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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
July 26 - September 5, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher 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 Borgeson 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. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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For Kids Ages 3½ to 5: Art Twister!
July 28-31, 2014 (9:30am-noon) — Create spectacular drawings as you explore what happens when you mix characters from picture books with master artists. Imagine Pinkalicious in the style of Pablo Picasso, Knuffle Bunny by Piet Mondrian, and The Tickle Monster illustrated by Jackson Pollock. Start every day by reading picture books with your class. Explore where your pencil can take you as you draw from reference, observe, and imagine. Take home a collection of colorful artworks using mediums such as pencil, chalk, oil pastel and marker. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: C. Cole
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Architecture of Light
July 28 - August 1, 2014 — The theme of this workshop is finding the dialogue between the architecture of man and the architecture of nature, and how to see compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes. You will also cover the basics of perspective composition and fundamentals of drawing, and see how these basics are the root of a successful painting. Simple black and white pencil sketches from site observation, or photographs will be completed, and you will discuss how the three basic values, black/white/grey can be arranged to form the basis of a final watercolor painting. You will explore exercises that highlight the depiction of skies, water, architecture, landscapes and atmospheric conditions. Tom will provide individual attention for all students. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $675
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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For Kids Ages 9 to 12: An Eye for Realism
July 28-31, 2014 (1-3:30pm) — The secret to drawing realistically is to see effectively - looking at proportion, accuracy, and the important details of a subject. Learn the important elements of successful drawing, including contour line drawing, shadow techniques, and enhancing your vision to detail. Have fun while you gain confidence in your drawing skills and create masterpieces throughout the week. Your final works of art will be impressive, realistic drawings you will be proud to frame. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: P. Niesen
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Spirit of Sumi-e: An Introduction
July 28-31, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The Asian art form of Sumi-e utilizes the simple tools of black ink, a bamboo brush, and Asian paper to create works of outstanding beauty in a few meaningful strokes. Sumi-e's accompanying ancient philosophy is equally spare: to leave behind the essence of something good for those who follow. Karen will teach you the basics of the art form - including brush control - that strives to express a subject's spirit. Through guided group and individual exercises, and one-on-one instruction, learn to master a gesture without apprehension or second thoughts. Complete several succinct compositions, working towards the goal of a minimum of strokes to convey meaning. Karen will also provide a glimpse into Sumi-e's philosophy through simple exercises and stories. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Kurka Jensen, KarenKurkaJensen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

Why the Model?
August 1-3, 2014 (10-4) — How to use the model and not be a slave to it in your art work. Three-hour morning session with the model followed by three-hour session working on drawings and ideas in any media. Bill Flynn received a Diploma from the Museum School, where he also took graduate courses. He was a long time faculty member at the Museum School as well. He has exhibited in Boston and New York and teaches master workshops throughout New England. Visit website


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

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil
August 2 - September 12, 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 - you set the pace. Learn essential techniques and art principles needed for working skillfully with today's modern colored pencil. Includes textbook, 6 lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, on-going personal instruction as well as two full critiques by Bet. 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: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson


Kids' Art Class: Drawing & Painting Session 2
August 4-8, 2014 (10 am - noon) — Appropriate for kids 6 & up! Have fun while learning to develop your drawing & painting skills. Become familiar with the elements of basic drawing, observation, perspective & composition, as well as color mixing & watercolor techniques. Plein air drawing & painting methods will be used with beautiful Rockport as your outdoor studio. Visit website


Location: Rockport, MA
Instructor: Becky Merry
Sponsor: Rockport Art Association
Cost: $80
Email: Margaret Redington
Phone: 978-546-6604

