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Weekend Warrior, Portrait Workshops
March 7-8, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796

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Painting in Watercolor with Energy & Expression
March 9-13, 2015 (9:30 AM - 4:00 PM) — Mel will emphasize in this workshop that simplicity is a powerful force in watercolor and clarity of thought and emotion are essential in this medium. You'll enjoy watching Mel demonstrate every morning using different painting techniques as he discusses and shows you what he calls "The Big Three"...simplifying, thinking & painting quickly, and focusing on the idea of the painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Spruill Center for the Arts
Cost: $580
Email: Kristin Wilder
Phone: 770-394-3447 x 0

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Advanced Level

The Head Examined - Portrait and Self Portrait
March 9-13, 2015 — Catherine Kehoe's workshop takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary. By eschewing formulas in favor of fierce looking, we investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of color and value can create a truer likeness than a detailed description. Light, and the way it affects perception of structure, will be emphasized, as well as discovering specific and surprising color. We will work from the model and have the option of a self portrait as well. Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Drawing exercises will be included. Some painting experience is required; oil paint is the preferred medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $625
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Oil Painting: Models and Still Life Arrangements
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Johnson focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The class will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Johnson will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Johnson, robertjohnsonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

Lighting the Editorial Portrait
March 15-20, 2015 — Thousands of good portraits are made every year. But to create great portraits, portraits that stand above the rest, photographers must produce images that are original, energized, inspiring, and provocative. This workshop is about making great portraits for the continually changing world of magazine portraiture. During the week, Andrew demonstrates his signature lighting and camera techniques, talks about fostering rapport with subjects, and offers advice on the various situations that can arise when photographing celebrities as well as "real people." Image presentations and discussions cover the business aspects of editorial photography, including portfolios, self-promotion, marketing, reps, rates, and resale of images through syndication. Daily studio and location assignments incorporate significant production decisions such as location, light, and styling. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Andrew Eccles
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,495 and $340 Model, Location, and Stylist Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Figure Painting
March 15 - April 26, 2015 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model and make full figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed. Includes demonstration, lecture and discussion of master paintings of the figure. Basic drawing experience recommended. (Note: No class on Easter Sunday, April 5). Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Mastering the Fundamentals of Watercolor
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the basic building blocks of the medium of watercolor. The goal is to approach the medium with a greater understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of painting a portrait in watercolor. The instructor will demonstrate his technique as well as provide individual instruction. The class will be broken up in stages. The first step will be a monochromatic block in, followed by a series of thin glazes of color to build form. Lastly, the students will learn how to bring their paintings to a high level of completion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mario Robinson, www.marioarobinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


Color Theory 1
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 10am-1pm) — This course is a unique approach to color and is also an introduction to color theory along with the tools to train your eyes to recognize color in everything around you. Course work can be done traditionally or digitally and will include developing a hue/temperature/value/chroma wheel, studying the chroma keys and how to manipulate the colors for each chromatic key, identifying color through temperature, and mixing colors accurately. We will be solving color problems utilizing various subject matter. We will discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Foundational Painting
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 3pm-6pm) — This course is an introduction to painting in oil. Course work will include a materials and tools overview, application and mark-making, observing value and color, color mixing, composition, and will practice different techniques through studies in still life and portrait, from reference provided by the instructor. All exercises are designed to be applied to other subjects such as landscape and environment, and abstract as well. We will also discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


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

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Techniques of past great artists will also be discussed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Intensive - Capturing the Figure with Michele Byrne
March 19-20, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Michele Byrne is well-known for her plein air depictions of lively Key West street scenes and Parisian cafes. The former AIR returns to share her skills, focusing on how to incorporate figures into plein air scenes, adding extra life to your paintings. Byrne will be using Water Soluable Oil paints and will use these products to teach and demo. Students may use either water soluble oils or traditional oil paints. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $130 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In painting, composition involves much more than a system of rules or the placement of objects. Composition is the entire relationship of parts to whole, from the individual brushstroke to the largest shape. Brushstrokes themselves, far from being just surface texture, are carriers of direction and intent: every mark has a character and is part of the composition, moving the eye through the canvas, creating structure and meaning in painting. It's all about connections and movement. This oil painting workshop will focus on the gesture of brushwork and its role in making strong compositions. Work will be from still life. We will also use some Chinese ink painting techniques as a path to understanding the gesture of brushstrokes and gestural unity in painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tim Rees, timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus $25 model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

