Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Still Life Workshop in Oil"
June 23-25, 2017
 

Still-life painting approaches will be demonstrated. Focus will be on dramatic design and composition. Students will learn how to apply bold and loose brush strokes. Through demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process, how to create energetic paintings, and addresses how to manipulate values, color, edge and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art. Qiang is a guest artist with the Putney Painters, and has painted multiple times with the modern masters of representational art, Richard Schmidt and Nancy Guzik. Qiang’s paintings are known for their remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost:
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Paint, Print, and Put It All Together"
June 23-25, 2017
 

Join MN artist Bonnie Cutts for three days of painting with acrylics, applying patterns with stencils, printing with slow drying OPEN acrylics and then working to bring it all together. Learn about creating interesting print making surfaces with a variety of acrylic materials and make some gorgeous prints with them. Apply OPEN paint to your Gelli plate and make multiple prints using stencils and patterns. Paint and draw on your prints, create collages with decorative papers and the prints you make, learn about new materials to draw and paint on and create unique pieces of art. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to jump in and mix things up.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beginning Shuttle Tatting"
June 24, 2017
 

This class is ideal for beginners seeking an experienced teacher to guide them through the basics of shuttle tatting, a Victorian lace craft that is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Learn how to make the basic knot of tatting (double stitch), the decorative loops (picots), the characteristic oval shapes (rings) and curved lines (chains). Basic skills may seem hard at first, but once learned are very easy and fun to do. Although you will not finish a project in class, the practice bits can be used to embellish note cards, enhance scrapbook pages, or adorn any project that needs a little something extra. Class fee includes a kit with all necessary supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marilee Rockley
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Portrait in Pastels Workshop"
June 24-25, 2017
 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Simultaneous Figure Drawing Dutch/US"
June 24, 2017
 

The ArtisTTable and Royce Deans Studio are presenting a very special figure drawing event. A Dutch/American Simultaneous Figure Drawing Marathon. This 8 hour event, the first four hours have a model in the studio, plus a model projected on a screen from our sister event in The Netherlands. The second half will be a single long pose. Bring your drawing and/or painting gear. There are tables, chairs and easels. The entire 8-hours with lunch: $50. Half-day with lunch: $30. Half-day without lunch: $25. Royce Deans Studio, Leelanau Studios #3, 10781 E. Cherry Bend Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans
Cost: $50
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
June 24 - July 1, 2017
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"Silver Metal Clay Birdhouse or Fairy House Pendant"
June 25, 2017
 

Learn to construct a small fine silver birdhouse or fairy house with fine silver metal clay. Form separate parts of the house then put them together using dry construction techniques. This requires accurate sizing and refining, plus learning how to attach three dimensional pieces. Sherry will show you different methods for decorating and attaching your miniature house to allow you to hang it from a cord/chain. After firing and finishing your house you can polish and patina it as desired. Material fee includes fine silver metal clay 28 grams, paste, syringe, fine silver wire and sheet available as desired. This is not a class to try without previous experience with metal clay either with Sherry or someone else.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Cartoons and Characters"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the materials for you to create your very own cartoon characters. Brainstorm, sketch, and finalize your characters as you explore the language of storytelling. Create multiple paintings and drawings throughout the week that describe your characters’ emotions, families, homes, and more. Drawing, painting, mixed-media, and sculptural techniques will be explored in this exciting class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Newman
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Comic Books"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Do you love to create cartoons and comics? In this drawing class, you will explore the language of cartooning and develop your own characters and story. Expand your drawing skills as you learn how to depict a variety of expressions on your characters’ faces. Compose each frame of your comic strip and use text to help tell your story. Graphic novels, manga, and other illustration styles will be looked at and discussed to help you invent your own characters and style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Wallestad
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"High School Intensive: Sculpture"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Explore clay modeling and expand your portfolio with three-dimensional work. Work from a life model to learn methods of terra cotta clay sculpture, focusing on anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be kilnfired after the course ends. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Landscape Painting"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Learn to depict ever-changing light and shadows through rapid decisions and swift mark-making. Study landscape masters to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, and clouds; then take your skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air! (Van transportation from PAFA available for outside locations.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing for Teens (Ages 13-18)"
June 26-30, 2017
 

In this class students will learn to see as they make the critical shift from left to right brain, where drawing happens. We’ll explore contour drawing, negative space, and sighting for visual perspective, while working with a variety of drawing mediums, including pencil, charcoal and ink. Using a grid, we’ll do a group project to learn how to scale small drawings to create larger pieces.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Karen Cornell
Cost: $250, materials included
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Graphic Novels: Narrative and Illustration"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Sharpen your illustration and cartooning skills in this intensive experience for teens. Work both collaboratively and independently as you learn the process of illustrating a sequential story - from writing, layout, and sketching, to the final finished pages. A range of exercises focused on developing technique will introduce you to a variety of media that can be used to complete your illustrations and express your ideas. Open to beginning and advanced students, you will leave this intensive with confidence in your unique style and voice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Wallestad
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Sequential Art and Illustration"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Discover the process of illustrating and writing a sequential story from planning, layout, and sketching, to the final finished pages. Using personal experiences or your imagination, build your own narrative filled with invented characters and settings. A variety of drawing materials and styles, including graphic novels, cartooning, and manga, will be explored and provide you with a foundation in illustration techniques. Share your finished story and images in a final comic book.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Newman
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


""Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Cloudcroft - a quaint mountain village in New Mexico - is the unique setting for this dynamic workshop. Janet Rogers is an award-winning Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and others - and a professional and National Instructor. Janet shares easily her love of watercolors in a spontaneous "alla prima" and impressionistic style of interpreting the head and figure. Participants will learn a natural, fluid, gestural, intuitive approach in this exciting workshop, which is designed to help artists of all levels. Artists will learn new skills through many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, one-on-one help, class "show & tell", and through fun and loose exercises. A no-fear zone! Janet is known for her passionate dedication in her workshops!
 
Location: Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 915-490-5071


"Still Life Workshop with Christine Lafuente"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One Theme, Many Possibilities"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Discover a multitude of creative possibilities with Kerr’s simple silk screen and direct dye painting workshop. You’ll experiment with one motif/idea during this workshop week. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting en Plein Air with Intention: 100 Strokes or Less"
June 27-30, 2017
 

Discover an innovative approach to plein air painting that encourages you to be thoughtful, yet direct as you create a painting, from start to finish, in 100 strokes or less. With no opportunity to rework, this method helps you to form a clear intention with each piece. You will learn to capture the spirit of your surroundings quickly and with a limited palette. The first two days of this workshop will be devoted to completing quick studies. Deliberately counting each stroke, whether the mark is small or stretches across the entire canvas and back, these studies will provide you with practice in your decision-making process. The following two days will be spent on location applying the same methods while working on more developed, final pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tim Deibler, www.TimDeibler.com
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing The Light and Atmosphere"
June 27-29, 2017
 

This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"2 day Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27-28, 2017
 

European impressions in watercolor: How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions".
 
Location: Stevensville, Maryland
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 410 200-8019


"Figurative Structure and the Gestural Pose"
June 28, 2017
 

This one-day workshop offers students an opportunity for exposure to drawing the gestural pose. Students will be offered a simplified understanding of the anatomy and structure of the figurative subject. Students will work from the live model and poses will be short. With repetition of pose and the application of the simplified concepts, students will become more fluent in this time-honored practice.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Order into Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting"
June 28 - July 1, 2017
 

Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoons with Emmett available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Open Air Fundamentals"
July 1-8, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast"
July 1-10, 2017
 

Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth.
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Cost: $2,975
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival
Website, email, +1 202 468 9953


"Family Workshop - 4th of July Parade: Giant Puppets"
July 1-4, 2017
 

Puppetry has a distinct ability to captivate our imaginations through storytelling with human-like forms that are at once familiar and otherworldly. In this class, you will design and build your own large-scale, wearable puppet masks to examine how human characteristics can be altered or exaggerated to create a sense of wonderment and delight for both the maker and viewer. Class will be held the mornings of Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Johanna Winters
Cost: Members: $85, Non-Members: $95
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sterling Metal Clay Box Pendants with Stones"
July 1, 2017
 

In this workshop we'll create an exciting, sophisticated, two-sided, reversible hollow box focal pendant with 2 different colored stones, that you can wear alone on a chain, or add to your favorite beaded designs. It's two necklaces in one, just flip and you've got a different colored stone to wear! In just one day we'll create enviable heirloom quality silver pendants that work with any style. This is a next level workshop, so some metal clay experience is required! Once you get started, you'll love this rewarding medium!
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Website, email, 210-887-6048


"Stitched Art Workshop in Greece"
July 2-9, 2017
 

We invite you to explore one of the world’s most beautiful, historic, and meaningful places: Greece, the cradle of modern civilization and home to spectacular scenery. Join talented textile artist Natalya Aikens and learn how to create hand stitched textural landscapes on the fly, to interpret the scenes before us with stitches and fabric, instead of with brushes and paints. As we wander the storied streets of Greece, we’ll pick out a special spot and make a thread sketch of the scene. We’ll snap a few pictures of the scene and later, in the hotel, we’ll work on the details while looking at our pictures as reference. Over the course of our workshop, we’ll balance sightseeing with sketching, creating and stitching.
 
Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Natalya Aikens, www.artbynatalya.com
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Fresco Painting Workshop"
July 2-7, 2017
 

All-inclusive one-week Fresco Painting Workshop in Italy near Venice. The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of the architectural decoration of the Italian Renaissance – from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of natural pigments to painting on a wet wall and/or a portable support, which you may keep at the end of the course.
 
Location: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Instructor: Alma Ortolan
Cost: € 1560
Sponsor: Ortolan Studio
Website, email, +393487240644


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
July 3-14, 2017
 

A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2685
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
July 3-14, 2017
 

A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2685
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
July 3-7, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"High School Intensive: Drawing, Section 1"
July 3-8, 2017
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and figure/portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude models. No class on Tuesday, July 4.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 4-7, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Ceramic Totem Poles"
July 5-8, 2017
 

The first totem poles were made from cedar trees and told the story of a family through carvings of animals, symbols, and designs. In this class, you will build a modern totem pole out of stacked clay forms to tell the story of your family! Use pinch, slab, and coil techniques to sculpt the individual pieces. Decorate the surface with texture tools and brightly colored underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari George
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait Painting (Gury) - Session 2"
July 5 - August 9, 2017
 

Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Fantastic World of Ceramics: Hand and Wheel"
July 5-8, 2017
 

Learn the art of throwing clay on the wheel to form mugs, dishes, and vases. Combine these new skills with handbuilding techniques to create a series of fantasy-based functional forms. Pull inspiration from your favorite adventure books and movies, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and more, to add dimensional details, texture, and painted imagery to your work. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Woodcut and Relief Printmaking - Session 2"
July 5 - August 2, 2017
 

Printing from a drawing carved into wood or a linoleum block is the oldest and most straightforward form of printmaking. All aspects of the process will be covered, including drawing on the block, carving your design and printing black-andwhite and color prints. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture - Session 2"
July 5 - August 2, 2017
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line - Session 2"
July 5 - August 2, 2017
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Extended Pose"
July 5 - August 9, 2017
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, measurement, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
July 5 - August 9, 2017
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Lab fee includes most materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $275, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"PAFA & The Barnes Foundation; The Decisions Artists Make"
July 6-20, 2017
 

The way we perceive artworks is largely controlled by the artists who created them. Artists intentionally direct the viewer’s gaze, convey narrative/message, and influence emotional response through color, light, line, size, texture, and space. Examine how artists communicate their vision through artworks in PAFA’s galleries. Presented in collaboration with The Barnes Foundation (Barnes members receive a 10% discount).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, www.christinestoughton.com
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Collograph: The Printed Collage"
July 6 - August 3, 2017
 

Transform the tactile beauty of collage into a printed image. Print your collage using both press and handprinting techniques with non-toxic, soy-based inks. The printed image can serve as a finished art object or the beginnings of a mixed media piece. Open to all levels. Adaptable for home or the classroom. Lab fee includes ink, paper and other bulk materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, www.christinestoughton.com
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Fundamentals"
July 6 - August 3, 2017
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lithography - Session 2"
July 6 - August 3, 2017
 

The ideal printmaking medium for those who love to draw! Design and draw your choice of image with a variety of lithographic drawing materials on traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plates. All aspects of the process will be demonstrated from creating a drawing to printing in black-and-white and color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Screenprinting and Beyond - Session 2"
July 6 - August 3, 2017
 

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Marie Hamilton
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2"
July 6 - August 3, 2017
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for only Session 2 should have basic drawing/painting experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Nuno Felted Design: Skirt, Dress, Coat"
July 6-9, 2017
 

Charity studied Fashion and Knitwear Design at Nottingham University of Art and Design (UK). She then moved to the Netherlands and employed her unique style and cultural flare to create a new fashion style. Over the years, Charity developed a passion for creating garments using the felting technique. She is constantly researching new materials and new techniques using natural fabrics, raw materials and organic fibers. Her Sharit Ethical Fashion line attracted the attention of Li Edelkoort in Paris and is becoming a recognizable brand in the Netherlands. The focus of this workshop will be on designing and making a one-piece Nuno-felted garment. Students will be working with a very simple pattern that will help them develop their own fashion ideas.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Charity Van De Meer
Cost: $625 plus $115 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Mixed Media Workshop"
July 6-14, 2017
 

With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize.
 
Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Sculptural Rings"
July 6-8, 2017
 

Create sculptures for your fingers in this hands-on workshop. Adding your own creativity and inspiration to each design, explore the components of proportion, size, balance, material, and comfort. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools, including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torches, and the rolling mill. You will focus on process, from concept to construction to aesthetic details. You can expect to complete one or more rings over the course of this workshop. Previous soldering experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Composition in Plein Air"
July 6-8, 2017
 

In this fast-paced workshop, you will explore the distinctive plein air painting process of using a limited palette of water-mixable oils, non-traditional instruments, and composition as a storytelling tool. Charlie’s approach to painting will encourage you to try new techniques, observe your subject matter carefully, and enjoy yourself. Charlie will begin each morning with an outdoor painting demonstration that highlights methods and materials, the importance of drawing, and compositional strategies. Afternoons will be spent developing your work independently, using whatever methods you wish. At the end of each day, you will gather at the School for a spirited group critique and discussion of your progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.Hunter-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In-Depth Watercolor - Session 2"
July 7 - August 11, 2017
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost:
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Écorché"
July 7 - August 11, 2017
 

Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Perspective"
July 7 - August 4, 2017
 

Learn to create dynamic perceptual drawings of architectural interiors on-site in museums and buildings throughout Philadelphia. Use basic one- and two-point perspective, compositional elements, value, cross-hatching, color relationships, and descriptive line quality to convey authenticity of place. This class includes a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to work from drawings in the collection.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creativity and Self-Awareness Through Art"
July 8 - August 5, 2017
 

This course is designed to foster self-awareness, wellness, and enhanced consciousness through creating art. Written and drawn entries of dreams, thoughts, and feelings in a journal/ sketch book will serve as the basis for class studio work in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Lab fee will cover basic materials. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Elizabeth Hill
Cost: $350, Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Video Editing"
July 8 - August 5, 2017
 

Move beyond mere recording to create finished videos – to document events, convey a message, or create artworks. Learn the basics of video editing including making transitions, overlays, animations and audio. Explore color management and learn how to upload your work to the internet. Basic computer skills required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ian Wagner
Cost: $350, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundry: An Introduction"
July 8 - August 12, 2017
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595, Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
July 8-9, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, brushes and pigments. Learn transparent and opaque painting methods, and gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge, a lifeguard will be on duty!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Passion for the Palette"
July 8-9, 2017
 

Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to practically fine-tune and tailor your current palette to support your work’s message. Class projects will include working from still life arrangements with colored lights to create brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Students are also encouraged to bring a personal piece in progress for color diagnosis and to work on. Artists of all media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving - Session 2"
July 8 - August 5, 2017
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower"
July 8, 2017
 

Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Portrait with James Tennison"
July 8-11, 2017
 

During this four-day workshop we will be painting a head-and-shoulders portrait from a live model. On the first day I will give a demonstration of my painting procedure and will discuss my approach to capturing a likeness. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of accurate drawing, analyzing the planes of the head, determining correct values, mixing clean flesh tones and controlling hard and soft edges. On the following days, workshop participants will paint from the model and I will give personalized instruction and demonstrate as needed. Painting a portrait is no easy task and it is recommended that students have experience with drawing the head and painting in oils, but all who are truly interested in learning will be welcomed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Wild Ink - Sketch-Drawing the Environment"
July 8-9, 2017
 

Using his instructional brochure "Wild Ink" as your guide, Hal Dean will guide you through his 10 steps for sketching the environment in ink. Each step builds on techniques to develop drawing and composition skills to create a sketch. The idea behind ‘sketch drawing’ is to develop three dimensional views of what you see or are thinking. Unlike a photograph, street sketching recaptures the entire sensorial experience. We are all artists! Drawing is a craft, and like any craft, its finesse is directly proportional to how much attention is paid toward technique and practice.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Hal Dean, AIA, Emeritus
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
July 9 - August 6, 2017
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Figure Painting"
July 9 - August 6, 2017
 

Create luminous figure paintings using traditional painting materials and procedures established during the Renaissance. Through step-by-step instruction, learn how to create an underpainting and then glaze and scumble transparent and opaque layers to achieve a rich sense of color, volume and space. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Orr's Island, Maine"
July 9-13, 2017
 

Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at an old family summer home known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Orr’s Island is a wonderful place to paint because of its varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and critiques.
 
Location: Orrs Island, Maine
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $410 lodging
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting"
July 10 - August 7, 2017
 

This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 10-14, 2017
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Media"
July 10 - August 7, 2017
 

Learn to develop richer, more complex imagery while working in a wide variety of non-traditional materials. Explore adhesives, papers, fabrics, photos, computer print-outs, wood, plastic, hardware, and the basics of handling tools properly. Stability of materials, craft, and safety will be emphasized. Topics include construction, storage and presentation strategies.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Drawing in Ink"
July 10 - August 7, 2017
 

From the Renaissance to the present, artists have favored the expressive qualities of drawing with ink. Experience both the fluid gestural brush applications and detailed reed pen drawing techniques. Focus on head studies and full figure work using both clothed and life models. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Scratchboard: Getting it Down in Black and White"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Discover a new way of drawing in black and white in this class focused on scratch media. See how light and shadow can create depth and volume in a drawing. Explore the variety of textures and marks that can be created on a scratchboard surface. Additional experiments will include adding watercolor washes for color and using collage to create a textured surface. Your final composition will be completed on coated scratchboard, where the drawing will be made entirely of white lines and shapes scratched from the surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Crazy about Color!"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Color is one of the most powerful tools an artist can use. In this class, you will learn how nature creates color, how color affects the way we see and feel, and how artists have used color throughout art history. Create a body of work that reflects your unique personality, imagination, and inspiration through color. A range of painting styles, paint media, and subject matter will be explored, including portraiture, nature studies, perspective, and abstraction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Explorations in Ink"
July 10-13, 2017
 

A line is a dot that went for a walk. In this drawing class, you will explore the straight, curvy, zigzagged, and wiggly lines of calligraphy, zentangles, sumi painting, and more. Art history discussions will introduce the techniques of each drawing method, while skill building exercises will provide hands-on practice using ink as a drawing and writing tool. Complete successful drawings and writing samples in a fun and experimental atmosphere. A handbound book or portfolio will preserve your work of illuminated letters, calligraphy, sumi paintings, and zentangles.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Multi-Media Paintings"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Push the boundaries of traditional painting by adding printmaking, collage, and three-dimensional elements to your pieces. Learn basic painting methods, including color mixing and brush handling, as you experiment and explore subject matter. Create luminous paintings with interesting layers, visual rhythms, and varied textures. Let process be your guide!
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"High School Intensive: Painting I: Still Life & Portrait"
July 10-14, 2017
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements and portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing for Comics"
July 10-14, 2017
 

Learn step-by-step cartooning basics so you can create characters, tell a story from life or imagination, or build a portfolio. Create your own short story to be included in a collaborative comic book to take home at the end of class. Instruction includes insights on the comic book and animation industry.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeff Kilpatrick
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cold Wax Creations"
July 10, 11 & 13
 

During this stress-free, high energy workshop divided into three, three-hour sessions, students will explore and create paintings with cold wax and oil paint. This freeing medium provides incredible texture and depth, while encouraging play, spontaneity and trusting your intuition! Absolutely no art experience necessary! And, students will walk away with at least two completed paintings. All in the beautiful wine country of Palisade, CO!
 
