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Plein Air with Mark Boedges
February 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — "When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time -everything else in my painting flows from this." This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting Fundamentals
February 15-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this four day workshop students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio landscape paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio landscape paintings. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Smith, mattsmithstudio.com
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 San Miguel de Allende
February 15-19, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting classes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Classes will meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. at different locations near the Centro Jardin (town square)and other scenic places. Classes will cover composition and design, color, value, the effects of light, painting materials techniques, and how to get a solid start for more success and still have fun! Demos will be in oil paint. "Handouts" will be sent well in advance. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Art Workshop in Plein Air and Studio Painting
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Plein Air and Studio Painting in wonderful San Miguel! Classes will cover choosing subjects, composition, value, color, painting techniques, use of painting knives, group critiques and lots of personal attention (and fun!). Classes will be held near the Centro and outer areas and in a garden and meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri with Wed as free day. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Bold Brush & Pallette Knife Plein Air with Michele Byrne
February 18-20, 2016 (9am-12pm) — Michele Byrne is back this season, teaching her popular plein air workshop with a new flare. Follow the lead of French impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Spend a day outdoors and use the power of natural light to your advantage. This workshop will include some instruction indoors, then, it's out to the streets of old town to paint! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Michele Byrne, michelebyrne.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $130 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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3-day Phoenix Workshop with Lee McVey: The Artful Landscape
February 19-21, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Phoenix, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: Alain Boppart
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
February 22, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
February 22-26, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
February 22-25, 2016 (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 be able to hike through the desert 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 see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. 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 23-26, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting (6 day or 3 day workshop)
February 25 - March 2, 2016 (9AM - 3PM) — In “Naples” paint on site at cafés, historic cottages and the coast. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures along the streets. “Nature” features the nearby Everglades, comprising, palms, mangroves and the last virgin forests of the majestic bald cypress. Paint in an exotic natural garden with rare giant ferns, air plants, wood storks, and owls. Demonstration and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, presented on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries. Visit website


Location: Naples, FL
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Cost: $375. / $675.
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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Powercolor Painting
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Get excited about color and painting! Break some rules and paint with more fun/less frustration! Caroline fosters success for all regardless of experience/ skill level. Learn essential truths about real color vs. wheel color, and say "good-bye" to muddy color. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. (other ground colors welcome). Explore advanced color interactions through a series of paintings. Become skilled in productive methods and watch your paintings progress quickly without overworking. Learn strategies for captivating light and shadow effects and dramatic depth illusion. Each day brings new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Palm Desert, CA
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Venus Studios
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Mumm
Phone: 760 -340-5085

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 1-4, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Plein Air Studies for Large Paintings with Mike Rooney
March 2-23, 2016 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — Gather ideas in the sunshine, and then perfect them in the studio. Mike Rooney is one of North Carolina’s top Plein Air painters and workshop instructors. His art is featured nationally in over 12 galleries. Mike tours in Eastern Coast from Cape Cod to the Keys capturing on canvas all the beauty that the coast has to offer. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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"Watercolor Secrets Revealed"
March 3-6, 2016 (9:30 am-4:30 pm) — Tom Lynch's workshops are very organized classes that include lesson exercises, and plenty of individual attention. He demonstrates, works with each student, and critiques daily. Each day builds upon the previous day's lessons in a positive, fun-filled atmosphere. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Some of the objectives you will be working on: How To Think Like An Artist; Many New Watercolor Techniques; Composition/Design; Capturing Mood; Painting Sunlight & Shadow' and Plein Air Painting. Lynch has been selected by The American Artist Magazine as one of the "top 20" teachers in the nation. Welcome to the watercolor world of Tom Lynch ~ Let him lead you on an exciting watercolor adventure in color, contrast, and light! Visit tomlynch.com. Visit website


