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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 1-5, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
December 2, 2014 (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 3 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
Advanced Level

Creative Collage Online Workshop
December 3 for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — In Creative Collage Online you'll learn to add texture and imagery to your work using an easy process that works perfectly every time. You'll understand because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos where my camera is 3 feet from my work. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new ideas, tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. They will look like real paintings, not just a bunch of stuff glued on to a surface. You'll learn to use paint to make everything look like it belongs. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

4 day Comprehensive Encaustic Painting Workshop
December 4-7, 2014 (9 am to 4 pm) — Join artist Sarah Rehmer for a 4 day comprehensive workshop at the La Grange Art League just outside of Chicago. Participants that are new to working with wax will gain a thorough understanding of the medium and method. We invite artists that are already familiar with the encaustics to come and continue building their skills. Artists working in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. We will explore encaustic as a pure painting medium as well as a component or enhancement of mixed media works. Regularly scheduled demonstrations are alternated with time for hands-on-experience. Visit website


Location: La Grange, IL
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: R&F Handmade Paints
Cost: $675
Email: Workshops
Phone: (800) 206-8088

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paper Paintings
December 5-7, 2014 (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

"Art & Soul, - Exploring Your Inner Landscape - Art Meditation, Yoga
December 6-13, 2014 (all day) — Robert Masla will lead us on a playful, and fun artistic jouney to uncover our Creative Self in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in this fun, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop of artistic discovery. Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering and invigorating Hatha Yoga exercises and stretches, Pranayama - (breathing techniques) that balance and revitalize our energy, and soulful visualization, meditation and song that opens our hearts. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla and Richard Masla
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
December 7 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use the magic of interference & metallic acrylic paints to add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings. The choice is yours...limited only by your imagination. You'll learn easily because you get 4 hours of my clear, close-up video where the camera is 3 feet from my brush. Watch as often as you like. You'll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. You'll connect with your creative spirit & express your personal ideas. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I've included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will receive their value by learning how to use the interference paints. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Magic with Mixed Media
December 12 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. 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. Free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

New Techniques for Screen Printing on Paper, Fabric, Glass & Clay
December 14, 2014 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Bring your laptop loaded with your favorite photo manipulation software and you're ready to go! In this one-day seminar we'll walk you through the steps to preparing your personal images for screening on to;glass, metal, paper, fabric wood, stone, clay...or anything you can think of! No worries... computer dummies welcome!!! Once you've created your own images, it's time to create your "silk" screens. We'll walk you through all the steps including exposure, washout, drying and use. This seminar will get you started in making your own specialized screens. We'll even get started printing your personal screens! Don't miss the versatility of this technique. Visit website


Location: Bulverde-San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts
Cost: $98 - includes all materials and supplies
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
December 15-19, 2014 (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

Sedona Retreat: The Visual Arts Retreat
December 16-18, 2014 — The Sedona Art Retreat guides you into a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual discovery. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse to create a life-changing experience. Over a three-day period you will experience six different art mediums each with their own creative energy and each taught by a different artist: artistic journaling, ceramics, collage, photography, mask-making and jewelry - aspects of these projects cross-pollinate to become a path of unique connections that is different for each individual. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creative Collage Online Workshop
December 20 for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — In Creative Collage Online you'll learn to add texture and imagery to your work using an easy process that works perfectly every time. You'll understand because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos where my camera is 3 feet from my work. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new ideas, tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. They will look like real paintings, not just a bunch of stuff glued on to a surface. You'll learn to use paint to make everything look like it belongs. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
December 23 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use the magic of interference & metallic acrylic paints to add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings. The choice is yours...limited only by your imagination. You'll learn easily because you get 4 hours of my clear, close-up video where the camera is 3 feet from my brush. Watch as often as you like. You'll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. You'll connect with your creative spirit & express your personal ideas. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I've included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will receive their value by learning how to use the interference paints. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
December 26, 2014 (11 am) — 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 3 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
Advanced Level

