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Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich MA
April 26 - May 1, 2015 — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Visit website


Location: Ipswich, MA
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $550
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
April 27 - May 4, 2015 — Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful spring colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. So why not paint the romantic images Italy is so famous for? It's also the time of year for stunning rainbows and magnificient sunrises and sunsets, when the sea in the backdrop sparkles with light and the ancient hill-top towns glow in full glory across the panorama. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Watercolor Workshop with Billie Mathis
April 27-29, 2015 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Three days at beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA. You will come away with many paintings from this workshop. Billie emphasizes design, the intuitive self and creativity. Critiques at the end of each day. Billie gives individual attention to beginners as well to advanced. She provides information that will keep you inspired and painting in a professional manner. Billie concludes there are no secrets - just working steadily and overcoming obstacles in the painting process. Billie gives over and above what she has learned over the years with other professionals as well as many, many tips she has learned on her own with over 40 years of painting experience. Visit website


Location: Young Harris, GA
Instructor: Billie Mathis, GWS
Sponsor: Brasstown Valley Resort, www.brasstownvalley.com
Cost: $225
Email: Billie Mathis
Phone: 770-720-4780

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The Modern Landscape
April 29 - May 1, 2015 — This photography workshop is for all levels. In this fresh new course, The Modern Landscape, students will be challenged to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliche from their landscapes to create memorable images with a distinct visual voice. By using negative space, scale and a restrained color palette, the modern landscape abstracts the obvious, subtracts the unnecessary and leaves behind the scene in only its purest form. Sedona has long been an artist's paradise. The canyons and red sandstone rock formations have been photographed time and time again. This class will inspire working landscape photographers, as well as those new to the field to create distinctive imagery that embraces the minimal while transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Alissa and Jacob Hessler
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Nashville Urban Funk, Studio and Plein Air
April 30 - May 2, 2015 — Don't miss the opportunity to paint with acclaimed artist Randall Sexton. As a member of P.A.P.A. (Plein Air Painters of America), Randall is known for his color and brushwork in paintings of everyday scenes. Learn to "simplify the complex" while painting the historic areas and neighborhoods in and around Nashville. Open to all levels this workshop is geared towards strengthening design skills while painting on location, and to develop ideas while acquiring reference for studio work. Visit website


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $425
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
May 1-14, 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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Capturing the Light!
May 1-3, 2015 (9a.m.-4 p.m.) — Frustrated with trying to catch ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This class is for you! Join award-winning artist Kathleen Dunphy for one of her intensive plein air workshops. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome - beginner to professional. Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture covering fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and painting on location at sites in the picturesque Sierra foothills. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students paint several studies in this high-energy class. Visit website


Location: Murphys, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunphy
Cost: $450
Email: Kathleen Dunphy
Phone: 209-743-1417

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The Violette de Mazia Foundation at PAFA: The Artist's Garden
May 2-16, 2015 (Saturdays, 10am-12pm) — Painters have long drawn their inspiration from their natural environment. In the gardener's hands, nature itself is the raw material for expression. Yet the painter and the gardener both construct an illusion of nature through deliberate selection and arrangement. Join us for an examination of both the painter and gardener's garden, including an exploration of the PAFA exhibition The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920, as well as a visit to Chanticleer Garden. Visit website


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

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The Art of Travel Photography, A PhotoFest 2015 Seminar
May 3, 2015 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) — This 2 hour seminar is designed to provide you many insights needed to create great travel images and become a better travel photographer. You will learn how to push your digital photography well beyond capturing ordinary snapshots with just a point-and-shoot approach. Throughout the seminar, Scott will show many examples of travel photography from all over the world and explain his thought process and workflow from beginning to end. The emphasis will be on how to create more compelling images and how to push yourself to think differently. He will also go extensivley into time of day for your images including sunrise to sunset and also shooting after dark which can be one of the best times of the day to shoot travel images. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Scott Stulberg, www.asa100.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $40
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Catalina!
May 4-6, 2015 (Varies) — Paint plein air on Catalina Island in the beautiful town of Avalon. Arrive by Catalina Flyer on Sunday, May 3rd and join us on Debra's boat, Grouper for a cookout and happy hour on the water. We will be painting Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and return on the flyer later Wednesday afternoon. (Cost of Catalina Flyer and hotel not included in tuition). Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


Location: Catalina, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
May 4-8, 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 Nude in the Landscape
May 5, 2015 — For photographers, the creation of tender but dramatic nudes takes vision, patience and an attention to detail. Every nuance cannot be overlooked including form, shadow, visual appeal, balance and gesture. In this unique workshop, instruction will emphasize how creating the right dynamic between model and photographer can produce timeless images. Composition, locations and lighting will take center stage with each student trying to capture their own vision. The workshop will be held outdoors in the beauty of Sedona, in various locations that are private, along the river and among the amazing red rocks and foliage of Sedona. Students will work with fabrics, from chiffon to lace, reflectors and diffusers, possibly the water, all the while in and around the landscape. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Scott Stulberg, www.asa100.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375 (includes $75 models fee)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Simplifying the Complex, En Plein Air and Studio
May 6-9, 2015 — The act of painting on location can be an overwhelming prospect for many artists. Come learn to "simplify the complex" en plein air or in the studio with Randall Sexton in a variety of painting situations - weather permitting. Given that this four day workshop is open to all levels, it is especially geared towards the experienced artist finding ways to broaden their understanding of the oil medium and attend to their own specific painting issues. Randall is well known for his "hands-on" and personal teaching method....seeking ways to help each student individually. Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $425
Email: Illume Gallery of Fine Art
Phone: 801-210-2853

