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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Studio Landscape
July 7 - August 4, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Studying and working directly from landscape paintings in the PAFA Museum, unlock the compositional and technical methods used in the studio by painters of landscape, and then apply this knowledge to your own work. Learn to develop your personal ideas and outdoor studies into finished pieces on a larger scale. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
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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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
July 7-9, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light! The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun. Take 1, 2, or all 3 days. Limited to 6 students who will receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to advance in your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit is required. See testimonials on Dawn's page at artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work and google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $350.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Composition Crash Course
July 7-16, 2015 — The landscape will be our motif to create numerous small studies in pencil and in paint on paper. During this first week we will explore principles of composition through reconciling a good value pattern with a good image. We will then use the studies we have created and photography to create a finished painting using acrylics for our under-painting and oils to finish. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Vince Fazio, VinceFazio.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118; All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Bucks County Landscape
July 10 - August 7, 2015 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Enjoy painting at varied sites around lower and middle Bucks County. Known for picturesque villages, beautiful meadows, rolling pastures, farmhouses and rustic barns, the area also features gorgeous views of the Delaware River. Both bucolic and town settings will offer ample challenges to heighten your awareness of color, value, drawing and composition. Draw and paint in the media of your choice. 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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Laura & Billy's Excellent Italian Painting Adventure
July 11-18, 2015 — Replenish Your Art Spirit - Constructive Positive Energy - Small Group - Budget-Friendly. Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide this week long painting workshop in the outskirts of Perugia. Laura's medium is pastels, William's is oils. We will work plein air as much as weather permits. Work in any medium. We encourage artists of all levels to consider joining us. Each person works at their own pace. We are all striving for our personal best. The camaraderie of the workshop group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire. Opportunities for local sight-seeing as well. Add on a three day stay in Rome with us to round out your Italian experience, additional pricing on request. Visit website


Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Sponsor: William Noonan Studio
Cost: $1,850
Email: William Noonan
Phone: 845-542-6472

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Art Adventure on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
July 11-15, 2015 — All creatives and non-artists welcome! 3 nights at historic Rogue River lodges; 1 night luxury camping on river. Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Cost includes 5-day guided raft trip, professional raft guides, lodging, all food/beverages, local shuttle service. Work independently or enjoy instruction with professional artist/instructor David Kinker upon request. Minimum of 6 participants; Maximum of 12. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Kinker
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1895
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Landscape in Watercolor and Pastel
July 12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor summer scenes. Learn basic techniques for these mediums in combination as you render the landscape near PAFA along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Cityscape
July 12 - August 9, 2015 (Sundays, 9am-2pm) — The city has been the subject of many a great artist, including Eduard Manet, Edward Hopper and Rackstraw Downs. Work in carefully selected locations including parks, cafés, and leafy side streets of Philadelphia in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be 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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Pastel Parade (Ages 6-8)
July 13-16, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Let the confetti fly as you march through the studios with confidence. Learn how to draw with pastels and create stunning masterpieces. Become the parade mashall of your canvas and develop a great sense of composition by using line, shape and color. Study the bold work of George Rodrig to draw a picture of your favorite animal. Stroll through our gardens to create multiple plein air landscape compositions and work in the studio to study still lifes and perfect the art of pastels. Finish the week with multiple drawings created in the studio and out in the gardens, all worthy of framing. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Ledbetter
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mastering Studio and Plein Air Painting: Teen Painting Intensive (Ages 13-17)
July 13-16, 2015 (9:30am-3pm) — Spend the entire week in our most popular teen intensive class. Paint in both the studios and in the gardens with nationally known plein air artist Kyle Martin. Draw with confidence and learn how to paint with light. Create compelling compositions that come to life by discovering plein air tricks and techniques. Explore the importance of value and color through multiple value studies. Study master artists, participate in group critiques with your peers, and gain knowledge about persuing art as a career. Produce at least one drawing and painting each day. Painting subjects will include: value studies, plein air (outdoor landscapes), and still life compositions. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kyle Martin
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Of all the digital techniques being used today which ones are really important to know and which are just passing fads? Digital technical issues have had center stage, with fewer people seriously addressing the key building block of a good photograph: effective composition. Composition is a skill with many principles that can be learned. Learn by looking at lots of photographs - your images, examples of Dan's work, and those of well-known master photographers. See how the many elements of the digital photographic process work together to create a truly expressive photograph. Then, practice these new skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. This workshop is for any digital camera format and skill level. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dan Anderson, DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors
July 13-17, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Are you ready to bring your painting skills to a higher level? Frank will share advanced watercolor techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Learn time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on-wet approaches in landscapes, cityscapes or street scenes. Frank will discuss and demonstrate composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting and the 'state of mind' while painting. Frank is a signature member of AWS, NWS, TWSA and WW. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Frank Eber
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Tony van Hasselt, AWS paints historic Belfast, Maine
July 13-17, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. Enjoy Belfast, a quirky, but fun harbor town with working boats and pleasure craft plying the water while tugboats wait along the quay. For a change of scenery, explore Victorian Bayside with its colorful cottages marching down to the ocean. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon meet in our studio, where Tony shows how to improve your efforts. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: 3 Days for $425; 5 Days for $595
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 1-207-594-4813

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Watercolor Painting
July 14-16, 2015 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress." Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Capturing the Tuscan & Umbrian Experience
July 14-21, 2015 — This workshop is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Cortona, one of the true jewels of the Tuscan "hill towns." Cortona, which is often called the "City of Art," has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. Our excursions to Florence as well as Orvieto and Lago Trasimeno/Isola Maggiore (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these areas, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Workshop taught in English and Italian. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Plein Air Painting Workshop in the French Alps
July 18-25, 2015 (7 nights) — A unique luxury painting workshop experience in a beautiful secluded chalet in the mountains. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 students. You can expect a remarkable, inspiring location with luxury accommodation and services. With demonstration paintings and individual help the group are guaranteed fun on this challenging and exciting learning experience. Richard Robinson from New Zealand inspires you with his work and teaching methods. Visit website


Location: Morzine, France
Instructor: Richard Robinson
Sponsor: Alpinia Ltd
Cost: €1430 per person
Email: Karen Anderson
Phone: 0034 666471282

