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Watercolour Painting & Collage on Lewis & Harris, Scotland
September 6-13, 2015 — 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

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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: 415-121-2311

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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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Mixed Media Online Workshop
September 11 - 10 weekly lessons (24/7 on your computer) — 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. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Alchemy of Painting and Mixed Media
September 12-13, 2015 (10am-4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of an art immersion. This workshop is designed to help you go deeper in your art practice. With two five hour sessions per day you will have the opportunity to move beyond creative blocks and discover new techniques and ideas to add to your process. This workshop is dedicated to the alchemy of materials. We will work from the ground up, beginning with idea-generating techniques and visualizations provided to expand your authentic voice and vision on quality paper. Emphasizing individual expression, Lauren will guide you through a variety of materials, including pencil, pastel, glazes, collage, handmade gesso, paint and wax encaustic. No experience necessary, just a curious mind. Visit website


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

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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

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Tuesday Night Alchemy of Mixed Media with Lauren Mantecon
September 15 - October 20, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — This 6-week session introduces materials in acrylic, wax, collage, mixed media. Perfect class for those wanting to learn the basics or new approaches to their existing art practice. A weekly class which gifts the time to explore an idea or concept and see it to completion. Price includes tax, partial materials, snacks and refreshments. 15% off for returning students. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $300
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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Visual Journal Journey Online Workshop
September 18 - 6 weekly lessons (24/7 on your computer) — 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. Visit website


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

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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: 415-121-2311

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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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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
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Creativity Workshop in Singapore
September 24-26, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Singapore! --- 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: Singapore, Singapore
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $975
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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How to Use Metallic & Interference Paints
September 25 - 10 weekly lessons (24/7 on your computer) — 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 each brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to master these versatile paints. Visit website


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

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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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Spontaneous Creating
September 27, 2015 (2:30-6:30pm) — Join me as I take you through a series of fun painting exercises designed to help you get past over thinking & instead spontaneously creating. See what amazing and surprising creations unfold when you learn how to surrender and let go. At the end of this workshop you will end up with a four panel abstract art piece that you’ve created and can call your own. All art experience welcome. Adult ages 18+. All materials are provided: (4) 6 x 6 in. wood panels, watercolor paper, acrylic paints and mediums, colored pencils, collage materials, all painting utensils such as sponges, brushes and palette knives and more. Visit website


Location: Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $65
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

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Materials & Techniques for Painters
September 30 - December 16, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — This course examines the compatibility and effects of art materials available to artists today. Investigate traditional materials such as gesso, egg tempera, wood panels, canvas, brushes, oils, and varnishes; as well as non-traditional materials frequently employed by artists, such as house paint and commercially engineered wood products and polyurethanes. Safe working methods will also be discussed. Students will develop their own artistic projects in the media of their choice, based on sound practices. Includes PowerPoint presentations and museum visits. Visit website


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

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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

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Mixed Media Online Workshop
October 2 - 10 weekly lessons (24/7 on your computer) — 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. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Mixed Media
October 4 - December 13, 2015 (Sundays, 10am-1pm) — There is a long and rich tradition of mixed media in art history. Artists are drawn to the physical, visual and symbolic nature of the materials they select to create work, but also must consider what is available and accessible to them in their environment. Explore different approaches to mixed media work, including collage, assemblage and the use of found and recycled materials. Work both two- and three-dimensionally from direct observation and imagination. Work by Pablo Picasso, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Fred Tomaselli and others will be discussed to complement studio activity. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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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: 415-121-2311

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Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
October 5-9, 2015 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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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

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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: 415-121-2311

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Beyond Imagination
October 19 - December 7, 2015 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This stimulating, hands-on experience is designed to awaken a renewed sense of creativity through a variety of mixed media approaches to art making, including oil/acrylic/water-based painting, drawing, collage and found-object construction. Classes are structured to allow new forms of expression to develop, inspired by personal and historical experience, current events and future projections. Appropriate for all levels of creative engagement. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Richard Watson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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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
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level

Collage Camp with Seth Apter
October 22, 2015 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) — Pack your paint and paper and join us for a day at camp with renowned mixed media artist Seth Apter! We'll cover basic and advanced collage techniques, and tackle a series of creative exercises throughout the day as our collages develop. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts Studios + Gallery
Cost: $199
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.438.1884

