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Painting in Spain: Ink and Watercolor Sketching/Painting Workshop
May 2-9, 2016 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced. The combination of travel sketching (ink and watercolor) and painting gives you the best of both worlds; the immediacy of travel sketching and the spontaneity of plein air painting. I want all the participants to leave the workshop with smiles on their faces knowing they received excellent group and personal instruction, successfully faced their artistic challenges, experienced the culture of Costa Brava and most importantly had fun! Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: David Savellano, davidsavellano.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 3-5, 2016 (11am-2pm) — Drawing and painting out-of-doors presents unique surprises and pleasures as well as particular challenges. Working at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, learn tactics to efficiently set up on location, select a composition and capture the light, color and shapes of the surrounding landscape. Students may work in the drawing/painting media of their choice. Free parking and restroom facilities available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscapes to Flowerscapes
May 4-6, 2016 (9 am - 4 pm) — Beginners to advanced welcome. Learn Dawn's unique techniques for painting transparent watercolors. Her purpose in life is to share and teach art for enjoyment, healing, and creative expression. With nature as inspiration, create your own unique treasures and learn color theory, composition, movement and texture at the same time. We will paint landscapes and also flowers. Takes place in Dawn's studio in magical Santa Fe. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $375.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-699-7314

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Watercolor Wild
May 6-7, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this 2-day intensive with Mike Kowalski, learn how to define a subject and work it into a painting. Mike will discuss materials and techniques for working in watercolor, and will provide daily demonstrations and group critiques. Class participants will receive a handout outlining supplies needed and an outline of the course details. Students will strive to do two paintings per day. Beginning students may wish to use a sketchbook. We will paint subject matter in and around Winslow; shop windows, cafe umbrellas, and architecture will be your inspiration. By the end of the workshop you will have a number of great sketches, finished watercolor pieces, and most importantly, you will have gained more experience and knowledge through painting. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mike Kowalski, mikekowalskifineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting in Batavia, Illinois, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 6-7, 2016 (10-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two full days (Fri-Sat) of outdoor painting at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois. We'll paint in any of several beautiful parks along the Fox River, and Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $250
Email: Kari Kraus
Phone: 630-761-9977

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Outdoor Photography
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Stephen will teach you his techniques for achieving better scenic, landscape and close-up images from nature. He will discuss composition, lighting, filters, exposure and additional equipment. You will have a chance to shoot in the field and have your photos critiqued in class. You should have a working knowledge of your camera. Bring your camera, camera manual, tripod (optional) and USB card reader or cable for downloading images. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Stephen Gassman
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies
May 7-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape paintings are only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for either plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $285
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
May 7 - June 24, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
May 8-18, 2016 — Join us for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, poppy fields, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Ron Stocke holds signature memberships from the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and he is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron’s award winning paintings and teaching style have made him one of today’s top watercolor instructors. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ron Stocke, www.ronstocke.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3600
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
May 8, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Plein Air Painting in Rural Indiana, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 9-11, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for three full days (Mon-Wed) at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, Indiana. We'll paint on this beautiful, 60-acre farm with fields, ponds, a barn and spring wildflowers. Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Art Barn
Cost: $325
Email: Jane
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Painting in Spain: All Media Painting Workshop
May 9-16, 2016 — Join in the fun, with artist and instructor Pat Fiorello, as you learn, grow and see new places through the eyes of an artist during this inspiring 8-day painting workshop in beautiful Spain! Pat has extensive experience teaching on location in the U.S. and Europe and is author of the book “Bella Italia, Italy through the Eyes of an Artist.” Whether you are new to painting or experienced, you will improve your ability to observe the landscape and capture its essence. We’ll focus on how to select landscape elements and compose a beautiful painting based on what inspires you and how to then simplify the landscape and mass values for greatest impact. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Pat Fiorello, www.patfiorello.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Wet and Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color
May 13-15, 2016 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Creatives Retreat at a Tuscany Farm/cooking school
May 14-20, 2016 — Join us for a creatives retreat at a magical working farm/cooking school in Tuscany, 12 miles from Siena. Spannocchia is an historic sustainable farm with hiking paths, farm animals, Tuscan cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine and great food. Includes accommodations, local transfers to/from Florence, most meals w/wine, and excursion to Siena. Spannocchia is one of the most tranquil places on earth. All levels welcome for painting, hiking and cooking classes. Visit website


Location: Spannocchia, Italy
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Behind the Scenes at Morris Arboretum
May 14, 2016 (10am-11:30am) — Celebrate spring among the colorful gardens, romantic landscape, diverse living collections, sculpture and award-winning architecture of this internationally known botanical garden. Your guide will be plantsman, naturalist and historian Bob Gutowski, Director of Public Programs. Includes all-day admission to the public garden and an invitation to return and paint, photograph or sketch as a guest of the Arboretum on a future day. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Plenty of free parking. Visit website


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

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"Strait Color" with Randall Sexton
May 14-15, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Get out and paint along the Carquinez Strait en plein air in the Northeast corner of the San Francisco Bay Area. Hosted by Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA. The class will review the fundamentals of solid picture making with a strong focus on Color Mixing and Brush Handling. Randall's medium of choice is oil, but the course is open to other mediums and all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome provided they have some experience (and the equipment) for painting outdoors. Visit website


Location: Benicia, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Arts Benicia
Cost: Members: $225.00 / Non-Members: $240.00
Email: Arts Benicia
Phone: (707) 747-0131