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Sketching with Ink & Watercolour on Location
August 4-8, 2014 (9:30am - 4:30pm ) — Sketching on Location in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Capture on paper the memorable sights, experiences and feelings of a journey, or everyday life. When combined ink lines and watercolor washes create a lively visual interplay pleasing to the eye. This workshop challenges you to step out of your comfort zone to develop your drawing skills and your way of looking at the world around you. Sketching basics - the fundamentals of observation, gesture, shading, perspective and composition. Watercolor and Color Theory basics - become comfortable working with watercolor and learn how to apply light watercolor washes that enhance your sketches. Each day begins in the studio, and then we travel out to different locations in beautiful Prince Edward County. Visit website


Location: Bloomfield, ON, Canada
Instructor: Sharon Fox Cranston, SCA, MPAC, PSA
Sponsor: Cranston Gallery on Main
Cost: $400.00
Email: Sharon Cranston
Phone: 613-393-3900

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Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject
August 5-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop presents the student of painting an opportunity to further his or her understanding of drawing and painting the figurative subject. Day one will introduce "new" concepts of figural construction, which will be reinforced and integrated through gestural drawing exercise with the nude model in 3-4 minute poses. During the second day, students will begin painting. Through lecture and demonstration, students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color, edge and composition. Working from the nude model, the student will be introduced to an exercise designed to reinforce the concepts of simplicity for value and color. Day three will offer students the opportunity to apply these new concepts while working from the costumed and nude model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Building Color That Works!
August 9 - September 19, 2014 — Start any day of the week. 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 and illustrated 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: Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Ms. Bet Borgeson

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Advanced Level

Drawing Ch'i
August 11-15, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Designed for those with drawing experience who desire to improve their drawing skills and elevate their artistic expression. Learn to recognize ch'i, or energy, as you draw the human figure with pencil, charcoal, conté and ink. Begin to sense ch'i, in lines, space, and chiaroscuro; see color in black and white drawing; and understand the effects of changing light, pressure, and media. Achieve a spiritually profound artistic expression through a new understanding of ch'i, soul, and spirit. Includes demonstration, discussion of master artists' drawings and critique. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Yasuji Paul Hamanaka, www.myartmuseum.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632


Kids' Art Class: Cartooning Workshop
August 11-15, 2014 (10 am - noon) — Appropriate for kids ages 8 & up! Create your very own cartoon! Students will select a format, decide a story type and design a character showing action, lighting & stagecraft. With the focus on narrative, students will complete their stories in page or strip form - accompanied by a poster of their characters. Visit website


Location: Rockport, MA
Instructor: Will Workman
Sponsor: Rockport Art Association
Cost: $80
Email: Margaret Redington
Phone: 978-546-6604

Beginner Level

Drawing Crash Course
August 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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Visual Journaling Online Workshop
August 15 for 6 weeks (24/7 Online) — This Art Journaling class engages your creative imagination to be your most powerful partner, teacher & mentor. Painting in your journal awakens your creativity, your heart & your soul while connecting your inner world with your outer world. Because your creative brain feels the connection, it feels nourished. You'll enjoy making art for yourself with the easy techniques you'll learn. 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. Appropriate for all skill levels and all media. Free journal. Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Online Course
August 16 - September 26, 2014 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with artist/author 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 by Borgeson and two illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format (established 1999) allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Please visit her student galleries to see what other students have done. Art by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Colored Pencil Adventure
August 16-17, 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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Summer Special! Inner Rejuvenation with Expressive Arts
August 18-22, 2014 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Immerse yourself into the creative process! It will rejuvenate your life! It's the path for inner renewal! Offered for the first time in enchanted fishing village of Ajijic on the shore of Lake Chapala, led by experienced art therapist Cristiana Marinescu. You will paint, write, create collages, decorate masks, practice healing visualization. Creativity and Rejuvenation are two innate and interchangeable aspects of Soul. Practice the art or resilience and discover easy steps to enhance creativity in your life. You will have time to explore the many shops, cobble stone streets, restaurants. It is a week of rekindling your creative spirit. No art experience needed. Accommodations are in a tranquil boutique hotel one black for lake and shopping, at extra cost. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 with materials
Email: Meredith
Phone: 1-800-436-0759