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Watercolor Workshop with Joyce Hicks
July 18-28, 2015 — Come with us to merry old England. Savor the cheddar, the clotted cream strawberry teas, fish and chips, spotted dick (huh?), and fresh seafood. We will be staying in the southern most part of Cornwall with great scenic coastal beach walks. Cornwall has some of the most dramatic coastlines, which make for ideal painting locations. Arrive in London and gather at an airport hotel on July 18th. We are picked up the next day and bussed thru the beautiful Cornish countryside to a St. Ives hotel, our home for 8 nights. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views. We'll take some day trips to other paintable villages. There are endless beautiful painting sites everywhere you turn. All breakfasts and 5 dinners included. Visit website


Location: Cornwall, England
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, www.jhicksfineart.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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A Natural Eye: The Summer Landscape
July 19-24, 2015 — At the heart of any good photograph is a passion for the subject, and the artist's ability to capture it with a unique vision. If you love photographing the outdoors, yet find that your images still look like pretty postcards, join Eddie Soloway for an intense week of viewing the natural world with fresh, new eyes. This workshop develops your natural eye first, and then improves your technical skills to match your vision. You spend as much time immersing yourself in nature, sharpening your senses and changing your perspective as you do on developing new photographic skills. Join Eddie for an inspiring blend of technical lessons, daily image reviews, one-to-one meetings, and eye-opening outdoor adventures. Photograph with more sensitivity, patience, and serenity. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,295 plus $10 Materials Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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The Quadcopter Photographer: Photography with a Bird's-Eye Perspective
July 19-24, 2015 — See the world from a new perspective as you take your landscape photography to new heights - literally. The new Phantom quadcopters from DJI - the market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems - allow us to soar like a bird, and DJI evangelist Alan Nyiri instructs participants in operating the Phantom 2 Vision+ while using its on-board camera to create stunning aerial landscapes. Basic piloting of the Phantom aircraft is fairly easy, but practice, experience, and safety are the keys to a satisfying experience. While this is primarily a still-image workshop, we also spend time exploring the excellent video capabilities of the Phantom 2 Vision+. Alan also shares his Adobe Photoshop post-processing workflow, which takes full advantage of the Vision's DNG raw files. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Alan Nyiri
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,345 plus $75 Location and Materials Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Painting Katahdin
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Artist Philip Frey is offering a unique plein air painting workshop at Church's Camp Rhodora on Millinocket Lake Maine facing glorious Mount Katahdin - the same camp that famed artist Frederick Church painted from. Each day students will paint at various locales around the lodge and lake engaging in specific assignments, individual instruction, instructor demos and group critiques. Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished paintings. Having taught in many venues, he is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student's abilities to help them move to the next level. "His teaching style is positive, reinforcing, instructional, and gifted." -Andy Carpentier. Workshop size is limited and registration closes April 20, 2015. Visit website


Location: T1R8 Wels, ME
Instructor: Philip Frey
Sponsor: Philip Frey, LLC
Cost: $475
Email: Philip Frey
Phone: (207) 422-2008

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Find Your Creative Soul in Vermont...Plein Air Watercolor with Yoga
July 20-23, 2015 (all day) — This 4-day workshop is for advanced beginner and intermediate painters who want a stronger foundation in watercolor techniques, painting composition and design. The workshop is part of the InView Center for the Arts in Landgrove, VT, and most students stay at the Landgrove Inn (which has a special workshop rate for room and all meals). Optional morning yoga and meditation will be available focusing on enhancing your creativity. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Margie Samuels with Lori Zucker
Sponsor: InView Center for the Arts
Cost: $475
Email: Tom Checcia
Phone: 802-824-6673

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The Northern Light Photography Workshop
July 20-23, 2015 — Join 2013 PDN Great Outdoors Competition winner Hank Gans in a photographic exploration of New Hampshire and Vermont's beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley. Great photo opportunities are around every corner as we wander through the towns, villages, farmland that sit along the banks of New England's greatest waterway, the Connecticut River. Magnificent moments are sure to be discovered during early morning field trips. We'll return to the Gibson House for a gourmet breakfast followed by workshop lessons in landscape, macro, high dynamic range photography and the processing of your images. Afternoon field trips will capture the play of light on Northern New England's unique architecture and those who inhabit it as well as the beauty of the rivers and surrounding countryside. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Hank Gans, www.hankgans.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Watercolor : Simple, Fast and Focused!
July 20-25, 2015 — This five-day watercolor workshop, painting landscapes and people in landscapes, will reflect the title of Mel's book, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Emphasis will be on design principles with the objective of building strong paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the "idea" of the painting. Mel paints in a loose, representational style. Design, composition, and color/value relationships will be discussed throughout. This workshop, which will take place outdoors on location, includes daily demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and critiques. The workshop is designed for beginners to advanced painters. Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Mel Stabin AWS NWS, www.melstabin.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
July 20-24, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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A Central Oregon Summer
July 20-24, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame pastelist Richard McKinley will demonstrate how to produce a concise field-sketch on location with pastel and how underpainting techniques can expand creativity, both on location and in studio. Forming the initial concept to the final pastel marks necessary to make a painting work will be covered. Through individual attention, group critiques, and class discussions, you will leave with a clear understanding of the universal basics of painting. Richard has a wealth of information to share as a dedicated instructor. He is tireless in this pursuit and his intensity, focus, and energy, are legendary. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $725
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Inside the Outside - An in depth look at abstract from the landscape
July 20-24, 2015 — Marsha Staiger's workshops are exciting, informative, fun, and challenging for beginning, intermediate or advanced painters. An energetic working artist, she is a seasoned instructor with a teaching career of more than 30 years. Her artwork has been included in national and international exhibitions group and one artist exhibitions while maintaining a studio at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center for the past decade. This Mixed Media workshop will reinforce the elements of art and their principles as well as acrylic technique via demonstration, printed material and critique. The class will work in the workshop area as well as with plein air studies. Working with acrylics on site gives the ability to capture the light, sound and rhythms on location. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Star Valley Ranch Plein Air: Wyoming
July 21-25, 2015 (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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Drawing, Painting, Collage in Edinburgh, Scotland
July 22-26, 2015 (full day) — Present and past in Edinburgh stimulate our senses. With Nicky's guidance we uncover layers of history and experience this city differently. Cobbled streets, ancient churches and castle, parks & Royal residence jostle for attention within a modern context. Includes accommodation, transport within Edinburgh, welcome reception & dinner. Visit website


Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $1535
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Expressive Drawing & Design in Landscape
July 24-25, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Whether you want to learn how to draw, rekindle your creative imagination, or broaden your drawing skills, this class will free your 'inner artist.' Noted Northwest architect and teaching artist Anita Lehmann will guide you through stimulating exercises, focusing on expressive drawing, a free-form, abstract approach that any eager artist can master. Concepts covered: line, mark, shape, texture and tone, and critical design concepts related to dynamic mark-making. Once we initially investigate these specifically dynamic drawing concepts, we will apply these to landscape painting and drawing processes. You'll never look at landscape and drawing the same way again! Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
July 25 - September 12, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 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 lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Art at right by former student Tracy Ference. Visit website


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

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 27-31, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
July 27-31, 2015 — 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 also 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 compositional or color questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Outdoor Painting in Pastel
July 27-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Capture summer colors in soft pastel while painting en plein air. Because of its immediacy and ease of set-up, soft pastel is a perfect medium for outdoor painting. Using various sites around Fish Creek as inspiration, learn to quickly place large masses of color to capture changing light conditions. Use underpainting techniques to "jump start" your plein air painting. Learn to paint a pastel painting rather than sketching. This workshop is open to both beginner and intermediate level students who have some familiarity with the pastel medium. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
July 28-30, 2015 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
July 28-30, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light! The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun. Take 1, 2 or all 3 days. Limited to 6 students who will receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to advance your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit is required. See testimonials on Dawn's page at artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work and google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $350.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Studio Painting with New Energy
July 30 - August 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to simplify your process, as you create a painting in stages that brings an immediacy and freshness to your work. Set goals for improvement and let Tom take you to the next level of accomplishment in your painting. Awaken your creative process by adding new energy to your paintings. Work from photo references in the studio or outside (weather permitting). Tom demonstrates and explains all concepts, providing individual attention as you incorporate what you learn into your paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting With Passion!
July 27-31, 2015 — Alvaro will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, 50 minutes up the coast from Rockland. An expressive painter, Alvaro combines strong, colorful style with superb interpretation of light effects, capturing the soul of the places he paints. A skilled, passionate artist, he regards practical tools, color, value & composition, as subordinate to the priority of working from the heart, encouraging his students to develop the personal palette and techniques which express self & feelings while at the same time, honoring their own visual inspiration. He brings energy and excitement to the process of painting as he demonstrates his full mastery of the medium, challenging his students to reach new levels of vitality and personal expression in their paintings. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet, www.alvarocastagnet.net
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Pastel Plein Air Painting
August 1-2, 2015 — Take this wonderful medium outside to recreate the beauty, attraction, and color of nature. Composition, value, technique, light and shadow, and time of day will be addressed. Learn to create vibrant and visually stunning landscapes. Explore the pastel medium in different ways for different effects. We will work outside, or depending on the weather you can bring sketches or photographs to work from. Learn what to extract from a photograph and what not to use. Demonstration and individual attention will be given. Annette is an award-winning signature member of PSA, NY, NPS, WA, PSNJ, NJ. She has won numerous awards in pastel and oil, including four Gold Medals in Painting. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Annette Hanna
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $190
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Keep It Simple
August 1-2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Making images simple is not easy, but can be easily taught. You'll come away with a new way of seeing, one that makes your viewers stop and study your images rather than just glance. One of my favorite places to attain the "simple" yet powerful image is on Whidbey Island. We will spend time in the field along the shorelines, harbors and countryside - concentrating not on the big picture, but on the sublime. We will take imagery to the next level using techniques like long exposures, under exposing, and more to create the simple and powerful image. Classroom time will consist of image reviews and processing techniques to attain the best results. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Vermont's Rural Landscape with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
August 3-7, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun. Drive slowly and keep your camera handy since you'll find many subjects along the way. The winding road changes to gravel and when you think you're lost, the Landgrove Inn awaits. It offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms and delicious meals. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 3-28, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Picture yourself walking in the footsteps of Homer, Hopper, Kent, Fitzgerald, or Wyeth... Then imagine being inspired not only by the beauty of Monhegan island, but also by having the key to unlock your creativity. The plein air workshop on Monhegan is designed to help you hone your painting and visualization skills in ways unmatched by any other workshop and is aimed at helping you see with 'new eyes' and translate your vision more effectively whether your skill level is advanced or beginner. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-4, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 10 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean lies the tiny island of Monhegan - long known to artists as an inspiration for outdoor painting. This workshop is set up to enable participants to arrive on the 7:00 am boat on Monday out of Port Clyde, join the 9:00 am workshop and it ends at 3:00 on Tuesday to allow you to catch the last ferry back to the mainland. This makes it easy, you only have to stay on the island 1 night. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Color Emphasis: Landscapes in Watercolor
August 3-7, 2015 — Don will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, about 50 minutes up the coast from Rockland. Regardless of the landscape we choose to explore, or our personal approach to painting, we all have in common the search for a more vital color statement. Color offers us a wonderful opportunity to express our individual feelings about any chosen subject. Artists at all levels will benefit from a 5 day exploration into color, design, organization, light and their utilization in the exciting world of landscape painting. This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques. Don is an entertaining and articulate instructor, offering a fabulous amount of information. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Don Andrews AWS, www.donandrews.net
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $600
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
August 3-14, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Fundamentals of Landscape Painting: Ogden, Utah
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. Focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though the demos will be conducted using acrylics, the principles taught apply universally to any variety of mediums, and all students are welcome. Visit website


Location: Ogden, UT
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Ireland in Color with Master Artist Hugh O'Neill
August 4-10, 2015 — Started in 1995 Hugh O'Neill Art workshops to Ireland both North and south have been voted the very best. This Summer workshops will be based the County of Down and other beautiful coastal locations including a listed world heritage sight called Giants Causeway. Hugh O'Neill was born and lived in Ireland until 1995. Visit website


Location: various towns, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill
Cost: $1,100
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
August 6-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape Painting Workshop in Sedona, Az
August 6-9, 2015 (Times vary) — Join award-winning artist, Joe A. Oakes, for a fun, informative painting experience in beautiful Sedona, AZ. Workshop offers a combination of outdoor inspiration and in-studio painting. We will sketch, photograph and work out compositions amongst the beautiful red rocks followed by studio painting at the Sedona Arts Center. Plenty of individual attention plus discussions and demos. Topics will include sketching & photographing local scenery with discussions on composition, color & technique. Workshop max 10 persons. $160 deposit to hold space. Full refund if cancellation received 30 days prior to workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Joe A. Oakes
Sponsor: Joe A. Oakes Atelier
Cost: $360
Email: Joe A. Oakes
Phone: 760-861-4796