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Exploring Colors, Values and a Limited Palette
May 16-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend four fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta at her beach house packed full of incredible color paint along demos, studio and plein air painting, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. You will learn to change your color palette in a painting while keeping the correct values and mixing your own colors. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her beach house which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art via your website, facebook, blog, newsletters, etc. Accommodations are also available at the beach house. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $499.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 16-23, 2016 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced. Sandra works in a fast loose impressionistic style which is structured by solid art principles. She places a strong emphasis on composition, light, atmosphere and lost and found edges. It is also her goal to fill the paintings with energy, passion and emotion. Sandra will demonstrate a painting from start to finish, usually in less than an hour. She is happy to address questions while she is painting and encourages student interaction during her demos. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Sandra Strohschein, sandralstrohscheinfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
May 19-25, 2016 — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by master artists who made the Bermuda pilgrimage, as well as the opportunity to paint alongside the Bermuda Plein Air Painters on their regular Sunday morning excursion and to enjoy the Bermuda Day festivities on May 24. Visit website


Location: St. George, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Sketching in Watercolor and Ink
May 19, 26, & June 2, 2016 (Thursdays, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.) — Capture the essence of flowers, foliage, and your surroundings in this three-session class/workshop using simple, quick techniques and portable materials! You will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. Beginning in the classroom with fun warm-up exercises, you will travel outdoors to capture beautiful Bainbridge Island as weather permits. A simple supply list will be provided. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lisa Snow Lady, www.lisasnowlady.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Giverny & Normandy: Watercolors and Journal Sketching
May 20-27, 2016 — An inspiring setting for a painting workshop: this tour in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized on canvas not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. On this painting workshop, you as well will be inspired by the same landscapes, from peaceful meadows to fashionable seaside resorts; under the charm of this region. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, as well as enjoying local food and culture. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Artists’ Painting Retreat in Italy
May 21-28, 2016 — Join us for an exciting trip to Italy! We will be staying in a grand 10,000 sf newly renovated villa near Greve, the “entrance gate” into the Chianti region of Tuscany! We will connect with our immediate surroundings through observational painting, both indoors and en plein air. Techniques and exercises will teach and build skill in still life, landscape and interior painting. Instruction will simplify the processes of painting and working directly from life. We’ll analyze what influences our choices and how to incorporate our personal voice in our work. We’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the Uffizi and Academia museums in Florence. The class size is limited to 9 participants for an intimate learning and painting experience. Visit website


Location: Greve, Italy
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, www.lisadariakennedy.com
Cost: $2300-$2650
Email: Donna Thomas
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Paint the Italian Spring
May 21 - June 4, 2016 — La Romita School of Art has been providing artists with the perfect working vacation for nearly 50 years. You will stay at La Romita, an exquisitely renovated sixteenth century Capuchin monastery surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. There will be day trips to the scenic hill towns that dot the region. Experience sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and the warm hospitality. This is a pastel landscape workshop, but open to other materials. Barbara will teach you how to improve your composition, structure your paintings using a solid value study. You will learn how to interpret the rich colors and warm textures that are unique to the Italian landscape. Price includes all meals, accommodations, and workshop. Visit website


Location: Terni, Italy
Instructor: Barbara Lawrence
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Cost: $3,850.00
Email: Barbara Lawrence
Phone: 415-717-1238

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — 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. Visit website


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

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Cortona en Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Plein air painting is on the rise and is it any wonder why? We find it challenging & fun, we get to be outside and we can take our passion to places like Italy! Painting en plein air requires a process of logic and intuition; a way of seeing and translating, recording and interpreting, deep soul searching with a sense of play. This workshop will encompass the principles of good painting: creativity, color, value, shape, composition, drawing, edge and variety. Twenty years of plein air experience and ten years of teaching has allowed Larry to distill the process of painting into learnable techniques. Experienced painters as well as beginners are welcome. Visit website


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

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Sketch on the Go
May 21, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks or while traveling abroad. Topics discussed and demonstrated include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying shape and form. Use your favorite drawing media: pencil, ink, crayon, or watercolor. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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Painters Retreat in the South of France
May 22-28, 2016 — Join us for an unforgettable art adventure at La Napoule Painters Retreat on the French Riviera. The Chateau de La Napoule and art foundation lie just southwest of Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France...a painter's dream holiday. Paint the beautiful grounds and gardens of the chateau, explore the village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. So much inspiration. All levels and all mediums welcome as well as non painters. $600 deposit. Visit website


Location: Mandeleiu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875. Add $150 for Sea View Room.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Kimberley Photography Adventure
May 23-29, 2016 (10am) — Photograph the Australian Outback. A 7 day adventure - spectacular landscape, unique wildlife and Aussie characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture into wilderness areas not usually open to the public. You'll have your own rustic Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping beside a pristine waterhole. Meet the locals, get a sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley, all while capturing inspiring photographs and developing your camera techniques and post production skills. Peruse the itinerary on the website for inclusions and many other fun activities. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


