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Mesmerize with Metallics & Interference Paints
May 29, 2015 (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. You'll enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints, even if you've painted for years. Visit website


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

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Abstract Painting: Series as a Process
May 31 - June 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum; rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of a series create clarity of a starting point. You shed the preciousness of the individual piece, the fear of "ruining" it, which can keep you stuck. Explore multiple possibilities, try out different solutions to visual "problems", and develop confidence in uncertainty. Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $10
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint, Print, Paint!
June 1-3, 2015 — Think water soluble mediums are limited to watercolor, brush, and paper?? Think again! Join award winning artist Judy Hoiness to push your use of water soluble mixed media to the next level! In this unique workshop, discover the versatility of drawing and painting with water soluble mediums - watercolor paints/sticks/crayons/pencils, water soluble graphite, and Stabilo pencils. Use these tools to create new work or embellish and enhance old work. Explore the use of water soluble mediums on traditional watercolor papers, Yupo watercolor paper, Tyvek, and textiles. Also, try your hand at using these tools and surfaces in printing by hand or with a press. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Judy Hoiness, www.judyhoinessart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $380 - cost includes most supplies
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level

Art Workshops in the Mountains
June 2-7, 2015 (5 day course) — Open-air drawing and painting sessions in the spectacular mountains and valleys of Ordesa National Park. Reflecting on composition, scene selection, light and shade, colour, and the practice of working from life. Visit website


Location: Huesca, Spain
Instructor: Javier Aguilar
Sponsor: Arte Pirineos Petricor
Cost: 530€
Email: Sonia
Phone: +34 645 92 49 59

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Visual Journaling Online Workshop
June 5, 2015 (24/7 Online) — Art Journaling engages your creative imagination as you learn to design your ideal life & reach your goals while making art for yourself. You'll awaken your creativity, your heart & your soul with simple art journaling that connects your inner world with your outer world while nourishing your soul. Your visual journal will become your favorite, hardest working, most important art tool because you'll learn how to ask questions that encourage the best, possibility-expanding answers. And you'll understand the many different ways your art journal can serve you, from art playground to powerful life-improvement tool. This class will teach you simple, quick ways of working with paint. All skill levels. All media. Encourages creativity. Free journal. Visit website


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

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
June 5-7, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Learn how to be more creative and travel to some of the most inspiring places in the world. Working with the Tools of Visual Arts, Performance, Photography, Collage, Creative Writing, Memoir, Storytelling and Journaling. The Creativity Workshop is attended by people from all professions, ages, and countries. The Creativity Workshop in New York City will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life. What Will You Learn? This is a hands-on experiential workshop of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors' talks focus on helping you: * Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and creative process in a stimulating non-competitive environment. * Explore the process of your unique creativity, rather than simply focusing on the product. * Discover how to find inspiration in the world around you. * Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

Intermediate Level

Mixed Media Technique Image Transfer
June 6, 2015 (3:00-6:30pm) — Transferring your own photographs or images directly onto your art is the perfect way to personalize your artwork. Learn an easy technique to transfer images and experiment with different surfaces like wood, cloth or directly over your artwork. We will also cover how to prepare the surface for a successful transfer. Must have prior painting experience. All materials are included. Adult Ages 18+ Must register by June 3rd. Visit website


Location: Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $60
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: (626) 470-7278

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A Tuscan Obsession: Mixed Media and Yoga in Tuscany
June 6-13, 2015 (all day) — The Art: This workshop will allow both passionate beginners and inspired artists to discover possibilities and explore a variety of methods to respond to and interpret the surrounding landscape of Tuscany. Working both from observation and on-site sketches we will use materials such as ink, pastel, water-based paints and collage methods. The Yoga: Enjoy spirited Yoga and self-exploration in an atmosphere of supportive connection, with group size small enough to allow individual attention. With a combined 35+ years of teaching, Jenni & Paul offer you joyful and heartfelt yoga inspired by Anusara, Iyengar, Restorative, Zen Buddhism, and their own playfully serious self-discovery and meditative journey. Visit website


Location: Casole d"Elsa, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Andrea Borsuk, Paul Gould, Jenni Fox
Sponsor: Verrocchio Art Centre
Cost: $2135 (usd)
Email: Andrea Borsuk or Paul Gould
Phone: 831-458-3275

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
June 8-12, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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ArtisTTable Plein Air Adventure in Walworth Co. Wisconsin
June 8-14, 2015 — There might not be a better way to kick off your 2015 plein air painting season than with this ArtisTTable art retreat in historic rural Southeast Wisconsin's Walworth County. The ArtisTTable founders Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will offer instructed plein air sessions throughout this retreat. The property where we will stay is located on a small farm with barns and a pond where the participants are free to explore and paint. Side trips will take us to paint in small towns, and to visit a winery. Each evening we will gather together look at and discuss the art from the day. Writers welcome. Cost of this retreat includes the accommodations and food. Space is limited, book early and save. Visit website


