Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Flash Forward"
July 15, 29 and August 12, 2017 (Saturdays)

Using Plein Air as a springboard, the class is designed for the experienced artist to "Move Forward", to strengthen their unique approach and to deepen their relationship to painting on location. The class begins with an open critique at the Crockett Studio and moves outside to paint plein air - with locations TBD.
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $100/day, add $75 for each additional/consecutive classes
Website, 415-307-9796

"Calvin Liang Artist Workshop"
August 15-18, 2017

Award-winning artist Calvin Liang will be teaching with a focus on painting on location from direct observation. Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Plan a composition that will most effectively capture your vision. See and use warm and cool color in landscape. Learn to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting. Consider the reasons for different paint textures and brushstroke direction. Simplify the subject through the use of design, value, color, and drawing and get the best results in a short time. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171

"Still Life Painting / Arts Benicia"
August 19-20, 2017

Intro to Still Life Painting: Learn to organize, compose, and paint still life with basic but fun set-ups. Creating the illusion of dimensional form, glass, capturing light and color / values will be covered. The class is focused in oil, but open to other mediums.
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $240 Non members, $225 Members
Sponsor: Arts Benicia
Website, email, 707-747-0131

"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
August 28-31, 2017

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,
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955

"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 11-15, 2017

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results.
Location: Monterey, California
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"Greg LaRock Artist Workshop"
September 20-23, 2017

Make your paintings look amazing in plein air! Join Greg LaRock for a fun-filled adventure exploring the world of design and perspective in the landscape. Make your paintings look believable and feel real. Learn to improve your drawing and understand angles to get better urban and natural landscapes. Greg will teach you the techniques to make the figures on your boardwalks and street scenes fall into place and your bluffs and beaches look solid. Learn to master distinct values and color temperature. If you struggle with your work and think it lacks the strength of believability, this workshop will fix that!
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Greg LaRock
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171

"John Salminen Urban Realism Watercolor Workshop"
September 27-30, 2017

In this exclusive offering, acclaimed watercolorist John Salminen will share his approach to painting urban scenes in watercolor. Perfect for beginners or intermediate level painters, or even accomplished artists looking for a new technique, John will guide participants in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape during this four day workshop. Topics will include choosing a subject, adding mood and emotional content, lighting for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way, and most importantly, enhancing representational paintings through design. The workshop will include demonstrations, critiques, and lots of one-on-one time with the instructor. Whether you have never painted a cityscape or you are an experienced urban painter, this workshop will be an invaluable opportunity to gain new insights.
Location: Brea, California
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $600
Sponsor: City of Brea Art Gallery
Website, email, (714) 990-7731

"Watercolor Workshop"
October 2-6, 2017

Workshop to be conducted at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Designed for beginner-intermediate students. Basics will be reviewed as needed for beginners and new techniques will challenge those at the intermediate level. Personal assistance for all.
Location: Healdsburg, California
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Website, email

"Rich & Glowing Still Life"
November 6-7, 2017

Learn to paint thin layers of transparent color to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover a fresh approach to sketching in and blocking out your still life. Amanda will show you how to simplify your palette and gain a better understanding of transparent and opaque colors. Painting from her own still life setup and a large format picture, Amanda will give a painting demonstration each morning. Each student will be provided with the same printed photograph to paint from. A different grouping of objects will be discussed and painted each day. Simple strategies and plenty of one-on-one instruction will help you master warm shadows, color harmony, brush work, and composition. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171

"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson,
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


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