Visual Magic with Mixed Media
December 29 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. 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. Free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
January 5-9, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
January 5, 2015 (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 3 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
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
January 6 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use the magic of interference & metallic acrylic paints to add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings. The choice is yours...limited only by your imagination. You'll learn easily because you get 4 hours of my clear, close-up video where the camera is 3 feet from my brush. Watch as often as you like. You'll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. You'll connect with your creative spirit & express your personal ideas. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I've included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will receive their value by learning how to use the interference paints. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Celebrating - Creativity - Culture - Cuisine"
January 10-17, 2015 (all day) — Imagine this incredible vacation experience: Taking the time to explore the depths of your creativity in an atmosphere free of judgment, filled with joyful camaraderie, while enjoying fabulous cuisine and unique cultural adventures. Visual Artists Donna Estabrooks, who's art is focused on the human condition, such as courage, hope, love, unity, relationships and "Listening and also letting go" and Casa co-founder, Robert Masla, who has over 30 years experience bringing both external and eidetic images into painterly form and helping others do so through his teaching, will be your facilitators. The week is for everyone, regardless of your artistic background, beginners who haven't drawn or painted since they where children to experienced and professional artists looking for fresh inspiration. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla and Donna Estabrooks
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Magic with Mixed Media
January 15 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. 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. Free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creative Collage Online Workshop
January 20 for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — In Creative Collage Online you'll learn to add texture and imagery to your work using an easy process that works perfectly every time. You'll understand because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos where my camera is 3 feet from my work. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new ideas, tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. They will look like real paintings, not just a bunch of stuff glued on to a surface. You'll learn to use paint to make everything look like it belongs. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Thailand Painting Holidays
Thru January 24, 2015 (One week unlimited instruction) — Our small arts retreat guest house is in a sleepy Mekong riverside town in rural NE Thailand. We provide a combination of painting /photography tuition and a unique access to Thai rural culture. Off the beaten track safe and friendly. Run by internationally recognised artist and teacher Jeremy Holton with his Thai wife. Visit website


Location: A Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: From $700 per week
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 66925850243

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
January 26-30, 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

Visual Magic with Mixed Media
January 29 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. 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. Free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
February 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
February 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

Drawing and Painting in Mexico with the Springfield Museum School
March 7-24, 2015 (all day) — Join Jeanne Fontaine and the Springfield Museum School Travel Program on their return to the Casa for "Drawing and Painting in Mexico, Plein air and the Studio" - with Casa co-founder, artist Robert Masla and special guest - artist Doug Gillette. A week of drawing, painting, creative exploration, fine cuisine, cultural excursions and fun and adventure. "The combination of the uniqueness of the Boca, the ideal environment of the Casa and the wonderful art instruction made for what I think must be the most exotic trip I've taken... This experience will remain with me for a long, long time" - Jeanne Fontaine, Courses & Travel Curator, Museum School-Springfield Museums, MA Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla, Douglas Gillette
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

Beginner Level

New Techniques for Screen Printing
March 10, 2015 (9:30 am - 5:00pm) — Bring your laptop loaded with your favorite photo manipulation software and you're ready to go! In this one-day seminar we'll walk you through the steps to preparing your personal images for screening on to: glass, metal, paper, fabric wood, stone, clay...or anything you can think of! No worries... computer dummies welcome!!! Once you've created your own images, it's time to create your "silk" screens. We'll walk you through all the steps including exposure, washout, drying and use. This seminar will get you started in making your own specialized screens. We'll even get started printing your personal screens! Don't miss the versatility of this technique. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: roadhouse Arts
Cost: $98
Email: gail Stouffer
Phone: (830) 438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
March 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

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paper Paintings
April 10-12, 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

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in Sweden
April 17-22, 2015 — Meditative Art is an approach towards creativity that changes the way we create to be receptive and to become a means for spiritual growth. Applying of a meditative state of mind when expressing creativity allows us to be a part of Art rather than "making" it. Our focus while creating is inwards - not on the artwork created, but on our inner state. Creating from a meditative state of mind is an essentially different way of creating. This retreat combines: Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. It is an opportunity to learn and to experience Meditative Art through: Meditative Painting & Sculpting, Creative Movement & Writing. Visit website


Location: Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: 4900Kr / €535
Email: Mochita