Location: Walworth County, WI
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $975.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Acrylics - Master the Mediums
June 9-12, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This class is limited to the first 8 artists and we will have time to develop some larger paintings. We will take time to work with the layers and create an acrylic "wax" look. We will also work with plaster and real wax. Experience both. This class has been a hit as a one day class and the extra time will allow us to work more in depth. We will also work on cast acrylic to create instant depth, and on Ampersand Claybord. I will share how to paint on these alternative surfaces, create texture, crackles and of course transfers. Even if you have done these techniques before, this class will push you beyond your usual creation comfort zone. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $650 includes all your supplies
Email: Sandra Duran Wilson
Phone: 505-438-3775

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Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
June 12, 2015 (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.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Altered Canvas: Joyful Explorations in Acrylic, Collage & Found Objects
June 13-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This journey into mixed media is filled with techniques for joyful self-expression. You will create a two and three dimensionally adorned canvas by combining collage, acrylic paint, oil crayon, wire and small found objects. We will look at how the surface changes and how to add to, subtract from, and emphasize parts of your composition. For the frosting on the cake, you will dive into embellishing the frame and surface with small, found objects: copper nails, wire, beads, fibers, costume jewelry, chain, small seashells or ribbon. You may choose to work spontaneously or with a story, memory, or theme in mind. Liesel will talk about the creative process and how to support and nurture your creative voice. All levels are welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Leisel Lund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $10
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Visual Arts Camp for kids ages 8 - 13
June 15-26, 2015 (Monday-Friday, 1-4:30pm) — Dennis, head of the ceramics department, will lead the ceramics portion of the visual arts camp for two days each week. Students will work on handbuilt projects and will have a chance to begin learning to throw on the wheel. Final projects will be fired with raku and high fire finishes. Kate will lead the visual arts portion of the camp using a creative collage and painting process to create unique individual projects combining the idea of the painted word into individual and group projects in both two and three dimensions. Final projects will be part of the exhibition on the final day of camp. All art materials are included. Students should wear appropriate clothing for painting and ceramics. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kate Hawkes & Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
June 15-19, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona
June 15-21, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Learn how to keep your creativity alive and well in stunning Barcelona! This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,200 Tuition only or $2,220 tuition, hotel, breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Mixed Media Monoprints
June 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create energetic and spur-of-the-moment colorful prints that combine various techniques into finished works of art. Develop unique imagery through layering multiple printing processes and mixed media. Strengthen technical skills, and focus on content and concepts as you learn contemporary methodologies. Jennifer will demonstrate techniques used to make monotypes and monoprints, as well as how to use hand-cut mylar stencils, mix ink colors, do selective plate wiping, use brayers and precise registration techniques. Jennifer teaches you how to incorporate the media of drawing, watercolor, gouache and acrylic paints, hand or machine stitching, and more. If you wish, you can participate in a class print exchange that will enrich your workshop experience. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Ghormley, www.JenniferGhormley.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerize with Metallics & Interference Paints
June 19, 2015 (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. You'll enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints, even if you've painted for years. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Architectural Sketching with Donald Lee Carruthers, AIR
June 19, 2015 (9am-12pm) — A practicing architect for 30+ years, Carruthers teaches perspective to help students gain comfort in sketching urban environments. While emphasizing existing architecture, he also touches on the construction of imaginary spaces, expanding students' opportunity to get creative. Techniques for watercolor, mixed media, and pencil are covered, and reference materials provided. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Donald Lee Carruthers
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $50, $40 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

New Directions for Jewelry, Art Quilts and Surface Embellishments
June 20-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is packed full of new ideas and directions for many disciplines in Art. Metal work, weaving techniques, and a variety of surface design applications will all be covered. Students have the option of making jewelry, applying the techniques to fabric for Art quilts or a paper surface for books, or making samples to use later. The focus of the class will be to introduce and incorporate weaving and metal smith techniques that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork. Students will use linens, fibers, copper sheeting, wire and mesh, as well as found, recycled and natural items to incorporate surface design techniques such as weaving, twining and looping and to learn a variety of low tech metalsmith techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $22 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level

Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 22-26, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Encaustic Mixed Media
June 22-25, 2015 (9 am to 4 pm) — Limited to 12 students. All skill levels. Continental breakfast and snacks provided daily. Parking included. Workshop description: Learn mixed media applications using hot wax-based paint, collage materials, and image transfers. Includes encaustic paint & brushes. Visit website


