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Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
December 27, 2014 - February 15, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes free textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full written critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Journaling Online Workshop
December 30 for 6 weeks (24/7 Online) — Art Journaling engages your creative imagination as you learn to design your ideal life & reach your goals while making art for yourself. You'll awaken your creativity, your heart & your soul with simple art journaling that connects your inner world with your outer world while nourishing your soul. Your visual journal will become your favorite, hardest working, most important art tool because you'll learn how to ask questions that encourage the best, possibility-expanding answers. And you'll understand the many different ways your art journal can serve you, from art playground to powerful life-improvement tool. This class will teach you simple, quick ways of working with paint. All skill levels. All media. Perfect for new year. Free journal. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
January 3 - February 21, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson


Alla Prima Painting Master Studies
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays, 7PM-10PM) — In this class, we will study old masters and learn all important questions they went through. Tonal solution of the composition, composing details, color balance, figure construction, and a lot more. Art was developed through the centuries, just like scions, and we should always learn from them. To understand and progress more in your art. We will learn from masters like Sargent, Zorn, Repin, Bouguereau, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, etc Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Exploring Portaiture
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays 10AM-3:30PM, with 1/2 hour break) — This class will focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand the gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students will have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with a strong emphasis put on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students will be taught the principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In this intensive observation, students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level

The Nude Figure: Drawing and Painting
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of the renowned Art Center of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the nude figure. We will draw and paint the figure from life. Any additional model fees will be paid to the instructor the first day of class in cash. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


Life Drawing
January 6, 2015 (10 Tuesdays, 7PM-10PM) — In this Life Drawing class students will learn a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure. Beginning with an exploration of gesture, volumetric drawing and light theory, we will address a different aspect of the figure each week, discussing major anatomical forms and structural considerations. Class will consist of lectures/demonstrations and individual critiques. Students in Life Drawing may also learn about Life Drawing for Animation. Students will integrate the figure into compositional settings while continuing to study the figure itself and study the figure's role in narrative storytelling. Students will develop drawings that serve as the planning stages of more ambitious drawing or painting projects. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ramon Hurtado
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Constructing Dynamic Poses
January 7, 2015 (10 Wednesdays, 10AM-1PM) — It is impossible for a model to hold many poses of a dynamic nature for long periods of time. This unique class will present a strategy for approaching life studies of the figure with the goal of combining multiple studies into a single dynamic pose. Starting with gesture drawing and quick sketches, poses will be studied for their rhythm, motion, underlying structure, and emotional power. After a pose has been selected, long studies will be made of various parts of the body in isolation where light, form, and anatomical features are captured in detail. In the last portion of the class these will be combined to inform the original gesture, resulting in a finished rendering of the figure. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Carl Dobsky
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Pick Up Your Pencil! with Mike Rooney
January 7-28, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458


Long Pose Figure Workshop
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose figure painting and/or drawing workshop. The nude model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $250.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Understanding the Figure (Nude)
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 10AM-3:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Classes focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with emphasis on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students learn principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In intensive observation, students explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be on the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting and the artist's analysis and interpretation. Shorter studies followed by considerably longer poses, give students ample time to explore the stages of a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
January 10 - February 27, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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


Long Pose Costumed Workshop
January 11, 2015 (10 Sundays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose costumed painting and/or drawing workshop. The costumed model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Analytical Figure Drawing
January 11, 2015 (10 Sundays, 10AM-2PM) — This class is a figure drawing class designed for people of all levels. From novice to pro, the need for continued practice is essential in making a more personal figurative drawing. Through thought-out and easily understood exercises, the student will more easily understand the living form of the model. After this class, the student will have the greater facility to create more easily from the imagination and will have greater confidence to edit the living model. Therefore, the student can interpret more poetically what he/she sees and make the drawing or painting more personal as a result. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $579.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Journaling Online Workshop
January 13 for 6 weeks (24/7 Online) — Art Journaling engages your creative imagination as you learn to design your ideal life & reach your goals while making art for yourself. You'll awaken your creativity, your heart & your soul with simple art journaling that connects your inner world with your outer world while nourishing your soul. Your visual journal will become your favorite, hardest working, most important art tool because you'll learn how to ask questions that encourage the best, possibility-expanding answers. And you'll understand the many different ways your art journal can serve you, from art playground to powerful life-improvement tool. This class will teach you simple, quick ways of working with paint. All skill levels. All media. Perfect for new year. Free journal. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figure Drawing
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will feature both short and long pose charcoal drawings using the figure model. Different techniques, including composition, values, form, line, shape and massing will be introduced and practiced in class. Students will also be encouraged to find their own way of seeking beauty from each pose, and interpret what they find with their personal artistic approach instead of just copying. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Life Painting and Drawing
January 20 - April 14, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. The course includes drawing sessions at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, where students will capture the fluidity and disciplined movement of dancers in motion, and student dancers posing at PAFA. Open to all levels. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figure Drawing: The Dynamics of Motion
January 20 - April 14, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Learning how to draw the posed human form is an essential challenge for every artist. However, drawing what the figure is doing, and how movement and behavior are expressed in graphic terms, is surprisingly within the reach of anyone through the study of basic drawing principles. Discover and build on your innate understanding of drawing and spatial concepts to develop your technical skills and inform your content. Study the methods for depicting motion through examples by drawing masters as you develop your personal calligraphy. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