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Urban Calligraphy - Graffiti Inspired Lettering
August 19-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Everywhere you see it - unique hand lettering - not out of the can (or a downloaded font). You may think to yourself-how did they do that? Why can't I? Here you'll discover innovative styles of calligraphic lettering using new types of pens and discover how to make cool letters with tools you already have! Hand lettering adds welcome 'hand-made' personality to projects and should be in your toolbox. We'll explore scratchy, scrawled and built up extreme lettering with influences of traditional calligraphy, urban calligraphy and street art. We'll explore graffiti influences with non-toxic, no smell spray tools. Drawing upon the class synergy for ideas, anything could happen. Beginners and kids more than welcome - no lettering experience necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Engelbrecht
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $255 plus $5 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Beginning Figure Drawing
August 21-23, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Draw the human figure from a live model in a relaxed, encouraging environment. Learn to measure for accurate proportion, simplify, overlap, and determine correct perspective as you construct the figure. By thinking of each pose as a puzzle you can solve by using the right tools, figure drawing is not intimidating, but enjoyable and challenging. Begin each session with a half hour of quick, warm-up sketches followed by a long pose. The emphasis is on the figure in general, and depicting the essence of its pose and proportions. Leave the workshop knowing the fundamental tools of figure drawing, as well as a portfolio of drawings to serve as reference for future works. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, StuartFullerton.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + model fee, Non-Members: $375 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Colored Pencil Techniques with Donna S Slade
August 22-23, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce colored pencil techniques and terminology through exercises that demonstrate pencil pressure, cross hatching, modeling, grisaille, blending, color mixing and layering. Pencil history, brands and paper will also be discussed. Participants will complete a simple painting using the techniques practiced in the exercises. No prior colored pencil experience is needed. Some drawing would be helpful. All supplies and lunches are included in the price. Supplies are yours to take home. Registration deadline is July 12. Visit website


Location: Fayetteville, NC
Instructor: Donna S Slade, CPSA
Sponsor: Cape Fear Studios
Cost: $185
Email: Rose Kennedy
Phone: 910/433-2986

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Plein Air Painting in the Mt. Hood National Forest
August 22-23, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — Day One - Claudia will show you how to draw and paint a rustic log shelter, towering fir trees, textured tree trunks, lacy undergrowth and rich clumps of green moss. Although we will be working in watercolor the first day, participants are free to choose their medium for Day Two, including pencil, pen and ink, pastels, acrylic, or oils. Claudia can work with you in any of these mediums. Day Two -- we will paint on location (weather permitting) at the historic Barlow Trail Toll Gate location in the Mount Hood National Forest near the Salmon River. This is an excellent opportunity for Sketchbook Journaling or to create a larger Plein Air masterpiece. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Travel Sketching
August 25-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — You love to draw, and you love to travel. How best to combine the two? Learn how to use elements of composition and color values to capture landscapes in your sketchbook. Render basic forms using line and gesture to create spatial depth. Using water-based-pens and colored pencils, create your own travel sketchbooks from inspirational local landscapes and photographic references. Water-soluble sketch pens will be available for purchase from Nina. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $425
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
August 25-29, 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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
August 30 - October 10, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher 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 Borgeson 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. Artwork at right by former student Teresa Kent. Visit website