Location: Columbus, OH
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Cultural Arts Center
Cost: $385
Email: Registrations
Phone: 614-645-7047

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The Creativity Workshop in Crete
June 25 - July 1, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Find inspiration all around you on the Island of Crete! This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Chania, Crete, Greece
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,200 Tuition only or $1,930 tuition, hotel, breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Grace Notes
June 25-28, 2015 (9am-4pm) — I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. (Anne Lamott) Anne Lamott's words sum up two things that are near and dear to my heart - the concept of grace and the effect that a Red Thread Retreat has on us all. Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. (William Hazlitt) To me, grace in art is the result of the nuances and little pieces of the self that we put into our work. In this class we will use quotes as a jumping off point to uncover grace and improve our skills as artists. We will use quotes about art, quotes by artists and quotes about the act of creating to arrive at our own set of grace notes. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lesley Riley, LesleyRiley.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creating Abstract Art
June 26-27, 2015 (9:30-3:30) — My new best-selling book, Creating Abstract Art, presents new pathways to creativity rooted in your imagination. We will explore abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques working from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. Even if you are just curious to try something that's out of your comfort zone, this class will expand your passion to make art! Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $300 Members, $345 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Creative Collage Workshop
June 26, 2015 (Online, 24/7) — 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
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Advanced Level

Encaustic Improv with the Lions
June 27-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Back by popular demand! Every third week in June, the Coupeville Lions club holds their enormous wonderful garage sale, which is in walking distance from the school. Our first exercise will be procuring all our "art supplies" at the sale. We will then transform said supplies into encaustic art works. We will explore the versatility of encaustic medium, which can be polished, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil paint. We could be doing collage, sculpture, assemblage, working on or off a flat surface. Be prepared to improvise with your materials and wax! It is best if the student has some previous encaustic experience. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Daniella Woolf
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500, plus material fee: $80
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Pattern and Collage
June 28, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Explore the dynamic duo of pattern and collage. Experiment with simple forms of printmaking to add motif, rhythm, and texture to your collage repertoire. Playing with pattern is a great exercise to increase your sense of design and composition. Discover the role pattern and print can play to enhance your collage work. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Anne Samuel Lewis, annlewisart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $145
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Ideas Take Shape (Ages 9-12)
June 29 - July 2, 2015 (1-3:30pm) — Have you ever wondered how artists come up with their ideas? How do they express their feelings through their artwork? Learn valuable drawing techniques using line, value, and design to turn your thumbnail sketches into a sculpture that is meaningful and monumental. Discover how famous artists like Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, and Claes Oldenburg manipulated unusual materials to express their feelings through stunning sculptures and collages. Have fun throughout the week experimenting with new materials to see your ideas take shape! Your impressive portfolio of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be worthy of displaying at home. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Series/Gallery Exhibition
June 29 - July 1, 2015 & Gallery Reception July 3, 2015 (9 am - 3 pm) — Would you like to show at the Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis? Here's how: Art Show/Painting in Series Workshop, June 29 - July 1, 2015. Exploring the painting series Workshop culminates in your participation as an aritst in July 2015 "First Friday Cooper Young Art Tour" at Jay's Gallery on July 3, 2015. Space available for 12 artists only! $325 includes all materials. Be a part of the Jay Etkin Gallery family. Join us! Visit website


Location: Memphis, TN
Instructor: Mickey Bond
Sponsor: Jay Etkin Gallery
Cost: $325
Email: Mickey Bond
Phone: 505-660-4085

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Weekend Art Immersion
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) — A unique Santa Fe Art Experience in a weekend retreat. Many of my workshop participants have expressed interest in one-on-one instruction and guidance. So I am offering these personal weekend-long retreats focusing on mixed-media techniques at my studio for 1-3 people at a time. This retreat includes housing and lunches. Arrive on a Friday- leave on a Monday. Accommodations include 24 hour access to 1,000 square foot studio attached to fully furnished home. I give two day inclusive mixed media art instruction- 4 hours a day. Lunches will be provided. Also, an optional two hour afternoon custom historical or Canyon Road galleries walking tour led by a local historian. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $800
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Monotype Printmaking/ Mixed Media/ Chine Collé/ Collage - Private Classes
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — On completion of the workshop you will have four finished art pieces of your own to take home!! The workshop will cover the following techniques: multiple plate monotypes, stencils, calligraphs, viscosity monotypes, chine collé, and mixed media. The class includes a discussion on various papers, inks, and tools for the monotype printing. Each person will explore their own creative visions while solving artistic and technical problems. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sasha Linda Wasko, sashawaskoart.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $240
Email: Sasha Linda Wasko
Phone: 505.699.7038

