Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Wondrous Wax: Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Strategies for Painting Success"
June 5-8, 2018
 

Learn to simplify a complicated scene with ease! Debra will teach you the secrets to successfully painting trees, beaches, water, umbrellas, clouds, and flowers. Learn to master foreground to distance and the use of silhouettes for drama. Turn a day scene into night. There will be lots of fun strategies to explore together! We will be painting outdoors in beautiful Southern California locations. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Orange County, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"La Rusticana, 'A Plein Air Feast'"
June 8-10, 2018
 

A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this three day workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels).
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: La Rusticana Vineyards
Website, email, (408) 371-3067


"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
June 22-24, 2018
 

Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Eureka CA, this three day retreat will focus on the figure en plein air. Exercises to incorporate figures into a scene will be combined with more portrait like staging of models out of doors.
 
Location: Humboldt, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies.
 
Location: Carson Pass, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
August 29 - September 1, 2018
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 6-8, 2018
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Carlsbad, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Live Your Art Studio
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 10-12, 2018
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Art Center
Website, 209-388-1090


"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before May 10 - $495, After May 10 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019
 

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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