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

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Outdoor Painting from Life Sarasota
March 3-4, 2016 (10:00am - 4:00pm) — Workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - plus *admission to Ringling Art after 5 and Ringling Underground Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Journal Painting with James Lancel McElhinney
March 3, 2016 (10am - 3pm) — In an age of hyper-mobility, digital tablets and mobile hand-held devices there has been a revival of their analog predecessors in the form of artists’ notebooks. Artist and author James Lancel McElhinney delivers a talk on the history and practice of journal painting, then ventures into the field for a hands-on practical workshop. Participants are invited to bring sketchbooks, drawing and water-media. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: James Lancel McElhinney, www.mcelhinneyart.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $60, $50 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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First Annual Camp Mokule`ia Plein Aire Painting Retreat
March 4-6, 2016 (All Day & Evening Events & Field Trips) — Enjoy gorgeous remote beach side retreat on Oahu's North Shore! Learn to paint Hawaiian sunrises & sunsets! Meet Hawaiian mural artists! Paint with draped Hawaiian Model, & Guest Artists. Enjoy delicious fresh meals in the ocean view Dining Hall! Stay in Ocean view lodge rooms with private bathrooms, even ADA accessible! Includes Yoga instruction, beach walks, nature trails, labyrinths, on site swimming with the turtles, snorkeling and kayaking! All-inclusive cost for 5 days & 4 nights! Companion rates & Special Kama`aina Rates! For more information and Registration go to website or call (808) 637-6241. Openings available, call now! Visit website


Location: Waialua, HI
Instructor: Award Winning Hawaiian Artist Mark Brown
Sponsor: Non-profit Camp Mokuleia
Cost: Rates vary $450 to all-inclusive lodging & meals $1,050
Email: Lisa
Phone: 808-637-6241

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
March 5 - April 15, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil
March 5, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: the law of “thin > thicker > thickest,” layering order, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mitchell Albala
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $160
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Gary Spetz's Caribbean Cruise Watercolor Workshop
March 6-13, 2016 — Gary's workshop-cruises combine the best of painting and travel. Enjoy and learn the equivalent of Gary's regular (land-based) 5-day workshops, while traveling 7 days and nights to beautiful and inspiring destinations. Gary conducts half-day sessions during port days and full-day sessions during sea days, so nothing is missed. And workshoppers (and their spouse/friend/partner) are welcome to join Gary (and his wife, Marlene) for various private group events. Cruising is an ideal workshop environment if traveling with a non-painter spouse/friend/partner. They are offered a whole host of things to do. This cruise-workshop program is all about fun, discovery, and enriching your knowledge of watercolor. With so much visual stimulation, these workshops will focus on destination painting subjects. All skill levels. Visit website


Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: Workshop $595 + Cruise $799
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover
March 6-12, 2016 — 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. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Studio and some plein air. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Kathleen Conover, www.kathleenconover.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This 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 students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare us to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will 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 that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Besides being a much sought after workshop instructor, she also offers weekly classes at her studio in Northern California. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Light, Color and Design in the Southwest at Tanque Verde
March 7-11, 2016 — This workshop is geared toward intermediate level photographers using a DSLR or mirror-less camera, who have a good understanding of the basics of exposure, camera control settings, and their photo editing software. Much of our time will be spent in the field as a group where Brenda will provide individual hands-on guidance as you make your photographs. The class will be out early and late to take advantage of the rich color of light at these times. We will reserve midday for editing in the classroom, image reviews, and discussions. Our subject matter is limitless and line, pattern, and texture abound in this place! Locations will include Saguaro National Park, The Arizona-Sonoran Desert History Museum, and the Barrio. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Brenda Tharp
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 8-11, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
March 11, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
March 12 - April 22, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lesson guides based on text, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by former student Tracy Leuth. Visit website