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Instructor: Dianna Fritzler
Cost: $155
Sponsor: The Blue Pig Gallery
Website, email, 970-260-7982


"Landscapes Imagined and Observed"
July 10-11, 2017
 

Driven by playful exploration, this workshop will examine the visual language of the landscape. Utilizing strategies to simplify compositions, distill imagery, and invent space, you will create a series of plein air sketches and paintings to later be used as reference for abstraction and experimentation in the studio. You will begin by documenting the surrounding landscape while working on-site with sketching and painting materials; exploring composition and identifying value and color. You will then bring your observed work into the studio to use as inspiration for landscapes of your own imagining. A lecture and series of exercises will help you select your favorite moments from the plein air works, such as palette combinations, shapes, mark-making, or imagery, to inform a new painting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melanie Brown, www.MelaniePBrown.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning to Draw the Portrait in Charcoal"
July 10-12, 2017
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this drawing workshop. Gain confidence and proficiency, as you learn to capture the portrait by first understanding the basic forms and then adding the details of your subject’s features. Through demonstrations, Stuart will share his approach in identifying the overall shape and rhythm of the head to give solidity and likeness to your drawing. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques through short poses of 25 minutes and long poses of 3 hours, bringing your work to the next level.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Exploration in Stamps, Fusing, and Silver Dusting"
July 10-12, 2017
 

Explore three metalsmithing techniques. With an emphasis on developing texture and design, you will have the opportunity to conceptualize and fabricate rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants while learning new processes. Learn how to size, form, and solder sterling silver stacking rings or a spinner ring. An emphasis will be placed on surface texture using metal stamps and hammers. You will discover the differences between soldering and fusing, as you cut, shape, and fuse fine silver wire into a bracelet or pair of earrings. Take advantage of your filings and small silver scrap from the week to form and fuse a beautifully textured pair of earrings and/or pendant. You will also have the option to include a bezel set stone in your design.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $415
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5-Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 10-14, 2017
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow, and to describe the time as well as the type of day. The week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-14, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 575-682-2889


""Lush and Lively Colored Pencil""
July 11-14, 2017
 

The majestic Oregon coast is calling! Kristy Kutch, author and longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes are held (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Fee includes welcome lunch and snacks.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"The Portrait and The Figure"
July 11-13, 2017
 

Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Laguna Beach, California
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 11-14, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Show Me the Pigment: Oil/ Pastel (You Choose)"
July 11-13, 2017
 

Participants will work for 3 days with nationally recognized mixed media expert, Sean Dye. Many of the techniques explored come from Sean's work in his book The Mixed-Media Sourcebook. Students of all experience levels will feel at home in this hand-on exploration of age-old traditional oil, new water-soluble oils, or pastels. Through demonstration and slides Sean will explain how and why certain supplies were used. Please bring sketches or reference photos. Award winning Artist Sean Dye received his MFA from Pratt Institute. He teaches painting at the University of Vermont, and conducts popular workshops throughout North America. His work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Pastel Artist International, International Artist, and The Pastel Journal.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Sean Dye
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Creating a Series: a Workshop in Drawing and Painting"
July 11 - August 1, 2017
 

Creating a series pushes students to work at a higher artistic level. Decisions regarding design and composition take on greater complexity, as each piece must stand on its own as well as work in conjunction with the set. This workshop is designed to take students through the process of creating a small body of work (5-7 pieces) from conceptualization to completion. Participants will meet over four consecutive weeks for work sessions, critique, support, and discussion of the next step forward. Pieces may be drawings, paintings, or mixed media. This course is for intermediate to advanced students with some background in drawing. Students should come ready to take artistic risks, challenge themselves, and offer meaningful critique to fellow artists.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Torrit Grey Workshop: Still Life and Portrait"
July 11-13, 2017
 

Join nationally recognized portrait artist and Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor Chris Saper for a fun and exciting three-day workshop using just Black, White, and Torrit grey pigments to explore and enhance your skills in seeing and handling values in oil painting. Both still life and live model portrait options will be available, so the class is well suited for painters of every level. This is a perfect class for both students who are new to oils, and for experienced painters who want structured opportunities to strengthen their skills.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Chris Saper, www.chrissaper.com
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Cast and Figure Drawing - Session 2"
July 11 - August 8, 2017
 

Working in the academic tradition, students will study human anatomy, proportion and value with the goal of faithfully representing the figure. Students will work from PAFA’s collection of historic casts in order to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Etching, Monoprint and More - Session 2"
July 11 - August 8, 2017
 

This course presents basic intaglio and monotype printing techniques including monoprint, drypoint, etching, aquatint, collograph and polymer plate methods. Image embellishments will include embossing, chine collé, collage, paper plates and mixed media techniques. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomical Drawing"
July 11 - August 8, 2017
 

Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Animal Sculpture"
July 11 - August 8, 2017
 

Learn to sculpt a variety of live animals in clay, capturing the anatomy, gesture and unique character of each subject. Work both in the studio and on site at the Philadelphia Zoo and other locations. Topics will include live animal study, using secondary references, comparative anatomy, and creating a sense of movement. Van transportation available from PAFA.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Head Study"
July 12, 2017
 

In this workshop, students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the workshop. Students are instructed to bring their chosen medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Glass Is Your Canvas: 7 Image Techniques for Printing on Glass"
July 12-15, 2017
 

The class focus will be on layering imagery, allowing students to build visual richness and depth in their pieces; each layer applied can create a fabric-like background that allows additional central images to float in the foreground. Students will work with glass enamels, glass paints, glass powders, micas, stencil cutters, frisket and specialty films. Methods for applying images to glass will include: screen printing, airbrushing, photo resists, powder printing, custom decals, direct painting, and masking and stenciling. Students will create six sample tiles as well as two complete works. Each piece will consist of patterns, colors, and textures, overlaid with images of personal history, focusing on childhood and love. Students will mount their finished pieces for hanging.
 
Location: Kensington, Maryland
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Cost: $895.00
Sponsor: Weisser Glass
Website, email, 301-571-8966


"Abstraction through Observation"
July 12-15, 2017
 

This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Spiral Chain"
July 13, 2017
 

Geared toward the absolute beginner, this workshop will introduce the basic concepts and techniques of soldering while creating a spiral chain. Gain an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Through demonstrations and guided work time, you will complete a spiral chain by the end of the workshop. If time allows, you will polish the piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Simply Silver Bracelet"
July 13, 2017
 

In this workshop for the absolute beginner, you will learn how to solder sterling silver with a torch system while fabricating a bracelet. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these basic skills and best practices. In addition to torch use, you will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, create a closure, use a flexshaft, and do finishing techniques. Leave this workshop with a completed bold bracelet.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Multiples: Mold-Making and Slip Casting"
July 13-18, 2017
 

Explore processes related to plaster mold-making and slip casting. Discover a workflow that allows you to create multiples; expanding the possibilities of your ceramic process. This workshop will begin with discussion and demonstrations, providing you with a solid foundation in this process and its variations. You will learn how to mix plaster, partition a piece to be molded, and create one- and two- or more part molds. Learn how to care for molds, mix casting slip, pour and release pieces, and attach sprig decorations. Prepare for a busy week, loaded with information and a unique hands-on experience. This workshop will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday; breaking for molds to dry on Sunday. Some ceramics experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kimberlee Joy Roth, www.KimberleeJoyRoth.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing a Creative Vision for Your Photography"
July 13, 2017
 

Our perspective on the world around us informs our decisions as photographers. This workshop provides an opportunity to tap into what interests you, so you can find your unique voice behind the camera. Using critical thinking, visual exploration, and interactive idea book exercises, uncover overlooked curiosities and brainstorm how to transform those interests into creative content for future photography projects. Leave this workshop feeling more confident in your ideas and with a clear and exciting direction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members: $110
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Figure Painting"
July 13-16, 2017
 

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Boxed Up: Introduction to Hollow Forms"
July 14, 2017
 

This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring that also doubles as a pendant, while refining your metalsmithing skills. Encouraged to work from your own design, the hollow form process offers the opportunity to develop your sawing, shaping, and soldering techniques. Create a piece that is rewarding to fabricate and sure to impress your viewer.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Deep Into Indigo: Playing with Patterns, Dye & Fabric"
July 14-16, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing retreat for women interested in experiencing the magical process of dyeing with indigo! Instruction in Japanese shibori fabric techniques, open access to indigo dyeing vats and, and gourmet dining.
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: Early Bird til June 15, 2017: $550; $650 after
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Favorite Places: Collaged Landscapes"
July 14, 2017
 

Push the boundaries of traditional landscape painting as you create images that incorporate paint, collage, and textural elements. Gain inspiration from 20th Century artists Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney, and Richard Diebenkorn. View and discuss their use of pattern, color, perspective, and composition in the landscape. Basic painting skills, color mixing, and collage techniques will be covered.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Kitchen Table Printmaking"
July 15 - August 5, 2017
 

Learn to make prints without a press or shop: in the classroom, at a home-studio…even on your kitchen table! Make color stamp prints, monotypes, and relief prints in color and black-and-white; includes techniques for printing on fabric.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting Basics"
July 15-16, 2017
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Silver Fusion"
July 15, 2017
 

There is merit in the processes of both soldering and fusing, but understanding both of these techniques will allow you to be a more versatile silversmith. In this workshop, you will learn the difference between soldering and fusing, when you should use either technique, and gain hands-on experience with making a fused joint. In this workshop, you will apply skills to two bracelets, including the classic ball and loop chain and the bubble fusion, which is a unique approach to incorporating beads with silver.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Learn to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. You will examine the subjects of contemporary trends, master photography, and compositional strategies to draw conclusions and lead your practice to a higher level. This workshop begins by vieweing a range of photography, including your images, examples of Daniel’s work, and those of well-known artists. Learn how to combine and utilize visual elements to create a truly expressive photograph. Students will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stone Carving"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Using the philosophy of Michelangelo, that every stone has a form and it is the role of the artist to find and release it, you will explore the process of stone carving. Learn the fundamentals of carving techniques, reductive art-making, and three-dimensional thinking in this labor-intensive workshop. Using Indiana limestone, you will have the opportunity to create a work from a drawing, maquette, or using the stone’s unique properties as inspiration. Amy will introduce you to best practices in stone carving, including proper tool use and handling, roughing out the form, and finishing techniques. Additional material costs will vary based on the size stone you work with.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Amy Brier, www.AmyBrier.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
July 17-20, 2017
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color temperature to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills, and more, out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, www.Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Painting the Essence"
July 17-19, 2017
 

Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Cost: $459
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Paint Rockland, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting scenic Midcoast Maine. Think boats, the working waterfront and vistas! Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Once in the field and following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Website, email, 207-594-4813


"Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air"
July 17-21, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques in working directly from observation in the Maine landscape. The following concepts will be covered: 1) Approaches to composition in drawing and painting from observation such as gesture, tonal design, proportion, and atmospheric color harmony. 2) Materials and techniques in oil painting such as grounds, pigments, solvents, palette organization, and color mixing. 3) Landscape painting as a practice and as a source for other work. While this workshop is open to all levels, some experience in Drawing and/or Painting from observation is required. Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Christine Lafuente, www.christinelafuente.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-244-9742


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Summer Academy for Teachers: Elements of Expressive Drawing"
July 17, 2017
 

The Summer Academy for Teachers is a selection of workshops designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Open to artists and educators of all levels. Available for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit. Examine the components of expressive drawing: line, value, composition, space/perspective, form, and texture. Demonstrations and exercises will address wet and dry media, design concepts, and techniques for drawing from still life, human figure, cityscape, and imagination. Explore historical approaches for modern application.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Printmaking Palooza"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn about the versatile medium of printmaking! This class will explore a variety of print methods, including painterly monoprints, collographs using found objects, rubbings from nature, and more. Combine and layer these processes to create one-of-a-kind pieces in both two- and three-dimensions. Develop your skills and ideas as you experiment with color, texture, shape, and pattern.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Going Graphic"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Discover how graphic design and printmaking are used in the worlds of art and advertising. Learn how powerful images can be as you study familiar logos and graphics. Experiment with printmaking techniques, including relief, monoprint, silk screen, and collage, as you develop your own ideas and images. Take your designs beyond your initial sketch by experimenting with processes and expanding your ideas to create finished works of art.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Book Arts"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental bookmaking class. Familiarize yourself with the processes of preparing papers, designing covers and pages using printmaking techniques, and binding through a series of exercises and simple glue-bound books. Construct a final journal that features hand painted covers and uses a coptic stitch for binding. Fill your new journal with drawings, writing, and more.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Baeten
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Personal Expression Through iPhoneography"
July 17-19, 2017
 

Technology has made photography fast, cheap, and easy, but with so many images out in the world, how do you create something memorable? Great images are well-composed, carefully lit, and have something to say. This class delves into the technical and compositional aspects of photography. Explore contemporary photographers, practice styling images for social media, and work with apps that offer more control. Expect to try a variety of photography techniques and work toward making a collection of beautiful images with an authentic tone. Bring a fully charged iPhone/iPad, charger, iTunes password to download apps, journal, and five favorite photos.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Drawing and Painting the Dog"
July 17-18, 2017
 

An artist’s best friend is fascinating to draw or paint. In this introductory class, students will draw (using charcoal or graphite) and paint in oil (limited color palette) dog subjects from life. Linda will discuss the best way to take photographs of dogs. Students may bring their own photos or use Linda’s photos to work on a painting. Linda will demonstrate and assist students with their own projects.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figurative Subject"
July 17-19, 2017
 

This three-day workshop, is for the student wishing to gain experience and understanding of the painted figurative subject. Working from the model, students will be guided through the process of painting the nude and clothed figurative subject from life. The topics of drawing, color, composition, edges, and lighting of the model will be examined.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fun Watercolor Techniques with Dawn Davis "
July 17-18, 2017
 

Dawn will share her many special techniques with you. Painting with a lot of water and free flowing pigment, you will create a painting or two to take home. Using resist, stamping, lifting out and incorporating design and color theory will expand your skills. Bring your own materials or materials provided for additional $50 for the two days. Enjoy the magic of Santa Fe in your time off! All levels welcome.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $275.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"High School Intensive: Painting II: Figure Painting"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life and Portrait or prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Printmaking Palooza"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn about the versatile medium of printmaking! This class will explore a variety of print methods, including painterly monoprints, collographs using found objects, rubbings from nature, and more. Combine and layer these processes to create one-of-a-kind pieces in both two- and three-dimensions. Develop your skills and ideas as you experiment with color, texture, shape, and pattern. Complete a portfolio of prints that reflect your knowledge of a wide range of processes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Summer Academy for Teachers: Image Transfer Workshop"
July 18, 2017
 

The Summer Academy for Teachers is a selection of workshops designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Open to artists and educators of all levels. Available for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit. Image transfer is the process of taking a pre-existing printed image and transferring it from one surface onto another, widely used by many artists from the past and present. Experiment with a variety of transfer processes, materials, and tools. Incorporate drawing materials to create a transfer-based work of art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


""Exploring Colored Pencil Techniques""
July 18-19, 2017
 

Plan a sojourn in historic Astoria, Oregon, where the majestic Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The Astoria Art Loft (above Dots 'n Doodles art supply store) welcomes you to two wonderful days with artist/ author Kristy Kutch. An upbeat, supportive, nationally-known workshop teacher, Kristy introduces and demonstrates techniques for wax-based (“dry”) and watersoluble colored pencils and wax pastels on a variety of surfaces. Included are many aspects of this vibrant medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Kristy is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil and is featured in four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Plan for this memorable summer workshop!
 
Location: Astoria, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $225 includes a generous array of sample products
Sponsor: Astoria Art Loft
Website, email, 503-791-8444


"New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor"
July 18-20, 2017
 

Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Poetic Landscape"
July 19-21, 2017
 

Learn methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape and compose a well-edited painting with a concise visual message. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message. A generous, talented, humble and beloved instructor, Barbara welcomes pastel painters and oil painters alike. If you work in both media—great. Barbara takes time to work individually with students at their easels. Her demonstrations are wonderful, informative, and she is full of great tips and tricks she’s learned over her many years as a professional and teaching artist.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Summer Academy for Teachers: Painting with Authority"
July 19, 2017
 

The Summer Academy for Teachers is a selection of workshops designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Open to artists and educators of all levels. Available for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit. Enhance your modern studio and classroom practices through historical oil painting methods. Examine direct and indirect painting techniques, such as glazing, velatura, scumbling, imprimatura, grisaille, camaïeu, alla prima, and impasto. Work from still life, cityscapes, and reference materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Need More Life in your Still-Life?"
July 19-20, 2017
 

This class will encourage students to think past mere rendering and deeper into the development of a painting. Emphasis will be on creating mood through their compositions and incorporating emotion into their work. How to describe form and light with paint is just the beginning, how to transcend the subject matter is a whole other ball of wax. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be practiced and discussed as they relate to the still-life. The lessons of composition, form, value, edges, paint quality, subtlety and personal interpretation will be ongoing topics. Demonstrations, discussions and fun are also very important aspects of the workshop. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Summer Academy for Teachers: Printmaking for Teachers"
July 20, 2017
 

The Summer Academy for Teachers is a selection of workshops designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Open to artists and educators of all levels. Available for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit. Bring printmaking into the classroom with easy-to-clean-up water-based inks and processes that do not require a press. Create screenprints using paper stencils, reduction printing, and monotype techniques. Explore relief printing through multiple block and reduction processes.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape / Seascape Painting Workshop - Pastels or Oils"
July 20-22, 2017
 

Located on Magnificent Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay – Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com
 
Location: Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Portsmouth Arts Guild
Website, email, 401-293-5278


"The Figure in Clay"
July 20-22, 2017
 

This workshop investigates the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpture. Through handbuilding from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, human expression, and body gesture. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics relating to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. Hands-on practice will provide experience and understanding in building internal armatures, observational skills, sculpturing techniques, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models you will use a self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Atmospheric Watercolors"
July 21-24, 2017
 

Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 21-22, 2017
 

Use the visual language of color and design to foster an abstract approach to landscape painting. You will learn techniques involving color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tightness versus looseness in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstraction. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and individualized attention. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design principles, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tool Making 101"
July 21, 2017
 

Knowing how to make your own tools will be a skill that will serve you well in jewelry making and metal working. This workshop will introduce you to the basic methods of making simple tools. We will cover the shaping, hardening, and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design. We will be making several tools suitable for texturing, stamping, bezel setting, chasing, and repousse’. Learning these skills will provide you with a whole new range of options, allowing you to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Summer Academy for Teachers: A Day at the Museum"
July 21, 2017
 

The Summer Academy for Teachers is a selection of workshops designed to renew and invigorate teachers, as well as provide a reserve of project ideas for the new school year and personal artistic practice. Open to artists and educators of all levels. Available for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours and New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Credit. Explore Philadelphia’s art and architecture! View life-size copies of Antique and Renaissance sculpture in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall, as well as rarely-seen master artists’ sketchbooks in its Center for the Study of the American Artist at PAFA. Tour the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to examine a variety of outdoor sculpture and architecture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Stories: Pop-Up and Tunnel Books"
July 21, 2017
 

Bring your images into three dimensions using pop-up and tunnel book construction. Tunnel books contain a three-dimensional “stage-like” window with layers that, together, create a complete image. Using imagery of your choosing, you will separate information into foreground, mid-ground, and background layers, and construct the final book. Basic drawing and bookmaking techniques will be demonstrated and explored.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Easel Making Workshop"
July 22 & 29, 2017
 

The cost of an artist’s studio easel can be astronomical! Cut that price down to a fraction by building it yourself! Acquire not only your own simple and sturdy fold-up studio easel, but also skills you can apply to future projects. Instruction covers the safe and proper use of woodshop machinery and tools. Design and materials will be provided. Lab fee covers most materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Reframing the Ordinary with Stuart Shils"
July 22-23, 2017
 

For intermediate to advanced painters, designers, photographers and architects. Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary by drawing directly from your surroundings in Old City, Philadelphia. Cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation to capture the light, form and feeling of place in the city’s historic streets. Use the camera as a viewfinder and analyze the structure of photographs as means to enhance and inform direct perception. Related activities include training memory, examining how to select motifs for working, and learning to identify what makes one place more interesting than another as subject matter. Work of great masters from the past and present will serve as guides for class activity.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Ketoh Bracelet"
July 22-23, 2017
 