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


Atelier at Night
January 21, 2015 (8 Wednesdays, 7PM-10PM) — This program is for those students who want an intensive atelier experience that are unable to commit to a full-time program. Students will be evaluated by Carl Dobsky based on an initial classroom assignment. Each student will be given projects based on their skill level and required to master each skill before moving to the next level. Students should expect to draw and work from master copies, casts and still life. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Carl Dobsky
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Portrait and Figure Drawing
January 21 - April 15, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — This course is designed to further develop your portrait drawing skills, while questioning existing notions and definitions of portraiture. Work from costumed and life models with emphasis on composition, expression, rhythm and mark-making in a range of dry materials as well as ink to create richness and clarity. One-on-one and group critiques will be held throughout, as well as discussions of master drawings, past and present. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Cast Drawing
January 22 - April 16, 2015 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Drawing in charcoal from casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. Work from life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture in PAFA's beautiful historic Cast Hall - a unique resource that has been part of PAFA's curriculum for over 200 years. This classical mode of instruction is ideal for beginning or advanced students interested in acquiring or sharpening their skills for representational drawing and painting. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Drawing Fundamentals
January 22 - April 16, 2015 (Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — If you've never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Acquire grounding in the basics so you can draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, cityscape, human figure, and other subjects to master the drawing elements - shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Anatomical Drawing
January 22 - April 16, 2015 (Thursdays, 9am-12pm) — Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Tonal Portrait Drawing & Painting
January 22, 2015 (8 Thursdays, 10AM-2:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Tonal Portrait Drawing and Painting is based on Academy principals. We will begin with basics, such as: Drafting Geometry, Shadows in Perspectives, and Constructive Drawing. Students will learn how to find Tonal Solution of the composition how to balance Negative/Positive space, with editing. In order to learn Direct Painting (Alla Prima), students will combine knowledge of Constructive Drawing and the ability to control overall values, working from midtone to dark and light. Discussion of techniques will also be included. A short demonstration will be held on the first day. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $549.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing the Human Form with Lothar Speer
January 22-24, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Lothar Speer presents an intensive three-day figure drawing seminar combining gestural quick sketching with short and long poses, and an emphasis on solid anatomy, good proportion and movement. Among his many accolades, Speer was recently commissioned by the City of Chicago to create a portrait of President Obama. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
January 24 - March 14, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Life Drawing II
January 24 - April 18, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — Lectures and drawing demonstrations on proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement of the figure will help you develop the ability to draw the human form with anatomical and spatial accuracy. Designed to advance the skills of students who have studied drawing previously. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

Basic Drawing & Painting Fundamentals
January 24, 2015 (8 Saturdays, 12PM-3PM) — This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Using a simple, proven method, students will learn to simplify objects, represent them as two-dimensional shapes and arrange them to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object. Topics include the use and care of materials, types of pencils, brush handling, painting mixing, value organization and simplifying visual observations into manageable 2D shapes. Students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ramon Hurtado
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Renaissance Drawing Techniques
January 24 - April 18, 2015 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — The invention of perspective and the introduction of paper in Europe in the 13th century ushered in the heights of Renaissance drawing. Draw from PAFA's renowned cast collection and from the costumed model, and learn classical drawing techniques specifically developed to describe three-dimensional form. Work in charcoal, conté crayon and chalks, as well as pen-and-ink wash on toned paper. Schematic and perspective drawings, including compositional drawings for fresco, panel and canvas painting, will also be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
January 26-30, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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


