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Art Coaching Workshop
August 1-6, 2016 (4-8 pm) — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non-academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Art materials are included in the fee. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 950 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: +34 619164632

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Wonderland (Ages 9 to 14)
August 1-4, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will dwell in a land of wondrous color as they explore natural wonders of the world. Students will use them to base their own fantastical worlds on and will create their own Wonderlands. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $240 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Alchemy of Spontaneous Expression
August 1-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — A soulful painting is a map, a series of creative thoughts and gestures layered across a substrate, the mysterious visual language of authentic creative expression that speaks from our heart to our soul. For five luxurious days we’ll have the opportunity to explore that rich and mysterious landscape, roaming the outside edges of our comfort zone in loving support of our curious and expanding soul. Together we’ll playfully experiment with techniques and exercises that engage our senses and I’ll share some visualization and awareness practices that sharpen our intuition and deepen the communication between our heart and the canvas. Whether we are new to painting or come as experienced painters, this week we’ll all gather together as we explore. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Katie Kendrick
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $765
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Layered Media: Expanding Your Vocabulary with Cold Wax and Mixed Media
August 1-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. The techniques of using cold wax along with other materials will be the focus. A variety of tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $540
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
August 8-12, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Collaging the Book: The Whole Enchilada
August 8-12, 2016 (10-4) — In this 5-day workshop, we cover all aspects of collage using deconstructed books, from design, to tools and materials, to finishing your work. We will spend the opening day working with composition strategies/design principles. I will be showing examples of common abstract art structures to give students who desire it an easy place to enter the creative process. Using a watercolor paper substrate and book materials I supply, we will commence constructing your book collages. Days 2-4 focus on exploring the book as material: Using Paperback Covers, Using Hardback Covers, Using Inner Pages. On Friday we will discuss Finalizing the Work: photographing, cataloging, preserving, framing. But each day, we are mostly making our collages. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $600
Email: Melinda Tidwell
Phone: 505-992-1992

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
August 12, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand 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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Photo Encaustic Equine Workshop
August 13-19, 2016 — This is a one-of-a-kind experience to photograph and create photo encaustic images of horses. Horses are amazingly sensitive beings. They are mystical, magical, and intuitive. They make us feel powerful and that anything is possible–that our lives are free from restrictions. Working with beeswax can be very similar….rich imagery, bold brush strokes, playful drips all creating paintings full of gesture spontaneity and motion. Working with beeswax you don’t necessarily see everything in your image, in fact it’s what you don’t see that can be more powerful than what you do see. This 5-day, 6-night workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of encaustic artists. Visit website


Location: Wolf, WY
Instructor: Clare O'Neill
Sponsor: Taylor & O'Neill
Cost: $2150 + $200 material fee
Email: Clare O'Neill
Phone: 651-312-0113

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Sketching with Water-Soluble Ink
August 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, use a variety of drawing media to create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, and finished work. Learn to quickly and accurately capture your subjects through the use of washes, layered colors, defined shapes and shadows, and depth cues. Maren will demonstrate techniques in handling water-soluble graphite pencils, water-soluble markers, and watercolor pencils with an emphasis on experimental application. You will complete at least one sketch in each medium, as well as combine at least two media in a final piece. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Maren Larsen, www.MarenLarsen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Jumpstart Your Imagination
August 15-19, 2016 — This class is all about experimentation and fun! You'll be introduced to a boatload of mixed media and techniques, some of which may be: texture gels, collage, mono print, pouring, powdered dyes to name a few of the possibilities. You'll then have the opportunity to use some of these techniques in actual paintings, too. Kathie will have several examples from which you may choose, or you may decide to work on subjects of your own choosing. In any case, this class will give you a ton of ideas for your own work, or for giving you a new direction and inspiration! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kathie George
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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“Picture This” Clock
August 15-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this two day workshop students will be exploring different surface techniques on wood laser cut gears. Students will also be taught the process of creating a faux tintype from their own pictures. Students will be framing these tin-type pictures onto gears. Construction of the clock will be created using the gears. Special attention to balance and dimension to create an illusion of movement will be an emphasis. Each student will leave with a finished working original “Picture This” wall clock measuring approximately 12” in diameter. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Erin Keck
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $330
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Collage The Book
August 17-19, 2016 (10-4) — In this 3-day workshop, we cover all aspects of collage using deconstructed books, from design, to tools and materials, to finishing your work. We will spend the opening day working with composition strategies/design principles. I will be showing examples of common abstract art structures to give students who desire it an easy place to enter the creative process. Using a watercolor paper substrate and book materials I supply, we will commence constructing your book collages. Days 2 and 3 focus on exploring the book as material. We will be cutting, sanding, sewing, sawing, drilling, tearing, punching and painting pieces of books to create your unique work. Small class size permits abundant personal attention. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $360 includes all materials
Email: Melinda Tidwell
Phone: 505-992-1992