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Portrait Workshop with Warren Chang
March 21-22, 2015 (10:00 am-5:00 pm) — The Monterey Museum of Art presents a special, intensive weekend-long Portrait Workshop with Warren Chang. During this two-day course, participants of all skill levels will hone painting skills, learn techniques for painting from life, and create their own masterpiece. Most supplies provided; participants will purchase minimal select items. Class runs 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at both the Museum's Pacific Street Buck Center and La Mirada locations. Limited to 12 participants. Participants will receive additional instructions and details after registering. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: Warren Chang
Sponsor: Monterey Museum of Art
Cost: $300-$395 depending on Museum Membership level
Email: Ami Davis
Phone: (831) 372-5477 x 109

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
March 22-28, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Movement in Fashion, Beauty and Dance
March 22-27, 2015 — One of the most intriguing challenges for all still photographers is how to deal with movement. A photographic image stops or slows motion better than any other medium. Whether freezing action or blurring movement, powerful images can be created to visually enhance your subject. This unique aspect of photography is especially important in the diverse and yet interconnected worlds of fashion, beauty and dance photography. Spend five, lively days at Sarah's side and work in collaboration with models, dancers, and hair-and-makeup artists to create your own high-energy imagery in beauty, fashion, and dance. From creative brainstorming to final image retouching, participants practice a tethered studio workflow by learning Sarah's approach to mood boards, model interaction, editing and post techniques, and movement practices. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sarah Silver
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,595 and $360 Model, Location, and Materials Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Still-Life and Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Michael Siegel will be giving a 5-day workshop on the art of Still-Life and Portraiture. The class will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Mr. Siegel's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. The instructor will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model as well. Students will paint from life, on both the still-life and portrait. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of us without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art of the Figure in the Intimate Setting
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With frequent demos, hands-on instruction and working from the live model, students will be covering the many aspects of painting the figure and portrait in the intimate interior setting. Focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge and drawing) students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet most rewarding of all subjects...the human figure. We will also cover the many facets of creating ambiance (mood, atmosphere, lighting and composition) as it pertains to integrating the figure in an environment. The proper use of photographs to help complete paintings will also be part of the curriculum. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bryce Cameron Liston, www.listonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Master Class with Daniel Greene
March 26-29, 2015 — PAFA is pleased to present Daniel E. Greene, N.A., one of America's leading figure, portrait and still-life painters and internationally acclaimed pastelist for a four-day Master Class experience. His work hangs in more than 700 public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Medal of Honor from the Portrait Society of America, the John Singer Sargent Award from the American Portrait Society, and the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal. He has taught at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design. This Master Class is designed to provide a foundation of fundamental and advanced professional information to help artists successfully paint portraits in oil or pastel. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Daniel Greene
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $1200
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level

Paint Realistic Portraits
March 28-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to paint highly realistic portraits using this method developed by Lee Casbeer, whose fine art and mural-painting career has often demanded quick execution of portraits with complete accuracy. His straight-forward approach will take the mystery out of portrait painting for you once and for all. This workshop will focus on working from photographs, including instruction on lighting and photographing the subject, and overcoming the challenges of working from poor photographs. This mixed media approach with acrylic and oil provides a working method that ensures that a likeness of the subject will not be lost at some point in the process. Students will come away from this workshop completely equipped to paint realistic portraits for personal and professional use. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Lee Casbeer
Sponsor: Lee Casbeer Fine Art
Cost: $195
Email: Lee Casbeer
Phone: 830 456-9615