Portrait Drawing in Charcoal | Critique
January 26, 2015 — This 9-week online critique course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Nathan will take you step by step through the practical application of: Emphasizing the structure and planes of the head; Clearly rendering the values of light and shadow; Designing edges, create likeness and composition; Numerous drawing techniques, materials and approaches. Students Receive: 9 Personal Video Critiques, 9 Lectures/Slideshows, 9 Demonstrations, A library of other student critiques, Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $995.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Figure as a Point of Departure
January 26 - April 20, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Work from the human figure as a vehicle for personal expression in clay, drawing media and/or painting with a limited palette. Explore how different media inform your understanding of the subject and each other. Clay modeling, basic drawing/painting techniques and mixed media processes will be covered. The work of historic and contemporary artists who have used the human figure as the basis of their art in a range of media will be addressed, including Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and Kiki Smith. Suitable for students at all levels. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting for High School Students
January 31 - April 4, 2015 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing and painting skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work from still life, PAFA's historic cast collection, and human portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, color mixing and paint handling. Note: This class will utilize nude models. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $415
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
February 2-6, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink
February 2 - April 13, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Investigate the dynamic possibilities and subtle intensity of utilizing watercolor and ink in your drawings. Combine the crisp, gestural mark of the pencil with delicate, evocative washes of transparent tone and color to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin and with reference to contemporary drawing. Students will learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Dreamers and Doodlers with Jennifer Franke
February 4-25, 2015 (Wednesdays) — Ages 8-12. Use imagination to create some amazing doodles in this introductory drawing class! Franke, an elementary art teacher at Poinciana, will help students explore line and movement each week by creating zentagles - fun designs that involve using our "zen" to tangle some lines together into a swirling masterpiece! Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Jennifer Franke
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $25 per class, $15 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
February 7 - March 28, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
February 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drink N'Draw: Casual Figure Drawing with Alaina Plowdrey
February 10 - March 24, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm) — It's the perfect Key West art class - with a pencil in one hand, and a drink in the other! Former Artist in Residence (and recent Key West transplant) Alaina Plowdrey leads a relaxed figure drawing class for artists at all levels. For beginners, she'll get you started with basic tips for figure drawing and composition; more advanced artists can glean expert feedback or just work at your own pace. Alaina Plowdrey received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art, in New York City, NY, her BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and AFA from Delta College in University Center, MI. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $20 per session, $10 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
February 14 - April 3, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by former student Pandora Christy. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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"Tropical Escapaint - Creating an Artists Travel Sketchbook"
February 14-21, 2015 (all day) — This is a workshop not to be missed for the adventurous and energetic artist! - We will cover a lot of ground, or should we say paper, with a lot of painting, guided by Tony's expert instruction, demo's and critiques. You will be inspired by incredible scenery and dine on delicious cuisine. Wonderful painting excursions are planned, traversing the beaches, jungle paths and cobble stone streets of the Boca, painting at nearby beautiful Botanical Gardens and visiting a picturesque sleepy Ranchero Mt. town. You are sure to have a rich artistic and cultural experience among new friends. Tony's ability to graphically explain problems and solutions have made him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil Adventure
February 14-15, 2015 (9am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break) — Learn the secrets of creating high performance art with Prismacolor Art Pencils. Award winning artist and teacher Richard Drayton will guide students through step-by step techniques and demonstrations that will result in rich blended color and exciting composition and design. Participants can use their own subject matter or photographic reference and projects provided by the instructor. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of creative expression with this remarkably versatile medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Richard Drayton, www.richarddrayton.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
February 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Broma Sole Artist Residency - Costa Rica
February 20 - March 8, 2015 (17 Days: 2 weeks, 3 weekends) — The Broma Sole Artist Residency is an unequaled all-inclusive drawing & painting experience in Costa Rica. Classes and studio time will be dedicated to having a tropical twist on classical painting-from-life exercises. Do plein air painting in lush tropical gardens, stunning cloud forest views, and picturesque Caribbean beaches, gather gorgeous exotic produce and flowers into still life arrangements, and paint live models against a backdrop of bamboo and palms. Overlooking farmland, river, and mountains on the edge of a village in the Central Valley, Broma Sole will be the space for our studio, meals, and festivities and serve as the springboard for outings. Choose between full immersion stay with local host families or stay at Broma Sole. Deadline: 11/15/14. Visit website


Location: San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Instructor: Elody Gyekis
Sponsor: Impresas Visionarios
Cost: $2,800
Email: David Klaue
Phone: 8148800890

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
February 21 - April 11, 2015 — Start any day. Learn a natural and intuitive way to build color quickly. This eye-opening online course led by artist/author Bet Borgeson allows you to apply color swiftly that can boldly project across a room, or can be quietly complex and nuance-filled. Using her simple straightforward techniques can bring a new spontaneity to your colored pencil artwork. This 6-week course includes her book "Basic Colored Pencil Techniques," weekly lessons, hands-on assignments, additional one-on-one instruction by Borgeson, and two in-depth critiques. Borgeson is the author of several best-selling colored pencil instruction books. She has been offering an online teaching program since 1999. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Pen and Ink Zentangles Workshop with Linda Doll
February 21-27, 2015 — Join us in the tropical paradise of Puerto Vallarta, located on the west coast of Mexico. It's situated on the same parallel as the Hawaiian Islands, which gives it excellent temperatures in February! Our hotel, with its beautiful colonial architecture, has one of the best beaches of the tourist area, with everything you need for ocean water sports plus 3 swimming pools. There is also a lovely spa massage area with reasonable prices. It has one of the best breakfast buffets we've ever seen and lovely restaurants in and around hotel. Facing an unbelievable blue sea, sunsets are fabulous from this location. The charming downtown has fun restaurants, lots of art galleries and boutiques and a river-front area full of arts and crafts. Visit website


Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Linda Doll, www.lindadoll.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Table as Metaphor
February 27 - March 1, 2015 (10:00-4:00) — Thinking about the "Table as Stage" or "Still Life Transformed" what do you put on it and where? Does it become a portrait, a visual game, a rebus or a story? Artists have used the table all throughout history to define their time. We will discuss the infinite number of ways to create meaning through subtle arrangements, changes in scale and compositional play. Everyone should bring objects and ideas that can happen on The Table. Work can be done in any medium, though drawing would be the simplest way to start experimenting with possibilities and variations. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Bill Flynn
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $450M, $500NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
February 28 - April 18, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by former student Holly Herron. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Uncovering Your Creative Signature - Painting the Landscape
February 28 - March 7, 2015 (all day) — Artist Robert Masla, owner of Casa de los Artistas, shares with you over 35 years of painting & teaching experience in a relaxed and informative way. Artists with little or no experience, to the professional, will benefit from Masla's award winning teaching style. Demonstrating various techniques in graphite, alkyd, oil, acrylic and watercolor, he shares how to portray depth, solidity, liquidity, atmosphere and light. Attention will be given to our individual emotional response connecting to the landscape and then conveying it through our painting. There will be group discussions, insights into your work and lots of individual attention. Spend a week in paradise painting with Bob as he shares some of his favorite painting places in and around the Boca. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Artist Guild Week
March 2-6, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Scottsdale Artists' School is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Artists Guild Week featuring five prominent artists (David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, Rose Frantzen, Gregg Kreutz) who will share their expertise on drawing and painting the portrait and figure, as well as exploring the rich tradition of painting still life and landscape. Each studio will be designated to a specific discipline, and students will have the opportunity to study multiple subject matters with different instructors. Each student will receive individual attention and critiques from all of the instructors. Cost includes tuition for daytime programs, model fees, all evening presentations, and a Banquet Dinner Friday evening. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: 5 prominent artists
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,450
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