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
April 20-24, 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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Layered Media: Expanding Your Vocabulary with Cold Wax and Mixed Media
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. The techniques of using of cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. A variety of tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery - abstract as well as representational - and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of "editing" will be addressed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nourishing the Creative Heart: Personal Expressions in Mixed Media
May 11-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Together we'll collectively embark on a creative and soulful voyage to discover and uncover more of our hidden and authentic genius. For five days we'll mindfully explore personal expression; focusing on possibilities and techniques inherent in collage, painting, and a combination of mediums to create personal and unique mixed media artwork. We'll hold an intention to focus on the connection between our body, mind, and emotions as we explore the creative process in an authentic and meaningful way, touching into the transformative nature of creating. I will share and demonstrate a variety of mixed-media techniques along with music, writing prompts, and themes for exploration to help guide you beneath the surface of your materials and methods. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Katie Kendrick
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $790; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Arboreal Journal
May 11-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The practice of Art-Journaling cultivates insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple meanings. Enriched by self-trust and acceptance, painting, collage, words, pen, and line work entwine to make expressive complex images. It's all about one's willingness to reveal vulnerability and rawness for the sake of true creative freedom. Experiencing honest and joyous journeys takes precedence over producing beautiful outcomes. Ultimately, Art-Journaling is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one's self from one place to another. We will derive inspiration from nature, creating journal pages filled with awe and wonderment and a strong sense that art, nature, and us, are all interconnected in majestic and wondrous ways. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Orly Avineri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $790; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Cover to Cover
May 16-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Uncover the mixed media artist inside and take your art from Cover to Cover. This workshop is all about using mixed media techniques to create a one-of-a-kind, unconventional artist book. Using vintage book covers as the base, you will be making a series of double-sided "pages", filled edge to edge, with grungy goodness. A variety of art mediums - including paint, gesso, paste, sprays, inks and more - will be combined to create layers of color, texture, and dimension. The approaches you will be introduced to can be applied to any surface and a multitude of other projects. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $345; Material Fee: $10
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in B.C Canada
May 17-22, 2015 — Empower yourself and your creativity though Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. Learn & Experience Meditative Painting & Sculpturing, Creative Movement & Writing. Discover art from a meditative place, along with daily practice of Yoga, inner work, walking/sitting Mediation & guided Relaxation. Explore nature & a fascinating variety of natural materials: earth, stone, wood, natural paints, felt, shells, beads, dry foods, flowers and.. So much more. During the workshop we will be working indoors & outdoors, in silence & through sharing with others. The retreat is set on a beautiful Island at an inspiring & supportive location. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: Tuition Price: $525
Email: Mochita

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If Walls Could Talk
May 18-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join us on a five-day, texture-making, art-journaling, book-binding experience. We'll go out to explore our new visual reality on the island, visiting the forest and/or the sea to find texturizing and mark making elements and local stores for man-made objects. Then Seth will guide us through the creating of walls, substrates on which magical processes will occur. We will build up these solid surfaces with layers, textures, colors, and marks. With Orly, we will add our personal narrative, which will surface through the addition of words and images. By the end of the workshop, we will be ready to literally tie our individual stories together as we each bind our own books, thereby creating the most intimate of personal dossiers. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter and Orly Avineri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000; 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
May 18-22, 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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Encaustic Art in Tuscany
May 23-30, 2015 — This class is for artists who want to learn the encaustic technique or advanced encaustic artists who are interested in learning new ways of working in encaustic or combining their technique with another. In addition we will also be using local Cortona beeswax!! Your works will have a truly Tuscan base all created in the inspirational environment of Cortona!! Our week will also include day-trips to Chianti and Siena! Visit website


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

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Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
May 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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'Colours of America' 14-Night Painting Tour
May 26 - June 9, 2015 — Come with us to paint and draw the stunning canyon and desert landscapes of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. This tour offers you spectacular locations to paint & draw and includes Pamela's art workshops, demonstrations and positive critiquing. The journey includes scenic Grand Canyon and the red rock Canyons of Sedona. We also visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and a tour of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West house and studio. The galleries of Canyon Road, Santa Fe and the pueblo of Taos will provide inspiration, as will visiting and painting with local artists. Hotels are 4-star, stylish, full of character and wonderfully located! Non painters are welcome with a varied itinerary including painting workshops, excursions, gallery and studio visits. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Pamela Fairburn
Sponsor: Pamela Fairburn Art
Cost: $6,530 per person, twin share basis
Email: Pamela Fairburn
Phone: +61408801104

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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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Monoprint Collage
June 4-5, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Discover a whole new world of artistic possibility when you combine collage and paint with monoprinting techniques. First we will layer colors, patterns, and textures on the GelliArts gel plate to create gorgeously printed collage papers. Then we will integrate monoprint and collage techniques using masks and stencils, to build images directly on a paper substrate. The boundaries between painting, monoprinting, and collage disappear as you gain a fluidity of process and an exciting new means of creative expression. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $5
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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

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A.R.T - Art Retreat Tamarindo
ongoing — Artist Retreat and Workshop on Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with a focus on collage and mixed media. Come work amid the beauty of the beach, gardens and wildlife as inspiration. Small classes held in a beautiful 700 sq ft studio with ocean views. Max 8 students. Workshops are taught by Hollie Heller who has been teaching collage and mixed media for over 25 years nationally and in university settings. The studio is stocked with interesting materials to work with, combined with the beautiful natural materials that can be collected on the beach. Poolside lunches included with open studio hours available in the evening. Easy access to local accommodations. Visit the website for more registration details, application form. Visit website


Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Instructor: Hollie Heller
Sponsor: Art Retreat Tamarindo
Cost: $895.00
Email: Hollie Heller
Phone: 908.642.6690

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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

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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

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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

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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

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