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

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New York City: Travel and Street Photography Tour
May 23-30, 2016 — New York City is a cornucopia of visual delight! Our tour will visit here the last week of May, 2016. Woody Allen said, "I love New York City in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they’re a drunk or a thief. I’ve loved the city my whole life — to me, it’s like a great woman." Our central headquarters will be the impressive and vivacious, Union Square. Join us for hands-on location photography in both the street and travel genres. We will explore urban daytime, sunset and some night photography - accelerating your progress in composition, speed in reacting to given circumstance, technical ability, final product and overall proficiency to your craft. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Wayne Kaulback
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1,690
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
May 23-27, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Sunshine in Watercolor
May 23-26, 2016 (9am-12:30pm) — Focusing on the colors, shapes, and textures of springtime florals and landscapes, create watercolor paintings with Kari as your guide. Students will use negative painting methods and shapes to explore compositional strategies. In addition to demonstrations and guided painting sessions, Kari will discuss colors found in spring landscapes and painterly techniques to depict orchards, daffodils, trilliums, and tulips. You will have the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, however some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this course. Visit website


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

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Lay It Down & Leave It Alone
May 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Her work was recently featured in the November 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $400
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Florence Extension for Tuscany Adventure
May 25-28, 2016 — These few days in the magical city of Florence will be an Extension to the trip to the Tuscan Renaissance Center listed. (See the Tuscany trip listed for Steve and Janet Rogers). We will be staying at the charming Residence Michelangiolo with a short walk (or bus) to the center of Florence along the River Arno and views of the Ponte Vecchio. Janet and Steve Rogers will be the instructors for these three days as well as continuing on for painting adventure in Tuscany afterwards. Most of our time in Florence will be exploring Museums, etc., but instructional helps are always available and light painting and sketching. Museum passes, lodging, and two dinners are included. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Steve and Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Il Chiostro - Art Workshops in Italy
Cost: $625.00
Email: Linda Mironti
Phone: 800 990-3506

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


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
May 29 - June 3, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Sponsor: Dillman’s Bay
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 31 - June 28, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Paint and draw the landscape at select locations including the Highlands Mansion and Gardens, Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, and cool, shady spots along Wissahickon Creek. Students may work in the medium of their choice. All levels welcome. Transportation to and from PAFA available for full-day students. Half-day registration is also available, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m. for $295 non-credit. Visit website


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

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Making Great Paintings from Photographs
June 2-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Make your paintings come to life when you evoke the colorful and expressive nature of the visual experience. Using photographs as a reference, learn how to select imagery, utilize bright and complementary colored underpaintings, as well as employ Impressionist-based painting methods. Shelby will demonstrate daily, as well as discuss individual needs with you to promote both confidence and skill in creating paintings from photographs. Bring a large selection of references that explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures. Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
June 2-5, 2016 (All day each day) — Located in Limberlost Forest Reserve in Muskoka, 10,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes to paint. Keith paints in a free, post impressionist style and will help you loosen up and capture the raw power of the landscape. He will also be introducing you to modern colour theory and showing you how you can use a limited palette to create almost any colour. Visit website


Location: Muskoka, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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


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

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Painting in Southeast France: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 3-10, 2016 — Join Iain Stewart for a week of painting in the foothills of the French Alps. This is a truly unique opportunity to improve your watercolor painting with an award-winning watercolor artist. Each day begins with a demonstration. You are then free to paint, with one-on-one instruction, or explore the surrounding area. The small class size will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Iain is committed to help you build your confidence and ability in watercolor. Lakes, hills, colorful markets, medieval town, rural villages await you. Indulge your creative spirit with a memorable painting holiday in France! Limited to 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 4-11, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Plein Air France: Vineyards & Villages
June 4-11, 2016 — Looking for a great value Plein Air workshop in the south of France? Spend 7 nights in a splendid accommodation set high on a hilltop, overlooking vineyards, olive groves and an ancient village. Daily painting trips with your accomplished instructor to castles, flower fields, walled cities, and seaside vistas. Full board, supplies, and transfers included! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Mary Lou Boardman
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in the Studio
June 4-5, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Come and enjoy a fun and informative studio workshop with award-winning, Oregon-based artist Eric Jacobsen. In this workshop you will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of making a good painting using reference photos- choosing a subject, making a great design, editing the scene, and more. Eric will focus on simplifying the landscape and on how to put energy and emotion into your paintings. The workshop will consist of informal lectures, demonstrations, critiques as well as plenty of individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, jacobsenstudio.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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City Landscape (1)
June 5 - July 10, 2016 (Sundays, 9am-1pm) — The city has long been the subject of many great artists including Canaletto, Edward Hopper and Jane Freilecher. Develop your own vision of the city on location at vibrant Gorgas Park, at the high point of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, featuring expansive views of the city and landscape. Drawing and painting mediums will be demonstrated including oil, gouache, watercolor and pastel. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be just some of the topics covered. Free on-site parking available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Contemporary Coastal Landscape Painting in Perdido Key, Florida
June 5-6, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Join New Orleans artist/instructor Anne Cicero at the beautiful Indigo Resort in Perdido Key, Florida for this exciting and informative Acrylic and Mixed Media Coastal landscape painting workshop! Students will work from photos and outdoors with experimental and traditional techniques to create unique landscape paintings loosely based on the abundant Gulf Coast beaches and marshes. Come enjoy this fun overview of composition, color, perspective and use of appropriate mediums to create unique interpretations of water, sky, sand and marshes. Visit website


Location: Perdido Key, FL
Instructor: Anne Cicero
Sponsor: studiocicero
Cost: $300/student $25.00 for supply packet
Email: Anne Cicero
Phone: (504)628-1802