Drawing for Environment Design
March 4, 2015 (8 Wednesdays, 7pm-10pm) — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts interiors buildings and other environment elements for animation and concept art. There will be demos and lectures on perspective on the fly, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In class exercises will reinforce the lectures. In this class the student will learn: Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene; How to build and design buildings and structures; How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces; Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
March 7 - April 25, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
March 9-13, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Dynamic Figure through Drawing and Ecorche
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class, inspired by the great tradition of anatomical study, explores the intricacies of the human figure by working in both drawing and sculpture. One half of the workshop is devoted to ecorche sculpture stressing the particular relationship of muscle and bone. The main muscles of the body are explained using clay in order to understand their character and how they influence the surface form. The other half of the workshop focuses on classic red chalk drawing with an emphasis on the dynamic potential of the human form along with an exploration of drawing technique and style. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Capturing a Likeness in Graphite
March 12-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Drawing is a fundamental component to the life of an artist. Whether it's a sketch or a drawing executed in a full value range, the act of drawing is an immediate expression of an idea. Students will create detailed graphite drawings from a nude model by observing how light and shadow move across the body to create form. We will move through the value range from the lightest highlights to the darkest areas. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mario Robinson, www.marioarobinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop tackles each aspect of a finished painting one by one. In the traditional French academic method, students will work from a live model to complete a finished genre painting utilizing all of the preparatory steps. Day one will have students execute compositional designs as well as drawing studies of hands, feet, drapery and portrait. The second day will lead to the completion of a full size drawing, or cartoon. Day three will involve color studies and paintings completed alla prima. The fourth and fifth day will have students execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will walk away with a sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
March 14 - May 2, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Joanne Meyer. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
March 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing the Light
March 17 - April 21, 2015 (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Ambient, direct, diffuse, close-up, reflected, dim, strong, fluorescent, candle, flood, 60-watt and moon: specific light situations reveal the world to us in different ways. These differences influence the impact of a situation, and awareness of them is vital to those recording the world in art. Students will be drawing in the studio and later outside, considering various qualities of light that illuminate objects, people and places. Subjects will include figure models, interiors, still life objects and outdoor views. Homework will be assigned, including night studies of outdoor situations. Students will work monochromatically in graphite, charcoal, crayon and ink. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing Hands and Feet
March 20 - April 17, 2015 (Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Novice and experienced artists alike struggle with the realistic rendering of hands and feet, elements that add credibility and expressiveness to figure and portrait drawings. Learn to translate these complicated forms from simple planar construction to complex, intricate drawings. Students will explore this subject through various materials and gain inspiration from master and contemporary drawings. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neil di Sabato
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Botanical Alla Prima
March 21-22, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Spring is here! Develop the skills to capture the essence of a living subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor, to produce work that is fresh and immediate. This method can serve as a first encounter with a subject which you intend to use in a sustained painting, compiling a field sketchbook or as an end in itself. All skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Linda Gist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
March 21 - May 8, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by former student Nancy Costea. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
March 28 - May 16, 2015 2015 — Start any day. Learn a natural and intuitive way to build color quickly. This eye-opening online course led by artist/author Bet Borgeson allows you to apply color swiftly that can boldly project across a room, or can be quietly complex and nuance-filled. Using her simple straightforward techniques can bring a new spontaneity to your colored pencil artwork. This 6-week course includes her book "Basic Colored Pencil Techniques," weekly lessons, hands-on assignments, additional one-on-one instruction by Borgeson, and two in-depth critiques. Borgeson is the author of several best-selling colored pencil instruction books. She has been offering an online teaching program since 1999. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level

Still Life Beginner Pastel class
September 25 - April 24, 2015 (7:00pm to 9:00pm) — You will be introduced to the materials and the many ways of using this exciting and beautiful medium. The basic principles of painting such as value, color and composition will be covered to provide a foundation to create colorful and lively still life paintings. The goal is to develop your own personal style and to have fun through the process. Learn technique, color theory, value and composition. I will work with the class on a step-by-step painting. Experience not necessary. Classes are designed for all levels of skill. Materials are included with all classes. Visit website


Location: Uxbridge, MA
Instructor: Ria Hills
Cost: $125.00 four week sessions
Email: Ria Hills
Phone: 508-864-2053