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All Mixed Up (Ages 6-8)
July 1-2, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Do you want to try all of the media the fine art world offers? Do you want to mix crayons with collage? Combine bold brushstrokes with found objects? Let the artists of the 1960s be your guide as your enter the "groovy" world of graphic design and sculpture. Learn how art can be a way to express your voice and ideas through drawing, painting, and collage. After examining examples of graphic design elements, experiment with lines and patterns to turn your simple thumbnail sketches into stunning sculptures and radiant mixed media masterpieces. Take home a portfolio full of art work that is a reflection of your voice though multiple media. Drawings, designs, relief sculptures, and more will be to display at home. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members: $110
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Pop Goes the Art! (Ages 3½ - 5)
July 1-2, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Snap! Crackle! Pop goes your art! It's time to turn your everyday creations into artwork that exclaims, "Wow!" Learn about colors, patterns, and techniques of Pop Art, and explore the painting techniques of famous artists like Andy Warhol. Discover how color can show emotion and how shapes can covey a story. Develop your own style of Pop Art as you study the music, movement, and visual arts of the Sixties to create masterpieces like a Pop Art Sandwich and bright floral prints. Take home a collection of colorful mixed media artwork you will be proud to frame. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lizbeth Thomas
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members: $110
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Tuscany
July 4-11, 2015 — We are going to examine, compose, draw, mix and paint. From a simple lemon to a vast landscape, for beginner or experienced, you will enjoy developing as an artist and creating the vision or mood you want to portray in your work. My goal is to teach you how to regard your composition and how to work with the breathtaking Tuscan landscape that exists 360 degrees around you. You will learn how to simplify what you see, draw directly on canvas with a brush and mix and apply those soft hues using a limited palette. We will also be working in studio, creating some classic 'red chalk' drawings and Botticelli-esque paintings. After all, we are in Italy! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $2200.
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 703-474-2966