Navajo Indian archers wore wrist guards called Ketohs to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. Navajo silversmiths adapted the ketoh form into decorative jewelry. Taking inspiration from the original Ketoh, this 2-day workshop will guide you to fabricate a modern, hinged version that you’ll be proud to wear even if you never pull back a bowstring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Natural Dyes–Adding Iron"
July 22, 2017
 

The wide variety of colors from natural dyes can be greatly augmented by adding an iron post-mordant. In this class we will cover some of the basic natural dyes like cochineal, fustic, logwood, pomegranate, and madder and the effect that adding iron has on the colors they give. We will cover some of the long history of these dyes, the mordanting process, and some color theory. Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, and information on each of the dyes used. No experience is necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria"
July 22-29, 2017
 

This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Monhegan island, Maine Painting Workshop"
July 24-28, 2017
 

The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way!
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine 2 day Painting Workshop"
July 24-25, 2017
 

The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way!
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 800.393.7270


"Sense of Place"
July 24-26, 2017
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pastel Workshop"
July 24-26, 2017
 

Learn to capture light with innovative underpainting technique! You will work from your own photo references as well as some Rita will bring. Expect to complete 3-8 paintings during the workshop. Rita will demo and give one-on-one help at your easel. Any subject matter is welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Abstract Painting: Series as Process"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Plein Air Painting on the Delaware"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking/transportation available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Fantastic Beasts and Imaginary Creatures"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Discover a world of mythical creatures in this ceramics class. Learn about mermaids, dragons, griffins, and more as you read fantasy books and discuss imaginary beings. Sketch your own versions of these creatures and bring them to life in clay using handbuilding techniques. Add dimensional details, texture, and color using a variety of tools and colorful underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Ceramic Musical Instruments"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Music, geography, and history come together in this ceramics class. Learn about cultures, both near and far, from throughout history and discover how they made and decorated musical instruments out of clay. Create your own instruments, including rattles, whistles, and horns, using air-dry clay. Use mark-making tools to create texture, and tempera paint to add color and pattern to your pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Knee High Pots"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Create large-scale works of art in this ceramic intensive. Basic throwing techniques, including centering, opening, and pulling up walls, will be practiced as you create a series of bowls, plates, and cups. Using these pieces for inspiration, design even larger sculptures. Cut, reassemble, and attach your thrown pieces to make at least one substantial sculpture by the end of the week. Colorful underglazes will be used to add pattern and color to your work. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for handling. Your fired pieces will be ready for pickup five weeks after the last day of class, or they can be shipped to you for a fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
July 24-26, 2017
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. In past workshops, students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by the instructor, which include subject matter from Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Colorado"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day, and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"High School Intensive: Watercolor"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Printmaking for Teens (Ages 13-18)"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Learn the elements of printmaking and explore basic printmaking techniques, including monotype, linocut and transfer printing. We’ll explore each technique separately and then combine them to create varied, textured artwork.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Karen Cornell
Cost: $250, materials included
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Chasing the Light"
July 26-28, 2017
 

This workshop will include discussions on pastel painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting styles and working methods unique to pastels. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing composition, colour and technique. Using direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize 'brushwork' we will learn how to simplify and achieve exciting impressionistic paintings that give our subjects a bit of punch! We will experiment with ways to introduce colour and light into our work. Each day will start with a demonstration with heaps of challenges and loads of individual help at the easel. Daily and individual critiques of students' work in progress will also take place.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Tony Allain, tonyallainfineart.com
Cost: $450 by June 16th; $550 after June 16th
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Contemporary Abstract Mixed-Media Assemblages: Screen Print, Stitch, & Paint"
July 27-31, 2017
 

In this mixed-media interdisciplinary workshop, we will be creating wall art by drawing upon techniques from both the textile and the fine art traditions. Pavlos will be sharing his signature mixed-media assemblage style while workshop participants will be learning and combining two thickened dye textural screen printing techniques using thickened dyes as well as a third more painterly screen printing technique. We will stitch found objects, fabric scraps, or recycled art before (or after) screen printing onto a canvas with a 3” profile creating drama using our screen printed marks as a template for our work. This workshop holds special interest for mixed media artists, soft sculpture makers, fiber artists (quilters and surface designers), screen printers, and painters.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pavlos Mayakis
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 28-30, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Binders Art
Website, email, 404-237-6331


"Discover Originality Within Your Work"
July 28-29, 2017
 

During this two-day workshop, Australian Master Artist, Herman Pekel, will meet the artists where they are and support the production of work that expands their practice in a personal way. Individual instruction will be plentiful and discussions and lectures of particular techniques will be included. Many tips will be given. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun! Limited enrollment!
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Discover Oil Painting"
July 28-29, 2017
 

Discover the joy of painting in oil! Students will study both transparent and opaque applications of oil in order to achieve rich, glowing color. The basics of oil painting will be presented with a simple landscape as inspiration, using one of the methods featured in her North Light Book Discover Oil Painting. A photo will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flowing Features"
July 28, 2017
 

If you’ve found creating facial features intimidating, this is the class for you! Explore creating features of the face with water soluble products including, pencils, drawing tools, pens, and watercolors. Create many studies of each feature before moving on to an intriguing portrait of your choice. Students will be guided through several exercises that will build upon each other that you can use as studies for your future portrait work! Be brave. Be Bold. Be adventurous! This class will go beyond the cutesy facial features but still add touches of whimsy and color. Demonstrations will focus on realism with a slant above fanciful. Explore how effective drawing what you see rather than what you believe you see is!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carrie Waller - Painting Glass"
July 28-29, 2017
 

Carrie Waller almost needs no introduction! She’s won many awards for her bold, dramatic and vibrant paintings, many of which are based on lights, shadows and colors seen through glass. She is widely known for her award-winning paintings of incandescent light bulbs, an idea that struck a chord with her when they were banned from further production. Carrie’s been living in Japan with her military family for the past two years, but she’s coming back to the States for a family visit (and our workshop) in 2017. Carrie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $225.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Zen Painting"
July 29-30, 2017
 

In this unique workshop by Jodi Ohl, truly soothe your artistic soul through a ‘Zen-full’ Painting experience. Go beyond the doodle and create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth. Recharge your artistic spirit. Reconnect with inner peace. Relax. It’s just paint. Learn to free your mind while unleashing your Zen-ful artistic spirit! You’ll create several 6 x 6 pieces before diving into a larger main painting. Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Figure Sculpture Workshop"
July 29-30, 2017
 

Learn the techniques and tools of figure sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and personal expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"All that Glitters!"
July 29, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on the beautiful play of light and color on glass, metallic and shiny surfaces using oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal. Cynthia, who is widely known for her colorful and meticulous paintings of glass reflections, will discuss and demonstrate how to capture these qualities on your canvas. Students will work from still-life set-ups that make use of glass, metal and colorful patterned fabric to see and portray the intriguing light and reflections they see. Cynthia will demonstrate in the beginning of the workshop, then students will work from the set-ups for their own paintings. Good drawing skills are strongly recommended for the best results in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting From Memory"
July 29-30, 2017
 

Spend time outdoors observing color, light, form, and line within the surrounding landscape, then move into the studio to work from memory. Expand your visual language and explore new directions in painting through sensory perception. Emphasis will be on interpreting color, energy, texture, emotion and sense of place within the painted canvas. Donna will support individual artistic growth by providing feedback on works in progress. Open to artists working in all paint media.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Donna Bruni
Cost: $190.00
Sponsor: Donna Bruni Art | Studio 600
Website, email, 612-281-2863


"Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria"
July 29 - August 5, 2017
 

This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Learning to See Your Subject en Plein Air"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

The act of seeing is a crucial skill for any artist. In this workshop, you will explore the specifics of learning to see your subject matter, interpret its visual elements, and translate that information to canvas. The fundamental principles of plein air painting will be emphasized, as you work to capture form, atmosphere, and space. Mitch will provide demonstrations on a variety of topics, including creating sound compositions, identifying value and color, and using edge. You will work en plein air to apply these concepts. If there is inclement weather, you will work in the studio. Individual attention will be a high priority. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters, however all demonstrations will be done in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.MitchBaird.com
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Raku Ceramic Jewelry"
July 31, 2017
 

Explore the dramatic art of raku-fired clay in this jewelry-based workshop. Using a variety of techniques, you will create one-of-a-kind pendants. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work has a unique surface with iridescent highlights. Jen will demonstrate techniques related to clay forming and surface treatment. Return Thursday/Friday to glaze your pendants and participate in the raku firing process, or choose your glazes and your pieces will be fired and shipped to you for a fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jen Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $80, Non-Members: $90
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shape Shifting"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. By lifting an image from one time and place to another the student will begin to exercise the power to recognize their personal touch stones to imagination. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Creative Iphoneography"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this workshop, we step outside the role of photographer and into that of an artist. We will push the limits of how we see by isolating textures, forms, and shapes and approach our new work by learning to let our intuition be our guide. We work in a spontaneous and playful way, creating work that surprises and excites us. And, we’ll do this using the iPhone and iPad. Whidbey Island is a compelling place for photographers and a perfect location for our exploration. The richness of the light, colors, and textures provides inspiration. Through lectures and daily assignments, you will learn to create compelling multi-layered imagery and begin discovering the work that inspires you.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karen Divine
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Graffiti Arts"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Unravel the complex world of graffiti art in this teen intensive. Discuss and examine the history and evolution of the medium, from the early days in New York City to current happenings in the graffiti movement. Learn about the different styles of graffiti art through video, discussion, and live demonstrations. Use this information as inspiration to develop your own style of painting and hand-drawn lettering. Create a collection of drawings and spray painted works by the end of the week. Tuition includes all materials and safety equipment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beau Thomas
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $235
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"High School Intensive: Photography"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, and creating digital prints. Required: DSLR camera or compact camera with manual functions. Note: A limited number of cameras are available for checkout during the course from the PAFA library if needed. In order to guarantee equipment availability, students requiring a camera rental must let the Continuing Education Office know upon registration.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sharon Koelblinger
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing, Section 2"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and figure/portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Painting Landscapes and Dreamscapes"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

This class will bring together images from your surroundings and imagination to create dynamic paintings of hybrid spaces. For inspiration, you will take a group hike around the grounds of PenArt, looking at the plants, animals, and sculptures, as well as sketch ideas and images from your dreams. Using expressive watercolor techniques, including flowing washes and painted textures, you will create a series of imaginative paintings that depict your ideal place. Create several watercolor paintings that you will be proud to take home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Film"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

This course examines the correlative relationship between the visual and cinematic arts, and the similar elements they use to tell their stories: composition, perspective, the expressive power of light and dark, and symbolic color. Students will learn how to translate powerful elements into narrative paintings using their own photographs as source material.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Influential Artists"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Discover famous artists and movements from throughout history and present day! Travel through time and study select art movements, artistic styles, and the artists that made them famous - from the Renaissance to Post-Modern times, including Leonardo da Vinci, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kara Walker. Experiment with a variety of materials and create pieces in response to each artist and movement.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Painted Selfies"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Develop your skills in drawing and painting as you create a series of self-portraits. Lessons regarding how to accurately depict facial features and proportions will be covered, as well as color mixing and brush handling in watercolor. After viewing the master self-portrait works of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and other artists, create images that tell the story of your unique personality, interests, and history. Please bring at least one printed photo of your face with you to class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Freedom of Brushstroke in Watercolor"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching is through an individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn - InView Center for the Arts
Website, email, 800.669.8466


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 1-4, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"An Odyssey in Art Journaling – A Mixed-Media Adventure"
August 1-3, 2017
 

In this workshop we will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create an amazing stack journal using gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. You might already have a million ideas to express or perhaps you do not have a clue. Maybe you even have a fear of the blank white page. With Brian and John you are guaranteed to find and express your art story. Not only will you learn exciting techniques, but you will have an opportunity to help form a new mixed-media community of eager artists.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Kasstle and John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor Painting"
August 1-3, 2017
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf"
August 2-5, 2017
 

Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Vision It! Capture it! Finish It!"
August 3-6, 2017
 

In this workshop we will explore the three phases of artful image creation. There will be daily location shooting, where John will work with you to achieve the images that spark your inner artist and tell your story. The field shooting sessions will be followed by midday critique sessions to hone in on effective ways to improve your images. During the afternoon sessions you will learn powerful post-processing techniques create images that will capture the viewer’s imagination. Join us for a week of exploration into the powerful storytelling ability of photographs in the beautiful setting of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Hummel
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor from the Beginning "
August 3, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 4, 2017
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Environment: Eco-Friendly Art"
August 4, 2017
 

Use environmentally friendly materials to create stunning works of two- and three-dimensional art. Looking at the land work of Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Smithson, and Maya Lin, assemble site-specific pieces around the PenArt campus using natural materials, such as branches, leaves, rocks, and more. Back inside, you will create mosaics using a variety of found objects, as well as items you can find in your kitchen pantry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tina Garrett - 3 Starting Methods For Portraits"
August 4-7, 2017
 

Would you like to paint beautiful portraits with the method that best suits you? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students. Tina will teach three starting methods, from the live model, to help you explore oil painting. Learn to see value, create form and understand edges to control your composition and create dramatic portraiture. Each day Tina will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values and temperatures for different skin types. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Tina Garrett
Cost: $495
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Forged Bangles and Spinner Rings"
August 4-5, 2017
 

This workshop explores the process of forging through the creation of wave bangles and spinner rings. Learn how to solder, form shapes, texture surfaces, and add embellishments; transforming raw materials into pieces of your own design. The first day will be focused on wave bangles and day two will provide the option of producing a spinner ring or more bangles. Kay will demonstrate the various steps of the soldering and forming processes for both the bangles and rings. You will work independently, with Kay available for assistance until the next step of the process is demonstrated. Your tuition includes materials for two copper bracelet bangles with one pair of sterling silver bracelet spinners. Additional copper and silver sterling will be available for purchase.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Rashka, www.KayRashka.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth and Fire: Experience Raku"
August 5, 2017
 

Experience the fiery drama and camaraderie of a raku firing event. Learn about reduction effects as you watch the process unfold. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work is characterized by its crackles and metallic luster. Fire provided bisqueware or bring bisqueware of your own, using Noah’s specially formulated glazes for an additional fee. While pieces are in the kiln, enjoy some wine and light snacks. Leave this event with a finished piece of unique raku pottery.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Noah Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $55, Non-Members: $65
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Speed Portrait Painting with Dominique Medici"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with short poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. This is the secret behind all great works. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of only 6 colors.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $250 plus model fees
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density"
August 5-8, 2017
 

Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor Landscape on Rice Paper"
August 5, 2017
 

In this one-day workshop, students will paint beautiful, colorful landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes. These work very well depicting foliage and the paintings resemble batiks. The morning will consist of a color harmony and composition lesson and demonstration of this exciting technique. Students will receive individual instruction and will mount their rice paper onto watercolor paper and continue layering color for a stunning landscape.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photography as Source for the Artist: Possibilities and Perils"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Many, if not most, artists use photography at some point as source material for their work. Thanks to technology, cameras, and the internet, we have a wealth of visual resources. Unfortunately, art based on photographic images is often overworked, excessively detailed, and can look like a photographic copy. This multi-media drawing workshop explores multiple strategies and techniques encouraging the use of photographic source as a springboard, rather than a restriction, for self-expression. Using lecture, discussion, demos, critique, and drawing techniques, this intensive course teaches students how to use photographic reference as the point of departure for creativity.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Botanical Watercolor"
August 5, 2017
 

This workshop teaches basis watercolor techniques through a series of exercises designed to help the participant understand the different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint and drawing techniques used in botanical art will be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required for drawing the botanical specimen from which to paint an elegant botanical.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Spontaneous Figure Painting"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype: The Painterly Print"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglass plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Loving Clay: Handbuilding and Surface Design"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Whether you are new to clay construction or looking to perfect your skills, this class will explore techniques in handbuilding and surface decoration. From bowls, to birds, to tile self-portraits, each day will feature a unique form. Using your imagination and designs inspired by your surroundings, decorate your pieces with stencils, sgraffito, colored slip and knife techniques, and a variety of textures. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for food and beverage.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeanne Aurelius
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Ceramic Sculpture"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Explore both the sculptural and functional qualities of clay while creating unique works of art. Learn how to construct sculptures out of slabs, coils, and pinched forms as you create abstract sculptures, wall-hung clay pieces, and functional pots. The surfaces of your work will be decorated using mark-making tools and brightly colored underglazes. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for handling.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Clay Creatures"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Create your own herd of sculptural creatures in this ceramics class. Will your pieces have fur, scales, sharp teeth, or wings? Gather inspiration for your creatures’ character traits from books, poems, and music. Use pinch, slab, and coil techniques to form each piece. Add texture, pattern, and color to your creatures using a variety of texture tools and tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Figure Drawing for Teens (Ages 13-18)"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Drawing the model, students will hone their drawing skills and explore contour drawing, negative space, and sighting for visual perspective, along with value and composition. Each class will begin with quick gestural drawings, then progress to longer poses. Students will investigate the formal issues of drawing while working with a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal and ink. We’ll end the week with a large, life-size drawing of the model.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Karen Cornell
Cost: $260, materials & model fee included
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"High School Intensive: Printmaking"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Printmaking enhances drawing/painting skills and creates striking contributions to a college portfolio. Explore the exciting possibilities of traditional line etching, screenprinting on t-shirts or other materials, and the painterly monotype. Learn the methods of image development, printing for each process, as well as the safe handling of all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolors from A To Z"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
August 7-10, 2017
 

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various "raw" materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Importance of Tone"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Fabulous Facades"
August 7-11, 2017
 

The word facade means the ‘face’ of outward appearance of a building. In this class you will recreate a facade of a building in fabric. The building can be modern or old, a public building, a private home, a shed, a sky scraper or a church. As part of the construction technique we will look at the layers of the building and construct each layer separately. Main features will be outlined with a thin dark line to create a more graphic image.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Defining the Personal Narrative"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Under Susan's practiced tutelage, participants learn how to articulate and refine their vision by delving into symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories. In the process, we examine our own personal narratives, aesthetics, and psychology in image making. Through hands-on demonstrations, creative exercises tailored to each student, group discussions, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, we are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of our artistic achievement. We also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Burnstine
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Collage Tactics"
August 7-9, 2017
 

This workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textile, photography, and print. This workshop will present several methods of collecting and arranging, cutting apart and reconnecting, and building materials into images and designs. At issue is continuity and discontinuity, as you think about the fragmented nature of pictures, materials, and information in contemporary life. Days will consist of lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that specifically explore the technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fabrication I: Fundamentals in Jewelry"
August 7-8, 2017
 

Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two comprehensive projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal with hand tools and the rolling mill, as well as forming, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, and making jump rings, rivets, clasps, and bails. Professional hand and mechanical finishing, patinas, and design options will be explained and demonstrated. Studio procedures and safety will be covered, along with proper tool and equipment use and care. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio. You will leave with the confidence and skills to work independently.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Door County's Golden Hour"
August 7-10, 2017
 

The moments just after sunrise and just before sunset yield dramatic light known as the Golden Hour. At that time of day, the sun’s rays are warmer, more diffuse, and its low angle creates spectacular conditions. Painters and photographers alike seek this ephemeral quality of light and relish in the moment. This hands-on workshop encourages exploration during the Golden Hour while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. This workshop encompasses a balanced curriculum structured around daily explorations and studio instruction. You will develop technical skills with conceptual assignments offering creative challenges. Mornings and evenings are reserved for photography. Midday will be spent in and around the studio, where the focus will be on core photographic principles, image design, critical discussions, and the history of the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 8-11, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Composing the Landscape"
August 8-10, 2017
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Fabrication II: Fundamentals in Jewelry"
August 9-10, 2017
 

The most versatile metalsmith can create jewelry from basic raw materials. This workshop will teach you fundamental techniques in wire fabrication, torch use, annealing, construction, soldering, and bezel setting. Learn how to pattern and form wire using easy-to-find hand tools and the rolling mill with applications for jewelry, findings, and components. You will create a variety of patterned wire and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings, and a bezel-set stone ring. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece"
August 9-15, 2017
 

For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us!
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock"
August 9-12, 2017
 

Mokuhanga is a traditional, yet rare Japanese woodblock printmaking process. This technique differs from western woodblock printing in its versatility and low-toxicity. Mokuhanga uses watercolor pigments, wood blocks, Japanese carving tools, rice paste, and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints made entirely without a press. Linda will share the history of the medium, tool use, paper selection, and unique printing techniques through demonstrations and group discussions. By the end of the workshop, you will have completed an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper. You will also be given the opportunity to participate in a class print exchange, going home with a print from each person.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Beeman, www.LindaJBeeman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Nude Figure in Oil"
August 9, 2017
 

In this class, students will learn to master the figure by working with the drawing of shapes, values, edges and color. Students will devote their time to painting the live model in multiple sittings. Throughout the class, students will learn the movement of light on the model and how to interpret it through the use of minimal values and temperature changes. Knowledge of the planes of the body will be thoroughly discussed. There will be a demonstration as well as plenty of individual attention for all. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to students.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal"
August 9-16, 2017
 

Montreal is a beautiful, almost European city, right here in North America! It's my home town! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Skill Level: From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or painting...not necessarily experience in plein air) up to advanced levels are invited. Includes: Shared accommodations in a quaint yet updated Montreal apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, travel to and from the airport, lunches, 5 dinners, Metro or bus fares, sightseeing, museum or garden entry fees, and personal expenses.
 
Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $1500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture"
August 10-11, 2017
 

This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art. You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability. Leave with a very personal work of art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $233
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Drawing Redefined: Methods and Materials"
August 10-12, 2017
 

In this multi-faceted workshop, you will explore new materials and processes to reexamine the traditional definition of drawing. Alternative methods will be emphasized in a fun and energetic setting, leading to a series of abstract, two-dimensional works on paper. To encourage experimental approaches to drawing that integrate wet media, dry media, and collage, Liz will share the work of a variety of contemporary artists. Group discussions and critiques will provide constructive feedback. Informal demonstrations and guided discussions of process provide structure, as you incorporate your own ideas and interests.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 10-12, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Website, email, 334-221-5883


"Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil"
August 11-13, 2017
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big"
August 11-13, 2017
 

This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry"
August 11-12, 2017
 

Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Backyard: Garden Sculptures"
August 11, 2017
 

Fill your garden with a variety of functional and decorative ceramic objects. Explore coil, slab, and pinch construction techniques as you create flower pots, plant markers, lanterns, and small creatures. Relief and carving methods will add texture and interest to your work, while brightly colored underglazes allow you to create patterns and emphasize details.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sculpted-Character Walking Stick"
August 12-13, 2017
 

Character walking sticks are usually carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay. The hardened clay character pieces are attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt. Learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face to create character and how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items. The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Display it as a work of art or use it as a functional walking stick. For new or experienced sculptors - Maureen’s step-by-step process makes sculpting a face easier than imagined, while experienced sculptors may enjoy combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
August 12, 2017
 

A hands-on introduction to making glass beads! All skill levels welcome, especially beginners. All materials and tools are provided, no experience necessary! From Julie: My flameworking experience started 20 years ago. I've taken many classes from famous glass artists from all over the world in boro and soft glass. I have a large skill set that includes sculptures, glass blowing, beads, enameling, metal fabrication, art jewelry and slumping glass plates. I enjoy traveling with my mobile torch studio around the States and meeting new people, making new friends. My classes accommodate up to 10 students with individual torch work stations. No experience is necessary and all the supplies and tools are included in class.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Modern Impressionism In Action"
August 12-15, 2017
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $625 by July 1; $675 after July 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy"
August 13-19, 2017
 

Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days.
 
Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting"
August 13, 2017
 

In this process-oriented workshop, students will learn new resin techniques such as casting found objects and transforming them into tromp l’oeil artifacts; substrate surface design with texture, acrylic paint and water soluble crayons; and journal construction by deconstructing a hardback book. Three-dimensional objects shown in art sample are made from cast resin and are indicative of the types of pieces we will create and alter during the workshop. Techniques taught have many applications for mixed-media collage and assemblage work.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels"
August 14-17, 2017
 

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: Mira White
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in Beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Join artist James Middleton for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants. Subjects covered: • Various ways to start a painting. • Making quick field sketches to determine compositions. • Making preliminary value sketches. • Types of light and value planes. • Understanding cool/warm colours. • Simplifying detail for a more powerful statement. • Understanding edges (soft, hard and lost). • Creating atmospheric perspective. And more. If you are coming from out-of-province, I recommend staying a few extra days – or even longer – to enjoy the spectacular Bluenose Coast!
 
Location: LaHave, Canada
Instructor: James Middleton
Cost: $477.00 USD
Website, email, 902-693-2093


"Landscape Astro-Photography"
August 14-18, 2017
 

This is a 5-day workshop and will include an ‘Introduction to Capturing the Night Sky’, three nights of shooting under the stars, and two days of post processing tutorials. We will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, creating star trails, light painting, panoramas, depth-of-field blending, composites, aurora borealis (if visible), time-lapse photography and create time-lapsed videos. You will receive a comprehensive, 70 page booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of photographing and post processing for personal reference. You will leave this course with a deep understanding of the night sky and a thorough combination of skills, tools, and resources to move forward with your abilities.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brad Goldpaint
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Monoprint the Quilt: Surface Alteration with Textile Paint"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Capturing Beauty in Door County"
August 14-17, 2017
 

In this workshop, learn the theory behind, and how to use, nature’s Golden Grids to improve your photographs and compositions. Discussion will be based on design principles, such as color, composition, shape, framing, and light, as well as how the brain processes images. Each day, you will explore iconic and dramatic scenery around Door County while taking photographs. Images will be discussed between shooting locations. The most successful images will be highlighted and featured on the Capturing Door County Flick’r page. A signed release form is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Kropp, www.CapturingBeautyBooks.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Power, Position, Play: 3D Structure for the Body"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Choosing from the words power, position, and play, you will select one as a conceptual springboard to design and produce one finished work that is built on the idea of a three-dimensional structure for the body, such as a brooch, ring, or neck piece. You will consider what this word means to you and research its historical, cultural, and contemporary meanings to inform your original design. Various cold-connection techniques will be the primary fabrication methods used in making your piece. These techniques, as well as casting methods, will be demonstrated and discussed. The use of found objects as visual elements will be encouraged, as both a technical and conceptual challenge. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Faris, www.TeresaFaris.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Super Surfaces in Clay"
August 14-17, 2017
 

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the relationship between decorative surface and form in clay objects. Using a range of techniques, including sgrafitto, mishima, and resists, create clay works that transcend their function and become more meaningful. The first day will begin with a demonstration of basic construction techniques, including handbuilding and throwing, with the remainder of the day spent making pots or sculptures. The remaining days will start with a short slide lecture and demonstration of the decorating technique being explored, complete with examples of historical and contemporary artists’ work. This workshop is designed for those with some experience and an understanding that the focus will be on surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Travel Sketching"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Sketching is about training the eye to see, as much as it is about making a mark on the page. Dive into this method of working as you produce quick, yet finished pieces. Gain the confidence to draw at any time and in any place. This workshop will include demonstrations and group exercises in contour and gesture drawing, perspective, composition, and use of color. While appropriate for all levels, demonstrations will be geared toward beginners. Individualized feedback will enhance intermediate and advanced students’ skills. There will be plenty of time to apply these techniques both in the studio and on-site, weather permitting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lucinda Naylor, www.LucindaNaylor.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Contemporary Practices in Abstract Acrylics"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Expand your knowledge of contemporary abstract painting in this intensive workshop. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting compositions from a formal point of view; focusing on color, value, line, shape, scale, and surface. Through lectures and demonstrations each morning, Ellen will share techniques specific to the acrylic medium, how to use color relationships to your advantage, and how to develop surfaces. Afternoons will be spent applying and practicing these concepts with Ellen available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ellen Richman, www.EllenRichman.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Arranging and Painting the Still Life"
August 14-16, 2017
 

This three-day workshop offers students of oil painting the opportunity to paint a considered and finished still life arrangement. Students will be guided through the process, from arrangement to completion. The topics of design, arrangement and lighting will be discussed at length prior to the execution of a finished interpretation.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Calvin Liang Artist Workshop"
August 15-18, 2017
 

Award-winning artist Calvin Liang will be teaching with a focus on painting on location from direct observation. Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Plan a composition that will most effectively capture your vision. See and use warm and cool color in landscape. Learn to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting. Consider the reasons for different paint textures and brushstroke direction. Simplify the subject through the use of design, value, color, and drawing and get the best results in a short time. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic"
August 15-19, 2017
 

This workshop will emphasize developing abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. The majority of demonstrations will be provided in pastel with reference to acrylic painting. Students will learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature based abstractions. Time will be spent drawing from nature and taking these drawings back to the studio to create abstractions. Students will learn to "loosen up", be more expressive and work intuitively. All students will begin the week with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. Students will then receive daily instruction in developing abstractions in pastel and or acrylic. Each day will end with group critique. Limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-244-9742


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 15-18, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting"
August 17-19, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of still life painting with particular attention to the generation of ideas and composition through sketches and studies completed in drawing media, watercolor, and gouache. Hone your painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns within your work through various methodologies. When working with the still life, you must consider the objects’ materiality, as well as the arrangement and juxtaposition of objects. Sift through ideas quickly as you complete a series of thumbnails and studies. Further develop those compositions and ideas as you translate them to larger scale. Use a variety of oil painting methods, including underpainting, direct painting, color manipulation, textural development, and glazing. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action"
August 17-20, 2017
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 18-20, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $350
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Figure and Portrait with Zhaoming Wu"
August 19-22, 2017
 

In this workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form. It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Cost: $780 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn"
August 19-20, 2017
 

This class will cover the following topics, time permitting and based on student interest: Pigment properties, Masking & lifting techniques, Color mixing using the color wheel, Brushwork & texture options, Wash & glazing techniques, Working from photos & from life, Making shadows. You can bring photos of things you’d like to paint, or actual objects. Cynthia Quinn has been painting in oils and watercolor for 25 years, and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The reason she paints? She never tires of the challenges and how it develops awareness of the world around her.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Silver Metal Clay Link Bracelet"
August 19, 2017
 

In this class you will form both the links and toggle attachment from fine silver metal clay using your choice of design and shape. After shaping, drilling holes and refining, you will attach them with sterling jump rings and polish, then patina if desired and will be able to wear your beautiful bracelet home. Material fee includes: 28grams of Precious Metal Clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $154
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Natural Stones Set In Silver Metal Clay"
August 20, 2017
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon which you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Materials fee includes 25g metal clay, and bezel wire. Note: This is not a beginning class! Must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $152
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Working Artist Residency"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Professional working artists are welcome to join us for 5 studio days of non facilitated practice in this beautiful art gallery and center. A special show from the residency work will be held on the evening of Friday August 25th "Visual development" For working artists with an ongoing body of current work.
 
Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Instructor: Theresa Girard
Cost: $450
Sponsor: "Workshops for Creative People" by Theresa Girard
Website, email, 401.741.8036


"Branch Out"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Trees have been an inspiration for centuries for artists, poets and storytellers. Celebrate their beauty and diversity by using trees as a basis for composition and design! During this week on Madeline Island you will discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and composition. Various piecing and appliqué techniques will be discussed so you can begin a beautiful quilt top.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Dace
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color you will never go back. I believe, as Henry Hensche did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today. If you are a beginning artist, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to the joys of painting 'en plein aire.' If you have been painting for a long time and wish to take your work to new and greater heights, then you have come to a great starting place.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Lois Griffel, www.loisgriffel.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-244-9742


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Watercolors from A to Z"
August 21-25, 2017
 

This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Understanding the Figure through Clay"
August 21-23, 2017
 

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists alike will learn simple and engaging techniques to quickly assess, interpret, and create expressive sculpture in this figure-based workshop. Through this process, you will expand your observational skills and improve your proficiency in capturing the figure in any media. Observing a live, nude model, you will work quickly through multiple sculptures focused on proportion, composition, and design. Demonstrations and exercises will fill each day with one-on-one discussions attuned to skill level, personal goals, and individual expectations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
August 21-25, 2017
 

We'll start out the first two days doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Next two days we'll be on location painting the landscape. I'll be teaching the structure of the landscape - what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we'll do color studies of the figure (in the Hensche/Hawthorne "mudhead" tradition). We'll focus on the development of strong starts, and expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I'll be doing demos throughout the workshop. Each day you'll do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"R&F Encaustic Comprehensive"
August 22-25, 2017
 

Instructor Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods and show best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic techniques. This workshop is excellent for both beginning and seasoned encaustic painters. All paints and raw materials will be supplied by R&F.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Seeing Expressive Color with Pastel & Oil"
August 22-24, 2017
 

Discover how to see beyond the obvious within the plein air landscape, and use expressive color to capture the essence of mood and atmosphere in sky, water, and more. Whether you work in pastel, oil, or both mediums, you will learn to see the depth of color and create a unique and personally expressive plein air painting. Skilled in both pastel and oil, Susan is a seasoned plein air painter that will lead you to your personal color expression in the medium of your choice. Each day will begin with a short demo focusing on methods that will aid in color expression. The use of underpainting and color mixing will be explored in both pastel and oil.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart, www.snicholasart.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 22-25, 2017
 

Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Website, email, 336-846-3827


"Understanding Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil/Pastel"
August 24-26, 2017
 

Improve your paintings by adding drama to your skies! Join Michael for three days as we use the sky as a dramatic design element within our landscape painting. We will observe and interpret cloud formations and how they reflect in water. We will also apply oil and/or pastel painting techniques to convincingly capture the mood of a scene. Michael will provide photo reference or students may bring their own. Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $400 Museum members/$425 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Portrait Sculpture"
August 24-25, 2017
 

Gain invaluable insight and hone skills in observation, improving your understanding in identifying and capturing volume, form, and planes. These fundamentals of representing the human head will be emphasized and practiced before the refining of expression and gesture, resulting in portraits that are full of life. Working from a live model, you will focus on basic concepts of structure and anatomy. Discussions and demonstrations will address the use of specific tools and approaches to achieve accurate features and expressive gestures. You will create many quick sculptures, providing you with opportunities to practice these concepts. You can expect one-on-one feedback, tailored to your skill level, with the goal of advancing your proficiency in design and sculpting techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $355, Non-Members: $375
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 24, 2017
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Classic Treasure Box"
August 24, 2017
 

A class for all levels of experience! Using bookboard, beautiful papers, embellishments, and glue, create a magical treasure box, stamped with your own unique style. Nancy will bring papers from Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Italy and Nepal but you will also make your own paste papers and you can add beads, charms, and embellishments as you wish. You’ll begin with the basics of cutting bookboard and selecting glues that make your box strong and long lasting, then assemble the box, with many opportunities for personalizing and embellishing to create your unique design. Bring your own special papers, ribbon, embellishments and treasures to create the perfect gift or a wonderful place to keep your own treasures.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 24, 2017
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Foundations of Nature Printing"
August 24, 2017
 

Experience the magic of nature! Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities. You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live! Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 25-26, 2017
 

Whether for mixed media, jewelry, book arts or any other creative endeavor, you’ll find plenty of applications for the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Learn to prepare paper ephemera for a crystal clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes for a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Next up is a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with color pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"ART Journal Play"
August 25, 2017
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform a book into a fun book using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera in addition to a very small list of tools you will need to bring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If The Shoe Fits: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 25, 2017
 

The saying goes “If the shoe fits wear it.” If it doesn’t fit …well… I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage. You will learn basic construction techniques as well as how to develop themes and narrative.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Unleashed! Watercolor on Canvas"
August 25-26, 2017
 

Is watercolor on canvas new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – both traditional and non-traditional – will be presented during the workshop. Students will learn to use minimal “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in their paintings and pave the way for loose watercolor washes on the canvas. A landscape scene will be used for the demo painting and a photo will be provided for use, but students are always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Canyon De Chelly: Arizona"
August 25-27, 2017
 

Paint the West! Canyon de Chelly is a stunning park. The atmosphere, composition, and breathtaking views set up for a dream-come-true painting location. Students will be along the rim of the canyon for many striking scenes which will also be easily accessed from your vehicle. There are a number of local lodging options and campgrounds to take advantage of, the School will supply a variety of recommended options. If you have been hesitant to make your move from studio painting to plein air painting, or if you are a more experienced artist, this is a great class for you.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio"
August 25-27, 2017
 

This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Gardens of Portland"
August 26-27, 2017
 

Field locations: Swan Island Dahlias & Portland Japanese Garden. These two locations, though drastically different offer some of the best possible experience for both landscape and close up photography. This is certainly not the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley National Park, where the expanse is the order of the day. Here we will learn to take our time, look, see and take in the beauty all around us, and “work the subject” to come away with nothing less than amazing, almost surreal images. If you own a macro lens, certainly bring it. However, great close up images are available with all lenses available. Great images can be made with telephoto lenses. I strongly suggest using a tripod.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Mixed Media Collage"
August 26, 2017
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop"
August 26-27, 2017
 

This extended, more intensive version of my Altered Book class will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3D works of art. We will break all rules set by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. You will not only be exposed to specific techniques such as making pockets, building niches, using transparencies, creating images through various kinds of transfer techniques, aging and distressing, you will also have space to freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects. Transform ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound and bravely enter into new creative territories. If you are into Altered Books, this class is for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Memory Cloths"
August 26, 2017
 

Leslee Nelson was invited by the Voices of Women Museum, Durban, South Africa to share the Memory Cloth process in the United States. She will bring several of her embroidered Memory Cloths related to love, travel, family, forgiveness, and discoveries. She'll talk about them and invite you to share a memory of your own, as a starting point for your embroidery. The repetitive, rhythmic motion of embroidery leads to a meditative state that can shift our thinking about situations. You're invited to bring your own cloth napkin or handkerchief to sew on, but materials will be available. No experience necessary, but threading a needle and previous sewing helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslee Nelson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
August 27, 2017
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is to me, transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper will become altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will be cutting copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Resin paper and project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 27, 2017
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine"
August 27-31, 2017
 

This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand, followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie. This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment.
 
Location: Stonington, Maine
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Paint in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia"
August 27 - September 2, 2017
 

Learn to paint in breathtaking scenery in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia with watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. You'll gain confidence painting outdoors while learning new techniques as we paint and sketch around glacial mountain lakes surrounded by imposing mountain peaks. We also stop by in the Spis region, visit historic Levoca and the traditional village of Vlkolinec. We'll produce sketches as well as finished paintings in this little explored area. Free time to do a hike, boating and other activities. 6 nights in comfortable accommodation in prime locations with delicious meals. Suitable for all levels. Non-painting partners welcome. Flights excluded. Booking now!
 
Location: Kosice, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: £769 sharing a double room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Morvan Region of France"
August 28 - September 3, 2017
 

Come make art in the heart of the beautiful Burgundy region of France. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead you in a variety of art workshops, painting demos and individual instruction by request. This retreat will challenge the seasoned artist, and at the same time nurture those that are new to plein air. Everyone is given plenty of opportunity to explore their own creativity. Enjoy delicious balanced meals and lodging in a renovated authentic French farmhouse. Also included are trips to gorgeous nearby locations that are sure to inspire.
 
