — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! All supplies included. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $125 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Plein Air Studies for Large Paintings with Mike Rooney
March 2-23, 2016 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — Gather ideas in the sunshine, and then perfect them in the studio. Mike Rooney is one of North Carolina’s top Plein Air painters and workshop instructors. His art is featured nationally in over 12 galleries. Mike tours in Eastern Coast from Cape Cod to the Keys capturing on canvas all the beauty that the coast has to offer. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Outdoor Painting from Life Sarasota
March 3-4, 2016 (10:00am - 4:00pm) — Workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - plus *admission to Ringling Art after 5 and Ringling Underground Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
March 7-11, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 8-10, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Conroe, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Conroe Art League
Email: Nikie Wishnow
Phone: 832-291-7847

Beginner Level

Painting Foundations
March 9 - April 13, 2016 (Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.) — Have you always wanted to paint but don't know where to start? If you answered yes, this class is for you! The goal of this session is to instill confidence and know-how in each new painter by covering the basics of this wonderful and incredibly versatile medium. Topics to be explored include which brushes to use for different techniques/brush work, understanding value and mixing a value step scale, wipe out paintings, color theory, palette organization, and composition. Paint in oils or acrylics. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Holly Hudson
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $340 All materials included.
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Perfecting the Painting Process
March 11-13, 2016 — Learn how to put 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. Students will work from still life set ups and from the live model if time allows. Oil, Pastel or Water Media. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Ned Mueller, nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creative Collage Online Workshop
March 11, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of 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

Drawing in Wet Media
March 14 - April 25, 2016 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Explore the interactive nature of drawing with brush and pen on paper with various media including ink, acrylic, charcoal and graphite in order to create a wide range of mark-making and tonal effects. Subject matter will include still life, interior spaces, memory and the non-objective. Instruction features in-class demonstrations, critiques, and references to works in history. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $325
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
March 14-18, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscapes: Luminosity & Color in Water & Skies
March 17-20, 2016 (9:00 am-4:30 pm) — David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations. Respected teacher, lecturer and juror well versed in all mediums including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and encaustic. Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Visit daviddunlop.com. Instruction will be offered to artists working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor each day. This 4-day workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo, in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David Dunlop
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members / $620 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
March 18, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Dry Tortugas Plein Air Trip with Priscilla Coote
March 19, 2016 — An exotic island awaits, only a few hours away. Join Priscilla Coote on this one-day painting expedition to this island of history, wildlife, incredible turquoise water and white sand beaches. An ultimate Key West plein air adventure! Your price includes a full day of demonstration and individualized instruction in any painting medium, as well as transportation aboard the Yankee Freedom III catamaran with breakfast and lunch plus all of their included amenities of National Park entry, guided tours and free snorkel gear. During the four-and-a-half hours of actual island time, Priscilla will give one or more painting demonstrations. Students can then proceed to their choice of painting locations. Individualized attention will be given to each student’s level and medium. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Priscilla Coote, www.pcoote.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $275, $255 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level

Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
March 21-25, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
April 2, 2016 (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 video lessons. 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Portrait Painting
April 2-3, 2016 — We will be painting from the live model for 2 days. Friday night we will have a demonstration at the WIFAS studio on Edgecliff Drive for participants. Time 5 - 7 pm. In this workshop, Liana will go through the steps necessary to create a wonderful portrait in your own style. Handouts will be available. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Liana Bennett, www.lianabennett.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $230, including model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Rick Worth Painting Boot Camp - April
April 5-26, 2016 (Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm or 6-8:30pm) — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! All supplies included. Visit website


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

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor – Use Like Oil
April 9-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Students will paint a landscape in which they incorporate the juicy, transparent characteristics of watercolor and the richness and forgiving nature of oil – in the same painting! A photo will be provided, but students are always welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


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

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Spontaneous Abstraction
April 9-10, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop will focus on different techniques that will enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Visit website