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The Creativity Workshop in Florence
July 5-11, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Explore your Creativity in the heart of Florence! This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: From $1,200 Tuition only or from $2,220 including hotel and breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 6-31, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Etching and Mixed Media
July 7 - August 4, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Survey traditional intaglio printmaking techniques including drypoint, etched line, openbite, aquatint, and hardground and softground etching and mixed-media methods. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Piecing It Together
July 8 - August 5, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Create unique and personal multimedia works with collage, found objects, painting and sculptural forms. The instructor will assist participants one-on-one with their choice of materials and subject matter in order to explore beyond their comfort zone and unlock their creative voice. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Richard Watson, richardjwatson.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Working Your Way in Pastel
July 8-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — You love those soft pastels and what you can do with them, but you're eager to do more! Explore the expressive range of pastels with watercolor. Learn new ways to handle pastels to achieve the effects you're longing for. Gain insights into your artistic process and learn ways to develop them as you work in your own studio. Using your own source photos, sketches, or still-life set-ups, create paintings in soft pastels over watercolor that reveal your unique voice. Demonstrating her methods of working from photographs, Colette guides you through the mental, emotional, and material steps involved in her process. Discussion and critiques emphasize your artistic concerns, allowing plenty of time for working and individualized instruction. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Book of Windows: Collaging Your World
July 10-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — During this workshop you will create a hand crafted book made of heavy watercolor color paper that is filled with unique "windows" and collages that represent your world. Each project will involve stitching, wiring and/or attaching processes that will add a unique tactile quality to your book. The scenes inside and outside of your windows will be collaged or painted and layered with texture. Because all the windows open from side to side or up to down, different areas of you collages will be revealed at different times. These openings will be perfect places for a 3 dimensional object or focal point. Each of you will go home bursting with creativity holding your own beautiful and unique Book of Windows. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intensive Collage and Mixed Media
July 12 - August 9, 2015 (Sundays, 10am-1pm) — Designed for students ready to develop more challenging imagery using memory, literature, movies, and other sources, while working in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional materials. Sessions will cover the basics of hand and power tools, as well as craft, durability and presentation. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Colossal Colors (Ages 3½ - 5)
July 13-16, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Learn important painting techniques in enormously creative ways. Turn your small mixing trays into large exploding color volcanoes! Discover how to transform primary colors into your own hues by experimenting with an array of tools and painitng methods. Read favorite children's books, play games, and use your imagination to paint some of the world's most gigantic animals in silly ways! Save room in your house to display massive masterpieces like pink pigs, purple pandas, and red rhinos. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Candace Cole
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Creativity Workshop in Dublin
July 13-19, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Dublin! This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Dublin, Ireland
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,200 Tuition only or $2,215 tuition, hotel, breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Abstraction Through Design
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With a focus on abstract design, John encourages representational painters to experiment and challenges experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities. John provides demonstrations, critiques, and lots of individual help. You are encouraged to expand upon your current level of understanding and become more comfortable with applying the elements and principles of design to your work. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: John Salminen, www.JohnSalminen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Visual Arts Camp for kids ages 8 - 13
July 13-24, 2015 (Monday-Friday, 1-4:30pm) — Dennis, head of the ceramics department, will lead the ceramics portion of the visual arts camp for two days each week. Students will work on handbuilt projects and will have a chance to begin learning to throw on the wheel. Final projects will be fired with raku and high fire finishes. Kate will lead the visual arts portion of the camp using a creative collage and painting process to create unique individual projects combining the idea of the painted word into individual and group projects in both two and three dimensions. Final projects will be part of the exhibition on the final day of camp. All art materials are included. Students should wear appropriate clothing for painting and ceramics. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kate Hawkes & Dennis Ott
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Joomchi
July 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, wearable, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3-D either functional or fine art oriented. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $30
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
July 20-24, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
July 20-24, 2015 — Marsha Staiger's workshops are exciting, informative, fun, and challenging for beginning, intermediate or advanced painters. An energetic working artist, she is a seasoned instructor with a teaching career of more than 30 years. Her artwork has been included in national and international exhibitions group and one artist exhibitions while maintaining a studio at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center for the past decade. This Mixed Media workshop will reinforce the elements of art and their principles as well as acrylic technique via demonstration, printed material and critique. The class will work in the workshop area as well as with plein air studies. Working with acrylics on site gives the ability to capture the light, sound and rhythms on location. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Marsha Staiger, www.marshastaiger.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $650
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Techniques in Acrylic Mixed Media
July 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Experiment using an extensive array of Golden Paint acrylic products, including Heavy Body, Fluid and High Flow paints, mediums, gels, and grounds. Create innovative and unusual surface treatments, and paint combinations ranging from bumpy to smooth, shiny to matte, and pourable to carvable. Explore the differences between mineral and modern pigment families and discover how they affect clean color-mixing, opacity, and hue. Create sample boards and papers using broad ranges of color, texture, viscosity, iridescence, and sheen. These unique surfaces can be the point of departure for a painting, or can be used as elements to incorporate into paintings, drawings, pastels, and/or mixed media. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Merle Rosen, www.MerleRosen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Drawing, Painting, Collage in Edinburgh, Scotland
July 22-26, 2015 (full day) — Present and past in Edinburgh stimulate our senses. With Nicky's guidance we uncover layers of history and experience this city differently. Cobbled streets, ancient churches and castle, parks & Royal residence jostle for attention within a modern context. Includes accommodation, transport within Edinburgh, welcome reception & dinner. Visit website


Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $1535
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Creative Collage Workshop
July 24, 2015 (Online, 24/7) — 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
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Encaustic Collage
July 25-26, 2015 (10:30 am to 4 pm) — Discover the possibilities of encaustic (hot wax) paints while building paper-based works on panels. Make your own papers by altering rice papers, found papers, and other materials with inks and techniques borrowed from batik and other wax resist methods. The results are layered works with painterly qualities that are reminiscent of patterned textiles. All materials are provided. Visit website


Location: Sheboygan, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Cost: $130 members/ $150 non members
Email: Registrations
Phone: 920.458.6144

