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Painting Cityscapes Plein Air: San Francisco, CA
October 22-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor in his hometown, as he guides you through the magnificent city of San Francisco for an incredible week of painting. Taylor will be conducting a 4 day Plein Air Painting Workshop for artists who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of cityscape painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in urban environments while developing strong compositions and color harmony. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration. Visit website


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

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Painting Larger on Location
October 22-24, 2014 — Jim McVicker is this year's Keynote Speaker for the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Jim will demonstrate his process for starting a landscape. How to work the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole, working on land, trees, water and sky so that the painting grows with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts, covering the entire canvas within the first half hour. Students will learn to see the landscape in terms of basic shapes and their relationship to each other through values and color. Special emphasis will be on simplifying the design and values to give your work a sense of completeness throughout the process. Jim will work with each artist one-on-one. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jim McVicker, www.jimvickerpaints.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $525
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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En Plein Air Study in Oil and Pastel
October 24-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Students will be painting the area on location in oils or pastels. There will be a demo each day in either one or the other mediums. Exercises include tonal lay in and sketches, designing a painting from the beginning with consideration given to composition, values, shapes and color. Instruction is geared to each student at their own level and style. Some painting and drawing experience necessary. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Tuscany Landscape Painting
October 24-31, 2014 (9 to 5pm) — Join us in this beautiful Italian countryside in the heart of Tuscany. Plein air painting at its best with cypress, umbrella pines, and the rolling landscape. 7 nights 8 days at a 3 star hotel/spa, private baths; breakfast each day, 3 lunches & 4 dinners included. One-on-one art Instruction & painting approx 6 hrs per day. Demos and individual critiques. Painting in Pienza, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni; includes transportation to sites. Day visit to Siena. Spa services include free use of the Roman sauna, Jacuzzi, and thermal pools; other fee-based health and beauty spa services available. R/T transportation to our location from Romeand return to airport or Rome. Visit website


Location: Southwest Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios
Cost: $2,975/artist; $2,575/artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Nature Sketching & Journaling
October 25-26, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — In her signature "Nature Sketching & Journaling" class, Elaine, an award winning storyboard and botanical artist, will demonstrate a variety of drawing and annotation techniques. Step by step instruction will guide you from the first stroke to a finished sketch. A portfolio of information and exercises and a field kit of tools including graphite and watercolor pencils will be explored within a 4"x6" sketchbook all included in the class fee. An artist's sketchbook becomes an encyclopedia of creative thought and images. Elaine Hultgren is a certified botanical artist and illustrator and is an instructor at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona and has several years of experience teaching nature sketching and journaling as well as botanical drawing and watercolor. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Elaine Hultgren
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $275
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Pushing the Limits in Watercolor
October 25, 2014 (11am-5pm) — Learn how to create different effects in you landscape paintings using inks and vibrant colors with Joe Cibere's all day watercolor class. Joe will show you how to be bold and dramatic as you learn to harness contrast and color balance to make your pigments leap from the paper and create drama in your landscape. This fun all day class will be filled with techniques in the morning and focused on painting your own landscape combining theses techniques in the afternoon. Please remember to bring extra paper, your watercolors ready to use and some India ink for added drama. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Joe Cibere
Sponsor: Red Brick Gallery
Cost: $95
Email: Jen or Phyllis
Phone: 805-643-6400

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Plein Air in New Zealand
October 26 - November 5, 2014 (9-4) — Spend 11 days with us as we explore the highlights of this stunning region. From lakeside landscapes surrounded by majestic mountains, to original gold-rush shanty towns and scenic vineyards, there is no shortage of visual beauty to ignite any artists' imagination. Renowned for the rugged and varying landscapes, New Zealand is the perfect location for you to explore and paint memories to take home. Visit website


Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Wilbury Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $2,280
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Loosen Up Your Landscapes
October 27-29, 2014 — See for yourself why painting outdoors was (and still is) so popular. This on-location and studio painting workshop is for all levels of painters who want to learn the time-honored joy of paint sketching outdoors and finishing up in the studio. Starting in a controlled studio environment, learn how to setup and prepare for the outdoor plein aire experience. Travel to the site in the inspiring Sedona landscape and set up your outdoor "studio," painting all day with acrylics. Back in the studio, we commit to paper or canvas and paint what we have visually imprinted, sketched and photographed. This course will teach you all the basic principles to paint trees, clouds, meadows, mountains, water and abstract landscapes. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Secrets Revealed
October 27-30, 2014 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9-4 with a one hour lunch) — The overall objective of the workshop is to explore the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting and developing the creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques that make any level of painter feel welcome! There will be daily demonstration with detailed explanations of the "how's" and "why's" followed by individual attention. Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his national PBS series "Fun with Watercolor". He has written six books on watercolor techniques. Tom usually chooses one day of the workshop to have students work outdoors in the beautiful Sedona landscape. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tom Lynch, www.tomlynch.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 27-31, 2014 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
October 27-31, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll incorporate Day of the Dead symbolism and information. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. 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: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 28-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Capturing Light & Color with the Palette Knife
October 29-31, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Day one starts with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife. We will focus on color mixing and understanding values. Day two we will all paint together and enjoy another painting demo. With focus on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlight the focal point. Day three will be spent painting your own palette knife painting (using inspiration photos) with one-on-one instruction. As part of the workshop, each student will meet with me individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts with a website or blog. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Photography Open Studio in Baja California
October 30 - November 2, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — A Photo Weekend in October! Our last October workshop is 3-day photography event in northern Baja California, our "Studio of the South" offering landscape, genre, portrait, animal, and architectural subjects. We will: photograph star trails in the dark night sky; create and photograph personal Day of the Dead still lifes; photograph a stampede in total safety; visit 2 wineries for tastings (optional) and photos; take a trail ride on the Ranch's excellent horses - beginner's welcome! Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from U.S./Tecate border; 3 nights lodging at Rancho La Bellota, 50 miles south of the border; All meals at the Ranch; 2 winery visits; transportation to wineries; and horseback riding. Celebrating the Arts in Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $500
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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From Source to Studio
November 1-6, 2014 — This workshop is designed to embrace the dialogue between plein air work and studio work. We will endeavor to put plein air painting back in its rightful context, i.e. that plein air painting is, more than anything else, about "learning to see" and being a dedicated student of nature. It is about being an effective "hunter gatherer" and harvesting information and ideas; it is the beginning not the end of a process. Then we will explore the notion that the studio is an extension of the work we do outdoors; it is where we explore, edit, experiment and refine ideas. I will demonstrate how you can keep your studio work fresh and impactful. There will be group critiques, discussions, and demos throughout. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jill Carver, jillcarver.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Studio Painting with Kathryn Stats
November 1-5, 2014 — Kathryn Stats is known for her vibrant color, dramatic compositions and subtle brushwork. In this studio workshop students will have the opportunity to choose whether they wish to work on landscape composition from photo-reference or with a still-life/floral situation or both! Students will benefit from demonstrations, slide show and lecture, and one-on-one assistance with their paintings. Kathryn has taught workshops in plein air painting in numerous locations and has been a keynote presenter at the Sedona Plein Air Festival and at the National Plein Air Convention. This workshop is for those painters that have some experience and wish to take their work to the next level. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 3-7, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
November 3-7, 2014 — 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: Newport, RI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Amy Burnes
Phone: 401-864-7734

