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Put it Down, Leave it Alone: Plein Air Paintings in 100 Strokes or Less
August 26-28, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Tim Deibler at the Winslow Art Center for an exciting new approach to plein air painting. In this class you will be creating your plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less. You will be working deliberately counting each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this will force you to have a clear intention in your work. Using a limited palette, you will learn to quickly create vibrant, exciting paintings, while capturing the spirit of the outdoors. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Tim Deibler, timdeibler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Art of Creativity: A Mixed Workshop for Artists & Writers
August 26-27, 2016 (9:30am-4:30pm) — An intimate fall retreat to explore creativity through journaling – both with words and brush – with Craig Childs and Susie Billings. This class take place at a beautiful adobe residence located on Wright’s Mesa, just west of Norwood. Creating art is a narrative. Whether using words, colors or contours, the act of invention comes from the same source, a relationship between what is inside and what is outside. Artist Susie Billings and author Craig Childs are offering a dynamic two-day workshop that will take participants through the combined creative process they have developed: how to see the world around you and render it into art. The process works for all forms of expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Susie Billings & Craig Childs
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $325
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Painting in Spain: Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop
August 28 - September 4, 2015 — Internationally known artist, Daniel J. Keys, will be taking a small group of artists on the Costa Brava and Barcelona, to paint and explore. During each of the painting days, Daniel will offer demonstrations and teach each student the fundamentals of painting, both “en plein air” and still life. Topics of discussion will include: Drawing, Values, Color & Color Temperature, Edges, and Composition. Space is very limited (max 10 participants). Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine
August 28 - September 1, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment. This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand,followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie and 2-3 group critiques as needed. Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Watercolor in One Stroke
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Italian master painter, Francesco Fontana begins his workshops with a briefing to discover expectations and needs and to establish personal goals with his students. Teaching methods include demos, lectures, and plenty of individual painting time and personal attention. Subjects include landscape, cityscape, and still life en plein air and in the studio. The workshop ends with an open critique with appropriate feedback to support your path to painting with feeling and creativity. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Francesco Fontana
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein Air Painting: Loose and Colorful - Oils and Acrylics
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Mike Rooney teaches classroom and plein air (outdoor) workshops that are guaranteed to loosen up your style and transform your art. Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value: Essential equipment needed for plein air work; Working outdoors or from photos in the studio; Capturing light effects; Simplifying objects- stick figures welcomed; Working quickly- time waits for no one; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color and composition theory, it's not as boring as it sounds and the importance of values over color; and more. There will be lots of outdoor painting (if weather permits) and classroom exercises guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Discover Tuscany with Acrylic Paint!
September 3-10, 2016 — Paint Tuscany with renowned instructor Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Explore the Italian countryside and be inspired by the light, landscape, terrain and architecture. Students will learn to use bold and brilliant color to suggest subtleties within the landscape. By using acrylic paint, workshop participants will learn layering techniques as well as impasto techniques all with the use of water. Acrylic paint, revered for its portability and its quick drying application allows for students to develop a range of works on canvas that are nel momento, or in the moment. Students will master the “Paint Sketch” technique and will gain skills in quick methods of capturing space and time as Italy provides it. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Plein Air Painting in the South of France with Phil Garrett
September 3-13, 2016 — Join artist Phil Garrett for this enchanting plein air workshop in scenic southern France. This tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region whilst learning from Phil as you share his enthusiasm for Plein Air painting in the beautiful French countryside. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Phil Garrett, www.philgarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3500
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Sketching Workshop
September 4-11, 2016 — For all the artists out there who have wanted to do a magical dream vacation catering to your creative talents, and be with like-minded people without the hassle of organizing it yourself, join me in Spain! This workshop is designed for all levels. Students will work en plein air in both painting and sketching, coming away from this fun week with a myriad of ideas for use in their own works. Rae will show students how she uses a variety of tonal values, color and movement, making her work unique and exciting for the viewer. This workshop might be just the thing to get you moving in your own art, even if you have never traveled to Europe, now is your chance! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Rae Andrews, raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Old Master Realism Comes to Montorno
September 4-16, 2016 — Study with David Buckley Good, from The Schuler School of Fine Art. David will teach old master painting and drawing techniques while painting en plein air in the beautiful Tuscan countryside at Montorno and in the small town of Seravezza. Techniques you may explore include: mechanical and aerial perspective; direct and indirect painting; how to use impasto, glazes and half-pastes; use of underpainting in establishing a composition; using site sketches as references for the painting; toned grounds and their use in developing an image; importance of drawing; and how to "see" the image in terms of light and dark masses (chiaroscuro). Students may work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache. Pen and ink drawing will also be taught. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: David Buckley Good
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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Watercolor Journaling: Creating a Visual Diary
September 5-9, 2016 — With a few watercolor art supplies and your journal, you will be ready to capture memories of your travels in a colorful and unique way. Create a visual diary of watercolor painting, journaling, and mixed media as you slow down, observe, and savor your time in beautiful coastal Maine. This exciting class will motivate artists of all skill levels to record their journeys in an imaginative way using watercolor and mixed media. Students will explore ways to make their travel journal interesting and reflective of their experiences as we work our way from the studio to painting plein air the quaint coastal scenes of Maine. It is fun to create a personal work of art more wonderful than any photo album. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Seeking the Spontaneous
September 5-9, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 6-13, 2016 — Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on Lake Como! Talented artist Larry Moore will teach for 5 full days at varying locations around the lake. Class size is limited to 6-8 students for much one-on-one instruction time. Workshop fee is inclusive of everything except airfare. All you have to do is fly over and leave the rest to us! All lodging is single occupancy/private bath at a wonderful lakeside hotel! Come join us for a wonderful week! Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3250/Single Occupancy, Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting in New Hampshire with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 6-7, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for two full days of painting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. North Conway was a destination for many of the Hudson River School painters, including Thomas Cole. Beautiful scenery guaranteed! We will be staying at the historic Bartlett Inn together. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: North Conway, NH
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: New Hampshire Plein Air
Cost: Starting at $285
Email: Sharon Allen

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 8-9, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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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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Art Retreat in Killarney, Ontario, Canada
September 10-15, 2016 (All day each day) — Killarney is an amazing painting destination. Rugged northern cliffs plunge into the cold northern lakes. Real Group of Seven territory. This retreat is all inclusive. Our hosts feed us and transport us to our inaccessible painting locations by pontoon boat. Keith also demonstrates Modern colour theory and how using his simple palette you can mix almost any colour with ease. Visit website


Location: Whitefish Falls, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $1100
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
September 10 - October 28, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Bet
Phone: 805-676-1920

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Amalfi Coast Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 11-21, 2016 — Paint the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast. We like to stay in Ravello because there are fewer tourists, no cruise ships, you can walk all over town, and, although we do take you to Amalfi and Positano, you will be happy you are not staying there. The views from Ravello are fabulous. Don’s paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, Rough Sketches, and Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, as well as the video, "Making Watercolor Glow". Visit website


Location: Ravello, Italy
Instructor: Don Andrews, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 12-14, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Allentown, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Peg McCormack
Phone: 610-965-1432

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
September 12-16, 2016 — Marsha Staiger's workshops are exciting, informative, fun, and challenging for beginning, intermediate or advanced painters. An energetic working artist, she is a seasoned instructor with a teaching career of more than 30 years. Her artwork has been included in national and international exhibitions group and one artist exhibitions while maintaining a studio at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center for the past decade. This Mixed Media workshop will reinforce the elements of art and their principles as well as acrylic technique via demonstration, printed material and critique. The class will work in the workshop area as well as with plein air studies. Working with acrylics on site gives the ability to capture the light, sound and rhythms on location. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Marsha Staiger, www.marshastaiger.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $650
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Seeking the Spontaneous
September 12-16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
September 12-16, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
September 12-16, 2016 — Marc works in oils, pastels and acrylics on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting… Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design… with one other element, possibly the most important one of all… Concept… being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Watercolor: Keep it Simple and Strong
September 12-16, 2016 — This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong. The goal is to capture light and atmosphere of the subject through the simplification process. Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational or impressionistic rather than abstract. Visit website


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

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Watercolor Sketchbook
September 13-16, 2016 (Approx Start at 9:30 each day.) — Nourish your Art & Soul on the California Coast. Learn how to create a creative journal incorporating sketching, painting, writing, and mixed media en plein air- all mediums welcome. Excursions may include: Carmel by the Sea, Carmel Beach, Carmel Valley, Mission Ranch, Big Sur, Carmel Mission. Workshop Package includes multiple lessons and demonstrations by Cindy and Theresa with personalized instruction. Bonus: 2 hour Guided Walking Tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea for photography, local lore and history. Bonus: Creative Writing Session with writer, composer and creative coach – Carol Frazier. Bonus: California Cuisine Cooking Class - additional fee evening of 09/16 $75. $85 with Wine Pairing Flight. Lodging suggestions provided. We'll carpool to locations as needed. Visit website


Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Sponsor: Make Every Day A Painting Workshops
Cost: $450
Email: Cindy or Theresa
Phone: 541-420-9463

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 13-20, 2016 — Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development. Learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting
September 13-23, 2016 — We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Howard and Susan are both Signature Members of Oil Painters of America and of the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Howard Friedland and Susan Blackwood
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Autumn in Vermont
September 13-16, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Cost: $475
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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Drawing Poolside with Alaina Plowdrey, hosted by The Marker Resort
September 13, 2016 (5-7pm) — The Studios of Key West is partnering with The Marker Resort for a workshop that mixes the two best parts of Key West, creativity and relaxation! Alaina Plowdrey, a popular instructor on the island, will be leading this workshop. She will take students through the process of drawing a scene in paradise step by step. Materials are included for this workshop, come ready to sip a drink poolside and paint a masterpiece! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $40, $30 members or hotel guests
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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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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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
September 17-24, 2016 (9:30-4:30) — Learn to think like a painter while under the Tuscan Sun. For the week we will stay at the beautifully restored San Fedele monastery. It dates from the 11th century and sits in the Chianti hills outside of Siena. The focus is on experiencing the beauty and unique light of Tuscany while enlivening your artists eye to notice and record what moves you. You will be encouraged to work in your own way at your own pace creating plein air sketches in any medium that you choose. The trip is sponsored by Il Chiostro. Highlights of the week include: daily painting lessons with Marjorie Glick, excursions to paint on location, and 1/2 day excursion to Sienna. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2900
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!
September 17-24, 2016 — More than other mediums, a pastel in the hand can bridge the gap between left and right brain involvement in the creative process. They are immediate, direct and tactile, require no delay or premeditation for mixing, and can be used both for intuitive quick drawing as well as for more strategically planned work. The same stick can be used to apply the pastel in many ways, the broad side to quickly cover wide areas, the edges for lines and smaller shapes, the tip for texture or detail. The workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced students, as well as people working in other mediums who might enjoy playing with the mark-making potential of the pastel. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 17-24, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,300 - $2,660 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting with Rodolfo Rivademar on the Carpinteria Bluffs
September 17, 2016 (10 am to 4 pm) — Join Rodolfo Rivademar for a beautiful day of plein air painting on the Carpinteria bluffs in Santa Barbara county. Rodolfo will demo in oils and will have his pastels on hand for those who work in pastels. All levels of students are welcome. Rodolfo Rivademar is a member of several important art organizations, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein-Air Painters Association, and an artist member of the California Art Club. Rodolfo Rivademar’s work has been shown in more than sixty exhibitions, including many one-man shows. His paintings are in collections both nationally and abroad, and show-cased in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Review, Art and Antiques Magazine, and numerous other publications. Visit website


Location: Carpinteria, CA
Instructor: Rodolfo Rivademar
Sponsor: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (S.C.A.P.E.)
Cost: $115
Email: Cezanne Totton
Phone: 805-562-8795

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Art in the Aspens: The Joy of Painting Plein Air
September 18-23, 2016 — 6-8 student Maximum. Join Randall as he shares his technique and joy of painting on location in beautiful Colorado. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries in an effort to be "In the Moment". The smaller class size creates a more intimate workshop atmosphere and one-on-one attention. Visit website


Location: Westcliffe, CO
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: All inclusive, $2295
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719 545-2795

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Painting the Beauty of Cape Cod
September 18-20, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join artist Leslie Saeta and paint the beautiful surroundings of Cape Cod in Falmouth, Ma. In three days students will rediscover their passion for art, learn techniques pertaining to values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! This workshop will focus on the tools you should use to capture light and color. There will be a strong emphasis on color mixing (using a limited palette) and temperature to capture light. In three days you will paint in studio and in plein air to capture the beauty of the area. We will also spend talking about marketing. As part of the workshop, we discuss on-line marketing tips and advice when it comes to selling your art. Visit website


Location: Falmouth, MA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Mixed Media Drawing and Collage
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of mixed media drawing and collage in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will be working on location, drawing in charcoal, pastel, and watercolor crayon. We will also develop interpretations of your work in collage media. The focus of this class is creating and learning to see, with endless Italian subject matter at hand to interpret. The land and seascapes, the light, the aged structures, and the art that exists as re-defined through your perceptions, are all available to you. Group critiques are optional. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Gedy Moody
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Painting with Water Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will paint in various mountainside locations; among the olive groves, in the fern lined grotto of the waterfall, and on the high piazza of Casoli. Our muses will be the commanding mountain vistas, dramatic light, and the rustic Tuscan architecture of stone and terra cotta. Participants will be free to explore and experiment. Artists will also keep a travel watercolor sketchbook which will document their itineraries and discoveries. The sketchbook can be an artwork in itself, and a reference for later work. Instruction will be provided in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic media. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Susan Amons
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Watercolor Autumn in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
September 18-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint in what's been called the prettiest town in Ontario. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint on hot press #140 block. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in quaint Niagara on the Lake to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Through Your Eyes: Cold Wax and Mixed Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. Expand your personal artistic vocabulary with the richness of color, pattern, textures, and history that surrounds you. Using your choice of medium in the field, you will record your observations and gather inspiration. We will then return to the studio for instruction in cold wax and oil painting with mixed media and collage, informed by your personal perspective. You will be encouraged to trust the process of exploration with materials and the environment, opening new ways of seeing the world, to enrich and inform your future work. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Diane Bowie Zaitlin
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1,400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Unique Watercolor Painting Techniques
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Painting with watercolors can be a breeze when using fun tools. Using a basting brush as a painting tool you can achieve realistic grasses and trees. In this class you will paint this great farmhouse and add the landscape using a basting brush. The instructor will provide the materials. This class is a great chance to refresh your understanding of painting, trying a new way of painting or just learning how to paint. The class is perfect for watercolorists of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learn new techniques, including tips on blending and building color, using masking elements and so much more. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting the Grand Canyon
September 19-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Barcelona Painting Workshop
September 19-29, 2016 — Join the Picture House for a spectacular urban plein air experience in Barcelona, Spain! Artists David Beale and Emily Gibbons will lead painting excursions and daily critiques. We will be utilizing Barcelona's excellent public transportation system, allowing participants great flexibility to also explore on their own and in small groups. We will stay in a centrally located luxury apartment in Barcelona. It will be within easy walking distance to a metro station. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: David Beale and Emily Gibbons
Sponsor: The Picture House
Cost: $1500
Email: David Beale
Phone: 607-753-7786

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A Natural Eye
September 19-23, 2016 — If you love the outdoors yet find that your images keep looking like pretty postcards, join Eddie Soloway on a journey of looking at the natural world with new eyes, and creating fresh, personal photographic expressions. This workshop strives to develop your natural eye first, and then bring the technical skills of photography up to it. You will spend as much time changing your perspective, sharpening your senses, and immersing yourself in nature as you will on developing new photographic skills. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
September 19-23, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Mindful Photographer: Creating Expressive Photographs
September 19-23, 2016 — Brenda Tharp is back with her popular workshop on creating expressive outdoor photographs. Photographing on wonderful Whidbey Island, you’ll work on making pictures that express your vision – your feelings about what your see, and you’ll find creative answers in this approach. Presentations and discussions will encourage creative vision, along with experimenting, and critiques will help you refine your results. In the field and in the classroom, Brenda will guide you in developing a stronger awareness to natural light, working with color relationships, creating visual flow, working with visual design, and using long and low-light exposures, in-camera techniques for creating abstracts, and more. Early morning, sunrise, late afternoon, sunset and twilight field sessions will provide the opportunity to apply new ideas and techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brenda Tharp
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1,015
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Making Note Cards
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — What a perfect way to share your paintings by sending a card. In this class you will learn many watercolor techniques on a note card, for example, using masking fluid, dry wall tape, and plastic wrap! The instructor will provide the materials, liquid watercolors and note cards. This class is a great chance to refresh your understanding of painting, trying a new way of painting or just learning how to paint. The class is perfect for watercolorists of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learn new techniques, including tips on blending and building color, using masking elements and so much more. Visit website


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

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Photo Encaustic and Door County's Intimate Landscape
September 21-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibility. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the photo encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Practice with sample boards and experiment with the various techniques of encaustic. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop concentrates on taking the images from your field trips and developing methods and workflow specific to you. Students are required to have working knowledge of their own camera and editing software. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein Air in Studio & Field
September 22-24, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this three-day workshop, time in the studio will be used to equip the artist for a more productive experience in the field. We will also take a closer look at all the work produced in Plein Air. Studio exercises are designed to help students plan their plein air work more effectively and to deal with changing light conditions and other obstacles that painting outside presents. The class will meet half the day in the studio for demo/PowerPoint instruction and critiques of student work. The other half of the day will be on site, Plein air painting. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $500.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Three Day Palette Knife Painting Workshop
September 23-25, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend three fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta packed full of incredible color paint along demos, jam session paint alongs, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. The demos include a special emphasis on color mixing, values and painting light and reflections and include an exercise to help you paint in a faster, more directed format. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her home which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art on-line via your website, facebook, your blog, newsletters, etc. Leslie is also co-host of the #1 Art Show on Blog Talk Radio titled "Artists Helping Artists". Visit website


Location: Richmond, VA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Plein Air in Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and fun in Tuscany! Well-known artist and instructor Gay Faulkenberry will be teaching at various stunning locations in the area. Class size is limited to 6-8 students to allow much one-on-one instruction time! Lodging will be in an old restored farmhouse that rests in the golden hills of the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany. All breakfasts and 5 group dinners are included in the fee as is private room and bath. Come join us for a great week! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gay Faulkenberry
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire
September 24 - October 1, 2016 — Rich’s workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer’s eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. Rich’s enthusiastic but patient teaching style is just right for those with little experience venturing outside to paint. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, the psychology involved in viewing a painting, and the effective use the these principles. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Looser Paintings - Land and Water
September 25-29, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Let’s get a little reckless! Enjoy painting with freedom and take your work to the next level - a place where painting is more fun! Break those burdensome rules… Stop worrying about making mistakes! Quit over-working and redoing. Trust your instincts. Painting should bring pleasure, not anxiety. Learn advanced color ground methods and productive practices for quicker, fresher, better paintings. Discover ways to sidestep potential pitfalls inherent in various media. Discover insightful ways to translate photo references into dynamic paintings. Learn to analyze landscape depth layers and deconstruct the complexities of water for bold impact. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own exciting, fresh, loose and lively paintings along with a battery of advanced color interaction strategies and new methods. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Dillmans Bay Resort & Workshops
Email: Sue Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Painting in Paradise Art Retreat in Ubud, Bali
September 25-30, 2016 — The Painting in Paradise Art Retreat consists of art workshops & excursions conducted by accomplished Australian artist, Lisa Addinsall (accommodation & airfares extra) & activities at Lily Lane Villas. Also indulge yourself in a tropical paradise with healthy food, rice paddy walks, massages, visits to local Balinese artists including painters, silversmiths, wood carvers and with time built in for just lazing in your private pool in your garden villa. Please email for the full program or visit my website. Visit website


Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Instructor: Lisa Addinsall
Sponsor: Lilylane Villas
Cost: $990 (NOT including airfaires & Accommodation)
Email: Lisa Addinsall
Phone: 0438305658

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 26-27, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Plein Air Painting on the Delaware
September 27 - November 1, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10am-3pm) — Paint the spectacular views of the scenic Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Topics will include compositional fundamentals, effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, and sound painting practices. The museum will be open to the class, offering a tour of the collection, the opportunity to see boat builders in action, and use of the facilities. Capture the Philadelphia skyline during a session on the Delaware River itself, in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and/or van transportation from PAFA available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
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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Spirit of Place
September 28-30, 2016 — The light is your paint, your camera is your brush, and your vision creates the story. These three ingredients combine to show the Spirit of Place. This workshop focuses on discovering and expressing these three elements through well-crafted story-telling photographic images. We will learn creative usage of available light, flash, exposure, perspective, effects of lens length, and filters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karen Ulvestad
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $365
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 29 - October 6, 2016 — Join me on this wonderful trip to the heart of Tuscany! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of Italy has stood the test of time. This will be my third time teaching for French Escapade. Rolling hills, vineyards, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, and fall colors, everything conjured up in the image of Tuscany awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the dolce vita the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it. Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Autumn Landscape
October 1-22, 2016 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Celebrate the color of autumn amidst beautiful views and wildlife at nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands, marsh, and creek provide varied and compelling scenery for the study of landscape painting techniques, including methods for simplifying water and foliage and managing the effects of shifting daylight. Located near the airport in Southwest Philadelphia, the Heinz Refuge offers plenty of free parking, access by public transportation, sheltered locations and restrooms. All media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting the Italian Light in Pastels
October 1-8, 2016 — Join Winslow Art Center and award-winning pastel artist Susan Ogilvie for an inspiring week of painting in the stunning Italian countryside. In this comprehensive workshop, Susan will stress the fundamentals of using compelling composition and color. Learn how to improve your painting and “seeing” skills, as you develop informed value studies, and move beyond the literal sense of the landscape. Through a more personal approach, you will discover how to make a dynamic, sensitive, and unique statement about your subject. Susan will provide daily demos, individual guidance with each student, and individual and group critiques. Students can work in their preferred color medium. Susan will demo in pastel, ink, and graphite. All skill levels are welcome. Limited to 8-10 painters. Visit website


Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, susanogilvie.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $2975
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
October 1-8, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
October 2 - November 6, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


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

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The Exquisite iPhone Landscape
October 3-7, 2016 — Once dismissed as a toy for lazy photographers, the iPhone is the new, hip and creative camera whose images now grace magazine covers, museum walls and gallery openings. This workshop will open your eyes and pump your creative juices to craft images that you’ll be proud to share, exhibit and sell. In this workshop we focus on the fine art of iPhone landscape, exploring the shooting, editing and stylizing techniques that will take you from casual captures to serious artwork. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Dan Burkholder
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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An Insider's Look at New York
October 3-7, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — New York City is one of the most visually exciting cities in the world. Skyscrapers and neon billboards juxtaposed against tranquil tree-filled parks provide a wide range of subject matter choices. Based on years of experience in New York City, John Salminen will share some of his favorite painting spots. On location demos, individual help and critiques will guarantee an exciting, productive and fun-filled week painting New York’s iconic landmarks, as well as scenes of daily life on the street. John is a signature member of the AWS, NWS and many more art organizations. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: John Salminen
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Studio Italia 2016
October 3-13, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of 2985$ CAD (around 2350$ US as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$ 2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 800 611-4789

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


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

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Painting Fall Colors in Watercolor
October 3-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, however some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this course. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein Air Painting with John Cosby
October 5-15, 2016 — Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4,200
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
October 5-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. Taylor's Plein Air Painting Workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practice, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Petaluma, CA
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Watercolor Journaling
October 8-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Do you have thousands of reference photos just laying around? Explore the exciting world of plein air watercolor art journaling as a way of keeping a more personal reference of inspiring moments. First, learn about the immediacy of seeing by creating a plein air watercolor journal - full of moments of being aware, exciting visual imagery and inspiring words. Then select one journal image and translate it into a painting. Capture scenic moments using Trish’s unique approach she calls “drawing with a brush” and then finish with a small painting done in the studio. This class will live out the words from the poet Mary Oliver, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Now tell about it.” Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Trish McKinney
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $240
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
October 8 - November 25, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by former student Ann Coligny. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Bet Borgeson Studio
Cost: $190.
Email: Bet
Phone: 805-676-1920

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Reclaiming the Goddess in the South of France
October 8-15, 2016 — Reclaim the goddess with this fascinating and inspiring plein air painting workshop for women. In the heart of the South of France, you will embark on a breathtaking journey exploring evidence of the pre-Christian goddess in many forms that are scattered across this beautiful place. You'll harness this inspiration in fantastic plein air painting sessions with renowned instructor, Melissa Harris (author of Painting Outside the Lines). During your journey you will encounter Diana and Cybelle through artwork and architecture, and explore the mystery of Mary Magdalene, with your paintbrush never far away. Stay in a charming guest house with all meals and wine included. A perfect way to embrace the feminine and experience painting in this magical place. Visit website


Location: Carcassonne, France
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Cerulean Blue Enterprises
Cost: $2300 Double Occupancy; $2600 Private Room
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: +1 954-663-7250

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Painting on the Brandywine
October 9, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Portray the beauty of the autumn landscape en plein air along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Draw or paint in the medium of your choice to capture the effects of light, time of day, reflections and shadows. Bring a packed lunch or dine at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit the Brandywine River Museum to view the land- and seascapes of William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey and Asher B. Durand and others. On-site restrooms and sheltered locations available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Brushwork Boot Camp
October 10-12, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — A plein air workshop in oil for those willing to step out of their comfort zone and jump into the world of confident and expressive paint application! You will embark on a series of from-the-hip exercises that will help you develop a more painterly style. Anne will demonstrate her process and methods for creating movement and energy in her paintings. She will show you how she sets herself up for success at the beginning to ensure plenty of “play-time” with interpretive brushwork and color mixing. Students will come away with a deeper knowledge of how to eliminate fussy detail to let the soul of their paintings shine through. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Anne Blair Brown
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $525.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
October 10-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape
October 10-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days will use animals as the subject matter — capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges and color mixing. Using these techniques, the workshop will shift subject matter for the last two days to painting the inspiring landscape. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks and approaching their painting fearlessly. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter to make the most of this workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julee Hutchinson, www.juleehutchison.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Reframing the Ordinary with Stuart Shils: Shaping Visual Presence on the Streets of Philadelphia
October 15-16, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary by drawing directly from your surroundings in Old City, Philadelphia. Cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation to capture the light, form and feeling of place in the city’s historic streets. Use the camera as a viewfinder and analyze the structure of photographs as means to enhance and inform direct perception. Related activities include training memory, examining how to select motifs for working, and learning to identify what makes one place more interesting than another as subject matter. Work of great masters from the past and present will serve as guides for class activity. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Duo: Classical & Modern
October 15-22, 2016 — This Croatia painting tour is designed for those who would like an introduction to watercolor and classical plein-air painting or for those with some experience who would like to improve their skills and experiment with new watercolor techniques under the professional guidance of two experienced Spanish watercolorists: Eva Liberal and Idoia Lasagabaster. Advanced painters are also welcome to join and will get personalized attention corresponding to their level. The workshop will take place in the picturesque countryside and little medieval towns of Istria, giving painters a chance to get the most out of the beautiful Croatian scenery. Accommodation in a charming hotel, former noble family palace, gardens and terraces with stunning views, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, dinners with wine included. Visit website


Location: Motovun, Croatia
Instructor: Idoia Lasagabaster & Eva Liberal
Sponsor: ARTISTours
Cost: € 1575 p.p.
Email: Marija Cingel
Phone: +385 98 311622

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 15-22, 2016 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


Location: Murlo, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,450 - $2,810 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Telluride Painting School – Plentiful Nature: Observing and Composing
October 17-28, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This intensive program offers instruction from and interaction with a diverse faculty of working painters, inspiring curiosity and innovation in a stimulating and supportive environment. The goal of this intensive course is to re-create from observation the full energy of nature. Participants will concentrate on the way colors and forms animate impressions of light, weather, space and weight. We’ll frequently consider how the masters, from traditionalists like Corot and Innes to modernists like Matisse, saw and captured the world around us. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: John Goodrich
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1045
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Three Days Palette Knife Painting Workshop at the Beach
October 17-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend three fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta at her beach house packed full of incredible color paint along demos, studio and plein air painting, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. You will learn to change your color palette in a painting while keeping the correct values and mixing your own colors. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her beach house which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art via your website, facebook, blog, newsletters, etc. Accommodations are also available at the beach house. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
October 17-21, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Coaching Workshop
October 17-21, 2016 — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non-academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 700 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: +34 619164632

Intermediate Level

All About Color
October 17-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use color to add poetry and depth to your paintings. Specific topics will include color mixing, use of a limited palette, and optimal placement of complementary colors. There will be daily demonstrations given based on the day’s subject. Students will make initial value and color sketches before executing final paintings, using still-life set ups and landscape photos. You will explore how to express mood and emotion through the use of color. The workshop will be held at Annie's home studio near beautiful Montecito. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Annie Hoffman
Cost: $240
Email: Annie Hoffman
Phone: 310-339-8396

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Simplifying the Italian Landscape: Drawing & Painting
October 18-25, 2016 — Join Winslow Art Center and artist Darrell Anderson for an unforgettable week of drawing and painting in the inspiring Italian countryside. Using Darrell's uncomplicated techniques, learn to seamlessly combine drawing and painting in a way that will strengthen both skills. Based on the methods described in Darrell Anderson’s popular book, Value Sketching with Markers, you will learn how to simplify and interpret the Italian landscape with quick drawings, then turn these drawings into dynamic paintings! Darrell will provide daily demos, individual guidance with each student, and individual and group critiques. Value markers are Darrell’s preferred tool for drawing. He will be painting and demonstrating in oils. Paint or draw in the medium of your comfort. Limited to 8-10 painters. Visit website


Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $2975
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Landscape, Textures & Wow!
October 19-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn the secrets to working over the entire canvas and developing a painting as a unified whole. Paint land, trees, water, and sky with techniques and textures that create a cohesive feel. Jim will work with the drawing of the landscape, including shapes, values, and color. He will describe his award-winning process and show you how to simplify what you see, with a focus on design and value that will make your painting feel richly complete. Jim will work with each artist one-on-one, answering questions and demonstrating how to overcome any roadblocks you might be experiencing. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Jim McVicker
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
October 21-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Santa Barbara with Camille Dellar
October 21-23, 2016 (9 am to 4 pm) — Camille Dellar is teaching a luxurious three day plein air oil painting workshop on the Santa Barbara coast. Camille's award winning work has been shown in many exhibits. Her prestigious work is represented by Waterhouse Gallery. Come share Camille’s inspiration where the true colors of nature and the atmosphere of the day make each day unique. Materials list and refreshments provided. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Camille Dellar
Sponsor: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (S.C.A.P.E.)
Cost: $345
Email: Cezanne Totton
Phone: 805-562-8795

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The Joy of Plein-Air
October 22-29, 2016 — Croatia painting tour aimed at people with a passion for painting, as well as those who would love to learn, but never had the time or opportunity to do so under professional guidance. A highly entertaining and enjoyable learning experience, combining traveling around the picturesque countryside and little medieval towns of Istria with learning more about the art of painting. The workshops and demonstrations will be conducted by professional artist Anna Galea, who will discuss inquiries and potential difficulties in a friendly, informal, yet expert manner. Come enjoy this watercolor plein-air painting vacation! Accommodation in a charming hotel, former noble family palace, gardens and terraces with stunning views, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, dinners with wine, airport transfer and trips included. Visit website


Location: Motovun, Croatia
Instructor: Anna Galea
Sponsor: ARTISTours
Cost: € 1575 p.p.
Email: Marija Cingel
Phone: +385 98 311622

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Advanced Level

Flash Forward at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ
October 24-28, 2016 (9:30am-4pm) — A gift to yourself: Ever feel a little stuck or that you have reached a plateau in your work? Take the opportunity to paint on location at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ while addressing some of the issues that may prevent you from moving forward in your painting. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: MISA, Madeline School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
October 24-28, 2016 — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor autumn scenes. Learn basic techniques for these two mediums, on their own or in combination, as you translate the dramatic cityscape of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Capturing the Light
November 4-6, 2016 (9am- 4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick- start your work? This class is for you! Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Class includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location at various sites in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies in the high-energy, 3-day class. To register and for info on special rates on accommodations for students, contact Kathleen. Visit website


Location: Murphys, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunphy
Cost: $550
Email: Kathleen Dunphy
Phone: 209-743-1417

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Plein Air Painting in Gold Canyon, Arizona
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to introduce orchestration of the landscape for strong personal statements. We have no obligation to copy what is before us that is what the camera does. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Although this is an outdoor workshop, much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. Students will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape which support that end. The ultimate goal is to help students think and create on a higher plane. The small workshop size is intended to encourage enthusiastic discussions and questions dealing with our profession today…practical, as well as intellectual. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Convincing Water
November 10-12, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — This workshop will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board. He designed a bronze medallion for the US Congress that was presented to MIA relatives and his US Veterans Prisoner of War Silver Dollar was released in 1994. Georgia Governor Perdue presented his paintings as gifts to the 2004 G-8 attendees on Sea Island. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
November 14-18, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
November 14-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to be able to hike through the desert to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Luminous Watercolors
November 15-16, 2016 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint your watercolors with light, luminosity and atmosphere, by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques on balance and unity, design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, pastels, etc. Experience firsthand why his courses are so popular! Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observation of the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting Landscapes in Loose Impasto Style with Lindsay Tull
November 19, 2016 (10am-3pm) — Learn to paint landscapes quickly using thick paint and a loose style with Artist in Resident Lindsay Tull. Students of all levels are welcome, whether you are new to the impasto technique or are looking for new tips to progress your work. This workshop will focus on the importance of massing in large shapes quickly, layering from dark to light, and creating atmosphere and the appearance of light in your painting. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lindsay Tull
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
November 21-25, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Pastel Techniques: a 2-Day Intensive Workshop
December 3-4, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn pastel application techniques with award-winning artist Steve Hill of Lopez Island, Washington. Steve offers workshops that are high energy, very organized and full of important information and techniques for using pastels to create successful landscape paintings. These same techniques spill-over readily for still-life, figurative and abstract work. Expect to come away with a whole new vocabulary of painting skills and be ready to surprise yourself. Values, colors, textures, line, rhythms, hard edges, soft edges, no edges, focal points and non-focal points will all be covered. Steve will do narrated demonstrations each day and then work with each student individually to keep your paintings on-track while you learn to explore this versatile, colorful medium. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Tiny Treasures: Landscape or Still Life from Photographs
December 10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Whether students wish to paint a rustic sled in the yard or snowy stoop with a wreath on the door, they can use their favorite landscape or still life photo in this one-day class to focus on painting small jewels. The day will begin with a short demonstration and Joni will give plenty of individual attention throughout the rest of the day. Students will work on paintings 8×10 or smaller and may use their own photos or choose from those provided. Small paintings may end up as thumbnails for larger canvases or, less inhibiting, stand on their own as the perfect image for a future Holiday card. Come enjoy a fun, stress-free day during this busy Season! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 19-23, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 21-25, 2016 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color, and joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Migueld de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 including materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
December 26-30, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Twelve Online Palette Knife Oil Painting Classes
January 2016 - December 2016 — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of six traditional oils and six abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415.213.2646

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Winter Landscape on Rice Paper: Abstracted Realism
January 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop learn to create beautiful winter landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes, which work very well depicting foliage and cause them to resemble batiks. The class will briefly go over color mixing and composition before the morning demonstration. There will be individual assistance as students begin their painting. Students will mount their rice paper and layer colors creating a beautiful landscape. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Old West
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Phil Starke will help students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives them and improve upon it. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac also provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828 at the Tumacacori Mission. Phil will demonstrate and give plenty of individual attention. There will also be slide shows in the evenings, group critiques and dinners, and sunrise painting for early risers! Visit website


Location: Tubac, AZ
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studio Landscape Painting Workshop
January 26-28, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Class will begin with topics on materials, palette, and composition. We will cover various techniques of drawing along with preliminary charcoal sketches, value and color studies, and fundamentals of color mixing in order prepare for the final painting. Classical approach of monochromatic under painting, directed observation and application of color, followed by glazing techniques will be discussed and shown. Class will consist of lectures; slide analysis, and Individual critiques, while the student paints his or her own landscape. Students will bring their own reference material to paint from, whether it is a photograph or a small color sketch. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Chris Groves
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Capturing the Light
January 30 - February 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Tim began his career painting outside, but now spends as much time painting in the studio. In this workshop, most time will be spent in the studio, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Tim will demonstrate each day, and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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From Plein Air to Studio
January 30 - February 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn to paint landscapes in the most direct way possible using alla prima techniques developed by Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. Turn your small outdoor studies into larger studio paintings. This five-day workshop will teach students how to sketch, paint, and photograph in the field, and how to use references to produce a more carefully considered work in the comfort of your studio. Students will draw, paint, and photograph as a group in the Tonto National Forest. Later, students will spend two days working on a large painting in the studio with instructor assistance. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts, www.thomaskitts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
February 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $20 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Light, Color and Composition En Plein Air
February 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and or stylized lighting/color in their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Grand Canyon Winter Workshop
February 12-18, 2017 (8am - 4pm) — All-inclusive 6 day, 6 night oil painting workshop, art vacation. Private accommodations at Thunderbird Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, meals at Bright Angel Lodge, and instruction are all included (excludes travel). The studio, located within Thunderbird Lodge, looks out into the Grand Canyon. The winter season provides some of the most magnificent colors within the canyon walls. An inspirational location to nurture an artistic soul. Thunderbird Lodge is in a prominent location in the center of the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. It is nestled between the historic El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodges. Restaurants, gifts shops, Kolb Studio, Vercamps Visitor Center and the Bright Angel Trail Head are all within walking distance. Visit website


Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Paula Swain
Sponsor: Sedona Joe's Art Retreats
Cost: $2,975
Email: Scott Hairston
Phone: 832-212-1165

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Plein Air with Mark Boedges
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — "When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time -everything else in my painting flows from this." This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Understanding Skies and Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel
February 24-26, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Improve your landscape painting and join Michael Story for this 3-day workshop as you use the sky as a dramatic design element in your painting's composition. Observe and learn to interpret various skies and cloud formations and how they reflect in water. You will also apply different painting techniques in oil or pastel to capture depth, movement and mood in your work. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michael Story, www.michaelstory.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare us to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Besides being a much sought after workshop instructor, she also offers weekly classes at her studio in Northern California. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.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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Expression and Response en Plein Air
March 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Lori’s sold-out workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, energetic demonstrations, and hands-on teaching style. Her paintings are a personal and genuine response to her subject, and she encourages and teaches her students how to do the same. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. Students will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet “Plein Air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction and group discussions aimed to promote your progress. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lori Putnam, loriputnam.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Working Up Studio Paintings from Charcoal Renderings and Photo Reference
March 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — John is an artist who regularly paints on location in oils and acrylics, and he also understands the need to have quality studio time for the creation of larger finished pieces. In this workshop, he will demonstrate how to use vine charcoal as a preliminary rendering from photo reference, and then use the drawing, along with the photo reference to complete a finished painting in acrylics. When working from physical photo reference there is a good way and a bad way to view photos, which John will discuss in detail. He will be working from his iPad, and suggests that students, who would like to do the same, bring along a tripod with an iPad holder. Physical photo reference will also be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: John Hughes, www.johnhughesstudio.com/blog
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Pillars of Watercolor
March 25-27 and 29-31, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Exploring Your Painting Skills in the Open Air
March 30 - April 2, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent the time studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Marc Hanson, www.marchansonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Acrylic Landscapes
April 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. William will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $800
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air in Southern Utah
April 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Kate Starling lives in the town of Rockville, Utah, just outside Zion National park, and has spent 20 years painting the area’s canyons and along its back roads. Join Kate for a four day workshop to explore the beauty of the high desert and paint with her at some of her favorite spots. She demonstrates (in oil, but all mediums are accepted in this workshop) the outdoor painting techniques required in capturing the shifting light and color of the outdoors. Working in small to mid-size format the class will paint several field studies with a focus on composition, value, color, and cohesion of the major masses. Visit website


Location: Rockville, UT
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor – Use Like Oil
April 8-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Students will paint a landscape in which they incorporate the juicy, transparent characteristics of watercolor and the richness and forgiving nature of oil – in the same painting! A photo will be provided, but students are always welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Power of Landscape
April 10-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for art students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape, and learn about principles of composition. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for their painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Students will work their way to the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way students will play with colors and discover what helps to create coherent painting and what makes it stand out. The workshop will begin with a short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion time. Plenty of time will be devoted to individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Howard Carr
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscapes in Pastel: Creating Beautiful Light
April 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The development of dynamic, sensitive and believable landscape paintings is the focus of this workshop. Susan will share ideas on successful use of reference materials and developing sensitive and effective color relationships. Daily demos will include composition, editing and simplification for impact, and creating believable natural lighting effects. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstration and plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided. “You’ll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!” Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, www.susanogilvie.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 1-8, 2017 — Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn to master the techniques of watercolor painting on the breathtaking coast line of Spain's Costa Brava with Annie Strack, an America's Master Maritime Artist! Annie guides students through the painting process with helpful step-by-step demonstrations and individual attention. This workshop is open to painters of all levels. Multiple watercolor techniques are covered in the workshop, including glazing, washes, dry brush, masking, lifting, & more. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of different paints, learn how to successfully mix colors, and how to use values and color temperatures to enhance their compositions. Watch and learn as each painting step and technique is explained and demonstrated with a clarity that makes the lessons easy to absorb. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Annie Strack, www.anniestrackart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
May 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in beautiful New York City. Students will experience the energy of painting the city that never sleeps. This Plein Air Painting Workshop is for artists who want to develop an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony. Portable equipment required. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $245 Transportation
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies, Limited Palettes and Color Groups
May 6 & 7, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape painting is only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. You can work with your own photographs or work with those provided by the instructor. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mitchell Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — Susan Blackwood has a love of painting and teaching others to paint and draw. Oils and watercolors are her preferred mediums, and she has been painting plein air for years. Painting on location captures all of the senses and each painting done plein air becomes a memory that will never be forgotten. “I would love to show you how to create successful paintings that you will enjoy years after you go home. Painting in Spain will be full of wonderful opportunities to take your paintings (watercolors or oils) to a new level. I have lots of easy methods to show you how to paint villages, buildings, boats and water. I can’t wait to share them with you”. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — In this workshop we will focus on capturing the unique and spectacular light and subjects of the Costa Brava. No matter how long one has been painting, there is always something new to learn! Every morning, I will demonstrate and lecture for about an hour and explain the day’s lesson, it will then be your turn to explore the many exciting subjects and compositions to be painted. Students will have individual attention at their own easel and a positive critique to give you some food for thought at the end of the day of painting. This will be a fun and memorable painting holiday for all! I really look forward to meeting and painting with all of you! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Howard Friedland, www.howardfriedland.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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In the Field: Painting the High Valleys of the Wasatch Front
May 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Russell Case is looking forward to sharing some of his favorite locations to paint near his home in northern Utah. The countryside is full of mountains and rolling hills dotted with farms. Students will spend the majority of time in the field, but will be returning to the studio for critiques and discussions/demos. In this workshop Russell will be presenting his approach and philosophy of painting, which he says, “Is subject to change without notice.” All levels are welcome. *If you are just starting out please communicate with Russell prior to the workshop to go over painting rigs and tools that you will need for the week. Having the right gear for painting in the field can save time, money and a whole lot of frustration. Visit website


Location: Brigham City, UT
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.russellcase.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Escape 2017- A Painting Retreat in Denmark
May 16-23, 2017 — Join Canadian artist and Chef Melanie Smith for a relaxing week of fine Danish cuisine and oil painting in the rustic danish countryside. Visit website


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Instructor: Melanie Smith
Sponsor: Mel Smith Studios
Cost: from 940€ to 1540€
Email: Melanie Smith
Phone: +45 60 52 16 60

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Plein Air Painting with Manon Sander
May 17-27, 2017 — During years spent studying oil painting under the tutelage of nationally known oil painters, Manon developed her own distinct style, described as “representational with an impressionistic touch”. Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Manon Sander, manonsander.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3,700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Powercolor Painting
May 19-22, 2017 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's four-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Metairie, LA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: David Art Center
Email: Adriana
Phone: 504-888-3630

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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed. Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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"Pushing the Envelope" with Gary Bodner
May 20-27, 2017 — This is a chance to live like royalty at the Chateau Allure Du Lac in the Loire Valley, a five-star rental property that is a gracefully decorated, 19th century chateau sitting on a sprawling 105 acre property, with a 22-acre pond, charming island, breathtaking lakeside terrace, swimming pool, palatial lawns, romantic gardens and a forest where wildlife flourish and thrive... all while studying with artist, Gary Bodner, from Atlanta, Georgia. Unleash your personal creativity and paint outside the box! Visit website


Location: Angers, France
Instructor: Gary Bodner
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $3600
Email: Donna Thomas
Phone: 404.313.7356

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Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop
May 27 - June 3, 2017 — Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for an inspiring eight day painting trip to the South of France. This workshop is for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting "en plein air". What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time to paint the pastoral Provencal countryside, just as they did a hundred years ago. Jennifer will teach you to interpret this magical environment in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Jennifer McChristian, jennifermcchristian.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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On Location in Idaho – Simplifying the Elements
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join us for a week of painting on location. The variety of ‘plein air’ painting locations around Declo, Idaho is virtually unlimited. The quaint and very paintable town of Albion and the alpine environment of Mount Harrison sit just to the south while the Snake River and southern Idaho farmland border us on the north. Students will enjoy growth and fellowship as they study the landscape with design principles in mind and ordered color palettes. Students will be encouraged to identify and simplify masses while focusing upon dynamic shapes. They will have access to Robert’s 10,000 square foot studio and gallery for critiques, after hours painting, and in the event of inclement weather. Visit website


Location: Declo, ID
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 5-12, 2017 — There is only one thing that can be better than walking out the door towards a new destination with your paintbox in hand and that is to be joined in this adventure by friends. I am sure our adventure in the Costa Brava will be a wonderful experience and will give us memories for a lifetime. Painting out of doors is different than working in the studio - and nothing is as rewarding as working on location. The rewards are in the experience of the moment, the light, the air, the sounds, everything. This experience comes flooding back when you see your painting - even years later. It is what draws us outside again and again. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gary Tucker, www.garytuckerartist.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 6-13, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
June 10-20, 2017 — Join us for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, poppy fields, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Ron Stocke holds signature memberships from the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and he is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron’s award winning paintings and teaching style have made him one of today’s top watercolor instructors. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ron Stocke, www.ronstocke.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 13-20, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA
June 15-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Visit website


Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting in Provence: Pastel Painting Workshop
June 18-25, 2017 — Do you dream of following impressionist paths to artistry in Southern France? Step into history as you paint in Provence, the region that inspired impressionists to paint with vivid subtlety and color. Lori Corradi, an award-winning pastel and oil painter, in the impressionist "plein air" tradition, will guide your path to inspiration. Each day of your journey starts with a demonstration in pastel. Lori teaches sketching fundamentals for composition and concept development, color theory, value choices, developing the focal area, under-painting, layering and blending techniques in pastel. Pastel Artists of all skill levels as well as oil painters are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Lori Corradi, loricorradi.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 19-26, 2017 — Join us for a week of sketching with watercolor as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava. As a practicing architect, architectural illustrator and watercolor painter, I am passionate about travel sketching and painting, and love to share that passion with others. It does not matter if you have never sketched or painted (or think you can do neither) since I believe everyone can do this with just a little coaxing and coaching. The focus will be on individual expression and exploration. There is nothing that anchors memories (the view; the feel of the sun; the sounds; the smells; the immediacy of the moment) quite like the act of sketching and painting on location. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Adrienne Retief, www.adrienneretief.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Pastel Painting En Plein Air with Nancie King Mertz
June 30 - July 10, 2017 — Join Master Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, fields of wildflowers, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Nancie will share tips and techniques used to create her award-winning work. Her teaching method is very one-on-one, helping the artist develop their personal style while learning to capture the light in a rapid, confident manner. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, nanciekingmertz.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
July 3-11, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Importance of Tone
August 7-11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil
August 11-13, 2017 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Be Brave and Have Fun
August 14-18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio
August 25-27, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting in Southeast France: Oils and Pastel Painting Workshop
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join me for this fabulous painting vacation in a fun, relaxed and extremely beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything is taken care of while we enjoy our time painting, taking photos and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area – and of course, enjoying the food! This workshop is for beginner to advanced artists working in oils or pastels. My teaching method will include daily demonstrations, group discussions, written handouts covering the basics of plein air painting and lots of one on one advice and guidance at your easel. We will work on creating expressive paintings, learning to quickly capture the essence of a particular scene. Knowing how to emphasize the play of light and shadow can add real excitement to your work. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Elaine Monnig, elainemonnig.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein-air Watercolor Painting with Art Adventures
September 2-16, 2017 — Join us in scenic southern France! Your tour will include some of the most beautiful and ancient towns in the area where you will have plenty of time to paint, photograph and shop! We’ll hit Market Day in Mirepoix, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Alet-les-Bains as we paint the antique bridges and buildings. We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Susan and Lee are both award winning watermedia painters. Students get twice the attention and input from these two veteran teachers who compliment each other with their love of painting, passion for travel, and nurturing of fellow artists. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Susan Cowan & Lee Baughman
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4350
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2017 — Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Barns and Buildings on Whidbey Island with TJ Cunningham
September 9-12, 2017 — During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. The focus of this class will be the process of taking information from both life studies and photographs and combining them into authentic, fully realized, studio paintings - bringing the best of both worlds together. TJ will give daily demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend most of the time outdoors painting Whidbey Island barns en plein air then finish the paintings in the studio. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 11-18, 2017 — Paint en Plein Air in Provence - the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. All levels of watercolor painters are welcome. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida. His work is featured on the cover of the January 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine, and he was awarded Best of Show in the 2016 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Vlad Yeliseyev, www.artist-yeliseyev.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting with Joe Anna Arnett
September 16-26, 2017 — Paint en plein air in the beautiful Languedoc region in the southwest of France. Based in the charming town of Limoux, Montfaucon Tours gives you the very best of the region. From the food, wine and landscapes, experience all the region has to offer. Montfaucon is a luxury private hotel. While still maintaining aspects of the original building from the 12th century, Montfaucon has been elegantly renovated to combine the rich local history with modern amenities. Day excursions for plein air painting in scenic southern France with a lovely studio (located in a former medieval wine cellar) available to the artists, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region while learning from Joe Anna. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Joe Anna Arnett, joeannaarnett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
September 25 - October 2, 2017 — Does the thought of travel journaling attract yet intimidate you? Then come join me for a week of sketching and painting the beautiful sites in and around Provence. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies, a journal and your camera. No need for travel easels, unless that is something you wish to use. So if you are new to sketching and painting in a journal there will be plenty of opportunities to create your own unique and colorful images. Or, if you are ready to learn how to sketch village shops or buildings, then Cynthia will give you a simplified method for conquering your fear of perspective. Each daily excursion will provide new opportunities for journal entries. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Cynthia Sexton, cynthia-sexton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson
October 2-7, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Plein Air Essentials
Ongoing - web/online — Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Painting the Landscape with Janet Glatz
Weekends starting June 2016 (9-4 two days) — Learn composition, color theory, perspective, brushwork, atmospheric techniques and much more. All materials and equipment provided. Lunch included if desired. Each student leaves with a finished painting they will be proud to hang. Visit website


Location: Durham, ME
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Sponsor:
Cost: private: $250 two days semi: $175
Email: Janet Glatz
Phone: 1 (207) 317-7952

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Intermediate Level

Intro to Plein Air Acrylic Painting Wednesdays
November to February (Wednesdays, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join in every Wednesday at Cristi Fer Art Studio, in charming San Miguel. We are fortunate to enjoy an almost perfect weather all year around! You will be guided by experienced painters in the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essentials to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Crisi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $99.00 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Intro to Plein Air Acrylic Painting Wednesdays
March to October (Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12:30 PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join in every Wednesday at Cristi Fer Art Studio, in charming San Miguel. We are fortunate to enjoy an almost perfect weather all year around! You will be guided by experienced painters in the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essentials to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Crisi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $99.00 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Beginning Composition
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 22:18:36 Hours) — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 20:09:14 Hours) — 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 though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing (Total Course Time: 20:16:19 Hours) — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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Sketching for Environment Design
Ongoing — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements, for animation and concept art, will be discussed in this self-study course. In this online self-study course, there will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In this class the student will learn: -Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene -How to build and design buildings and structures -How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces -Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor Painting
year round, Tuesdays (9:30-12:00) — This is a fun beginner and intermediate ongoing watercolor painting class. Each week is a new painting using all sorts of different techniques and subjects. Arches paper is furnished. Class begins with critique of past paintings, then a demonstration of new painting, and personal attention to each student as they paint. Many go to lunch afterwards. Visit website


Location: St. Augustine, FL
Instructor: Linda Hammons
Sponsor: Linda Hammons
Cost: $60 mth or $20 wk
Email: Linda Hammons
Phone: 904-466-8817

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Twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of eleven traditional oils and one abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My Online Painting Classes teach traditional oils and acrylic abstract painting with a palette knife. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The video starts with the selection of subject matter. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife, which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely and consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $35.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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Working in Pastel
Every Thursday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Louise Eaton has worked in oils, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, pen & ink, and pastels. She has found pastels to be the perfect medium because it is direct, spontaneous and easy to work with. She has been teaching pastels and drawing classes for over 15 years. Registration is required. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40 per session
Email: Louise Eaton
Phone: 912.270.4313

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