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Creating Beautiful Pastel Landscapes
May 8-10, 2015 — Learn to capture the sparkling beauty of nature with the immediacy of pastels. Students will learn to create a meaningful thumbnail sketch, choose an appropriate paper and use color combinations that bring the work to life all while working in the studio and from life with the beautiful Sedona landscape as subject matter. Beginner-advanced plein air painters are welcome (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Bruce Gomez has taken home multiple awards from the Sedona Plein Air Festival each year and is one of the highest sellers. He shows his work at Abend Gallery and Telluride Gallery both in Colorado. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Bruce Gomez
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Niagara Falls, Ontario en plein air
May 9-10, 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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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
May 9 - June 27, 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 Cathy Heller. Visit website


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

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Watercolors in Collioure, France - The City of Painters
May 10-16, 2015 (9:30am to 5pm Approximately) — Paint on the Coast of Southern France with Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs in this Artist's Retreat and Workshop. Walk and explore in the footsteps of many famous painters before us as you learn how to jazz up your watercolors in "The City of Painters". Our charming Collioure hotel in the center of town is complete with a private walled garden, painting and meeting areas and swimming pool. Enjoy being just steps away from inspirational painting locations - beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, vineyards, colorful architecture and fishing boats, floral covered passageways, galleries, shops and cafes. Included: Accommodations pp/do (single, triple & non-artist rates available), Make Every Day A Painting Watercolor Workshop, daily breakfast, group dinner, and more. Visit website


Location: Collioure, France
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Sponsor: Make Every Day A Painting Workshops
Cost: $2599 pp/do Single & Non Artist Rates Available
Email: Cindy Briggs
Phone: 541-420-9463

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
May 11-18, 2015 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Plein Air Morocco 2015 - with Sam Paonessa
May 11-18, 2015 (all day w/ free time too) — Join us for 8 days of plein air painting in exotic Morocco. Take your skills and portfolio to the next level with outings to some of the Tetouan's most breathtaking urban and natural locations. Under indescribable light of Mediterranean skies you'll walk the ancient walled city's labyrinthine streets, colorful markets, and ancient architecture. Set up your easel in the high mountain forests, lush river valleys, and fishing beaches. Fill your panels with images for several year's worth of painting. Receive individual coaching and instruction from Canadian master painter Sam Paonessa in both studio and field. Pricing includes tuition, 8 nights fine housing, all meals, ground transport, guides and plenty of tea! Limit 8 participants. Early bird pricing until Dec 10! Visit website


Location: Tetouan, Morocco
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Sponsor: Green Olive Arts
Cost: $2500 includes all ground transp, housing, meals, etc.
Email: Jeff McRobbie
Phone: USA (302) 396-6051 - MOR +212 674358942

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Landscape Painting Fundamentals
May 11-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio landscape paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio landscape paintings. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Smith, www.mattsmithstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Fun with Art and Wine
May 12, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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The Heart of Landscape
May 14-16, 2015 — This three day workshop will focus on outdoor sketches, which are fundamental to good landscape painting. The instructor will open each day with a lecture and demonstration after which students will paint and receive individual critiques of their work. The class will focus on learning to see like an artist, emphasizing the fundamental principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the beauty of nature when painting outdoors. Topics covered: values, hue, saturation, drawing, edges, design, and paint application. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of different artists, and consider the importance of painting from life. Beginner-advanced plein air painter (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Mountain Springs Cabins North Carolina
May 16-20, 2015 — Mountain Springs Cabins will be our base camp for painting day-trips to beautiful waterfalls, Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain panoramas and the vast Biltmore estate, as well as an evening excursion to the nearby Asheville River Arts District for food, touring and camaraderie. David Santillanes will lead this workshop in plein air painting teaching his methods and process for achieving depth and effective composition using all of these motifs. Evenings will allow for some group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this five-day immersion. Visit website


Location: Asheville, NC
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $1700
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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In the Footsteps of Sargent
May 16-23, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Picture yourself painting and touring the Venetian landscape and painting side-by-side with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of painting the portrait, figure and more, planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore Venice and Burano, visit the local fish market, take a Gondola ride and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3495
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Painting on the Brandywine
May 16, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Enjoy the day while working in drawing/painting medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River, and capture the effects of light, time of day, reflections and shadows. You may choose to have lunch at Hank's, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth's. After lunch, the class will visit the Brandywine River Museum to view and discuss the strategies used by artists such as William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey and Asher B. Durand in their land- and seascapes. Visit website