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Skyros Art Studio
June 5 - September 25, 2016 (9:00) — The Art Studio is truly an exciting creative arts holiday location for both beginners and those who would like to develop their skills further. Embark on an inspirational journey through the picturesque Skyros village, the beach, its ancient sites, the colourful countryside and also their own inner landscapes. Join Skyros Holidays for 1 and 2 week creative art holidays with professional facilitators at the forefront of their careers. From plein air painting to photography, artful presence to mosaics, the Art Studio has something for everyone. Call 01983 865 566 or email office@skryos.com to find out more information. www.skyros.com Visit website


Location: Skyros Island, Greece
Instructor: Various Professional Artists
Sponsor: Skyros Holidays
Cost: £595 - £1245
Email: Lottie Stockdale
Phone: 01983 86 55 66

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Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel
June 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Oil pastels are pure pigments in a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide array of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual drawing and painting practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day. Soft pastel artists are welcome if they are confident in their medium. Visit website


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

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
June 6-10, 2016 — During this class you will learn techniques for painting quickly and accurately, the key elements of gesture, light, and form. Each day will be spent working from the model, both en plein air and in the studio. You will concentrate on identifying the big relationships within your painting instead of getting caught up in the details. Techniques for simplifying your color palette will be discussed and you will discover how to see value more precisely. Expect to paint numerous small studies each day. Kim will work with you at your easel to address any questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Monterey Bay
June 6-10, 2016 (9-4) — A plein air painting workshop in the beautiful Monterey Bay peninsula. I will be running two tracks in the workshop. One for beginners, and the other for more advanced students. If you are an absolute beginner, I will give you a solid foundational course on the most essential elements you need to understand in order to paint well, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. If you are a more experienced or professional painter, you will work on more advanced topics tailored to your needs. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a solid plan of action to work on for the following twelve months. Visit website


Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Cost: $975
Email: Jacqui Seddon
Phone: 1244428981

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 6-13, 2016 — Join us for painting and fun in Spain! We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy will inspire you with daily watercolor demos and then provide hands on and individual instructions as you capture the mystique of the Costa Brava in your own watercolor journal. 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. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Well Edited Landscape, Inside and Out
June 6-8, 2016 — My workshops focus on simplifying and interpreting the landscape into a concise visual message. I teach methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and compose a well-edited painting. In some of my workshops, students will also work on specific practice exercises to improve their brush/pastel stroke application with the goal of making every stroke count. Each day of the workshop will begin with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel for the remainder of each day. Most students who attend my workshops do have at least some painting experience, but all levels are welcome, and I'm happy to give individual attention to beginners. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $410 by May 6; $460 after May 6
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Landscape Painting in Amalfi Italy
June 7-14, 2016 (9 - 5pm) — Located in Amalfi Italy coast, workshop includes 7 nights, 8 days, 4 star hotel, sea view rooms, most meals, all land and ferry boat transportation including pick up at airport in Naples; paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Cooking classes available for guests and artists. Ancient Maritime Regatta occurs week before workshop. Not to be missed! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Cost: $2.975 artist; $2.575, artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Studio Painting with New Energy
June 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Immerse yourself in the world of painting and add new energy to your work. Learn to simplify your process as you create a composition in stages, focusing on personal artistic goals. Tom will demonstrate and guide you through a variety of concepts and techniques, as well as provide individualized attention as you incorporate what you learn into your work. Using a combination of photographic references and inspiration from the outdoors, weather permitting, you will bring your paintings to the next level. Visit website


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

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Pastel Painting "en Plein Air"
June 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Capture the soft, early colors of the summer landscape while painting en plein air at various sites around Fish Creek. Utilizing the unique properties and immediacy of soft pastel, learn how to quickly compose a scene using large masses of color on-site. Join Laverne as she demonstrates her underpainting techniques and how to make a pastel support. You will create finished pastel paintings over the course of the week. Open to both beginner and intermediate students, however those with some familiarity with the pastel medium will benefit most from this experience. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
June 9-12, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway. Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
June 11 - July 29, 2016 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further to explore how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lesson guides based on required e-book text, additional instruction and mentoring support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 16 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring colored pencil art techniques and principles. Artwork by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 11-12, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Westerville, OH
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Sally Ford-Hyles
Phone: 614-895-8322

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


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

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Rocky Mountains Plein Air Workshop
June 12-15, 2016 — Plein Air Painting Workshop, Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with accomplished, award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. The spring wildflowers will be carpeting the valleys, and the snow melt high in the mountains will be filling the creeks with clear rushing water, beckoning us to set up our easels. Your relaxing stay at one of the few remaining authentic renovated Historic Lodges built over 100 years ago is located just outside of the National Park. Modern, private, en-suite rooms for 4 nights, welcome dinner, boxed lunches, heated swimming pool, bar, hot-tub, all ground transfers. Painting demonstrations, consultations, and one on one guidance with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. $1,450 all-inclusive* Book early for this fun and exciting adventure! Visit website


Location: Estes, CO
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $1,450
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors
June 13-17, 2016 — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience in watercolor. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle that Eric will share with students. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors. Visit website


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

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Sketching Techniques
June 13-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, explore the basic techniques of pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. Combine these mediums in vibrant sketches while capturing the beauty of the school’s grounds and the surrounding village of Fish Creek, weather permitting. Create a mini-sketchbook from a sheet of watercolor paper to fill with drawings in and out of the studio in a positive and encouraging environment. Ann will provide demonstrations and individualized feedback. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
June 13-17, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Plein Air Painting from Photographs
June 13-17, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Interested in painting landscapes, but can’t paint outdoors in the plein air tradition? Learn to use photographs as an aid for landscape painting, capturing both the freshness and detail of your favorite locations! Work from your own images to refine your ideas and techniques through preparatory studies, and then execute finished paintings in oil. Create work that is ultimately free from the photographic source, suggesting memory and emotion, and expressing the essence of “en plein air.” Visit website