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"Plein Air in The Marshes of Glynn" with Valerie Craig
November 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date and studied with Scott Christensen, Michael Doyle and Kenn Backhaus. Fundamentals of design, composition, value and brushstroke will be explored while considering elements of the landscape. Emphasis will include the massing of shapes, values, edges and brushwork, working directly wet-into-wet. In case the weather is bad you will have the opportunity to use reference materials in the studio. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Valerie Craig
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $400.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Liquid Rainbow
November 8, 2014 (11am-5pm) — It's a wave lesson with a twist! Learn to paint this colorful surreal wave complete with rainbow colors. Materials needed: 16x20 Canvas, 2" Flat wash Brush, Fan brush, medium filbert/flat brush, small round brush, Thalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Hookers Green, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Light Ultramarine Blue. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Marco Aguilar
Sponsor: Red Brick Gallery
Cost: $95
Email: Jen or Phyllis
Phone: 805-643-6400

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Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
November 9-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day seminar will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome. Portable equipment is required - students will be working outdoors with a live horse model, on the property of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. Lodging details provided upon registration. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Five Days Painting in Paradise at the Beach
November 9-13, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join me for a "Paint Together/Stay Together" workshop at our beach house in Ventura, CA. You will rediscover your passion for art, learn the basics of values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! Day one starts off with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife focusing on color mixing and understanding values. Day two we will paint together and head out to paint plein air. With each day focusing on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlight the focal point. Day three we will all head out to paint and spend the day painting with a palette knife with one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $599.00 + $450 for lodging (if needed)
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
November 10-14, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Heart of Landscape Painting
November 11-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The first three days of this workshop will be focused on accurate painting from life. 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. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of a variety of artists, and consider the importance of painting from life as a means to developing one's own individual voice. The final day of class students will begin a studio piece working from sketches and photographs they've produced. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 11-14, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Art of the Carolinas
November 13-16, 2014 (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM) — Caroline Jasper workshops in opaque media on color ground. This is the biggest art workshops - materials expo in the USA. Many instructors/classes: Different media/concepts/topics/methods. 3hr. or 6hr. workshops morning/afternoon/evening daily. Shop deep discounts on art materials. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama
Cost: per class varies
Email: Sharon DiGiulio
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext.156

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Luminous Acrylics
November 15, 2014 (2-5pm) — Learn to work with gold, silver or copper leafing to create a luminous background with shimmer and the illusion of light. We will use this base to create an interesting painting by adding bold elements, choose from a variety of subjects to make your painting come to life. Abstracts, landscapes, still lives musical influences and critters all options. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Jennifer Livia
Sponsor: Red Brick Gallery
Cost: $54 includes Gold Leaf or $64 with all supplies
Email: Jen or Phyllis
Phone: 805-643-6400

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Plein Air Painting
November 15-17, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This workshop will provide us with the chance to explore three different venues: the unique Sedona landscape of high desert red rock vistas, Jerome's Victorian houses and steep streets and the very special Gold King Mine Junkyard and Ghost Town (full of vintage old cars!) The primary focus will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. We will also work on achieving clean color in our paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Horn will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings. Students should already have taken studio painting instruction prior to taking this plein air workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $525
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting with Ruo Li
November 17-21, 2014 (9am-4pm) — On the first day Ruo Li will talk about the most important aspects of seascape paintings, answer questions, and demonstrate his techniques of seascape painting. On the second day students will paint seascapes with photo reference in studio. Ruo Li will give individual attention and critiques. Wednesday the class will be out in the field for a day of plein air. Students will have the opportunity to paint in the morning and Ruo will demonstrate in the afternoon. On Thursday Ruo will discuss common problems that arise in painting and answer questions. After that, Ruo Li will do his third demo. For the remainder of the week, students will have the opportunity to start new paintings or work on ones already in progress. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ruo Li, www.ruoli.net
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
November 17-21, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
November 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015 — 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. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 18-21, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 24-26, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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 three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 24-28, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
December 1-5, 2014 — This 5-day watercolor workshop in the Colonial Heart of Nicaragua is designed to take advantage of the country's natural beauty. We will practice perspective and composition on colorful streets, learn to emulate sunlight as it passes through the forest canopy, plein air paint along a meandering rural road, and capture the essence of Pacific seascapes. Instructor, Amy Bushnell, studied under renown artist, Andy Braitman, in Charlotte, NC, before starting Centro de Arte, a studio/gallery located in the tropical courtyard of an old Colonial-style home. Workshop instruction is combined with activities that will further inspire your creative soul including a cloud forest hike, horse-drawn carriage ride, and natural springs, led by expert guide, Jessica Schugel, Buen Viaje Tours. Limit 6 participants. Visit website


Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Instructor: Amy Bushnell
Sponsor: Buen Viaje Tours
Cost: $1,395
Email: Jessica Schugel
Phone: 001 505 8959 7097

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 1-5, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscape Painting - What's the Point?
December 2-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Strong paintings start with a clear idea and intent. Using design and composition, Starling will demonstrate how to "get to the point" of what a painting has to say. In this two phase studio class students will start by making quick sketches and thumbnails to practice different compositional devices. When a strong composition has been designed the student will move to the canvas (or other substrate). Students are encouraged to bring their own field studies, studio paintings and photo reference to use as a place to start. For students Intermediate or above. Instructor will demonstrate in oil but other mediums are welcome. Visit website


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

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"Art & Soul, - Exploring Your Inner Landscape - Art Meditation, Yoga
December 6-13, 2014 (all day) — Robert Masla will lead us on a playful, and fun artistic jouney to uncover our Creative Self in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in this fun, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop of artistic discovery. Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering and invigorating Hatha Yoga exercises and stretches, Pranayama - (breathing techniques) that balance and revitalize our energy, and soulful visualization, meditation and song that opens our hearts. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla and Richard Masla
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Time to Reflect
December 6, 2014 (12-3pm) — Join us for this serene sunset painting featuring a reflective seascape and techniques for painting luminescent "magic hour" lighting. Materials needed: 11x14 Canvas, 1 1/2" Flat brush, Medium filbert/flat brush, Small Round brush, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium Red Light. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Marco Aguilar
Sponsor: Red Brick Gallery
Cost: $49 each or $64 with supplies
Email: Jen or Phyllis
Phone: 805-643-6400

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
December 8-12, 2014 — This 5-day watercolor workshop in the Colonial Heart of Nicaragua is designed to take advantage of the country's natural beauty. We will practice perspective and composition on colorful streets, learn to emulate sunlight as it passes through the forest canopy, plein air paint along a meandering rural road, and capture the essence of Pacific seascapes. Instructor, Amy Bushnell, studied under renown artist, Andy Braitman, in Charlotte, NC, before starting Centro de Arte, a studio/gallery located in the tropical courtyard of an old Colonial-style home. Workshop instruction is combined with activities that will further inspire your creative soul including a cloud forest hike, horse-drawn carriage ride, and natural springs, led by expert guide, Jessica Schugel, Buen Viaje Tours. Limit 6 participants. Visit website


Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Instructor: Amy Bushnell
Sponsor: Buen Viaje Tours
Cost: $1,395
Email: Jessica Schugel
Phone: 001 505 8959 7097

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 9-12, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
December 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015 — 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. Artwork at right by Borgeson Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
December 15-19, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
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Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 16-19, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 22-24, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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 three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
December 22-26, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 29-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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 three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Representational Watercolor Intensive, Studio and Plein Air
January 3-10, 2015 (all day) — You can expect an incredible week of serious painting, study and fun in a charming fishing village and other exotic locals along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico, with award wining artist - workshop leader Stan Miller! If you are interested in building the skills and learning the techniques of this award winning artist then this workshop is for you. Stan generously shares his knowledge, wisdom and expertise through a variety of exercises, demos, lectures and critiques. Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life at one of the most beautiful and arts oriented locales in Latin America, Casa de los Artistas, in the safe and serene village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
January 5-9, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — 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 oils. 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 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Landscapes from Photos
January 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Even if you prefer painting landscapes in plein aire, at some point you are going to use photographs as a reference, perhaps for the shape of a tree, the light on a canyon wall or the perfect color of a field of flowers. This class will help students explore some of the shortcomings of photographs and how to translate the image in a photograph into information they can use in their paintings. The instructor will encourage students to paint along with him and take a painting from start to finish. Throughout this fun and non-intimidating class, the fundamentals of good painting will be emphasized. There will be step-by-step demonstrations. The instructor will provide reference materials or students may bring their own. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 6-9, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
January 12-16, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Powercolor Painting
January 12-14, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — How far can you go in days? This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Progress to more powerful paintings. Color communicates! Make it work for you and say "good-bye" to muddy colors forever. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including Caroline Jasper's way of painting on red canvas. Awaken the emotive psychological power of color in your work with advanced visual color-interactions. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Strategies for dynamic light/shadow effects, dramatizing landscape depth, etc., and painting water will be emphasized. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and your inspired new paintings. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Email: Elizabeth Goodwill
Phone: 941-365-2032

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
January 12-16, 2015 — This 5-day watercolor workshop in the Colonial Heart of Nicaragua is designed to take advantage of the country's natural beauty. We will practice perspective and composition on colorful streets, learn to emulate sunlight as it passes through the forest canopy, plein air paint along a meandering rural road, and capture the essence of Pacific seascapes. Instructor, Amy Bushnell, studied under renown artist, Andy Braitman, in Charlotte, NC, before starting Centro de Arte, a studio/gallery located in the tropical courtyard of an old Colonial-style home. Workshop instruction is combined with activities that will further inspire your creative soul including a cloud forest hike, horse-drawn carriage ride, and natural springs, led by expert guide, Jessica Schugel, Buen Viaje Tours. Limit 6 participants. Visit website


Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Instructor: Amy Bushnell
Sponsor: Buen Viaje Tours
Cost: $1,395
Email: Jessica Schugel
Phone: 001 505 8959 7097

