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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
October 27-31, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll incorporate Day of the Dead symbolism and information. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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Visual Magic with Mixed Media
October 29 for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it's your first. If you're already skilled, you'll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Introduction to Drawing
November 1, 2014 (11am-3pm) — This workshop focuses on the fundamental of drawing where attendees explore a variety of techniques to capture the sense of light and dark on simple objects/forms. Through various exercises, participants develop their observational skills and create a balanced composition, translating three-dimensional objects/forms onto two-dimensional surface. Introduction to Drawing; Contour drawing (45minutes); Shading techniques (45 Minutes); Demonstration; Techniques; Value scale; Shapes into forms (shading exercise); Observational drawing and shading (75 minutes); Share out and reflection (15 min). Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Aazam Irilian
Sponsor: Red Brick Gallery
Cost: $65 each
Email: Jen or Phyllis
Phone: 805-643-6400

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
November 1 - December 19, 2014 — 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

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Advanced Level

"More Painting with Watercolor, Pen and Ink"
November 6-8, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Claudia has authored or contributed to over thirty successful books, including "Creating Texture in Pen & Ink With Watercolor." This fully illustrated text book was not only a Northlight "Book of the Month," but a best seller for F & W Publications. Over 400,000 Claudia Nice books have sold. Her art work has won numerous awards and is often found in leading art instruction magazines. Her relaxed, informative method of instruction is geared to put the beginner at ease, and encourage the seasoned artist to new heights. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $375.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Colored Pencil Adventure
November 8-9, 2014 (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

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Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
November 8 - December 26, 2014 — 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. Start any day of the week. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
November 9-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day seminar will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome. Portable equipment is required - students will be working outdoors with a live horse model, on the property of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. Lodging details provided upon registration. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Perspective Drawing Workshop
November 9, 2014 (10am-3pm) — Whether you draw or paint professionally or doodle just for fun, understanding of perspective can solve common compositional problems. In this easy, step-by-step workshop, you'll learn the basics of one, two and three point perspective, including: vanishing points and horizon lines, how to make some objects in your drawings look close to the viewer, and how to make others look further away. You will learn ways to add a sense of depth to your drawings and paintings, with and without formal perspective. Beginner and experienced artists are welcome! Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Michael White, www.michaelwhiteart.biz
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $65
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
November 10-14, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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"The New Colored Pencil"
November 10-12, 2014 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) — Enjoy a fall workshop in beautiful, friendly Hot Springs Village. Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and featured artist in the DVD Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond the Basics, has taught colored pencil workshops nationwide. She provides an informative, enjoyable classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy)and watercolor pencils are included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Watersoluble wax pastels (which resemble crayons) are also featured. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. Demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies- there's something for everyone! Visit website


Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Brush Strokes art club
Email: Dianne Morgan
Phone: 501-226-5228

Beginner Level

Drawing Crash Course
November 11-20, 2014 (Monday & Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm) — Whether you are interested in a refresher course or drawing for the first time. Drawing is the prerequiste course for all art work including all forms of painting, sculpture and mixed media. Learning to see in terms of lines, shapes and values is the essential skill required to translate the 3 dimensional world to any two dimensional surface - regardless of the medium you ultimately wish to explore. If you want to improve your painting - take this course. If you are just starting out exploring the visual arts - this is the course to take. As well as learning to draw you will learn the most essential thing in the arts: How to See, the foundation of all art. All materials are included. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Vince Fazio, VinceFazio.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Classical Drawing
November 12, 2014 (7-8pm) — The formal structure of classicism is rooted in the ancient principles of sacred geometry and the physical nature of human perception. No other artistic language has surpassed classicism in the ability to communicate form and space to a viewer, or to recount a narrative. Kurt Wenner will demonstrate how a classical drawing is both "abstract" in its formal structure and "pure" in design. He will show that the classical tradition is not a style, but a language of form based on a profound knowledge and appreciation of the physical universe and man's participation in it. As part of this presentation Kurt will introduce a series of four workshops to be held in April 2015 at the Sedona Arts Center. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, kurtwenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Free!
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting the Figure in Charcoal and in Oil
November 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on capturing the figure in both charcoal and oils. The first day will be drawing the figure in charcoal, building from short gesture poses into longer sittings where we will focus on using brushes and powdered charcoal to achieve a painterly effect to the drawing, covering values and edges. The second day will be quick figure sketches in oils, taking all we have covered the first day with drawing and progress into doing 45 min gestural studies in oil to convey movement, color notation and rhythmical elements. The third day will be a long figurative pose in oil. Refinement of edges and color harmony, color mixing and color temperature will be a main focus. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.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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The Language and Practice of Life Drawing
November 17-21, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Working from the live model in two sessions daily, students will gain confidence and fluency in this most essential discipline. Through lectures, demonstrations and personal interaction, Ned Jacob will share knowledge, and insight that has made him, arguably, one of the most respected draftsmen of his generation. Neophytes will welcome this opportunity to gain a sound introduction to figure drawing; professionals will value this focused five-day seminar to sharpen tools grown dull through neglect. Subjects discussed will be: Hiring, posing and lighting the model; Exploring the relationship between media and working surfaces; Correct drawing posture and address to the format; Charcoal, sanguine chalk, conte. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
November 17-21, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
November 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015 — 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. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Getting Started in Colored Pencil
November 29, 2014 - January 18, 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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Design Boot Camp
December 2-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Robert Henri said "a good painting is a remarkable feat of organization." Composition is not simply being able to fit your subject matter on the canvas. Good composition is creating a beautiful and dynamic visual statement through the adaptation of an intentional plan - a coordination of parts to produce a harmonious whole. Intent and purpose trumps all particulars in the planning of a painting. The class will work on a series of exercises with a variety of mediums, exploring all the principles of design: proportion, dominance, subordination, movement, creating emphasis and space, all as a means to an end. We will exploit the elements of art: value, line, texture, shape and color in our search for a unity of effect. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Improving Your Understanding of Perspective - Amanda Lovett
December 6-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Perspective is the use of lines and angles to create the illusion of three-dimensional shapes. Accurate drawing and painting in a realistic style isn't possible without first understanding perspective. In this workshop we will review in-depth all of the elements required to give you a full understanding of one, two and three point perspective. We will begin with the basics of the geometric shapes most often found in perspective drawing and finish up with shadow perspective noting the differences between artificial and natural light, thoroughly covering all other aspects in-between. Learning to draw in perspective seems technical at first but once you develop a full understanding it becomes second nature. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Amanda Lovett, www.amandacarder.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $375
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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"Art & Soul, - Exploring Your Inner Landscape - Art Meditation, Yoga
December 6-13, 2014 (all day) — Robert Masla will lead us on a playful, and fun artistic jouney to uncover our Creative Self in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in this fun, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop of artistic discovery. Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering and invigorating Hatha Yoga exercises and stretches, Pranayama - (breathing techniques) that balance and revitalize our energy, and soulful visualization, meditation and song that opens our hearts. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
December 6, 2014 - January 23, 2015 — 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. Start any day of the week. Artwork at right by former student Linda Doyle. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
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Caricatures: The Art of Funny
December 7, 2014 (10am-3pm) — Everyone loves cartoons, so it's no wonder that caricature is universally accepted as a most delightful art form. This fun-filled workshop is designed for beginners as well as experienced artists alike. Participants learn how to borrow from reality and fiction to create fantastic portraits using line and style to capture individual likenesses. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Michael White, www.michaelwhiteart.biz
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $65
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Intermediate Level