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Watercolor at a Glance
August 8-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this exciting two-day painting workshop, watercolorist, Ron Stocke will demonstrate 3 to 4 half sheet watercolors. In these paintings, he will cover composition, light and shadows, color vs. values, and brushwork. These are the elements that Ron feels are the strength of a good watercolor painting. On the first day, Ron will cover some simple drawing details that will help you simplify shapes and make your paintings look more natural. Ron will show students his techniques on how to paint figures, water or reflections, cityscapes and more. Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and be encouraged to loosen up and paint with what they feel rather than the details that they see. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ron Stocke
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $325
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Wild Watercolor Adventures (Ages 6-8)
August 10-13, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Take a walk on the wild side as you explore the art of watercolor. Create loose Impressionist, colorful landscapes inspired by the gardens at the Art School and perfect your drawing techniques as you study still lifes. Learn how to incorporate texture, shape, and shadow in your pencil sketches. Experiment with watercolor techniques and go with the flow as you "pour the paint!" Create a finished Impressionistic or abstract landscape and a still life in watercolor that you will be proud to frame. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intro to Watercolor Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
August 10-14, 2015 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — It is a special energy and excitement the novices bring to the work! Start diving into their artistic potential! We worked with many just like you! If you have no or little experience painting outdoors with watercolor, this workshop is for you! Spend a week learning the fundamentals, practicing, building confidence. Learn the essentials of how to see with an artist eye, the basics of drawing, the magic of watercolor, overcome the challenges of painting outside. In San Miguel de Allende we are fortunate to experience mild temperature, sunny days, brilliant light! You'll have the afternoons free to experience and enjoy this charming Colonial town in the "Heart of Mexico". Register early space is limited. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $375.00 materials not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Paint Instinctively
August 10-14, 2015 — Kim's energetic and intuitive approach to painting establishes the direction for this class where you will learn to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form with big areas of color and shape and surety of line.... He will lead you to the discovery of how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the "process", the performance, the immediacy! Thru the painting of numerous studies you will practice the techniques which will help you accomplish a spontaneous but controlled approach. Kim will also address how to set up a palette that will help you simplify color relationship and comparisons...a great help in building a good painting! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $675
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
August 10-14, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Paint New York's Hudson River Valley with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
August 10-14, 2015 — Join this five day plein air workshop in Greenville, New York, hosted by Kim and Chef Mark LaPolla, who offer warm hospitality, gourmet meals and comfortable accommodations at the Greenville Arms. Paint right on the property, while nearby are clusters of barns, a delightful river town and the charming village of Rensselaerville. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our spacious studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Greenville, NY
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: The Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Email: Kim or Mark

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"The Figure, The Beach and More!"
August 10-13, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This Workshop focuses on the Live Figure while incorporating Beach Scenes or Landscapes into the overall composition. 4 Nights Lodging, Continental Breakfast, Fully Catered Lunches, Welcome Party on Sunday the 9th. Register Online. Visit website


Location: Harbor Springs, MI
Instructor: Don Hatfield
Sponsor: Julia Dufault McGrath Fine Art, Julia's Watercolors LLC
Cost: Packages from $657.00 - $917.00
Email: Julia McGrath
Phone: 248-842-8656

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
August 11-13, 2015 — The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. We will go out to paint for the three hours of class with the purpose to better visualize color, light and space in this short time. This will lead to a richer understanding of color interaction that can benefit successive paintings that you do on your own. I will begin with a demonstration and end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Charles Basham
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Landscape Painting in Oil
August 13-15, 2015 — Escape to the outdoors and spend time painting the stunning natural landscape that surrounds South Whidbey Island. Each day begins with a demonstration focusing on the key elements of plein-air painting: choosing a subject, getting started, the block-in, adjusting your values and approaches to painting trees, skies and water. Your headquarters for the week is a large studio just minutes from the waterfront in Langley that includes space for you to store and prep your materials and paint from indoors (should the weather dictate). Emphasis is placed on strong compositions, simplifying complex forms, and eliminating distracting and unnecessary details. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Gary Faigin, www.garyfaigin.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $395
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Sketching Techniques
August 13-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic techniques of pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting and colored pencil drawing. Combine these mediums to create vibrant sketches using tools portable enough for drawing outdoors. Create a mini-sketchbook from a sheet of watercolor paper. Relax and draw your subject without worry of judgment! If weather permits, we'll capture the beauty of the Peninsula School of Art grounds or venture into town. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
August 15 - September 25, 2015 — Begin any time or 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 25 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, 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. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies!
August 17-21, 2015 — Frank is one of the all-time Masters, a leader in the generation of the best in the field and the finest of instructors! All levels of ability save rank beginners are welcome. Our focus will be pictorial design, which includes planning, color, tonal values, expression and visual theme. Demonstrations, personal instruction and objective criticism will sharpen your critical powers. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the painting process, but you will be confident in your new found skills. Bring along drawings, photos or old paintings to serve as your subjects. With your regular painting gear include a soft pencil and sketch paper to plan exciting designs before painting. If this is a new procedure for you, guidance will be available. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Frank Webb AWS (DF) NWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $625
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Color in the Summer Landscape
August 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bring some color into your landscape painting this summer! Work in the studio from photographic references. Learn how painters from the Impressionist, Expressionist, and Fauve movements viewed color in nature. Break through the limitations of local color in representing the landscape. Nina presents a brief review of light and color theory designed to help you utilize techniques such as layering, optical mixture, broken brushstroke, and glazing. She explains how ideas about composition and gesture can help you learn to best compose your landscapes. Nina provides a library of landscape imagery in addition to your own references. Painters in oil, acrylic, or gouache mediums are welcome! Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting Water, Beaches, and Skies
August 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Capture the depth and drama of water and sky through surprisingly easy techniques. Learn to set up your paint palette, create washes, and render details to express the magic of light in skies and water. Try any body of water, with or without waves, and sky, with or without clouds. Paint skies, clouds, water, and shoreline landscape, with confidence. Work from your photos or imagination. Begin with sketches of your ideas on a sheet of watercolor paper. Lee demonstrates a simplified, effective process to bring life and light to water and sky, and then helps you with your projects. He assists you with painting sand, rocks, hills, trees, or buildings. Expect to leave the workshop with at least one completed painting. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lee Mothes, www.OceansAndDreams.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Capturing Color and Light en Plein Air
August 17-21, 2015 — Kami will share with you her knowledge, passion, and approach to capturing the effect of light on canvas. Her goal during this workshop is to push your work to a new level. This workshop is intense and guaranteed to provide you with focus and the organized steps you need to convey a strong sense of place in your paintings. The first day of the workshop will begin with lecture focusing on fundamentals - Composition, Value, and Color. The following days will build on the fundamentals. You can count on leaving the week with the tools to continue developing. Composition, Value, Color, Illusion of light. You can expect to paint several studies each day! Followed by evening art talk and group critiques. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
August 17-21, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting and Exhibiting in beautiful Costa Rica
August 18-27, 2015 — With the beautiful settings of Costa Rica's marine and volcano sites, I share my experience with oil paint and how it allows me to grasp a moment of light and atmospheric effects, something painters go after since Turner and Monet. This 9 day workshop covers theory of design and composition, tonal maps, the application of the medium, drawing, basic perspective, light and color to paint scenes with value control and chromatic harmony. I give demonstrations (including palette knife technique) with oil (and other mediums as requested), although this workshop is mainly for oil painters, I believe that the medium is only the vehicle to send a message, so instead of focusing on the medium I give the foundations I was given to paint anything! Visit website


Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Instructor: Artist Jeannina Blanco
Sponsor: Mundoexpeditions
Cost: US$1869/person in double occupancy
Email: Ingal Grant y Juan Carlos Martínez
Phone: +001 (506) 2280-1999

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Kenn Backhaus in Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley
August 19-26, 2015 — Join a small group of artists painting and learning in the glorious Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland. Paint some of the tallest peaks in the Alps, beautiful Lake Brienz, charming mountain villages, roaring glacial streams, and beautiful waterfalls. There is so much variety to paint in the area! Kenn will teach for a full 4 days and mentor for 2 additional days. Breakfasts are included as are 4 group dinners. Transportation of artists to painting locations is also included. This will be a trip of a lifetime! Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Kenn Backhaus, Master OPA, Master AIS
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3150-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Plein Air Dingle: Ireland's West Coast Landscape
August 19-26, 2015 — When you enroll in one of Victoria Brooks' Plein Air Painting Workshops her first goal is to find out where you are in your knowledge of outdoor painting and help you get to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you are attending because you want to know more and become a better painter. Half of the battle of plein air painting is having the right equipment. Victoria will put it all together by showing you how she sets-up, chooses her subject, composes her painting, captures changing light, mixes paint, applies the paint and finishes a painting. Visit website


Location: Dingle, Ireland
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Free-Flowing Landscapes in Watercolor
August 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let your creative juices flow as you walk the line between representation and abstraction in this two-day class. Allow your watercolors to unleash their natural power with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and limitless possibilities. Rob demonstrates his methods and techniques, and outlines a process to create large, loose, flowing watercolor landscapes. Plenty of individual attention and time is provided for practicing what is demonstrated. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $245
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Colored Pencil: Landscape Using Photo References As Aids
August 22 - October 10, 2015 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lessons, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full written and illustrated critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right by former student Danny Kolhage. Visit website


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


Acrylics Painting in the Style of the Scottish Colourists
August 23-28, 2015 (full day) — Scottish Colourists took inspiration from Impressionism, but infused their work with unique liveliness. Under Susan Forsyth's guidance, we paint on the seacoast, in the gardens and in Cambo House. Experience Scotland differently. Includes accommodation, materials, transport within Scotland, welcome reception & dinner + tour of Scottish Colourists exhibition. Visit website


Location: Kingsbarns near St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Susan Forsyth
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $1896
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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The Interpretive Landscape Of Madeline Island And The Apostle Island
August 24-28, 2015 — Learn how to affix your signature to your images and enhance them with the creative use of software. Find innovative solutions to add depth and emotion to your images with compositional techniques. Tony will help you understand how to capture traditional landscapes to close up shots. Demos will include structures and earth elements on Madeline Island and range from natural to affected software interpretations. Class operations include shooting sessions at dawn and dusk, afternoon photo and software demos and daily critiques of your images in order to enhance your skills and techniques. There will also be a boat cruise excursion through the Apostle Islands. At Devil's Island you will have the opportunity to capture the sea caves. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Tony Sweet
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
August 24-28, 2015 — This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques in working directly from observation in the Maine landscape. The following concepts will be covered: 1) Approaches to composition in drawing and painting from observation such as gesture, tonal design, proportion, and atmospheric color harmony. 2) Materials and techniques in oil painting such as grounds, pigments, solvents, palette organization, and color mixing. 3) Landscape painting as a practice and as a source for other work. While this workshop is open to all levels, some experience in Drawing and/or Painting from observation is required. Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Christine Lafuente, www.christinelafuente.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $675
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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The Architecture of Light!
August 24-28, 2015 — Light is the constant narrative in Tom's work. When he decides on what to paint, he concentrate less on specific objects - and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition of darks and lights. In this five day workshop, painting indoors and out, Tom will demonstrate the fundamental and crucially important, identification of strong compositional subjects. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in strength and clarity of a strong idea and solid value organization. You'll practice looking for the beautiful and infinite compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes; Mid Coast Maine offers a great variety of scenic choices that will challenge and excite you! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Tom Schaller, thomasschaller.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $625
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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The fundamental approach to plein air painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio or outside in nature. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth, Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


Location: Harrington, ME
Instructor: Larry Blovits P.S.A
Sponsor: Golden Apple Art Registry
Cost: $425.00
Email: Shelley Stevens
Phone: 989-779-9320

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The Fundamental Approach to Plein Air Painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9am - 4 pm) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio or outside in nature. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth. Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


Location: Harrington, ME
Instructor: Larry Blovits
Sponsor: Golden Apple Art Residency
Cost: $425.00
Email: Shelley Stevens
Phone: 207-483-6543