Location: Chadds Ford, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
May 16 - June 30, 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 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 is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting Fundamentals
May 18-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio landscape paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio landscape paintings. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Smith, www.mattsmithstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda
May 18-22, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and Bermudian watercolorist Jill Amos Raine for a plein air painting class in beautiful St. George's Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Featuring demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Painting times will be broken up to utilize morning and evening light. Take advantage of the afternoon break to explore the picturesque surroundings or relax on the beach! Includes a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by Charles Demuth, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Visit website


Location: St. George's, Bermuda
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
May 18-22, 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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Drawing, Painting, Collage in Edinburgh, Scotland
May 19-23, 2015 (full day) — Inspired in Scotland, Made by You - Art tutor Nicky Sanderson guides your creativity and she reveals the 'Hidden City' the amazing levels of living in past and present Edinburgh. Includes accommodation, welcome reception & dinner and much more. Visit website


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

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On Location: Spring in Portland, Oregon
May 20-24, 2015 — Portland offers a wealth of photo opps. Shoot a series of urban parks, the famous Rose Gardens, and 2 of North America's finest Asian Gardens, the Portland Japanese Garden (said to be the finest Japanese Garden outside Japan) and the spectacular Lan Su Chinese Garden. On day trips, travel to nearby locations like the Columbia River Gorge (with its vistas, including 5 volcanoes and scores of waterfalls), Willamette Wine Country, and Astoria on the Coast. A bonus will be the fireworks show over downtown as part of the City Fair festivities on May 22. Ray will also offer pointers to photographers and non-photographer visual artists alike on how to make a return on your investment of time and money with the images you create. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
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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Photography and the Painted Landscape
May 22-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This two-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to enhance their understanding when working from the landscape photograph. Robert will guide your considerations regarding how to choose and interpret your photographic reference. Following a demonstration and lecture, students will paint a finished interpretation from their chosen photograph with the guidance of this signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America. Composition and an understanding of value, color and edge relationships will be addressed in lecture and demonstration. Join Robert for an informative workshop on painting from photographs. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 23-30, 2015 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
May 23 - July 11, 2015 — Taught by 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 lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 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. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Painting the Contemporary Landscape (Paint in acrylics, watercolor or oils)
May 23-30, 2015 — Join Winslow Art Center and nationally-acclaimed artist Don Tiller for an unforgettable week of plein air painting in Tuscany. Explore, paint, sketch, enjoy local foods and wines, and delight in the charms of this magical region of Italy. The beautiful vistas and the famous Tuscan light will be among your painting subjects. Activities include a visit to a local terra-cotta producer, tastings at local wineries, painting in private gardens, a day trip exploring the fabulous Renaissance art of Florence and more. Don will share his techniques for painting out-of-doors, rendering quick drawings, creating strong compositions, showing perspective, simplifying shapes, and mixing colors. Expect lots of one-on-one attention and group critiques. During the workshop, Don will paint in acrylics, but painters of other mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Impruneta, Italy
Instructor: Don Tiller
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: see website
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Heavenly residential painting courses at the heart of Tuscany
May 23-29 & June 1-7 — At The Arniano Painting School we offer week-long residential art courses for artists and enthusiasts of all levels. Situated in a rolling landscape dotted with green-black cypresses, Arniano commands a panoramic view acrossTuscany at its rural best, providing plenty of beautiful subjects and views to inspire both painting and drawing. We accommodate up to ten guests in one of our five lovely and luxurious bedrooms. Non-painting companions are more than welcome, and equally for those intrepid travellers who are coming on their own, these courses are a fabulous opportunity to meet other like-minded painters, and have a relaxing and productive time in glorious surroundings. Prices include full board, all meals, tuition, materials and surfaces. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: William Roper Curzon
Sponsor: The Arniano Painting School
Cost: From £1300, special price for non-painting companions
Email: Amber Guinness
Phone: +447983354206

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Cortona en Plein Air
May 23-30, 2015 — This workshop will encompass the principles of good painting: creativity, color, value, shape, composition, drawing, edge and variety. Twenty years of plein air experience and ten years of teaching has allowed Larry to distill the process of painting into learnable techniques. Experienced painters as well as beginners are welcome; Larry will be gentle. He likes to make his workshops fun as well as informative. And for subject matter we really can't go wrong in historic and visually rich Cortona! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: From US$3440.00 pp painters. From $3240.00 non-painters
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


Location: Licciana Nardi, Italy
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Email: Jacqui Seddon

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 25-29, 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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'Colours of America' 14-Night Painting Tour
May 26 - June 9, 2015 — Come with us to paint and draw the stunning canyon and desert landscapes of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. This tour offers you spectacular locations to paint & draw and includes Pamela's art workshops, demonstrations and positive critiquing. The journey includes scenic Grand Canyon and the red rock Canyons of Sedona. We also visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and a tour of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West house and studio. The galleries of Canyon Road, Santa Fe and the pueblo of Taos will provide inspiration, as will visiting and painting with local artists. Hotels are 4-star, stylish, full of character and wonderfully located! Non painters are welcome with a varied itinerary including painting workshops, excursions, gallery and studio visits. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Pamela Fairburn
Sponsor: Pamela Fairburn Art
Cost: $6,530 per person, twin share basis
Email: Pamela Fairburn
Phone: +61408801104

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Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
May 29-31, 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.Take1, 2, or all three days. Limited to 6 students who will all receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to help you 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 on 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: $300
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293


Impressionist Approach to Landscape Painting
May 30-31, 2015 (9 - 4) — Explore techniques in the tradition of the Impressionists using a painting knife or brush. Focus is on learning to see, color relationships and other aspects of plein air painting. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Joan Jardine
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $215
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Capturing Nature in Ink and Watercolor
May 30-31, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Nature provides beautiful scenes in all directions. From tiny wildflowers to majestic mountains, subjects abound in the Pacific Northwest. In this workshop we will take time for close observation as we study the line, form and texture of the natural world. Whether keeping a journal or creating finished pieces of art, ink and watercolor is a winning combination. Develop your skills and explore new techniques as you work from drawing a simple subject to a full landscape. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $250
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting the Tuscan Light in Pastels
May 30 - June 6, 2015 — In this comprehensive workshop, Susan will stress the fundamentals of using compelling composition and color. Learn how to improve your painting and "seeing" skills, as you develop stronger compositions and move beyond the literal sense of the landscape. Through a more personal approach, you will discover how to make a dynamic, sensitive, and unique statement about your subject. Experimentation is at the core of Susan Ogilvie's workshops. Susan will provide daily demos, individual guidance with each student, and group critiques. You may paint in any medium, however, Susan will paint and demo in pastels. All levels are welcome. Visit website


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

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Discover Tuscany with Acrylic Paint
May 30 - June 6, 2015 — Paint Tuscany with renowned instructor Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Explore the Italian countryside and be inspired by the light, landscape, terrain and architecture. Students will learn to use bold and brilliant color to suggest subtleties within the landscape. By using acrylic paint, workshop participants will learn layering techniques as well as impasto techniques all with the use of water. Acrylic paint, revered for its portability and its quick drying application allows for students to develop of range of works on canvas that are nel momento, or in the moment. Students will master the "Paint Sketch" technique and will gain skills in quick methods of capturing space and time as Italy provides it. Visit website


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

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Nathan Fowkes Workshop at the Gage Academy
May 30, 2015 — This workshop takes place at the Gage Academy in Seattle. For any student or professional artist seeking improvement (art of any kind, digital or traditional). The presentation will emphasize where and how to focus your efforts as you work toward developing a more professional level of artistic ability. This will be very much worth your time. Part 1: Creating compelling art through the design of color and light. Part 2: Landscape sketching; finding inspiration through the study of the natural environment. Visit website


Location: Seattle, WA
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes, nathanfowkes.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $250
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Photography Workshop: Mountains, Canyons, & Adobe - Spring Landscapes of Northern New Mexico
June 1-4, 2015 (9am-5pm) — This is an instructional based landscape photography workshop designed to take you beyond the mechanics of camera operation in a landscape that has drawn artists for centuries. Our primary "classroom" is the varied and beautiful mountain and desert landscapes surrounding Taos with its authentic and colorful old world architecture. The clean, dry, high altitude air creates the legendary enchanted light often found here. We go beyond camera operation and technique. We will advance your understanding and mastery of natural light and strengthen your composition and design skills. For advanced beginners and intermediate amateur photographers who want to improve on their landscape and location travel photography. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Lauri DeYoung, deyoungphotoworkshops.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $595
Email: Lauri DeYoung
Phone: 907-360-3609

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Northeast Art Workshops
June 1-5, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Create impact paintings! Caroline's encouraging one-on-one approach fosters success for each individual, regardless of experience or skill level. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color. Be prepared to change the way you see/ think/paint. Learn dual-hue palette strategy for efficient color management. Explore advanced color interactions. Experience productive painting on a color ground and watch your work develop quickly. Dramatize and improve without over-working. The first day is devoted to advanced color instruction: Get the truth about real vs. wheel color and say "good-bye" to muddy colors forever. Each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Take home a head full of color theory master concepts and inspired new paintings. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Northeast Art Workshops Retreat
Email: Kat
Phone: 978-729-4970

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
June 1-12, 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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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 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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Plein-air Painting Workshop in Italy
June 1-8, 2015 — Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. We will cover a variety of techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale and composition and more and explore ancient hill-top towns and panoramic painting locations among the rolling hill-sides in the heart of Italy. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Watercolor Landscapes: Plein Air / Studio
June 1-5, 2015 — Francese's style employs the use of large brushes and a wet-on-wet method where in much of the color mixing is accomplished on the paper. Frank's technique often produces brilliant, at other times subtle, and always unique shades of color. The only limits are the artist's imagination and willingness to experiment with every combination of color on his palette. The Francese Watercolor Workshop consists of five days of classroom instruction. That classroom may be inside of a building, at a streams edge or on a city street. Each day includes two demonstrations, and provides ample time to work on painting the subject matter of that day's demonstration. Limited to 15 students. Visit website