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

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3-Day Workshop with Lyn Asselta: From Underpainting to Landscaping
March 12-14, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — UART will supply your paper for this fast-paced, fun landscape workshop. Experiment with the different grades of UART sanded paper, from very fine to very coarse and discover the grit that best suits your work, or discover something you hadn’t expected! We’ll explore several underpainting methods as well as learn to use the different surface textures to our advantage. From pure liquid pigment, to oil, to watercolor, to hard pastel… UART paper can handle each of these underpainting techniques beautifully to help you create expressive, impressivelandscape paintings. You provide the painting supplies and enthusiasm, UART will provide the rest! Visit website


Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $343.87 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Landscapes: Color, Value and Design
March 14-18, 2016 (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 developing 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. Susan will conduct daily demonstration and plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided. "You'll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!" 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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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
March 14-18, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 15-18, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Tom Schaller
March 15-21, 2016 — Join us in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, known for its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture. The shops in San Miguel are a mix of art galleries, souvenir shops, and modern boutiques. With a temperate climate, vibrant art scene, and moderate cost-of-living, San Miguel de Allende is not only rich in Mexican culture but also attracts many foreign retirees, artists and writers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada. The narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors make San Miguel de Allende one of the prettiest towns in Mexico. Your instructor Tom Schaller is a Signature Member of the AWS, NWWS, Artist Member of the California Art Club, and President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Visit website


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

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Landscapes: Luminosity & Color in Water & Skies
March 17-20, 2016 (9:00 am-4:30 pm) — David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations. Respected teacher, lecturer and juror well versed in all mediums including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and encaustic. Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Visit daviddunlop.com. Instruction will be offered to artists working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor each day. This 4-day workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo, in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. Visit website


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

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Underpainting Techniques – Exploring Underpaintings on UART
March 18-19, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Harness the power of underpaintings on industry leading UART Paper, adding greater vibrance and distinct visual effects to your pastel paintings. In this workshop, award winning artist, Alain J. Picard, will lead you on an exploration of many different underpainting techniques, helping you achieve a variety of exciting results in your work. We’ll cover such possibilities as watercolor, alcohol and mineral spirit washes on UART paper. We’ll also learn how to deploy unique color approaches in our underpaintings such as local, tonal and complimentary color underpaintings. Technical approaches to the work such as washing with brushes, mounting your sanded paper, and the role of hard, medium and soft pastels in the working process will all be covered in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Newtown, CT
Instructor: Alain Picard
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $211.99 (all fees included)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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The Artful Landscape with Lee McVey
March 18-20, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
March 18, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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The Feel of Real - 2-Day Painting Workshop
March 19-20, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Leonardo daVinci coined the term "attributes of sight". All such attributes are contrasting, yet are united in nature. Using Classical knowledge with impressionistic application and the primary tertiary vibrant colors of Fauvism, the goal will be to create a finished 18" x 24" work of art that have both the illusion of depth and feel of the surface. This course will bring three art movements together into one arena and will be both academic and explosively responsive in its experiential exploration. Visit website


Location: Tarpon Springs, FL
Instructor: Keith Martin Johns
Sponsor: Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerece
Cost: $195.00
Email: Linda Johns
Phone: 850-360-4908

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Dry Tortugas Plein Air Trip with Priscilla Coote
March 19, 2016 — An exotic island awaits, only a few hours away. Join Priscilla Coote on this one-day painting expedition to this island of history, wildlife, incredible turquoise water and white sand beaches. An ultimate Key West plein air adventure! Your price includes a full day of demonstration and individualized instruction in any painting medium, as well as transportation aboard the Yankee Freedom III catamaran with breakfast and lunch plus all of their included amenities of National Park entry, guided tours and free snorkel gear. During the four-and-a-half hours of actual island time, Priscilla will give one or more painting demonstrations. Students can then proceed to their choice of painting locations. Individualized attention will be given to each student’s level and medium. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Priscilla Coote, www.pcoote.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $275, $255 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to creating more dynamic compositions. We will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish. In addition to any prerequisite studies, we will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, instructor demonstrations, class critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. The principles taught apply universally to a variety of mediums, and though demos will be done in acrylics, all students are welcomed. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
March 21-25, 2016 (1PM to 4:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