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 24-27, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $550 for 3 Days, $700 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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The Joy of Watercolor, Plein Air
August 25-27, 2015 — A 3-day workshop with Marilyn Rose, in an incredible New Hampshire setting. Discover a fresh, loose approach to transparent watercolor. Learn to work with, not against, the medium to create dynamic paintings that seem to paint themselves. Learn how to observe and to simplify in a plein air setting and avoid overworking. Each day there will be demonstrations and exercises to energize and excite - followed by lots of time for painters to create their own work, with the enthusiastic hands-on instruction that Marilyn's students have come to expect. This is a perfect workshop for those with some drawing and watercolor experience who have always wanted to try their hand at plein air, as well as those who are already familiar with working outside. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Marilyn Rose, www.marilynroseart.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Landscape Painting: The Plein Air Way
August 27-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to recognize areas of large shapes and the basic value structure of the landscape. Paint the value of each mass as it relates to the others. Edge work and paint handling will be emphasized, along with the use of a limited palette. Kevin provides an organized approach to painting the landscape through demonstrations and one on one instruction. He provides tips on how to capture the essence of a scene in nature. Learn the art of plein air painting from this prize-winning instructor. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kevin Menck, www.KevinMenck.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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"The Complete Watercolor Workshop"
August 27-29, 2015 (10:00 - 4:00) — David Dunlop, renowned artist, lecturer, teacher and host of PBS' series "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop" will be at Nancy Couick's Studio August 27-29, 2015 to spend three days discussing the great masters and their watercolor treatment of skies and water. This will be an exceptional opportunity and a small workshop. Registration is limited to 24 participants. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: David Dunlop
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios
Cost: $405.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Impressionist Landscape Painting: Soft Pastel
August 28-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Study photographs of landscape paintings created by the American and French Impressionists. Discover the techniques the artists used to make them master works. Through demonstrations and lectures, Doug illustrates how to use color, perspective, detail, and thoughtfully developed compositions to create landscapes with great depth. Beginning students learn Impressionist painting techniques through replicating the works of the Impressionist masters. If more advanced, work from your own photographs to practice and explore various techniques, while Doug provides individualized direction. Complete this workshop with a finished painting or paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Douglas House, www.DouglasHouseFineArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $245
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
August 29 - October 17, 2015 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lesson guides, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 20 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork by former student Cathy Heller. Visit website


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

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ArtisTTable Morvan France Landscape Painting Retreat
August 30 - September 7, 2015 — The setting for this adventure is the lush rolling hills of the Morvan region of France, near the village of Larochemillay. ArtisTTable founders, the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will facilitate this retreat. Artists will receive an intensive experience spending time working in the countryside, small villages as well as from the model in the landscape. Emphasis will be given to exploration, experimentation and observation. There is no formal instruction offered, although Tali and Royce will be available for critique and to work with participants individually. Every evening will include a discussion and review of the day's work and activities. Writers welcome. Fees include accommodations, sketchbook, all meals and local transportation. Limited to 12 participants maximum. Visit website


Location: Larochemillay, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1250.00 - Discount for early registration.
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Northern Light: On location in Maine with acrylics and watercolor!
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Multi-award winner Bill Teitsworth uses the two watermedia alternately...acrylics in the opaque or "oil" method, and watercolor in the classic transparent method. Whichever medium you use, you'll benefit from Bill's expertise in the areas of concept and composition, drawing, values, color, and paint-handling. His response to his environment is lyric and sensitive and his instruction is solid, attentive and thorough. As a special treat, his wife Renee, an accomplished painter and instructor herself, will team teach with Bill. Her personality, experience and style, complement him well, providing great depth to the class! This Plein Air class will take full advantage of our beautiful nearby painting sites some to walk to and others a short drive away. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, etstudioart.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Modern Impressionism In Action
August 31 - September 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $560 by May 25; $660 after May 25
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Plein Air Pastels for Beginners
August 31 - September 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let the brilliant colors of fall inspire you, and a celebrated colorist painter guide you, in this beginning pastel workshop. The rich, saturated colors of soft pastel are the perfect medium to capture the season's landscape in plein air. Liz demonstrates how to capture the essence of a scene, different ways to view your subject matter, and how to narrow your artistic choices. Paint with pastels in the field, woods, and by the water. Liz encourages you to try new techniques and have fun! Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Maltman, www.LizMaltmanArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor on the Wild Side
August 31 - September 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy painting the wildflowers, trees, rocky shorelines, and natural treasures of Door County in fresh and flowing watercolor. The forest floor in spring, meadows full of wildflowers, waves crashing on the shore, fall foliage, and a new blanket of snow are all possible subjects for this exploration of Door Counties changing seasons. Creative color palettes, negative painting to bring depth and value, helpful brushwork, and compositional control are used to paint the peninsula's wild places. Explore natural subjects through daily morning demonstrations and exercises. Bring any photo or sketch relating to the wild places and seasons that inspire you. Otherwise, feel free to follow along with Bridget's exercises and handouts. A painting for each season will be demonstrated. Some experience in watercolor is helpful. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Five-Day Plein Air Painting
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Marc works in oils, pastels and acrylics on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You'll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. All Marc asks is that you come with an inquisitive and open mind, and the Art Spirit within you. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 3-10, 2015 — Join talented artist Mary Garrish for a week of plein air painting, instruction, and fun on beautiful Lake Como. Paint Bellagio, Varenna, Lenno and more! Workshop is strictly limited to 8 participating artists! Artist fee includes instruction, breakfasts and dinners, 7 nights single occupancy lodging, airport transfers, transportation to painting locations, and a great time! Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 5-12, 2015 — 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, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Murlo Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,400 - USD$ 2,760 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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The Wonder of Watercolors
September 7-11, 2015 — Painters: do you want to improve your skills as a watercolor painter? Learn how to design and paint successful landscapes by learning how to compose your scene, learn some skills on how to begin the painting and, finally, learn what strategies are needed to complete your exciting piece. Turn an everyday scene into something remarkable! Catherine Hillis brings her common sense approach to watercolor painting into the classroom and en plein air. Take your visual inspiration and make it come to life on watercolor paper. Students will paint in the classroom and experience working outdoors and on site (weather permitting). Beginner through Intermediate - other mediums welcome too! Maximum of 12 students. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 7-11, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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The Modern Impressionistic Landscape
September 7-11, 2015 — Australia certainly produces some terrific painters/instructors, and we are very excited to bring another fine and highly recommended Australian painter to Maine! Striving to capture spontaneous loose impressions each time he returns to his easel, Colley says he is at his happiest when he is "painting full of confidence, using my brush like Zorro would wield his trusty sword, dashing in marvelous darks, highlights and rendering each painting with as much skill and accuracy as possible!" Painting Plein Air will give students a firsthand view of Colley's approach to working outdoors in nature. He will also do a still life demo to show how these techniques can enhance your everyday approach to whatever you choose as a subject. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $650
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
September 7-18, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Stan Miller 5-Day Watercolor Workshop
September 9-13, 2015 (10 am - 4 pm) — Stan Miller's Long Beach workshop will include demonstrations of a variety of techniques and approaches to the landscape, portrait and florals. Students have the option of working from their own subjects or working from instructor handouts. Students are encouraged to bring at least 5 to 10 photos of subjects they are interested in painting. Instruction will emphasize the basics of watercolor painting: values, color mixing, composition, design, how to create a mood and how to pick a subject, as well as how to incorporate elements of realism, impressionism and abstraction into your paintings. The instructor will individually visit each student and handouts will be available. Be prepared to paint outside for possibly one day, weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Long Beach, CA
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Debbie Lewis
Cost: $450
Email: Debbie Lewis
Phone: 323 823-4543