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Singing in Color: The Artful Altered Book
July 25-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join us for this fun class and transform an old book into your very own art journal! There will be demos throughout the weekend, and Liesel will share her own art altered book journals. Learn how to prepare and alter the cover, reinforce the pages, cut windows, make doors, and attach pockets. You'll add interactive elements with tags, flaps, envelopes and fold outs. Discover all sorts of fun mixed media tricks for creating pages that sing with the imagery, words and colors you love. Using acrylic paint, collage, markers, and glitter glue you will develop pages saturated with your personal color palette and unique expression. This is the perfect place to really experiment and play with new techniques. No art experience required. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Leisel Lund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $10
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 27-31, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Texture...Color...Feeling
July 27-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various "raw" materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Art Effects: Tehniques for Acrylic Mixed Media
July 30 - August 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn eye-catching techniques using acrylic paint and mediums to create artwork with great depth and interesting textures. Utilize colored pencils, oil pastels, stamping, and more to create effects from traditional to experimental. Learn a variety of methods for making image transfers and altered papers to add interest to your work. This workshop does not require advanced drawing skills. Dianne demonstrates and provides personal guidance for your exploration. Experimentation and personal expression are encouraged. Create a packet of creative techniques to use for reference as you produce an assortment of materials for use in your future artwork. Positive critiques will be offered throughout the workshop. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dianne Martia
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 3-28, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Journeys in Art Journaling: A Mixed-Media Adventure
August 8-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Come along on an art journey as we meander through the world of mixed media with artists Terry Garrett, Brian Kasstle, and John Arbuckle. In this workshop we will explore exciting mixed-media techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create a 15 spread journal using gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. With Brian, John, and Terry, you are guaranteed to find your art story and bring it to the page. Not only will you learn new techniques, but you will have an opportunity to help form a new mixed-media community of eager artists. Join us for this journey into creating. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: John Arbuckle, Terry Garrett, Brian Kasstle
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Encaustic & Paper: A Journey through Monotype & Mixed Media
August 8-9, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Join encaustic monotype and mixed media artist Karen Chaussabel for a 2 day exploration of encaustic monotype printing on paper. Encaustic paint is made with melted wax, resin, and an addition of oil paints or pigments. When applied to a hot plate, the fluid quality of encaustic is revealed. Combine it with paper, and a whole world of possibilities opens up! Oil sticks, pastels, pencil and pen can be added to create dimension and turn your print into a mixed media piece. We will make some of our own encaustic paint that we'll use as well as pre-made encaustic paint with a variety of papers provided for experimentation. Creating encaustic monotype prints can result in happy surprises that invite creativity and improvisation! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Karen Chaussabel
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295 (most supplies are included)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
August 10-14, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Watercolor Fun and Free
August 10-14, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Get motivated with Karlyn Holman's hands-on, fun-filled workshop that will inspire you to loosen up your painting style. Karlyn is upbeat and teaches with tireless energy. Her high-spirited humorous style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced. The real emphasis will be individual expression and development of each student's own painting style. Enthusiastic and informational demonstrations, critiques and individual help are daily fare. Karlyn has written four instructional books on watercolor titled Watercolor Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within, Watercolor-The Spirit of Spontaneity and Watercolor Without Boundaries. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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R & F Encaustic Comprehensive
August 11-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This 4 day hands-on Encaustic Comprehensive workshop is designed to educate participants in basic encaustic methods and will establish best practices. Artists from a variety of backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Topics addressed include appropriate grounds and supports to work on; basic painting technique; tools and tips for fusing; and health and safety. The class schedule alternates between demonstrations and individual work time. You quickly progress into advanced techniques, such as creating transparent layered glazes; making clean inlaid lines by scribing and scraping; using accretion methods to build texture; incorporating found material for assemblage; and combining oil with encaustic. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: R&F Instructor, www.DianneMartia.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $460
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sketching Techniques
August 13-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic techniques of pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting and colored pencil drawing. Combine these mediums to create vibrant sketches using tools portable enough for drawing outdoors. Create a mini-sketchbook from a sheet of watercolor paper. Relax and draw your subject without worry of judgment! If weather permits, we'll capture the beauty of the Peninsula School of Art grounds or venture into town. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Family Art Projects: Our Family's Portraits: A Picnic with Magritte
August 14, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Tired of drawing the same self-portrait? So are we! Create a unique family portrait with some encouragement from Rene Magritte and his famous painting, "Son of Man." Instead of drawing your normal face, be inspired by Magritte and replace it with your favorite picnic food! Learn the history behind "Son of Man," new painting techniques, and the style of Surrealism as you draw, paint, and collage. Add finishing details to your portrait and discover how simple shapes can be placed together to create a creative composition. Bring home a framed out-of-the-ordinary family portrait inspired by Magritte's famous masterpiece. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Martha Hutchinson
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
August 14-17, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn how to be more creative and find inspiration in the world around you. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Mixed Media and Collage Explorations
August 17-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Mixed media offers enormous creative potential...easy and non-intimidating for the beginner and expansive and challenging for the advanced artist. Join Cathy Taylor, award winning mixed media artist for a mixed media adventure. Create your own beautiful, textural papers using plain tissue paper, old magazines and more. Discover the magic of amazing alcohol inks. Learn how to create fantastic found paper collages, combine altered papers and inks. Add images and patterns using transfer techniques and monoprinting. Join Cathy in playful pandemonium and joyful experimentation creating artful, expressive collages, and mixed media masterpieces. Each session will begin with exciting, fun filled demonstrations followed by lots of time to create. Bring a spirit open to endless possibilities, some glue, and lots and lots of stuff and junk! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Cathy Taylor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: None
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
August 17-21, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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An Intimate Atlas
August 24-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Humans have been making maps for thousands of years: it is an urge some of us can't resist. Maps guide us, record our journeys and tell our personal stories. In this class we will make maps of our lives with gentle direction and guidance. We will talk about how to illustrate our current and past journeys with inks, paints, pens and pencils. These maps of the imagination can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. Making maps of your life leads to new and wonderful art techniques and a voyage of self-discovery. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jill K. Berry
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paper Painting
August 24-28, 2015 — During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative collage technique, using a variety of hand painted and found papers. Emphasis will be on developing imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping- very similar to traditional painting techniques. This workshop is all about having fun and experimenting with hand-painting, staining, stamping and patterning sheets of paper! No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful, but not imperative. For an added bit of fun, the first five students who register for this workshop will receive one of Elizabeth's signed giclee prints on gallery wrapped canvas. You will be able to take it home with you after the workshop! Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nesting: A Mixed Media Autobiography
August 28-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — I work with found materials, the stuff of the everyday that is often overlooked and discarded. This workshop will replicate my process of collage using your own materials and memories. Each individual will bring to the workshop a bird's nest. This nest will be photographed and studied for its formal properties. The individual will then create a 2D representation from the collage materials that are collected and brought to the workshop. I suggest, old letters, notes, movie stubs, wrapping paper, garment tags, receipts, etc. This is the material that represents our individual histories. Instead of storing these items where they are rarely seen, a work of art can be created that tells a personal story and is enjoyed daily. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kate Rivers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $30 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nature Journal
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island's flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you'll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint. By the end of the week, your journal (made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paper Paintings - Collage with Hand Painted Paper
September 4-6, 2015 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — In this intense, 3-day workshop, students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for an exciting final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolour Painting & Collage on Lewis & Harris, Scotland
September 6-13, 2015 (full day) — On Outer Hebrides, 'awe inspiring' is art inspiring! Nick Sanderson brings alive the human and natural history of this unique location to inform our art work. Includes accommodation, transportation on the islands, welcome reception & dinner. Visit website