Location: Larochemillay, France
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi, Ilana Weiler
Cost: $1260.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Studies in Light: Exploring Sorolla"
August 28-31, 2017
 

This workshop explores the great Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla and his unique and dynamic approach to painting. Students look at and practice Sorolla’s special manner of paint handling and color approach. Using bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics of his highly chromatic palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figure, both costumed and nude.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Cost: $895 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Art of Wet Felt Making: Making Large and Decorative Wall Hangings"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

We will make highly decorative, thick, durable felt with turned edges, of any shape or form using traditional “Wet-felting” methods. Built up using Finnwool batt, wet-out and felted to completion using a combination of hand and rolling techniques. A fusion of fibre blending and “painting” are used to translate the participant’s design into felt. Learn a high degree of control of colour, design and form, without any supplementary cutting, sewing, or needle felting. The emphasis is on quality and control. This method and technique can be applied to many other ways of feltmaking. “…from here you can go anywhere…” We ask all participants to have some kind of design idea prepared before the workshop begins. A rough sketch and basic colour plan is enough.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch
Cost: $650 plus $50-75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Watercolor to Quilt"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


""Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air"
August 28-31, 2017
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Between Jewelry and Sculpture: Wearable Art Forms"
August 28-31, 2017
 

While jewelry can be intimate in scale and material, it can also be a playground for sculptural forms for both wearable pieces or miniature objects. It has a rich history dating back to the 1930s, when jewelers began to blur the lines of these genres and design broaches, necklaces, rings, and bracelets that transcended the Victorian and Decorative art movements. Through guided exercises and innovative approaches to traditional metalworking techniques, you will create work that blends artist and jeweler mentalities. Emphasis will be placed on developing solutions to design challenges and defining individual concepts, along with proper use of tools and equipment. Learn a variety of skills to texture, shape, and fabricate metal into bold jewelry forms. This workshop does not require previous metalworking experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.LindaSeebauerHansen.com
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $460 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Personal Landscapes: From Photography to Pastel"
August 28-30, 2017
 

Painting primarily from photographic references poses unique opportunities and challenges. Gain insight into how to use your references to achieve a desired final result that communicates your unique, inspired vision. Working from existing and new original landscape photos, learn to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of this working process. Colette will share technical and conceptual knowledge through lectures, demonstrations, guided field work, and individualized instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the ways pastel can encourage creative development in your chosen imagery. This workshop is designed for students with experience in the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketching with Water-Soluble Materials"
August 28-30, 2017
 

In this workshop, you will use a variety of drawing media to create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, and finished work. Learn to quickly and accurately capture your subject matter through the use of washes, layered colors, defined shapes and shadows, and depth cues. Maren will demonstrate techniques in handling water-soluble pencils, markers, and inks with an emphasis on experimental application. You will complete at least one sketch in each medium, as well as combine at least two media in a final piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maren Larsen, www.MarenLarsen.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 29 - September 1, 2017
 

Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and working waterfront. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals are assumed so we can move to the finer points. We will study design, color usage and work to achieve personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"The Ultimate Pastel Workshop"
August 29-31, 2017
 

Enhance your artistic ability, uncover sources of new inspiration and experience and befriend beauty in this extraordinary three-day workshop! Day one will be devoted to making you a better painter -- aware of the enormous artistic potential within each of us. We will explore technique, composition, design elements and more. We'll become familiar with the fourteen steps / pointers to a better painting as outlined in my recent Pastel Journal article, "Be Your Own Best Critic." On day two we will learn to realize sources of and pathways to our inspiration, and to develop ideas in multiple directions. We'll learn to use light-effects to compose, clarify and unify our creations. The dynamic qualities and uses of color will be our focus on day three.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics"
August 31 - September 2, 2017
 

Driven by risk-taking and chance, this workshop provides an opportunity to open up your practice and push yourself to experiment. Using large brushes and non-traditional mark-making tools, you will discover how to paint loosely, yet intuitively. This workshop will begin with several experimental challenges led by Karen to help you arrive at a new place in your work. You will apply that spontaneity to more developed works that you can take home and be proud of. A constructive critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Ragus, www.Ragus.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Painting in Oil/Acrylic"
August 31 - September 2, 2017
 

Designed to introduce students to oil and acrylic painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in structural drawing, compositional strategies, color theory, and paint application. Through daily demonstrations, Christian will illustrate a variety of techniques and concepts, including structural drawing with an emphasis on types of line, composition, and perspective. Learn direct and indirect painting methods and their benefits in the field and studio, as well as color theory and mixing. There will be ample time to practice these techniques and discuss your progress with Christian individually and with your fellow students in group critiques. You can expect to create at least one finished painting. This workshop is open to novices in oil or acrylic paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christian Helser, www.ChristianHelser.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alteristas; There's No place Like Home"
August 31 - September 3, 2017
 

Altarista’s are expressions of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. In this workshop, we will explore the Sacred Altar as Art. Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space. We’ll be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create mood, genre, and emotion. This workshop covers it all from concept creation to the final mounting.
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Instructor: Gail Stouffer & Alice Benvie-Gebhart
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Jen-Ken Kilns
Website, email, 800-329-5456


"Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”"
September 1-16, 2017
 

Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Cost: $1,900
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 30 24240 24143


"Intro to Pastel Painters"
September 2-4, 2017
 

3 day landscape workshop for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to study with Richard McKinley. Workshop will provide opportunity to work in the field and indoors. Richard shares his vast knowledge thru slide presentations, demos, critiques and discussions.
 
Location: Chicago area, Illinois
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Cost: $445
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Website, email, 708-557-0797


"Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy"
September 3-10, 2017
 

For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques.
 
Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Italy"
September 3-11, 2017
 

This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available.
 
Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,475
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching"
September 4-11, 2017
 

Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence. Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same time! This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag. Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. Maximum of 12 particpants.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
September 4-8, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor"
September 4-6, 2017
 

In this studio workshop we will address the fundamentals of Design, Drawing, Value and Color through simple exercises that will help us reach the point quickly. These create building blocks to move into a painting. Getting a good start is utmost important to a successful experience. Our subjects will be Still Life and the Costumed model. We will put in a lot of mileage, a key to finding your our voice in your work.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
September 4-8, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"3D Sculpture Workshop"
September 5-10, 2017
 

Shannon Weber has been a self-educated, working studio artist and educator for 30 years working in 3D fiber sculpture. She is known as a tenacious maker and designer of "one-of-a-kind" woven objects and mixed media sculpture. Her avant-garde style of using obscure materials such as sea kelp, burnt wood, rocks, and vintage game board pieces along with other local finds such as rusted metal found along the side of the road set her sculptures apart. Learn to apply ancient techniques to achieve contemporary designs, using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, and cold connections along with painting and encaustic. Open yourself to experimenting with almost any material to see what becomes of it.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Shannon Weber, shannonweber.com
Cost: $2,625 Shared, $3,125-3,395 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Line and Grid"
September 5-8, 2017
 

Taught from an alternative, experimental approach. Lines lead the eye and communicate information through variation in width, direction, density, length and character. They are as integral to any composition as the composition itself. Despite the incredible versatility of the encaustic medium, there is a limit to the techniques available in which to incorporate line. This workshop explores line and linear language far beyond the usual methods and materials to include the use of tjanting tools, masks, drawing with horse and human hair, branding with heated metal and wood burning tools, as well as creating your own grids, laces and lace like forms using free motion sewing machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer. Also, a bonus demo of working with candle/incense to make marks.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Cost: $650 includes supply fee
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos"
March - November
 

The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor:
Cost: Starting at $500
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 40 24240 24143


"Artist-in-Residence"
September 5-11, 2017
 

In the Studio - Daily 10 a.m.-12 p.m., This will be observation based - Fee: $40 per morning. Private Lessons – 1 or 2 hour blocks scheduled afternoons, 1 p.m.- 6 p.m.-Fee: 1-hour session $150, 2-hour session $225. Artist Talk – Sunday, September 10th -12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Moving Outside Your Comfort Zone - From Realism to Abstraction-Discussions (via slides) on how artists progress and their creative intentions - Fee: $40 per person
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: depends upon daily schedule
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Next Level/Reunion Workshop"
September 6-8, 2017
 

3 day pastel landscape workshop for artists who have previously studied with Richard McKinley.
 
Location: Chicago area, Illinois
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Cost: $445
Sponsor: Chicago Pastel Painters
Website, email, 708-557-0797


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 6-13, 2017
 

Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively.
 
Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Learn the Tools of Travel Photography - Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival"
September 6-11, 2017
 

Making exceptional travel photographs requires skills in many different types of photography, from street to still-life work to portraits. The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. This workshop covers the following topics: the traveling photographer’s camera and bag; being in the right place at the right time; varying the time of day and understanding light; portraying people; composition; stopping action vs. showing motion; framing and scaling; tripods; using the appropriate lens; flash basics. We have selected the nationally recognized Wooden Boat Festival held in the neighboring town of Port Townsend as our photographic venue. Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review.
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: David Wells
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Exploring Florals in Watercolor"
September 6-8, 2017
 

Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous floral paintings of flowing watercolor. The subject matter inspires a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium. This workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing floral studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will gain inspiration from Bridget’s photos, still life setups, and the School’s surrounding gardens.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Story to Picture Book"
September 7-9, 2017
 

Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Brushwork: Calgary, Canada"
September 7-10, 2017
 

Hosted by Doug Swinton Arts in Calgary Canada this four day workshop is focused on brush handling. Combining plein-air work with studio work for three days and one day of figure painting. Sexton will be working with oil paint -but open to other mediums.
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $729
Sponsor: Doug Swinton Arts
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Wool + Paper Felting Journey"
September 8-19, 2017
 

Join us in Peru, a place of vast beauty and millenary culture, and the once-epicenter of the Inca Empire. Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Release your creativity and immerse yourself in a felting and Joomchi workshop with Spanish artist Eva Camacho, and Polish artist Ania Gilmore. Eva will introduce you to traditional wool felting and guide you to make your own painterly surfaced personalized vest. Ania will introduce you to Joomchi, the traditional Korean way of making textured mulberry handmade paper. You will make a flat wall paper piece and a Joomchi necklace to match your vest.
 
Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Peru
Instructor: Eva Camacho + Ania Gilmore
Cost: $4,195 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Photo + Encaustic Workshop"
September 9-10, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works and give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Over the course of the workshop we will explore different paper printing options for our photographs- from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. From there we will take our photographic prints and embed them in the encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to paint over them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand coloring techniques. You do not need prior experience working with encaustic paint, but general art making experience will be helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge"
September 9-13, 2017
 

When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks. Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters as well as by hand. Thermofax screens and the use of Gelli plates with dye will round out the tool box. As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting Barns and Buildings on Whidbey Island with TJ Cunningham"
September 9-12, 2017
 

During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. The focus of this class will be the process of taking information from both life studies and photographs and combining them into authentic, fully realized, studio paintings - bringing the best of both worlds together. TJ will give daily demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend most of the time outdoors painting Whidbey Island barns en plein air then finish the paintings in the studio.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Fine Silver Clay Leaf Pendant"
September 9, 2017
 

This class is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker! Instructor Pam Ryan will walk you through how to mold, shape, fire, burnish, and polish silver from its raw state into a finished piece of jewelry. Each student will receive a sterling silver chain and will be able to wear the piece home at the end of the class. All materials and tools provided, no experience necessary!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Ryan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Go For the Gesso"
September 9-10, 2017
 

Gesso was originally meant to be a primer but it can be so much more! In this class you will experiment with black and white gesso as you learn to stamp, stencil, and make marks. These techniques will be used as the base for an abstract painting on canvas or panel that you will develop on day 2. We will work with fluid acrylics and perhaps other acrylic mediums as needed. Simple color theory will be touched on and the painting will be developed using sound design principles. The processes that are taught in this class were featured in “Pages” magazine in the spring of 2012.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Polymer and Resin Jewelry"
September 9, 2017
 

These pendants begin with making your own bezel with heavy copper wire and simple forging and wrapping techniques. Then the bezel is filled with textured polymer clay and thin wire shapes to create areas to color with mica powders. After baking, the bezel is topped with UV Resin for a faux cloisonné effect.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Learn to paint in Central Hungary"
September 10-15, 2017
 

Learn to paint in Budapest and it's impressive surrounding areas with Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. Varied subjects from the breathtaking views of the Danube Bend seen from the Visegrád Castle to the ruins of the Zsámbék Monastery, to the nearby vineyards. Each day we travel to different locations to get inspired. Develop your technique, gain confidence painting en plein air and enjoy a group atmosphere. A 4 day course with scenic accommodation on the Buda Hill, only minutes walk from the Buda Castle. Enjoy delicious food and wine while producing a collection of spontaneous sketches and finished paintings. Suitable for all levels. Non-painting partners welcome. Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: £595 based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Painting Trip - Provence, France"
September 11-18, 2017
 

Watercolor Painting Tour/Workshop with French Escapade. “Don’t Be a Tourist – Be Our Guest!” We will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village. Provence is that perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork's main message must be heard loud and clear and I will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air. There will be demos, one on one instructions and plenty of time to paint and make friends. This is your chance to paint a painting you always dreamed of…
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Making the Best Portrait of Your Life"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Developing sensitivity, honing communication skills, and perfecting technical skills in order to create portraits that are deeply in tune with the human spirit is the goal of this workshop with acclaimed portrait photographer Paul Mobley. Participants have daily opportunities to practice their skills working first with experienced models and then with complete strangers. The ability to engage and build trust is the most important factor in portrait sessions, and Paul works individually with each participant to guide this process. By week’s end, participants have acquired the technical skills coupled with the ability to comfortably communicate and engage with a wide variety of people in order to collaborate on portraits from the soul.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paul Mobley
Cost: $1,250
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


""Lush and Lively Colored Pencil" "
September 11-14, 2017
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 11-14, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396


"The Figure in Pastels"
September 11-15, 2017
 

In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results.
 
Location: Monterey, California
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I"
September 11-13, 2017
 

This workshop will feature a series of projects that explore different mixed media techniques. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s approach for abstract works, using “sandwiches” of mixed media materials, takes the pain and agony out of starting an abstract piece. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as preparation of Tyvek, painting on aluminum foil, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay and Plaster of Paris, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more. Carol will also discuss composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $625 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor: Big & Bold"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Controlling Color in Pastel"
September 11-13, 2017
 

Through value, saturation, and temperature, color has the capacity to define the presence of a painting. In this workshop, you will focus on learning to control all of these elements to create compositions that are dynamic and impactful. Gain confidence in your ability to identify these aspects of color and place them within your paintings. Workshop activities will include short demonstrations, color exercises, and the production of final pieces. Individualized feedback from Carol will be provided throughout the three days. Along with your supplies, please bring your own reference materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Strock Wasson, www.CarolStrockWasson.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Olst, The Netherlands"
September 12-19, 2017
 

Come paint this genuinely Dutch landscape in Olst, located in Overijssel along the banks of the Ijssel River in The Netherlands. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos and provide individual instruction by request, as well as excursions to nearby locations that are sure to delight and inspire. Artists will have plenty of time to explore their own creativity in and around our property and classic Dutch farmhouse. This retreat will challenge the seasoned artist, and nurture those that are new to plein air. You will enjoy deliciously prepared balanced meals and lodging. Our week will conclude with an artist reception. All you need is to be ready and open to create.
 
Location: Olst, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi, Yael vd Wouden
Cost: $1260.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Artists' Book and Bindings"
September 13-16, 2017
 

Artist books combine text, imagery, and sculpture; transforming an intangible idea into physical form. This workshop will lead you from simple folded and sewn pages to both multi-section books and more complex experimental structures. You will gain a solid foundation in traditional bookbinding using only hand tools. Each day you will explore one traditional and one modern book structure, emphasizing both craft and content. The final day will be reserved for refining technique and using your range of book models as a springboard to create a new, innovative structure. During this information-packed workshop, you will build the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to continue making books in your own studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Hanmer, www.KarenHanmer.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $495 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air in Santorini, Greece"
September 13-19, 2017
 

For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us!
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Photographing Door County's Night Sky"
September 13-16, 2017
 

With low levels of light pollution, Door County is an excellent place to capture the night sky. The dark sky makes the stars bright and crisp, the Milky Way shimmer, and the Northern Lights dance. This workshop will introduce you to software, applications, and techniques that will improve your ability to capture the night sky. Before heading out on location, you will spend time in the studio with Dan as he shares his process. You will discuss best practices for capturing images using your DSLR, as well how to edit them with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You will spend at least one night (weather and cloud dependent) on the beach at Newport State Park capturing a star trail and perhaps even the Northern Lights.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Eggert, www.DanEggertPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Textile Art Workshop with Linda Matthews"
September 13-19, 2017
 

Linda currently teaches digital and sewing techniques, and loves nothing more than sharing and inspiring others to think, sew and make textile art in a creative way. As we travel, we’ll pay attention to the small moments, the beautiful moments, the moments that touch our hearts. Then we’ll collect the memories that we want to remember and incorporate them into beautiful textile art “fragments” - small stitched textiles that are a fusion of fabrics, fibers and papers, images and words, and found objects. All these pieces are hand stitched together using a free-form sewing technique to form a beautiful collaged fabric travel journal that contains secret pockets and places to hold the things we most want to remember about this trip.
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Linda Matthews
Cost: $4,025 Single Accommodations
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Sterling Silver Leaf Print Ring"
September 14, 2017
 

Discover how to create unique natural patterns in sheets of sterling silver in this hands-on workshop. Learn techniques in fabrication and basic metalsmithing as you produce two rings from your patterned metal sheets. Using real leaves and the rolling mill, you will learn how to make an impression in sterling silver. Chris will discuss and demonstrate how to accurately measure and size a ring, as well as best practices in sawing, filing, shaping, oxidizing, and polishing. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
September 14-16, 2017
 

The objective of this workshop is to learn to make convincing, sensitive portraits through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. While focusing on fundamentals of portrait painting in oil, you will also learn to see and understand your subject matter through proportion, form, value, and color. Through demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on light phenomena, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each of the three days. This workshop is designed for painters with some experience in oil paint, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II"
September 14-15, 2017
 

This workshop may be taken with, or separately, from Part I. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s abstracted tree paintings are very popular and her step by step approach makes for a very high rate of student success. Emphasis will be placed on tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of specialty papers to add texture, and create vibrant colorful landscapes. Carol’s Effortless Abstracts are a unique approach to abstraction that takes your left brain out of the equation. The random aspect of this method makes for delightfully unexpected results.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 14-17, 2017
 

I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Beauty of Imperfection – Reveal the Magic"
September 15-17, 2017
 

I dare you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents that ‘Reveal the Magic.’ Students will work from landscape photos, still life objects and florals, and weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a variety of soft and hard pastels, and sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist and abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, and color.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Evenhus
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
September 15-16, 2017
 

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The workshop will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. Visit artist’s website at garychapmanart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Cost: $225 Museum members/$250 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Black & White Photography: The Art of Seeing"
September 15-17, 2017
 

This workshop in Black & White photography will emphasize the cultivation of a poetic eye. Accordingly, an interpretive style will be advocated. And to reinforce this approach a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of composition and design will be provided as we consider the role of line, shape, texture, and depth along with light and time. Field excursions with the instructor will be conducted in Coupeville & vicinity. These field sessions will provide an opportunity for classroom evaluation. As well, one on one sessions with instructor Robert Stahl will be available to review material brought to the workshop (digital files and/or prints). Come join us for this stimulating workshop on the art of seeing deeply in Black and White.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
September 15-17, 2017
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Spinner Ring"
September 15, 2017
 

Produce a fun, interactive spinner ring in this one-day workshop. Working from raw materials, you will select metals, conceptualize the design, and fabricate a ring with up to three spinners that move freely within the piece. Throughout the workshop, Chris will discuss and demonstrate techniques, such as filing, sawing, ring sizing, polishing, oxidizing, and most importantly, tips for creating a spinner. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
September 15-16, 2017
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work went-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Plan, design, sketch and complete at least two or more compositions in the workshop. Reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges. All with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve ‘problems’ ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Use your own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, www.RPJFineArt.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Silver Metal Clay & Argentium - with Vickie Hallmark"
September 16-17, 2017
 

These two novel materials are perfect when combined in ways that use the advantages of each. This two-day workshop includes one day to explore working with silver metal clay components that will be fired to use in the projects. The second day introduces Argentium and various simple ways to fabricate jewelry utilizing the metal clay elements. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced students are encouraged to work these principles into their personal repertoire. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques to produce metal clay elements, while learning concepts that will allow them to build more complex structures and to personalize their jewelry designs.
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Instructor: Vickie Hallmark
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Website, email, 210-887-6048


"Get it Together with Cold Connections"
September 16-17, 2017
 

Get the lowdown on incorporating wire rivets, tube rivets, spacers, and micro fasteners to create multi-layered pendants or brooches. First, you'll make a rivet sampler to get the hang of drilling, de-burring, cutting wire/tubing, and setting a rivet. Jill will guide you through designing your own multi-layer frame pendant featuring a decorative tin element. Learn to anneal metal, use a rolling mill to texture metal sheet, best practices for using a jeweler's saw, filing and sanding steps, how to leverage the versatility of a flex shaft, cold connection tips, and even some patination options. This primer for basic metalworking techniques will provide the foundation to create uniquely personal pieces that reflect your own style.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Secret Sentiment Rings"
September 16, 2017
 

Design and fabricate two rings stamped with a saying, date, or word on the exterior or interior of the band. Learn how to successfully use metal stamps and produce letters and designs. Chris will demonstrate techniques for measuring and sizing rings, filing, sanding, oxidizing, shaping, soldering, and hammering, as well as discuss the metal stamping process. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy"
September 16-23, 2017
 

What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Open Air Fundamentals"
September 16-23, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 16-23, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