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
September 1-5, 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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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 1-3, 2014 (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: $375 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
September 8-12, 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 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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Drawing for Dummies
September 8-11, 2014 (2-5pm) — Learn to draw realistically from sight. Tap into your intuitive right-brain skills and experience an amazingly quick and dramatic learning curve as you sharpen your perceptual abilities and technical prowess. The proven rapid development of drawing skills in this workshop is due to Mynn's non-traditional, meditative method that employs the concepts of line, shape, form, space, value, and composition. Mynn's guided exercises and positive coaching make drawing remarkably fun and easy. If you have always wanted to be able to draw, or feel rusty or inadequate with your skills, this class provides the opportunity for you to improve dramatically in a variety of drawing techniques. The only requirements are a few basic supplies and a willingness to try! Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175 + materials fee, Non-Members: $200 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Visual Journaling Online Workshop
September 10 for 6 weeks (24/7 Online) — This Art Journaling class engages your creative imagination to be your most powerful partner, teacher & mentor. Painting in your journal awakens your creativity, your heart & your soul while connecting your inner world with your outer world. Because your creative brain feels the connection, it feels nourished. You'll enjoy making art for yourself with the easy techniques you'll learn. 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. Appropriate for all skill levels and all media. Free journal. Visit website


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

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Taos art Journaling: Playful Pages
September 11-14, 2014 (9/11: 4-6pm, 9/12: 9-8pm, 9/13: 9-8pm ) — Taos, NM is a gorgeous spot with tons of art, vistas & creative inspiration! Our workshop will take place in a picturesque B&B that is dripping with quaint! We will play with our art journal pages using collage, mixed media, encaustic, and inner and outer reflections. We will also create a small, hand-made journal using some basic bookbinding techniques. No experience necessary! This is a no-fail, fun and playful workshop for anyone interested in mixing media and capturing their adventures. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Judith Cassel-Mamet
Sponsor: Judith Cassel-Mamet
Cost: $380 (workshop only)
Email: Judith Cassel-Mamet
Phone: 303-947-1109

Intermediate Level

Slow Down - Wake Up - Make Art
September 19-21, 2014 (Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 to 5 pm ) — Learn to approach your existing artistic practice from a new perspective. Our goal will be to wake up the senses and strengthen our ability to perceive directly. Our goal is not necessarily to create finished work, but to experience methods to take to your own studio. The workshop will cultivate awareness, enliven the sense perceptions, and allow for insight. Suitable for visual artists who paint, sculpt, photograph or work in mixed media. Foundation skills will be revisited with a new approach. Nova Scotia is a magical place to experience the autumn. Both rugged and full of culture, it offers great variety for the senses and ample opportunity to "press reset" on your state of mind. Visit website


Location: Prospect Village, Nova Scotia, Canada
Instructor: annie abdalla, MFA, MES
Sponsor: Annie Abdalla Artworks
Cost: $450.00 including vegetarian meals
Email: annie abdalla
Phone: 902-852-3709

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Colored Pencil Adventure
September 20-21, 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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"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 22-25, 2014 (9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) — Prepare for 2014 workshop fun in charming Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive workshop teacher, is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Included in the workshop are many aspects of this vibrant medium and its compatible surfaces. (Bring an extra tote bag for samples!) Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for the discount.) Plan for this memorable fall workshop vacation! Visit website


Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Cost: $290
Email: Kristy Kutch
Phone: 219-874-4688

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The Brush and Beyond
September 22-26, 2014 — During this class you will develop your own personal painting style, while emphasizing the importance of developing your own creative approach to image making - with either abstract or representational imagery. You will explore new methods of watermedia application, including texturing and techniques for building of layers of paint. You will also experiment with new tools made from commonly found materials. Demonstrations by Mary Ann and individual discussions with her will help you approach your subject with a fresh eye toward composition and design. Finally, throughout the workshop the business of being an artist, including setting goals and priorities will be discussed. Each participant will discover how to become "inspired" and how to network as an artist. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Ann Beckwith
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