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson - Exploring Verde Valley
January 13-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in an exploration of Arizona's beautiful Verde Valley (near Sedona.) In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. We will also explore the Verde River area, its shores and beaches. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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"Watercolor Workshop in Paradise"
January 17-24, 2015 (all day) — Tom's workshop is designed to instill in you the importance of gathering good painting references on location. Tom will teach you a method used by great artists for generations. Tom guides you through a thumb nail sketch for a good design. At that time he will show you how to simplify the subject to make the painting process simpler, more fun and exciting. Then he shows you how to create a value study using one color to determine light, shadows, and depth in the subject. The final step is an actual color study of the scene using about four colors. Be prepared for fun and exciting times painting in a charming fishing village along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tom Jones
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Workshop with Frank Webb
January 18-25, 2015 — Have a wonderful painting vacation on the Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen and Akumal. Playa Del Carmen will be your in-town experience for shopping and painting in the park next to the little white church. Akumal will be a more natural experience for painting boats, palapas, pelicans and palms. If you like snorkeling, Akumal will be a good bet for swimming with the gentle Sea Turtles or relaxing in the beach front restaurant while the pelicans dive in the sea. There will be five painting days. One day in the middle will be a free day to visit nearby Mayan ruins, go to the natural aquarium of Xel-Ha, or swim in the numerous Yucatan cenotes in the area. We'll help you arrange it. Visit website


Location: Playa del Carmen and Akumal, Mexico
Instructor: Frank Webb, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1895 painters, $1695 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson - Advanced Color
January 20-23, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will focus on color schemes and harmony. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
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"Watercolor Big & Bold"
January 24-31, 2015 (all day) — In Deborah's workshop you will learn techniques and theory used by great watercolor artists for dramatic effects to create wonderful colorful paintings in the lush Mexican landscape. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory will cover color, composition and more. We will do some painting in plein air in and around the Boca. You will also have the gorgeous open air Casa studio available 24/7, it's 180 degree vistas of mountains, river, village and ocean to inspire you. Here Deborah will share technical information, insights and valuable critiques to help you to create finished studio paintings. A special treat for this workshop will be a day painting at the fabulous Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Deborah Rubin
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Intermediate Level
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Plein Air Painting in Historic Tubac, Arizona
January 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — There are many aspects to plein aire painting, but two of the most important are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. The workshop will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives you and improve upon it. Focus will also be on how to understand the thought process of mixing color outside, using colors that will give your painting the effect of light not just copying what you see. Tubac is backed up against the Santa Rita Mountains and is surrounded by cotton woods, streams and canyons. Old adobe street scenes, as well as the Tumacacori Mission, are excellent examples of its old Spanish architecture. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
January 26-30, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 27-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Watercolor Secrets Revealed"
January 31 - February 7, 2015 (all day) — A wonderful week sharing his unique techniques and years of painting experience in his warm and personal teaching style. Tom brings enthusiasm and energy to his class, demonstrating not only the vast range and flexibility of watercolor painting but how to convey emotion and conviction in the painting by exploring, experimenting and developing creativity in each individual. He teaches techniques with great clarity in his workshops, combining education, friendship, and fun in an organized learning atmosphere. Included are tips on photography, "on-location" painting and more. The result is a wealth of information presented to the participants along with practical time for each artist to paint under Tom's tutelage. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tom Lynch
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
February 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Value of Watercolor
February 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Andy's workshop will concentrate on getting students to see the large shapes vital to a strong composition. The focus will be on connecting shapes of similar value to help students paint bold, loose watercolors. Andy will complete at least one demo painting per day, and will cover how to handle several topics from skies, trees, water and reflections to buildings, cars and figures. Students will be asked to work on small value studies from the beginning, gradually working toward making the transition to larger color paintings. There will also be discussion and practice on drawing skills, which are extremely important in watercolor. By the end of the week students will have the tools to paint stronger work without fussing over the little details. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Andy Evansen, andyevansen.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Loose & Fresh
February 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn Colin's simple, direct approach for fresh, loose paintings. Clean color and decisive marks are the keys to success! In this class, you will work on the fundamentals of oil painting, focusing on painting the landscape outdoors. You will learn to see the landscape more carefully and put paint down more intentionally. There is a tremendous value in painting from nature. Colin will use demos and individual instruction to teach paint handling, composition, color, drawing, and observing with a painter's eye. The class will begin each day by discussing a different idea and how to improve that aspect of your paintings. This workshop will be a fun and supportive environment where everyone will help and encourage each other. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Colin Page
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Elements: Translating Photographs into Paintings
February 6-7, 2015 (9 am-4 pm) — Discover new ways of seeing and interpreting images by using your own photographs as reference materials. Learn how to use your photographs more effectively. Extract key elements from photos, simplify the subject matter, and create strong compositions in your paintings. Explore design, color, tonal values, and atmospheric effects of light and shadow through traditional oil painting techniques. Demos, a slide presentation, and critiques included. Helen's paintings have been featured in national publications including American Artist and Pastel Artist International. She has won numerous awards, and her work is included in museums, corporate and private collections. To view some of her artwork and biography, visit helenvaughn.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Helen Vaughn
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Drawing and Painting in Plein Air and the Studio"
February 7-14, 2015 (all day) — This workshop will be an intensively rewarding and meaningful experience of study and painting with Master Artist John MacDonald. This class will take participants through the entire process of creating strong landscape paintings: from building effective compositions to working tonality, color and finishing with sensitively chosen details. Following a traditional 19th century painting process focusing on the landscape, participants will hone their observational skills while coming to a clearer understanding of how a successful landscape painting is structured. Emphasis is placed on proper seeing--looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships--and then onto understanding and manipulating what is seen. Spend a week relaxing in the tropics, learning and having fun with one of the great contemporary painting masters. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Intermediate Level
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Building a Better Landscape
February 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The development of dynamic, sensitive and believable landscape paintings is the focus of this class. Susan will share ideas on successful use of reference materials and how to develop sensitive and effective color relationships. Daily demos will include composition, editing and simplification for impact, and creating believable natural lighting effects. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. "We'll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!" All skill levels are welcome. Instructor demonstrations daily. Individual instruction and critiques. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
February 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This landscape class will emphasize working from life. Most of the class time will be spent painting on location. This class will be based out of Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. We will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how you start the painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. We'll also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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"Tropical Escapaint - Creating an Artists Travel Sketchbook"
February 14-21, 2015 (all day) — This is a workshop not to be missed for the adventurous and energetic artist! - We will cover a lot of ground, or should we say paper, with a lot of painting, guided by Tony's expert instruction, demo's and critiques. You will be inspired by incredible scenery and dine on delicious cuisine. Wonderful painting excursions are planned, traversing the beaches, jungle paths and cobble stone streets of the Boca, painting at nearby beautiful Botanical Gardens and visiting a picturesque sleepy Ranchero Mt. town. You are sure to have a rich artistic and cultural experience among new friends. Tony's ability to graphically explain problems and solutions have made him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Watercolor & Goauche Painting Workshop with Donna Zagotta
February 14-20, 2015 — Join us in the tropical paradise of Puerto Vallarta, located on the west coast of Mexico. It's situated on the same parallel as the Hawaiian Islands, which gives it excellent temperatures in February! Our hotel, with its beautiful colonial architecture, has one of the best beaches of the tourist area, with everything you need for ocean water sports plus 3 swimming pools. There is also a lovely spa massage area with reasonable prices. It has one of the best breakfast buffets we've ever seen and lovely restaurants in and around hotel. Facing an unbelievable blue sea, sunsets are fabulous from this location. The charming downtown has fun restaurants, lots of art galleries and boutiques and a river-front area full of arts and crafts. Visit website


Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Donna Zagotta, www.donnazagotta.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Advanced Level

Landscape Painting en Plein Air
February 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working on location, referencing nature directly, is the best and fastest way to grow as an artist. There are both philosophical and logical justifications and reinforcements to the experience we gain from working outdoors. Logically, we can construct our paintings using the Principles to design nature to the concepts that we choose to best express our ideas. Philosophically, we are attuning ourselves with what I call the spirit of nature; that unseen force which connects on a deeper level. It is intuitive, and guides us in a different way than the logical. Instructor demos, group and individual critiques and individual attention. Expect hard work and great rewards from this class. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
February 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. 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: 415-121-2311

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The Joy of Painting & the Power of Color
February 16-20, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — How far can you go in days? This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Progress to more powerful paintings. Color communicates! Make it work for you and say "good-bye" to muddy colors. Bring drama to your work. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including Caroline Jasper's way of painting on red canvas. Create exciting light and shadow effects. Awaken the emotive psychological power of color. Manipulate perspective and lighting for dynamic depth. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired new paintings of your own. Visit website


Location: Palm Desert, CA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Venus Studios Art Supply
Email: Debra Ann Mumm
Phone: (760) 340-5085

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Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Broma Sole Artist Residency - Costa Rica
February 20 - March 8, 2015 (17 Days: 2 weeks, 3 weekends) — The Broma Sole Artist Residency is an unequaled all-inclusive drawing & painting experience in Costa Rica. Classes and studio time will be dedicated to having a tropical twist on classical painting-from-life exercises. Do plein air painting in lush tropical gardens, stunning cloud forest views, and picturesque Caribbean beaches, gather gorgeous exotic produce and flowers into still life arrangements, and paint live models against a backdrop of bamboo and palms. Overlooking farmland, river, and mountains on the edge of a village in the Central Valley, Broma Sole will be the space for our studio, meals, and festivities and serve as the springboard for outings. Choose between full immersion stay with local host families or stay at Broma Sole. Deadline: 11/15/14. Visit website


Location: San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Instructor: Elody Gyekis
Sponsor: Impresas Visionarios
Cost: $2,800
Email: David Klaue
Phone: 8148800890