"Quodlibet Quilting Workshop"
September 16, 2017
 

Quodlibet, a quilt by Judy Hasheider: This pattern has a Frank Lloyd Wright look to it, which is only fitting considering 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. The blocks used are familiar to most quilters and are repeated throughout the design (checkerboards, flying geese, square in a square, rails & chevrons). The class will focus on making the different components required to complete a table runner, wall hanging or lap quilt and instruction on how to assemble the rows. Skill level: Advanced beginner. You must have a basic knowledge of rotary cutting, piecing and skills to complete a quilt (layering, quilting & binding).
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Hasheider
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Nuno Collage Cowl Neck Ever Changing Poncho"
September 18-21, 2017
 

In this 4 day class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage Cowl Neck Poncho. Learn the fundamentals of Seamless Felting along with making inserts or godets. You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool which you can wear in many ways! Not only is it reversible from inside to out, front to back, side to side but that beautiful cowl neck can be worn up as a collar. You will also be learning how to calculate your shrinkage percentages when we make our sample. Some Nuno Felting experience required.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 18-22, 2017
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: wet on wet, watercolor painting on damp paper, the importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it. How to enhance the focal point through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 18-25, 2017
 

Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"From Earth to Sky: Drone Flight Aerial Filmmaking and Photography "
September 18-22, 2017
 

This hands-on workshop will teach flight fundamentals and operational best practices, as well as creative techniques. Successful completion of the workshop will mean each student is well prepared to take the Part 107 test, and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of drone flight. Highlights of the workshop include instilling a level of proficiency with drone flight operations, and assuring a safe foundation for long-term success. Teaching advanced operational skills, tuning and techniques for experienced pilots. Providing a comprehensive level of understanding of the complex factors that determine legal flight operations for the drone artist.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Abbe Lyle & Scott Strimple
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Exploring Composition in Painting"
September 18-20, 2017
 

Whether painting en plein air or using a photo reference, two-dimensional design and composition are the underpinnings of any painting. This workshop will explore and strengthen your compositional strategies by helping you develop focal points and create movement. Through demonstrations, group discussions with visual references, and one-on-one instruction, Jacque will share how to develop an area of dominance, as well as secondary centers of interest to keep your viewers’ eyes moving around the painting. Group critiques in a relaxed and positive environment will close each day. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Outside the Lines"
September 18-20, 2017
 

Watercolor has the ability to convey fresh, spontaneous statements that allow both the artist and viewer to move from reality to abstraction and back again. This workshop will encourage students to create paintings that are bold and loose, yet rooted in the traditional design elements of value, color, form, and space. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and discuss design philosophy. Afterward, you will have time to explore those concepts independently and discuss progress one-on-one with Gordon. A critique in a relaxed and positive environment will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing by Subtraction"
September 18-20, 2017
 

In this workshop, you will explore using your eraser as an art medium through the process of subtractive drawing. By stripping away colored pencil washes and marks from a drafting film surface, you will expose hidden layers of value and texture as you work to produce a colored pencil portrait. Through a series of instructor-led additive and subtractive exercises you will rediscover and use a range of tones to visually define objects, create contrast, and render the intricate details of light and shadow. This method of working will help you identify and recognize the full range of values in the environment, while exercising critical thinking skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tracy Frein, www.TracyFrein.faso.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting holidays in a rural paradise"
September 18-24, 2017
 

In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: £1220
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Landscape / Seascape Painting - Pastels or Oils"
September 19-22, 2017
 

Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com
 
Location: Frankfort, Michigan
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Cost: Member $395.00, Non - Member $425.00
Sponsor: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
Website, email, 231-352-4151


"Story Pages"
September 19-21, 2017
 

We will combine symbols from Eastern cultures, Africa, Grafitti, modern artists, calligraphers and mark makers from all of time. We will reinvent and reinterpret them to fit our own stories. You are invited to play with color, paper, texture, paints, and patterns in a room full of other enthusiastic painters. We will use shells, sticks, sponges, stencils, crayons, pastels, and our imaginations while guided to create unique papers that tell our stories through symbols, signs, marks and creative lines. The papers end up with layers of lovely textures, while retaining a soft, velvety surface, perfect for making books, text pages, cards and collage. They are stand-alone pieces or can be deconstructed to insert into a book of stories.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $395 plus $12 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 20-23, 2017
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Eyes Wide Open"
September 20-24, 2017
 

Eyes Wide Open is a workshop designed to develop your seeing from what is right in front of your eyes into the world of abstractions, reflections, layers, movement, and then deeper into the realm of concepts and imagination. This workshop can be based in the city or the natural world. Visual presentations, hands-on exercises, and photographic assignments create a very full and experience-based workshop. The workshop is open to anyone with a camera. To participate in the image reviews, you need to have a working knowledge of your camera and the digital workflow necessary to edit your images.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Greg LaRock Artist Workshop"
September 20-23, 2017
 

Make your paintings look amazing in plein air! Join Greg LaRock for a fun-filled adventure exploring the world of design and perspective in the landscape. Make your paintings look believable and feel real. Learn to improve your drawing and understand angles to get better urban and natural landscapes. Greg will teach you the techniques to make the figures on your boardwalks and street scenes fall into place and your bluffs and beaches look solid. Learn to master distinct values and color temperature. If you struggle with your work and think it lacks the strength of believability, this workshop will fix that!
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Greg LaRock
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Becoming Spontaneous in Your Painting"
September 21-23, 2017 Thursday - Saturday
 

If you are the kind of person who acts first and thinks about it later, your friends are likely to describe you as spontaneous, which means that you behave in a very natural way, without prompting or premeditation…Linda Ellen Price will focus on teaching you to become a more spontaneous painter and learn not to rely on reference material. In her work she uses quick gestures to create paintings that range from colorful street scenes, vibrant tropical creations, to figures in sepia. They reflect her vivid imagination and endless fascination with paint and color. In this workshop she will focus on color theory, missing color and adding punch to you your paintings.
 
Location: St.Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Linda Ellen Pricee
Cost: $450.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Journey into Abstraction"
September 21-24, 2017
 

This retreat style workshop will combine discussion, journal writing, drawing and studio art as a journey into personal expression. Spend time independently in the beautiful surroundings of Shake Rag Alley photographing, drawing, and journaling for a portion of each day. Small, quick paintings start each session. Larger format, more developed paintings worked on throughout. Intermediate level drawing and painting experience required. Work in your chosen medium - oil, acrylic, pastel, or mixed media. Learn to abstract from an image, to create strong compositions, and use color theory to elevate mood. New working methods and non-traditional tools and materials will help advance your work through mixed media. Learn to look within to find new ways to express your creative voice.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 22-24, 2017
 

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will learn about photography competitions, how submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wet Plate Phototgram Workshop"
September 22, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create photograms with an enlarger and available light, creative collage and storytelling with photograms, plus a group project. Students will create tintypes and ambrotypes in this beginning class.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Learn to paint in awesome Albania!"
September 22-30, 2017
 

Albania is a real gem in Europe that pleasantly surprises the first time visitor. So many awe-inspiring places wherever you look: from the Ottoman architecture of ancient cities to its virgin, azure beaches to archeological sites and modern seaside towns. We travel from Tirana towards the south, stopping by and staying overnight at its points of interest. We produce sketches as well as finished paintings along the way while enjoying local delicacies and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. This is one memorable journey. Come while it's still undiscovered by too many tourists! All levels and non-painting partners welcome! Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Tirana, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas watercolorist
Cost: £959 / person based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Wet Plate Digital Positive Workshop"
September 23, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create contact printed tintype plates with an enlarger using digital positives.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"Introduction to Bead Embroidery"
September 23, 2017
 

Bead embroidery is a simple and delightful way to add pizazz, individual charm and colorful textures to artwork, art quilts and jewelry. While working a sampler, students will learn the basics of bead embroidery, prepping fabric, types of beads and stitching styles to create a unique beaded design. Students will also use ribbons, fibers and larger beads to embellish their artwork. No special skills required but must be able to use a needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Nuno Butterfly Scarflette"
September 23-24, 2017
 

In this class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage scarf. Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting along with some of the unique techniques even the top felt makers use! You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool so you will have a masterpiece even after one class. I will take all the mystery out of nuno felting and you will go home with your very own treasure. You will learn how to make nuno dreadlocks, ruffles, eyes and edges. Experience Level: Some nuno experience; advanced beginner to intermediate.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Building Sculptural Character"
September 24-29, 2017
 

Kate’s characters look as if they could fly. They enchant your eye, they draw you in and they make you smile. She has made her signature sculptures especially for Cirque de Soleil, and her work has appeared in national magazines. She will show you how to have fun building unique character, sculpting with polymer clay and cloth over lively wire armatures, producing a figure with a unique life of its own. Learn her method of placing energy into a figure and focusing on the sculptural form and how to get inside it. Following her method you will be able to enrich and direct your own style and inventiveness. You will create two interacting figures in this 5 day workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Wet Plate Holga Workshop"
September 24, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop using a Holga plastic camera. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create tintype plates using a Holga plastic camera. All chemicals and plates are provided, students need to provide a Holga plastic camera (or other medium format camera such as a Brownie Hawkeye) with a bulb setting and a cable release. Purchasing recommendations can be made.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Wire Links – Forging with Ancient Techniques; Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts"
September 24, 2017
 

In this hands on workshop learn the usefulness of this age old technique reminiscent of our ancestors long ago. Using 10-gauge bronze wire, explore the possibilities of how it relates to jewelry design, form and structure. Learn the correct methods for hand hammering and alternately annealing wire for malleability and compliance. This technique of rendering round wire, flat allows for a handmade rustic look and feel. Drawing a bead for closure. Use this link bracelet as the start of a Talismans charm bracelet or for housing amulets, fringe or personal mementos. Finish at least one piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Amusing Animals and Mischievous Monsters"
September 24-25, 2017
 

In this fun, step-by-step workshop, you’ll learn great new techniques for acrylic painting, techniques for creating whimsical and funny creatures (with luminous eyes!) and techniques for painting an abundance of textures. And you’ll leave with stunning paintings plus the knowledge to paint just about anything with acrylics. Even those familiar with acrylics will learn unique techniques for livening up artworks and creating more imaginative paintings!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Decals on Liquid Enamel"
September 24, 2017
 

Picture this - decals on liquid enamel! Learn about the application of liquid form enamels and how to use waterslide decals. Students will use either teacher provided pictures or their own imagery to create fabulous wearable works of art. Images will be printed onto a special waterslide decal paper and then fired onto the enamel. Pre-fab settings will be provided for brooches, pendants, and more. Experiment or take home finished pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hinges + Portholes, Books + Lockets"
September 24, 2017
 

Using copper sheeting, students will design a hinged locket. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Students will make one locket with a copper back and a sterling silver accent on front and will have material to make more books and lockets using just the copper. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, including cold connections will be covered. Learn to master the hinge using tabs to create a variety of movable doors. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results. Students will make several different designs.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Collaging the Book: Mastering Abstract Composition"
September 24, 2017
 

This workshop focuses on using the collage process to refine your skills with abstract composition. I offer students some abstract art structures they may begin from and then load the tables with collage pieces I have made to start constructing their collages. The materials have a lot of inherent interest, as they are shapes cut from paperback book covers, and students find it easy to begin arranging them. We talk about design principles and what makes a design work better, throughout the day as I come by and work with students individually. At days end we have a critique and demonstrate how adding or subtracting parts of the collage will unify and focus their composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Cut, Stencil, Stitch from Scratch "
September 24-25, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create your own beautiful, comfortable clothing? In this exciting two-day workshop, you will cut, stencil and hand stitch your own Alabama Chanin inspired garment from scratch! Using your Alabama Chanin pattern, you will cut your garment from Alabama Chanin’s wonderful organic cotton jersey fabric. Next we’ll have fun with spray paint as you stencil your garment and a small sewing sampler with fabric paint. The second day you’ll practice hand stitches and techniques on your sewing sampler, then progress to stitching your garment. You will not have a completed project at the end of the workshop, but you will have gained key hands-on experience to complete this and other beautiful, heirloom hand stitched projects.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Patti Calande
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Play with Pébéo Mixed Media"
September 24, 2017
 

Wanting to expand your experience of Mixed Media by Pébéo or even experience it for the first time? Through demonstrations, group instruction and hands-on experience, you will learn the essentials of working with Mixed Media by Pébéo liquid oil paints also known as “Magic in a Bottle”. You will have an opportunity to combine the Pébéo Mixed Media products in two works of your own design. The self-expressing nature of the Pébéo liquid oil paints will invite you to explore endless possibilities that are fun and exciting! If you are someone who likes to introduce new products and techniques into your creative expression while having fun, this workshop is for you!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $230 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paint Your Precious Wings and Canvas!"
September 24, 2017
 

To honor the infinite potential within us to transform our lives as symbolized in wings, we will paint large wooden wings and personalize them in unique ways. We will also paint intuitively on canvas, a process that is inviting and joyful for all experience levels. A group project will include collaboratively painting large wings on canvas to share with the other participants of Art Makers Denver to stand in front of for beautiful, powerful winged photos. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Art of Stenciling"
September 24, 2017
 

From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Ed Roth
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand Painting Paper"
September 24, 2017
 

Learn to create your own decorative papers with techniques from Elizabeth's book "Painted Paper Art Workshop" which features over 30 different ways to paint paper. Some of the techniques we’ll explore include the Gelli Plate, stencils, stamping, texture rubbing, alcohol and soap bubble resist, Gyotaku fish printing, mark making, and more! For this class we will be focusing on techniques for creating colorful papers for collage, scrapbooking, gift wrap, note cards, place cards, mobiles, etc. Elizabeth will teach through demonstration and individual guidance. Combine this class with the Flora and Fauna one-day Mini Collage Class or the Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book for a hand-in-hand combo.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Colorful Cactus"
September 24, 2017
 

This class will be painting the Colorful Cactus using the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors and India Ink. In this lesson you will learn how to use liquid watercolors in a misting fashion. The paint is dropped on the surface then spread with a fine mist sprayer. The India corrals the paint. This is a fun and efficient way to paint using watercolors.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Beginning Embroidery – Learn to draw with Thread!"
September 24, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create fiber art or to customize your clothing and linens? In this course, you will learn classic and experimental hand sewing techniques to create drawings in thread. We will learn how to successfully sew several different embroidery stitches that will create unique surfaces, lines, and texture. You will learn 7 classic stitches including: running stitch, backstitch, whipped back stitch, couching, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and french knot. After lunch we will expand on basic stitches to create intricately woven, embellished, and textured drawings with threads. Learn creative stitches like whipped spider webs, turkey work, appliqué, chain stitch and tiny woven stitches.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Magical Oil Portraits"
September 24, 2017
 

Though intuition is an element that each of us will use in the class, this is not a typical "intuitive" painting class where anything goes. It is more of a technical class where we observe deeply, measure accurately, put on strokes of paint that are as true to the colors and values of our subjects. We will discuss concepts of realism, while aiming for magical realism, where we look within to make adjustments to the paint that we transfer from our brushes to our substrates, to make real, the vision of what we are painting and how we want our painting to look.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand-made Patterns into Hand-painted Wrapping Paper"
September 24, 2017
 

In this workshop you will learn the principles of pattern design and how to create a hand-drawn repeating pattern tile by hand on paper. You will also learn how to carve rubber block stamps and how to make foam stamps. We will use these patterns and techniques to create our very own hand-made (hand-painted and hand-printed) wrapping paper!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Wearing Wonderland"
September 24, 2017
 

Come join me in taking shrink plastic to a new level. We will bend it, ruffle it, drill it and then turn it into beads. These will be used in creating wire-wrapped dangles along with metal findings and smaller glass beads. The result is a finished dangle that resembles a bell flower.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Tea in Wonderland"
September 25, 2017
 

We will alter a ready-to-paint ceramic teapot by adding 4 wheels to the base, laces and ribbons, wire work and then covering the surface with textured and iron reactive paints. This transforms our tea pot into a rolling tea cart with a tardy white rabbit and mouse driver, both formed of paper clay and all dressed up for high tea.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Digital Pattern Making"
September 25, 2017
 

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator. Digital patterns can be turned into all sorts of things - printed artwork, fabric, stationery, rugs, the sky is the limit! Come learn some new computer skills and see the potential of your digital patterns.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting by Heart :: Denver! "
September 25-26, 2017
 

Learn to manipulate and apply paint onto canvas so that you can build up layers, causing the canvas to transition from a "young" canvas to a "mature" canvas. To leave a canvas abstract, I will demonstrate fine-tuning methods that add polish and details that help an abstract work feel "done." Also, you will learn to deliberately place a concept onto the canvas, regardless of what the canvas might be saying in its abstract state. Both days, we will discuss many topics that will strengthen our fluency in the language of painting and art-making. We will discover the joy and power of expressing our unique perspectives through the wondrous world of painting.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Beginning Embroidery – Learn to draw with Thread!"
September 25, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create fiber art or to customize your clothing and linens? In this course, you will learn classic and experimental hand sewing techniques to create drawings in thread. We will learn how to successfully sew several different embroidery stitches that will create unique surfaces, lines, and texture. Learning 7 classic stitches including: running stitch, backstitch, whipped back stitch, couching, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and french knot. After lunch we will expand on basic stitches to create intricately woven, embellished, and textured drawings with threads. Learn creative stitches like whipped spider webs, turkey work, appliqué, chain stitch and tiny woven stitches.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Fall Colors"
September 25, 2017
 

In September, the colors change in Colorado. This painting uses a straw and tissue to create the basic part of the changing colors in this painting. Have fun enjoying watercolors with a few unique techniques.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book"
September 25, 2017
 

Your love and appreciation for a companion, a child, a sibling, a friend, is told through a series of removable hand-painted paper letters and postcards that make up an illustrated and enduring keepsake book. We will use a gessoed children's board book as a base for adhering hand-folded and commercial envelopes that will open to reveal hand-painted stationery papers, postcards, and shipping tags. You will write a story through a series of letters that can be pulled from their own envelopes, giving the reader a sensation of reading someone else's mail. Learn to create hand-painted papers through a small sampling of techniques from Elizabeth's book Painted Paper Art Workshop that will serve as the raw material for this book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Art of Stenciling"
September 25, 2017
 

From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Ed Roth
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paint/Create Your Own Wearable Masterpiece!"
September 25, 2017
 

Join Carrie and Ariel Adkins from Artfully Awear for a truly one of a kind experience. Ariel travels all over the world creating outfits inspired by artwork in museums. Her project is truly inspirational with a personal story she will share. We will reference some of the Masters of Fine Art for inspiration through books or on-line resources to create unique painted wearable outfits. In addition to painting, this will be a day of reflecting, storytelling and sharing. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media "
September 25-26, 2017
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media in this two-day workshop! Experience textures, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $440 - $490 (Two Days)
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Collaging The Book: Making Materials from Paperback Books"
September 25, 2017
 

This workshop explores deconstructing paperback book covers and altering them to create your own collage materials. Techniques to be taught include deconstructing paperback books, creating texture with sanding and painting, making shapes with scissors, Xacto knives and hole punches, using words in your composition, and refining composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Rib Basketry"
September 25, 2017
 

Students will learn to make a small rib construction basket. Using Mary’s freeform approach, she will guide students through a small woven leaf shape basket/sculpture. Using willow for the frame and cane for the weavers, students will learn a variety of tricks to make this form of basketry fun, spontaneous, impressive and easy.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Off the Cuff - Enamel For Your Home"
September 25, 2017
 

Enamel can be used for more than adorning our bodies but for our walls and shelves too! In this workshop you will be provided with wall switch plates, bowls, and sheet metal to create colorful enamel work for your home. Combine the enamel with painted acrylic boards for fabulous dimensional wall art! Of course, metal will be provided for wearable pieces too!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Altered Surface – Talismans Jewelry"
September 25, 2017
 

Add color, layer and style to your metalwork. Learn personal methods, formulas and techniques for altering, patterning and coloring the surface of sheet metal. Work with handmade traditional and nontraditional formulas to create colorful patinas and emulate artifacts from a lost civilization. Build dimensional pieces by dapping, folding, forming and cold join manipulation. Use these altered metal pieces to build a unique charm bracelet.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Essence of Light Oil Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Davis
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops"
September 25-29, 2017
 

This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"The Resilient Heart"
September 25-29, 2017
 

