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Paper Paintings - Collage with Hand Painted Paper
April 29 - May 1, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — In this intense, 3-day workshop, students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for an exciting final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $495
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture
April 30 - May 1, 2016 (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. 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: Non-Credit: $205; Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art
May 2-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect's face. That being said, they must also be good artwork. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification. This workshop addresses three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. The workshop content comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized in class and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jorge Molina
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture
May 2-6, 2016 (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. 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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Portrait Drawing Workshop
May 7-8, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn to create a finished portrait in pencil and charcoal that captures likeness and conveys expressive effect. The workshop will begin with a structural approach to the head and its features and progress to the study of anatomy, composition and value. Excellent for all levels. Visit website


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

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Painting the Portrait
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your understanding of the painted portrait. During this one-day class, students will be offered a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the portrait study. Robert will share his experience and understanding of the structure of the head as revealed by the strength, direction and color of the light source. The morning demonstration and lecture will be followed by an afternoon of portrait painting. Please consider joining Robert for an informative and enjoyable experience while working with the portrait model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
May 9-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


Liberating the Soul-Expressive drawing, painting in Sardinia
May 9-13 and 23-27, 2016 — Five glorious, experimental days working from the figure in beautiful medieval studios: life drawing, portraiture, paint, clay, pastels, ink, collage, monoprint. Explore: push your boundaries. Experience the sounds, colours and smells of Sardinia and integrate them into your work. There are no rules. There are no limits. This course is designed to help loosen up and liberate your creative spirit with a balance of structured and non structured time. Workshops are in the mornings and the studio is open all day enabling you to return and continue working after a swim at the beach, a visit to an ancient site or a stroll through town. Visit website


Location: Bosa, Sardinia, Italy
Instructor: Megan Players
Sponsor: Bosa Art School
Cost: £300
Email: Megan Players
Phone: 01398331973

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The Figure in the Landscape
May 13-15, 2016 — The focus will also be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, and understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information if the student desires. Peggi will address design and technique in a manner in which students may express themselves in a personal way. The student will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given, as needed. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Art of Composition and Design with Robert Armetta
May 14 & 15, 2016 (10am-6pm) — This intensive workshop will focus on the general compositional strategies and the application of simple geometric principles used by most of the great artists thoughout the ages. The emphasis will be on design, not mathematics. We will examine the work of artists and architects from the Renaissance to today in an effort to understand what the Golden Section is, and how it was used for composing with harmony and proportion. The practical, hands-on element of this course will help us utilize these principles in our own work. Visit website


Location: New Hope, PA
Instructor: Robert Armetta
Sponsor: Bucks County Classical Arts Center
Cost: $265
Email: John Murdoch
Phone: 267-221-6046

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 21-28, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Intensive Pastel Workshop
May 22 - June 1, 2016 (09:00 - 20:00) — Who should enroll in this course? Those who want to learn how to use color, those who know about color but want to deepen the technique, those who want to learn the composition in a framework, those who want to learn to exaggerate the shadows and the lights and finally those who want to learn a pastel technique quickly but completely and effectively. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Vicente Romero Redondo
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 3.100 Euro
Email: Bianca Maria
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Portrait Painting with Ted Nuttall
May 22 - June 1, 2016 — Join Ted Nuttall for a portrait painting retreat in an amazing location - the beautiful & historical Languedoc region! We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Combining days painting in our studio (located in a former medieval wine cellar), with day excursions around scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region whilst learning from a figurative artist and “Master of Watercolor.” Ted is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3950
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Figure and Portrait Painting
May 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will practice traditional, as well as contemporary ways of painting the human figure and portrait. The workshop will begin with a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, and progress to a full color palette for longer paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors in order to paint realistically, as well as more expressive, contemporary approaches. Topics include: how to mute colors in order to match the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, and composition and design. 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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Kimberley Photography Adventure
May 23-29, 2016 (10am) — Photograph the Australian Outback. A 7 day adventure - spectacular landscape, unique wildlife and Aussie characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture into wilderness areas not usually open to the public. You'll have your own rustic Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping beside a pristine waterhole. Meet the locals, get a sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley, all while capturing inspiring photographs and developing your camera techniques and post production skills. Peruse the itinerary on the website for inclusions and many other fun activities. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


Location: Kununurra, Australia
Instructor: Bewley Shaylor
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61893881513

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The Figure in Florence
May 24 - June 2, 2016 — Join us for 10 days of art and beauty in the Renaissance city that has inspired artists for centuries. You'll walk the same streets that Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli walked. Learn the time-honored tradition of solid painting skills while you bask in the city that is truly a visual feast. Space is limited so book early. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Watercolor Adventure in Tuscany with Steve and Janet Rogers
May 28 - June 4, 2016 — Join Steve and Janet Rogers at the beautiful Tuscan Renaissance Center (TRC) - a restored monastery) located in the magical and historic Chianti region of Tuscany, just south of Florence. We will experience visiting villages in the area, including Siena, where we can paint, sketch, photograph, and just experience the colors and spectacular visuals of the area. The TRC will be our home, where we can relax, paint, eat, drink and share our individual journeys and experiences as well as instruction from Janet and Steve, as they instruct, demonstrate, and provide individual painting help for all. Costs include all instruction, lodging, all breakfasts, dinners, and tours. Laughter and Beauty are free! Florence extension available. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Steve and Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Il Chiostro - Art Workshops in Italy
Cost: $2,695.00
Email: Linda Mironti
Phone: 800 990-3506