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Watercolor Workshop In Paradise!
February 21-28, 2015 (all day) — "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful, unexcelled experience of life in your beautiful Casa and its gorgeous setting. I loved every moment. Sterling's instructions, his great ability as an artist, and his unstinting giving of his artistic techniques added an extra dimension to the totality." - Frederike, Canada. - Join us for Sterlings forth visit to the Casa and find out why so many have claimed it is the best workshop experience of their life! Read more and see video demos on our website. Sign up now to secure your spot. "If you want a great cultural and educational experience - Come to the Casa. Sterlings' instruction is excellent!" - P. Moore, OK Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Extreme to Studio
February 23-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to hike to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to help you see and capture the essence of your scene. Back in the studio, we'll be combining our fresh field sketches and information from our cameras to produce paintings where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated; color, design, drawing and personal expression. This will be a productive workshop. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Uncovering Your Creative Signature - Painting the Landscape
February 28 - March 7, 2015 (all day) — Artist Robert Masla, owner of Casa de los Artistas, shares with you over 35 years of painting & teaching experience in a relaxed and informative way. Artists with little or no experience, to the professional, will benefit from Masla's award winning teaching style. Demonstrating various techniques in graphite, alkyd, oil, acrylic and watercolor, he shares how to portray depth, solidity, liquidity, atmosphere and light. Attention will be given to our individual emotional response connecting to the landscape and then conveying it through our painting. There will be group discussions, insights into your work and lots of individual attention. Spend a week in paradise painting with Bob as he shares some of his favorite painting places in and around the Boca. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Artist Guild Week
March 2-6, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Scottsdale Artists' School is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Artists Guild Week featuring five prominent artists (David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, Rose Frantzen, Gregg Kreutz) who will share their expertise on drawing and painting the portrait and figure, as well as exploring the rich tradition of painting still life and landscape. Each studio will be designated to a specific discipline, and students will have the opportunity to study multiple subject matters with different instructors. Each student will receive individual attention and critiques from all of the instructors. Cost includes tuition for daytime programs, model fees, all evening presentations, and a Banquet Dinner Friday evening. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: 5 prominent artists
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,450
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Rich Color & Controlled Values
March 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Award-winning artist Calvin Liang will be teaching with a focus on painting on location from direct observation. Lessons will include: Planning the most effective composition for the individual artist's preferences; Learning to better see and use warm and cool color in landscapes; Commanding hardness and softness of the edges to create space in painting; Simplifying the subject through the use of basic design, value, color, and drawing skills; Reasons for different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions; How to get the best possible results in a short time. Space is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Drawing and Painting in Mexico with the Springfield Museum School
March 7-24, 2015 (all day) — Join Jeanne Fontaine and the Springfield Museum School Travel Program on their return to the Casa for "Drawing and Painting in Mexico, Plein air and the Studio" - with Casa co-founder, artist Robert Masla and special guest - artist Doug Gillette. A week of drawing, painting, creative exploration, fine cuisine, cultural excursions and fun and adventure. "The combination of the uniqueness of the Boca, the ideal environment of the Casa and the wonderful art instruction made for what I think must be the most exotic trip I've taken... This experience will remain with me for a long, long time" - Jeanne Fontaine, Courses & Travel Curator, Museum School-Springfield Museums, MA Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla, Douglas Gillette
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Acrylic Painting Workshop with Robert Burridge
March 8-14, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Powercolor Painting
March 9-12, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Progress to more powerful paintings with water-soluble oils. Color communicates! Make it work for you and say "good-bye" to muddy colors. Bring drama to your work. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including Caroline Jasper's way of painting on red canvas. Create exciting light and shadow effects. Awaken the emotive psychological power of color in your work. Manipulate perspective and lighting for dynamic depth. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired new paintings of your own. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Workshop in the Garden
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Plein air watercolor painting in the garden is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, while observing the myriad hues, gestures, and forms of flowering plants. A successful watercolor painting integrates the traditional concerns of an artist with the unique qualities of watercolor paint and paper. The students in Carolyn Lord's workshop will learn through lecture and demonstration about the direct approach that typifies the "California Watercolor Style". Through the week, students will be working in a classroom setting as well as outdoors in the rose garden at the Scottsdale Artists' School. Her experience in oil painting and ateliers means she is able to adapt her painting concepts to artists who are crossing over to watercolor for the first time. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five day workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days we will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare us to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday we'll study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color. She has been a regularly featured demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine's Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist at American Artist's Weekend with the Masters. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
March 16-20, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Landscapes & Marine Painting in Oil & Acrylic
March 20-22, 2015 (9 am-4 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday) — Create a new, controlled impressionistic styled painting every day during this workshop. Gruppé shares his unique techniques in which he uses a palette knife and brush in a rapid wet-on-wet approach with tonal colors. A combination of impressionistic-styled, clean color and a sense of detail produce a wonderfully loose painting in either oils or acrylics. Charles Gruppé comes from a family dedicated to art for several generations. He studied at Yale, Columbia Universities and the National University of Mexico. He also painted on a Fulbright Fellowship Grant in Italy where he received the Italian Government Award. He is represented in many private and public collections and has had commissions by universities and companies. Visit charlesgruppe.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Charles Gruppé
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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The Perceptual Moment - Master Class Intensive
March 20-22, 2015 — This class is for those with some experience in plein air painting. The workshop will concentrate on deepening and cultivating our visual sensitivity by looking critically at nature and painting with the loaded brush - aspiring to broad yet particular summations of form, naturalistic color and clarified visual mood. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptual processes in front of nature, the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter, and the way that perception translates into paint; and on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by "finish". Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $875
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
March 22-28, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

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Powercolor Retreat - Painting Light: Land/Water/Still Life
March 23-27, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Caroline's one-on-one approach fosters success for each individual. She empowers personal advancement regardless of skill level. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategy for efficient color management. Explore advanced color interactions. Experience more productive painting by starting on a color ground and watch your work develop quickly. Learn to dramatize and improve without over-working. The first day is devoted to advanced color instruction: Important truths about real vs. wheel color. Each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Take home a head full of color theory master concepts, better ways to paint, and inspired new paintings of your own. Visit website


Location: Havre de Grace, MD
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Caroline Jasper Studios
Cost: $520
Email: Caroline Jasper
Phone: 941-698-0718

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
March 26-29, 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: Morgantown, WV
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Greg Kullman
Phone: 304-685-6695

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 31 - April 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

Intermediate Level
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Acrylic Landscapes
April 6-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided. Visit website


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

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Painting San Francisco
April 6-10, 2015 — How can we balance the abstract structure of an image with its narrative detail to make our painting more authentic and grounded as its own complete world? We'll explore this theme through the rich subject matter of San Francisco. Taught by Randall Sexton and hosted at the Friends School of San Francisco, this workshop will be about capturing in paint the beautiful diversity of the San Francisco urban landscape (sometimes also exploring the freshness of unlikely subject matter). Students will work from their own photos taken of San Francisco urban scenes. With assistance and a media station in the classroom students will have access to digital photo optimization, cropping and printing. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $900
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Keiko Tanabe
April 7-17, 2015 — Japan, exotic, traditional, with wondrous sights, aromas and surprises. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, has numerous temples, gardens, and streets of historical significance. We are planning a 10 day painting trip to Kyoto, hopefully when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We will visit cultural sites and take you to the famous street of the geishas. They will surely yield many painting opportunities and inspirations. We will also take a trip to the unusual, small, harbor village of Ine, where picturesque landscape/waterscapes will be ready for us to paint. We also may have time to visit Miyama. Both are among the most beautiful villages of Japan. Miyama has many traditional, thatched-roof houses surrounded by rural landscapes. Visit website


Location: Kyoto, Japan
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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The Passionate Painter in San Diego
April 10-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Be Bold! Push watercolor to its absolute limit! Translate mood into powerful, free and mysterious watercolor paintings. Achieve depth and volume with luminous lights and rich darks, create quality brushstrokes and colors, and infuse the passion into your paintings. Alvaro will show you how with daily demonstrations. This workshop is for resilient painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. Alvaro's work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist's Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595 - 3 days - 6 meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Painting Landscapes from Photos
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Even if you prefer painting landscapes in plein aire, at some point you are going to use photographs as a reference, perhaps for the shape of a tree, the light on a canyon wall or the perfect color of a field of flowers. This class will help students explore some of the shortcomings of photographs and how to translate the image in a photograph into information they can use in their paintings. The instructor will encourage students to paint along with him and take a painting from start to finish. Throughout this fun and non-intimidating class, the fundamentals of good painting will be emphasized. There will be step-by-step demonstrations. The instructor will provide reference materials or students may bring their own. Visit website