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

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
April 9, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of 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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Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell in Sedona Arizona
April 10-16, 2016 (9am - 9pm) — This mentoring program is focused on advancing your craft and on career-building. It is an exciting, in-depth program different from Mr Handell's workshops. Everyone will paint together during the day, every day, both in the morning and afternoon. You will paint along with Mr Handell as he starts and finishes his paintings on location. In the evening will be a critique of the day's paintings and continued instruction, plus valuable (and effective) information on career-building. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
April 11-15, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 16-23, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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


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

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 17 - May 22, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking available and restrooms available on site. Note: Bartram's Garden members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
April 18-22, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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How to Create Better Paintings – Studio Class
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Acclaimed Irish Born, American Colorist Hugh O’Neill has painted and taught all over the world. He will give lessons that will stay with students for a lifetime of artistic endeavors. This dynamic workshop is designed for all levels, including beginners and for most mediums. You will learn how to understand and simplify complex views and how to create strong vibrant paintings with fluid and confident brush work. You will be taught how to see more clearly and learn how to mix vibrant colors that enhance and are vital to any style of art. Hugh O’Neill will demonstrate while he explains and describes each key point. You will also receive very useful critiques at certain times throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Hugh O’Neill
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $740
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 22-24, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting in the Desert with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for threef ull days of painting in the desert around Scottdale, Arizona. Locations may include Lost Dutchman State Park. Sponsored by Scottsdale Artists School and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists School
Cost: $400
Email: Daniel Caprario
Phone: (800) 333-5707

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Drawing and Painting Workshop
April 23-30, 2016 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Landscape & Still Life
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Art Academia is honored to host Slava Korolenkov from Moscow, Russia for a 5 day landscape and still life workshop in the field. As a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Storgaov Academy of Art, Slava is best known for his mastery of color and bold brushwork. His works are exhibited internationally and are well represented in private collections throughout Japan, USA, Germany, France, and elsewhere. He has extensive teaching experience both in Russia and abroad, and we are excited to have him share his techniques with us during his Spring trip to California. Visit website


Location: San Mateo, CA
Instructor: Slava Korolenkov
Sponsor: Art Academia
Cost: $650
Email: Inna Polnar
Phone: 650-579-4456

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
April 25-29, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 26 - May 24, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a membership voucher to Morris Arboretum, free parking and use of the facilities. For more information about Morris Arboretum, visit: morrisarboretum.org. Morris Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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Painting in Portugal
April 30 - May 7, 2016 (10am - 10am) — This workshop is held in a charming village just outside of Lisbon and includes excursions and most meals. Daily studio and plein-air classes are open to painters of all levels and mediums: oil, acrylic and watercolor. We will focus on painting traditional still-life subjects in and around the village cottages: clay pottery, doorways, windows, and surrounding nature. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will show you how to enhance your work by considering unique compositions and various brush painting techniques. We will also paint at several wonderful sites on our visits to Sintra, Mafra, Ericeira and Obidos. Material list required. (8 painters max.) Visit website


Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $1600.US double occupancy
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
May 1, 2016 (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 video lessons. 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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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
May 2-6, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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


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

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Rick Worth Painting Boot Camp - May
May 3-31, 2016 (Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm or 6-8:30pm) — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! All supplies included. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rick Worth
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $125 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 3-5, 2016 (11am-2pm) — Drawing and painting out-of-doors presents unique surprises and pleasures as well as particular challenges. Working at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, learn tactics to efficiently set up on location, select a composition and capture the light, color and shapes of the surrounding landscape. Students may work in the drawing/painting media of their choice. Free parking and restroom facilities available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Painting in Batavia, Illinois, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 6-7, 2016 (10-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two full days (Fri-Sat) of outdoor painting at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois. We'll paint in any of several beautiful parks along the Fox River, and Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $250
Email: Kari Kraus
Phone: 630-761-9977