We will explore all ideas about the physical and emotional tales of the heart by way of poetry, stories, journaling and quiet. In our five days we will create a book that contains our sacred offerings to the resilient nature of the heart: a scroll to commemorate our hearts’ journey, a container for small offerings, an accordion book that will be filled with words, textures, poems, maps, sketches, wax rubbings and journaling to honor and acknowledge our resilient hearts. We will learn many techniques including book making, painting and journaling, paper surfaces, and color. We will honor our surroundings and explore our stories of our magnificent surviving selves. Some experience journaling helps.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $625 plus $22 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Colored Pencil: Design, Drama, Detail of Nature"
September 25-26, 2017
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible of the medium. Examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop and boost your confidence in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fast, Loose and Bold Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: how to see limited values clearly; how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities; bravura brushwork and eliminating needless brushstrokes; how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes; the importance of grays & colorful grays; and more! Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence. Patti has received numerous national awards and scholarships, and is represented in galleries from NY, NY to Carmel, CA.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Encaustic Collage and Assemblage"
September 26-29, 2017
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not needed, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Connections - Riveting II step in Talismans"
September 26, 2017
 

Combine layers of metal sheet, found objects and paper to create layers of negative and positive space to complete an unusual wearable charms, Talismans and pendants. Focus on cold joining techniques such as riveting traditional, nut and screw, bundled objects such as a small stack of paper. Also, learn to add height and dimension by incorporating a technique using tubing which creates a hollow form. Learn clean up and finish work. Attach to a charm bracelet or create a pendant. Multiple pieces will be finished in class. Use of jewelers saw will be helpful.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Drawing and Designing Costumes"
September 26, 2017
 

This step-by-step workshop will have you designing and drawing costumes and clothing styles from the past—or wherever your imagination takes you! Draw costumes for fun, fashion design, children’s books, paper dolls, whatever! It’s easy once you discover these illustration secrets.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"No torch? No Problem! Creative Cold Connections"
September 26, 2017
 

Learn several ways to create creative settings for your enamel work or other types of found objects. In this workshop we will make enamel pieces, then learn how to make tab settings, rivets, and screws to set the enamel into pendants, bracelets, earrings and more. The techniques can also be used with a variety of materials and objects so you can continue to play at home with or without a torch!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Looping Over Stones, Beads Wire and More"
September 26, 2017
 

Using tumbled beach glass base, stones and other beautiful focal items, students will create a layer of knotless netting using a fine wire. A variety of colored wire along with copper and silver filled wire will be used in this weaving technique. Students will have an opportunity to layer items under the netting, leave areas open and exposed to create visual interest and add beads in the netting for embellishment and added texture. Students should finish a couple in the class time, but will be given, several items to loop over and the wire needed to complete all projects.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Collaging the Book: Working with Hardbacks"
September 26, 2017
 

This workshops explores deconstructing hardback books and creating materials for collage with them. Students will construct collages with hardback book covers as the substrate for this portion of the class. Techniques taught will include deconstructing hardback books, creating shapes from hardbacks using a utility knife or Xacto knife, subtracting from the hardback cover using your knives, peeling cover fabric from the book cover, using punctures and sewing as a design element, and using more dimension, via book board, in your abstract composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand Stitching and Embellishing, The Alabama Chanin Way"
September 26, 2017
 

The Alabama Chanin Way offers a fresh take on age-old hand stitching techniques. Join Alabama Chanin Certified Sewing Instructor, Patti Calande, in exploring these techniques, such as applique and reverse applique. You’ll discuss different types of stitches, from the running stitch to elaborate embroidery stitches, and their applicable uses. Patti will go over some of her favorite tips and tricks to help make for a smooth, successful sewing experience. She’ll touch on materials, beading, couching; and you’ll learn garment construction.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Patti Calande
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!"
September 26, 2017
 

This day is a special celebrating your beauty and badassery! Crowns and headdresses are symbols of our divinity and power. We will create wearable headdresses out of a variety of stunning materials— paint, beads, feathers, ribbons, sticks, baubles, and more. We will have the option of body painting words or designs on ourselves as well with henna or paint. Each woman will also have the option of a short photo session to capture her innate beauty. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-730-8521


"The Art of Stenciling"
September 26, 2017
 

From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Ed Roth
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)"
September 26, 2017
 

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to create a painterly collage by adhering torn tidbits of paper over the top of an acrylic underpainting. Please bring a reference photo of a simple song bird or simple floral with a colorful background. Suggestions are Cardinals, Bluebirds, Robins, Gold Finches, Painted Bunting, Zebra Finch and daisies, lilies, roses, or wildflowers. These simple flora and fauna offer bright colors and shapes that are easy to render in collage. In addition to learning how to do a basic underpainting for collage, you will also learn how to tear paper to eliminate white edges and use paper pieces like brush strokes.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Note Cards"
September 26, 2017
 

This day of painting note cards combines various watercolor techniques on a small format. Have fun making note cards with liquid watercolors, string, mask, plastic wrap and more.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Modern Embroidery: Image Transfer & Creating Custom Designs"
September 26, 2017
 

Learn to transfer photographs, graphics, drawings, and fonts to fabric to create an entirely custom embroidered drawing. Embroidery doesn’t have to be all flowers and phrases- create portraits of your pets, a pizza, or a cactus. The instructor will teach you tricks to choose the best image, how to make a good composition, color theory, fabric options, and more.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Digital Pattern Making (Intermediate)"
September 26, 2017
 

In this workshop you'll learn techniques for taking your pattern design skills to new levels - half-drop repeats, adding layers and complexity, and turning paint artwork into repeat patterns, in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This class is for you if you're already familiar with Illustrator and Photoshop and want to learn some new skills within the programs and go beyond the basics in pattern design.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Pocket Full of Posies"
September 26, 2017
 

This class will use shrink plastic to create one-of-a-kind flower beads, leaves and a floral pocket. These will be formed using my unique molds created for this purpose and also hand-forming the plastic. Color will be added to our beads using paints and colored pencils. A hand cut and hammered brass base will be made for the floral pocket and all will be assembled using cold connections techniques. The chain is made by hammering and wrapping.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Discover the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint in this multi-faceted workshop. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, create surface and texture, and incorporate colored pencils and pigments. A series of short exercises throughout the workshop will help you consider new concepts and ideas that shape the outcome of your work. Experimental processes will generate ideas and discussion to encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, presentations, and personalized feedback, along with group discussion.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Learn the instructor’s latest technique inspired by amazing surfaces of marbles in nature. Class starts with discussion on the power of the natural patterns and how it can be incorporated in our wearable art pieces. Learn the layering technique to mimic nature’s perfect designs. After understanding the concept by making a sample, a seamless vest or tunic will be finished by the end of the class. Wet felting experience is preferred.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Moku Hanga, An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

Moku Hanga, meaning “wood print,” is a simple, centuries old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water based. Alfred will teach you to hand carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carving and Hand Printing Linocuts"
September 28-29, 2017
 

Good ol’ battleship-grey linoleum has been standard for linocut art for decades and for good reason: it’s easy to cut, no wood grain to worry about, and it prints clean and fine for lengthy editions or short. Judy will supply 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, a simple registration system, brayer, archival papers, and easy-clean-up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). Experiment with multi-color printmaking with two or more linocuts, using opaque or transparent inks. Bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges. Linocuts you make in class you can continue to print with for years.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Gyotaku - Japanese Fish Printing"
September 29, 2017
 

Gyotaku (Japanese, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. In this class you will learn how to use real fish to make prints. All materials will be provided by the instructor. You will make prints on rice paper and on fabric. If you would like to print on something wearable like a shirt, please bring one. Otherwise you will print on a dish towel or old shirt available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metal Clay & Metalsmithing Master Class"
September 29 - October 1, 2017
 

This 3-day master class with Anne Mitchell will encompass the best techniques in metal clay and metalsmithing combined. Anne has become known for her clean designs that combine Silver Metal Clay and fine silver components. Projects will include: 1)Silver metal clay with semi-precious stone heavy gauge bezel pendant – Instruction will include constructing a silver metal clay base, firing, prongs, a heavy hand created bezel, bail, and chain. 2)PMC Hinged Locket - This precious metal clay construction will include hinges, pressure ball closure, and bail. 3)Forged Heart Pendant with Metal Clay Accents - Unlock the joy of working a piece of thick 8 gauge round wire to form this personalized heart pendant with rivet accents and bail.
 
Location: Bulverde, Texas
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Cost: $875.00
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Website, email, 210-887-6048


"Plein Air Painting at Edisto Island, SC"
September 29 - October 2, 2017
 

Shanna will work with a small group of 7-9 painters of any level who would like to learn her approach to plein air painting. Shanna will show us how to begin a painting and work it through to completion using value and color temperature to create a sense of distance and convey the story that needs to be told. Because we will be a small group, Shanna will tailor her instruction to the needs of individual participants. There will be some classroom time, but most of the retreat will be spent outdoors painting. Participants should have some knowledge of materials. More information is available from Edisto Art Retreats.
 
Location: Edisto Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Shanna Kunz
Cost: $550: Includes instruction and lunch
Sponsor: Edisto Art Retreats
Website, email, 704-608-0640


"Microfold Forming"
September 29-30, 2017
 

Learn how to use the microfold brake to produce repetitive folds in metal. Explore ways to manipulate metal to create variations in the corrugations. These pieces can be soldered into links or joined with other metal to create unique three-dimensional elements. These textures are enhanced when highlighted with patinas, and are also a great foundation for enamel or Keum-boo. Susan will guide you in creating an array of sample folds. These textures can be used as finished wearable forms or as decorative elements to integrate into larger pieces. She will also demonstrate several techniques in which to build three-dimensional hollow forms, including the hydraulic press and manual die forming.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $180, Non-Members: $200 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson"
September 29-30, 2017
 

Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting rural Indiana. Art Barn is home to 60 acres of fields, woods, a pond, barn. Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
 
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Art Barn
Website, email, 219-462-9009


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


"Making Monoprints"
September 30, 2017
 

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are the most flexible and least intimidating of all the printmaking processes. Discover how you can create unique, painterly prints in a matter of hours using many of the same techniques used in watercolor and oil painting. All levels welcome. Philip will bring materials for printmaking and his portable press. You will be using Akua soy-based inks in class that clean up with water.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gel Plate Printing"
September 30, 2017
 

You will learn to use Gelli Plates to make monoprints. It is a simple process that may be replicated very easily at home. You may make your prints on paper to create art for framing or on fabric to create pillow covers, floor cloths, lamp shades, shirts and the like. Instructor will supply all materials, including 5 X 5 or 5 X 7 Gelli Printing Plates. The plates are for use in the class, or they may be purchased from the instructor for use later ($16).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making a Reduction Linocut"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

Using the reduction linocut process, you can print an edition of multi colors—all from the same linoleum block, removing parts of the block as you go. It takes pre-planning the colors, and when you’ve pulled the last print, that’s the end of the edition as the block has been gradually destroyed. But it’s a fun technique to try to master. Judy will have plenty of 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, plus brayers, a registration system, plenty of archival papers and easy to clean up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). All you need to bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Relief Printing on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2017
 

Learn the basics of letterpress printing while exploring texture through various relief printing techniques. Learn to use one of May’s four Vandercook proof presses in her Mineral Point studio. The Vandercook can print anything type-high, which makes it perfectly suited for relief printing. Examine printing methods such as collagraphs, pressure printing, and polymer plates. We’ll focus on process and experimentation while making interesting and unique texture collages from found objects (objet trouvé), cut stencils, and more. Then we’ll put our handmade textures to work and get busy printing. Create stunning studies of texture and image - the shape and form your project takes is up to you. But above all else, have fun while learning, printing, and experimenting!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Imprinting Metal Clay"
September 30, 2017
 

Fine silver metal clay imprinted with your small relief carving, leaves, grasses, lace, etc., when fired with a small butane torch will yield unique silver jewelry. Sherry will teach you to make molds and texture plates from silicone mold compound. You will dry, refine, and fire your piece(s) and leave class wearing your personalized silver jewelry. And you will know how to make more jewelry at home using metal clay. Materials fee includes one package PMC and mold compound.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $151
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You’ll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You’ll ink and hand print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5”x7” or 8”x10.” Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Wet Plate Advanced"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

This two day Wet Plate Advanced workshop will be tailored to each participants needs and wants. Large format tintypes, combining photograms and photographs, Cliche Verre photograms, mixing chemicals are among the topics covered in addition to working in a series.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $400.
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Copper Plate Etching"
October 1, 2017
 

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Picasso and spend a day learning how to make prints from etched copper plates. Philip will cover the basics of preparing your metal plate, creating a line drawing, etching the plate in ferric chloride and printing your etched image. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico"
October 1-11, 2017
 

India will be traveling to New Mexico from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
October 2-6, 2017
 

This intensive class, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The class will end with a critique of the day’s session. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Still Life Photography on Location in Italy"
October 2-8, 2017
 

Let me take you on a journey…in the light of the Tuscan countryside… a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression…using a wonderful medium – still life photography! Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. We will be taking time for journaling and a little poetry. And daily discussions on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, and discovering a sense of possibility. Each day, we will discuss technical aspects of still life photography, and explore the Tuscan countryside in the afternoons.
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides at Keppel Castle"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Learn still life painting and portrait painting from the live model. Juliette Aristides will be our instructor. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine.
 
Location: Laag-Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Cost: $950 including lunch and model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting"
October 2-4, 2017
 

Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Students will learn 3 processes for dying fabric: the Batik process of creating designs in wax resist using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber; the Adire Eleko process of creating designs using cassava paste (also called yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather; and the Tie-Dye process of using raffia to tie and then dye the fabric. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. It has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. It is used for medicine as well (it cures an upset stomach) and is also painted on houses to ward off viruses.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson"
October 2-7, 2017
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


""Luminous, Lustrous Colored Pencil""
October 2-6, 2017
 

Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs. Kristy teaches colored pencil workshops nationwide, providing an informative and 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 larger crayons) are also featured. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. Kristy's workshop features demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in a top-notch atmosphere.
 
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Website, email, 800-227-2788


"Make Your Mark: A Quilter’s Mark Making Study"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Piece, applique and stitch to design expressive abstract textures in quilts. Pam likes to think about mark making in cloth as adding visual interest and movement to abstract quilts. Explore well placed or random lines, triangles, squares and circles as marks. Combining influences from antique quilts to modern art and music, Pam will guide you to construct expressive quilts of your own. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, Pam uses techniques inspired by Gwen Marston to teach a process of quilt design and sewing without the need for patterns or templates.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Workshop to be conducted at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Designed for beginner-intermediate students. Basics will be reviewed as needed for beginners and new techniques will challenge those at the intermediate level. Personal assistance for all.
 
Location: Healdsburg, California
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Website, email


""Value, Shape, and Color""
October 3-5, 2017
 

Mary Marquiss works primarily in watercolor because the fluid nature of the medium invites surprises. Her work emphasizes strong shape and color as primary design elements with a full range of values - from light transparency to dark pigment. Using the five design elements of color, shape, value, texture and line, Mary will step you through a different painting each day in this workshop. A wide range of watercolor techniques and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to work with a limited palette in order to strengthen their paintings, allowing colors to mix on the paper.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 by August 1; $445 after August 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Studio Italia "
October 3-13, 2017
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Lisa Pressman Cold Wax Workshop"
October 3-6, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. The techniques of using cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lisa Pressman, www.lisapressman.net
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Capturing Fall Colors in Pastel"
October 5-6, 2017
 

Using trees as your subject matter, you will use pastels to depict the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the autumn landscape. Discover colorful complements and use of simultaneous contrast to make colors pop. Learn how to identify values that exist within a single tree and how to apply pastels to depict volume. This workshop will consist of exercises, brief demonstrations, and individual instruction in developing sensitivity to color complements through layering, cross-hatching, stippling, and juxtaposing color blocks. The majority of the time will be spent indoors with time outside for observation. This workshop is open to both beginning and intermediate students, however some experience with pastels is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Navigating the Landscape: Essential Elements"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The landscape is layered with subject matter, providing a range of visually interesting items to investigate and capture. In this workshop, you will focus on some of the most common elements, discovering what is important about each, and practicing techniques to paint them with confidence. During the first two days of this workshop, Susan will introduce and demonstrate a variety of methods for painting particular elements of the landscape, such as skies and clouds, trees and shrubs, buildings, water and reflection, and the illusion of distance. With plenty of time to practice, you will apply these skills to a more developed painting from your own photographic reference on the final day. Susan will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Large Format Watercolors"
October 5-7, 2017
 

Challenge the notions of watercolor painting as you translate your skills from traditional- to large-scale. In this workshop, you will develop techniques, methods, and a workflow for approaching and completing what can be an intimidating project. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Michael will share his methodologies, including preparation of surfaces, studio setup, selection of painting tools, and efficient painting techniques. In addition, there will be time each day to put these concepts into practice and experience the reward of laying down an eight-foot wash and watching it travel across the surface. Students should have an understanding of watercolor fundamentals and expect to expend some physical energy in this process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Autumn Landscape: Foliage and Rural Architecture"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The transition from green foliage to an explosion of color never ceases to be an amazing event. This workshop will focus on mindfully capturing the transformation of autumn, while exploring Door County’s preserved natural spaces and wild places in juxtaposition with agrarian and iconic buildings. Daily field trips, starting early, will take advantage of the natural elements in soft light. Sites will range from Sturgeon Bay to Washington and Rock Islands, including endless shoreline, open farmland, and dense forests; providing opportunities to document both the grand vistas and fine details. While in the field and studio, you will discuss the power of intention and purpose in your photographs through the use of composition, post-processing, and printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzanne Rose, www.SuzanneRose.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper"
October 5-8, 2017
 

Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Figure in a Painting"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The workshop will be taught using traditional painting techniques. Working with a live model and from photos, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value and color. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow. For those who are bewildered by color or want to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. The class is open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Glass As Your Canvas - 7 Imagery Techniques"
October 5-8, 2017
 

The class focus will be on layering imagery, allowing students to build visual richness and depth in their pieces; each layer applied can create a fabric-like background that allows additional central images to float in the foreground. Students will work with glass enamels, glass paints, glass powders, micas, stencil cutters, frisket and specialty films. Methods for applying images to glass will include: screen printing, airbrushing, photo resists, powder printing, custom decals, direct painting, and masking and stenciling. Students will create six sample tiles as well as two complete works. Each piece will consist of patterns, colors, and textures, overlaid with images of personal history, focusing on childhood and love. Students will mount their finished pieces for hanging.
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Western Art Glass
Website, email, 801-487-2773


"Pastel Portraiture with Ellen Eagle"
October 6-8, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to know about pastel portraiture with Ellen Eagle, noted author of Pastel Painting Atelier and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Be inspired by the artist’s passion for the medium, and her extensive knowledge of its history and applications. In addition to methods of executing a successful portrait, topics such as studio set-up, pastel varieties, tools, and surfaces will be addressed. The workshop will include a visit to PAFA's Center for the Study of the American Artist, where Eagle will discuss rarely-exhibited pastel works from PAFA's collection. Ideal for the dedicated portraitist or those seeking to enhance their knowledge of pastel and color.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ellen Eagle, www.elleneagleportraits.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"David Cheifetz - Focus Mastered in Still Life Oil Painting"
October 6-9, 2017
 

Learn to paint impressionistic still life with palette knife or brush. Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 10 students. David takes pride in his very personal, one on one teaching methods. You will be treated to a very personal learning experience. Learn how to master the focus in your artwork. Satisfy your curiosity about palette knife painting vs. brush painting. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Cheifetz
Cost: $595
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios, LLC
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Indigo Dyeing with Kipp Inglis"
October 7-8, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing is often considered mysterious, magical. The dye bath looks pea green, the items come out green, and yet it turns to blue before your eyes! We will be utilizing the science behind that magic to learn to create the blue we are so fond of seeing. Over two days, we will create a natural indigo vat to dye silk and cotton. Students will be shown various Shibori techniques to manipulate the fabric with folds, stitching, wrapping and clamping to bring about pattern and texture designs during the dye process. Students will come away from the class with a finished silk scarf or 2 “fat quarter” pieces of quilting cotton, ready to be used for their own projects.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kipp Inglis
Cost: $310
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Beaver Island, Michigan"
October 7-14, 2017
 

Come paint on the largest island in Lake Michigan. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Included are tickets for the ferry to the island and trips to all the inspiring places on this enchanted isle. Experienced artists will be challenged and those new to plein air will be nurtured along their way. There will be plenty of time for you to explore your own creativity. You will enjoy deliciously prepared healthy meals and lodging adjacent to the city beach where we will see the sunrise everyday. Our week will conclude with an artist reception for all on the island to see what we created during our stay.
 