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

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor - Use Like Oil
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Paint a landscape in which you incorporate the juicy, transparent characteristics of watercolor and the richness and forgiving nature of oil - in the same painting! A photo will be provided, but you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


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

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Painting Architecture with Confidence!
April 13-17, 2015 (10am-5pm) — If old architecture, majestic temples, and picturesque streets fascinate you, then this workshop is for you! In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values, edges and color, this class will teach you how to paint a credible and convincing architectural motif by focusing on: Fundamental principles of linear and atmospheric perspective; Development of understanding and appreciation of the rules of perspective; The use of plein air etudes in the evolution of a major studio work. This is a studio painting class with some drawing and sketching outside. Each class will begin with a short discussion and painting demonstration. At the end of each day, students will participate in a show and discuss their accomplishments and concerns. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
April 13-17, 2015 (9 am-4 pm) — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Frank Webb
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members/ $620 non-members
Email: Laura E. Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 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 oils. 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 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 12. 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: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Painting Color and Light in Watercolor
April 14-16, 2015 (9:00 to 4:00) — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting watercolors in beautiful and historic San Antonio. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society.


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Steve Rogers AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Texas Watercolor Society
Email: Carol E. Hatch
Phone: (210) 681-9679

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The Passionate Painter in San Diego
April 14-16, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Be Bold! Push watercolor to its absolute limit! Translate mood into powerful, free and mysterious watercolor paintings. Achieve depth and volume with luminous lights and rich darks, create quality brushstrokes and colors, and infuse the passion into your paintings. Alvaro will show you how with daily demonstrations. This workshop is for resilient painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. Alvaro's work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist's Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595 - 3 days - 6 meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Painting Outdoors in San Diego, California
April 15-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Painting outdoors is challenging. Learning what to select and what to omit to make a strong design and statement is the goal. We are not obligated to paint everything as it is. Emphasis will be to simplify and organize shapes. Beginning with a simple statement, we capture the shapes, values and light source quickly and from there we will work toward a finished work. Demonstrations supplemented with visual aids will help to clarify the key elements discussed. What is important to Budicin, is to share whatever knowledge he has with students and give each student all he can through personal attention, direction and group discussions. Class will begin with a short lecture and then we will begin painting on location. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: John Budicin, www.johnbudicin.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Plein Air Primer: Essential Practices of the Outdoor Painter
April 18-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The landscape is beautiful, but it is also exceedingly large, overly complex, and highly changeable. This makes tasks like site selection, simplification and massing, and value and color control even more challenging. By exploring these concepts through guided exercises, in the relaxed and more structured environment of the studio, you will be better prepared to face them when you begin working outdoors. The workshop will cover limited focus as a means to simplify and build strong compositions, the value divisions of landscape, the proper way to plan and begin your painting, and how to approach color. We will also review the logistics of plein air: how to set up outdoors and organize a light pack of supplies. Suitable for oil, acrylic or pastel painters. Visit website


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
April 20-24, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes and florals are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by a one-hour full painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter we will be working from will be landscape painting from photographs. Instructor will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the week. Visit website


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

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
April 23-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a landscape in the studio using photographs. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of landscape that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Linda will discuss how to paint from your focal point out while paying attention to values, composition and edges. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. The instructor will supply photographs. Visit website


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

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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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Painting Down the Canyon
May 6-13, 2015 — Paint the morning and afternoon light as it casts its warm glow through towering canyon walls and reflects off the river. This 226-mile Colorado River painting trip down the Grand Canyon has been custom-designed especially for plein air artists. Camping locations are selected for an inspiring array of compositions with midday rafting hours taking you from one extraordinary painting site to the next. Trip coordinator and professional artist Cody DeLong will be offering a pre-float presentation and demo on May 5. The session will begin with discussion on materials and the logistics and schedule of painting on the river for this trip, followed by a painting demo focused on simplifying the canyon landscape and capturing the mood and atmosphere of the scene. Visit website


Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Instructor: Cody DeLong, www.codydelong.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $3,400
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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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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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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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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Photography Intensive: A Master Class
May 25-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join renowned photographer and teacher Sam Abell for a concentrated one-week workshop on beautiful Whidbey Island. Open to a select number of photographers serious about their work, this workshop will emphasize documentary photography of the life and landscape of Puget Sound. The workshop will also concentrate on the editing of work and the creation of photographic projects. Each day participants will engage with Sam in the field making new photographs and in the classroom editing existing work. With strong individual attention from Sam participants will leave with a refreshed, more refined way of seeing and a distinct, more compelling body of work. This workshop is limited to 12 students. The talented Keron Psillas will offer her expertise as Sam's assistant for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sam Abell
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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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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Paint Tuscany with Kim English!
May 27 - June 6, 2015 — We'll stay at Castello Montalto, a medieval hilltop castle nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. The estate is complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, laundry and garden areas. Castello Montalto is a glorious location...we will have our own Italian cook for nightly dinners at the Villa...2 day trips to sight see or paint...plenty of time to relax and soak up the Chianti countryside! And 7 days of Kim English's excellent instruction! Kim's energetic and intuitive approach to painting establishes the direction for this class where you will learn to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form with big areas of color and shape and surety of line.... He will lead you to the discovery of how to paint quickly and accurately! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gay Faulkenberry in Provence
June 13-20, 2015 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and learning in the beautiful Cotes du Rhone region of northern Provence. This area is lush and green, full of vineyards and lavender fields, with the backdrop of the Vaucluse mountains. We'll stay for 7 nights in a totally restored former silk mill, complete with mill paddle wheel. All breakfasts and 3 group dinners are included in the fee. Workshop is only open to 8 participants to allow for lots of one on one time with the instructor. We'll visit different painting locations in the area as well as paint at our wonderful accommodation. Visit website


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Watercolor Workshop in Belfast
July 13-17, 2015 — Tony will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, at the head of Penobscot Bay, with river, harbor and ocean vistas. An energetic and inspirational pioneer in the field of painting workshops, Tony is legendary for his superb instruction, extremely thorough critiques and great choices of painting sites. As they arise in his demonstrations, he will graphically explain both problems & solutions, establishing the principles of painting thru the use of visual building blocks. Tony packs his class with solid, useful information about all aspects of plein air watercolor painting, drawing on his decades of experience as a painter and instructor and delivers it all with verve! He is truly a master instructor! 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: 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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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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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
July 14-16, 2015 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


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

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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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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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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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August Light: Painting the Impressionist Landscape in Oil (Plein air / Studio)
July 27-31, 2015 — Lee has a remarkable way of infecting his students with his passion for plein air painting. He is able to explain complicated concepts in understandable terms and is fully dedicated to having each student succeed. His workshops are challenging and also a lot of fun. Learn to paint fresh, light-filled plein air landscape paintings of dramatic coastal scenes, using the Impressionist palette of colors. Lee will train you to see the variations in value and color in the landscape, and how to apply the Impressionist theories of color and light to capture the changing light effects and moods. Come prepared to paint the sunset at least two evenings during the workshop. Experience the thrill of seeing and painting the light. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, etstudioart.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $595
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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


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

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


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

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How to get There from Here!
September 7-11, 2015 — Paint en plein air and continue to refine your technique and develop your style with watercolorist Catherine Hillis. The instructor will teach you some tips and tricks of plein air painting on site and in the classroom. Learn how to set up your design and simplify your surroundings for a beautiful result. If you're already a plein air painter, learn how to step up your skills to the next level. The instructor is a signature member of many watercolor organizations across the country, is featured in SPLASH 12 and SPLASH 14 and has taught for F & W Publishing online. See her teach on www.monkeysee.com (watercolors). Maximum of 12 students. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Colin Page, www.colinpagepaintings.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $600
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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The Maine Landscape: Master Class
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — We are going to work together on making stronger and more personal paintings. Colin will talk about ways to build upon a good foundation of painting skills, and ways to bring those skills to more meaningful paintings. A good painting has to be well put together, but also have content that engages the viewer. We will split our time between discussion of painting ideas, studying other artists, time at the easel, and critiques. We will talk about all of the aspects of making art and how to grow as an artist. This class is not intended to teach the basics of oil painting, but is meant to help an artist develop and grow, and make their paintings stronger. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Colin Page, www.colinpagepaintings.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $675
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Rome, Siena, Assisi - A Conversation About Form
September 28 - October 9, 2015 — This aesthetic pilgrimage features ten days in Italy with Stuart Shils and an intimate community of visual enthusiasts engaged in perceptual inquiry, through close looking, drawing, extended conversation and sensory indulgence. The art and architecture will be our central motif and we will find with our 21st century eyes that those forms are very much alive and speaking to us with eloquence across time. We will draw, write and converse along the way to record our visual/perceptual adventures. Our days will be balanced with indoor and outdoor experiences involving select museums and carefully chosen areas of the cities themselves as centerpieces of the journey. Within a pre-planned structure there will also be room every day for improvisational adventure. Visit website


Location: Rome, Siena, Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $7,000
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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The Secret is to Strategize!
September 29 - October 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let Debra help you pull it all together! Learn how to craft a plan and strategy for a plein air painting. Debra will cover all of the key elements necessary for a successful painting - design, value, color, and brushwork. Choose a comfortable location and then decide what your focal point will be. Design the painting around the golden thirds of your canvas. Get your darks in thin. Build your medium and lighter values with clean paint and juicy strokes. Add highlights last. Save the punch for one spot only. All the secrets to creating a successful painting will be revealed. We will be painting on location in Huntington Beach, Dana Point, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, and/or Balboa Island. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $400
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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The Natural Eye - The Autumn Landscape
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The premise of this workshop is to surround you with different ways of seeing the natural world, and then bring the skills of photography up to those eyes, helping you get what you see into an image. The week long Natural Eye workshop weaves together daily eye-opening activities and ideas, fine-tuning technical sessions, time in the field to try the ideas, and daily review of images. All photographers with a working knowledge of their cameras are welcome in this workshop. To participate in the image reviews, you also need to have an understanding of the digital workflow (be able to download images onto your laptop, convert images to jpegs, rename selected images, place them in a folder, and transfer them to a jump drive). Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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Consultation for Artists
Ongoing — Do you need help in making your art come alive? I can help you. I am in my fifth decade of being a full-time artist, and I have taught life drawing, still life, and plein air painting. You email me images of what you are working on. Then once a week, for ten weeks, we have an hour consultation covering your thoughts and feelings, the good points, and what you can do to make your art become more alive. I suggest you visit my website to see my work and contact my assistant. I work with only a few people. Please submit some images of your work. To successful art making! Visit website


Location: Idyllwild, CA
Instructor: Michael Newberry
Cost: $500
Email: Valerie Laughton
Phone: 626-712-6284

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Drawing Academy - How to Draw Video Course
ongoing (24/7) — The Drawing Academy is an online Drawing Course and Art Community, where you can learn how to draw using traditional drawing technique. The Academy was founded and is lead by professional fine artists and art teachers. The Drawing Academy Offers: 45 'How to Draw' Video Lessons - three-month curriculum; Multiple Bonus Videos, Art Albums and Books; Lifetime Membership; Diploma of Excellence in your name; Unlimited personal support by Academy tutors; Connection with the Drawing Academy Art Community; Questions Answered Directly by your tutors; Student Gallery; Artwork Critique by the Academy Tutors; Art Competitions. Flexible payment plans. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladimir London and Natalie Richy
Sponsor: Drawing Academy
Cost: $257
Email: Vladimir London

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The Roaming Studio Super Sampler One-on-One Art Course
Online — Offers ten one-on-one, 90-minute private lessons online teaching all subjects (flora, fauna, still life, faces, figures and landscapes) and using all mediums (pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic oil and watercolor). Learn what you love to do by dipping into all art subjects and experimenting with different art supplies. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leah Kohlenberg
Sponsor: The Roaming Studio
Cost: $500/$625 if art supplies are included
Email: Leah Kohlenberg
Phone: 347-251-1984

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