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Sketching and Painting Santa Fe with Jane Shoenfeld
Ongoing thru April 3, 2015 (Fridays, 10am-1pm) — Would you like to share memories and celebrate new experiences through art and creativity? Join us and give the gift of art to you and your friends and family. Grandmothers and grandchildren, family reunions and those traveling solo are all welcome. The class is appropriate for all levels of experience, from total beginner to professional artist. All art materials are supplied. Acclaimed landscape painter and sought after teacher, Jane Shoenfeld will work with you to create a personal piece of art work that reflects your experience of Santa Fe. The focus is on the Santa Fe landscape and architecture. Outdoor classes are held in beautiful settings with mountain vistas and adobe architecture. Studio is available when it is cooler or upon request. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
April 4 - May 23, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by former student Teresa Kent. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

ARTZ in the Studio
April 6 - May 11, 2015 (Mondays, 1-2:30pm) — This new program - jointly sponsored by the PAFA and by ARTZ Philadelphia -- has been designed for people living with memory loss. Students will experience the ways in which art-making can become a personalized, creative form of self-expression, while enriching their lives through a new sense of creative community with others. Students will be free to express themselves through whatever drawing or painting means they choose in order to unlock their creativity, create new memories, strengthen relationships, and replace fear with hope. Studio activities will be supplemented with ARTZ-facilitated conversations about works of art in the PAFA museum. This course welcomes all levels of experience, from experienced artists to those who have never picked up a brush. Space is limited. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: tuition-free with a $50 materials fee
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
April 6-10, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Still Life: Composition & Expression
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn to better translate our observable three-dimensional world into dynamic and expressive drawings and paintings. Use the still life motif to investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, color relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Students may draw or paint or do both. Includes a visit to A Fine Arrangement: The Art of Still Life, on view in the PAFA School of Fine Arts Gallery, co-curated by the instructor. Basic drawing and/or painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Michael Gallagher
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
April 11 - May 30, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by Deb Carlson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Form Painting with the Figure
April 13-17, 2015 — This workshop focuses on the principles essential to transform abstract flat shapes into fully dimensional form. Students will focus on painting the figure with a complete range of values and develop the ability to make accurate, relative value calibrations. The focus is on structure, anatomy, proportion, light direction, handling of edges, abstract movements through the figure, composition and an understanding of basic and complex forms of the figure. These concepts are executed through an application of opaque and semi opaque paint in the light and shadow areas. Control of the paint is a priority and is essential to achieving the required goals. The class will be taught with a limited palette of colors to keep the emphasis on the development of form. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Darren Kingsley, darrenkingsley.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $599
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Classical Drawing (Master Artist Foundation Program)
April 17-21, 2015 — While the great drawings of the Renaissance have an astounding beauty and ability to communicate, in our time this mastery can seem unachievable. In this 5-day workshop, you will learn that in the Renaissance the structure of drawing was a specific visual language that is still available for us to use. Artist Kurt Wenner will explain and demonstrate the visual language of classical drawing. By working from drawings and plaster casts, a set of specially designed exercises will guide you from basic to advanced drawings. You will learn how master artists designed drawings using this elegant and controlled language of form, proportion, light and space. You will obtain skills and knowledge necessary to pursue further studies toward mastering drawing. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, kurtwenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $1,500 (includes all materials)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Pentimento: Drawing and Painting by Subtraction
April 18, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Dynamic images can be created through the use of pentimento, a process of drawing and painting by removing material or attenuating layers of medium. Dark field drawing, glazing, velatura, monoprinting, sanding, scratching, dry brush, scumbling, and reviving obliterated drawings and paintings will be demonstrated. Students will work on conte and charcoal drawings, monoprints, and have the option to practice the various painting techniques on their old work brought to class. Includes a visit to the PAFA Museum to discuss these techniques in masterworks. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
April 18 - May 30, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Jeanie Turner. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting the Figure and Portrait
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will be alternating between portrait one day and figure the next. Students will be doing drawing in the morning and painting in the afternoon. Jeff will be emphasizing the importance of tonal drawing. We will explore ways of navigating the figure and portrait using an abstraction system that is remarkably efficient and will change how you approach both drawing and painting the head and figure. Jeff will demonstrate several times and work on each artist's piece daily. Students will also delve into gesture drawing and painting. You will leave this workshop feeling more confident with your abilities and have a better understanding of how to study at home as well as from life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
April 20-24, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
April 25 - June 12, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Children's Book Illustration
April 25 - May 2, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This workshop is focused on developing imagery that effectively contributes to the storytelling of a children's book manuscript. Topics covered include character design, collecting and utilizing reference material, designing compositional elements, page layout, and responding to a text. The class will review the work of children's book greats of the past century as well as contemporary figures in children's book illustration. In addition, strategies on marketing a children's book portfolio and self-publication will be discussed. Instructor demonstrations will be presented using a variety of common illustration techniques such as pen-and-ink, watercolors, color pencil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, collage and oils. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ryan Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Forensic Art: Master 2-Dimensional Facial Reconstruction
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This master workshop provides an intense five days of advanced techniques for skull-to-face reconstruction drawing. The 2-D technique will be reviewed with emphasis on accurate prediction of the facial soft tissues from bony clues. This includes subtleties of head and neck muscle attachments, individual feature development and anomalies. Methods for repairs of missing areas of the skull and missing mandibles will be discussed. During class, there will be exercises of various ancestries and ages to provide the opportunity to simulate actual forensic case experience in a compressed time frame. Upon completion of each facial reconstruction exercise, attendees will view a photograph of the person in life for comparison. Taylor's Advanced 2-Dimensional Identification Techniques workshop is a pre-requisite for this drawing course. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
May 2 - June 20, 2015 — Start any day. Learn a natural and intuitive way to build color quickly. This eye-opening online course led by artist/author Bet Borgeson allows you to apply color swiftly that can boldly project across a room, or can be quietly complex and nuance-filled. Using her simple straightforward techniques can bring a new spontaneity to your colored pencil artwork. This 6-week course includes her book "Basic Colored Pencil Techniques," weekly lessons, hands-on assignments, additional one-on-one instruction by Borgeson, and two in-depth critiques. Borgeson is the author of several best-selling colored pencil instruction books. She has been offering an online teaching program since 1999. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Violette de Mazia Foundation at PAFA: The Artist's Garden
May 2-16, 2015 (Saturdays, 10am-12pm) — Painters have long drawn their inspiration from their natural environment. In the gardener's hands, nature itself is the raw material for expression. Yet the painter and the gardener both construct an illusion of nature through deliberate selection and arrangement. Join us for an examination of both the painter and gardener's garden, including an exploration of the PAFA exhibition The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920, as well as a visit to Chanticleer Garden. Visit website