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies
May 7-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape paintings are only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for either plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $285
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
May 8, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of 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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Plein Air Painting in Rural Indiana, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 9-11, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for three full days (Mon-Wed) at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, Indiana. We'll paint on this beautiful, 60-acre farm with fields, ponds, a barn and spring wildflowers. Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Art Barn
Cost: $325
Email: Jane
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Painting in Spain: All Media Painting Workshop
May 9-16, 2016 — Join in the fun, with artist and instructor Pat Fiorello, as you learn, grow and see new places through the eyes of an artist during this inspiring 8-day painting workshop in beautiful Spain! Pat has extensive experience teaching on location in the U.S. and Europe and is author of the book “Bella Italia, Italy through the Eyes of an Artist.” Whether you are new to painting or experienced, you will improve your ability to observe the landscape and capture its essence. We’ll focus on how to select landscape elements and compose a beautiful painting based on what inspires you and how to then simplify the landscape and mass values for greatest impact. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Pat Fiorello, www.patfiorello.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
May 9-13, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Color and Energy Workshop (Oils or Acrylics)
May 10-13, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O'Neil for this four-day painting intensive. Working from still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes, and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color. Building form with value and color will be emphasized. The relationship of color theory to representational painting will be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Karen O'Neil, karenoneilfineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 12-14, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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Wet and Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color
May 13-15, 2016 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Creatives Retreat at a Tuscany Farm/cooking school
May 14-20, 2016 — Join us for a creatives retreat at a magical working farm/cooking school in Tuscany, 12 miles from Siena. Spannocchia is an historic sustainable farm with hiking paths, farm animals, Tuscan cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine and great food. Includes accommodations, local transfers to/from Florence, most meals w/wine, and excursion to Siena. Spannocchia is one of the most tranquil places on earth. All levels welcome for painting, hiking and cooking classes. Visit website


Location: Spannocchia, Italy
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
May 16-20, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
May 19-25, 2016 — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by master artists who made the Bermuda pilgrimage, as well as the opportunity to paint alongside the Bermuda Plein Air Painters on their regular Sunday morning excursion and to enjoy the Bermuda Day festivities on May 24. Visit website


Location: St. George, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 20-22, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Paint the Italian Spring
May 21 - June 4, 2016 — La Romita School of Art has been providing artists with the perfect working vacation for nearly 50 years. You will stay at La Romita, an exquisitely renovated sixteenth century Capuchin monastery surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. There will be day trips to the scenic hill towns that dot the region. Experience sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and the warm hospitality. This is a pastel landscape workshop, but open to other materials. Barbara will teach you how to improve your composition, structure your paintings using a solid value study. You will learn how to interpret the rich colors and warm textures that are unique to the Italian landscape. Price includes all meals, accommodations, and workshop. Visit website


Location: Terni, Italy
Instructor: Barbara Lawrence
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Cost: $3,850.00
Email: Barbara Lawrence
Phone: 415-717-1238

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Cortona en Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Plein air painting is on the rise and is it any wonder why? We find it challenging & fun, we get to be outside and we can take our passion to places like Italy! Painting en plein air requires a process of logic and intuition; a way of seeing and translating, recording and interpreting, deep soul searching with a sense of play. This workshop will encompass the principles of good painting: creativity, color, value, shape, composition, drawing, edge and variety. Twenty years of plein air experience and ten years of teaching has allowed Larry to distill the process of painting into learnable techniques. Experienced painters as well as beginners are welcome. Visit website


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 21-28, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Painters Retreat in the South of France
May 22-28, 2016 — Join us for an unforgettable art adventure at La Napoule Painters Retreat on the French Riviera. The Chateau de La Napoule and art foundation lie just southwest of Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France...a painter's dream holiday. Paint the beautiful grounds and gardens of the chateau, explore the village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. So much inspiration. All levels and all mediums welcome as well as non painters. $600 deposit. Visit website


Location: Mandeleiu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875. Add $150 for Sea View Room.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winter Park, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Crealde School of Art
Email: Barbara Tiffany
Phone: 407-671-1886