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

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Express the Moment, Watercolor Plein Air Workshop
June 14-17, 2016 (9 am - 4 pm) — Plein air paint with freedom and confidence! Sweet, historic Jacksonville, Oregon is the perfect setting for this inspirational watercolor workshop (with an introduction to gouache). Instructor Vinita Pappas will teach you how to simplify the scene, mix colors from life, avoid common mistakes, and more. From a student, “Vinita is a wonderful teacher and artist. I love the way she paints and also the way she explains and demonstrates. I would sign up for her workshop anytime!” Our lodging host, the beautiful TouVelle House will be a lovely place for breakfast conversations and evening art chats with Vinita and other workshop members. If you’re not already enchanted with plein air painting, you will be after taking this workshop! Visit website


Location: Jacksonville, OR
Instructor: Vinita Pappas
Sponsor: Vinita Pappas
Cost: $399
Email: Vinita Pappas
Phone: 541-817-2100

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Star Valley Ranch Plein Air: Wyoming
June 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Star Valley, Wyoming on a private ranch. The vistas are breathtaking from the ranch, which overlooks the valley floor of fields, cottonwood trees and mountains as a backdrop. This five-day workshop will start out with a morning demonstration and plenty of one-on-one instruction. John Hughes is a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and is an experienced teacher with Scottsdale Artists' School. John's approach to painting focuses on the five basic areas of painting: drawing, color, value, edges and brushwork. "These are the building blocks of good painting, and once learned each artist will come away with a method to effectively execute and critique their own work." Visit website


Location: Star Valley, WY
Instructor: John Hughes, johnhughesstudio.com/blog
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studio Italia 2016
June 14-24, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD$ 2985 (around US$ 2350 as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Expressive Drawing in Pen and Ink
June 16-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Become more confident and proficient in the use of pen and ink in this drawing workshop. Employing expressive techniques, such as mark-making and watercolor to emphasize and add dimension, learn to use ink to draw various objects and landscapes. Each day will begin with drawing exercises and demonstrations of various methods, followed by independent drawings of still-life setups, landscapes, and other subjects of your choosing with Maren’s guidance. Throughout the workshop, Maren will share works in pen and ink by master artists and illustrators for inspiration. Expect to create one or more polished pieces. Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
June 16-19, 2016 (All day each day) — The Ottawa Valley is a fantastic place to paint. Old century farms, cataracts, rivers, villages, rolling hills. Many paintings were done in this area by the Canadian painters, the Group of Seven. Keith will also be introducing you to Modern colour Theory and how you can use his limited palette to paint almost any colour easily. This is an all inclusive retreat. Visit website


Location: Renfrew, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $775
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Plein Air in Provence
June 18-25, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and living in Provence! We'll stay in a beautifully restored former silk mill, including a lavender field right out back! Class size is limited to 6-8 participants. Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily, as well as paint at our location which is stunning! Come join us...you won't be disappointed! Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3100/Single Occupancy, Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Secret Sacred France
June 18-25, 2016 — Take a step back in time to an unspoiled region in the south of France that is cloaked in medieval mystery. Paint the land of the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and iconic sites of intrigue such as Rennes Le Chateau. Each day you will accompany your experienced Plein Air instructor, Inez Hudson, to stunning landscapes throughout this mystical region. The workshop includes 7 days full board (with wine!) in spectacular accommodations, transfers, daily painting trips, lectures and learning activities, wine tastings, basic Plein Air supplies and more! This workshop is a feast for the eyes and the imagination at an unbeatable price! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Inez Hudson
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
June 18-25, 2016 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Visit website


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

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Abstraction & Landscape in Oils with Samnang Riebe
June 18, 2016 (10am-1pm) — This Plein-Air painting workshop is dedicated to making abstract, non-representational paintings. The goal for students is to make a painting of their own that is informed by light, air, temperature, humidity, etc. but does not rely on the nameable cues such as sky, ground, water, tree, architecture. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Samnang Riebe, samriebe.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $60, $50 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
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ArtisTTable France, Morvan - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 18-25, 2016 — The ArtisTTable takes pride in providing rich art retreat experiences. Escape from your daily routine and concentrate on painting and creative process. We will be in the Morvan region of France because it provides inspiring locations on farms with rolling hills and quaint villages. Beginning and intermediate painters will find a nurturing environment during demonstrations an plenty of one-on-one support and instruction by ArtisTTable artist-founders, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from the train, mindfulness training designed to break creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists Workshop to enable us to write and speak about our art. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: LaRochemillay, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Color and Light Watercolor workshop with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle
June 19-24, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — Bring your work to the next level as you explore watercolors elusive qualites of transparency and spontaneity with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. Learn to see and mix luminous color, and compose dynamic compositions. 5 day plein air watercolor workshop on the coast of Maine in beautiful Deer Isle- a haven for artists. It is a magical place with its many islands amid sparkling blue waters,moss covered spruce forests and dramatic peach granite outcroppings. Daily demonstrations followed by individualized instruction and group critiques. Marjorie Glick is a painter of large scale lush colored realism watercolors. Her work has been described as being timelessly elegant and complex and is prized for its beauty and reverence for nature. Visit website