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Painting People
May 30 - June 3, 2016 — In my workshop, we will paint from life. Our purpose is to paint what we see, observing form carefully to express the unique image of the person posing. The method of painting is Alla Prima, painting wet on wet directly on canvas. Our concerns will be design, gesture, proportions, perspective, foreshortening, mixing cool and warm colors and the relationships of shapes, values and color in order to describe the reality and naturalism of the subject. Along with technique we will paint and discuss the aesthetic, poetic and human concerns in painting inspired by the Old Masters and evaluate contemporary realists. We will be painting portraits, figure painting and compositional studies. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $900
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Portrait Drawing in Color
May 31 - August 2, 2016 (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Bring your portrait drawing to the next level through the use of color! Explore the Renaissance-inspired tri-color, red, black and white, chalk technique, as well as hard and soft pastel, progressing from a limited palette to full color. Students will be guided in the proper use of chalk, chalk pencils and pastel with related surfaces. Various wet and mixed media will be shown and used as an enhancement to traditional layering of pastel. There will be ample demonstration and lecture to assist in the learning process. Costumed models will be arranged in visually rich settings. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


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

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Figure Painting
June 1 - August 3, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — 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. Drawing experience required. Visit website


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

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Renaissance Drawing Techniques
June 1 - August 3, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — The invention of perspective and the introduction of paper in Europe in the 13th century ushered in the heights of Renaissance drawing. Draw from PAFA’s renowned cast collection and from the costumed model, and learn classical drawing techniques specifically developed to describe three-dimensional form. Work in charcoal, conté crayon and chalks, as well as pen-and-ink wash on toned paper. Schematic and perspective drawings, including compositional drawings for fresco, panel and canvas painting, will also be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Figure and Portrait Modeling
June 1-29, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — This sculpture course introduces the conceptual and practical aspects of modeling the figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Technical procedures discussed will include armature construction, orientation of the armature to the model, clay-modeling (methodology), the specific use of tools, and basic elements of plaster casting. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Life Drawing (1)
June 1 - August 3, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Learn to capture the dynamics and structure of the human form as you draw from the life model in a range of media. Instruction will cover gestural, structural, and contour drawing approaches, in addition to topics of proportion, basic anatomy, and balance. Varied length of poses will allow for both rapid gesture drawings and opportunities for extended tonal studies. A visit to PAFA’s archives to view original master drawings will reinforce students’ understanding and appreciation of the practice. Visit website


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

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Life Painting: Mass and the Limited Palette
June 1-29, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — An in-depth, structured approach to figure painting. Students will use grisaille and limited palettes to model the human form through broad mass relationships, toward gradually fleshing out volume and surface details. Instruction will focus on preparatory sketches and the use of shape, volume and temperature to define form and content. An excellent entry into figure painting for beginners and a helpful practice for painters of all subjects and levels to hone their craft. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renée P. Foulks
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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Life Drawing (2)
June 2-30, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — This in-depth investigation of basic drawing issues explores the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the body’s underlying geometry and anatomical structure. Learn to draw the figure as convincing volumetric form through the study of proportional accuracy, foreshortening, spatial relationships, and basic use of light and shadow. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting (1)
June 2-30, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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Portrait Drawing & Painting
June 2 - August 4, 2016 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Students will have the option of using this understanding to facilitate their study of the portrait in oil. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and painting processes. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classical Portrait Painting
June 3 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 9am-12pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of facial parts to the whole of the head, and the development of volume by painting the model from multiple vantage points. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Sculpting the Figure with Vala Ola
June 3-5, 2016 (9 AM to 4PM) — Vala Ola will take you through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be 1/6 life-size (approx. 11” figure). Working from a female live model, the focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, rib cage and pelvis. We will spend time on the head highlighting facial features and sculpting beautiful hands and feet. Fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, use of shadows, points of interest, composition, leading the eye around, texture and lost edges, drapery and building an armature. Finally we will learn how to add your own personal twist to the pose. The class will also feature tips on working with foundries. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Vala Ola
Sponsor: Oklahoma Sculpture Society
Cost: $400 (Members), $435 (Non-members)
Email: Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo
Phone: 405.476.2099

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Painting the Light of Tuscany
June 3-12, 2016 — Join us in Florence, Italy for a trip of a lifetime. We combine touring the treasures of the city with a painting workshop. You can choose between a figurative workshop or a plein air workshop in Florence and the hills of Fiesole. Non-painting participants can substitute Tuscan Cooking Classes or take a discount. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Various
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Anatomical Drawing: The Skeleton
June 4 - July 9, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-4pm) — Draw from full size, medical school-grade adult skeletons for focused anatomical study. Students will draw bones from multiple views, undertaking the limbs, pelvis, rib cage and spine before culminating in the skull. Students will learn the names of all of the bones of the human body while drawing them. This class is ideal for those interested in anatomy and medical illustration. (No class on July 2) Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting in Pastel with Ellen Eagle
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Ellen Eagle, noted author of Pastel Painting Atelier, and instructor at the Art Students League in New York, presents a master class intensive on the materials and techniques of pastel portraiture. Students will benefit from Eagle's passion for the medium, bolstered by her extensive knowledge of its history and applications. Topics such as studio set-up, pastel varieties, tools, and surfaces will be addressed, in addition to methods of executing a successful portrait. Instruction will include a visit to PAFA's museum vaults, where Eagle will discuss rarely-exhibited pastel works from PAFA's collection. Whether pastel portraiture is your focus, or you wish to explore pastel as a means to deepen your understanding of color, this workshop will strengthen your foundation. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ellen Eagle, www.elleneagleportraits.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Tuscan Life: Figures and Landscapes of Seravezza
June 6-18, 2016 — Gavin Glakas is an award-winning artist who specializes in portraits and landscapes. His class will focus on all the building blocks needed to create accurate and dynamic paintings of and influenced by the incomparable Tuscan ambiance. He will be working on ongoing landscapes and figures, one in the mornings and one in the afternoons. Students will be free to work alongside Gavin or on their own landscapes of town or countryside, still lives, or from the model. Gavin will be offering daily lessons, ongoing advice, and critiques throughout the course. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Gavin Glakas
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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The Figure in Action
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique. Visit website