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
May 23-27, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level

Visionary Artist Retreat and Master Workshop with Juan Carlos Taminc
June 1-15, 2016 — This unique retreat is specially designed for artists who wish to further explore and develop their skills in the area of visionary painting, while immersed in the magic of the Amazon rainforest. Through connecting to the visionary realms in ayahuasca ceremony and work with other medicinal plants of indigenous peoples, the participants will have an opportunity to attune to Divine Inspiration and to give their work a new depth. Juan Carlos will be giving guided lectures, and workshops, as well as ceremonies and dieta. Each participant will work with ayahuasca and the traditional artist-plant Hiponbe Kene. We have beautiful treehouse accommodation in the Amazon Rainforest. Please see our website for more information about what we do. Visit website


Location: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Instructor: Juan Carlos Taminchi
Sponsor: Overview Canto Luz Centre for Research and Cultural Preservation
Cost: $2500-2600 US
Email: Mariya Garnet

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Art Retreat in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
June 2-5, 2016 (All day each day) — Located in Limberlost Forest Reserve in Muskoka, 10,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes to paint. Keith paints in a free, post impressionist style and will help you loosen up and capture the raw power of the landscape. He will also be introducing you to modern colour theory and showing you how you can use a limited palette to create almost any colour. Visit website


Location: Muskoka, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 4-11, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Plein Air France: Vineyards & Villages
June 4-11, 2016 — Looking for a great value Plein Air workshop in the south of France? Spend 7 nights in a splendid accommodation set high on a hilltop, overlooking vineyards, olive groves and an ancient village. Daily painting trips with your accomplished instructor to castles, flower fields, walled cities, and seaside vistas. Full board, supplies, and transfers included! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Mary Lou Boardman
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Painting Tuscan Life: Figures and Landscapes of Seravezza
June 6-18, 2016 — Gavin Glakas is an award-winning artist who specializes in portraits and landscapes. His class will focus on all the building blocks needed to create accurate and dynamic paintings of and influenced by the incomparable Tuscan ambiance. He will be working on ongoing landscapes and figures, one in the mornings and one in the afternoons. Students will be free to work alongside Gavin or on their own landscapes of town or countryside, still lives, or from the model. Gavin will be offering daily lessons, ongoing advice, and critiques throughout the course. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
June 6-10, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Monterey Bay
June 6-10, 2016 (9-4) — A plein air painting workshop in the beautiful Monterey Bay peninsula. I will be running two tracks in the workshop. One for beginners, and the other for more advanced students. If you are an absolute beginner, I will give you a solid foundational course on the most essential elements you need to understand in order to paint well, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. If you are a more experienced or professional painter, you will work on more advanced topics tailored to your needs. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a solid plan of action to work on for the following twelve months. Visit website


Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Cost: $975
Email: Jacqui Seddon
Phone: 1244428981

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Rick Worth Painting Boot Camp - June
June 7-28, 2016 (Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm or 6-8:30pm) — By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it's no wonder; he's hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in our new studio, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. Each week, follow along step by step as Rick paints a different Key West scene and walk away with your own newly minted masterpiece. Never picked up a paintbrush? This class is for you! All supplies included. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting in Amalfi Italy
June 7-14, 2016 (9 - 5pm) — Located in Amalfi Italy coast, workshop includes 7 nights, 8 days, 4 star hotel, sea view rooms, most meals, all land and ferry boat transportation including pick up at airport in Naples; paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Cooking classes available for guests and artists. Ancient Maritime Regatta occurs week before workshop. Not to be missed! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Cost: $2.975 artist; $2.575, artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Rocky Mountains Plein Air Workshop
June 12-15, 2016 — Plein Air Painting Workshop, Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with accomplished, award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. The spring wildflowers will be carpeting the valleys, and the snow melt high in the mountains will be filling the creeks with clear rushing water, beckoning us to set up our easels. Your relaxing stay at one of the few remaining authentic renovated Historic Lodges built over 100 years ago is located just outside of the National Park. Modern, private, en-suite rooms for 4 nights, welcome dinner, boxed lunches, heated swimming pool, bar, hot-tub, all ground transfers. Painting demonstrations, consultations, and one on one guidance with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. $1,450 all-inclusive* Book early for this fun and exciting adventure! Visit website