Location: Stonington, MA
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $675
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
June 20-24, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Fish Creek with Kathleen Conover
June 20-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn the art of visual journaling by capturing the sights, sounds, and charming atmosphere of the village of Fish Creek. Be inspired as you work both en plein air and in the studio. This workshop will combine opportunities to photograph, sketch, and paint outdoors, as well as spend time in the studio to allow for further development and strengthening of your compositions. Join Kathleen as she shares her adventurous and experimental watercolor techniques through daily demonstrations and individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Conover, www.kathleenconover.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Colors of Madeline Island
June 20-24, 2016 — The class will take advantage of early morning and late afternoon light, leaving mid-day for classroom time. Excursions include a sunset boat cruise through the Apostle Islands to Devil’s Island, site of some of the best sea caves in the world. Studio time includes editing and critiquing your new work. Informal lectures will be given; in relation to the day’s shoots. She will also touch on such varied topics as learning to see in new ways, digital tips and tricks, exposure, color temperature, composition, and fine art. Alison will share her LR workflow during the workshop. Visit website


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

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Powercolor Painting
June 20-24, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's five-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915.490.5071

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The Magic of Watercolor
June 22-26, 2016 — In a cozy house on the water, on Orr’s Island, ME we help you find or fine tune your own unique artistic expression, your own language of color and form and marks on a surface. I combine daily demos with my intuitive talents in my teaching. You will learn to work quickly to capture a special moment in time. You may work in acrylic or pastel if you choose as well. The Maine coast provides the most alive and inspiring land and seascapes to inspire you. We incorporate meditation to help us relax and connect with our inner voice. Includes most meals, lodging, and instruction. Enjoy 4 full days of artistic inspiration and like minded community. Personalized instruction. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $865
Email: Melissa Harris
Phone: 845-340-9632

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The Wonder of Florence: Creating Beauty
June 23-30, 2016 — The Wonder of the World, founded by award-winning professor Dr. Jennifer Cook, is proud to announce a retreat commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood and benefiting historic art restoration in Florence, Italy. “The Wonder of Florence: Creating Beauty” will offer creative writing, drawing, painting, and cooking classes at the beautiful, inspiring 15th-century Villa il Palmerino, the former home of writer Vernon Lee. With its abundant history and character, books and art, gardens and orchards, Palmerino is the ideal venue to ignite your creativity. Space is extremely limited; deposits are due by 3/31. Enjoy a purposeful journey that is good for you, and for the art you love. Come discover – and help preserve – The Wonder of Florence! Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Carol Cook
Sponsor: The Wonder of the World
Cost: $1995
Email: Dr. Jennifer Cook

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Foundations and Techniques of Pastel Painting
June 24-26, 2016 — Learn the foundations and techniques of pastel painting. What makes a successful painting/ critique? This workshop is an in-depth study on planning and composing a painting. Topics include simplifying/massing, composition, value studies, color temperatures, color harmony and under painting techniques. The instructor will also discuss how to select and work from a reference photo and provide step by step instruction and critiques. Nancy has won numerous national awards for her landscape paintings and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 24-26, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Moon, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Doug Brown

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Photographing the Evening Landscape
June 25-26, 2016 (3-9:30pm) — Learn basic photography techniques for capturing Telluride’s gorgeous evening light. An optional add-on class also teaches students how to organize and edit their images in Adobe Lightroom. Telluride offers endless stunning vistas for honing one’s landscape photography skills. Students in this class will learn basic photography techniques both in the classroom and out in the field, and take advantage of Telluride’s gorgeous evening light. On day one, students will first meet at Ah Haa for camera familiarization and a discussion on technique before departing for an evening shoot, finishing after sunset. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Axel Koch
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $165
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Escape Into Plein Air with Julee Hutchison
June 25-26 , 2016 (10am-4pm) — Capture the beauty of the landscape through color, values and shape relationships, putting light and life into your paintings. The landscape is a perfect foray into painting. It can be true to life and intensely narrative or free and open, offering an entry into abstract painting. In this workshop, students will learn to put light and life into their pieces. Painting en plein air, students will immerse themselves in the beauty of the landscape and learn to make a personal creative statement about the setting they’ve chosen. The workshop will focus on color, values and shape relationships in order to help students develop their artistic statements on canvas. Some painting experience is helpful. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Julee Hutchison
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Plein Air Painting
June 25-26, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Come study with Jane Hunt, award-winning painter and faculty member of the Plein Air Convention. In this comprehensive three day plein air workshop we will be working on location to create studies (Students can paint in oil, acrylic or pastel. Demos will be done in oil.) All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on composition and values. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention. Open to all levels. Learn how to choose an effective focal point, how to deal with the changing light, how to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage, and much more. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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En Plein Air Workshop on Orr's & Bailey Island, Maine
June 26-30, 2016 (9am to 4pm) — For Oil or Acrylic painters & for Pastel artists. The firth year of the wonderful sojourn. Imagine painting on location in spring up in Maine. Each day students will pick a new location & paint/draw a work of art in the am & another in the aft. We will visit three locations which includes open ocean, beach area, docks & boats & a rocky shore line. Students will learn how to simplify forms, develop areas of trees & rocks to create depth, color relationships in the water, sky & land, & other compositional issues. Learn to work quickly & capture a moment in time. All levels. Fee includes: most meals, lodging and instruction. Great artists conversations & daily critiques. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Jill M. Pottle
Cost: $825
Email: Jill M. Pottle
Phone: 978-582-0985