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“Color Flow / Cold Enameled” Clock
August 17-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this two day workshop students will be exploring different surface techniques on wood laser cut gears. Students will explore cold surface enamel process on wood gears. Students will construct their clocks using the gears that they embellished. Special attention to balance and dimension to create an illusion of movement will be an emphasis. Each student will leave with a finished working original “Cold Enameled” wall clock measuring approximately 12” in diameter. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Erin Keck
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $330
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Illuminated Manuscripts – 2-Day Intensive Collage-Assemblage
August 20-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Illuminated Manuscripts originally referred to the stunning letterforms created through the use of gold leaf, metallic inks and a skilled hand but the term also evolved to refer to any manuscript with very ornate drawings, painting and borders. Using these old books as our inspiration, we are going to twist this concept around a bit and create our own illuminated mixed media books of art by “literally” adding a light and truly illuminating the book from the inside. Reflection and ornamentation that peek right through our book covers will make the viewer feel that that they are bound to find some wonderful morsel of artistic magnificence when these books are opened and we won’t disappoint them. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $315
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Painting in the Lanugedoc with Georgia Mansur
August 20-30, 2016 — Combining days painting in our own studio, with excursions and plein air painting in scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience and enjoy the very best of the region whilst learning from your instructor, Georgia Mansur. Georgia is a Trained and Certified International Golden Artist Educator, creator of the Georgia Mansur Palette by Daniel Smith Paints, creator of the Artist in Residence Program for Emirates Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains Australia and Official Emirates Artist in Residence 2012-14 and Official Cunard Artist in Residence 2015, teaching on board Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and QM2. She is also featured in SPLASH 15 book as one of the top 100 Watermedia Artists in the World. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3650
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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ArtisTTable Michigan, Beaver Island - Plein Air Art Retreat
August 21-28, 2016 — Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and will be a magical place for the ArtisTTable’s August retreat. Attendees will focus intensely on painting their impressions of the island. A 1920’s lodge and its forested grounds will be our inspiring home base as we explore lake shores, woods and the town of St. James. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Your fee for your stay is all-inclusive; including: food, lodging and ferry transport to the island from Charlevoix. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: St. James, MI
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1200.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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The Codex Compendium
August 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This ancient device was a hybrid between scrolls and books and it reminds me of forgotten secrets hidden away and requiring special knowledge to reveal its story. Playing with this concept we are going to be building our own codex of mysteries using a compendium of mixed media techniques. The three day format will allow us to delve into more advanced techniques to create true masterpieces. Our unique artwork will feature a series of 18”x6” canvas panels that link together with grommets and chains or ropes to fold concertina style, or unfurl to reveal the story in its entirety. You can decide if you are going to build your story horizontally or vertically, or perhaps a bit of both. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $465
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Watermedia Workshop in Greece
August 22-29, 2016 (8 h per day) — Watercolor and mixed watermedia (watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage) with George Politis AWS, RI. Emphasis on composition and color theory. Learning to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). Aims to boost the creativity by new inspirational ideas and techniques for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The workshop will take place in Pelion, Central Greece, combining the cool atmosphere of the mountain and the beautiful nearby beaches. All inclusive!! Visit website


Location: Pelion, Thessalia, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI
Sponsor: Painting Holidays in Greece
Cost: 1350
Email: George Politis
Phone: +30-694-4422097