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Break Out!
March 22-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — There are moments when every painter feels stuck, unable to move forward. Whether this is a matter of skill building, learning new techniques, or just simply trying something different, Randall Sexton will help you break out and move forward! Using plein air as a springboard, this four day workshop is open to all levels, but is especially designed for the experienced artist. Randall will help each student strengthen their skills and deepen their understanding of painting on location. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $600
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 22-25, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Acrylic Landscapes
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. William 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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Watercolor Workshop with Billie Mathis
March 28-30, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Three days at beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA. Billie Mathis is a professional and popular instructor. Her emphasis will be on design, pattern and intensity of color. This will be an intensive and productive workshop. Be prepared to produce many paintings in a broad range of subject matter. Personal individual attention. Critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Young Harris, GA
Instructor: Billie Mathis, GWS
Sponsor: Brasstown Valley Resort, www.brasstownvalley.com
Cost: $240
Email: Billie Mathis
Phone: 770-720-4780

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 29 - April 1, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
March 30 - April 2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. Taylor's Plein Air Painting Workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practice, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Petaluma, 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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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
April 2 - May 13, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
April 2, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Powercolor Painting
April 4-6, 2016 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Get excited about color and painting! Break some rules and paint with more fun/less frustration! Caroline fosters success for all regardless of experience/ skill level. Learn essential truths about real color vs. wheel color, and say "good-bye" to muddy color. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. (other ground colors welcome). Explore advanced color interactions through a series of paintings. Become skilled in productive methods and watch your paintings progress quickly without overworking. Learn strategies for captivating light and shadow effects and dramatic depth illusion. Each day brings new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Ocean City, MD
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: The Art League of Ocean City
Cost: $390
Email: Katrin
Phone: 410-524-9433

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The Passion in San Francisco
April 4-6 or 8-10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Stimulate emotions and transmit vitality and interest with passion, mood and mystery! Push watercolor to its absolute limit. Alvaro will demonstrate how to achieve depth and volume, manipulate lights and darks, and infuse passion with a unified message. This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. His work has been featured in International Artist, Watercolor Magic and The Artist’s Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 5-8, 2016 (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
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 6 - May 11, 2016 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, including Daniel Garber’s homestead. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


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

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Indirect Painting Using Flemish and Venetian Masters Techniques
April 8-12, 2016 (9:30am to 4:30 pm) — Would you enjoy a workshop where: - The number of students is limited to less than ten - Instruction is private, in my home studio - The instructor is dedicated to sharing techniques that make her a top selling artist in Santa Fe - Each day in the workshop is targeted at helping you become a better realist painter. Learn to create paintings that luminesce through optical mixing you can only achieve through transparent layering. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Sarah Siltala, Santa Fe artist
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $485.00
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Acrylic! Use Like Watercolor – Use Like Oil
April 9-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your painting repertoire! Take advantage of the amazing versatility and brilliant colors of acrylic. Students will paint a landscape in which they 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 students are always welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they 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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Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
April 9 - May 20, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lesson guides based on text, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
April 9, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell in Sedona Arizona
April 10-16, 2016 (9am - 9pm) — This mentoring program is focused on advancing your craft and on career-building. It is an exciting, in-depth program different from Mr Handell's workshops. Everyone will paint together during the day, every day, both in the morning and afternoon. You will paint along with Mr Handell as he starts and finishes his paintings on location. In the evening will be a critique of the day's paintings and continued instruction, plus valuable (and effective) information on career-building. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $975
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Watercolor Art Workshop and Retreat in Columbia Gorge
April 11-15, 2016 (9:30 - 4:00) — Join us at the Flying Pig Studio and Guest Ranch in the Columbia River Gorge to learn from Gayle Weisfield, a renowned watercolor instructor. She will teach wet-and-wet landscape painting, focusing on mountains and reflections. The Flying Pig Art Retreat overlooks Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Gayle's workshops are small (usually 4-8 people) so that everyone receives plenty of individual attention. You will complete several paintings in the workshop, working on a different subject each day. In addition to a group critique of your work, Gayle will provide an in-depth critique of both in-class work and additional paintings you might bring. For rates and more information, please visit gayleweisfield.com or call Gayle at 541-645-0323. Visit website