Location: Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2223
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 7-11, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Picturing: Illustrating the Picture Book
September 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have a children's story you want to illustrate? Love color, love collage? Explore the magical world of illustrating for children. Participants will create a vivid array of textures and colors in both papers and fabrics that become the ingredients for innovative mixed media illustrations. Surface design activities include simple printing techniques, drawing, stitching, dyeing and layering. Workshop discussions include how words connect to image, the role of book designer and DIY publishing possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Peg Gignoux
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Painting with Cold Wax and Oil
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The unique process of combining cold wax medium and oil paints employs unusual tools and techniques and promotes the effects of layering and depth. Create overlapping color fields and experiment with countless ways of texturing and making marks - all without using heat. Use the softly impasto medium of cold wax in this lively, exploratory workshop. Discover ways to add layers to create overlapping color fields and experiment with texturing and mark-making. Combine techniques of using cold wax medium while balancing playful, intuitive exploration with an understanding of composition. Janice will provide digital slide presentations, lead discussions about her process and will work, individually, with students to discover their own personal artistic voice. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
September 21-25, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
September 21-25, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting and Writing in Pieces
September 21-25, 2015 — In this class color studies, composition, watercolor and drawing techniques will be explored. Inspiration will come from your scraps, music and poetry in a contemplative atmosphere. Often the "Aha" moment for your work comes indirectly. As Laurie notes "I find scraps of paper in my studio from years ago where I have scrawled: speechless mute melliflerous motet or olive oil, pepper, bread and onions. Other papers have bits of color or stitching, perhaps a coffee ring." With this in mind, you will do exercises to foster quality of line, seeing with the eyes of an artist, and doing work that is particular to each person. Each student will choose a subject and make a small book to document the process. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Laurie Doctor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Travel Journaling in Tuscany
September 26 - October 3, 2015 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let me guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. I'll show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a painting of the same scene is priceless - and you will remember it forever! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Photo Encaustic
October 1-3, 2015 (9 am to 4 pm) — Combine photography with encaustic (wax) painting techniques to transform your photos through the medium's possibilities for soft focus, optical depth, and layered imagery. Learn to layer a variety of treatments over the wax, including image transfers, color glazes, and handcoloring techniques. Explore a variety of paper printing options for your photographs. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 / Non-Members: $365
Email: Registrations
Phone: 920-868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
October 5-9, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting and Mixed Media Classes for Individuals and Groups
Ongoing thru October 7, 2015 (11am-4pm) — Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced painting and mixed media classes, hand tailored to the expression of mixed media and authentic expression. Learn how to combine and play, letting so-called mistakes inform along the way! No experience necessary, just a curious mind. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $175
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Encaustic Collage and Assemblage
October 9-11, 2015 (9 am to 4 pm) — Learn to utilize the encaustic medium as not only your collage binder (glue) with various types of paper, but also to render papers translucent for a multi-dimensional layered effect and sense of optical depth. We will not just be using found and commercially made papers, but we will also utilize a variety of other materials to create our own altered papers. We will also explore the use of the encaustic medium to anchor 3 dimensional objects to the surface, pushing the boundaries between painting and wall-based sculptural works. Prior experience with the medium is not needed, general art making experience will be helpful. All paints and base materials are supplied with the registration fee, see supply list for additional details. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $270 plus materials fee
Email: Registrations
Phone: (608) 987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
October 13-16, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
October 19-23, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Creativity Workshop in New York
October 23-26, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and get over creative blocks. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
October 26-30, 2015 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a looser, abstract direction drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. "Drawing the nude" skills are not a prerequisite. Classes will include a variety of poses with an undraped model, lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Open Studio Wednesdays - Painting and Mixed Media
Ongoing thru October 28, 2015 (Wednesdays, 1-4pm) — Once a week I open my studio doors at discounted prices for an afternoon of painting. All mixed media materials are provided from hand made gesso, encaustic, collage, acrylic paints and more. From 12-1 pm I offer a one hour materials course in which you can get a crash course of what can be mixed with what and how. No experience necessary - just bring yourself or some idea that you may already have brewing. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $55
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 2-6, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Texture - Color - Feeling
November 6-9, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Jan's experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this abstract painting process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space. All of the paints used will be waterbased. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paper Paintings
November 13-15, 2015 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Paper Paintings is an intense workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for a final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