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Layers & Process: A Journey in Mixed Media Abstract Painting
August 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create a large mixed media abstract painting from start to finish. Learn the basics of abstract painting – the 3 C’s, the 3 WOW’s (how to make your painting fantastic), and how to critique and complete your painting. Dive into the process by watching demonstrations and then working on your painting(s). You will be creating in layers by adding and removing; mixing heavy body paints, tinting & shading, creating texture, lifting and staining, glazing with polymer mediums, and adding mixed media. This workshop will allow for lots of painting time and the opportunity to explore your own creative freedom and discovery. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Deb Chaney, www.debchaney.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $410
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Box Full of Dreams: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop
August 26, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Joseph Cornell is known for his special brand of visual poetry, brought to life in what he called the Box Construction. Cornell created little stories inside “shadow boxes” - voyages of the imagination – forged by assembling a seemingly disparate and random collection of objects into dreamlike miniature tableaus that addressed his interests in childhood, space, birds, and ballerinas. This class builds on the Cornell box idea. We will build our “memory boxes” poetic little “theatre boxes” that evoke the memories contained within. We will assemblage found objects and elevate those objects to a place of reverence – of redemption. Use found objects you have been collecting to create a unique work of art that speaks from your heart. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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The Art of Creativity: A Mixed Workshop for Artists & Writers
August 26-27, 2016 (9:30am-4:30pm) — An intimate fall retreat to explore creativity through journaling – both with words and brush – with Craig Childs and Susie Billings. This class take place at a beautiful adobe residence located on Wright’s Mesa, just west of Norwood. Creating art is a narrative. Whether using words, colors or contours, the act of invention comes from the same source, a relationship between what is inside and what is outside. Artist Susie Billings and author Craig Childs are offering a dynamic two-day workshop that will take participants through the combined creative process they have developed: how to see the world around you and render it into art. The process works for all forms of expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Susie Billings & Craig Childs
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $325
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Mixed Media Collage
August 27, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: RIta Yanny
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Watercolor Journaling: Creating a Visual Diary
September 5-9, 2016 — With a few watercolor art supplies and your journal, you will be ready to capture memories of your travels in a colorful and unique way. Create a visual diary of watercolor painting, journaling, and mixed media as you slow down, observe, and savor your time in beautiful coastal Maine. This exciting class will motivate artists of all skill levels to record their journeys in an imaginative way using watercolor and mixed media. Students will explore ways to make their travel journal interesting and reflective of their experiences as we work our way from the studio to painting plein air the quaint coastal scenes of Maine. It is fun to create a personal work of art more wonderful than any photo album. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
September 5-9, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Cold Wax
September 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through exercises, conversation and writing. We will revisit cold wax and other media to create expressive layered and richly surfaced paintings using a variety of materials including R&F pigment sticks, cold wax, graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint. Techniques covered will include layering, excavating and monoprinting, as well as the use of edge, line, texture, mark making and editing. Students will be encouraged to work in a series. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion, individual support, Power Point presentations and more. We will focus on content, how to see and move the work forward. This class is for students who have already worked with cold wax and oil. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Romancing The Himalayas
September 10-25, 2016 — India is a painter's dream. You will paint it all in this once in a lifetime workshop traveling to many different villages in the low Himalayas. Historical sites, dazzling interiors and colorful people in saris, await your art eye. You will return home with numerous onsite sketches to make large paintings from. Non-painting partners welcome. Frequent art critiques by Johanna, demos and instruction. Visit website


Location: Dharamshala, India
Instructor: Johanna Spinks
Sponsor: Indus Experiences
Cost: $2998.00 plus airfare
Email: Johanna Spinks
Phone: 310-384-7029