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

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Venice, Italy: Plein Air Sketching or Watercolor Painting
May 2-10, 2015 — 8 days, 8 nights. Plein air sketching & journaling with watercolors or the medium of your choice. We'll stay as a group in a Venice apartment, eating and living as the locals do! Early Bird rates apply. Full details (and examples of my work) are available at www.helenKbeacham.com. If you missed my last Venice workshop, come with me on this trip of a lifetime! Hold your spot with a $500 deposit. Balance not due till March 1, 2015. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K. Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K. Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1900 USD, Early bird rate incl. room & some meals
Email: Helen K. Beacham
Phone: 843-871-5637

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Sketch on the Go
May 9, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks or while traveling abroad. Topics discussed and demonstrated include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying shape and form. Use your favorite drawing media: pencil, ink, crayon, or watercolor. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
May 9 - June 27, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by former student Cathy Heller. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Charcoal Wash
May 15-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join Bill Lundquist in this two-day workshop as he introduces you to the art of charcoal wash. This is an exciting drawing medium that combines traditional line work with the freedom and creativity of broad brush work. Powdered charcoal is mixed with water to produce the ability to "paint" a charcoal drawing. Charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils are drawn into the washes refining the image, and erasers are used to redact lights. The results can be quite dramatic. The class will be a fun experience as well as a great opportunity to get your hands really dirty. The instructor will lead you through demonstrations and provide you with plenty of individual guidance. The class is open to all levels of experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bill Lundquist, www.billlundquist.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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An Artist's Retreat with Anna Rhodes
May 15-18, 2015 (9am-5pm) — PAFA and Anna Rhodes join together to create an extraordinary experience! An Artists' Retreat is an in-depth, concentrated art course designed to encourage confident creativity. Gain a solid understanding of how to develop an image or idea through experimental and traditional drawing and painting techniques, and learn to combine the skills, intuition and freedom needed to create unique works that reflect individual vision. Capture essence, luminosity and mystery with gouache, graphite, and mixtures of mediums on prepared panels and paper. Each day in the studio is enhanced by demonstrations focused on color mixing, paint application and layering techniques, composition, individual and group discussion and films. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anna Rhodes, www.anartistsretreat.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $850 plus an $85 materials fee
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
May 16 - June 30, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
May 18-22, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Design and Personal Style
May 22-24, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This workshop is more about the participants' personal painting style and design, than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations, individual critiques of work from home, individual help at your table/easel, group critiques, one demonstration drawing and Alex's drawings for display. Visit website


Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Aline Jordan
Phone: 912-638-8770

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
May 23 - July 11, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
May 30 - July 17, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Exploring Cortona with a Sketchbook!
June 6-13, 2015 — The sketchbook has always been the foundation for artistic inspiration. This is where we grow as artists, training our hand and eye, experimenting with technique, collecting visual understanding of the world. At the same time, we're creating a personal journal of our lives. An in-the-moment record of what we've seen, drawn in our own unique shorthand. One day, these may become heirlooms we'll pass on to future generations. It's a chance for experienced artists to explore a fabulous setting with like-minded fellows, or for beginners to learn to sketch in a free-and-easy, spontaneous manner. Everyone will work at their own pace, using approaches best suited to their skill levels. We'll head home with our sketchbooks full of memories! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Marc Taro Holmes
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3290.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
June 6 - July 25, 2015 — Start any day. Learn a natural and intuitive way to build color quickly. This eye-opening online course led by artist/author Bet Borgeson allows you to apply color swiftly that can boldly project across a room, or can be quietly complex and nuance-filled. Using her simple straightforward techniques can bring a new spontaneity to your colored pencil artwork. This 6-week course includes her book "Basic Colored Pencil Techniques," weekly lessons, hands-on assignments, additional one-on-one instruction by Borgeson, and two in-depth critiques. Borgeson is the author of several best-selling colored pencil instruction books. She has been offering an online teaching program since 1999. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
June 13 - August 1, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
June 15-19, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Architectural Sketching with Donald Lee Carruthers, AIR
June 19, 2015 (9am-12pm) — A practicing architect for 30+ years, Carruthers teaches perspective to help students gain comfort in sketching urban environments. While emphasizing existing architecture, he also touches on the construction of imaginary spaces, expanding students' opportunity to get creative. Techniques for watercolor, mixed media, and pencil are covered, and reference materials provided. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Donald Lee Carruthers
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $50, $40 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
June 20 - August 7, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Colored Pencil Potential"
June 24-26, 2015 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) — This course focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils, waxy/oily colored pencils, and even crayon-like wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with demonstrations and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Kristy Kutch is an experienced workshop instructor who is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also the featured artist on four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Visit website