One-of-a-Kind Holiday and Greeting Cards
November 15, 2015 (10am-3pm) — Greeting Cards are as fun to give as they are to receive - especially if you have made the card yourself! Learn how to make your own art cards. These are mixed media cards combine stamping, embossing, brads, beads, trims, yarn, art papers and tulle with a focal piece of felted fibers. We will begin our day with a process demo and some very quick, fun felting. Then pick out your card colors, ink, accessories and messages while your felt pieces begin to dry. While we lunch, our felt will finish drying and then the fun really begins as you start combining elements to create your own one-of-a-kind art cards! No experience needed. All supplies and tools provided. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Janet King
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $70 plus Material Fee: $15
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
November 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
November 19-13, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

One-of-a-Kind Holiday and Greeting Cards
November 20, 2015 (10am-3pm) — Greeting Cards are as fun to give as they are to receive - especially if you have made the card yourself! Learn how to make your own art cards. These are mixed media cards combine stamping, embossing, brads, beads, trims, yarn, art papers and tulle with a focal piece of felted fibers. We will begin our day with a process demo and some very quick, fun felting. Then pick out your card colors, ink, accessories and messages while your felt pieces begin to dry. While we lunch, our felt will finish drying and then the fun really begins as you start combining elements to create your own one-of-a-kind art cards! No experience needed. All supplies and tools provided. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Janet King
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $70 plus Material Fee: $15
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
December 7-11, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 14-18, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Mojo Expansive Retreat
June 8-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, we will learn to find our own inner muse, reconnect with our creative selves and find inspiration for our art in unexpected places. With a focus on gratitude, letting go of our inner critic and playful exploration, Tracy will guide you through a series of fun, playful, exercises, encouraging you to become an explorer of possibilities. Tracy will share tips and techniques on creating vibrant, expressive, colourful paintings, using acrylics, collage, ink and pastels. She will gently guide you into your own personal creative flow and help you find ways to recognize your own authentic creative voice. Learn to be inspired in every moment and realize there are no mistakes in the creative process, only opportunities to learn and grow! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Tracy Verdugo
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1495 includes lodging
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Individualized Professional Practice Support for Visual Artists
Customized (Customized) — Individual instruction sessions are offered to artists in support of reaching their creative goals. Long distance students are supported through Skype sessions, emails with image sharing and phone calls. Appropriate for all levels, from the beginner to an intermediate or advanced level student with a space set aside for studio activities, these sessions allow you to identify your goals and challenges and develop the steps to progress toward your vision for your work. Artists determine and refine their vision through these sessions, discussing both the formal and conceptual aspects of art-making: materials and techniques, various approaches to beginning, problem-solving, methods of building a painting/drawing and advancing their career as an artist. Instructor has a Masters in Business and Fine Art. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Rebecca George
Sponsor: The Art House
Cost: $200
Email: Rebecca

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