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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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Brick by Brick with Seth Apter
October 23, 2015 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) — Create a layered and textured work of art one brick at a time in this urban art workshop. The first step will be creating the material for your bricks: painted paper. As we design our wall, brick by brick, you will be shown a way to seamlessly add and integrate text into your bricks. You will learn several different surface techniques to finish off your surface, including aging your wall, adding graffiti, and more. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts Studios + Gallery
Cost: $199
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.438.1884

Beginner Level

Cover to Cover with Seth Apter
October 24-25, 2015 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) — 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: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts Studios + Gallery
Cost: $399
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.438.1884

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Witch Crafting: Ancestral Witch Collages 101
October 24, 2015 (3pm - 5:30pm) — Do you ever feel like your roots are in the Craft? Using reproduced Victorian cabinet photos you will create a witch collage to hang! Join award-winning Salem artist Rebecca deVries for a fun evening of spiritual creativity! Step away from the busy streets of Salem's October night life and join us for some witch crafting! No experience necessary, just bring your imagination and your love of a good time! Wine samples and light nibbles. Supplies provided include: up to three reproduction Victorian cabinet photos, magazines, books, paper scraps, glue and scissors to use for the evening. You are welcome to bring your own family photos, etc. One 5" x 7" Oval Frame per student also included. Visit website


Location: Salem, MA
Instructor: Rebecca deVries
Sponsor: The Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery
Cost: $35.00
Email: Rebecca deVries
Phone: 978-741-1850

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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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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

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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: 415-121-2311

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ArtFusion Event
November 3-6, 2015 — Artists, Muralists and Faux Finishers of all levels can expand their Knowledge and Portfolios with Classes, Live Demos and Exhibitors. There will also be an ARTFest open to the public. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: varies
Sponsor: ArtFusion Event
Cost: Depends on class
Email: Heidi Schaeffer
Phone: 218-940-3095

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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

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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

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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
Phone: 415-121-2311

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: 415-121-2311

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

Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
November 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
December 3-5, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Dubai! --- 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: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,150 tuition only or $1,995 tuition, hotel breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Collage Workshop
December 5, 2015 (6-9pm) — A one-day immersion in mixing materials on two-dimensional supports. Explore how the power of context and design reveals itself quickly as you shift images, colors, tones and textures. Bring your own old (less successful) drawings to dedicate, along with some favorite ephemera or other small objects. Additional materials will be made available by the instructor. Demonstrations and discussions will be a part of the day, with a focus on examples by great collage artists. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Observe and Create: The Abstract Ideal
December 5, 2015 (11am-3pm) — Norman Lewis often worked with layers of colors using different patterns on a base of muted and sometimes bold colors. Lewis’s totemic elements simplified human forms into unique groups that resulted in the development of rhythmic patterns and designs. Instructed by Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs, participants will explore Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis and the idea of Abstract Expressionism. After viewing Lewis’s artworks that depict texture, patterns, and flowing forms as inspiration, participants will use mixed media techniques to create their own work of art. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $30/Non-Members; $15/PAFA Members
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Observe and Create: The Abstract Ideal
December 5, 2015 (11am-3pm) — Norman Lewis often worked with layers of colors using different patterns on a base of muted and sometimes bold colors. Lewis’s totemic elements simplified human forms into unique groups that resulted in the development of rhythmic patterns and designs. Instructed by Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs, participants will explore Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis and the idea of Abstract Expressionism. After viewing Lewis’s artworks that depict texture, patterns, and flowing forms as inspiration, participants will use mixed media techniques to create their own work of art. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dressler Smith
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $30, $15 for PAFA Members
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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: 415-121-2311

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: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
December 28 - January 1, 2016 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketching and Painting Santa Fe with Jane Shoenfeld
Ongoing thru January 1, 2016 (Fridays, 10am-1pm) — Would you like to share memories and celebrate new experiences through art and creativity? Join us and give the gift of art to you and your friends and family. Grandmothers and grandchildren, family reunions and those traveling solo are all welcome. The class is appropriate for all levels of experience, from total beginner to professional artist. All art materials are supplied. Acclaimed landscape painter and sought after teacher, Jane Shoenfeld will work with you to create a personal piece of art work that reflects your experience of Santa Fe. The focus is on the Santa Fe landscape and architecture. Outdoor classes are held in beautiful settings with mountain vistas and adobe architecture. Studio is available when it is cooler or upon request. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Jane Shoenfeld
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $138.00 Plus tax
Email: Jane Shoenfeld
Phone: 505.986.1108