Location: Grand Marais, MN
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Email: Ruth or Amy
Phone: 218-387-2737

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
June 27 - August 15, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
July 3 - August 27, 2015 — Taught by Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
July 11 - August 28, 2015 — Color, control, and versatility are three of colored pencil's most winning features--plus they are inexpensive to use. Study with artist/author Bet Borgeson in her relaxed and engaging online course in your own environment for 7 weeks or longer - with mentoring from Bet. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments as well as two full critiques. Start any day of the week! Visit the student gallery on her web site - you'll be impressed by the quality of the artwork. Art at right by student Bill Shumard. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Laura & Billy's Excellent Italian Painting Adventure
July 11-18, 2015 — Replenish Your Art Spirit - Constructive Positive Energy - Small Group - Budget-Friendly. Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide this week long painting workshop in the outskirts of Perugia. Laura's medium is pastels, William's is oils. We will work plein air as much as weather permits. Work in any medium. We encourage artists of all levels to consider joining us. Each person works at their own pace. We are all striving for our personal best. The camaraderie of the workshop group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire. Opportunities for local sight-seeing as well. Add on a three day stay in Rome with us to round out your Italian experience, additional pricing on request. Visit website


Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Sponsor: William Noonan Studio
Cost: $1,850
Email: William Noonan
Phone: 845-542-6472

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
July 14-17, 2015 (9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) — The majestic Oregon coast beckons! Kristy Kutch, longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes meet (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, plus a new colored pencil series of DVDs for F. & W. Media. Fee includes welcome lunch. Visit website


Location: Newport, OR
Instructor: Kristy Ann Kutch
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Cost: $275, including welcome lunch
Email: Kristy Kutch
Phone: 219-874-4688

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
July 18 - September 5, 2015 — Start any day. Learn a natural and intuitive way to build color quickly. This eye-opening online course led by artist/author Bet Borgeson allows you to apply color swiftly that can boldly project across a room, or can be quietly complex and nuance-filled. Using her simple straightforward techniques can bring a new spontaneity to your colored pencil artwork. This 6-week course includes her book "Basic Colored Pencil Techniques," weekly lessons, hands-on assignments, additional one-on-one instruction by Borgeson, and two in-depth critiques. Borgeson is the author of several best-selling colored pencil instruction books. She has been offering an online teaching program since 1999. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

Beginner Level
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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
July 20-24, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


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

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Wet or Dry? The Amazing Range of the Colored Pencil
July 21-22, 2015 — Come to scenic Astoria, Oregon, where the mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! Learn from longtime workshop instructor Kristy Kutch, refining colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily colored pencils will be featured July 21, watersoluble colored pencils July 22. Develop a drawing into a true painting, with "painterly" results. Offering frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with a variety of materials which are colored pencil compatible. Each student receives a generous supply of take-home products, including new additions to the art scene. Kristy is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, as well as four instructional DVD releases. Dots 'n Doodles, your host, is a beautifully equipped store ready to serve you. Visit website


Location: Astoria, OR
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Dots 'n Doodles Art Supply Store
Cost: $70 for one day, $120 for both days
Email: Scott Leahing
Phone: 503-325-5081

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
July 25 - September 12, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by former student Tracy Ference. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Discovering the Dramatic Landscape in Charcoal
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to effectively convey the dramatic black and white landscape with use of balanced composition, line, rhythm, value, and texture in charcoal. The versatile charcoal medium and its potential for creating drama in the everyday landscape is our focus for this five day drawing workshop. Your compositions will resonate with new meaning by eliminating color and using several key principles and elements of design to further exaggerate your landscape subject. Charcoal offers enormous creative potential in layered texture, light, and shadow. We will concentrate on dramatic composition through the use directional rhythmic line, range of value, shape, and texture. Students will create numerous drawings using value scale and high contrast, observed and inventive textures, and will build layers of charcoal through additive and subtractive drawing techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Katherine Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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


