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


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

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A Day of Mixed Media
August 8, 2015 (10:00am-6:00pm) — Spend an entire day in the company of others creating your very own mixed media pieces. Learn mixed media basics such as collage, different acrylic applications, creative backgrounds, layering, integrating found objects, scribbling and more. The beauty of mixed media is that anyone with little or no prior art experience can do it. In this all day workshop you are free to experiment and be spontaneous in whatever you create. When working in mixed media there is no one right way to do it. The magic happens when we invite accidents and mistakes during the process. You will be able to freely explore your True Creativity Within. Visit website


Location: Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Cost: $125.00 (Materials & Lunch Included)
Email: Lisa Agaran
Phone: 626-470-7278

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Painting and Mixed Media Two Day Intensive, with Lauren Mantecon
August 8-9, 2015 (11am-5pm) — Give yourself the gift of an art immersion. This workshop is designed to guide you in going deeper in your art practice. With two six 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. We will use quality paper and large scale un-stretched canvas as our surface to create either multiple small pieces or one large work. Come spend the weekend exploring and finishing a mixed media painting. Price includes all tax, materials, snacks and refreshments. Discounted 15% for returning students. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon, www.laurenmantecon.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $370
Email: Lauren Mantecon
Phone: 503-473-2786

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Angelic Enchantment: A Five-Day Mixed Media Retreat
August 12-16, 2015 (10am-5pm) — The first two days of this retreat are all about painting angels. We will be demonstrating at least 3 different paintings using plaster layered wood panels as the substrate. We will have a variety of angel images to share with the students that they can use for inspiration ranging from the religious/spiritual down to the angel that has been a bit fractured (which are our favorite). We will then create a sweet sturdy book that is made entirely out of canvas & embellishments. You will learn basic bookbinding skills, and we will experiment with texture gels, gesso, plaster, molding paste & ink to create fabulous backgrounds & pages. This is an intense class with multiple steps and techniques. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Kate Thompson & Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $975
Email: Leighanna Light
Phone: 505-369-4777

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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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: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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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: 4151212311

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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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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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Witch Crafting: Ancestral Witch Collages 101
October 23, 2015 (6:30pm - 9pm) — 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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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 2-6, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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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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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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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

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


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

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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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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

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


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

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


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

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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

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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

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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

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


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

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


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

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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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