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
January 11-15, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
January 18-22, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
January 25-29, 2016 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Water Gilding Demonstration & Workshop
February 6, 2016 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Alan Shuptrine of Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs and Art Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will provide a hands-on demonstration on the centuries old method of water gilding. He will discuss the details of Old World gilding methods, and how these methods are applied in the restoration and conservation of historical items. A powerpoint presentation will be shown, followed by a demonstration of actual water gilding, sgraffito designs, agate burnishing, and patination of the finish. He will also provide examples of different gilded and restored finishes on corner samples, frames, and other gilded objects. Students will be able to experiment with the techniques and create their own small gilded objects to take home with them. Visit alanshuptrine.com and shuptrines.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $175 Museum members/$195 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
February 8-12, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
February 15-19, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sedona Art Retreat: Word and Image Pathway
February 15-18, 2016 — Take a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. The Word and Image Pathway creates a three day immersion with a focus on personal discovery and many different processes for creating meaningful relationships between words and images. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $565 All Materials Included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sedona Art Retreat: Personal Imagery Path
February 15-18, 2016 — Take a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. The Personal Imagery Path creates a three day immersion with a focus on different ways of creating images from abstract painting to photography, collage and metal etching. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $565 All Materials Included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
February 22-26, 2016 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Dreaming in the Life Studio
February 23-25, 2016 — This 3 day workshop approaches working from 'life' through the graphic priorities of 'painting' as opposed to anatomy or any ideas about 'how to' paint the figure as in neoclassical ateliers. For us, the presence of the 'model' will serve as a shifting and relative point of reference within the studio and our focus will be on response to the visual possibilities presented there in the room. Large themes of inquiry will embrace the fluid nature of composition, the subjectivity of perception, clarity of observation and, the role of the loaded brush improvisationally informed by color. Much emphasis will also be placed on drawing with graphite and crayons. And we'll use acrylic paint on paper as our primary medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $875
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
March 7-11, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
March 14-18, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscapes: Luminosity & Color in Water & Skies
March 17-20, 2016 (9:00 am-4:30 pm) — David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations. Respected teacher, lecturer and juror well versed in all mediums including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and encaustic. Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Visit daviddunlop.com. Instruction will be offered to artists working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor each day. This 4-day workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo, in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David Dunlop
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members / $620 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Spontaneous Abstract Painting Workshop in San Miguel de Allende
March 21-25, 2016 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Intro to abstract expressionist mixed media workshop! Without effort or premeditation, following your natural impulses and tendencies, in a natural and unconstructed expression, create abstract mixed media art from small greeting card size to 20” x 25”. Explore non-figurative expression through the act of intuitive painting. Beginner and intermediate artists will learn about color composition and emerge into the artistic process. Advanced painters can explore new forms of expression, let go, reinvigorate and re-invent their current art. All in the charming historical San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico. Paint in the morning and explore this Colonial charming town in the afternoons. Teaching philosophy: Mentorship quality instruction. Register early! Max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu teaching since 1989
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $550 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
April 11-15, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 16-23, 2016 (9am - 5pm) — Observational drawing and painting are the focus of this workshop. Depicting nature on a Mediterranean Island and local sites too. Any medium or skill level is welcome. Price includes lodging and all meals, no transportation. Spanish classes of all levels available and educational talks about the Spanish culture are part of this cultural experience. Food is mediterranean style with local Spanish cuisine. Day trips to monasteries, Roman ruins and beaches are part of this week in Mallorca. Visit website


Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1495.00
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970-318-8444

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
April 18-22, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
May 9-13, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
May 16-20, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
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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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
June 13-17, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
June 20-24, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
July 11-15, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
July 18-22, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
August 8-12, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
August 15-19, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
September 12-16, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
September 12-16, 2016 — 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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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
September 19-23, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
October 10-14, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
October 17-21, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
November 7-11, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
November 14-18, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende
December 12-16, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — 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 styles and techniques. Learn the basics of design, color and composition. 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 8. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Great first time visit to Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
December 19-23, 2016 (9 AM to 12:30 PM) — Offered in charming mountain town San Miguel, declared in 2013 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, brilliant light, 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, water color, mixed media. Studio and plein air. Experience several styles and medias, find your own voice! Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989 providing individual expert caring instruction to each participant. Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, 8 per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez and Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 includes materials and RT taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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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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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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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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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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