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Coasts of Whidbey Island
September 10-14, 2015 — Photographing the Whidbey Island coastline is about as good as it gets. The mornings will be spent capturing dramatic sunrises, photogenic coastlines, a lighthouse, harbors, bays, beautiful madrones, and one or two gardens. During the afternoon, we'll direct our attention to the classroom where we'll discuss the basic tenets of photography that include light, color, form, and expression. During the instructional session, time will be spent working on your compositions and critiquing your daily work - then it's back out for an evening session in the field. This workshop will inspire your creative vision and enhance your technical abilities as you photograph the beautiful island coast. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: David Cobb
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Landscape in Pastel
September 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each morning Tom will demonstrate pastel techniques he regularly uses while working on studio paintings. He will focus on value changes, composition and color choices. Tom also works on several different supports. He prefers to start with a pastel under-painting as well as finish with pastel. During demonstrations students are invited to ask questions of the instructor, resulting in a lively interchange. After the demo, typically students do a value study using only black and white. The afternoon is set aside for individual instruction at each student's easel. Students will work from personal photos or the instructor's supply of photographs. The third day is set aside for group critiques and discussions on advertising, magazine coverage and gallery representation. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tom Christopher
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + HST
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
September 12-19, 2015 — Duane will lead an immersive workshop on plein air painting in the country that inspired many of history's greatest open-air painters. Weaving historical context into daily painting sessions, critiques and demos, Duane will challenge and refine students' perceptual and painterly skills in the beautiful light and air of the Italian landscape. Duane Keiser studied painting under Raymond Berry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Lennart Anderson at Brooklyn College in NYC. Visit website


Location: Montisi, Italy
Instructor: Duane Keiser
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: see website
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Master Class: Plein Air Landscape in Oils for the Serious Painter
September 14-18, 2015 — Learn the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes. This informative workshop is for keen artists who have mastered the basics and wish to move to higher levels. The course will cover subtleties of tone, temperature, colour mixing, composition, reflections, atmosphere & atmospheric perspective, & reflected light. We will be working plein air along the Maine coast and inland. The workshop will begin with a short theory session, followed by step by step demonstrations. Emphasis will be on attaining the extra step to achieve a higher level of skill and competence in all areas, especially in understanding the landscape and learning to see. Please bring all usual plein air painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: John Wilson, www.johnwilsongallery.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $650
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 14-24, 2015 — Italy's most romantic city welcomes us to explore and paint its beautiful canals. The Guggenheim and Accademia are wonderful museums to visit in our spare time. One day we will ferry to the island of Burano for an entirely different experience, and Murano is just a ferry stop on the way back. Perhaps the most prestigious art exhibit in the world takes place at this time. Paintings, sculpture, video and photography can be found all over town. Our hotel has a large garden to paint in and is located in an area that has a daily outdoor produce market. Price includes a multi-day vaporetto pass, tuition, room (dbl. occ.), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, and entrance fees to the Venice Biennale exhibit. Visit website


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

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Intuitive Approaches to Watercolor
September 14-18, 2015 — Internationally known artist Fábio Cembranelli will help you develop loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques, while you enhance your own intuitive approach to painting. You will be painting in the studio, and en plein air. Concepts: Wet on wet, wet on dry techniques; Light and Shadow effects; Spontaneous Color Mixing; Light that comes from the white of the paper; Composition and Depth; Enhancing focal point; Taking advantage of the unexpected effects of the watercolor medium. Your subjects will include the Still Life and Landscape, Architectural features and shadow effects on walls. Fabio will do two or three demos daily, both in the studio and en plein air. You will have plenty of personal assistance, and class critiques. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Discovering the Dramatic Landscape in Charcoal
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to effectively convey the dramatic black and white landscape with use of balanced composition, line, rhythm, value, and texture in charcoal. The versatile charcoal medium and its potential for creating drama in the everyday landscape is our focus for this five day drawing workshop. Your compositions will resonate with new meaning by eliminating color and using several key principles and elements of design to further exaggerate your landscape subject. Charcoal offers enormous creative potential in layered texture, light, and shadow. We will concentrate on dramatic composition through the use directional rhythmic line, range of value, shape, and texture. Students will create numerous drawings using value scale and high contrast, observed and inventive textures, and will build layers of charcoal through additive and subtractive drawing techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Katherine Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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DSLR Photography Fundamentals
September 14-18, 2015 — This workshop is ideal for learning the fundamentals of photography in a fun, no pressure environment. Both camera functions and photographic techniques will be covered. Tim will help you gain a better understanding of how to capture the stunning landscapes, and architecture on Madeline Island. Concepts: F stops, shutter speeds, picture styles, file formats, photographic composition, depth of field, motion and landscape, and portrait photography. Daily critiques of your field shoot images will allow Tim to help you further refine your eye and exposure skills. A sunset boat cruise through the Apostle Islands to Devil's Island, site of some of the best sea caves in the world will take place during the week. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Tim Cooper
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Staying Afloat with Watercolor
September 14-18, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and Main Street along the harbor offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Depoe Bay, OR
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Paint treasures of Coastal Maine with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 14-18, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun, working in Tony's "backyard" and favorite out-of-the-way painting spots. The Boothbay region offers unending subjects along its scenic coastline and quiet inlets. Enjoy hidden treasures like Cosy Harbor, local shipyards, lobster boats, shacks, docks and naturally, a lighthouse or two. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Boothbay Harbor, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's Luke Buck Workshop
September 14-18, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Workshop held at Hummelstown Fire Co., 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown, PA, right next door to Hershey Park. Lunch and snacks included in the cost. Contact Linda Young (717-249-8325)or pwswrkshops@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Hummelstown, PA
Instructor: Luke Buck
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
Cost: $335 (PWS members) $390 (non-members)
Email: Linda Young
Phone: 717-249-8325