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Lighting Dramatic Portraits
March 29 - April 3, 2015 — Portraitists, whether painters or photographers, are always confronted with the challenge of creating evocative and meaningful images of their subjects. In this workshop, David aims to decode this mystery and explore techniques to help participants develop their own unique voice and style. Portraiture is a collaboration between photographer and subject, requiring skills beyond the technical. After examining the work of some of the master photographers in the genre, we explore simplified methods of working with subjects, including using light and setting to "speak" with our images. Through studio and location demonstrations, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, participants learn how to visualize each portrait and how to create the appropriate environment and lighting to convey mood and emotion. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: David Robin
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,245 and $295 Model and Location Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Figurative Painting - 2 weeks
March 30 - April 10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Figurative Painting
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Sculpture
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Try your hand at life size figure sculpting, by starting with a torso or portrait (other options available). We will work from a life model, introducing classical techniques as you build from the armature out. Daily PowerPoint sessions guide you through The Drawing in Space Method of Sculpting, along with 30 hours of model time, instruction, and personalized critiques from Karen Cope. You have the option to work life size or smaller (full figure, torso, portrait, quick sketch in clay) during this intensive week long pose. Painters, sculptors, and drawers alike walk away with a new understanding of how the Form Turns, Anatomy, and Sneaking Up to Skin, that will take your work to a new dimension. All levels of experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen Cope, www.copestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sam Goodsell Pastel Workshop
March 30 - April 1, 2015 (9:00 - 4:00) — This workshop will focus on portraiture using pastels. We will learn about starting a picture and developing it with techniques that I have learned from my teachers and have discovered on my own over the years. Instruction will inevitably touch on understanding how light falls on the figure, how colors interact, and the elements of composition. Students will be encouraged to be more conscious of how they approach their work so that they can avoid the pitfall of rushing into a drawing and missing out on opportunities to create vitality and liveliness. Most importantly, we will work on capturing the feeling of the person who is modeling for us. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Sam Goodsell
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $395
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Advanced Level

Intuitive Painting with Stanka Kordic
April 6-8, 2015 (April 6: 7pm-9pm; April 7,8: 9am-4pm) — These are opportunities for painters with a solid foundation of drawing and knowledge of oil painting techniques to experiment with new paint applications, and to tap into a more intuitive and individualized way of working. Topics discussed include the plethora of ways oil paint can be used via direct, and most often, indirect painting, such as: Working with colored grounds, underpainting color choices, transparent glazing, opaque glazing (scumbling), dry brush, impasto, as well as using a variety of tools not always associated with oil painting. The intuitive portion includes self-inquiry, and responding to the paint by seeing mark making as a valid means of expression. There is homework prior to the workshop so contact Debra for the prep-sheet. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $275
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figurative Painting
April 6-10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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One Way Trip to Composing Sculpture
April 6-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Composition is often mistaken for design: Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement; it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and a certain elegance. Composing is none of the above, it's transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process; whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. In this class, we will work with wet clay (water based clay). We will observe the model and sculpt what we have not seen before. We will breathe emotions into the clay. We will experience sculpting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Keiko Tanabe
April 7-17, 2015 — Japan, exotic, traditional, with wondrous sights, aromas and surprises. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, has numerous temples, gardens, and streets of historical significance. We are planning a 10 day painting trip to Kyoto, hopefully when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We will visit cultural sites and take you to the famous street of the geishas. They will surely yield many painting opportunities and inspirations. We will also take a trip to the unusual, small, harbor village of Ine, where picturesque landscape/waterscapes will be ready for us to paint. We also may have time to visit Miyama. Both are among the most beautiful villages of Japan. Miyama has many traditional, thatched-roof houses surrounded by rural landscapes. Visit website


Location: Kyoto, Japan
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Character Reveals Itself: Painting the Portrait Figure
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Painting a portrait which includes most (or all) of the subject's body is a challenging but rewarding experience, giving the artist the opportunity to explore ways to express the subject's character. Linda will be discussing gesture, clothing and body language as you set up the live model, and you'll express narrative concepts while establishing composition and visual design. Linda will demonstrate but will work with students during the workshop to help with any specific issues. Students of all levels are welcome to take the class, but a background of working from life is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Child Portrait
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help you find the issues to avoid, and provide pointers to help you when painting the child portrait. This class will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live children models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughtout the workshop. You will leave this class with a better understanding of how to approach painting the youth. Visit website


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

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Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lorraine Christie
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