Location: Estes, CO
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $1,450
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 13-15, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Penninsula School of Art
Email: Andra Nyman
Phone: 920-868-3455

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
June 13-17, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Studio Italia 2016
June 14-24, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD$ 2985 (around US$ 2350 as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
June 16-19, 2016 (All day each day) — The Ottawa Valley is a fantastic place to paint. Old century farms, cataracts, rivers, villages, rolling hills. Many paintings were done in this area by the Canadian painters, the Group of Seven. Keith will also be introducing you to Modern colour Theory and how you can use his limited palette to paint almost any colour easily. This is an all inclusive retreat. Visit website


Location: Renfrew, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $775
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Plein Air in Provence
June 18-25, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and living in Provence! We'll stay in a beautifully restored former silk mill, including a lavender field right out back! Class size is limited to 6-8 participants. Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily, as well as paint at our location which is stunning! Come join us...you won't be disappointed! Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
June 18-25, 2016 (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. Visit website


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

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ArtisTTable France, Morvan - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 18-25, 2016 — The ArtisTTable takes pride in providing rich art retreat experiences. Escape from your daily routine and concentrate on painting and creative process. We will be in the Morvan region of France because it provides inspiring locations on farms with rolling hills and quaint villages. Beginning and intermediate painters will find a nurturing environment during demonstrations an plenty of one-on-one support and instruction by ArtisTTable artist-founders, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from the train, mindfulness training designed to break creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists Workshop to enable us to write and speak about our art. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: LaRochemillay, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Secret Sacred France
June 18-25, 2016 — Take a step back in time to an unspoiled region in the south of France that is cloaked in medieval mystery. Paint the land of the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and iconic sites of intrigue such as Rennes Le Chateau. Each day you will accompany your experienced Plein Air instructor, Inez Hudson, to stunning landscapes throughout this mystical region. The workshop includes 7 days full board (with wine!) in spectacular accommodations, transfers, daily painting trips, lectures and learning activities, wine tastings, basic Plein Air supplies and more! This workshop is a feast for the eyes and the imagination at an unbeatable price! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Inez Hudson
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
June 20-24, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Magic of Watercolor
June 22-26, 2016 — In a cozy house on the water, on Orr’s Island, ME we help you find or fine tune your own unique artistic expression, your own language of color and form and marks on a surface. I combine daily demos with my intuitive talents in my teaching. You will learn to work quickly to capture a special moment in time. You may work in acrylic or pastel if you choose as well. The Maine coast provides the most alive and inspiring land and seascapes to inspire you. We incorporate meditation to help us relax and connect with our inner voice. Includes most meals, lodging, and instruction. Enjoy 4 full days of artistic inspiration and like minded community. Personalized instruction. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $865
Email: Melissa Harris
Phone: 845-340-9632

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Stuart Shapiro
Phone: 404-237-6331 x208

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Acrylic Marathon
June 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Want to learn all about acrylics, the most versatile of all paint materials? Spend three days working with different acrylic paint formulas - Heavy Body, Fluids and High Flow, plus a variety of acrylic gels, molding pastes and mediums used to build texture, create glazes, and extend paint. Apply gorgeous grounds (surfaces to work on), pour paint, apply stencils, transfer images, create washes, make skins and make art! Receive clear explanations of materials and become comfortable with new techniques as you create images layer upon layer. Join Golden Artist Colors Certified Working Artist Bonnie Cutts for this fun-filled, information-packed workshop and leave with tons of ideas. Open to all levels of experience. All paints and mediums provided. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $330
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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En Plein Air Workshop on Orr's & Bailey Island, Maine
June 26-30, 2016 (9am to 4pm) — For Oil or Acrylic painters & for Pastel artists. The firth year of the wonderful sojourn. Imagine painting on location in spring up in Maine. Each day students will pick a new location & paint/draw a work of art in the am & another in the aft. We will visit three locations which includes open ocean, beach area, docks & boats & a rocky shore line. Students will learn how to simplify forms, develop areas of trees & rocks to create depth, color relationships in the water, sky & land, & other compositional issues. Learn to work quickly & capture a moment in time. All levels. Fee includes: most meals, lodging and instruction. Great artists conversations & daily critiques. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Jill M. Pottle
Cost: $825
Email: Jill M. Pottle
Phone: 978-582-0985

