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Painting the Essential Portrait and Figure in Oil
February 8-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to define and organize the essential structure of a clarified visual approach as students paint the portrait along with the clothed and nude figure. Students will explore abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement while developing their aesthetic sensibilities. The workshop will include demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand each student's visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Visit website


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

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Portrait and Still Life
February 8-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Michael's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will have the option to paint either portrait or still life, or both during the course of the workshop. Michael will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model each day as well. All painting will be done from life. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and Figures
February 9-12, 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Painting Fresh Flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop - progressing to faces and figures. Through a series of "fun" painting exercises, artists will develop a more loose and natural approach. Creating unique colors to enhance "movement" in paintings, learning beautiful translucent flesh tones, how to construct features and the gesture will be a focus. Individual attention as well as many demonstrations and class instruction. Janet Rogers is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society as well as others. She is a working professional award-winning artist and National Instructor and has had 4 DVDs produced. Visit website


Location: Four Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Email: Sandy Griffin
Phone: 954-724-8723

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Action Photography with Andrew Printer
February 10-24, 2016 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — Casual, action shots, events… whatever the situation, this workshop will help you master the candid shot. Borrow from the photojournalist’s bag of tricks to make more dynamic photos at family events, street fairs, parties, any occasion! Please note that a digital camera is required for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Andrew Printer, www.andrewprinter.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Community Figure Drawing
February 11 & 25, 2016 (1-4 PM) — Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday for a community figure drawing class! Figure may be costumed, draped, or nude. Come practice your life drawing skills. Students are asked to bring their own drawing supplies. This gathering is limited to 15 artists, so contact Ann at protege.ann@gmail.com to reserve your space. No photography. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ann Steverson
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $12
Email: Ann Steverson
Phone: 256-683-3786

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Hyperrealistic Drawing Workshop by Emanuele Dascanio in Rome
February 14-21, 2016 — Arts in Rome presents a Drawing Hyperrealist Workshop mixing with a Tour Guide of the Eternal City. The course will be held in Rome, Italy, because it is an open-air museum and is full of art galleries which house major sculptures and paintings dating back to the Ancient Roman Empire, through to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance up to Contemporary Art. The course will be held mostly in the afternoon at the Studio in Rome Center prepared with easels, workstations and personal material that will be offered by the association and during the mornings we will visit museums and Ancient Rome. What we offer? - Tourist Guide (English) - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Emanuele Dascanio
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 2.100 Euro
Email: Bianca
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Hyperrealistic Drawing Workshop by Emanuele Dascanio in Rome
February 14-21, 2016 (9:00-5:00) — It is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait in charcoal. Emanuele will take you step by step through the practical application of: - Emphasizing the structure and planes of the head and body; - Clearly rendering the values of light and shadow; Designing edges, create likeness and composition; Also Arts in Rome offer a study of museums and Rome's heritage thanks to Archeologists; in the fee is included also accomodation in Rome Center and materials. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Emanuele Dascanio
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 2.100 € includes Art Course, Apartment and Museums fee
Email: Bianca
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Painting from Life
February 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional Realism. Alla prima oil painting, direct painting wet on wet. In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student's painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.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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Bold Brush & Pallette Knife Plein Air with Michele Byrne
February 18-20, 2016 (9am-12pm) — Michele Byrne is back this season, teaching her popular plein air workshop with a new flare. Follow the lead of French impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Spend a day outdoors and use the power of natural light to your advantage. This workshop will include some instruction indoors, then, it's out to the streets of old town to paint! Visit website


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

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The Figure in Pastels
February 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Visit website


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

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 20-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Visit website


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

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Intensive Human Anatomy Drawing Course
February 21 - March 3, 2016 (09:00-17:00) — The intensive course aims to capture of the main dynamics of human anatomical arrangements in geometric-structural key. The work of Life Drawing from Plaster Bust and from the Live Model allows the student to recognize the geometric structures of the human body. - 60 Hours of Art Course - 30 Hours of Study and Visit Museums, - Galleries and Ancient Rome - Rome City tour guide (with License) - Museums and Galleries fees - Shared apartment in the Rome City Center - Subscription to Arts in Rome Association - Materials - Art Studio at Trastevere, Roma. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Carlo Alberto Palumbo
Cost: 1.750 Euro
Email: Bianca & Giampiero
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 22-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Visit website


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

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Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer
February 25-28, 2016 (10am-1pm) — An epic hands-on adventure into the knowledge of centuries to fuel your artistic growth! The answers to all design and drawing problems await in the human figure! Deepen your applied knowledge of composition, movement, value, edges, anatomy, rhythm and proportion at the altar of art’s holy grail! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $190, $155 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Portrait Painting FAQ
February 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 29 - March 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Head and Figure in Alla Prima
March 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be for the painter who wants to freshen up their approach to painting by using cleaner color and a more bravura approach to applying paint. The first day will start with instructor painting demonstration followed by students working from the live model. This workshop's emphasis will be on various techniques of alla prima painting used to create a solid foundation of the human head and figure and how to create a likeness of the person sitting for you. Techniques and materials of the instructor will be explained before demonstration. Students will have a chance to paint from the model with instructor critiques throughout the session. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Tony Pro, www.profineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $425 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Weekend Warrior: Portrait / Figure Painting Workshops
March 5-6, 2016 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular "all-purpose" painting classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of "Alla Prima" (all at once) exercises designed to help artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited to 8 students maximum. Visit website


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

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life daily, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Visit website


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

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Magic in Las Vegas
March 8-10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure with an inspirational three-day workshop in Las Vegas. Mary Whyte will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Mary's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines, as well as on CBS Sunday Morning. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $1095 incl. model fee and some light meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drapery Painting with Lothar Speer
March 10-12, 2016 (10am-1pm) — Invigorate your knowledge of form, light and value by going to school with the Old Masters. Let the drama of draperies enchant your imagination with visions of epic power! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $145, $120 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Perfecting the Painting Process
March 11-13, 2016 — Learn how to put a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Students will work from still life set ups and from the live model if time allows. Oil, Pastel or Water Media. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Ned Mueller, nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Realistic Portaits in Pastel with Lisa Ober
March 12-13, 2016 — Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will conduct an enthusiastic hands on workshop during which she will share approach to pastel portraiture. Lisa will guide students through step-by-step instruction on her portrait technique, from the first sketch to the finished portrait using a photo reference. Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time make this class fun and productive. Lisa will discuss achieving a likeness and proportion, color selection, pastel application, adding depth and expression— everything that is needed to bring a portrait to life. There will be special instruction on painting eyes, the most critical component of a realistic portrait. Visit website


Location: Dallas, TX
Instructor: Lisa Ober
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $291.12 (all fees included)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Figure Painting
March 13 - April 24, 2016 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be addressed. Basic drawing experience recommended.


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
March 14-18, 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

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Guided Freedom of Self-Expression
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This "casually intense" workshop includes the traditional basics such as anatomy, composition, proportion, building your own armatures, etc. The instruction is set up in such a way to give the greatest amount of individual freedom for every student to pursue their own strongest interest. This includes their choice of subject matter and size they wish to work. Although accuracy of anatomy and proportion is discussed, the greater emphasis is on allowing individual uniqueness to blossom…often in spite of how things "technically" are. This technique is used to help release the 'aesthetic power' that resides in everyone. Guided freedom of self-expression is the essence of this workshop…whether working realistic or abstract. Lincoln is especially gifted at gently pushing each student along their chosen path. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lincoln Fox, www.lincolnfox.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Used by artists such as Gerome and Norman Rockwell, the French Academic process encourages the handling of complex issues of painting one at a time, allowing for a confident, strong, and accurate final piece. Day one students will execute compositional designs, as well as drawing studies of hands, feet, drapery and portrait. The second day will lead to the completion of a full size drawing, or cartoon. Day three will involve color studies and paintings completed Alla Prima. The fourth and fifth days students will execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will learn design, drawing technique, color, paint application, and sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.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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Classical Portraiture with Lothar Speer
March 17-20, 2016 (10am-1pm) — The art of the portrait is as old as our desire to know ourselves. Let’s increase our drawing skill and observational prowess so they might lay bare emotional truth and psychological insight! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $160, $120 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Life Drawing
March 18 - April 22, 2016 (Fridays, 9am-3:30pm) — Learn to draw the human figure through study of anatomical, planar, and muscular structure as well as through movement and gesture. Instruction will progress from academic drawing emphasizing accuracy and detail to more expressive interpretations of the figure in a variety of drawing media and a range of sizes. Gain a thorough grasp of the practice of figure drawing and of drawing concepts overall. Useful handouts, helpful critiques, and discussion of master figure drawings through history will enhance instruction and promote discovery and confidence. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neil di Sabato
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 Portrait from Life
March 19-21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be on life drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will explore charcoal on toned paper with one pose for the duration so that they can patiently observe and record their findings. All observation will be cumulative and used towards finishing the final work. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on the use of charcoal and white chalk, the properties of light on form and how the topography/depth of the face's form can be visualized and represented. Most importantly, students will learn to transcend the materials so that their full concentration is placed on expressing the model’s presence and emotion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $475 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Contemporary Russian Colorism
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. Nancy will present a lecture on the rules of painting to give each student a good start. Two days of the workshop will be devoted to still life, and three days to models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules. There will be a lot of information to give a new perspective on color and painting. After the workshop, students will never look at painting the same way again! Visit website


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

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of them without being overwhelmed. Students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


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

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Head Study
March 26, 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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Figurative Painting
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Portrait in Oil
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn a shape-oriented approach to properly seeing the model and painting the Alla Prima portrait. Students will paint with varying time limits, models, poses and lighting situations. Students will be given individual critiques throughout the workshop from which they can gauge their progress and get an ample amount of individual attention from Albin. There will also be a discussion on art principles from which the students can take away a plan to further develop their own foundation to creating visually stimulating work independent of their chosen direction or style. Although the principles in this class will apply to other mediums all work done in class will be done in oil except for a small side trip with our sketchbooks. Visit website


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

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Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)
March 28 - April 8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Drawing the Portrait
March 30 - April 2, 2016 (9 am - 4 pm) — This workshop will focus on drawing the portrait from life. The steps taken to achieve a good likeness require a systematic approach and in this class, students will be instructed in the methods used by many of the great draftsman and painters throughout history. Students will learn to build a strong foundation for the final portrait. Techniques such as delicately modeling form through "veiling" will be emphasized. Leslie's instructional technique includes demonstration, lecture and in-depth, one on-one constructive and gentle guidance. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Malibu, CA
Instructor: Leslie Lienau
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $525.00
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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The Painterly Portrait in Pastel
April 1-3, 2016 — Alain will begin day one with a full demonstration of a painterly approach to pastel, using the live model. He will demonstrate how to effectively light, pose, and photograph your subject. Students will have opportunity to photograph the model on day one, learning how to capture strong reference material using a digital SLR or mirrorless digital camera. You will learn how to use your photo reference as a tool in creating lifelike painterly portraits. Alain will demonstrate from a photograph on days two and three, revealing how the photograph can be used to create loose, fresh, lifelike portraits. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alain Picard
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $450
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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The Figure in Pastel with Scott Noel
April 2-3, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for figure study. Join PAFA instructor Scott Noel, master figurative pastelist, for this two-day immersion. Working from figure models amongst the historic casts in the PAFA Cast Hall, develop well-composed drawings with initial focus on mass, gesture and planar organization using sculptural and structural principles. Pastel instruction will emphasis color, atmosphere and defining form through reflected light, along with techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing with the pastel work of Edgar Degas as a guide. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Scott Noel
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting
April 2-3, 2016 — We will be painting from the live model for 2 days. Friday night we will have a demonstration at the WIFAS studio on Edgecliff Drive for participants. Time 5 - 7 pm. In this workshop, Liana will go through the steps necessary to create a wonderful portrait in your own style. Handouts will be available. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Liana Bennett, www.lianabennett.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $230, including model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Figurative Painting
April 4-8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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One Way Trip to Composing Sculpture
April 4-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and a certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It's transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
April 4-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with 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 individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students 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. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Solutions: Still Life, Landscapes, & Portraits/Figures
April 11-15, 2016 (9:15 am-4:00 pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking artwork are the goals of this workshop. Charles Reid uses the same approaches for figures, still life and landscapes. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. During the workshop, he will use contour drawing, helping students to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on isolated objects. The class will also practice "direct painting," using as few over washes as possible. It is strongly advised that each student will have reviewed his most recent books Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Watercolor Solutions prior to the workshop. Long considered a watercolor master, Reid's paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and expert drawing ability. Visit charlesreidart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/$850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Watercolor Portrait Painting
April 11-14, 2016 — Ted will demonstate the techniques and instill 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. Ted 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. 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: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $575
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Limited Palette Portrait Painting
April 15-17, 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. In this three-day workshop we will explore the Zorn palette, mixing a full range of portrait-perfect colors using only four tubes of paint. Working from a live model, we’ll delve into likeness, composition, and brushwork. Sarah will demonstrate all stages of the painting process, from color mixing to lighting the model. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 16-23, 2016 (9am-5pm) — 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 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on 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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Life Portrait Painting Workshop by Clio Newton
April 17-24, 2016 — Clio Newton will be the guest of Arts in Rome to teach the Portrait Oil Painting starting from the draw in studio with Life Model up to oil painting. She will explain and teach the technique of oil painting in the studio, then the choice of the model pose, drawing up the color. The workshop also includes the Guided Tour of Rome with the Art Historian harmonizing it with the course of art and studying the technique roots of the past. The morning will be dedicated to visit archeological sites. What we offer? - Intensive Drawing Course - Tourist Guide - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Clio Newton
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 2.100 Euro
Email: Bianca

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Expressive Figure Sculpture
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop teaches the underlying principles and methods for artistic advancement and consistency in the creation of expressive figurative art. Through lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, students obtain a greater understanding of the tools, methods and practices required to improve their speed, technique and overall artistic expertise. Students will work from a live model each day, learning to use gesture, expression and dynamic movement to create evocative figurative art. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting Workshop
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will explore painting the portrait from life using a controlled chaos style of direct painting. This style will be very similar to that of the Russian Master, Nicolai Fechin, one of Jeff's greatest influences. Exercises throughout the workshop will include gesture painting, master studies, photo work and working from the live model. The workshop will include several demos and lots of one-on-one attention. Students will be leaving this workshop feeling more confident with their abilities and have a better understanding on how to study at home, as well as from life. This workshop is NOT designed for beginners. Students will be required to have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of oil painting and the human form. Visit website


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

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The Figure in the Landscape
April 19-22, 2016 — Our purpose in being together is to, in interesting and enjoyable ways, learn how to compose and successfully navigate satisfying figure paintings from life. I will be stressing the absolute importance of simplifying at every stage of the painting as we learn 4 distinct stages of painting: 1.Composition and drawing; 2.Massing or lay in using 2-5 simple shapes defined primarily by value; 3.The refinement of the interior of the large, simple shapes; 4.Finally, the joining of the shapes, the application of final, loose strokes, and the careful placement of bold accents and delicate highlights. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dennis Perrin, www.dennisperrinfineart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing the Figure for Fashion
April 23-24, 2016 (9am-5pm) — This workshop is designed to give the aspiring fashion designer or fashion enthusiast essential information for drawing the human figure for fashion purposes. Topics include the special proportions of the fashion figure, how fabric drapes on the human form, key anatomical landmarks, and ways of making your drawing come alive with movement and gesture. Students will draw from live models in a range of materials, including pencil, pastels, markers, ink and mixed media. The class will also address how to convey the texture and pattern of fabric and the practice of drawing from photographs in relation to life drawing. Visit website


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

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Drawing and Painting Workshop
April 23-30, 2016 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Figure Painting: An Intuitive Approach
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see 'impressionistically'- the ability to 'suggest,' rather than 'render' the subject will be explored. This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from the figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration. Individual attention will be given during the student's work sessions. Visit website


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

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Understanding the Human Face
April 25-29, 2016 (8:30am-4:30pm) — If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. 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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Figure and Studio Painting
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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


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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An Approach to Figure Painting
May 16-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, pacing and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.onejoseph.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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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Pastel Workshop with Vicente Romero Redondo
May 22 - June 1, 2016 (10 Days) — Transparents colors, warm colors and slashing colors of sunlight breaking through a beach house. These are the pastels of Vicente Romero. What we want to teach in this course? The use of color in addition to the composition of the live drawing. Romero’s paintings provide all a human figure in a well defined and detailed space. It is included also Guided Tour of Rome during the Mornings and Art Course in the Afternoons. What we offer? - Intensive Art Course in the Studio - Tourist Guide - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center Visit website


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

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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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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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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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Drawing the Draped Figure with a Russian Master
June 4-7, 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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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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Dynamic Figure Drawing Workshop by Glenn Vilppu
June 19-29, 2016 (10 Days) — 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Intermediate Level

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


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


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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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


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


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


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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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