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

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Team Production Photography with Dan Paz
June 10-12, 2016 — Students will learn cooperative methods of approaching a photographic and video production as a team, while working on location with subjects in the creation of a portrait. Students will learn how to use a digital camera, how to manipulate natural light, and, ultimately, how to produce an image while on a collaborative photo-shoot. Teams of students will play central roles in setting up the shoot, taking turns using the camera, and serving as models. Students are encouraged to bring a camera of their own, in addition to a laptop if they have one. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Dan Paz, www.danpaz.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $110, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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The Figure in Plein Air
June 12, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Learn to see reflected light and color in plein air figure painting. Working from the clothed model, Darrell Anderson will demonstrate his process for painting the figure outside, then assist participants as they complete their own paintings. This one-day workshop will be conducted out of doors with a live model. All levels of experience are welcome. Paint in Oils, Acrylics, Gouache or Pastels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $160 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and People -Life & Photo
June 13-17, 2016 (9am to 4pm) — Historic Gloucester, Massachusetts will be the location for the workshop. Fresh flowers in the studio will begin the inspiration for this exciting workshop. Janet shares easily her love of watercolor in a spontaneous "alla prima" impressionistic style. We will move into painting faces and figures - discovering the movement and gesture and translucent color application. Beginning wit photos of people, we will progress to painting the model - designed to expose a more spontaneous, intuitive and natural approach to the fluid nature of watercolor. This workshop is designed to help artists of ALL LEVELS to "see" in new ways and improve skills. Many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, and one-on-one help. Janet is a very popular National Instructor. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Northeast Art Workshops and Retreats
Cost: $625.00
Email: Kat Masella
Phone: 978-729-4970

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Head Study
June 18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure Drawing Workshop
June 18-19, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn fundamental and advanced techniques for drawing the human figure. Topics will include anatomy, structure, line quality, tone, composition, proportion and space. Work in graphite, charcoal, conté, and color media from short to long poses to develop fully modeled form. Includes demonstration and discussion of master drawings. Valuable information for all levels. Visit website


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

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Dynamic Figure Drawing Workshop by Glenn Vilppu
June 19-29, 2016 — Glenn Vilppu is a world renowned Artist and Teacher with an extraordinary ability to represent the human figure in movement, that has characterized it in his 40 years of professional experience. Arts in Rome offers Visit Rome & Drawing Workshop. The scheme of teaching is divided into steps. First, Glenn teaches figure drawing in movement from life models, then composition and finally he will add base colouring for light and shadow. The workshop is combined with the Tour in Rome during the mornings where we will visit all Monuments, Ancient Rome and Galleries. Price includes: - Intensive Art Course in the Studio - Tourist Guide - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: Euro 3.100
Email: Bianca
Phone: +39 3281424151

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The Figure in Clay
June 20-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop investigates the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpture. Hands-on practice will provide experience and understanding in building internal armatures, observational skills, sculpting techniques, and problem solving. Through the process of hand building techniques, you will build a personal and contemporary figure. Join Robin as she discusses topics relating to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. From a nude model you will use a self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, or full figure. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Portrait in Conte
June 20-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the portrait drawn with conte and hard pastel. Students will work from several models and poses to get a feel for the broad, gestural start and the sense of underlying structure. These materials allow a great variety of strokes and marks from a broad brush mark to a fine line, with expressive smudges and tones added to the tool-box of form building marks. The illusion of form arises not from an accumulation of detail, but from a few concise, correct choices of form. The quick portrait is about seeing the big underlying forms and bone structure, the ability to create likeness that starts with the shape of the head, and finds the features, without just copying features alone. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: David Riedel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $410
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting the Model
June 21-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including: placement, values, edges and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Portrait in Pastel
June 23-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting the portrait in pastel. Pastel is a wonderful medium, combining the disciplines of drawing and painting. Various models and lighting conditions will offer variety of motif, through which students may refine their understanding of shape, tone, color and application. Students will also gain an appreciation and understanding of the color of the light source as well as its direction and strength. Visit website