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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ArtisTTable Netherlands, Olst - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 28 - July 5, 2016 — Participants in ArtisTTable Art Retreats are treated real adventure and escape from their regular routine, by concentrating primarily on seeing and painting while exploring new directions in artistic process and practice. We will be based in a refurbished Dutch farm house, just outside of Olst, The Netherlands. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from train station, workshops in mindfulness that help overcome creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists workshop that will help us to find the language to enable us to talk and write about our work. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: Olst, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 28-30, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Roswell, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Roswell Fine Arts Alliance
Email: Sherry Hardage
Phone: 770-977-0238

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Painting in Belgium: Pastel Workshop (all mediums welcomed)
June 30 - July 7, 2016 — Join international award winning plein air landscape artist, Steven R. Hill, for 8 fabulous days of painting in Belgium! His workshops are especially noted for a friendly, positive, hands-on teaching style. Many of his students have now become accomplished and award winning artists themselves. Steven will provide short painting/drawing demos at each site, showing how to take overly complicated subjects into their simplest form, to make paintings that work! You will come away with many new skills: learning to simplify, edit, and compose well, while painting with confidence as you use big broad strokes, accurate values and color layering to achieve visual harmony and depth. Steven is well versed in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels, so any medium is welcomed. Visit website


Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
July 2-9, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Fearless Painting by land or by sea
July 7-14, 2016 — Fearless Painting by land or by sea is an opportunity for artists to learn unique mixed water media painting methods that lend themselves to creating dynamic, dimensional land and seascape artwork in any style, including abstraction while using watercolors, acrylics and collage. This 4-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of art tools that you never thought you could paint with, and the fearless use of mixed media. Explore painting dimensional, exciting and unique compositions and challenge yourself to use more than just transparent water media with a number 12 brush! A digital photography project will help painters to be inspired during their Acadia Maine art vacation and help them take their artwork to a new level. Visit website


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

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Magical Characters – Painting with Fluid Acrylics
July 9-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Please join me for a two day painting adventure creating our own magical characters. I encourage you to do a little light reading. Pick your favorite character from myth, fairy tale, childhood story or poem for inspiration – a story that makes you want to bring your character alive in paint. If you are looking for some quick fun inspiration, I have included some links to some fantasy name generators. Imagine painting a mermaid named Gold Deep Fin, who has flaxen hair and coloration like a coy fish or a fairy named Columbine Snowshimmer. I promise genuine fun as I take you through my painting process, from inspiration to finished piece. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karen O’Brien
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $295
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo to present specific lessons which explains exactly what to look for and how to proceed. Lois’ classes are open to artists of all levels, & mediums. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $710
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure
July 11-17, 2016 (10am) — Come with us on this 7 day adventure as we explore the landscape, wildlife and characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station near Wyndham in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture "off the beaten track" into wilderness areas not accessible to the public. You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping out beside a pristine waterhole. You'll meet the locals and get a real sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley - all while creating your art and developing techniques. Many other activities are included - peruse the itinerary on the website. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


Location: Kununurra, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61893881513