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Achieving Color Harmony Through Quick Studies
April 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to be fun and full of information. All experienced painters know that the biggest downfall to a painting is made in the first five minutes. We will offer a systematic approach to help the student painter to approach a head study without fear. We will cover all aspects such as composition and placement, drawing and planes, value and color values, edges and brushwork but know the emphasis will be on capturing the color relationships of your subject from the start. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: C.M. Cooper, www.cmcooperfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Dynamic Figure with Kevin Beilfuss
April 15-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $695
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture
April 18-19, 2015 (9am-5pm) — 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. Anatomy, proportion, design and personal artistic growth with both representational and abstract approaches to the figure will be addressed. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205, Lab Fee $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Guided Freedom of Self-Expression
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This "casually intense" workshop includes the traditional basics such as anatomy, composition, proportion, building your own armatures, etc. The instruction is set up in such a way to give the greatest amount of individual freedom for every student to pursue their own strongest interest. This includes their choice of subject matter and size they wish to work. Although accuracy of anatomy and proportion is discussed, the greater emphasis is on allowing individual uniqueness to blossom...often in spite of how things "technically" are. This technique is used to help release the "aesthetic power" that resides in everyone. Guided freedom of self-expression is the essence of this workshop...whether working realistically or abstractly. Lincoln is especially gifted at gently pushing each student along their chosen path. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lincoln Fox, www.lincolnfox.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Weekend Warrior Workshop: Figure Focus
April 24-25, 2015 — This workshop will focus on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $295
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure Painting: An Intuitive Approach
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see "impressionistically" -the ability to "suggest," rather than "render" the subject will be explored. This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from the figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration. Individual attention will be given during the student's work sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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4 day workshop on Figure Structure in Clay
April 30 - May 3, 2015 (10 am - 5 pm with 1 hr lunch break) — This workshop focuses on the structure of the figure in clay working with life models. We will focus on the structure, geometry, rhythmic movement, and anatomy of the figure. The forms of the figure are essentially identical on all figures, while individually varying in proportion and volume within a range. Movement, planes structure, volumes, rhythmic form, gesture, and anatomy all will be covered. We will model the figure from the largest masses and planes and breaking them down to smaller forms - this is the organizing and unifying principle, abstracting the figure into simpler geometry and planes into which the anatomical understanding can be placed. Teaching will include demonstrations, individual critiques, and lectures. Visit website


Location: Oakland, CA
Instructor: Stephen Perkins, www.stephenperkins.net
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Cost: $500 (non members)
Email: Paul Bigelow
Phone: (510) 541-1196

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Photographing the Soul of Your Subjects
May 1, 2015 — This workshop is for all photographers looking to feel more confident photographing people. Through slide presentations, portfolio reviews and demonstrations, students will learn to feel more empowered creating memorable portraits. Take this rare opportunity to spend a day with Joyce Tenneson the author of sixteen books and an artist who has made portraits the central theme of her fine art work. There will also be time for Tenneson to critique student work, please bring a small 8 - 10 image digital portfolio of work you love doing or a particular series you are currently working on - sized for projection - 72 dpi 2000 pixels on the longest edge). That will help us brainstorm with you on expanding your current skill set. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Joyce Tenneson, www.tenneson.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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What Makes a Portrait Memorable - A PhotoFest 2015 Seminar
May 3, 2015 (8:30 - 10:30 a.m.) — Joyce Tenneson is one of the most respected protait photographers of our time. She also has spent a career interacting with other great portrait makers. In this two-hour session, Tenneson will share her insight and experience by showing and discussing a series of successful portraits created by her and other top photographers. Participants will interact directly with Ms. Tenneson, and will leave this seminar with a greater understanding of the elements of successful portraiture. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Joyce Tenneson, www.tenneson.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $40
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Everyone Needs a Picture, A PhotoFest 2015 Seminar
May 3, 2015 (5-7 p.m.) — Headshots used to be for performers only, but now everyone needs a professional photo for business and social media. BradÂ’s experience in Hollywood allows him to deliver practical tips you can use to improve your portrait sessions, and advice on how to add headshots to your product offerings. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Brad Buckman
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $40
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture
May 4-8, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed. This workshop benefits both technical and fine artists who deal with the human face. Visit website


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

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Hands on Headshots: Photography Workshop
May 4, 2015 (10am - 5pm with one hour lunch) — Photography is always that beautiful marriage of the creative and technical. In this one-day workshop, learn to bring out the best in your subjects, and discover creative new lighting techniques. Brad is known for his relaxed style, and ability to put his clients at ease, and wants to help you do the same. Brad shoots with natural, mixed, and studio light, and using strobes in unconventional ways. Get the control and power from flash, while getting a more natural look in your pictures. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Brad Buckman
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $250
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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The Nude in the Landscape
May 5, 2015 — For photographers, the creation of tender but dramatic nudes takes vision, patience and an attention to detail. Every nuance cannot be overlooked including form, shadow, visual appeal, balance and gesture. In this unique workshop, instruction will emphasize how creating the right dynamic between model and photographer can produce timeless images. Composition, locations and lighting will take center stage with each student trying to capture their own vision. The workshop will be held outdoors in the beauty of Sedona, in various locations that are private, along the river and among the amazing red rocks and foliage of Sedona. Students will work with fabrics, from chiffon to lace, reflectors and diffusers, possibly the water, all the while in and around the landscape. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Scott Stulberg, www.asa100.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375 (includes $75 models fee)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Structure of the Head with Stephen Perkins
May 5-8, 2015 (10 am - 5 pm with 1 hour lunch break) — This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. It will involve working from a live model - but in clay as opposed to charcoal. The focus is on the structure of the head as well as the principles and practice of portrait sculpture. The head is a complex form but each form has a standard pattern to it and once learned, the mystery is gone and the likeness of the image is a matter mostly of proportion. Stephen will provide demonstrations showing the structure of forms and the sequence of the steps to producing good portrait results. Visit website


Location: Oakland, CA
Instructor: Stephen Perkins, www.stephenperkins.net
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Cost: non members $500
Email: Paul Bigelow
Phone: (510) 541-1196 (better to e-mail)

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
May 11-18, 2015 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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The Figure in Florence with Margaret Dyer
May 14-26, 2015 — Join us for a thirteen-day holiday painting workshop in the heart of Tuscany. Instructed by award-winning pastel artist Margaret Dyer, "The Figure in Florence" is a blend of artistic instruction and cultural immersion with a dose of la dolce vita thrown in for good measure. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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The Figure in Florence
May 14-26, 2015 — Paint in downtown Florence, Italy with Margaret Dyer. Join us for a thirteen-day adventure of art and beauty. For more information visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Classical Oil Portraiture
May 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to lay in an accurate underdrawing in vine charcoal and create a small color poster study as a tool for making color choices. Then we will create an underpainting, a wash in a thin layer of color over your underdrawing. Next we will learn to execute the overpainting. There is an emphasis on turning form and use of color in doing so. The goal is to finish the painting region by region. Finally, we will learn a glazing technique. We will be using an alkyd medium that will help our overpainting to dry overnight so that we can apply a glaze to it the next day and continue with the overpainting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $550
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

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In the Footsteps of Sargent
May 16-23, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Picture yourself painting and touring the Venetian landscape and painting side-by-side with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of painting the portrait, figure and more, planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore Venice and Burano, visit the local fish market, take a Gondola ride and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3495
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


Location: Licciana Nardi, Italy
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Email: Jacqui Seddon

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Alla Prima: Figure Painting in Oil
May 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will learn effective ways to paint human figures from 25-minute quick studies, to a one-day length session incorporating the alla prima approach. Class will start from a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, to a full color palette for longer paintings. Different techniques will be demonstrated and practiced: such as premixing unique colors, matching the right values with expressive or exaggerated color temperatures, the application of various thin and thick brushworks and more. Visit website


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

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Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
May 26-30, 2015 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a looser, abstract direction drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. "Drawing the nude" skills are not a prerequisite. Classes will include a variety of poses with an undraped model, lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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The Figure in Florence
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Live and paint in downtown Florence, Italy! The city that every artist must visit at least once. Join Vianna Szabo and your hosts for a 9-day adventure of art and beauty. For detailed information please visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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The Figure in Florence with Vianna Szabo
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Join us for a nine-day holiday painting workshop in the heart of Tuscany. Instructed by award-winning artist Vianna Szabo, "The Figure in Florence" is a blend of artistic instruction and cultural immersion with a dose of la dolce vita thrown in for good measure. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
June 1-5, 2015 — You will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. Pushing beyond illustration you will find your own style! Through versatile projects and extended experimentation you will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change your mind. Each day will begin with a demo pertaining to the days project such as: exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way, focus on a single figure with an obscure background, and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. You will receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Alla Prima Workshop
June 2-5, 2015 — Born in California, Teresa was trained in the academic tradition. Teresa is inspired by artists such as Gericault, Odd Nerdrum, Ribera, Nicholas Aime Morot, and Leon Bonnat. "My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous...For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand. My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas...multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form." Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $575
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Beginning Portrait Painting in Oil
June 4-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Through Jeremy's guidance, learn to paint a portrait from a live model. Jeremy demonstrates both beginning and advanced painting and drawing techniques for developing a successful portrait painting. He discusses the rules of anatomy, color theory, and design with an emphasis on how these elements work together to create a compelling portrait. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jeremy Kraemer, www.JeremyKraemerFineArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mary Whyte and the Inside Passage
June 8-15, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Join us for an unforgettable week as we cruise Alaska's Inside Passage with Mary Whyte. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of still life, landscape and portrait in watercolor with extraordinary views of Alaska as our background. Mary's demonstrations aboard the ship will inspire you for a day of painting from the still life or model, or prepare you for a day of sketching on your own in the picturesque harbor towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Evening gatherings will offer lively discussions, while still offering students ample time to enjoy the ship's many activities and amenities. Mary's work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and more. Visit website


Location: Juneau, AK
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Beginning Figure Drawing
June 8-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Draw the human figure from a live model in a relaxed, encouraging environment. Learn how to measure for accurate proportion, simplify, overlap, and determine correct perspective as you construct the figure. By thinking of each pose as a puzzle you can solve by using the right tools, figure drawing is not intimidating, but enjoyable and challenging. Begin each session with a half hour of quick, warm-up sketches, followed by a long pose. The emphasis is on the figure in general, depicting the essence of its pose and proportions. Leave the workshop knowing the fundamental tools of figure drawing, along with a portfolio of drawings to serve as reference for future works. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + model fee, Non-Members: $365 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Expressive Self-Portraits in Clay
June 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Utilizing a mirror and reference photographs, create an expressive self-portrait using self-hardening clay. Robin demonstrates how to use an "ecorche" (muscles without skin) approach to begin the sculpting of your skull shape, while focusing on proportion. She then demonstrates how to apply clay to build the appearance of muscle upon that substructure. Gain a deeper understanding of how facial muscles work, both together and independently, to create expression and emotion. Robin demonstrates and includes discussions on finishing techniques and surface treatments. Mirrors are provided. Bring 3/4 quarter view and profile view photographs of your head and neck to use as reference. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Portait Painting in Pastel with Ellen Eagle
June 15-19, 2015 (9am-5pm) — If you wish to make portrait painting in pastel a significant part of your artistic endeavor, or if you wish to employ pastel as a means to deepen your understanding of color, this workshop will strengthen your foundation. Ellen Eagle is the author of Pastel Painting Atelier, published by Watson-Guptill. She teaches pastel at the Art Students League in New York, and is represented by Forum Gallery. Space is limited. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ellen Eagle
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Master Class with Juliette Aristides: Classical Figure Drawing
June 20-21, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn to accurately and confidently draw the human figure with Juliette Aristides, renowned artist, founder of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, and noted author of Classical Drawing Atelier and other highly regarded drawing and painting texts. Open to all levels, this workshop will teach students to draw the figure's essential structure in order to create a strong foundation for value and form. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Juliette Aristides
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

Watercolour Painting in St Andrews, Scotland
June 21-26, 2015 (full day) — Stunning, historic St Andrews is the location for this course. Capture it's essence with Liz Yule's expert guidance. Your work will be 'Inspired in Scotland ~ Made by You'. Visit website


Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Liz Yule
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2072
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Beauty of Light: Portrait Painting from Life
June 22-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enhance your ability to see and capture the interplay of cool and warm light in a portrait painted from life. Become more practiced and confident in your ability to understand and use the emotive qualities of color to enrich and energize your portrait work. Michael demonstrates in both oil and pastel and works with each student individually. He shares knowledge gained from working with master painters, Dan Gerhartz and Richard Schmid. Students with painting and drawing skills in the intermediate level and above range will benefit most from Michael's instruction. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mike Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + model fee, Non-Members: $365 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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People in Places, Places with People
June 25-28, 2015 — This workshop focuses on creating images that combine people and place to add emotional impact and tell a more engaging story. People can be a powerful but tricky element in a photograph. Their placement, action and expressions can greatly enhance an image, but can also diminish or completely change it from what you originally intended. Likewise, place can also be a powerful but tricky element in a portrait. Place can help tell a better story about a person, but the person can also get lost in the place which will diminish the power of the portrait and change the image completely. We'll explore how to most effectively incorporate people when photographing places, and how make the best use of place when photographing portraits. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mark Gardner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Russian Impressionism and the Contemporary Figure
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This painting workshop gives you a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to figure painting helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their figure painting abilities. All mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Henry Stinson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2015 — 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. After a demonstration, the class will work in monotone from the model for the first day, concentrating on value. After that, the class will work in full color from the model, learning how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color/ light and shadow. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Through Modern Masters
July 13-16, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Looking closely at the methods of Cezanne and the cubism of Picasso and Braque during this four day workshop, we will work with a series of exercises based on their exploration and invention. These exercises will be designed to investigate various aspects of abstraction, and ways of working, in relation to still life and the figure. In turn, these explorations will equip us with tools and language to find our own new and unique ways of painting. Among the different aspects of painting and abstraction that we will work with: composition, color, shape, distortion, mark-making, edge and line. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Jordan Wolfson
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $525 Members, $575 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Portraits
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $640 by May 15; $690 after May 15
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Watercolor : Simple, Fast and Focused!
July 20-25, 2015 — This five-day watercolor workshop, painting landscapes and people in landscapes, will reflect the title of Mel's book, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Emphasis will be on design principles with the objective of building strong paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the "idea" of the painting. Mel paints in a loose, representational style. Design, composition, and color/value relationships will be discussed throughout. This workshop, which will take place outdoors on location, includes daily demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and critiques. The workshop is designed for beginners to advanced painters. Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Mel Stabin AWS NWS, www.melstabin.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Inspiration and Design
July 27-31, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Aimee will emphasize the importance of having a clear idea for a painting and the practical matter of color and value. You will learn keys to this important relationship. You will use techniques painting live models and still life that are useful for any subject. Aimee's demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a light-hearted approach. Don't miss her biography. This up and coming artist is rising fast! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Aimee Erickson
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
July 27-31, 2015 — During this class you will learn techniques for painting quickly and accurately, the key elements of gesture, light and form. Each day will be spent working from the model, both en plein air, and in the studio. You will concentrate on identifying the big relationships within your painting, instead of getting caught up in the details. Techniques for simplifying your color palette will also be discussed and you will discover how to see value more precisely. Expect to paint numerous small studies each day. Kim will work with you at your easel to address any compositional or color questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level

Alla Prima Portrait Painting
July 27-31, 2015 — This four-day intensive workshop focuses on alla prima portrait painting in oil. Rose gives a portrait demonstration on the first day. We attempt to cover all aspects of portrait painting, from palette choices to drawing to seeing and capturing the colors and forms we see in the models, all the while attempting to maintain a critical and patient eye. During the workshop, Rose welcomes discussions on art, being an artist, and how we see ourselves in relationship to the creative experience. Participants often have meals together continuing the discussion and camaraderie. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing and Painting Figures from Photographs and Models
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will explore how to create expressive paintings using color, texture, and design. In a fun-filled environment, students will learn to "see" new ways to capture mood and emotion. Compositional planning, configurations, and texture will be examined; unconventional 3D techniques will be explored. The use of color and how colors relate to each other to create expressive artistic visions will be considered. Lectures are designed to encourage, expand, and explore. Exciting daily challenges are given that are personalized to each student's level of experience. Individual guidance is given to each participant. Students are encouraged to bring a few finished paintings for personal review. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Judi Betts
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Painting the Draped Figure & Portrait
August 3-6, 2015 — In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional "painterly" way to oil painting, and apply it to figure painting in an "alla prima" approach. The workshop will emphasize composition, color, understanding light on form, and producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. The workshop will lead the student into the figure painting practice through Zhaoming's demonstrations, individual instructions, and critiques. Zhaoming is a brilliant painter, his style and brushstrokes are perfect and stunning! His understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint loosely with his own concept and personal style. Don't miss this very infomative workshop! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Portrait & Figure
August 17-21, 2015 — Nationally renowned artist and instructor Robert Liberace is coming to Whidbey again. Rob has recently been qualified as a ""Living Master" (one of about 70 in the world) by the Art Renewal Center. This is an exceptional opportunity for art students. This workshop will focus on the portrait and figure with an emphasis on anatomical form and strong sculptural definition. Bones, muscular connections and the play of light on the surface will be explored. Artists are free to choose their media each day whether it be chalks, oils or pastels. Using these classic materials the human form will be thoroughly analyzed and explained. Mornings will focus mainly on demos and afternoons will be spent painting (or drawing). Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $900
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Innovative Watermedia Workshop
August 17-21, 2015 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) — You'll never think about painting the same way again! Prepare yourself for Nicholas' high-energy, unorthodox, and varied approach to watercolor. This workshop will focus on concepts, composition and design elements with concentration on diversity in subject matter; poured watercolor; fluid acrylic used as transparent watercolor; unusual textures such as his popular "batik" technique; large scale painting; computer-aided design; and creative photography for obtaining unconventional reference shots. Nicholas was the sole judge representing the US at the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, the world's largest watercolor exhibition, in 2010 and 2012. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Nicholas Simmons
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $695
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Mastering the Evocative Portrait
August 24-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Nikolai Fechin was a master of suggestion, whose work continues to influence the work of great artists. With Fechin's paintings as examples, create powerful works through suggestion. Learn to apply sparkling color, avoid unpleasant detail, obtain masterful edge control, simplify color harmony, and turn the form with color temperature. Bill discusses Fechin's techniques as he paints from a live model. Demonstrating in both oil and pastel, he completes a head study, as well as several "mini-demos" that involve painting features of the face and other details. Engage in exercises that include copying a painting by Fechin, as well as incorporating Fechin's techniques into your work as you paint from the live model. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: William (Bill) Schneider, www.SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + model fee, Non-Members: $365 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 24-27, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $550 for 3 Days, $700 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Design and Composition Using the Figure
August 24-28, 2015 — This workshop stresses bold composition and strong design using the human figure for inspiration. A different aspect of design is the focus of each day's lesson: shape, light, linkage, texture, space, etc. We will explore abstraction, emphasize "the process" and concentrate on composing the entire page. There will be clothed models on three days that will be our subject for finding as many different ways as possible of "seeing." Each participant's preferences, originality, and creativity are most important. Carla will be using transparent watercolor and gouache and include frequent mini-demonstrations with this medium in a direct painting method. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carla O'Connor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: Estimated $60-$70
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Still Life, Portait and Figure
August 27-29, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join Mary Whyte for an inspirational three day workshop in beautiful Salt Lake City while exploring the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure. Open to students of all levels, this class will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Tips on setting up a studio and marketing your work will also be discussed. Whyte's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting
September 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Paint the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) while learning to create a fresh, direct response to your subject. Paint with greater clarity and directness by simplifying what you see. After David's demonstration, work from a live model. Learn to interpret and simplify the human form by seeing it as a series of basic shapes described by color, light, and shadow. Master painting techniques that allow you to paint loosely and using brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.DavidShevlino.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + model fee, Non-Members: $460 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Advanced Level

Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones
September 14-18, 2015 — This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy and as documented by Cennino Cennini in his book Il Libro dell'Arte. Tempera painting is a medium for those who love drawing. This painting technique is fussy and requires great discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. It combines the best of both watercolor (application of translucent layers of color) and gouache techniques (using semi opaques to re-establish the light areas). The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level

Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure
September 25-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This 3-day workshop will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification, Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Angela Nesbit
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $475
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572


Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Visit website


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


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


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


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


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


3D Anatomy-Ecorche | Self-Study
Ongoing (Ongoing) — An ecorché/3D anatomy model is a centuries old method of learning anatomy through three dimensional means. The word ecorché is French for flayed body and refers to human or animal anatomy by which you can see the interplay between the skeleton, tendons, ligaments and the muscles on the living form. It is an essential means for every figurative artist to better interpret through knowledge of what he/she sees. Rey will guide the student through making a skeleton in Sculpey, followed by laying on the muscles that constitute artistic anatomical form. This is an intense, hands-on approach to learning the body - a necessity for any artist concerned with learning accurate anatomical representation. Visit website


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Intermediate Level

Introduction to Character Design | Self-Study
Ongoing — This online self-study course caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, and a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Visit website


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

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


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

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Individualized Professional Practice Support for Visual Artists
Customized (Customized) — Individual instruction sessions are offered to artists in support of reaching their creative goals. Long distance students are supported through Skype sessions, emails with image sharing and phone calls. Appropriate for all levels, from the beginner to an intermediate or advanced level student with a space set aside for studio activities, these sessions allow you to identify your goals and challenges and develop the steps to progress toward your vision for your work. Artists determine and refine their vision through these sessions, discussing both the formal and conceptual aspects of art-making: materials and techniques, various approaches to beginning, problem-solving, methods of building a painting/drawing and advancing their career as an artist. Instructor has a Masters in Business and Fine Art. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Rebecca George
Sponsor: The Art House
Cost: $200
Email: Rebecca

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