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

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Art Workshops in the Mountains
June 2-7, 2015 (5 day course) — Open-air drawing and painting sessions in the spectacular mountains and valleys of Ordesa National Park. Reflecting on composition, scene selection, light and shade, colour, and the practice of working from life. Visit website


Location: Huesca, Spain
Instructor: Javier Aguilar
Sponsor: Arte Pirineos Petricor
Cost: 530€
Email: Sonia
Phone: +34 645 92 49 59

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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics)
June 3-5, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you've always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow. Paula will be demoing and painting in oil. She will also demo in watercolor upon request. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $350
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Simplifying the Landscape
June 4-24, 2015 (Thursdays, 9 - 4) — By learning to make meaningful sketchbook drawings and color studies, workshop participants will strengthen the design of their paintings with a 3 step method to simplifying the landscape. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Kate McGloughlin
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $370
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Impressionist Landscape in Acrylic
June 5-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Discover how to capture color and light the way the Impressionists did. Beki will discuss historical examples, analyzing the techniques of Impressionist artists such as Monet and Pissaro. View demonstrations of acrylic painting techniques and receive step by step instruction from Beki as you work from photographs and real life to create your own Impressionist style paintings. This class is perfect for beginners or experienced acrylic painters who want to challenge their current working methods. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220 + materials fee, Non-Members: $245 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
June 6-13, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,650 - USD$ 2,950 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Niagara Falls, NY USA en plein air
June 6-7, 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, NY
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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A Tuscan Obsession: Mixed Media and Yoga in Tuscany
June 6-13, 2015 (all day) — The Art: This workshop will allow both passionate beginners and inspired artists to discover possibilities and explore a variety of methods to respond to and interpret the surrounding landscape of Tuscany. Working both from observation and on-site sketches we will use materials such as ink, pastel, water-based paints and collage methods. The Yoga: Enjoy spirited Yoga and self-exploration in an atmosphere of supportive connection, with group size small enough to allow individual attention. With a combined 35+ years of teaching, Jenni & Paul offer you joyful and heartfelt yoga inspired by Anusara, Iyengar, Restorative, Zen Buddhism, and their own playfully serious self-discovery and meditative journey. Visit website


Location: Casole d"Elsa, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Andrea Borsuk, Paul Gould, Jenni Fox
Sponsor: Verrocchio Art Centre
Cost: $2135 (usd)
Email: Andrea Borsuk or Paul Gould
Phone: 831-458-3275

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Scott Christensen Intensive Workshop
June 6-9, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Scott is a perpetual student and fierce admirer of the practice of art, in all its forms. Each day he is finding out more that intrigues and inspires him. Join him for one of his workshops to not only see his processes and technique, but to allow him to help you find your own. Scott's workshops consist of plein air painting each day as well as gathering inside his studio for critique, demonstration and study. He focuses on value structure, composition, establishing your critical eye and so much more. Visit website


Location: Victor, ID
Instructor: Scott L. Christensen
Sponsor: Christensen Studio
Cost: $1000
Email: Casey Singer
Phone: 208-787-5851

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Mary Whyte and the Inside Passage
June 8-15, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Join us for an unforgettable week as we cruise Alaska's Inside Passage with Mary Whyte. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of still life, landscape and portrait in watercolor with extraordinary views of Alaska as our background. Mary's demonstrations aboard the ship will inspire you for a day of painting from the still life or model, or prepare you for a day of sketching on your own in the picturesque harbor towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Evening gatherings will offer lively discussions, while still offering students ample time to enjoy the ship's many activities and amenities. Mary's work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and more. Visit website


Location: Juneau, AK
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Abstract Landscape
June 8-9, 2015 (9 - 4) — Working with oils or acrylics on paper, students will create landscapes in an abstract impressionist style from reference materials or their imagination. Workshop will encourage self-expression through use of color. Painting knife and brush techniques will be explored. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Donald Elder
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $217
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
June 8-12, 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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ArtisTTable Plein Air Adventure in Walworth Co. Wisconsin
June 8-14, 2015 — There might not be a better way to kick off your 2015 plein air painting season than with this ArtisTTable art retreat in historic rural Southeast Wisconsin's Walworth County. The ArtisTTable founders Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will offer instructed plein air sessions throughout this retreat. The property where we will stay is located on a small farm with barns and a pond where the participants are free to explore and paint. Side trips will take us to paint in small towns, and to visit a winery. Each evening we will gather together look at and discuss the art from the day. Writers welcome. Cost of this retreat includes the accommodations and food. Space is limited, book early and save. Visit website


Location: Walworth County, WI
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $975.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Lay It Down & Leave It Alone
June 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
June 9-19, 2015 — Listed by UNESCO as a Heritage Site, Avignon seems the perfect, delightful old town for a painting workshop. We'll stay in the old town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, in a comfortable hotel with its own restaurant and within walking distance of many other good restaurants. Avignon is home to some great museums and beautiful architecture. The Palace of the Popes is the biggest Gothic palace in the world. The Pont Saint-Bénézet also known as the Pont d'Avignon is a famous medieval bridge there. We will take a couple of painting day trips as well, to hill towns including St. Remy for its fabulous market day! This is a plein air workshop designed to inspire and improve your plein air painting skills. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Italy with Kelly Medford: Rome Plus Tuscany and Umbria
June 9-18, 2015 — In an all-new workshop for plein air painters, accomplished artist, Kelly Medford, has expertly combined the excitement and drama of Rome with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany and Umbria to create the ultimate experience for painters of all levels. From the Eternal City's famous piazzas and ancient sites to the quiet alleyways and cobbled lanes of medieval hill towns, you'll find yourself surrounded by incredible beauty as you paint in some of Italy's most breath-taking settings. This workshop is a plein air painter's dream trip to Italy! Visit website


Location: Rome and Montegabbione, Italy
Instructor: Kelly Medford
Sponsor: Off the Beaten Strada
Cost: $2,795
Email: Pamela Haack
Phone: 305-588-5763

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Expression and Brushwork - Study to Studio
June 10-12, 2015 — All levels of plein air painter welcome. Brushwork, paint consistency, and fearlessness are rarely taught. Lori Putnam believes they are essential to mastering more thrilling paintings. In this workshop, students will begin en plein air making sketches, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches (most with little or no detail) will then be used as inspirational material for more-complete studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Capture the essence of nature through strong, simplified composition. Experience the power of painting with a limited palette including color mixing and harmony and color temperature. Learn the tried and true method for keying a painting and determining value relationships. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Lori Putnam
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Heavens: The Sky in Watercolor
June 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — See the sky as a subject from a variety of viewpoints. Explore how seasonal skies and weather affect the mood of a landscape painting and how to playfully use your imagination to paint them. Paint the sky using the transparent and fluid medium of watercolor. Paint a sunrise or sunset, while learning how each affects the colors of both the landscape and the sky. Imagine the night sky: planets, stars, or fireworks. Work from your own photos, image files, and imagination. Take home several finished pieces and works in progress to finish later. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Aslakson, www.SarahAslakson.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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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
June 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics)
June 12, 19 & 26, 2015 (Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you've always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow. Paula will be demoing and painting in oil. She will also demo in watercolor upon request. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $300 ($125 per day)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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La Rusticana, "A Plein Air Feast"
June 12-13, 2015 (9am-2pm) — A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels). Visit website


Location: Los Gatos, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $475
Email: Sara Langone

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
June 13 - August 1, 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 Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Painting the Villages of Provence!
June 14-24, 2015 — This will be Tony’s ninth trip to Vaison La Romaine, where he has taught several workshops in the medieval section of this bustling town as well as in quaint villages nearby. It is such a special treat to travel and paint with someone who knows the area well, and is delighted to share his experiences. You'll paint and learn, enjoy the scenery, cuisine, wines, the people and the incomparable light of Provence illuminating this painter's paradise. It's our aim to allow you lots of time to paint and sketch. Wherever we are, Tony will show you how to select and paint a subject and throughout the day, will provide lots of individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: Painter: $4695, Non-painter $4395
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Provencal villages of France with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
June 14-24, 2015 — Tony returns for his annual watercolor workshop based in Vaison La Romaine in the heart of the Provence. On the way, visit Le Baux and St. Remy, where van Gogh painted. The focus is on plein air painting as well as sketchbook journaling. Why not create a permanent memory of this trip? Our 3-star hotel is located in the medieval section of town, with crooked little streets, tinkling fountains and great subjects just steps away. Other painting locations are in nearby villages with soft ochre houses and red-tiled roofs. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and helps you individually. Non-painters enjoy a special discount. Visit website


Location: Vaison la Romaine, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Lyn Donovan
Cost: Painter: $4695, Non-painter $4395
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 1-207-594-4813