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

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Imaginative Self-Portraits
June 24-25, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — This class travels through new possibilities to explore visual interpretations of me, myself and I. Going beyond the stereotype - “Does this picture look like me?” - we will visualize some of the mysteries of our multi-faceted self. Some projects include: seeing ourselves as creatures and beasts; seeing ourselves as pure colors and shapes and seeing ourselves belonging to another world. Guaranteed to be intriguing, fun and enriching! Basic materials supplied. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $300M, $345NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic
June 25-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop encourages students to experience and use high quality stained glass in a painterly fashion. You will be introduced to the Light, Dark, Value and Tones in stained glass and learn how to “paint with glass” creating a realistic mosaic for interior display. In this workshop you will use non-traditional and contemporary mosaic andamento (placement and flow) and fine art techniques to create a mosaic in realism. You will apply these techniques and learn how to cut glass into many shapes using one tool: Leponitt nippers. My goal is to help you develop and find your own style in mosaic fine art. There will be a PowerPoint presentation and you will begin to work from provided photographic-models. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Shelkin
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $525
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Qi into Art
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In traditional Chinese culture, qi refers to the life force or energy flow that pervades all things. Learn to use qi to incorporate your life knowledge, skills and experience in your art. Through drawing and painting projects using still life subjects and the life model, students will explore how perception, composition, value, choice of materials, and methods of mark-making affect their connection to, and the viewer’s interpretation of, their artwork. Examination of masterworks and critique will further promote a recognition of the principles of composition and flow of qi. Develop the ability to see things differently, feel the existence of qi, and express yourself in a more dynamic and profound way in your art. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Paul Hamanaka
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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Visual Arts Workshops | Adults & Teens
June 27 - July 22, 2016 (9:30AM - 4:30PM) — Professional artist Olivier Casse offers expert guidance in figurative drawing and painting techniques based on academic realist traditions. Students will benefit from individualized instruction and critiques appropriate for all skill levels. The workshops are intended for beginners seeking to create a portfolio for college applications as well as advanced artists looking to enhance their figurative skills. All classes will work with a live model. Visit website


Location: Miami, FL
Instructor: Olivier Casse
Sponsor: Miami Arts & Design Education
Cost: $550/Week (supplies included)
Email: Marianne Durante
Phone: 786-332-6233

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Summer Art Portfolio Program | Ages 10 – 15
June 27 - July 22, 2016 (9:00AM - 3:30PM / 8:30AM Drop Off) — With expert instruction in a variety of art-making processes, students will build a series of original works of art that meet the portfolio requirements for magnet middle and high school auditions. Students will be inspired to express their unique creative voice and gain valuable skill in a wide range of materials, all set within a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Wynwood. Visit website


Location: Miami, FL
Instructor: TBD
Sponsor: Miami Arts & Design Education
Cost: $500 per 2 week session (supplies included)
Email: Marianne Durante
Phone: 786-332-6233

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
July 2-9, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Ceramic Sculpture: Anything is Possible
July 4-15, 2016 (8-5 with 24 hour studio access) — Retreat to beautiful Idyllwild, CA for a two-week intensive workshop at the renowned Idyllwild Arts Center. Beginners to advanced artists are welcome to explore of the myriad possibilities for self-expression available through ceramic sculpture. From the figurative sculpture to abstract art. Many techniques will be demonstrated to create a variety of original artwork. Experiment with figurative sculpture while working from a live model, creating observational gesture and anatomical studies of heads and hands before moving on to a full figure sculpture. Develop your hand-building skills to create pieces that reflect your interests and ideas. Play with color and surface design techniques to bring your sculptures to life. Expect to complete many colorful sculptures in mid-temperature oxidation firing. Visit website


Location: Idyllwild, CA
Instructor: Lee Puffer
Sponsor: Idyllwild Arts Center
Cost: $725.00/ per week plus $55 materials fee
Email: Heather Campaniott
Phone: 951-659-2171, ext. 2361

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Anatomical Drawing
July 5 - August 2, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Visit website


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

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Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting
July 5 - August 2, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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Drawing the Draped Figure with a Russian Master
July 5-8, 2016 — We are honored to welcome Iliya Mirochnik, trained at the Repin Academy and winner of First Place award at Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition! Ilya is a very effective hands on teacher. He treats everyone individually according to what they want to achieve. He does short 15 min demos to start and then pushes everyone to work, placing his canvas so that everyone can see what he is doing. He will then go around and spend a lot of time with each student, pointing out weaknesses, mistakes and helping them to fix these. He has an amazing ability to understand how every person is different and pushes you there. He is a great inspiration. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Iliya Mirochnik, www.iliyamirochnik.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Extended Pose
July 6 - August 10, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint from a life model in a single pose for the entire course in order to develop one large image or several smaller studies. Instruction will focus on two-dimensional linear accuracy, three- dimensional volumetric integrity, clarity of space, and color analysis specific to the human form. All levels welcome. Half-day registration available, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m. for $350 non-credit. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renée P. Foulks
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting (2)
July 7 - August 4, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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Ecorché
July 8 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin – a method of study dating back to the Renaissance and a staple of classical art training today. Students will work in clay on an armature from the skeleton for the accurate development of the body’s proportions and the detailed study of its parts. This is an excellent way for draftspersons and sculptors alike to gain a more concrete understanding of human anatomy. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Cast and Figure Drawing
July 9 - August 6, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-1pm) — Working in the Academic tradition, students will study human anatomy, proportion and value with the goal of faithfully representing the figure. Students will work from PAFA’s collection of historic casts in order to build their foundational drawing skills and apply this information to observational study of the life model. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Color Between Friends: Bonnard and Matisse
July 9-23, 2016 (Saturdays, 10-4) — Color: the first element conjured when lifelong friends Bonnard and Matisse are mentioned. We'll dissect their motivation, process, and techniques, then transfer new knowledge to canvas. This workshop is for beyond-beginner painters with basic understanding of the oil painting process. Artists' Attic is an art cooperative in the very center of downtown Lexington, KY, with many restaurants and hotels within walking distance. Visit website


Location: Lexington, KY
Instructor: De Selby
Sponsor: De Selby Designs
Cost: $295
Email: De Selby
Phone: 859-492-8244

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Life Drawing and Painting
July 10 - August 7, 2016 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Draw and paint the human ?gure in a creative and personal manner, while developing the fundamentals of both disciplines. Topics to be covered include anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, ?gure structure, palettes, and basic ?gure painting methods. Suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Visit website


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

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Painting Techniques of the Old Masters
July 11 - August 8, 2016 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — Create luminous paintings using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a traditional figure, portrait or still life painting. Instruction will focus on creating a foundational drawing and underpainting, then glazing and scumbling with transparent and translucent pigments to achieve a rich sense of color, volume and space. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
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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Avatar Anime
July 11-15, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Students will learn how to create their own avatar in the Anime and Manga style. They will conceptualize and develop characters, learn how to design Manga Panels, and use rough sketches to plan and build stories. Projects will include sketching the human form, using personality to inspire heroes or villains, creating backgrounds with drama, inking, coloring and finishing techniques. Students will bring their characters to 3D life using polymer clay, modeling wire, fabrics, and recycled materials. Students will create unique art in a variety of mediums including: drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. Students will have the opportunity to share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Best of Watercolor with Mary Whyte
July 11-15, 2016 — Join Mary Whyte for a comprehensive three-day watercolor workshop. Explore the fundamentals of painting the still life, portrait and figure, while improving your knowledge of color mixing, getting a likeness, composition, values, texture and correcting mistakes. Enjoy Whyte’s daily painting demos, individual attention, and insights on making original work, as well as discussions on how to set up a studio and market your work. This is a 3 -day class Monday - Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be independent studio days, with models provided so students can practice what they have learned earlier in the week. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $995
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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California-Vibe Watercolor Portraiture
July 11-15, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure
July 11-17, 2016 (10am) — Come with us on this 7 day adventure as we explore the landscape, wildlife and characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station near Wyndham in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture "off the beaten track" into wilderness areas not accessible to the public. You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping out beside a pristine waterhole. You'll meet the locals and get a real sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley - all while creating your art and developing techniques. Many other activities are included - peruse the itinerary on the website. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


Location: Kununurra, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61893881513

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Figure and Portrait Drawing in Ink
July 12 - August 2, 2016 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — From the Renaissance to the present, artists have explored the possibilities of drawing with ink. It is an expressive media that takes on a life of its own. The ink can be freeing when used with a brush, moving over a figure on a page. It can be controlled with a reed pen to create form and textures. Allow yourself the opportunity to work with this media with both brush and pen. The class will have clothed and life models; focus will include head studies and full figure work. Ink drawings by varied artists will be discussed in class. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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2D Ecorche of the Head
July 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Since antiquity, anatomy has played an important role in an artist's education. Its careful study enabled the artist to better understand critically the shapes underneath the skin (both boney and muscular) that impact the surface of the human body and create form. The focus of this workshop will be to render an écorché head in 2D. Both skeletal and major muscular features will be introduced and explored. The student will relate this information to a figure drawing that will be developed throughout the length of this course. Stages of the classical drawing process will be explained and practiced. This workshop is excellent for any artist looking to hone their drawing skills and is open to all advanced and beginning students. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Andrew Ameral
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $425
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Painting the Figure in Tuscany
July 17-29, 2016 — This workshop will focus on accurately drawing and painting the figure. The eight painting days will be broken up into two sessions. The live models will sustain a single pose for the duration of each 4-day session. This sustained focus on the model will allow students to slow down and render the subject in a comprehensive manner. Students will execute a detailed drawing of the model and learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the subject. Each week will culminate with a full color application of color. The instructor will give a demonstration each day and provide personal instruction throughout the day. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Mario Andres Robinson
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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Portrait Painting Basics
July 23-24, 2016 (9am-5pm) — This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations, portrait history and tips on painting children’s portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Visit website


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

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The Figure in the Landscape
July 25-29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Need a crash course in value and shape? Kim’s dynamic workshop will teach you to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form. Discover how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the “process”. We will have models each day and paint techniques for achieving a spontaneous, yet controlled approach. A working palette will be developed simplifying the comparison of color and value, an essential part of picture making. Kim’s Gold Medal artwork has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Artists Magazine, and in the book Figure Drawing Workshop by Carole Katchen. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $755
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Meaningful Portrait
July 25-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Well-made portrait photographs have meaning and value that can transcend beyond the sitter to become a meaningful icon of the artist as well as a beautiful view of the subject. We will be using natural light on location during this 4 day workshop, and students will develop skills that can be used without studios or lighting equipment. Students will be working with art models, and there will be a self-portrait assignment as part of the course. All formats are welcome, as is digital or film. Ray will be doing demonstrations with the 8×10 film camera. We will cover lighting, posing and gesture, and will focus on how to relate to your subject to get the most from the session. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ray Bidegain
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $640
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Comic Book Art – Villains & Legends
July 25-29, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Students will create legendary characters and villains with mixed media, clay, drawing, painting, cartooning, and more in this mix of mediums and styles! Students will gain experience drawing the human figure, creating action poses and dramatic scenes. Traditional drawing, painting and sculpting techniques will be enhanced by comic book style, attitude, themes and drama. Students will bring their characters to 3D life using polymer clay, modeling wire, fabrics, and recycled materials. Students will also learn how to prepare their art for show at the end of the week, will share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Bringing Life to Your Oil Portraits
August 1-3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Strengthen your portrait painting techniques through a series of strategies that focus on drawing, color, and composition in this workshop. Expand your observational understanding of the human form and gain an understanding of the potential of oil paint. Join Michael as he demonstrates painting techniques learned from master painters Dan Gerhartz and Richard Schmid. Working from a live model, you will develop several studies involving both short and long poses with Michael guiding you through the process individually. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Michael Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Impressions
August 1-5, 2016 — Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure. Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student. Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Color Bootcamp
August 1-5, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — If you love color and you aspire to understand and truly use its power and allure, then Camille is your teacher and this is your workshop. Good color, or color that expresses the light key of nature, can make even the most mundane subject matter strikingly beautiful. Discover a world of color that can change your art and vision forever. Camille Przewodek studied color with impressionist master, Henry Hensche, at the renowned Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts and is a signature member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Watercolor Portraits from Life
August 2-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Annette will guide you through her steps for painting a portrait from a live model in watercolor. Subject discussed will be how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features and shadow patterns. She will also explain materials, and her techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. This class will also cover understanding the water-to-paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. Drips will happen, and that is part of watercolor’s charm! There will be a demo each morning, time for students to draw and paint, and individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $20 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Portraits from Photo Reference
August 3-7, 2016 (10am - 5pm) — Take this opportunity to learn from nationally recognized portrait artist, Paul W. McCormack. Students will be working from photographic reference as Paul demonstrates and lectures on all the principles and techniques needed to execute a traditional portrait in watercolor. To ensure personal guidance from Paul throughout the program, workshops are strictly limited to 6 students. With demonstrations and lectures given each day students are taken through a step-by-step procedure…watch, listen, learn, and then apply. Combined with individual attention, critiques and hands on instruction, students will have the opportunity to create a finished portrait under Paul’s guidance. Beginners and advanced students alike will certainly benefit from the experience. Visit website


Location: Beacon, NY
Instructor: Paul W. McCormack
Sponsor: McCormack Studios, Inc.
Cost: $750.
Email: info@mccormackstudios.com
Phone: 845-380-9546

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Drawing in Charcoal with Shana in Non Traditional Ways
August 5-6, 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm) — All work in this class is done from a life model. Shana will do a drawing demonstration each morning. She will show us how to weave a drawing into existence, and how to capture the essence of your model's personality. We will break for lunch, and she will resume by giving individual attention to each student's drawing throughout the afternoon. The fluid properties of charcoal make it the perfect medium for sketching subjects before continuing on to paint them. This workshop is structured as the perfect introduction to her 5 day painting workshop described below. In fact, we will use the same model for both workshops. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Shana Levenson
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $275
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Capturing the Essence in Portraiture With Shana
August 7-11, 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm) — All work in this course is done from a life model. Shana will show her delicate way of weaving with pencil and paint to achieve realism. We will break for lunch, and she will resume instruction by giving individual attention to each student's painting. Her workshop starts with transferring a drawing to the canvas. Next she will demonstrate a pan pastel underpainting. We'll finish with the oil painting. The techniques Shana uses to create her contemporary pieces were developed by her life partner, David Kassan. In fact, David may assist Shana in teaching these workshops if his schedule allows. This is an incredible opportunity to learn portraiture from one of today's top artists, in a comfortable home atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Shana Levenson
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $685
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Oil Portrait Painting for Beginners
August 8-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop provides a foundation in how to interpret what you see in the model and how to transfer that information to paper and canvas, so that it is both seemingly real and aesthetically sound. Discover how to recognize values and colors of the face, as well as how to mix and apply paint to further enhance believability. You will begin with drawing exercises to learn the proportions of the human head. Then, move on to painting alla prima, wet into wet, from the live model. Kathie will provide demonstrations, as well as individual instruction to guide you and your work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathie Wheeler, www.kathiewheeler.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting The Figure From Photographs
August 8-12, 2016 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Portrait Study: Two and Three-Dimensional
August 8-12, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Each day of this course addresses the portrait subject through drawing and sculpture. The morning session will focus on creating a portrait head in clay, developing it from deep geometric structure to surface form. The afternoon will be devoted to drawing the portrait, informed by the exploration of its three-dimensional form. Students will work from two models for the entire class (a.m. & p.m.). All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Painting: Simplified
August 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — If you have been intimidated by the idea of painting the figurative subject, or simply want to revisit the basics of painting portraits, nudes and costumed models, this class is for you. Robert will offer simplified concepts to help build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of figure painting. Clearly expressed principles regarding values, form modeling, color and edges will demystify these sometimes confusing topics. Robert will present manageable concepts of anatomy and show how they are useful. Students will paint many studies of relatively short duration to reinforce these fundamental ideas. This class will be an informative, non-intimidating introduction to painting the figure, and will leave you feeling more confident in your understanding of the human form and your painting abilities. Visit website


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

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture
August 13-14, 2016 (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. 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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Sara & Bernie's Excellent Painting Adventure in Italy
August 19-31, 2016 — Sara and Bernie will both instruct in plein air and studio painting. Any medium or skill level is ok; demos will be done in oil and gouache. Classes will cover how to choose subject matter, how to see color and value and light quality, composition, design, atmospheric perspective, painting techniques, group critiques, and lots of personal attention. Gouache can be used for field sketches or for fully realized paintings. This perfect transitional medium for the oil painter is great for traveling, dries quickly, and requires minimal supplies. Oil has the advantage of staying wet longer for those who like to work with edges and blending or working with a painting knife, which will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly & Bernie Dellario
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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Head Study
August 20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capture the Light
August 22-25, 2016 — We will focus on light and color balance to represent the scene in front of us. We will work outside and in the studio, with a live model for one or two days. You will learn how to maintain a tonal structure to create volume, depth and temperature under the simplified view of the nature. How to translate the shapes into masses of color in a suitable hue. This will be our language. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Yara Damian, www.yaradamian.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 22-25, 2016 (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, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $550 for 3 Days, $700 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Painting the Multi-Layered Portrait in Oil
August 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop that will utilize the traditional steps of drawing, underpainting, and overpainting to capture a portrait in oil. We will be breaking down the process of painting a portrait into several discreet steps to help gain a better understanding of the different aspects that go into painting a portrait. By doing this process you will get practice at seeing form, value, and color separately, and be able to combine them to create a portrait. We will also discuss glazing and its application. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rachel Bess, www.rachelbess.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art & Essence of Figure Drawing with Meredith Nemirov
August 24-25, 2016 (2-5pm) — An introduction to figure drawing with a live model. Working in charcoal, learn how to capture the gestural expression of the figure and its position in space. Working in charcoal from a live figure model, students will learn how to draw the movement and energy of the human form. Artist Meredith Nemirov will guide the class through a study of value and line, using a variety of exercises to acquaint students with the surface anatomy and proportion of the human figure. Students will learn to create images of the human figure that truly capture the motion, texture and liveliness of the model! Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $130 tuition & model fee
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Painting Children
September 1-3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will explore and overcome the challenges of painting children. As children age their physiology changes, including their proportions, skin, and hair. In addition, you can’t expect a six-year-old to sit for three hours, so you have to use photographic references. You will learn how to avoid the flat appearance, unrealistic color, and truncated values that often result when working from a photograph. Join William as he shares his strategies and techniques for using the basics of design to create and use value and color, as well as identify facial proportions, mix realistic color, and depict expression. Whether you want to improve your commissioned portraits or capture the beauty of your grandchildren, this workshop will take your skills to a new level. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: William (Bill) Schneider, www.SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Limited Palette Figure Painting
September 6, 17 & 18, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who is known not only for his beautiful paintings, but also for his extensive use of a limited palette of four colors – Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, and Ivory Black. Painting with a limited palette is a great way to achieve color harmony in your paintings – and simplify the process from setup to finish!  Visit website


Location: Malibu, CA
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $550
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Transcending the Photo Reference - Oil
September 7-10, 2016 — This 4-day oil painting workshop is designed to guide the students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct painting techniques. It aims to instruct painters on how to use the photograph to create a painting that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitate it. The workshop will explain how to create a useful photo reference. The final result can be a painting that captures the essence of your subject and contains the intimacy of the human touch that reaches beyond the photo-realistic image. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alyssa Monks
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $825
Email: Debra

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The Dynamic Portrait in Pastel
September 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will help you develop a dynamic lifelike portrait. Karen will explain techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships, selecting skin tones, and harnessing the power of strong design. The various pastel techniques that are necessary to create a reasonable likeness and a stunning portrait in pastel will be covered. Discussion of lighting, posing and photographing the model for reference and the pitfalls of photo reference will be reviewed. Students will work from the live model or their photo reference. Students will learn how to use a direct pastel method as well as beginning with an under- painting in order to create vibrant skin tones. Each day will end with an encouraging group critique. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Karen Israel
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $525
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 9-12, 2016 — This workshop will focus on learning to paint a portrait from life in oil. The Instructor will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-Palette” when working. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step by step process to painting portraits. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $620, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Romancing The Himalayas
September 10-25, 2016 — India is a painter's dream. You will paint it all in this once in a lifetime workshop traveling to many different villages in the low Himalayas. Historical sites, dazzling interiors and colorful people in saris, await your art eye. You will return home with numerous onsite sketches to make large paintings from. Non-painting partners welcome. Frequent art critiques by Johanna, demos and instruction. Visit website


Location: Dharamshala, India
Instructor: Johanna Spinks
Sponsor: Indus Experiences
Cost: $2998.00 plus airfare
Email: Johanna Spinks
Phone: 310-384-7029

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Italy 2016 Adventure-Artists
September 15-23, 2016 — Exploration and creativity for all artists in Italy. Ancient Hilltop Villages, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Pisa. Delicious Chef prepared Italian Cuisine, all ground transfers, en-suite private rooms available at our exclusive 12th century Villa. Roman Spa Baths for you to enjoy nearby, you will be able to paint to your hearts content the ancient cobblestone shepherds path as it winds past past olive groves and grape arbors. Plein air painting for all levels and mediums, all inclusive* a very limited number of spaces available, book early for this next exciting journey for Adventure-Artists. Horseback riding stables available nearby for riding in the magnificent hills of northern Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Bennabio, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 17-24, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Intro to Digital Oil Painting (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Explore the world of digital painting! This workshop will show you how digital media can be used to replicate traditional painting techniques. Students will learn to see the computer as an extension of the traditional painter’s toolbox, and will find strategies to create paintings from life and from reference. We’ll paint original images based off photo and learn how copying expert paintings can guide your self-teaching. This workshop is a great opportunity to experiment with foundational ideas since you won’t have to worry about wasting expensive supplies! You will learn an excellent strategy for self-guided teaching and find ways to deconstruct expert paintings into simple guides for your own education. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Cayce Goldberg
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this fun class you will learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia–similar to medieval illuminated manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products like greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you’ll learn valuable approaches to managing and handling color, so that your designs–and your other artworks–will be highly attractive and effective. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Life Drawing
September 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Examine the intimate and compelling art of figure drawing in this workshop. Through practice, gain confidence in capturing the figure; a skill that Emmett believes is critical to one’s development as an artist. Each day will begin with Emmett providing a demonstration that illustrates a particular theme or approach. Then, at your easel, you will create gesture drawings of nude models in one-minute poses, enabling you to see and learn the essential movements and major forms of the human body. Longer poses will extend to 20 minutes or more. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
September 19-23, 2016 — During this workshop you will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. You will go beyond illustration and find your own signature style! 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: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Watercolor Techniques from the Golden Age of Book Illustration
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn the basic secrets of illustration masters of the Edwardian age! Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, and Edmund Dulac (to name only a few), used ink and watercolor to create many of the most memorable images from children’s literature. In this workshop, you’ll learn their methods—surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective—for bringing drawings to life with ink and watercolor! You will leave with at least one finished watercolor illustration and the knowledge to finish more! This class is for: Anyone who wants to learn watercolor techniques, anyone who is interested in book illustration methods, artists who want to extend their knowledge of watercolor and ink techniques. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Telluride Painting School – The Figure and the Natural World
October 3-14, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the phenomenal landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This workshop will explore new techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style and theme. Students will investigate approaches to representational and abstract painting, as well as the metaphorical meaning in figure and landscape paintings. Working from live models and landscape, students will discover how a basic image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas/techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ying Li
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 3-7, 2016 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive workshop 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 – 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. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, visit drawright.com. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting Workshop in The Netherlands
October 3-7, 2016 — Join us for a rare opportunity to study within the walls of an historic castle in the heart of The Netherlands. This 5-day painting course will incorporate painting, art and theory lectures, and a guided visit to well-known Dutch Museum Collection and a tour of Kasteel Keppel. Optional will be a weekend near The Hague visiting the Mauritshuis museum and the Frans Hals museum after the workshop. This class teaches portrait painting using both direct and indirect methods. An oil grisaille (monochrome brown) underpainting will be taught first, left to dry and then painted over with a full color palette, all white observing and painting from the live model. Drawing, value, color and edges will be discussed. Visit website


Location: Laag Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690 or 206.571.0442

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For Love or Money : Excellence in Portraiture With Chris Saper
October 7-10, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Would this workshop propel you to that next level? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students - 6 students per model. The instructor is dedicated to helping you create a business plan as a portrait artist. Each day in the workshop is targeted at improving your skills as a painter and a creative entrepreneur. The instructor will paint in oils, but students are welcome to use oil, acrylic or pastels. Learn to pose and photograph live models. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Chris Saper
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $595
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Follow-On Drawing Class
October 8-9, 2016 (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. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, visit drawright.com. Visit website


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

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 15-22, 2016 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: SNOW & WHITE
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Paper Paintings
October 17-21, 2016 — During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative collage technique, using a variety of hand painted and found papers. Emphasis will be on developing imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping– very similar to traditional painting techniques. This workshop is all about having fun and experimenting with hand-painting, staining, stamping and patterning sheets of paper! No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Painting Portrait Studies in Oil
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your observational understanding in this workshop focused on painting the portrait. Portrait sketches are an effective way to improve skills in rendering any subject matter, through the practice of drawing, applying design principles, understanding paint quality, and use of color. Each day you will paint a head study from a different vantage point with different lighting. Throughout the workshop Dawn will provide group instruction, as well as individualized attention, to find the painting process and selection of colors that best suits your needs. Open to oil and acrylic painters, however those with some drawing skills and working knowledge of materials will benefit the most from this experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $555
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Drawing and Painting With Charles Reid
October 24-28 or Oct 31 - November 4, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — 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: New Orleans, LA
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Portrait from Life
October 24-27, 2016 — David Gray is an award winning oil painter known for his still life and human subject paintings rendered in a style reminiscent of the French Neoclassical painters Jacques-Louis David and his student Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Working from the live model David will take you step by step through the process he uses in creating his professional works. From initial under-drawing though final glazes learn to build your painting in a series of layers that will help you effectively translate the observed model into an elegant and refined portrait. This study will also include some information on color mixing and color theory as it relates to light and form. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $660
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Telluride Painting School – Painting from Observation
October 31 - November 11, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Ron Milewicz will guide students as they capture the human form with oil paints, working from a live model. Students will learn how working from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, where color, light and movement are used as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Students will engage in a process of truly ‘seeing’ that involves both rational analysis and an opening up to an intuitive understanding of the motif, and each will develop a unique and intelligent pictorial response to the image as it takes its place on the canvas. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ron Milewicz
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure
November 4-6, 2016 — 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. Angela's subjects often walk a fine line between abstraction and reality. Settled amid thick layers of paint, her simple subjects wander softly in and out of the background. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Angela Nesbit
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

Intermediate Level
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Watercolor Portraits: Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 7-11, 2016 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $675 Museum members/$700 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Portrait Painting
November 7-11, 2016 — In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes, shape and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait and figure painter. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
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Oil Bars with Lois Silver
November 12-13, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Discover rich, colorful and surprisingly easy drawing and painting techniques using oilbars without solvents or brushes. Lois Silver will show how to combine drawing and painting skills, emphasizing composition, color and value. Students will learn to incorporate the figure into the painting in a creative narrative manner, using photos from Lois' collection. All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lois Silver
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2017 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Best of Watercolor
June 6-8, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor. Paint still life and clothed models. Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines, as well as on CBS Sunday Morning. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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