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Painting Bold Watercolors
June 27-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and drawing fundamentals, this workshop focuses on creating loose and bold watercolors. Utilizing strategies to simplify any scene into a manageable composition, you will set the stage to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous qualities of watercolor. Each day, Andy will demonstrate a value study and its corresponding painting in color. There will be time to paint independently with Andy available to work with you one-on-one. Students will be encouraged to work on a small-scale, no larger than 10” x 14”, as to create multiple studies throughout the workshop and begin painting boldly with confidence. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Andy Evansen, www.EvansenArtStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 27 - July 4, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! The lavender fields will be in full bloom. Sandra works in a fast loose impressionistic style which is structured by solid art principals. She places a strong emphasis on composition, light, atmosphere and lost and found edges. It is also a goal to fill the paintings with energy, passion and emotion. I will demonstrate a painting from start to finish, usually in less than an hour. I talk through the entire process explaining my thoughts about composition, capturing light, color, value changes....everything that goes into the painting is clearly articulated while I paint. I am very comfortable addressing questions while I am painting and encourage student interaction during my demos. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Sandra Strohschein, sandralstrohscheinfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Interpretive Landscape of Madeline and the Apostle Islands
June 27 - July 1, 2016 — The class will take advantage of early morning and late afternoon light, leaving mid-day for classroom time. Excursions include a sunset boat cruise through the Apostle Islands to Devil’s Island, site of some of the best sea caves in the world. Studio time includes editing and critiquing your new work. Informal lectures will be given; in relation to the day’s shoots. She will also touch on such varied topics as learning to see in new ways, digital tips and tricks, exposure, color temperature, composition, and fine art. Alison will share her LR workflow during the workshop. Visit website


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

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ArtisTTable Netherlands, Olst - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 28 - July 5, 2016 — Participants in ArtisTTable Art Retreats are treated real adventure and escape from their regular routine, by concentrating primarily on seeing and painting while exploring new directions in artistic process and practice. We will be based in a refurbished Dutch farm house, just outside of Olst, The Netherlands. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from train station, workshops in mindfulness that help overcome creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists workshop that will help us to find the language to enable us to talk and write about our work. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: Olst, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Painting in Belgium: Pastel Workshop (all mediums welcomed)
June 30 - July 7, 2016 — Join international award winning plein air landscape artist, Steven R. Hill, for 8 fabulous days of painting in Belgium! His workshops are especially noted for a friendly, positive, hands-on teaching style. Many of his students have now become accomplished and award winning artists themselves. Steven will provide short painting/drawing demos at each site, showing how to take overly complicated subjects into their simplest form, to make paintings that work! You will come away with many new skills: learning to simplify, edit, and compose well, while painting with confidence as you use big broad strokes, accurate values and color layering to achieve visual harmony and depth. Steven is well versed in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels, so any medium is welcomed. Visit website


Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
July 1-11, 2016 — Get ready to paint green! Western Ireland is a place of rugged beauty, wonderfully warm people. Our superb hotel is by the river, in Ennistymon, a colorful town with a great Irish cemetery overlooking it. North Clare is one of Ireland's best kept secrets with dramatic cliffs of Moher, miles of sandy beaches, the unique Burren landscape with rare flora and archaeological sites, and picturesque villages. Next we move to Inishmor, one of the Aran Isles. This is like stepping back into another century. The island is small and gaelic is spoken. Back to the mainland, to the Shannon area (Bunratty) for two nights near the airport with a very special evening banquet and entertainment in a medieval castle. Visit website


Location: Ennistymon, Ireland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
July 2-9, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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French Landscape Workshop with Nina Weiss at Montfaucon
July 3-13, 2016 — Unique 5-star opportunity in South of France! Immerse yourself in Art & Culture...learn to extract your vision from the landscape with an experienced, compassionate, well-traveled instructor! Now in it's 15th year, Nina's European Landscape Workshops provide friendly group dynamics with exceptional one-on-one instruction. Be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. Daily excursions to our favorite surrounding towns with stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. Private studio on site; 24-hour access. 5- Star accommodations and dining at the air-conditioned private boutique hotel Montfaucon; a lovingly restored 12th Century villa on the river Aude. Join us for this incredible adventure! Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss
Sponsor: Nina Weiss European Landscape Workshops at Montfaucon
Cost: $3,750
Email: Nina Weiss
Phone: 847-840-0527