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Plein Air Painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 14-20, 2015 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths, will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting, the local village-Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Early bird discount - May 1. The Euro exchange rate is near record low and flights have come down. Book today. Traveling Painters. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800 Early Bird rate-May 1. Includes room, most meals.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Watercolor in the Sunshine for Beginners
June 15-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic steps to creating watercolor paintings through Kari's tried and true methods. Focus on the colors and shapes of early summer florals and landscapes. Learn how to use the color green and create interest using negative shapes in your paintings. Paint along with Kari, step-by-step, as she demonstrates how to paint your favorite sunny summertime subjects. Learn to "keep it loose" as you depict orchards and gardens in rich summer splendor. Lodging available. 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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Plein Air Workshop in Acrylic
June 15-17, 2015 (9 - 4) — This three day workshop is designed for those familiar with acrylics as well as watercolor and oil painters desiring something new. Strategies for working with fast drying time and layering possibilities and tips for painting with this very versatile, expressive and safe medium will be covered. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Tor Gudmundsen
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $290
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
June 15-19, 2015 — Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color you will never go back. I believe, as Henry Hensche did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today. If you are a beginning artist, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to the joys of painting 'en plein aire.' If you have been painting for a long time and wish to take your work to new and greater heights, then you have come to a great starting place. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Lois Griffel, www.loisgriffel.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $750
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 15-17, 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 website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Contact: Dennis & Sue Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
June 15-19, 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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Fun with Art and Wine
June 16, 2015 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be 21 or over to participate. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Melanie and Brian Gold
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $35 includes all art materials
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Treasures of Austria's Tyrol en Plein Air
June 17-24, 2015 — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Tyrol region of Austria. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. The entire painting process will be covered along with daily demonstrations in oil. You may work in any medium. Carolyn will work individually with each student at their easel and guide them at their own level. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. Visit website


Location: Tyrol, Austria
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Designs on Nature
June 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The appeal of gardens, orchards, farms and vineyards - man's hand in nature - is timeless and universal. Explore the ordered landscape with an impressionist's eye for color and light. This workshop is designed for pastel and oil painters. Work en plein air to paint and gather references first hand. Then use your studies and photos to design motifs and develop successful paintings in the studio. Move beyond your current level of work, assisted by demonstrations, individual guidance, and group critiques. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.ChristineDebrosky.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $460
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Main Event: The Light of Whidbey Island
June 18-21, 2015 — This class covers everything from seeing images in the field to applying up to date processing applications including Adobe Photoshop, Light room as well as the use of the NIK Software collection of programs. We will spend time in the field exploring some of the beautiful State Parks located on the island as well as the numerous rocky beaches, period farms, tidal marshes, lighthouses, Americana of the quaint coastal communities and rolling farmland of Whidbey Island. The island is truly a photographer's paradise. Sunrises and Sunsets are amazing this time of year and we'll be out to capture them. This is a hand on, in depth learning experience for all nature photographers who are looking to extend their creative processing techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jack Graham
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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Creating Deep Landscapes: Water-Mixable Oils
June 19-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore the many ways you can enhance the illusion of depth in your landscapes using atmospheric perspective, composition, and color with water-mixable oils. Rob demonstrates a variety of methods to create depth, and guides students through a series of compositional exercises and color experiments, leading to a finished painting in water-mixable oils. Plenty of individual attention and time to practice what is demonstrated is provided. 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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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
June 20-27, 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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The Landscape in Large Scale
June 20-23, 2015 (9 - 4) — Artists often struggle when they try to transition from small paintings to large. Instruction in this workshop will focus on the tools needed to capture or transform the freshness of a small piece while painting larger scale. Discussion and demo will include moving up in brush size; physicality and gesture when working large; color choices; seeing composition on a larger scale; creating interest from afar and up close; and maintaining spontaneity. We will start with sketches and color/compositional studies of our chosen image, working from photographs, and once familiar with its variables, move on to the larger piece. Sizes recommended are in the 18"x24" range or larger for pastelists and 24"x48", 36"x36" for oil painters. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Christie Scheele
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $293
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Watercolour Painting in St Andrews, Scotland
June 21-26, 2015 (full day) — Stunning, historic St Andrews is the location for this course. Capture it's essence with Liz Yule's expert guidance. Your work will be 'Inspired in Scotland ~ Made by You'. Visit website


Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Liz Yule
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2072
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Acrylics Painting in the Style of the Scottish Colourists
June 21-26, 2015 (full day) — This course is based in St Andrews, Scotland. Scottish Colourists in the 1920's took inspiration from the Impressionists, infusing their paintings with unique liveliness. And so will you under Susan's guidance! You will see and feel Scotland differently, producing work 'Inspired in Scotland - Made by you'. Visit website


Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Sysan Forsyth
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2135
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Landscape Painting; Emphasis on Aerial Perspective
June 21-26, 2015 (10am-12pm and 1-4pm) — The main emphasis in this oil and pastel workshop is to create the illusion of depth in the landscape painting by using the many different aerial perspective clues. Manipulating color, description, texture, and value contrasts helps the artist to create the illusion of depth and adds variety to the pictorial image. Understanding the concept, and exercising and using the many aerial perspective techniques empowers the artist to create the visual dynamics of depth, thereby controlling and adding to the excitement of the painting statement. Additional instruction handouts add to the understanding of the basic fundamentals that will be stressed in class as well. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Larry Blovits
Sponsor: Dillman's Creative Art Workshops
Cost: $475.00
Email: Denny Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 22-26, 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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Watercolor: Painting Madeline Island with Tom Jones
June 22-26, 2015 — You will begin by selecting a subject or scene of interest, and taking a photograph of it for future reference. Next, you will develop a thumbnail sketch to find the strongest composition for your painting. Value and color studies will also be included. Tom will show you how to paint more dynamic skies, using unique approaches for adding layers and texture to your watercolor paintings. He will also give you tips on where to place your color to create more exciting and appealing works. You will receive Tom's personal attention while enjoying a fun and no-pressure workshop environment. Each day you will be painting both en plein air, and in the studio. Daily demos will be provided. Visit website