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Ireland in Color
July 11-19, 2016 (9:00 am-4:00pm) — "I learned more in two days of painting with O'Neill than I have learned in twenty years with other instructors" Denise Hodgins Call, Virginia. Well planned successful art tours since 1996 and regarded as the best. Director Irish born Hugh O'Neill knows those special places of 5 star visual beauty: Enjoy a relaxed cultural adventure: History, Music, Castles, Golf, dramatic coastlines, fresh local food. Designed for all levels and aspiring artists with no experience. Separate itinerary for spouses, friends. Opportunity of a life time. No lugging equipment around. Private coach and driver takes you right to beautiful spots to paint. All Art materials can be in Ireland for you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: En Plein Air International
Cost: $3300.00
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
July 11-15, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast
July 14-23, 2016 — Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Festival
Cost: $2,975
Email: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Phone: +1 202 468 9953

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Provence Plein Air
July 17-27, 2016 — This extended workshop includes ten nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $4299 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
July 18-22, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
July 19-21, 2016 — The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. We will go out to paint for the three hours of class with the purpose to better visualize color, light and space in this short time. This will lead to a richer understanding of color interaction that can benefit successive paintings that you do on your own. I will begin with a demonstration and end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 19-22, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 19-22, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 21-23, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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Jam Packed & Abstract
July 25-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Immerse yourself in a world of Abstract acrylic (mixed media) painting where we will dive into several of the elements of design, exploring how they are used in the principles of art. Sound complicated and too art ‘schoolish’? Think again! Jodi will help you approach your painting through experimental yet guided demonstrations and exercises. Color, texture, balance, line, patterns and more will become second nature when you learn the basic foundations on how to create abstract paintings. Bring your journal along for note taking, and some simple exercises to remember when you are back home. Students will be working on 2 medium sized canvases or if you prefer for travel reasons, large sheets of water color paper (poster sized). Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $285
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
July 25-29, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 25-27, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 25-27, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Provence Plein Air II
July 27 - August 5, 2016 — This extended workshop includes eight nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $3699 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Funky Little Neighborhoods & Journal Jam
July 27-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Do you have an adventurous spirit and an eye for the unusual? Do you love color and texture? During this fabulous 2 day art extravaganza you will be amazed at the range of creative directions you can go. You’ll adore these funky and happy little neighborhoods that we will create! Your instructor, Jodi Ohl, will lead you through art journaling exercises along with a host of painting demonstrations and tutorials. Working on journal spreads and a large painting throughout the 2 days, students will come away with more than just a painting and a few journal pages, they will have inspiration and an assortment of painting techniques in acrylic/mixed media which can be used in a variety of different art processes. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $285
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
August 1-5, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting for the Studio Artist (and everyone else)!
August 1-4, 2016 — Whether you have never stepped out of your studio or are a seasoned Plein Air painter, you will truly enjoy looking at the landscape in a slightly different way. Having spent 40+ years as an advertising veteran, I view the world slightly differently than other artists. As a seasoned art director, I know what constitutes a great design. And creating a pleasing landscape painting is no different. We will explore focal points, visual pathways, drawing execution, value and color, and one of my very favorite topics… Color Temperature! All of these elements play a huge role in creating a successful painting and we will work together to achieve just that. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Christine Ivers
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Monhegan Island Painting & Visualization Workshop
August 1-5, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Mirror neurons help us learn by integrating new information through observation, a key part of what Jacq provides through her demonstrations. Visualization most likely also engages the mirror neurons, thus enhancing the incorporation of new approaches to our painting while also encouraging creatively developing your own style. Lastly, by being part of a community of painters, you can "learn" by seeing how everyone's style is unique to that individual; thus, encouraging the further development of your own style. Visit website


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

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Monhegan Island Painting & Visualization Workshop
August 1-2, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Mirror neurons help us learn by integrating new information through observation, a key part of what Jacq provides through her demonstrations. Visualization most likely also engages the mirror neurons, thus enhancing the incorporation of new approaches to our painting while also encouraging creatively developing your own style. Lastly, by being part of a community of painters, you can "learn" by seeing how everyone's style is unique to that individual; thus, encouraging the further development of your own style. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 2-5, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 2-5, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
August 3-15, 2016 — Live and paint in the Tuscan village of Seravezza where Michelangelo once lived. Be inspired by ornate doorways and flower pots, laundry on the line, locals at the cafe, bridges traversing the river, a Romanesque church or the hilltop village of Pruno. Day trips to other painting locations. Trisha's teaching includes demonstrations, easel-side instruction and illustrated lectures on key topics, such as how to achieve exciting color, the secrets of powerful paintings and how to loosen up and add more life to your paintings. Accommodations and fabulous food and wine are included. Lots of expert instruction. Oils or acrylics. $150 Early Bird Discount when you register before December 31, 2015. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Trisha Adams
Sponsor: Montorno Art Workshops
Cost: $3600
Email: Trisha Adams
Phone: 540-454-5922

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
August 8-12, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 9-12, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 9-12, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 12-14, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
August 15-19, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Jumpstart Your Imagination
August 15-19, 2016 — This class is all about experimentation and fun! You'll be introduced to a boatload of mixed media and techniques, some of which may be: texture gels, collage, mono print, pouring, powdered dyes to name a few of the possibilities. You'll then have the opportunity to use some of these techniques in actual paintings, too. Kathie will have several examples from which you may choose, or you may decide to work on subjects of your own choosing. In any case, this class will give you a ton of ideas for your own work, or for giving you a new direction and inspiration! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kathie George
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Sara & Bernie's Excellent Painting Adventure in Italy
August 19-31, 2016 — Sara and Bernie will both instruct in plein air and studio painting. Any medium or skill level is ok; demos will be done in oil and gouache. Classes will cover how to choose subject matter, how to see color and value and light quality, composition, design, atmospheric perspective, painting techniques, group critiques, and lots of personal attention. Gouache can be used for field sketches or for fully realized paintings. This perfect transitional medium for the oil painter is great for traveling, dries quickly, and requires minimal supplies. Oil has the advantage of staying wet longer for those who like to work with edges and blending or working with a painting knife, which will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly & Bernie Dellario
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 19-21, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Greensboro, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Uptown Artworks
Email: Joe Wilkerson
Phone: 336-255-6345

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Art Retreat in Kawartha Highlands, Ontario, Canada
August 19-23, 2016 (All day each day) — The Kawartha Highlands are a little know wonder of Southern Ontario. Lakes, forests, bare rock faces. Plenty to challenge a landscape painter. This retreat is unique. It is a canoe-in retreat. We provide the canoes, you provide your own equipment and for. Just like landscape painters from 100 years ago. Keith will also be teaching Modern Colour theory and how to mix any colour easily. Visit website


Location: Peterborough, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Modern Impressionism In Action
August 21-24, 2016 (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: $585 by June 1; $685 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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ArtisTTable Michigan, Beaver Island - Plein Air Art Retreat
August 21-28, 2016 — Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and will be a magical place for the ArtisTTable’s August retreat. Attendees will focus intensely on painting their impressions of the island. A 1920’s lodge and its forested grounds will be our inspiring home base as we explore lake shores, woods and the town of St. James. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Your fee for your stay is all-inclusive; including: food, lodging and ferry transport to the island from Charlevoix. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: St. James, MI
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1200.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
August 22-26, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
August 23-25, 2016 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $395
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Layers & Process: A Journey in Mixed Media Abstract Painting
August 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create a large mixed media abstract painting from start to finish. Learn the basics of abstract painting – the 3 C’s, the 3 WOW’s (how to make your painting fantastic), and how to critique and complete your painting. Dive into the process by watching demonstrations and then working on your painting(s). You will be creating in layers by adding and removing; mixing heavy body paints, tinting & shading, creating texture, lifting and staining, glazing with polymer mediums, and adding mixed media. This workshop will allow for lots of painting time and the opportunity to explore your own creative freedom and discovery. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Deb Chaney, www.debchaney.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $410
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape