Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Albert Handell Sedona Mentoring Program"
October 22-28, 2017
 

Each day participants will paint at locations that Mr. Handell knows intimately. In the mornings, he will show you step-by-step how he starts and works through a painting till finish. You will see for yourself what and how he emphasizes, what is important, what “un-essentials” he eliminates and how he keeps to the theme of the painting till finished. If you wish, you will be able to paint the same subject he is painting. In the afternoon, painting on location with help at each artist’s easel. Each evening participants will meet to review the day’s painting, have nightly critiques, and receive suggestions for the next day’s painting, and all career-building information will be kept to the evenings.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Albert Handell
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-983-8373


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat"
October 27 - November 3, 2017
 

Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
October 28 - November 4, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting in Sedona"
October 30-November 3, 2017
 

Join this legendary master for a week of painting the red rocks of Sedona! Each day begins with a demonstration. Dawson demonstrates two approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. Includes: Two activities that will accelerate your mastery of painting. 3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings. The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. A systematic approach to plein air painting. The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape. The principle of the common color. The underlying concept of color harmony. How to solve color problems as you paint. Different approaches to under-painting.
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Dawson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, (303) 421-4584


"Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
October 30 - November 3, 2017
 

Hone your painting skills and expand your creative language in this unique five-day workshop experience with award winning contemporary American Impressionist Eric Jacobsen. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making; three necessary components to take your work to the next level and separate yourself from the “pack”. Learn to see like a poet and unlock your true creative potential. Come take a journey into new artistic territory… open up the possibility for a pure, honest and unique result for your paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air on the Island"
November 2-4, 2017
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. During the course of the workshop however, Marc will only be demonstrating in oil paints, but is proficient in the other mediums, and will be happy to work with students using them. His exercises will help you strengthen your current abilities, and expose those skills that need strengthening. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel, giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: Wait List
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein Air Painting: Montezuma's Castle, Arizona"
November 3-5, 2017
 

Join Amery for three days of plein air painting in Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Arizona. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about painting outside and truly appreciate nature. Students will discover how plein air painting will improve their studio work. This is an opportunity for students to meet their subject first hand. Amery will be there every step of the way to guide students through a proper set up and to show them how to succeed. Students will need an outdoor painting easel and a vehicle for transportation.
 
Location: Camp Verde, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 4-11, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
November 6-10, 2017
 

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


"Pastels: Inside/Outside – The Best of Both"
November 8-11, 2017
 

Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood- Sullivan. This intensive pastel workshop starts with one day in the studio where we will cover using her Good Bones structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the outdoors. Our daily studies will involve direct observation of the landscape with instruction in choosing your subject and composition from life, aerial perspective, working with underpainting, correct drawing and sky and water valuework. In both settings Liz will start each day with a demonstration and there will be two group critiques. There will be plenty of daily individual instruction. Visit lizhaywoodsullivan.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Cost: $625 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 11-18, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
November 12-18, 2017
 

This course objective is to learn how to interpret and synthesize townscapes and landscapes, directly with watercolor while learning a variety of techniques and different forms of working. Teaching is personalized, so that no matter what your level, Michal will guide everyone, gently and progressively through the workshop. You will learn the importance of having a good recognition of the lightest and darkest areas of your scene. Michal will show you his simple techniques of how to create magnificent plein aire paintings. Within the course there will be at least two excursions in and around Valencia in which you will be able to put into practice the studies learned in the studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1395 Euros. Single private en-suite room.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Plein Air and Studio"
November 13-17, 2017
 

Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Students will learn to plan an effective composition and to better see and use warm and cool colors in a landscape. Calvin will teach students how to use hard and soft edges to create space in a painting and how to simplify the subject matter. Students will learn the reasons for using different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions and how to get the best possible results in a short time. This five-day workshop includes two days of outdoor painting. Three days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos students take on location.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Calvin Liang, www.calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $680
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting in Cuba with Randall Sexton"
November 13-18, 2017
 

Soak up the culture, paint local scenes, experience the pulse of life and the people of contemporary Cuba! Organized by the seasoned facilitators of Copper Bridge Foundation, and Sedona Art Center. Situated in historic downtown Havana and lodged in style, the group is open to partners, spouses, or guests in a legally sanctioned parallel cultural tour. We are so excited to visit Cuba once again!!
 
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3,775 includes workshop and lodging
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Website, email, 928.282.3809


"Classic pastel workshop with Rita Kirkman"
November 13-16, 2017
 

Rita Kirkman’s classic pastel workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light with an innovative underpainting technique. Receive helpful hints and tips from Rita’s 40 years of experience with pastel, including how to creatively interpret your photos, and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of value, temperature, color, and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! The workshop takes place at Creekhaven Inn, a luxury artist retreat in historic Wimberley, TX. Includes lodging, meals and wine! Attendance limited to 13.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $1,410
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke"
November 13-15, 2017
 

3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape - Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process.
 
Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $315/$355
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Website, email


"Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 14-17, 2017
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop limited to 6 participants in four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"European Impressions in Watercolor"
November 17, 2017
 

1 day In-Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. Learn Vlad's 3 stages and 3 colors approach which are the core of his new DVD "Impressions in Watercolor ". The focus of this workshop will be on how to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. Photo references will be provided. After short demonstration in the morning Vlad will work with each participant individually. For more details and registration contact Keeton's Art Supply at 941-747-2995.
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Keeton's Art Supply
Website, email, (941) 747-2995


"Exploring the Light of Tonalism"
November 18-19, 2017
 

A tonalist landscape painting typically portrays a twilight sky setting behind hills, meadows and trees, filling the painting with solitude and peaceful warmth. Some have even said that Tonalism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. Tonalism began in 1880’s with the explorations of George Inness, James McNeil Whistler and others. In this workshop you will learn how to create a tonalist color palette, and how to simplify your compositional structure. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. Although tonalism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Water Soluble Oil or Acrylic Painting Workshop"
November 18, 2017
 

Broaden your painting skills in this focused workshop with award winning artist of 25 years experience and collectors all over the world. All ages and levels of expertise welcome. Produce a finished landscape painting suitable for framing and brush up on composition, color mixing, blending, brushwork and error correction. Location in secluded three story conference center surrounded by river, pond and forest. Overnite accomm. and meals available on site. Price includes coffee, bottled water, and a variety of cookies. Students bring materials and supplies. Tables and chairs provided. Contact: jbglatz@gmail.com
 
Location: Topsham, Maine
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Janet Glatz Fine Art
Website, email, 207-317-7952


"Landscapes in Pastel: Creating Beautiful Light"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

The development of dynamic landscape paintings will be the focus of this workshop. Susan will share ideas about composition, effective color relationships, and creating believable natural light in your paintings. Daily demos will also include value studies, working successfully from photo reference, and framing techniques. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstrations, individual instruction with each student, and provide an environment for individual growth. “You’ll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!”
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, www.susanogilvie.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'Freedom of The Brushstroke' watercolor en plein air"
November 30, 2017
 

3-day workshop En Plein Air. Join me in picturesque Sarasota this Fall! We are going to paint a variety of subjects such as Florida landscape, boats, marinas... What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location. Vlad will share with you his best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view” so to speak. It will all start with his demo with detailed explanation along the way. Special attention of this particular workshop will be the choice of color which may be different from what’s there and loose painterly style watercolor techniques.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, (941) 330-6865


"Power of Landscape"
December 4-8, 2017
 

This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create a dynamic composition. Students will work their way through 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 a coherent painting that stands out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Plein Air to Studio"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Learn to paint landscapes in the most direct way possible using alla prima techniques developed by Sargent, Sorolla, and Zom. Turn your small outdoor studies into larger more developed paintings. This five day workshop will show you how to sketch, paint, and photograph out in the field, and how to use those references as guides to produce more carefully considered work in the comfort of your studio. Portable easel and transportation required. Students will need to purchase park passes for the Tonto National Forest.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts, www.thomaskitts.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
December 9-10, 2017
 

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


"3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape"
December 12-14, 2017
 

The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Subjects: How to add striking details to make your painting seem alive. How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns.
 
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $320/$360
Sponsor: Palm Beach Watercolor Society
Website, email, 561-498-3605


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
January 1-5, 2018
 

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


"Creating Space on a Flat Surface with John Miller"
January 6, 2018
 

Spend a morning with artist and designer John Miller exploring how to create space in 2D artwork. In this class, you’ll discuss a variety of methods to create visual space regardless of media. For example, in drawing, you’ll discuss the difference between linear perspective and color contrast perspective, and how the two options change when painting or printing. Students will also discuss how to create a composition, how to use aerial perspective, study how light affects distance, and more. The class size is extremely limited, so John will work mostly one-on-one with students.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Miller
Cost: $20
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Plein air pastel with Clive Tyler"
January 15-18, 2018
 

Clive Tyler has a passion for painting en plein air. His pastel paintings, rich with light and color, are created in a classical style, capturing the heart of the western landscape. An 'environment' painter, Tyler paints outdoors as much as possible, immersing himself in his locales, re-creating the experience of place. Winning numerous awards, Clive Tyler's paintings were recently published in the book, "Landscapes: 89 Painters' Perspectives". He exhibits his work in several museum exhibitions including the Buffalo Bill Cody Western Museum in WY, the Booth Western Art Museum in GA and the Brinton Museum in WY. The workshop structure is All Inclusive with lodging, meals and wine in the package. The Venue is Wimberley in Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Clive Tyler
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Concept: The Story Behind your Painting"
January 22-25, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help artists put more meaning and emotion into their paintings. Jay will begin the first day with a presentation showing how master artists put a great deal of thought and sketching into the concept of their paintings before putting down the first stroke. Jay will have the students go out in the field with their sketchbooks and experiment with a variety of compositions. The morning of day two will be a demo with Jay sketching/painting outside on location, and students will paint in the afternoon. Day three and four will be plein air painting and the last afternoon will be back in the studio to show student work with a final critique and discussion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jay Moore, www.jaymoorestudio.com
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape / Seascape Painting Workshop - Pastels or Oils"
January 24-31, 2018
 

Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has you spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape or seascape and wish you could create that beauty in painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com.
 
Location: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Cost: $1500.00 Plus Registration
Sponsor: Casa Buena Art Retreats
Website, email, 612-396-5795


"Light, Color and Composition en Plein Air"
January 26-28, 2018
 

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 or stylized light into 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandezart.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Fun, No Fear with Watercolors"
February 3-4, 2018
 

In this 2-day workshop, Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers helps students enjoy the fun of watercolor painting. Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers has resided in Arizona since 1970. A third generation watercolorist, Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her watercolor paintings capture the light and beauty found in every subject she paints. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries, currently showing at Purcell Gallery in Tubac and West of the Moon Gallery in Flagstaff.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Roberta Rogers
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
February 5-9, 2018
 

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


"Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona"
February 5-8, 2018
 

This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most of the 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. Students should come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
February 5-9, 2018
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Design discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to create more dynamic compositions. Students will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish, with a working knowledge of color and value. In addition to any prerequisite studies, this workshop will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. Demos will be done in acrylic.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Costa Rica Nature Tour with Art Workshops: Any media"
February 7-19, 2018
 

All levels enjoy creativity and art workshops: improve skills while touring the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Fine artist instructor Linda Luisi (BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) inspires creative ideas (realistic/abstract) and fine tunes artistic skills of all levels (beginners welcome). A master of depth and dimension, Linda also teaches perspective, color harmony, and composition. Receive individual attention with Zen-like simplicity, passionate expression, and accurate realism. Includes: Safari rafting, cloud forest suspended bridges, hummingbird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, zip-line (optional), pristine beaches, active volcano, historic farm, native cuisine, volcanic spas, cacao (chocolate) presentation. Taste cacao and homemade tropical ice cream at a family farm. Leisure time. Nature walks: Easy/moderate. Small group—register soon. Spouse/friends, welcome.
 
Location: Various locations, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Luisi, www.LindaLuisi.com
Cost: $1845 dbl occ. (+ $275 single rm), 2 meals per day
Website, email


"Plein Air Painting on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop is being held in one of the most picturesque locations on the planet. Students will have an opportunity to learn and develop landscape painting skills on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Students will learn how to approach the landscape from start to finish. Students will try various approaches to the landscape, such as spending multiple sessions on one study, as well as quick sketch sunset studies. This is a rare opportunity to study the landscape en plein air with a leading classical painter in an amazing location! Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Instructor: Ryan Brown, www.ryanbrown.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover"
February 14-24, 2018
 

Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience!
 
Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 19-23, 2018
 

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


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 19-23, 2018
 

Phil Starke’s focus will be helping students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. 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, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828. Phil will give plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Private Painting Intensive Study with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 19 - April 13, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert in an intense, one-on-one program. In addition to guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his private studio, taking your art to the next level. All your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day plus consultation for three months after the program. An internationally-recognized artist, Michael paints the Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil and pastel. An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal. Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Artists Canada.
 
Location: Near Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Michael Holter"
February 19-22, 2018
 

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with 4 nights at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful Hill Country with meals and wine included for one price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Plein air oil painting with Cody DeLong"
February 19-22, 2018
 

I began my art journey travelling, just me and my dog. I was in the woods every day and I had a dirtbike which I'd ride to remote places to paint and be inspired by nature. I've been working in Oils for about 25 years. Today I'm a nationally recognized artist. I've been featured in numerous magazines and I get invited to several national events each year. I've won some meaningful awards along the way. The real reason I paint though, is simply because I love it. My workshop in Wimberley is with an All Inclusive structure. One price takes care of tuition, lodging (4 nights), meals and wine. We just paint and learn in Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Cody DeLong
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Watercolor Sketching on Location: Cuba with Jane LaFazio"
February 20-26, 2018
 

Jane is known for her fun-loving creative teaching style. Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners (yes, she can teach you to draw) and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach with pen and watercolor. You’ll create a set of watercolor journal pages as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. You’ll bring home a priceless collection of small watercolors depicting your experiences and memories of your trip.
 
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $4,525 Shared, $5,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Plein Air in The Golden Isles"
February 22-24, 2018
 

Jason Sacran's preferred medium is oil paints, but he is open to students using acrylics and other media. In 2010, Jason became a full-time artist/painter and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has had several exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements, including a first place award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Members Competition, Best of Show in the 2010 Wisconsin Plein Air Painter Association Annual Competition and Best of Show in the 2010 Winthrop Rockefeller Institution Invitational. Although known for his figurative and portrait work, Jason is quickly rising as a top plein air painter.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
February 26 - March 1, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Judy Morris"
March 4-10, 2018
 

San Miguel is a place like no other for a painter's inspiration with its beautiful colors, unique architecture and intriguing people. Author of Watercolor Basics: Light, Judy has developed lessons for her travel workshops to help participants capture the colors, textures, & ambiance of the location. As you tour the best possible sites you will be given daily “prompts” to stimulate your creativity and have lessons that complement each painting day. Judy shows you how she captures inspiration in her sketch books. She shares her successful painting process both on location and in the studio, and her “check list for success” will help guide you through the painting process.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 5-9, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein air painting with Jason Sacran"
March 5-8, 2018
 

I am a contemporary representational painter, working primarily outdoors. I paint what catches my interest in the moment. This could be almost anything; an orchestration of shapes, color contrast, light and shadow patterns, a mood or atmosphere, a subject I have never tried, or a subject I enjoy, etc. I am drawn to paint places and things that say something about the day and time I live in now. I have been featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine, International Artist, Artist Magazine, and PleinAir Magazine. The workshop structure is All inclusive with 4 nights luxury lodging, meals and wine provided. Attendance is limited to 13.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
March 5-9, 2018
 

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


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 10-17, 2018
 

Join us for what is sure to be a fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $1,995
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr"
March 11-17, 2018
 

Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein Air Painting in West Palm Beach, Florida"
March 12-16, 2018
 

Join Mark Boedges for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida focusing on how to paint the brilliant sunshine. Students will watch Mark as he demos throughout to help push each student’s values and colors beyond what they thought possible. Mark will work with students individually to help them learn to use value contrast as well as color contrast to get the true glow of sunlight.
 
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce 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 students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. She has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $675 +$50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gouache on the Go"
March 13-14, 2018
 

This workshop will transform your next adventure, be it by land, sea, or air! Gouache on the Go is perfect for those who prefer to stop and see, to absorb the world around them, and to paint. It is tailored to those who appreciate staying and painting in the moment instead of taking a picture and a shortcut to their destination. Larisa is a classically trained artist, and expert on color mixing. A talented and experienced teacher, she is known for generously sharing her extensive knowledge and her down to earth teaching style. Elevate your painting technique and explore the world of color, while increasing your understanding of composition.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Atmospheric Landscapes"
March 14-17, 2018
 

John will teach the basic principles of landscape painting: atmospheric perspective, drawing, light and shade, composition, and simplification of objects in the landscape. John learned these principles from Frank Mason who studied with Frank Vincent DuMond in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and at the Art Students League. DuMond studied in Paris in the late 19th century, learning directly from the French Impressionists. On day one, students will meet at the school. John will do a demo and review his palette in the morning and students will paint on location that afternoon. John will continue to demo throughout the week. Each day students will be painting on location in the area and will return to the school to discuss paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John C. Traynor, www.johnctraynor.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint a Spring Scene in Oil"
March 16-17, 2018
 

Spring is in the air! Using brilliant color, students will paint flowers and foliage rioting in a spring garden. Lessons will focus on: intuitive and loose paint handling with brush and knife, wet-into-wet painting to incorporate lost edges, color theory, simplified color mixing, painting with green and using “color as value.” A photo will be provided but students are welcome to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for the Artist on the Go"
March 16-18, 2018
 

Students will learn how they can paint a sweet little 15 to 60 minute study while at a cafe with friends, relaxing at the pool, or on a park bench. By the end of this class students will be ready to paint on the go almost anywhere. Students will learn different ways to handle the watercolor medium, layering for value and how to not overwork their paintings. Students will meet at the school the first morning and will head out to paint on location throughout the valley.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Award winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through Advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students 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 a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Workshop with George Van Hook: Approaches and Techniques"
March 20-22, 2018
 

George thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response." Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards. He was invited by Plein Air magazine to be a live instructor at the Plein Air National Convention, 2015 in Monterrey, CA and released an instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $450/400
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 26-30, 2018
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Hill Country Alla Prima with Laurel Daniel"
March 26-29, 2018
 

As a plein air painter, I begin outside, working quickly to discern the shifting patterns of shadows and light. Capturing a moment in time is an impossible task, but for me, an endlessly compelling one. Instruction will include: process demos, block in methods, color mixing and values, focal point and composition, and atmospheric perspective. Learn to select and simplify elements needed for building a compelling image, and experiment with paint application. At the end of each day, we will gather for a relaxed discussion and gentle critique. Don't miss this chance to get away for a personal artist retreat. (All levels welcome, some painting experience recommended. Portable easels required.) Price is All Inclusive: meals, lodging, and instruction.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Laurel Daniel
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 2-6, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 3-8, 2018
 

Join us in San Francisco for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal. Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air in Southern Utah"
April 6-9, 2018
 

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


"Drawing and Walking in the Tramuntanas, Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

An Art and Hiking Retreat. Spend a week exploring nature by walking and drawing along the pathways of this beautiful Mediterranean island. La Serrania, located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, is the perfect place to start our adventure and then venture out to nearby beaches and coastal towns to hike and draw this incredible landscape. Evenings are filled with wine and conversation about the history and culture of Mallorca. Day trips include a visit to the Robert Graves Museum in Deya, a local farmer's market, and other sites of interest. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies are included.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 8-13, 2018
 

Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. 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. 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.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018
 

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. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, Oregon
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Plein Air to Studio, Making Your Studies Work for You Indoors"
April 9-12, 2018
 

This workshop combines plein air and studio. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more-complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet: “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, personalized instruction and group discussions. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience is strongly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Making Art Outdoors "
April 9-12, 2018
 

A familiar name in the national plein air scene; John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. Expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help. John encourages and helps you look beyond the beautiful qualities of a scene to determine its pictorial usefulness, thereby adding new excitement to your outdoor painting experience. John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson and John Budicin.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: John P. Lasater
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Oil and pastel plein air with Lorenzo Chavez"
April 16-19, 2018
 

Lorenzo Chavez was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. His first inspirations and foundation as a young artist were formed by the local landscape and the art history in New Mexico. Lorenzo now makes his home in Parker, Colorado and uses this location as a base to travel and paint the American West and Southwest. Using pastel and oil mediums, his hope is to carry on the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists. The structure of the workshop is oil or pastel and plein air in an All inclusive format. The price includes tuition, luxury lodging for 4 nights, meals and wine.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Lorenzo Chavez
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 16-18, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing and Capturing Your Subject: Painting the La Jolla Coastline"
April 16-20, 2018
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answer while experiencing and painting the beauty of San Diego en plein air. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. Mitch will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Demonstrations will be in oil.
 
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 23-27, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Mendocino, California"
May 3-6, 2018
 

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 it? 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 in beautiful Mendocino, CA. 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. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old and New Techniques"
May 3-6, 2018
 

David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Day 1. We learn to paint illusions of translucent water with reflections that shimmer and quiver – John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner. Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. Day 3. Perspective with Expression from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions. Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 4-6, 2018
 

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 any artist that 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 Sunday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Sketching On Location: Italy with Anne Kullaf"
May 5-11, 2018
 

A watercolor sketch can say so much with a few properly placed strokes in just the right color and value. In this workshop, we will concentrate on identifying and capturing the essential elements of the places we visit–the things that evoke the unique feelings we experience during our travels that we will want to remember most when we return home. The sunlight on warm terra cotta, the petals of sunflowers and the old world feeling of the plazas, churches and fountains. Most important of all, we will have a relaxed learning experience in a supportive atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to learn at their own pace in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Anne Kullaf
Cost: $3,595 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Plein air painting with Skip Whitcomb"
May 7-10, 2018
 

“Once you internalize the language of painting you see the world differently. It never leaves you. The veil of rational order is lifted and what hangs in the air are sensations of painted possibilities. On good days, some would call it poetry.” An accomplished outdoor painter, Whitcomb has received numerous awards for his landscape paintings in oil and pastel, his work resides in major public and private collections. He has had several one-man shows and participated in numerous gallery invitational and museum exhibitions throughout the country. Graduated Art Center College of Design. The structure of the workshop is All Inclusive with 4 nights luxury lodging, meals, wine and tuition built into the price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson"
May 7-9, 2018
 

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. After the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Contributing editor, The Artists Magazine. Writer, Pastel Journal. Master Signature Member, American Impressionist Society. Signature Member, Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California"
May 9-12, 2018
 

Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. This 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 on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. A young and accomplished landscape painter, Bryan is currently working out of his Bay Area studio and teaching in the Graduate School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work continues to evolve as a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. Time spent outdoors observing and pondering nature has become an essential part of his creative process.
 
Location: Napa Valley, California
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sicily in Plein Air / Northwest Coast & Interior Vineyards"
May 9-19, 2018
 

Spend 10 days painting with a small group of artists in 2 unique locations of Sicily. The first 6 nights will be spent on the glorious northwest coast of the island. Paint the sea, the rocky coastline, and all the wonderful colors of late spring! Then, be transported to a totally new location in the vineyards south of Palermo. Surrounded by mountainous terrain, this area is lush and green and exudes a totally different kind of tranquil beauty! The workshop includes most meals and all land transportation. Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days and mentor for an additional 2 days. Come and join us for the trip of a lifetime!
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3850 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 16-23, 2018
 

Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Paint by Lake Ohrid in Macedonia!"
May 20-27, 2018
 

Learn to paint in the magical lakeside town of Ohrid in Macedonia, also called the Jerusalem of the Balkans after its numerous byzantine churches. We paint in mountain villages in the Galicica Mountains, around the narrow streets of the Old Town and by the mesmerising blue-green waters of the St Naum Springs. Ancient buildings, crystal clear water, tasty local cuisine and breathtaking views are just some of the highlights. Varied subjects, guiding in any medium. Comfortable, modern accommodation walking distance from the lake and the town centre. All levels welcome! Book your place now!
 
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €545 per person sharing a double or twin room
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 or +44 7564 906 850


"Plein Air & Studio Workshop"
May 22-24, 2018
 

Painting the landscape in the studio and in the field each has its own limitations. As landscape artists, our objective must be to learn how to best utilize the advantages, and how to compensate for the inherent disadvantages, of each. This workshop will take place in both in the studio and at a nearby outdoor location, and students will practice exercises that will focus on the skills most crucial to each venue. Much of what we'll cover will emphasize simplifying the landscape into a concise visual message, looking past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and composing a well-edited painting. Instructor demos will be in the studio, and will include both oil and pastel.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $435 until March 22; $485 after March 22
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"'The essence of scenery' Watercolor Studio in NY"
May 23-25, 2018
 

3-day workshop In-Studio. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching through an individual approach.
 
Location: Newburgh, New York
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Marguerite Meyerson
Website, email


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire"
May 30 - June 6, 2018
 

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. 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, and the effective use the these principles.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Realistic Watercolor Landscapes"
June 1-2, 2018
 

Learn to paint the dogwood tree and incorporate it into realistic watercolor landscapes. Using both wet-in-wet technique and detailed dry brush, Alan Shuptrine will teach how to literally “sculpt” a floral subject into a painting from back to front, and utilize the white of the paper to create dramatic light and shadow. Unlike most watercolorists who gradually add pigment to paper (from light-to-dark), Shuptrine was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, who painted from dark-to-light, much like an oil painter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. On view at the Huntsville Museum of Art – Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain from May 13 to August 5, 2018.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Plein Air in Tuscany's Val D'Orcia with Gene Costanza"
June 2-9, 2018
 

Join a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the glorious Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany! Talented artist, Gene Costanza, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited to 8 participating artists! We will stay in a beautiful and updated farmhouse for 7 nights, enjoy daily breakfasts and 5 dinners prepared by our personal chef! We will visit different painting locations, and paint on the grounds of our farmhouse, which boasts gorgeous views in every direction! Hope to see you there next June!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gene Costanza
Cost: $3150 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018
 

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint in Central Hungary and Budapest!"
June 4-9, 2018
 

Whether you are learning, have never tried painting or an accomplished artist, you are welcome to join this fabulous painting holiday in Hungary. Excursions to Esztergom, Visegrád, Zsámbék and the Etyek wine region where we'll sketch and paint our beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the views of the Danube Bend from the boat and marvel at the riverside settlements. Step back in time at the ruins of Zsámbék Monastery and enjoy delicious food and local wine in Etyek. Last day spent sketching around Budapest, concluded with a dinner cruise! Comfortable hotel on the Buda side, walking distance from Buda Castle. Your guide and tutor for the 4 days is Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open.
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €679 / person sharing a double room. Flights exl.
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting in Tuscany"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Cape Ann Style Landscape Workshop in Cork, Ireland"
June 7-14, 2018
 

Join us as we refresh our spirits and paint the natural beauty of Ireland's Beara Peninsula. Our three day workshop is structured to allow each participant personal attention as we focus on established principles to design and execute a satisfying painting. We will identify what stimulates us and what we want to express about the light, the air, the land, sea and ourselves. Our decisions will guide us towards a strong composition, harmonious color and expressive brushwork. One can only explore the Beara for the first time once. Let's do it with paint! Local artists welcome - contact us about workshop only prices and for more information.
 
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Jim Murphy
Cost: $1,550.00
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email


"Tonalism in Ireland"
June 7-14, 2018
 

The Irish landscape whispers Tonalism. Tonalism is a style of painting that uses deep tones and muted hues to convey poetic mystery. Painting in Ireland with its deep, moody and mysterious landscapes, is wonderful for tonalism, as tonalist painting is mysterious, soulful and old world looking. The goal is to paint a tonalist painting without losing the poetry and mystery that tonalism conveys. Here is your opportunity to experience Tonalism inspired by the beauty of the Beara Peninsula in Cork, Ireland. This workshop is appropriate for all levels and numbers are kept to a minimum. Local artists are welcome to attend daily for classes only.
 
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Teri Canelle
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email


"Plein air painting in NE Hungary"
June 10-17, 2018
 

Whatever your level of painting skills, come and enjoy a relaxing time in the North-East of Hungary. Our art journey starts with visiting a tiny village where traditions live on. We paint in awe-inspiring settings in the Bukk National Park, famous for its beech forests, waterfalls, streams. Hidden in this forest is Lillafured, the most picturesque location perhaps. Get inspired by the hanging gardens or how about sketching from your own boat on the lake? We move further south and reach a contrasting landscape. Here, by the Tisza Lake full of floating waterlily clusters you can truly relax and paint in peace. A landscape so flat yet so full of surprises. Tutored by Hungarian artist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open!
 
Location: Eger, Tiszafured, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €890 / person sharing a double room, excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Studio Italia 2018"
June 14-24, 2018
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2520 US as of July 2017) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Switzerland"
June 17-27, 2018
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad. We will fly into Zurich where we will stay overnight. The next morning we will go to beautiful Lauderbrunnen a village tucked into the Swiss Alps. While we will be surrounded by towering Alps and many waterfalls, the village is at a comfortable 2600ft so you will not have any problem with the altitude. We will stay in our village the whole time as there is much to paint and we will take a few day trips to the surrounding areas. See website for suggested watercolor supply list.
 
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Frank Eber Watercolor Workshop"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Frank shares watercolor techniques for creating balance and unity in your work. Time sensitive and challenging wet-on- wet and dry-on-wet approaches as well as composition will be addressed. There will be discussion and demonstration on composition as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Frank breaks all this down to help students absorb all aspects of painting techniques. This will be an indoor and outdoor workshop as weather permits. Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and Watercolor West (WW). He is also a juried member of the prestigious California Art Club.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Impressions of Umbria in Watercolor"
June 21 - July 5, 2018
 

Painting Trip. Join me for a painting workshop in a beautifully restored Capuchin monastery from the 16th century surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennines mountains. Lodging and great local meals by Umbrian chefs are included! Take tours in a modern bus available for us 24/7 for trips to the beautiful hill-towns of Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. Classes are held in La Romita’s frescoed chapel, day trips (plein air painting and excursions) are held to the various scenic hill towns that dot the region, and all students experience the sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and warm hospitality that the region offers.
 
Location: Terni - Umbria Region, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Website, email, 1-855-4ROMITA (476-6482); 202-337-3120


"Watercolor Painting and Journaling Workshop in Provence"
June 23-30, 2018
 

Infuse the beauty, charm and colors of Provence into your watercolor paintings with the experienced guidance of instructors, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. They love teaching together and you get the benefit of two instructors in this small group workshop. Imagine painting in the height of lavendar season as you create captivating compositions with dynamic color statements, creative textures, luminescent light, and add calligraphy and your memories to your paintings if you wish. Recognized by Plein Air Magazine for their workshops and Daniel Smith Fine Art Watercolors for their mastery of watercolors, the duo expertly share how to enjoy the process, loosen up and manipulate both opaque and transparent watercolors.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint in the Balaton Uplands in Hungary"
June 25 - July 2, 2018
 

The focus of this art workshop is plein air painting and sketching in an idyllic setting in the Balaton Uplands in Western Hungary. Learn how to make visual records quickly and effectively of any subject. You will learn how to select your subjects, compose and set the mood of your painting. Improve your creativity by learning and applying textures and marks in your work. Gain confidence painting outdoors and learn useful tips. We’ll be surrounded by vineyards, a nearby castle ruin, unusual rock formations and the iconic Lake Balaton. All levels welcome! Spaces available! Booking now!
 
Location: Balatonfured, Badacsony, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €995 / person sharing a room. Flights excl.
Website, email, +44 (0)203 488 2991 +44 (0)7564 906 850


"Kim English Oil Painting Workshop"
June 25-29, 2018
 

We will paint live figures indoors and landscapes outdoors and en plein air (with weather permitting) - as well as from reference materials. This workshop will focus on the ability to paint quickly with confidence. This is a skill that can be useful in many situations, especially working on location. Techniques for achieving a spontaneous yet controlled approach will be practiced. With the figures in this workshop we will create numerous quick studies as a means to learning and growth in area of spontaneity, freshness and the development of your intuitive sense. With landscapes, we will spend more time on each piece, but with the same creative and spontaneous process put into practice with confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $749
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Plein Air: Painting the Beartooth Range, Montana"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene. We will try to see things in more of an “Abstract” way. In other words to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This is to see them more as an artist which opens up more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Beartooth Range, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor 101: Plein Air Painting for Beginners"
June 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop will cover the foundation of watercolor painting, including how to apply the paint, wet the paper, mix colors and understand color relationships, perform various washes, and create hard and soft edges. Each day starts with morning instruction in the inn emphasizing one or two specific techniques as well as painting composition and finishing. These inside lessons will include practice exercises so that students feel comfortable applying these techniques when we go outside later in the day. Once we’re outside, Margie will do a demonstration painting. Although all students of all painting levels are welcome, this workshop is designed specifically for beginners, or those watercolor painters who want a solid review of the basics of this art form.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Margie Samuels, margiesamuelswatercolor.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolor Painting"
July 10-12, 2018
 

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


"Plein Air with TJ Cunningham"
July 16-19, 2018
 

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. TJ will give daily plein air demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend time outdoors painting Whidbey Island landscape, barns, buildings, boats and more.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham, www.cunninghamfineart.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Visual Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The visual journal can tap valuable inner resources to discover self-guidance as an artist. The primary goal is to enhance your ability to find the inspiration, the spirit of play, and the creative flow to establish the daily practice of image making as fun exploration. We will employ practices to deepen your perception, and hone the craft of editing and expressing. Through journaling one discovers art making as an integral part of life and as an ongoing personal dialogue, giving the artist a wealth of ideas to work from in the studio. This approach is especially valuable when traveling and wishing to record memories — making the opportunity to slow down, draw! --and allow new experiences to leave a deeper impression.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Quincy Anderson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali"
August 5-17, 2018
 

We are so excited to return to Bali, one of our favorite destinations! We will spend the first half of our time in Ubud in bungalows tucked into the forest where you will experience a new culture, dances, new foods, interesting traditions, museums and special ceremonies. You may also want to take advantage of the great shopping or a massage on the beach. We will also spend some time in Candi Dasa to relax, swim in the Indian Ocean or in the lovely pool at our hotel. Ken Goldman will help you fill your sketchbook with colorful memories of this wonderful island. We will work with light equipment so you are free to visit several spots each day to draw and paint.
 
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Ken Goldman, NWS, AWS
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Composing the Landscape"
August 7-9, 2018
 

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


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Fantastic Farm Landscapes in Pastel"
August 14-16, 2018
 

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


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein air oil painting with John Lasater"
September 4-7, 2018
 

"I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude". John’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and mentions in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with four nights luxury lodging, meals, wine and tuition all taken care of for one price. The venue is Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: John Lasater
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como with Jon Budicin"
September 5-12, 2018
 

Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on the shores of beautiful Lake Como! Master artist, Jon Budicin, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited in size to 8 participating artists. We will visit different locations around the lake for painting. Workshop includes all breakfasts and dinners, as well as airport transfers and transportation of artists to painting locations. This will be a week to remember! Come and join us!
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jon Budicin
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Plein air painting in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
September 6-11, 2018
 

A very picturesque painting holiday in the High Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia or ‘Hungarian Uplands’ as known to native Hungarians. A truly magnificent mountain range with its hidden tarns, lakes and waterfalls as well as the many challenging peaks. We sketch and paint by the crystal clear waters of mountain lakes, we take the cable car up to some of the peaks to enjoy breathtaking views and we’ll do some easy, scenic hiking. No better place than this to practice your painting skills, take photographs and enjoy some fresh air. Booking now for September 2018!
 
Location: Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €569 / person sharing a room. Excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991, +44 7564906850


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Watercolor Sketching On-Location with Candace Rose Rardon"
September 10-16, 2018
 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and storyteller with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Originally from the state of Virginia, she has spent the past nine years traveling through more than 50 countries and is currently based in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a sketch artist and travel writer since 2011, her stories and sketches have appeared in a wide range of publications including Longreads, BBC Travel and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site. And as a professional illustrator, her clients have included Penguin Random House, Yahoo, and Google Thailand. Candace is also the founder of Moment Sketchers, an art and travel blog and global community of artists from more than 20 countries around the world.
 
Location: Porto & Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Candace Rose Rardon, www.candaceroserardon.com
Cost: $3,425 Shared, $4,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Workshop: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques that create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject through the simplification process. The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the result of a painting is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration through the simplification process to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. We will paint different subjects every day, en plein-air weather permitting.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Paint Ireland with Watercolor Artist Angela Fehr"
September 10-15, 2018
 

What could be more of a dream come true for an artist than to paint the world? Join watercolor artist Angela Fehr for a destination workshop focused on growing your watercolor skills while exploring the scenery and villages of Ireland. This six-day workshop combines sightseeing and painting, as we explore Ireland; taking in the beauty of the natural landscape and historic sites in half-day tours, sketching en plein air on occasion, then returning to the studio to paint our impressions of what we’ve experienced through loose, intuitive painting focused on personal expression and heartfelt emotion. Join us in this cultural, historic and creative wonderland of coastal cliffs and postcard-perfect countryside.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Angela Fehr
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 17-24, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"TJ Cunningham Teaches Landscape Painting and a Trip to the NGA"
September 21-25, 2018
 

The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, VA. We will locate close to ameneties and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed. Optional: Join us for a day at the National Gallery of Art on the mall in DC 9/25.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $465
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 21-28, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"San Miguel de Allende with Don Andrews"
Ocotober 28 - November 3, 2018
 

Join us for our first ever workshop celebration during the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in many other countries, especially the United States. The festival is celebrated with marigolds, paper decorations, food and people dressed in vibrant costumes with their faces painted. Don Andrews will be our instructor. He is a nationally known painter, author and instructor recognized for his figure paintings and his landscapes with glowing granular washes and vibrant light.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan"
Begin your course any time
 

Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

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. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Paint the Maine Landscape with Janet Glatz"
Ongoing
 

All materials and paints included. Beginner to Intermediate painters. We begin instruction where your skills are; then we build from there. Choose either acrylic or water mixable oils. Two styles: natural realism and tonalism. Two or three-day workshops also available.
 
Location: Durham, Maine
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Cost: $40 per hour private; $27 per hr. semi private
Website, email, 207 317 7952


"Working in Pastel"
Every Thursday - year round
 

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.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Cost: $40 per session
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.270.4313


 

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