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

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Intro to Watercolor Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
June 22-26, 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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Painting the Mississippi Plein Air
June 22-26, 2015 (9:00 am-4:00 pm) — This oil and pastel workshop will explore scenes of the Mississippi River from river bluff vistas and from along the riverside. John will demonstrate and guide you through a series of painting exercises with specific objectives: learning to see light and color - not just objects; learning to make a portable selection of colors work like a big palette; composition - get this right and you're almost done; ergonomics - streamlining your working method to make the most of your time outdoors. Dubuque, IA, is an historic river town with beautiful topography, a rich architectural heritage, and unique restaurants, bars, and entertainment options. Visit website


Location: Dubuque, IA
Instructor: John Preston
Sponsor: Mississipi River Art Workshops
Cost: $380
Email: Wes Heitzman
Phone: 563-845-7274

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Expression & Response
June 23-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Lori believes that each artist sees differently and should leave their distinctive mark on the canvas. However, letting go of formulas and finding the confidence to honestly express ourselves can seem daunting or difficult. Students will leave this workshop excited, ready to experiment more on their own, and above all, pointed towards meaningful, personal artistic growth. The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress and take you to the next level of creating poetry in your paintings. This class is appropriate for advanced beginners, and intermediate and advanced painters. Previous plein air experience is highly recommended. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Lori Putnam
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $600
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
June 27 - August 15, 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 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 is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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The Many Moods of Light in Pastel
June 27-28, 2015 (9 - 4) — Celestial expressions including dawn, sunset, twilight, nighttime and more are our muses for capturing the striking beauty of luminous light and rich, subtle, poetic looks in pastel. Work from your photos or paint directly from nature. Working with tonalism and colorism both, we will explore a variety of light effects and how to use these effects in composing our paintings. Lots of painting time, helpful advice and fun will make this an educational, creative and enjoyable painting experience with a very popular, nationally acclaimed, master pastelist. All levels welcome from beginner through advanced. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $215
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 29 - July 2, 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 website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Elizabeth Barbano
Phone: 801-451-3662

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Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor
June 29 - July 2, 2015 — Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce teaches simple easy to learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You will learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from step by step demonstrations. You will become more comfortable with the watercolor medium while learning to distill and process scenes from inspiration to finished work of art. You will begin to create works of art that are painted freely and with confidence once technical aspects have been mastered. Class limited to 15 students for lots of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 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 Art of Landscape Painting
June 30 - July 2, 2015 — This workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students who work with oils, acrylics, or pastels and wish to master the challenges of painting the landscape. Beautiful as they may be, landscapes are often expansive, complex and constantly changing. This makes tasks like massing, simplification, color, and lighting very challenging for the painter. Each day we will focus on a different aspect of landscape painting to learn proportion, light, energy, value, and color. There will be a short lecture each morning. The rest of the day will be spent outdoors creating a new painting. The small size of the class will allow for plenty of individual attention. Peter is a teaching faculty member of the Truro Center for the Arts. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Peter Chepus, www.chepus.com
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 Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 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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Colored Pencil: Expressive and Fantasy Landscape
July 3 - August 27, 2015 — Taught by 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 lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 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. Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
July 4-11, 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$ 2,250 - USD$ 2,610 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting in Tuscany
July 4-11, 2015 — We are going to examine, compose, draw, mix and paint. From a simple lemon to a vast landscape, for beginner or experienced, you will enjoy developing as an artist and creating the vision or mood you want to portray in your work. My goal is to teach you how to regard your composition and how to work with the breathtaking Tuscan landscape that exists 360 degrees around you. You will learn how to simplify what you see, draw directly on canvas with a brush and mix and apply those soft hues using a limited palette. We will also be working in studio, creating some classic 'red chalk' drawings and Botticelli-esque paintings. After all, we are in Italy! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $2200.
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 703-474-2966

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
July 6-17, 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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5-Day Plein Air Workshop with Joe Paquet
July 6-10, 2015 — This workshop will introduce you to the Prismatic Palette. Correct use of this will help you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring things forward and to push things back, and to depict light and shade, and to describe the type and time of day. Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent outdoors painting. Students can expect to paint two images daily - one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Concepts: rhythmic-connected drawing, underpainting, creating, atmosphere, effectively using greens. Joe will work with you individually at your easel to address compositional and color issues, and will provide careful critique. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Bold and Brilliant: Plein Air Painting Using Dramatic Color!
July 6-9, 2015 — Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. In this workshop you will learn how to capture the colors of any landscape in bold dramatic colors, and in a painterly, gestural manner. Step-by-step instruction will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various color schemes and departing from realism. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Patti Mollica, www.pattimollica.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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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 6-31, 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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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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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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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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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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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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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
July 13-17, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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