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

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 5-9, 2015 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with "inborn talent". However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian Bomeisler's instruction, through the day. The day will end with a critique of the day's session. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Follow-On Drawing Class
October 10-11, 2015 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive two-day workshop is designed for those who have completed the introductory Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop, or have sufficient experience to follow the syllabus. Utilizing approaches developed by Betty Edwards, students gain further understanding of basic perceptual skills. Instruction focuses on expressing volume and space in drawing; exploring crosshatching techniques; and working with still life and the human figure. Students learn how to perceive edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows in ways that enlarge their understanding of drawing principles and enhance their drawing skills. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 for Museum members and non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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"Luminous, Lustrous Colored Pencil"
October 12-16, 2015 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) — Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, as well as 4 instructional DVDs. She has taught colored pencil workshops nationwide. Kristy provides an informative and enjoyable classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy) and watercolor pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Watersoluble wax pastels (which resemble larger crayons) will also be featured. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in a top-notch studio atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Boone, NC
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Email: Edwina May
Phone: 800-227-2788

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
October 19-23, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
November 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Coastal Colored Pencil
October 3-7, 2016 — Come and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Mount Desert Island on coastal Maine while learning the gorgeous art of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, an experienced workshop instructor and author of the book Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, and Colored Pencil Landscapes DVD, will guide the class through techniques for both "traditional" (wax-based or vegetable oil-based) colored pencils and watersoluble colored pencils. Kristy will provide numerous demonstrations, a supportive, informative atmosphere, and very generous take-home samples of products. Students rave about Kristy's workshops! Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Kristy Kutch, www.artshow.com/kutch
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $625
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Figure Construction | Self-Study
Ongoing — This online self-study class covers the basics of figure construction, a simple and effective method that helps the artist draw from life, reference or the imagination with ease. Each week, we will break down a different part of the body and learn to design or render it using various forms and rhythms. We will also learn to use different methods of measuring the proportions as well as study and render the volumes measuring the quality of light and its contrasting shadows. This is a class for all artistic levels from the beginner to the professional. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Portrait Drawing in Charcoal | Self-Study
Ongoing (Ongoing) — This 9-week online self-study course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Nathan will take you step by step through the practical application of: Emphasizing the structure and planes of the head; Clearly rendering the values of light and shadow; Designing edges, create likeness and composition; Numerous drawing techniques, materials and approaches. Students Receive: 9 Lectures/ Slideshows; 9 Demonstrations; A library of other student critiques; Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Portrait Drawing In Charcoal - Full Demo (HD)
Ongoing — In this 2 1/2 hour full demonstration, renowned artist and veteran teacher Nathan Fowkes takes you through the entire process of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Nathan illuminates how to: Construct and proportion the portrait clearly and accurately; Interpret the values of light and shadow to create the illusion of life on a two-dimensional surface; Design edges to create depth and artistic emphasis; Render with the time honored medium of charcoal; Create nuances of expression; Design the portrait composition. Nathan includes tips and techniques to make the challenge of portrait drawing accessible to all serious students. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $59.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Drawing From Imagination | Self-Study
Ongoing — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn's critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Anatomy Bundle (Human & Animal Anatomy Plus 3D Ecorche)
Ongoing — In this 3 course online self-study bundle, students receive the ultimate in anatomy education. Rey will enthusiastically go in-depth in both human and animal anatomy in these taped live course experience. This anatomy bundle is essential for digital and traditional artists who want to bring life to their projects and become well-trained in artistic anatomy studies. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $1,195.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


2D Anatomy | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fasciae that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Beginning Composition | Self-Study
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. This class will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bill Perkins
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Fantasy Illustration | Self-Study
Ongoing — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design through posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy | Self-Study
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey's excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals and how species evolve. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Consultation for Artists
Ongoing — Do you need help in making your art come alive? I can help you. I am in my fifth decade of being a full-time artist, and I have taught life drawing, still life, and plein air painting. You email me images of what you are working on. Then once a week, for ten weeks, we have an hour consultation covering your thoughts and feelings, the good points, and what you can do to make your art become more alive. I suggest you visit my website to see my work and contact my assistant. I work with only a few people. Please submit some images of your work. To successful art making! Visit website


Location: Idyllwild, CA
Instructor: Michael Newberry
Cost: $500
Email: Valerie Laughton
Phone: 626-712-6284

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Drawing Academy - How to Draw Video Course
ongoing (24/7) — The Drawing Academy is an online Drawing Course and Art Community, where you can learn how to draw using traditional drawing technique. The Academy was founded and is lead by professional fine artists and art teachers. The Drawing Academy Offers: 45 'How to Draw' Video Lessons - three-month curriculum; Multiple Bonus Videos, Art Albums and Books; Lifetime Membership; Diploma of Excellence in your name; Unlimited personal support by Academy tutors; Connection with the Drawing Academy Art Community; Questions Answered Directly by your tutors; Student Gallery; Artwork Critique by the Academy Tutors; Art Competitions. Flexible payment plans. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladimir London and Natalie Richy
Sponsor: Drawing Academy
Cost: $257
Email: Vladimir London

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The Roaming Studio Super Sampler One-on-One Art Course
Online — Offers ten one-on-one, 90-minute private lessons online teaching all subjects (flora, fauna, still life, faces, figures and landscapes) and using all mediums (pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic oil and watercolor). Learn what you love to do by dipping into all art subjects and experimenting with different art supplies. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leah Kohlenberg
Sponsor: The Roaming Studio
Cost: $500/$625 if art supplies are included
Email: Leah Kohlenberg
Phone: 347-251-1984

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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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