Drawing the Quick Portrait in Conte
December 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This class will focus on the portrait drawn with conte and hard pastel. We will work from several models and poses to get a feel for the broad, gestural start, the sense of underlying structure. These materials allow a great variety of strokes and marks from a broad brush mark to a fine line, with expressive smudges and tones added to the tool-box of form building marks. The illusion of form arises not from an accumulation of detail, but from a few concise, correct choices of form. The quick portrait is about seeing the big underlying forms and bone structure. Drawing the portrait well is about making decisions about light and shadow, where a shape starts and stops. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Riedel, www.davidriedelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
December 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015 — 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. Artwork at right by Borgeson 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

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
December 15-19, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sedona Retreat: The Visual Arts Retreat
December 16-18, 2014 — The Sedona Art Retreat guides you into a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual discovery. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse to create a life-changing experience. Over a three-day period you will experience six different art mediums each with their own creative energy and each taught by a different artist: artistic journaling, ceramics, collage, photography, mask-making and jewelry - aspects of these projects cross-pollinate to become a path of unique connections that is different for each individual. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
December 22-26, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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

"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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
January 12-16, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
January 26-30, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
February 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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

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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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
February 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
March 16-20, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Students will draw the portrait and figure, learning to look for and implement the most important elements of shape, value, and edge for bold, confident, and loose but accurate drawings. The class will then select a figure pose which will be used as a starting point to design a painting to complete during the following two days. Students will build upon the concepts of shape, value, and edge that were learned in the drawing session to create a strong and beautiful painting. Students will work in a direct method, or wet-into-wet, to tackle the elements of a painting methodically, logically, and artistically. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tim Rees, timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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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

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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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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

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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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
April 20-24, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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

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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

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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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Composite Art: Traditional and Digital
May 4-8, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This black and white drawing workshop offers training in conventional police composite sketches plus an introduction to digitally drawn composites. Focus will be on the fundamentals of the victim-directed composite process used to develop the face of a criminal suspect for investigative purposes. Attendees will gain practical experience in traditional pencil techniques. In addition, hands-on exploration of digital drawing will allow insight into which artistic styles and methods are most conducive to potentially transitioning to drawing with a stylus. Included will be: importance of facial layout and proportion, differences in sex/ancestry/age, issues of memory and trauma, interviewing techniques, courtroom testimony, and use of reference materials. The combined use of photographic and drawn elements to create hybrid images will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Natalie Murry, www.nataliemurry.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $785
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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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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

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"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

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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

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"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

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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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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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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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"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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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


Online - Drawing The Potrait in Charcoal with Nathan Fowkes
Online — 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 includes tips and techniques to make the challenge of portrait drawing accessible to all serious students. The HD video is extremely large (4.5 GB). You might experience a certain amount of buffering since running an HD 2 1/2 hour video will take most of your computer power, especially if you do not have up-to-date software, equipment and a fast connection. To play this video, we are providing you with the download of a custom player that is compatible with Window and Mac users. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts
Cost: $59
Email: Holly-Olin Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Online | Nathan Fowkes Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal | Self-Study
Online - 9 week class — 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, Free 3-month subscription to OnlineLifeDrawing.com. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Holly-Olin 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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