Intermediate Level

Drawing for Dummies Graduate Seminar
September 22-24, 2014 (2-5pm) — Refresh and explore the skills you learned in Mynn's "Drawing for Dummies" class (Sept. 8-11), and then apply them further to render more finished works of art. Working from your own selected photographs, engage in an intensive experience to explore the process of taking a piece from concept to completion. Mynn will review basic concepts from the first class before demonstrating techniques to take you to the next level of your drawing skills. Through her individual coaching and critiques, expect to complete one or more finished drawings with the knowledge of the process it takes to get them there. Students are required to have completed the beginning Drawing For Dummies class. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $140 + materials fee, Non-Members: $165 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Pocket Sketching in Tuscany
September 23-30, 2014 — This quick-draw technique allows anyone to "journal" wherever they are using only a 4 x 6 art pad, a water soluble pen, a small paint set, a brush and a film canister of water. Perfect for hiking, sitting in a café or standing in line - take it anywhere, whip it out in a minute, and preserve a memory in 25 minutes or less. It's more about capturing the "feel" of a place rather than taking a camera image. This workshop is ideal for beginners who want to fearlessly paint in public, for experienced artists who want minimal equipment, speed and no clean-up. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Kath Macaulay
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3090.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Sketching and Absorbing Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2014 — This workshop will be about ease and comfort of travel with an emphasis on absorbing the beautiful location of Cortona with excursions to other 'born-to-be painted', Tuscan locations. The idea is to 'travel light' and 'stop to smell the roses'. Participants will be provided with a list of easy to carry supplies. We will focus on how to capture scenes and impressions with sketches, photographs and journals and will share our experiences over wine-accompanied, Tuscan lunches and dinners. Composition and color will be discussed, with the intention of collecting resources for future studio paintings. You will learn how to capture the simple structure of a scene with quick value sketches and color notations. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Lynn Hosegood
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2849.00 double all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508-254-8265

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Sketching and Painting the Plein Air Landscape
September 27-28, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This class is designed to ease you into the art of "plein air" painting. En plein air is a French phrase meaning simply, "in open air". This class will focus on the unique experience of painting "en plein air" - both the pleasures and the challenges. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air", or on location is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We'll begin by learning to use our sketchbooks to record the impression of the landscape and to quickly capture changing light effects. Visit website


Location: North Bennington, VT
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $185
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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Painting on the Islands of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland
September 29 - October 6, 2014 — On the Outer Hebrides awe inspiring becomes 'art inspiring'. Travelling with our paints, we discover the roots of a civilisation and the raw beauty of its isolation on the edge of the British Isles. Nicky Henderson, a local artist, is our art tutor. With her expertise your art work connects with a landscape formed 3,400 million years ago, still sculpted today by wind, rain and human hand. Voted the most favourite islands in Europe, 5th in the world by TripAdvisor. Visit website


Location: Islands of Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: £1250
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston

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Pocket Sketching
October 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolor on location. Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a fanny pack making it ideal for travel, journaling, bicycling, and café sitting. October in Fish Creek. What's not to like! Join Kath Macaulay for a day in the studio learning about perspective, color, value, and techniques (some from John Singer Sargent). Then sketch fearlessly for two days anywhere, on location, in beautiful Fish Creek. Kath provides guidance, frequent demonstrations, and always supportive, critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kath Macaulay, PocketSketching.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $400
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Introduction to Colored Pencils
October 6-8, 2014 (2-5pm) — Add the element of color to your black & white drawings. Learn the fundamentals of working with colored pencils - a medium that has become much more sophisticated and versatile than the sets you may remember from grade school. Work from observed forms (still life) or use photographs as a source to translate the colors and light of nature into your renderings. Start with exercises designed to explore the range of possibilities in blending, layering, and texture, to discover the effects of using different surfaces and tonal backgrounds. Practice various techniques and complete a more involved, finished piece. Mynn provides guidance and a variety of papers; you need a good set of pencils, a sketchbook, and a willingness to try something new! Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175 + materials fee, Non-Members: $200 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Drawing Without Fear
October 6-10, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Taught with patience, humor, and the practical goal that you will be able to enjoy drawing for the rest of your life, this course is designed for absolute beginners and those who wish to refresh their drawing skills. Guiding you toward your own personal style, the class explores five key techniques of drawing and different ways they can be creatively combined. Using time honored teaching methods, one on one instruction and demonstration, drawing will be demystified, making it easy and rewarding to learn to draw in just 5 days. $25 materials fee payable to instructor covers all materials. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Peggy Sands, www.peggysands.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $520
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Sketchbook Journaling
October 10-11, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — If you've ever wanted to capture those memorable moments in life, and set them between the pages of a sketchbook journal, this is the class for you. Using pencil, pen and watercolor, participants will learn how to depict scenery, buildings, and close-up objects using simple techniques. In this beginner friendly class, artistic talent is not a prerequisite. As the weather allows, we will take short walks in the Mt Hood National Forest to sketch and collect bits of nature to draw in the comfort of the studio. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Pocket Sketching
October 10-13, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Whether you're a raw beginner or a professional, Pocket Sketching is perfect for you. The format is only 4 x 6 inches and can go anywhere. In a café, on the subway, even in a waiting room! Absolutely portable, the watercolor supplies fit in a fanny pack or purse. Pocket Sketching teaches you to capture in 25 minutes or less that which captivated your attention. Why do your trip photographs never look like what you remember? The camera can't have your one-of- a-kind reaction to what you saw: only you can express what you felt and saw. When you're accomplished, this becomes a meditation with your subject, (for the painter, a source from which to paint in the studio). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kath Macaulay, www.pocketsketching.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Words Love Pictures: Writing & Illustrating Children's Books
October 13-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — When words and pictures work together to tell a story, there isn't any art form that is more exciting! Especially when the marriage of the two takes place in a children's picture book. Learn what it takes to get a story ready to send to a potential publisher or to be self-published. Bring a story or choose one in class. Create a storyboard, build a 32 page dummy book, and complete one final illustration using your favorite medium. Learn which moments in the story make the best illustrations as well as techniques to make the plot more exciting. Discover how point of view helps define a character, explore how light and color effect the mood of a piece, and create an environment for your characters. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rick Chrustowski, RickChrustowski.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

Colored Pencil Adventure
October 18-19, 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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
October 20-24, 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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To Draw is to Understand
October 20-23, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This is not a "traditional" drawing class, where you sit for hours and bore your eyes and wear your back to death - no! This class is defining the word drawing itself - it is the active, exciting and happy type, where techniques and definitions will change every time you start a new work and it is all about You. To draw is to know yourself, to see the world in a new, unseen before light- to experience through drawing. Draw with your heart. You walk a line - your brush will draw the line. I will show you how to be happy with the way You draw. You can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, anything that leaves a mark on paper. It is beautiful to be drawing. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sedona Retreat: The Visual Arts Retreat
October 24-26, 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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nature Sketching & Journaling
October 25-26, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — In her signature "Nature Sketching & Journaling" class, Elaine, an award winning storyboard and botanical artist, will demonstrate a variety of drawing and annotation techniques. Step by step instruction will guide you from the first stroke to a finished sketch. A portfolio of information and exercises and a field kit of tools including graphite and watercolor pencils will be explored within a 4"x6" sketchbook all included in the class fee. An artist's sketchbook becomes an encyclopedia of creative thought and images. Elaine Hultgren is a certified botanical artist and illustrator and is an instructor at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona and has several years of experience teaching nature sketching and journaling as well as botanical drawing and watercolor. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elaine Hultgren
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $275
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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Sight Size Bargue Drawing
November 3-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Does drawing intimidate you? Arrive at a new level of confidence behind the easel as we delve into the world of "sight-size figure drawing". Karen introduces this unique method of drawing and its tools, by first working intensively from Old Masters' drawings, then transitioning to working directly from the model. These age old methods & techniques have proven to hone skills, solidify process and sharpen eyes that repeatedly shed new light on how to lay down information on paper accurately, like you've never experienced before. It directly translates to working from a model and quickly boosts confidence behind an easel adding various new tools to your belt. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen Cope, www.copestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Intermediate Level
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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

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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

Beginner Level
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

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Intermediate Level
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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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"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

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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
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

Beginner Level
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
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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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


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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