Location: Lyle, WA
Instructor: Gayle Weisfield
Cost: $500
Email: Gayle Weisfield
Phone: 541-645-0323

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Watercolor Solutions: Still Life, Landscapes, & Portraits/Figures
April 11-15, 2016 (9:15 am-4:00 pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking artwork are the goals of this workshop. Charles Reid uses the same approaches for figures, still life and landscapes. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. During the workshop, he will use contour drawing, helping students to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on isolated objects. The class will also practice "direct painting," using as few over washes as possible. It is strongly advised that each student will have reviewed his most recent books Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Watercolor Solutions prior to the workshop. Long considered a watercolor master, Reid's paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and expert drawing ability. Visit charlesreidart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/$850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Power of Landscape
April 11-15, 2016 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for art students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape, and learn about principles of composition. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for their painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Students will work their way to the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way students will play with colors and discover what helps to create coherent painting and what makes it stand out. The workshop will begin with a short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion time. Plenty of time will be devoted to individual instruction. 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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Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
April 16, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 16-23, 2016 (9am - 5pm) — Observational drawing and painting are the focus of this workshop. Depicting nature on a Mediterranean Island and local sites too. Any medium or skill level is welcome. Price includes lodging and all meals, no transportation. Spanish classes of all levels available and educational talks about the Spanish culture are part of this cultural experience. Food is mediterranean style with local Spanish cuisine. Day trips to monasteries, Roman ruins and beaches are part of this week in Mallorca. Visit website


Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1495.00
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970-318-8444

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 17 - May 22, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking available and restrooms available on site. Note: Bartram's Garden members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
April 18-22, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


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

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How to Create Better Paintings – Studio Class
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Acclaimed Irish Born, American Colorist Hugh O’Neill has painted and taught all over the world. He will give lessons that will stay with students for a lifetime of artistic endeavors. This dynamic workshop is designed for all levels, including beginners and for most mediums. You will learn how to understand and simplify complex views and how to create strong vibrant paintings with fluid and confident brush work. You will be taught how to see more clearly and learn how to mix vibrant colors that enhance and are vital to any style of art. Hugh O’Neill will demonstrate while he explains and describes each key point. You will also receive very useful critiques at certain times throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Hugh O’Neill
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $740
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 18-20, 2016 (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 are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop. 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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The Figure in the Landscape
April 19-22, 2016 — Our purpose in being together is to, in interesting and enjoyable ways, learn how to compose and successfully navigate satisfying figure paintings from life. I will be stressing the absolute importance of simplifying at every stage of the painting as we learn 4 distinct stages of painting: 1.Composition and drawing; 2.Massing or lay in using 2-5 simple shapes defined primarily by value; 3.The refinement of the interior of the large, simple shapes; 4.Finally, the joining of the shapes, the application of final, loose strokes, and the careful placement of bold accents and delicate highlights. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dennis Perrin, www.dennisperrinfineart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Igniting Your Painting Process - Pastel
April 20-22, 2016 — This is a three day workshop that will focus on exploring possibilities within landscape painting. First, we will review the techniques and fundamentals necessary to structure a successful pastel landscape painting. Then we will engage in the exploration of creative ways to ignite your personal process. If possible we will do a few field sketches outside, I like to spend time with individual artists to help them find what makes them tick. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $425
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Capturing the Light
April 22-24, 2016 (9am- 4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick- start your work? This class is for you! Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Class includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location at various sites in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies in the high-energy, 3-day class. To register and for info on special rates on accommodations for students, contact Kathleen. Visit website


Location: Murphys, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunphy
Cost: $550
Email: Kathleen Dunphy
Phone: 209-743-1417

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Plein Air Painting Workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location. In this plein air workshop, you’ll start in the studio with basic principles and then move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for “capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Students may work in any medium, but Michael will be demonstrating in oil and pastel. Suitable for any level of painter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in the Desert with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for threef ull days of painting in the desert around Scottdale, Arizona. Locations may include Lost Dutchman State Park. Sponsored by Scottsdale Artists School and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists School
Cost: $400
Email: Daniel Caprario
Phone: (800) 333-5707

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Drawing and Painting Workshop
April 23-30, 2016 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape
April 23 - June 3, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This engaging online course offers a solid beginning in painting landscape. Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 30 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lesson guides and reading assignments, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two written and illustrated critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your environment. Artwork at right is by Bet Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA
April 24-29, 2016 (All day) — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
April 25-29, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscape & Still Life
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Art Academia is honored to host Slava Korolenkov from Moscow, Russia for a 5 day landscape and still life workshop in the field. As a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Storgaov Academy of Art, Slava is best known for his mastery of color and bold brushwork. His works are exhibited internationally and are well represented in private collections throughout Japan, USA, Germany, France, and elsewhere. He has extensive teaching experience both in Russia and abroad, and we are excited to have him share his techniques with us during his Spring trip to California. Visit website


Location: San Mateo, CA
Instructor: Slava Korolenkov
Sponsor: Art Academia
Cost: $650
Email: Inna Polnar
Phone: 650-579-4456

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Power of Color
April 25-29, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's five-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. *price includes studio fee* Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh, Jerry's Artarama
Cost: $595
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919 - 307 - 8107

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Painting with Ruo Li
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — On the first day Ruo Li will talk about the most important aspects of seascape paintings and answer questions. Following this discussion, he will demonstrate his techniques of seascape painting. During the second day, students will paint seascapes with photo reference in studio while Ruo gives individual attention and critiques. On the third day, students will be out in the field for a day of plein air and will have the opportunity to paint in the morning while Ruo demonstrates in the afternoon. Day four will consist of another demo and discussion of common problems that arise in painting. 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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Grand Canyon Workshop
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Amery Bohling is well noted for her works of the Grand Canyon. She is a participating artist in the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, and is one of the Grand Canyon 7 Painters. For this special workshop some outdoor painting experience is preferred, however many levels of experience are welcome. In this workshop there will be a solid emphasis placed on fundamentals which are valuable at any stage of learning. These lessons include tricks of painting values, drawing, and composition. Students will learn every step Amery takes in producing plein air paintings, from scouting to sketching to final product. Outdoor painting experience is recommended. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 26 - May 24, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a membership voucher to Morris Arboretum, free parking and use of the facilities. For more information about Morris Arboretum, visit: morrisarboretum.org. Morris Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Light
April 29 - May 1, 2016 (9am- 4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick- start your work? This class is for you! Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Class includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location at various sites in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies in the high-energy, 3-day class. To register and for info on special rates on accommodations for students, contact Kathleen. Visit website


Location: Murphys, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunphy
Cost: $550
Email: Kathleen Dunphy
Phone: 209-743-1417

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Colored Pencil: Landscape using Photo References as Aids
April 30 - June 10, 2016 — Begin any day of the week. This unusual online course is taught by artist/author Bet Borgeson. It will address how to work with prints or slide and digital projectors mixed with natural freehand drawing for the creation of dramatic landscapes without appearing overly photorealistic. Also she will cover how to combine and draw from multiple photo references. Included are 6 weekly lesson guides based on text, hands-on drawing assignments, additional instruction by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, as well as two full critiques of your art. This online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment! Art at right is by former student Jeanie Turner. Visit website


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

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
May 1, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 6-13, 2016 — Join us for painting and fun in Spain! We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy will inspire you with daily watercolor demos and then provide hands on and individual instructions as you capture the mystique of the Costa Brava in your own watercolor journal. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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