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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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Baba Yaga Birdhouse (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In Slavic legend there is a tale of an old witch…sometimes a wise sage…but mostly and trouble maker. Her name is Baba Yaga, who rides in a flying mortar, using her pestle as the rudder. It is said that she lives in a strange cabin in the middle of the forest…surrounded by a fence made of bones, capped by skulls. The house itself is also grimly unusual… said to be perched upon giant chicken legs…sometimes one…sometimes two. This folktale seemed like a great source for a class idea…We will create a fantastical birdhouse perched on legs…doll legs, rubber chicken legs, or a mere pedestal. I’ll show the class how to add flapping wings to the haggish home. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Through Your Eyes: Cold Wax and Mixed Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. Expand your personal artistic vocabulary with the richness of color, pattern, textures, and history that surrounds you. Using your choice of medium in the field, you will record your observations and gather inspiration. We will then return to the studio for instruction in cold wax and oil painting with mixed media and collage, informed by your personal perspective. You will be encouraged to trust the process of exploration with materials and the environment, opening new ways of seeing the world, to enrich and inform your future work. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Diane Bowie Zaitlin
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1,400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Mixed Media Drawing and Collage
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of mixed media drawing and collage in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will be working on location, drawing in charcoal, pastel, and watercolor crayon. We will also develop interpretations of your work in collage media. The focus of this class is creating and learning to see, with endless Italian subject matter at hand to interpret. The land and seascapes, the light, the aged structures, and the art that exists as re-defined through your perceptions, are all available to you. Group critiques are optional. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Gedy Moody
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Hand Painted Decorative Paper
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Be prepared to have some fun! Class participants will truly enjoy splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing, crumpling and staining papers. Appropriate papers include old book pages, maps, personal ephemera, rice paper and store bought art papers. Papers can be used to make mobiles, gift cards, place cards, gift wrap, gift tissue, scrap book backgrounds, postcards, etc. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Paper Light Catchers
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create a set of light catchers that show off the beauty of paper through illumination. We’ll make origami window stars, inflatable paper balls and party lights to decorate your windows, cover your holiday lights or adorn your tabletop, window sill or mantle. Discover new techniques for working with paper and take away ideas for continuing the fun. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Jump, Trust, Paint! (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — We will learn to carve stamps of our own design and print them onto a variety of surfaces, including canvas, wood and paper. We will combine them with acrylic paints to create dynamic surfaces and images! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Illustrative Lettering
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Hand lettering is a fun and creative way to enhance your art – it adds personality and a hand crafted touch! In this class we’ll explore hand-lettering techniques that will take your ideas and turn them into unique designs. You can add creative lettering to greeting cards, illustrated “quote-posters”, logos, comics – the uses are endless! You’ll leave this class with the knowledge of how to research and grow your typography inspiration and how to recognize the right typographic fit. You’ll know how to refine your ideas and craft them into finale works using ink and paint techniques, and you’ll know how to use Photoshop to pull it all together! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Kayla Edgar
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Abstract Mixed Media Collage (A 3 Day Workshop)
September 18-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — The Medium of Collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich storylines of experimentation while aiding in each student’s visual vocabulary. The use of color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through the layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with the fine art of collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse the collage papers to a variety of desired surfaces. Clear image transfer technique will also be taught using the tack iron fusing method. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $600
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Construction of an Art Book
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this workshop, you will learn how to transform remnants of canvas & metal into this sweet little art book. Whether you are just starting out or an accomplished artist, it can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. The actual construction of the book is very simple & requires no sewing or math skills. The book measures approx. 5" x 5". In addition to learning how to construct this book, you will learn how to create yummy surfaces with texture & depth, how to integrate your images with paint & design, and how to add tabs, pockets & mini books. You will also learn alternative methods for connecting found objects without using glue. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Letterpress In Your Living Room (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — This workshop will focus on creating the look and feel of letterpress prints without using a costly printing press. We will be printing oil-based ink using a plexiglass sheet. No harsh chemicals are used, so this technique is suitable for any room in your house! You will be amazed how the process creates a look that is very close to actual letterpress printing. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Ruth Fiege
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Guardians of the Discarded
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this workshop you will learn how to make an eclectic free standing figurative assemblage, starting with only two pieces of wood & a few of your favorite treasures! You will learn the nuts & bolts of assemblage, composition, cold connecting, and how to unite found objects to create a cohesive piece of art. You will learn a cool new way to distress wood surfaces, I will teach you how to make beautiful clay faces, and how to make a mold of just about anything. We will drill, sand, carve, paint, sculpt, problem -solve, punch & distress…but most important, we will have a blast! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Paper Possibilities (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Turn flat sheets of paper into sculptural forms – the possibilities are endless! Participants will create a sampling of objects that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. Come explore the creation of multi-paneled structures that can turn into books, tubes, tunnels, lanterns and more. In this workshop, we’ll explore various ways to weave papers; we’ll turn envelopes into works that convert into wall or window hangings, books or lanterns with an adaptation of the piano hinge binding; and we’ll embed wire between sheets of paper to produce lamps or sculptures. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Paper Painting Collage (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Be prepared to have some fun! Collage students need to take the one-day painting paper workshop or come prepared with hand-painted papers from previous projects. It is highly recommended that you take the one-day painting paper class in order to prepare papers (colors, values) specifically for your class project. The collage emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping, very similar to traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative. Students start with the “Small Apple Exercise” in order to get a handle on creating volume and dimension with a simple sphere shape. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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The Painted Word (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create inspirational artwork in this in-depth journey with words in mixed media using handwriting, stencils, rubber stamps and collage. Whether you’d like to use lettering as a focus, or augment your artwork with words – this is the class for you. Students will explore techniques like collage, rubber stamping, and stenciling to create layers of paint and lettering and incredibly beautiful art. Learn tips and tricks from this accomplished calligrapher for working with handwritten words in a variety of writing, drawing and painting tools. The Modern Calligraphy Class would be an excellent starter class. Take your handwriting to the next level or just explore the many possibilities available working with stencils, stamps and collaged lettering to your art “speak”. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Caitlin Dundon
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Punk Fiction - Taking Cover
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this class we will focus only on making interesting covers and backs for our book-assemblages. This will be done taking book covers and modifying them or starting from scratch and creating a book using a variety of assemblage techniques and painting techniques. Perhaps you’d like a book to look like an ancient artifact dug up in a mummy’s tomb…or…something steampunkish is your preference…or maybe you’d like a cover that’s a living, breathing beastie…or something with a sci-fi twist that fell out of a visiting flying saucer. Whatever you’re preference we will explore well beyond the traditional. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Faux Etching: Surface Design on Metal
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn fast & easy techniques for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. We will cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. I will also demonstrate a quick & easy way to make a mold of just about anything. This etching technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects. You will leave with at least 1 figurative sculpture, 2 or more if you work fast & bring extra tins & heads! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Photo Encaustic and Door County's Intimate Landscape
September 21-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibility. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the photo encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Practice with sample boards and experiment with the various techniques of encaustic. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop concentrates on taking the images from your field trips and developing methods and workflow specific to you. Students are required to have working knowledge of their own camera and editing software. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Enhance your Watercolors with Mixed Media
September 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover the limitless possibilities as you combine your watercolor paints with mixed media supplies. Learn strategies to harmoniously blend diverse materials with versatility and ease. The result will enliven and enhance your paintings. Working from instructor suggested subject matter, learn how texture and variation can define edges and create smooth gradations. Gail’s provided mixed media supplies include several types of pastels, inks, acrylic paints, mediums, watercolor pencils, and crayons. Bring works in progress or begin something new. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Paradise Art Retreat in Ubud, Bali
September 25-30, 2016 — The Painting in Paradise Art Retreat consists of art workshops & excursions conducted by accomplished Australian artist, Lisa Addinsall (accommodation & airfares extra) & activities at Lily Lane Villas. Also indulge yourself in a tropical paradise with healthy food, rice paddy walks, massages, visits to local Balinese artists including painters, silversmiths, wood carvers and with time built in for just lazing in your private pool in your garden villa. Please email for the full program or visit my website. Visit website


Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Instructor: Lisa Addinsall
Sponsor: Lilylane Villas
Cost: $990 (NOT including airfaires & Accommodation)
Email: Lisa Addinsall
Phone: 0438305658

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The Mixed Media Art Journal
October 1-2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop (for all levels), you will learn a multitude of techniques for creating a multi purpose art journal. Whether you like to write, paint, doodle or collage, you are sure to enjoy the creation process behind scrumptious layers. We will make our own custom collage papers, stickers and even tape (!) to use in our journaling practice and then complete pages using paints, pens and markers. Whether you are brand new to art journals or experienced, you are sure to find Mary Beth's enthusiasm absolutely contagious. Fee includes a Mixed Media journal and a stash of items that Mary Beth likes to use (you will be able to take these items home) plus supplies provided for class use. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $260
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Art Journaling at the Speed of Life
October 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Visual journals are a valuable tool and play an important role in an artist’s creative process. In this workshop, you will be immersed in the process of art journaling. Emphasis will be placed on identifying your own voice and vision while reacting to and working intuitively with your drawings and notes. You will start your journal by creating a variety of backgrounds using acrylic inks and stencils. From there, your compositions will morph into unique pages as you add mixed media on every page. Learn how to manage color and composition using color wheel stencils and design fundamentals. Open to all subject matter and level of experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Pam Carriker, www.pamcarriker.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
October 10-14, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Content / Expression of Your Art with Alex Powers
October 10-12, 2016 (10am -4pm) — The workshop will include portrait demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and consultations of work from home. You will also receive individual critiques at your table/easel along with being involved in group critiques. Alex Powers lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been an instructor throughout the United States and abroad. He exhibits in numerous galleries and has many national juried exhibition awards. Alex is the author of “Painting People in Watercolor—A Design Approach". Visit website


Location: Columbia, SC
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: City Art
Cost: $250
Email: Randy Hanna
Phone: 803-252-3613

