Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
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"Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan"
Begin your course any time
 

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

This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
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"Self-Study Painting Courses: Color"
Begin your course any time
 

Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
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"Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork"
Begin your course any time
 

Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
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"Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music"
Begin your course any time
 

In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
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"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

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 on demand video and clear explanations. The camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each 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 master these versatile paints.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Visual Journaling Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Creative Collage Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost:
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost:
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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