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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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The Figure as Point of Departure
September 15 - December 8, 2016 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Develop a personal response to drawing and painting the human figure whether representationally or abstractly. Work in the medium of your choice including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil sticks, and wet/dry drawing media and collage. Receive individual demonstrations and instruction in materials and techniques including under-painting, glazing and direct painting. Figure models will assume extended poses to allow for developed works. Artists through history using the figure in an abstracted manner from Marcel Duchamp to Jacob Lawrence will be discussed. Group and individual critique will be ongoing. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Botanical Drawing and Painting
September 27 - November 29, 2016 (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. Includes sessions at Morris Arboretum. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Linda Gist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $595, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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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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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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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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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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Art Coaching Workshop
October 17-21, 2016 — 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. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 700 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: +34 619164632

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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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Experimental Collage with Lisa Weiss
October 22, 2016 (10am-3pm) — Artist in Residence Lisa Weiss teaches students the tricks and techniques of collage. Experiment with different surfaces and water media to create a completely unique work of art. This workshop is open to all skill levels, new and experienced students are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lisa Weiss, www.lisaweiss.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Mask Making with John McBride
October 26-27, 2016 (5-7pm) — Just in time for Fantasy Fest, one of Key West’s favorite visitors returns to help students craft their perfect mask. An expert at his trade, John creates intricately detailed pieces perfect for an elite masquerade ball or a crawl down Duval. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: John McBride, www.maskerville.com/masks
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor autumn scenes. Learn basic techniques for these two mediums, on their own or in combination, as you translate the dramatic cityscape of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


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

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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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Getting Started with Encaustics
November 15-17, 2016 (10am-1pm) — Encaustic painting is using melted & pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you have ever been curious about encaustics, this class will show you how to begin in a cost-effective, safe, & playful manner. The three-day workshop will cover a brief history of this ancient medium, the basic equipment that is needed, how to set up your work space, make your own medium, mix your own colors, & give you a chance to explore how encaustics can embrace the other mediums & materials that inform your creative process. Be prepared to make way for experimentation & park the inner critic at the door. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Cricket Desmarais, cricketdesmarais.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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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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Vision Cards
April 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Vision cards will guide students to the life they desire, a creative life filled with energy and true enjoyment; they’re a vision board that can be easily carried with you! Students will create one for many different aspects of themselves: spiritual self, health, wealth, family, friends, travel, creative life, whatever is important to them. Vision cards are fun and easy to make; no artistic skills required! Each student will make 5 to 10 cards using collage, doodling, stenciling, and paint. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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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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