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1410.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Braided Wool Rug or Chair Pad"
October 7, 2017
 

Local shepherdess Linda Dee of “Bluffwood Landing” will show you how to create beautiful, sturdy braided rugs. With wool roving from her sheep (not strips of fabric), you will learn how to braid, felt and sew a mini-rug, chair pad or hot pad to take home. “My grandmother made cushy braided rugs to warm her drafty farmhouse floors. Making rugs with roving is faster and easier than her method, but the results are just as beautiful.” No experience needed. Class fee covers needles and linen thread. Feltable wool roving can be purchased in class or bring your own (3 colors, 2-3 oz ea).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Dee Derrickson
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Autumn in Watercolor"
October 9-11, 2017
 

Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design"
October 9-13, 2017
 

In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Vibrant Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Soon Warren
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Modern Landscape"
October 9-13, 2017
 

The Modern Landscape workshop challenges students to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from their landscapes to create memorable images with a distinct visual voice. By using negative space, scale and a restrained color palate, the modern landscape, abstracts the obvious, subtracts the unnecessary and leaves behind the scene in only its purest form. In addition to the fieldwork, the class will hone their skills in the digital darkroom and will focus on developing and establishing a singular voice. The group will leave at the end of the week confident to shoot, critique, edit and sequence their own photography in new ways.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alissa & Jacob Hessler
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast"
October 10-17, 2017
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor!
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting a Landscape in the Studio"
October 12-14, 2017
 

The focus will be on improving as a painter by emphasizing composition, design, value and color temperature and learning how to utilize these basic elements to express and complete a successful painting regardless of subject matter. We will look at ways to improve composition to best portray what the artist wants to communicate to the viewer. The workshop will also explore how to better “see” nature and subject matter, as well as address various aspects of painting including materials, set-up, color mixing, paint application methods, surfaces, techniques and the fundamentals of design and composition. Emphasis will be on helping students discover their own personal style and process in creating their work...open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Mark Horton
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Abstract Mixed Media Composition in Collage"
October 13-15, 2017
 

The medium of collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich story-lines of experimentation. Color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. Students will be encouraged to build their own palette of papers. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse collage papers to a variety of surfaces. Clear image transfer will be taught using the tack iron method. Whether new to collage or more experienced, this workshop will engage all levels of interest in contemporary collage. No prior experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 13-15, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 210-861-0751


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Outdoor Photography"
October 14, 2017
 

Stephen will teach you his techniques for achieving better scenic, landscape and close-up images from nature. He will discuss composition, lighting, filters, exposure and additional equipment. You will have a chance to shoot in the field and have your photos critiqued in class. You should have a working knowledge of your camera. Bring your camera, camera manual, tripod (optional) and USB card reader or cable for downloading images.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stephen Gassman
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Zentangle: Focus through Creativity"
October 14, 2017
 

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This is a fun class that requires no prior artistic training or ability. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used! Students will learn the steps in the Zentangle method, see a lot of examples, practice patterns, and take home finished Zentangle drawings. This dynamic mindfulness activity can help to reduce stress, increase focus and creativity. Join Tess Imobersteg, Certified Zentangle Instructor and co-founder of the Wisconsin Tangle Arts Coalition for this great introductory class!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Basic Encaustic with Photographs"
October 14, 2017
 

Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression. This workshop will cover: History of encaustic and view examples of work, Preparing digital images for printing, Preparation of boards, Application of encaustic, Care of encaustic art.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"More Encaustic with Photographs"
October 15, 2017
 

The simple application of wax to photographs is miraculous in how it transforms the image. However, this can be just the beginning. Wax can be incised, carved, pigmented and be a vehicle for collage using an amazing amount of substances. In this class, we will explore the more conceptual and creative aspects of working in this medium. This workshop will cover: Incising in the wax with various tools, Handcoloring with color pigment, Image transfer onto the wax with inkjet copies and graphite paper, Layering of images with tissue paper on boards, Finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Blue Sky Fibers Tour"
October 15-24, 2017
 

Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Experience fiber in its homeland. Travel with Blue Sky Fibers to the amazing Peruvian countryside to see fiber come to life. It’s guaranteed to be an astonishing journey. Meet the alpacas, learn about the yarn being created and even enjoy the local artisans creating their fiber art with you. Appreciate the Peruvian culture. It will be a colorful and creative 10 day experience.
 
Location: Lima & Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru
Instructor:
Cost:
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Paper-Paintings Collage Workshop in Québec"
October 15-20, 2017
 

Come join us in Québec, a spectacularly beautiful city of natural beauty and historic architecture, where art and creativity flow like a river. Delight in a combined creative-vacation experience. Elizabeth is an award-winning artist with an exceptional talent in (and passion for) handmade paper and collage. Through a variety of techniques you’ll learn to create a palette of beautiful hand-painted papers: splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing & staining, creating papers uniquely yours. Elizabeth shares ways to use these beautiful papers to develop form using light and shadow, very similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll take home new friends, new experiences, and a new enthusiasm for the treasures you can create with your own two hands. Escape with us!
 
Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Watercolor: Fast & Loose"
October 16-20, 2017
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Dive Into Color"
October 16-18, 2017
 

Rediscover fundamental color principles and learn new color relationships that will unite and enliven your work in this painting workshop. Expand your vocabulary as you work through basic color exercises to full color studies of still life arrangements. The stronger your skills are in the use and manipulation of color, the more impactful your final paintings will be. This workshop will begin with mixing paint and creating color charts to better understand color interaction, harmony, and discord. You will then move on to color temperature and scheme exercises with the still life, and finally on to paintings in full color. Instruction will include demonstration, group discussion, and individualized feedback. This workshop is designed for students with some oil painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathie Wheeler, www.KathieWheeler.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting from Photo Reference"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Certain subjects are nearly impossible to paint from life, which leaves artists with only a photo reference from which to work. The emphasis of this workshop is to transform reference material into paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Through lectures, image presentations, demonstrations, and individualized feedback, Dawn will guide you through the process of how to use photographs as a reference, not as a manual. You will provide your own original reference material, print or digital, in the subject matter of your choosing, including people, landscapes, and/or interiors. Dawn’s technical instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, however acrylic painters who are proficient in the medium are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Cost: Members: $570, Non-Members: $605
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 16-20, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport.
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring"
October 18-28, 2017
 

Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Cost: € 2690
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Website, email, 0039 339 6852860


"Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking"
October 19-21, 2017
 

By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.matbarberkennedy.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work.
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Website, email, 337-849-6791


"The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program"
October 22-28, 2017
 

Each day participants will paint at locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting. In the afternoon, painting on location with help at each artist’s easel. Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Albert Handell
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-983-8373


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Natural Dye Master Class"
October 23-27, 2017
 

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Image to Abstract"
October 24-26, 2017
 

Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
October 25-27, 2017
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $299 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat"
October 27 - November 3, 2017
 

Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
October 28 - November 4, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Cloud Painting: An Introduction to Paper Marbling"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Around the world, paper marbling has intrigued us for over 600 years. The vivid colors and intricate designs capture our attention - and the making of marbled art is pure magic. Start by learning how a marbling studio is set up, from making the size, or carrageenan, to preparing the acrylic colors and assembling the necessary tools. Learn basic techniques and patterns such as the French Curl, Gel-Get, Nonpareil, Stome Marbling, and Spanish Wave, then explore more modern variations. You will leave with at least 20 absolutely lovely papers to use for your own projects, whether scrap booking, jewelry, bookbinding, or framing as is.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Flame-Worked Glass Beads"
October 28, 2017
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you’ll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 28, 2017
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Anatomical Drawing with Roberto Osti"
October 28-29, 2017
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating and inspiring subjects an artist can depict, but because of its complexity it can also be very intimidating. Join Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide to gain the confidence to understand and enjoy drawing the beautiful forms of the figure. Saturday will be devoted to study of the human form from a structural point of view: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportions and proportional relationships of body and its segments. Sunday will be dedicated to the study of the main muscle groups and aesthetic aspects they produce in the body. Each day will be divided into a lecture and then drawing from the model, with individual assistance from Mr. Osti.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
October 29 - November 5, 2017
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250-1450 includes accommodations & materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Fusing Silver Metal Clay with Silver Sheet"
October 29, 2017
 

Combine two modern forms of silver to highlight the strengths of each. PMC allows you to create intricate patterns and textures easily and quickly. Using Argentium Sterling rather than PMC to create sheet and wire effects is less expensive and more less structurally sound. Combining the two metals expands your metal working world...and you get the best of both materials! In the morning create fine silver piece(s) with PMC, forming, drying and firing in a kiln or with a butane torch. After lunch, permanently connect the PMC to the Argentium sterling, then finish your edges, apply patina, and take your finished piece home! No previous experience required. Some familiarity with PMC or with traditional metal working skills helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Egg Tempera Painting"
October 29 - November 2, 2017
 

Egg Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design. Koo will help with the initial planning stages, provide on-going discussion and critiques, give painting demonstrations, and discuss the important design elements of old master painting. Demonstrations presented in this workshop include: painting a portrait in egg tempera; creating granite, marble, and other textured surface; decorative and geometric patterns; incised lettering; oil glazing over tempera; and more. Open to all levels of painters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Cost: $690, plus $70 materials fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona"
October 30-November 3, 2017
 

Join this legendary master for a week of painting the red rocks of Sedona! Each day begins with a demonstration. Dawson demonstrates two approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. Includes: Two activities that will accelerate your mastery of painting. 3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings. The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. A systematic approach to plein air painting. The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape. The principle of the common color. The underlying concept of color harmony. How to solve color problems as you paint. Different approaches to under-painting.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, (303) 421-4584


"Plein Air on the Island"
November 2-4, 2017
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. During the course of the workshop however, Marc will only be demonstrating in oil paints, but is proficient in the other mediums, and will be happy to work with students using them. His exercises will help you strengthen your current abilities, and expose those skills that need strengthening. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel, giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: Wait List
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 2-4, 2017
 

This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving their goals.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $595
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
November 3-4, 2017
 

Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we'll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards learning to see the abstract in photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 4-11, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three dimensional effects and to layer oil pastels. Scrape away to reveal previous layers. Add to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique, how to collect ideas in sketchbooks, how to transfer ideas from a sketchbook to a painting. Must have some art experience, either at school or as a hobby.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Yarn Painting"
November 4, 2017
 

Learn to apply dye to yarn to create your own custom skeins. You will learn about color and dye and will receive a handout with all the details. The yarn will need to steam, so bring a separate project to work on, or plan to explore Shake Rag Alley and Mineral Point while you wait. Class fee includes 4 skeins of yarn, dyes and all other necessary materials and equipment. Additional skeins will be available for purchase from the instructor at $6 per skein.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandy Jones
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"Rich & Glowing Still Life"
November 6-7, 2017
 

Learn to paint thin layers of transparent color to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover a fresh approach to sketching in and blocking out your still life. Amanda will show you how to simplify your palette and gain a better understanding of transparent and opaque colors. Painting from her own still life setup and a large format picture, Amanda will give a painting demonstration each morning. Each student will be provided with the same printed photograph to paint from. A different grouping of objects will be discussed and painted each day. Simple strategies and plenty of one-on-one instruction will help you master warm shadows, color harmony, brush work, and composition. Class size is limited to ensure individual instruction.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
November 6-10, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 7-9, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Spring Island, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Spring Island
Website, email, 843-987-3403


"Pastels: Inside/Outside – The Best of Both"
November 8-11, 2017
 

Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood- Sullivan. This intensive pastel workshop starts with one day in the studio where we will cover using her Good Bones structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the outdoors. Our daily studies will involve direct observation of the landscape with instruction in choosing your subject and composition from life, aerial perspective, working with underpainting, correct drawing and sky and water valuework. In both settings Liz will start each day with a demonstration and there will be two group critiques. There will be plenty of daily individual instruction. Visit lizhaywoodsullivan.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Cost: $625 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Oil Painting Workshop"
November 10-12, 2017
 

This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Mysteries of Translucence"
November 10-12, 2017
 

You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Children's Book Illustration with David Wiesner"
November 11-12, 2017
 

Explore the visual language of picture books in this hands-on illustration workshop with Caldecott Medal-winning book creator, David Wiesner. Picture books are about how images work together, relate to each other, and convey information to create a whole that is greater than the individual elements. Learn how images move the reader through the book; how to create a compelling visual rhythm; how information and emotion are transmitted through the size, shape and number of images; and how design affects not only the look of the book, but the story elements as well. Drawing will be the primary focus of the class; a choice of stories will be available, but students may bring their own – original or public domain.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wiesner, www.davidwiesner.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 11-18, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
November 13-15, 2017
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $299 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke"
November 13-15, 2017
 

3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape - Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process.
 
Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $315/$355
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Website, email


"Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop limited to 6 participants in four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017
 

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Polymer Clay Beads and Buttons"
November 16, 2017
 

Start by adding curly hair to one of Layl’s face canes and turning those funky haired ladies into beads. Then learn how to make a millefiore leaf which you can turn into beads and buttons of all shapes. Also learn some fun ways to play with your scraps like how to turn a bead inside out to discover amazing symmetrical designs! You will come away with a collection of fun beads and buttons to bake in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"Exploring the Light of Tonalism"
November 18-19, 2017
 

A tonalist landscape painting typically portrays a twilight sky setting behind hills, meadows and trees, filling the painting with solitude and peaceful warmth. Some have even said that Tonalism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. Tonalism began in 1880’s with the explorations of George Inness, James McNeil Whistler and others. In this workshop you will learn how to create a tonalist color palette, and how to simplify your compositional structure. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. Although tonalism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
November 18-25, 2017
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
November 20-24, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape"
December 12-14, 2017
 

The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Subjects: How to add striking details to make your painting seem alive. How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns.
 
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $320/$360
Sponsor: Palm Beach Watercolor Society
Website, email, 561-498-3605


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
December 18-22, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
January 1-5, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Mapping the Poetics of Place"
January 15-21, 2018
 

India will be traveling to New Mexico from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Exploring Abstraction"
January 25-27, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how to simplify and deconstruct your paintings by understanding the concepts of both Abstraction and Realism. We will work on finding that space that exists between the two artistic genres in order to create more sophisticated, complex and refined paintings. The goal will be to move beyond the mere replication of a scene to convey message and meaning through composition, tone and brushstrokes. We will cover various aspects of materials and technique from palette color selection to the application of paint onto the canvas. Understanding artists' ideas from diverse artistic styles will help develop and improve how you progress in your own painting process and ultimately enhance the quality of your work.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
February 5-9, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover"
February 14-24, 2018
 

Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience!
 
Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein Air in The Golden Isles"
February 22-24, 2018
 

Jason Sacran's preferred medium is oil paints, but he is open to students using acrylics and other media. In 2010, Jason became a full-time artist/painter and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has had several exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements, including a first place award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Members Competition, Best of Show in the 2010 Wisconsin Plein Air Painter Association Annual Competition and Best of Show in the 2010 Winthrop Rockefeller Institution Invitational. Although known for his figurative and portrait work, Jason is quickly rising as a top plein air painter.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 4-11, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250-1450 includes accommodations & materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Judy Morris"
March 4-10, 2018
 

San Miguel is a place like no other for a painter's inspiration with its beautiful colors, unique architecture and intriguing people. Author of Watercolor Basics: Light, Judy has developed lessons for her travel workshops to help participants capture the colors, textures, & ambiance of the location. As you tour the best possible sites you will be given daily “prompts” to stimulate your creativity and have lessons that complement each painting day. Judy shows you how she captures inspiration in her sketch books. She shares her successful painting process both on location and in the studio, and her “check list for success” will help guide you through the painting process.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 5-9, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"David Shevlino Paints the Clothed Figure"
March 8-11, 2018
 

Would you like to create fresh, loose figure paintings? Instruction by this contemporary master is relaxed, in my home studio and outdoors in the Broadlands neighborhood, limited to 12 students. David will teach you how he paints from live models alla prima (wet into wet). Learn how to simplify form, values and color into understandable tones and shapes. Each day in the workshop we will watch David demonstrate, and then paint from live models ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Every student will appreciate painting loosely and with greater economy in their strokes.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $545
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 10-17, 2018
 

Join us for what is sure to be a fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $1,995
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr"
March 11-17, 2018
 

Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 2-6, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Drawing and Walking in the Tramuntanas, Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

An Art and Hiking Retreat. Spend a week exploring nature by walking and drawing along the pathways of this beautiful Mediterranean island. La Serrania, located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, is the perfect place to start our adventure and then venture out to nearby beaches and coastal towns to hike and draw this incredible landscape. Evenings are filled with wine and conversation about the history and culture of Mallorca. Day trips include a visit to the Robert Graves Museum in Deya, a local farmer's market, and other sites of interest. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies are included.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Making Art Outdoors "
April 9-12, 2018
 

A familiar name in the national plein air scene; John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. Expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help. John encourages and helps you look beyond the beautiful qualities of a scene to determine its pictorial usefulness, thereby adding new excitement to your outdoor painting experience. John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson and John Budicin.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: John P. Lasater
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


""Vivid, Versatile Colored Pencil""
April 20-22, 2018
 

Explore the fascinating range of colored pencils, both "dry" and water soluble. Kristy, a seasoned workshop instructor and author, has taught nationwide. She brings an enthusiasm for the medium and fosters a pleasant, supportive, informative classroom atmosphere. Enjoy frequent demonstrations, plenty of one-on-one time, and an abundance of samples: pencils, papers, boards, blenders. Come and explore the ever-expanding potential of colored pencil in an inviting, historic art center!
 
Location: Manhasset (Long Island), New York
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost:
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington, NY
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson"
May 7-9, 2018
 

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. After the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Contributing editor, The Artists Magazine. Writer, Pastel Journal. Master Signature Member, American Impressionist Society. Signature Member, Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio - Still Life"
May 17-19, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is a much sought-after instructor. He teaching experience includes the Art Students League of New York, Scottsdale Artists School and Pros Art School in Alberta, Canada, to mention only a few. He studied with David Leffel at Art Students League of New York and Master Painter Lajos Markos. He is a certified copyist of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. An expansive list of shows going back to 1991, include the Salmagundi Club in New York, Oil Painters of America, Washington Society of Portrait Artist-US Senate Office Building and Knickerbocker Artists in New York and Washington.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Robert A. Johnson
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Painting from Life"
May 17-21, 2018
 

Max will demonstrate painting procedures and individually critique students work daily. In this workshop we will carefully observe the poetry and uniqueness of the reality (model) we are painting. Attention will be given to Design, Proportion, Values, Color and the mixing of cool and warm colors, and the use and care of materials. Max will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism and the paintings of the Old Masters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018
 

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Switzerland"
June 17-27, 2018
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad. We will fly into Zurich where we will stay overnight. The next morning we will go to beautiful Lauderbrunnen a village tucked into the Swiss Alps. While we will be surrounded by towering Alps and many waterfalls, the village is at a comfortable 2600ft so you will not have any problem with the altitude. We will stay in our village the whole time as there is much to paint and we will take a few day trips to the surrounding areas. See website for suggested watercolor supply list.
 
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in Normandy: from Giverny to Honfleur"
June 24 - July 1, 2018
 

This painting workshop in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, and enjoy local food and culture. Theresa and Cindy share how to loosen up your approach and manipulate watercolors with exciting results. Their workshops have been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor painter, and their mastery of color has been recognized by Daniel Smith.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali"
August 5-17, 2018
 

We are so excited to return to Bali, one of our favorite destinations! We will spend the first half of our time in Ubud in bungalows tucked into the forest where you will experience a new culture, dances, new foods, interesting traditions, museums and special ceremonies. You may also want to take advantage of the great shopping or a massage on the beach. We will also spend some time in Candi Dasa to relax, swim in the Indian Ocean or in the lovely pool at our hotel. Ken Goldman will help you fill your sketchbook with colorful memories of this wonderful island. We will work with light equipment so you are free to visit several spots each day to draw and paint.
 
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Ken Goldman, NWS, AWS
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 17-24, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 21-28, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"San Miguel de Allende with Don Andrews"
Ocotober 28 - November 3, 2018
 

Join us for our first ever workshop celebration during the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in many other countries, especially the United States. The festival is celebrated with marigolds, paper decorations, food and people dressed in vibrant costumes with their faces painted. Don Andrews will be our instructor. He is a nationally known painter, author and instructor recognized for his figure paintings and his landscapes with glowing granular washes and vibrant light.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan"
Begin your course any time
 

Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting"
Year Round
 

I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Cost: $40 per class or $150 for 4 classes
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Website, email, 415-152-0552


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition"
Begin your course any time
 

This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how