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Creating History & Mystery
October 13-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Creating history within an acrylic painting means layers and textures, and the transfers add an element of mystery. In this four day course you will begin to master the medium of acrylic, learn how to control the paint and use it to dance with your surface, whether it is panel, paper or canvas. We will explore several of the texture techniques from my book, Surface Treatment Workshop, experiment on different Ampersand panel surfaces and learn how and why to use various acrylic mediums. I emphasize developing composition through both planning and serendipity. Learn which colors will clearly illustrate your vision without becoming muddy and what mediums will make your paintings pop. Integrating the image transfers into the layers will assure success. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, www.sandraduranwilson.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $570
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Art Retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon: Watercolor and Collage
October 16-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — If you are looking for a playful, creative art retreat to learn more about watercolor and relax in an ocean front room with miles of sand to walk on - this workshop is for you! Beautiful Cannon Beach is the location for this four-day art retreat focusing on watercolor and collage. The fun begins at 5pm on Sunday evening at The Ocean Lodge with a gathering to meet everyone and review our week ahead. Each painting day will start with a playful warm-up and a different image to work from emphasizing the design elements of color, shape, value, line and texture. Water soluble Japanese Rice Papers will be incorporated on some paintings to emphasize texture. 12 students minimum, 18 max. Visit website


Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $425 by June 1; $475 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Paper Paintings
October 17-21, 2016 — 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. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Codex Compendium
November 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Codex. This ancient device was a hybrid between scrolls and books and it reminds me of forgotten secrets hidden away and requiring special knowledge to reveal its story. Playing with this concept we will build our own codex of mysteries using a compendium of mixed media techniques. The three day format will allow time to delve into more advanced techniques to create true masterpieces. Our unique artwork will feature a series of 18”x6” canvas panels linked together with grommets and chains or ropes to fold concertina style, or unfurl to reveal the story in its entirety. You decide if you are going to build your story horizontally or vertically, or perhaps a bit of both. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $390
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
November 7-11, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Connect, Create & Collaborate!
November 12-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Women want to connect. Is that how we are hard-wired from birth, or do our fast paced lives dictate that we slow down and enjoy each other, and open ourselves up to the possibility of a more creative life? Does this sound like you? In this two day workshop (that will be more like a “PlayShop!”), we will connect with like-minded women – use all sorts of art media, journaling and personal growth exercises. We will explore the world of connecting, creating and collaborating – with not only the women in the class, but with ourselves. No stress, no fear, don’t-have-to-be-an artist environment, learn how you can be more creative and more connected. All are welcome. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Wendy Lee Lynds
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $295
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
December 12-16, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Mixed Media Workshop at Art Retreat Tamarindo - Costa Rica
January 9-13, 2017 (9:00-12:00, 1:30-5pm) — Make art in an exotic location to rejuvenate and inspire. Come with a project in mind or as a blank canvas. Sharing our art making processes and inspirations will promote dynamic creative dialogues that will be integrated daily. Deadline Nov. 1, 2016. $850 includes all materials and a fresh lunch daily. Airfare and lodging not included. For more information email studio@artreatreattamarindo.com Visit website


Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Instructor: Hollie Heller & Shawna Moore
Sponsor: Art Retreat Tamarindo
Cost: $850.00
Email: Hollie Heller
Phone: 908.642.6690

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Challenging Collage
February 3-4, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Explore the technique of collage and décollage as strategies for mixed media works of art with artist and educator Jean Hess. Day One: Create “traditional” collages on a backing or substrate using the more common methods of joining or overlaying materials such as gluing, acrylic resins and paint. Techniques include but not limited to spilling, breaking, crushing, marking and chance juxtapositions of materials. Day Two: Free-floating collage/assemblage. Using techniques such as stitching, wiring, stapling cold figure in place. Explore the works such artists as El Anatsui in 2000’s, Howardena Pindell in 1970’s and Pierre Buraglio in 1970’s. Hess will also demonstrate different surface materials, tools, methods and manipulations. Visit jeanhess.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Jean Hess
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $275 Museum members/$300 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop with Robert Burridge
March 19-25, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. This workshop with Robert Burridge will emphasize loose, expressive abstract techniques, creative tearing and paint splashing. Burridge is a celebrated contemporary painter, contributing author to artists’ magazines, college teacher and publisher of his own books. We will be primarily painting in our beautiful studio overlooking the bustling town, along with a couple of optional excursions to experience the beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging, all breakfasts, 3 dinners, taxes, tips and the occasional taxi. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Bob Burridge, www.robertburridge.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Fundamental Art Skills
Monday - Friday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40.
Email: Sherry Egger
Phone: 912.506.2982

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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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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