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Painting Clouds and Skies, The Southern France Landscape
September 16-26, 2015 (9-4) — Emphasis on painting clouds and skies and the southern France landscape. Join Julie Houck for 10 days of plein air landscape painting in the Languedoc region. Stay with other fun-loving artists at Montfaucon, a 14th century restored maison d' maitre. Enjoy five star accommodations, authentic chef-prepared cuisine, regional wines and aperitifs. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $3,600 (DO)
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
September 17-20, 2015 (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. Geared toward 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
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 18-20, 2015 — 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: Sewickley, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Stephanie Stewart

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 19-26, 2015 — 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, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


Location: Buonconvento Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,250 - USD$ 2,610 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Capitol Reef - "The Undiscovered Country"
September 19-21, 2015 — Capitol Reef is an extraordinary landscape of tilted planes and deep mysterious canyons. We will paint one day from Panorama Point near the entrance to the park, one day from an area within the park at the end of Scenic Drive and one day will spent on Boulder Mountain overlooking it all from magical aspen groves. David Santillanes will guide students in capturing the unique rock formations and atmospheric perspective that this terrain is known for. Evenings will allow for group dinners at various restaurants and group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this three-day immersion. Four nights Lodging (arriving September 18 departing September 22) is included. Visit website


Location: Torrey, UT
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $950
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!
September 19-26, 2015 — More than other mediums, a pastel in the hand can bridge the gap between left and right brain involvement in the creative process. They are immediate, direct and tactile, require no delay or premeditation for mixing, and can be used both for intuitive quick drawing as well as for more strategically planned work. The same stick can be used to apply the pastel in many ways, the broad side to quickly cover wide areas, the edges for lines and smaller shapes, the tip for texture or detail. Students will be encouraged to paint loosely and boldly, and to have fun with the medium. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
September 19 - November 7, 2015 — Begin any time or 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 25 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, 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. Visit website


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

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Gary Spetz Montana Watercolor Workshop
September 21-25, 2015 (9am to 4pm) — Public Television & NWS Signature Artist, Gary Spetz, will conduct a series of 5-day watercolor workshops at Glacier Camp's Spruce Lodge on Montana's beautiful Flathead Lake. Learn Gary's painting techniques for: Bold Rocks, Alpine Wildflowers, Dramatic Cascading Water, and Serene, Reflective Mountain Lakes. For all skill levels. Visit website


Location: Lakeside, MT
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: $595
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
September 21-25, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
September 21-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The workshop is designed to give students complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon's expansive view. Helping students arrange pleasing compositions while creating the feel, mood and essence of the canyon is the main goal. Careful consideration has been taken to select prime painting locations suitable for this class. The daily schedule will be split into early morning and late afternoon painting sessions, with break time in-between. This will allow the students' working hours to be during the richest and most dramatic times of day, while giving them some free time to explore the canyon. Includes a natural and cultural history lecture and tour of Kolb Studio, by GCFI director Mike Buchheit. Visit website


Location: Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $740
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Capturing Autumn Colors in Watercolor
September 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Focus on the rich autumnal landscape, its magnificent clouds, and ever-changing skies, as you learn how to make a watercolor painting pop to life. Watch as Kari demonstrates, step by step, her techniques of applying rich color and expressive brushstrokes. Her workshops provide ample time for you to practice your own techniques, while she provides individual instruction. Kari demonstrates how to save the white of the paper, how to work in steps and build layers in a painting, how to use glazes, how to know when to quit, and much more. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $245
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Solutions
September 21-25, 2015 — The emphasis of the workshop is on the fundamentals of value, composition, lost and found edges, "wet on wet", and dry brushstrokes. You will learn how to maximize the unpredictability of the watercolor medium to create beautiful and spontaneous paintings. The workshop includes daily demonstrations and constructive critiques. Madeline Island is known for its colorful "Island Time" atmosphere. You'll paint en plein air with Joseph at all the best scenes. Subject matter will include boats, bays, landscapes, and the people and quaint architecture of old LaPointe. This workshop is great for artists wanting to advance to a new level of proficiency in watercolor. Expect to spend the majority of your days during the workshop, en plein air. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Joseph Zbukvic
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
September 21-25, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction, materials, taxi to studio
Email: Cristiana

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Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White
September 21-25, 2015 — We will explore nearby areas such as Fort Ebey State Park, Deception Pass, Ebey's Landing, Fort Casey, Penn Cove as we delve into the digital landscape in black and white. Photo shoots will be supplemented with classroom work sessions and discussions, during which time we will process, modify, and review our images. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carlan Tapp
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $835
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting the Landscape in Oil
September 21-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A five-day workshop, this class is aimed at intermediate to advanced students. Kathryn will demonstrate for an hour each morning, working on the same piece throughout the week in an attempt to complete a painting. Students will work from their own reference material and may set up a still life if space permits. Instruction will focus on establishing the large shapes by value and color and maintaining their integrity while producing the finished work. Most sessions will be in the studio, with one or two taking place out of doors, weather permitting. The location will be repeated in order to have time to further develop the work and ponder solutions to problems. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Maine Landscape: Boot Camp for the Experienced Artist!
September 21-25, 2015 — This class is for intermediate to experienced painters who want to reground themselves in the basics, strengthening what they know and illuminating what they may have missed or forgotten along the way. How better to sharpen your skills than to take a class from an exuberantly inspirational painter and engaging, attentive teacher! Colin will focus on helping you refine your techniques, addressing paint handling, color mixing, composition, values and the essentials of capturing the light of our picturesque Mid-Coast Maine scenery. He will take you to some of our most scenic locations. A four-season plein air painter, he is also full of tips on painting outside in all kind of weather! The class will include daily demonstrations and lectures. Visit website