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Landscape Painting with Nina Weiss
July 3-13, 2016 — Journey with Nina Weiss to Europe this summer for an unforgettable experience in an amazing location! Study, paint and explore the beautiful & historical landscapes of the Languedoc region in scenic southern France. Relax and enjoy under the guidance and tutelage of an experienced and compassionate teacher, artist, and fellow traveler! We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. We will have transportation to painting sites that offer a wide range of subjects, from unique architecture to typical southern French landscapes: wildflowers, sunflower fields, vineyards, forested hillsides, seaside marshes with exotic birds, and quaint Catalan fishing villages. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.artendeavors.org
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3750
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Watercolors in the Wild
July 5-7, 2016 (10am – 1pm) — Expressive and immediate, watercolor is an alluring medium, and its portability and accessibility make it the perfect medium for plein air. Watercolor’s transparency, glow and brilliance, as well as its spontaneity, allow artists to truly capture the natural world with their own personal style. In this outdoor class, Sheri Worth will guide students as they explore and experiment with color, value, composition and technique to find a meaningful expression of their vision. This class is open to all students – beginners and experienced watercolorists alike! Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Sheri Worth
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $165
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Landscape Painting
July 5-7, 2016 — Curtis’s workshop is designed for students of all levels who wish to improve their skills by focusing on the fundamentals of oil painting outdoors. Each day will begin with a brief discussion on a key principle of plein air painting: orientation, color value and design, after which students will work on their own composition while Curtis circulates to give personal instruction to each student. On the third day, there will be no discussion; the class will begin work immediately, and then break one hour earlier to allow for a group critique at the end of the day. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: David P. Curtis
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $300
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Fearless Painting by land or by sea
July 7-14, 2016 — Fearless Painting by land or by sea is an opportunity for artists to learn unique mixed water media painting methods that lend themselves to creating dynamic, dimensional land and seascape artwork in any style, including abstraction while using watercolors, acrylics and collage. This 4-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of art tools that you never thought you could paint with, and the fearless use of mixed media. Explore painting dimensional, exciting and unique compositions and challenge yourself to use more than just transparent water media with a number 12 brush! A digital photography project will help painters to be inspired during their Acadia Maine art vacation and help them take their artwork to a new level. Visit website


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

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La Rusticana, "A Plein Air Feast"
July 8-10, 2016 (9am-2pm) — A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels). Visit website


Location: Los Gatos, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Email: Sara Langone

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The Art of Water
July 8 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Whether used as a compositional device or vehicle for meaning and narration, the elusive nature of water has both captivated and challenged the artist. In this class, unravel the techniques for realistic depiction of bodies of water through study of masterworks in the PAFA museum, hands-on work in the studio and plein air sessions. Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. All levels welcome. The first class will take place in the PAFA museum; all other classes will take place outdoors in the Philadelphia area: Bartram's Garden, Morris Arboretum, Valley Green (Wisssahickon Park), and sites along the Delaware River. Visit website


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

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Pastel Painting: Light & Landscape with Bruce Gomez
July 8-10, 2016 (10am-4pm) — Render the beauty of light and landscape in this three-day pastel intensive. From basic to advanced techniques, master pastel artist and longtime Ah Haa visiting instructor Bruce Gomez will share his own unique approach to painting landscapes from photographs. Students will learn how to layer colors for a deep, lush effect and how to convey authenticity and luminosity through the immediacy of pastels. Bruce will teach students how to prepare paper for pastels, develop sketching and scenic composition skills, and understand color theory. This class is open to all levels of experience, from true beginners to established pros. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Bruce Gomez
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $360
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
July 9 - August 26, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by former student Danny Kolhage. Visit website


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

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Orrs Island Maine Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick
July 10-14, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at the old family summer home of the Arndt family known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Enjoy varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Instruction and demonstrations address the specifics of the landscape at hand with regards to color, composition, and paint handling. Individual guidance and critiques included. At the days end, relax on the porch, and if the spirit moves you, paint the sunset! Lodging at Crows Nest and meals are a separate fee. Visit website


Location: Orrs Island, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $400 lodging
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Sweden Painting Holiday
July 10-25, 2016 — Join artist Erin Dertner in Sweden for a Painting Holiday. Workshop Image: 'Midsummer Poppies' by Erin Dertner - Skåne, Sweden. There are still a few spaces available in my two-week summer painting trip to beautiful Österlen and Falsterbo in the southernmost län of Sweden. The country is absolutely stunning in the summer. Non-painters are welcome to join us, as well as artists of any skill level. Reserve your space for this 2 week painting holiday for $2,500, plus airfare. This price includes all travel within the country, lodging, breakfast each day, lunch or dinner each day and art assistance. 7 nights in Osterlen at Skonadal July 11-18, 7 nights in Falsterbo at Norregard July 18-25 Visit website


Location: Skåne, Sweden
Instructor: Erin Dertner
Cost: $2500
Email: Erin Dertner
Phone: 707-964-5300

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Nature Journal
July 11-15, 2016 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint. By the end of the week, your journal (made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-12pm) — Learn to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. You will examine the subjects of contemporary trends, master photography, and compositional strategies to draw conclusions and help in taking your practice to a higher level. The workshop will begin with looking at a range of photography, including your images, examples of Daniel’s work, and those of well-known artists. Discover how the many elements of the digital process work together to create a truly expressive photograph. Students will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels. Visit website


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

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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo to present specific lessons which explains exactly what to look for and how to proceed. Lois’ classes are open to artists of all levels, & mediums. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $710
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
July 11-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Ireland in Color
July 11-19, 2016 (9:00 am-4:00pm) — "I learned more in two days of painting with O'Neill than I have learned in twenty years with other instructors" Denise Hodgins Call, Virginia. Well planned successful art tours since 1996 and regarded as the best. Director Irish born Hugh O'Neill knows those special places of 5 star visual beauty: Enjoy a relaxed cultural adventure: History, Music, Castles, Golf, dramatic coastlines, fresh local food. Designed for all levels and aspiring artists with no experience. Separate itinerary for spouses, friends. Opportunity of a life time. No lugging equipment around. Private coach and driver takes you right to beautiful spots to paint. All Art materials can be in Ireland for you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: En Plein Air International
Cost: $3300.00
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturin