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Five Days Painting in Paradise at the Beach
September 21-25, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join me for a "Paint Together/Stay Together" workshop at our beach house in Ventura, CA. You will rediscover your passion for art, understand values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! Day one begins with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife and focusing on color mixing and understanding values. Day two and three we will paint together and paint plein air using the palette knife to create visual interest to highlight the focal point in your paintings. The last two days will be spent painting your own palette knife paintings (using the beautiful Ventura Beach scenery) with one on one instruction at your easel. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $599.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, Arizona
September 22-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The workshop is designed to give students complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon's expansive view. Helping students arrange pleasing compositions while creating the feel, mood and essence of the Canyon is the main goal. Careful consideration has been taken to select prime painting locations suitable for this class. The daily schedule will be split into early morning and late afternoon painting sessions, with break time in-between. Students will be working during the richest and most dramatic times of day, while allowing free time to explore the canyon. Demonstrations will also be used in the teaching process, as well as individual critiques and some lecture time. Visit website


Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Plein Air with Suzanne Kelley Clark
September 22-26, 2014 (9 AM to 3:30 PM) — Paint plein air with renowned artist Suzanne Kelley Clark at the beautiful Springhill Retreat in Richardson, TX. Suzanne is a master painter of landscapes; she will be instructing students on techniques for outdoor painting, use of color and effective composition. Since 1990, Suzanne, who holds an MFA from SMU, has taught SMU continuing and professional education classes and has been a professor at Eastfield College since 1999. Suzanne has exhibited in numerous solo, two-person and group shows, has received numerous awards and honors including the "Meadows Artistic Achievement Award," and has attracted many commissions including paintings for BNSF Railroad Company and the Anatole Hotel. Visit her website at suzannekelleyclark.com to see her work and learn more about her. Visit website


Location: Richardson, TX
Instructor: Suzanne Kelley Clark, suzannekelleyclark.com
Sponsor: McKenna Studio Workshops
Cost: $620.00
Email: Diane McKenna
Phone: 214-662-7414

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The Maine Landscape: Boot Camp for the Experienced Artist! WAIT LIST ONLY
September 22-26, 2014 — This class is for intermediate to experienced painters who want to reground themselves in the basics, strengthening what they know and illuminating what they may have missed or forgotten along the way. How better to sharpen your skills than to take a class from an exuberantly inspirational painter and engaging, attentive teacher! Colin will focus on helping you refine your techniques, addressing paint handling, color mixing, composition, values and the essentials of capturing the light of our picturesque Mid-Coast Maine scenery. He will take you to some of our most scenic locations. A four-season plein air painter, he is also full of tips on painting outside in all kind of weather! The class will include daily demonstrations and lectures. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 22-26, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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Fresh Cityscapes & Landscapes in Watercolor
September 22-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Create fresh, spontaneous paintings by letting the magic of watercolors work for you. Get rid of muddy colors and fussy detail. Create better paintings by correcting shapes and values and applying edge variety. Learn the wet-into-wet watercolor technique to take advantage of the medium's unique properties. Apply your newfound knowledge by translating your photos of landscapes and cityscapes to paper. Each morning, Gordon explains principles of color theory, contrast, and composition through his demonstration of painting techniques. Experiment with techniques and receive individual attention from Gordon in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. A positive critique at the end of the workshop points you in the right direction for continued painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Photography Fundamentals in the Apostles
September 22-26, 2014 — This workshop is open to photographers of all levels, and will provide learning opportunities for both beginners and advanced students. Join Master Landscape Photographer Will Clay and Natural History Photographer Hank Erdmann for a fun workshop on all aspects of nature photography. This class is a blend of photographic opportunities, post-processing and positive critique and one-on-one time with instructors who have more than thirty years of experience in image making. Discussion about basic camera settings, composition, conceptual photography, macro techniques and black and white conversion will be part of the class. At the end of the week you will participate in a slideshow presentation to showcase your favorite images. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Willard Clay & Hank Erdmann
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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The Brush and Beyond
September 22-26, 2014 — During this class you will develop your own personal painting style, while emphasizing the importance of developing your own creative approach to image making - with either abstract or representational imagery. You will explore new methods of watermedia application, including texturing and techniques for building of layers of paint. You will also experiment with new tools made from commonly found materials. Demonstrations by Mary Ann and individual discussions with her will help you approach your subject with a fresh eye toward composition and design. Finally, throughout the workshop the business of being an artist, including setting goals and priorities will be discussed. Each participant will discover how to become "inspired" and how to network as an artist. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Ann Beckwith
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Landscape and the Still Life
September 22-26, 2014 — Learn to approach nature directly, and translate what you see onto your canvas. You will begin with a contour drawing of the scene, with a focus on interconnecting shapes. Then, you will evaluate your composition and simplify your color choices to create a balanced painting. Discussion of these techniques will emphasize value, warm and cool colors, and the importance of edgework. Louise will work with you individually, and will encourage you to develop a fresher, bolder color palette. Half the day will be in the studio painting a still life under natural light. Painting will be "alla prima". Emphasis will be on drawing, values, color and edges. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Louise Gillis
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 23 - October 7, 2014 — A dream painting adventure in a land of timeless beauty! This workshop will emphasize plein air painting, composition, color and design. Individual instruction and demonstrations. Students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting on site. Oils, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured on CNN, and in the New York Times. Tuscany is his second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and has conducted many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Cost: $4,495. Double Occupancy / Package
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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Pocket Sketching in Tuscany
September 23-30, 2014 — This quick-draw technique allows anyone to "journal" wherever they are using only a 4 x 6 art pad, a water soluble pen, a small paint set, a brush and a film canister of water. Perfect for hiking, sitting in a café or standing in line - take it anywhere, whip it out in a minute, and preserve a memory in 25 minutes or less. It's more about capturing the "feel" of a place rather than taking a camera image. This workshop is ideal for beginners who want to fearlessly paint in public, for experienced artists who want minimal equipment, speed and no clean-up. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Kath Macaulay
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3090.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
September 24 - November 5, 2014 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Daniel 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. All levels. Visit website


Location: New Hope, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
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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Plein Air Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2014 — Emphasis is on how to get the "tight" out of your painting and let the "loose" in! Tips on painting loose, how to get better color (lose the mud). If you like to paint tight, that's fine. We will also discuss composition- in general, how to get the Umpphhh! into your painting. We will also discuss how to "see" the subject matter and translate that onto canvas. Classes will start with a demo in oils by Carol, later, students may paint along with Carol step by step or start your own painting. It is up to you. There will be plenty of one on one help. The setting is casual and flexible. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Carol Hallock
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp, see details online
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Deconstructing the Landscape
September 24 - October 15, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm) — This fresh approach to landscape painting frees you to express your interpretation of the landscape, flora and scene through colors, forms, and textures in oil or acrylic. Painting will take place outdoors on location. Group and individual critiques will occur on site. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Kathy Wright, www.kathywrightstudio.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $195
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Plein Air Workshop with Peggy Everett
September 24-26, 2014 (10am - 4pm) — Levels: Beginning to advanced can be successful in expressing themselves on canvas. If you have the desire, you can maneuver that gooey paint and unwieldy brush into something that will be considered art. *Exercises that help get the best composition, capture the local color, values and feeling of the location. *Tricks of the trade from composition no-no's, paint mixtures, values, and more. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Peggy Everett
Sponsor: Glynn Art Association
Cost: $475.00
Email: Monica
Phone: 912-638-8770

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Plein Air Painting in Baja California
September 25-28, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Stuart Burton, landscape painter, teacher and founder - The Art Academy in North Park, September 25 - 28, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Stuart Burton, Art Academy of San Diego
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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Layering Landscapes in Glass!
September 26-28, 2014 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Alice Benvie-Gebhart specializes in brightly colored landscapes in unique palettes that are created with layers of richly colored sheet glass and powder and then enhanced with dichroic glass and traditional glass paints. This workshop will cover her processes, both instinctive and practical, in creating compositions with depth, perspective and unusual color schemes. Workshop participants will make several samples as well as two 6" x 8" wall pieces, a floral study and a desert landscape, as they are introduced to Alice's techniques. Lecture topics will include translating sketches into glass compositions, under painting, finding light, and highlighting mood in your work. Alice will also demonstrate her techniques for presenting work in a way that preserves the transparency of glass. Visit website


Location: Bulverde-San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Alice Benvie-Gebhart
Sponsor: Roadhouse Arts
Cost: $599 includes materials and supplies
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 830-438-1884

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Niagara Falls plein air painting
September 26-27, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Niagara is one of the most dramatic painting locations in the East! Workshop incorporates painting and visualization techniques with emphasis on grisaille (value underpainting) and working with color temperature for atmosphere and dimension in your paintings. 2 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Studio Landscape Exploration
September 26-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Megan will work with students to accurately observe light in the field and transfer this into a studio landscape painting. Will focus on composition and light. Megan is known for her large vista landscape work. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Megan Lightell, www.meganlightell.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Fall Foliage time in Vermont with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 26-30, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun. Drive slowly and keep your camera handy since you'll find many painting subjects along the way. The winding road changes to gravel and when you think you're lost, you have arrived at the Landgrove Inn, offering a welcome atmosphere with comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches can be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and individual assistance. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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A Brush with Tuscany
September 27 - October 4, 2014 — A Brush with Tuscany, a Landscape and Figure Painting workshop, gives both the plein air and studio painter a week-long opportunity to work in this inspiring region of Italy. Experience the joys of painting with award-winning artist, Eli Cedrone. Enjoy great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas and "la dolce vita". Visit website


Location: Sarteano, Italy
Instructor: Eli Cedrone
Sponsor: Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses LLC
Cost: $2850.
Email: Joan Hill
Phone: 508-255-7907

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Sketching and Painting the Plein Air Landscape
September 27-28, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This class is designed to ease you into the art of "plein air" painting. En plein air is a French phrase meaning simply, "in open air". This class will focus on the unique experience of painting "en plein air" - both the pleasures and the challenges. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air", or on location is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We'll begin by learning to use our sketchbooks to record the impression of the landscape and to quickly capture changing light effects. Visit website


Location: North Bennington, VT
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $185
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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Cityscape
September 28 - October 26, 2014 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — The city has been the subject of many a great artist, including Eduard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edward Hopper and Rackstraw Downs. Work in carefully selected locations including parks, cafés, and along leafy side streets of Philadelphia, and capture the life of the city as you find your own vision of the city. Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice including oil, gouache/watercolor and charcoal. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on the spot will be just some of the topics covered by an artist with over 40 years of plein air experience in Philadelphia. Van transportation from PAFA, and free on-site parking. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil
September 29 - October 2, 2014 — In this plein air workshop, Michael will focus on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations, plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. Both oil and pastel will be demonstrated. Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, Michael is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He writes regularly for The Pastel Journal and is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson, MichaelChesleyJohnson.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Painting on the Islands of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland
September 29 - October 6, 2014 — On the Outer Hebrides awe inspiring becomes 'art inspiring'. Travelling with our paints, we discover the roots of a civilisation and the raw beauty of its isolation on the edge of the British Isles. Nicky Henderson, a local artist, is our art tutor. With her expertise your art work connects with a landscape formed 3,400 million years ago, still sculpted today by wind, rain and human hand. Voted the most favourite islands in Europe, 5th in the world by TripAdvisor. Visit website


Location: Islands of Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: £1250
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston

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"Plein Air in the Golden Isles" with Larry Moore
September 29 - October 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — An invited speaker at the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey-Carmel this April, 2014, Larry Moore's workshop will focus on how to develop your own voice and establish a personal vision. Working on developing a series of studies the first two days and creating one or two larger finished pieces on-site from the studies and plein air. Special emphasis will be on painting methods, design and composition. Visit website


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

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The Maine Landscape: Master Class
September 29 - October 3, 2014 — We are going to work together on making stronger and more personal paintings. Colin will talk about ways to build upon a good foundation of painting skills, and ways to bring those skills to more meaningful paintings. A good painting has to be well put together, but also have content that engages the viewer. We will split our time between discussion of painting ideas, studying other artists, time at the easel, and critiques. We will talk about all of the aspects of making art and how to grow as an artist. This class is not intended to teach the basics of oil painting, but is meant to help an artist develop and grow, and make their paintings stronger. Visit website


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

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Learn Videography Basics on the "Shine On" Production Bus
October 2-4, 2014 (9am-4pm) — If you've never operated a video camera, but want to learn - then join Jim Kropp on his photo/video production bus, to capture some of the most iconic and beautiful spots in and around Door County. Learn to get the highest quality images out of an HD video camera. Jim provides daily instruction while traveling to specific Door County locations. Explore and shoot video focused on topics such as basic camera operations, white balance, panning and zooming, tripods vs. handheld, and motion blur. Review and critique video footage taken at each location while en route to the next destination. The most successful class clips are integrated into a class music video. All equipment and transportation provided. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jim Kropp, CapturingBeautyBooks.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Pocket Sketching
October 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolor on location. Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a fanny pack making it ideal for travel, journaling, bicycling, and café sitting. October in Fish Creek. What's not to like! Join Kath Macaulay for a day in the studio learning about perspective, color, value, and techniques (some from John Singer Sargent). Then sketch fearlessly for two days anywhere, on location, in beautiful Fish Creek. Kath provides guidance, frequent demonstrations, and always supportive, critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kath Macaulay, PocketSketching.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $400
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val D'Orcia
October 4-11, 2014 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting, learning, and fun in Tuscany's beautiful Val D'Orcia region. Early October is a great time to be in Tuscany with great temperatures and fewer tourists! This region of Tuscany is rolling hills covered with colorful fields and vineyards. Talented artist Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days at some great painting locations including Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, and the spectacular grounds of the restored farmhouse where we will stay. Artist fee includes 7 nights single occupancy/private bath lodging, all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction and group airport transfers. Workshop is only open to 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $2850 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
October 4-11, 2014 (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 the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Santorini
October 4-11, 2014 — With Jill, an experienced plein air painter, there will be daily opportunities to study the breathtaking views around the Greek Island of Santorini. This workshop will combine the adventure of exploring a new landscape, with the skills needed to translate your impressions into painted memories. Your art-spirit is sure to be inspired through enlightening discussion, instructive demonstration of palette knife painting, encouraging critique, and the camaraderie of fellow artists. Emphasis will be on: ~ Seeing as an Impressionist. ~ The Foundation of Composition. ~ Building Texture to Entertain the Eye. Jill paints and demos in oils, but welcomes anyone wishing to increase their artistic vision & appreciation. Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Jill Berry
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp, see details online
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Fall Foliage Splendor in New Hampshire with Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
October 5-9, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. See those glorious fall colors displayed against a backdrop of dark evergreens, reflecting in the lakes of "On Golden Pond" fame. Nearby are picturesque villages such as Freedom and Tamworth. The Purity Spring Resort offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches may be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and assists individually. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but your own work is never touched. Visit website


Location: East Madison, NH
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Fun with Art and Wine
October 5, 2014 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Visit website


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

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David Lussier's Taos New Mexico Plein air Workshop
October 6-10, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — This is a 5-day outdoor oil painting workshop. We will paint in Taos and also some of the surrounding towns. We are looking forward to teaching and painting in this beautiful location and I hope you will be able to join us. We strive to teach the building blocks of landscape painting while nurturing each person's individual style and personality. Every good landscape painting is rooted in sound painting principles and the truth that we find in nature. In order for a painting to be of personal expression, the artist must infuse it with his or her own imagination, personality and inventiveness. We work with each student toward this goal. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: David Lussier
Sponsor: David Lussier Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Pamela Lussier
Phone: 860-338-3226

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Finding Your Style & Creativity
October 6-10, 2014 — This workshop is for photographers of any level who would like to develop more meaning in their photographs. Having a unique vision and making meaningful images is what develops creativity. In this workshop, Eileen will help you identify individual style and will teach you techniques for making creative photographs. You will accomplish this in three ways; finding creative subjects and perspectives, editing and processing your images to allow your creative voice to be heard, and constructive critiques. Throughout the week you will photograph beautiful Madeline Island, learn about historical photographers and their creative paths and learn techniques in software to draw the eye through the photograph to truly make the image sing. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Eileen Rafferty
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Landscape Painting
October 6-8, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop, we will investigate the process of landscape painting, both in the studio and en plain air. Painting directly from observation is a difficult task at best, and many students struggle to process the overwhelming amount of information when faced with the great outdoors. Sound familiar? By breaking down the process into smaller, manageable problems, solutions present themselves. We will work on finding logical ways to solve problems of design, value structure, color, and edges, through demos and exercises. Visit website


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

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The Impressionistic Landscape
October 6-10, 2014 — Australia certainly produces some terrific painters/instructors, and we are very excited to bring another fine and highly recommended Australian painter to Maine! Striving to capture spontaneous loose impressions each time he returns to his easel, Colley says he is at his happiest when he is "painting full of confidence, using my brush like Zorro would wield his trusty sword, dashing in marvelous darks, highlights and rendering each painting with as much skill and accuracy as possible!" Painting Plein Air will give students a firsthand view of Colley's approach to working outdoors in nature. He will also do a still life demo to show how these techniques can enhance your everyday approach to whatever you choose as a subject. Visit website


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

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Seeing and Painting as an Artist
October 6-8, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Learn from an established colorist in this special workshop made up of three different classes! Each day will be devoted to a creating a different type of painting. On the first day you will paint from a still life setup. On the second day, you will paint from a landscape photograph. On the third day, you will paint from a live model. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Sarkis Antikajian
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $325
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Drawing the Landscape
October 7 - November 18, 2014 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — Experience the excitement and challenges of working outdoors this autumn. The Fairmount Park Horticultural Center offers beautiful views, shelter, and indoor facilities in the event of inclement weather. Instruction will emphasize creating the illusion of space, forms and textures of terrain and water, qualities of light, and the nature of shadows. Demonstration of drawing materials, discussion and outside-class projects will sharpen your skills and foster an appreciation for landscape drawing. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
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Willamette Valley Wine Country
October 8-12, 2014 — An absolutely unique opportunity (1) to photograph one of the most beautiful wine regions in the nation at one of the best times of the year; and (2) to learn how to market your results to make a return on all your investments in your photography. Gain special access to shoot the harvest in the rolling Dundee hills plus the transformation of the grapes into wine. When the light is good and the harvest and crushing/fermenting is going on, we will shoot. At other times we will critique the results, discuss likely clients - how to reach them and how to work with them including licensing fees - and of course taste wine. The $50 material fee will cover winery tour and tastings! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $475 plus $50 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting Light and Color in Transparent Watercolor
October 9-11, 2014 (9:00 AM to 4 PM) — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting watercolors in this beautiful Gulf-of-Mexico beach setting. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. His artwork appears in French, Chinese, and English publications. Visit website


Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Instructor: Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA
Sponsor: Florida Artist Workshops
Email: Vanessa Segraves
Phone: 239 250-8339

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Sketchbook Journaling
October 10-11, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — If you've ever wanted to capture those memorable moments in life, and set them between the pages of a sketchbook journal, this is the class for you. Using pencil, pen and watercolor, participants will learn how to depict scenery, buildings, and close-up objects using simple techniques. In this beginner friendly class, artistic talent is not a prerequisite. As the weather allows, we will take short walks in the Mt Hood National Forest to sketch and collect bits of nature to draw in the comfort of the studio. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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"Delta Funk"
October 10-12, 2014 — Open to all levels with a limit of 16. We filled two classes of this workshop in 2013, because it was so popular. Hosted by the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, CA the class paints on location in "the Delta" (roughly between Sacramento and San Francisco)...in the small historic river towns of Locke, Isleton, or Rio Vista. Visit website


Location: Lodi, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $400
Email: Robin
Phone: 209-368-5123

Beginner Level

Fun with Art and Wine
October 11, 2014 (6-8pm) — This is a fun two-hour adventure for those who like wine but may know nothing about making a painting. You will be led through creating a 16x20 acrylic painting on canvas in a step-by-step process. Local landscape subject matter and a surprisingly fool-proof process lead to fun, laughs, more wine and your painting is finished - suitable for framing! Must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Visit website


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

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Painting Sedona
October 11-12, 2014 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Bill Cramer, billcramerstudio.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Thailand Painting Holidays
October 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015 — Art on the banks of the Mekong River in NE Thailand. Individual tuition in painting, drawing and photography combined with visits to Thai villages and markets to experience the unique Thai culture. Professional artist Jeremy Holton and his Thai wife Waree have a small luxury guest house away from the tourists where everything is provided for up to four guests. Visit website


Location: Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: $110 USD per day
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 618 6394 1592

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
October 13-17, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Norcross, GA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Daryl Nicholson
Phone: 404-664-6741

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
October 13-17, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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Bold Brush Plein Air
October 15-17, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This plein air workshop in oils is open to artists of all levels. One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day. Shelby became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.studioshelby.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Portland Japanese Gardens
October 15-18, 2014 — Treat yourself and your lenses to rich hues of red, gold and amber at the peak of autumn color in one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden. This workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot in the Garden on three consecutive mornings from 8 to 10 am before it opens to the public, along with regular garden hours. Photograph five different types of tranquil gardens surrounded by stunning Japanese maples erupting in brilliant reds: a flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and sand & stone garden. Charles Needle is a renowned professional garden photographer and author, who will share tips on creating compelling garden photographs 1-on-1 in the field and classroom. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Charles Needle
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $975 includes a 1-yr Photographer Membership to the Garden
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Painting in Baja California
October 16-19, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Rose Irelan, landscape painter, teacher and founder - RoseArt Atelier, October 16 - 19, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Rose Irelan of RoseArt Atelier
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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3-Day Seascapes Painting
October 17-19, 2014 (12PM-6PM) — Ruo Li will teach the basic principles of painting from nature. His emphasis will be on the special skills for painting a seascape by the sea. Mr. Li will talk about how to pay attention to the composition, color tone and strokes when creating a seascape painting. The instructor will make some specific requirements about the assignment for students. Based on these requirements, students are allowed to express their own artistic ideas. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ruo Li
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
October 17-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $560 by July 10; $660 after July 10
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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David Lussier's Autumn in CT Plein air Workshop
October 17-19, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — Join David and Pam in painting the tiny village of Eastford CT at the height of the fall season. Watch a painting demonstration from start to finish and then work on your own painting with advice and encouragement from David & Pam. During the demonstration, David will explain his complete thought process in helpful and understandable steps. David will explain his unique palette and color ideas, his thoughts on grasping composition and how light affects objects outdoors. He will also strive to explain how brushwork describes the subject and breathes life and energy into a painting. All demos are in oil, but students may work in the medium of their choice. Visit website


Location: Eastford, CT
Instructor: David Lussier
Sponsor: David Lussier Workshops
Cost: $350
Email: Pamela Lussier
Phone: 860-338-3226

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Painting Waves and Still Life Study
October 17-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Groves graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Environmental Design and has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Colorado Academy of Art, the Loveland Art Academy, the Cottonwood Art Academy and the Denver Arts Students League. He also enjoyed a private, two-year mentorship with artist Jay Moore, which he considers a turning point in his artistic career. With a classical approach, studio analysis and classroom instruction, this program will give the necessary skills in classical still life study and ocean waves. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Chris Groves, www.cgroves.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Watercolor Plein Air Workshop
October 17-19, 2014 (9:30am - 3:00pm) — Join me for a three day en plein-air workshop. We will start at 9:30 at GAA and move quickly to a designated site and you will watch a quick demo. I will show the planning stage of my process, drawing discussions on perspective and moving on to a finished painting. Individual help is given to all levels all throughout the day. Around lunchtime, you will set up to paint and will go through the same process to create your painting until critique time back in the gallery or out on location. If inclement weather we will work on practice techniques and then pretend we are outside and work from my reference photo or one you brought from home. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Mary O. Smith
Sponsor: Glynn Art Association
Cost: $475.00
Email: Monica
Phone: 912-638-8770

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A Tuscan Plein Air Painting Holiday!!
October 18-25, 2014 — No instructor...Paint at your leisure! We'll stay at Castello Montalto, a medieval hilltop castle nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. The estate is complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, laundry and garden areas. Massage, horseback riding and other activities are available by personal arrangement as well. You can paint, photograph, sketch, read, eat, and gaze at the hills! Open to any level, non painters welcome. No instructor...any medium...no formal critiques...no schedule! A glorious location...breakfasts and dinners included...day trips to Florence and Siena...plenty of time to relax and soak up the Chianti countryside! Optional: Add 3 days to your trip - come on the 15th! Also, a limited number of Single Rooms are available for an additional $500. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $2295 per person, dbl occ; Add 3 more days: $2995
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 18-25, 2014 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
October 18 - December 5, 2014 — Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Artwork by Bet. Visit website


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

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Creating Your Masterpiece Landscape
October 18-19, 2014 — There is so much romance in landscape paintings. They stir emotions about where we have been and where we want to go. In this workshop, award-winning and published artist, Sandy Byers will help you explore the possibilities for a masterpiece, using your photographs. A wonderful advantage with landscape paintings is that one has the option to move things about in order to compose an interesting and intriguing painting. We will concentrate on solid composition techniques, enchanting values and clean colors which will help move the viewer around in your painting and giving her a reason to linger. Beginning and intermediate students will find lots of useful information in this workshop! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Sandy Byers, www.SandyByers.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $225
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting the Landscape at Ghost Ranch
October 19-25, 2014 — Return with us for our tenth workshop painting the breathtaking landscape at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. On-site locations will include the private Painted Desert Road out towards O'Keeffe's house and sites along the Chama River. Fall colors will be at their peak. Optional tour of O'Keeffe's house and studio in Abiquiu and visits to artist's studios and galleries are included in our week. All demonstrations are done in watercolor but you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, NM
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1200
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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The Plein Air Palette
October 19, 2014 (1-6pm) — This five-hour afternoon workshop will follow the free lecture/demonstration Sunday morning from 10 - noon on Color Space, pigment history, and color palettes. This workshop is taught by Scott Gellatly, Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. Scott consults with painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. The afternoon of painting will build on information presented in the morning session. Gamblin Oils will be supplying paint and Gamsol to participants and Scott will demonstrate the range and use of this particular palette of colors in the plein air context. Students will then explore the potentials of these colors in their own plein air painting with Scott giving individual attention to each participant. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Scott Gellatly
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $60
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intro to Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12:30PM) — This workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate painter. Working outside of the studio is an invigorating experience! The painter is engulfed in the experience. Faced with the complexity of environment, the need to learn how to see and simplify, then translate into two dimensional expression, adapt to rapid changes of light and shadows. We'll use acrylics, oil, or watercolor. Paint in a safe, nonjudgmental, nurturing environment. Evolving from simple subjects like fountain and arches of our garden to more complex views of San Miguel hills and hidden true Mexican streets. You have the option to use our materials or yours. You'll have time to have fun exploring many shops, restaurants, galleries of unequally enchanting Colonial town. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $350-$450, with or without materials, RT taxi
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


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

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Three Day "Daily Painting" & Palette Knife
October 20-22, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Our first day consists of two unique paint-along demos that demonstrate the basic approach to daily painting with a palette knife while focusing on color mixing and understanding values. On day two we will all paint together and complete two more painting demos. We will focus on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlighting the focal point. Day three will be spent painting your own palette knife painting (using inspiration photos) with one-on-one instruction at your easel. Each student will also meet with Leslie individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts with a website or blog. Visit website


Location: South Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $399.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 28-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 3-7, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
November 3-7, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Newport, RI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Amy Burnes
Phone: 401-864-7734

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Heart of Landscape Painting
November 11-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The first three days of this workshop will be focused on accurate painting from life. The instructor will open each day with a lecture and demonstration after which students will paint and receive individual critiques of their work. The class will focus on learning to see like an artist, emphasizing the fundamental principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the beauty of nature when painting outdoors. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of a variety of artists, and consider the importance of painting from life as a means to developing one's own individual voice. The final day of class students will begin a studio piece working from sketches and photographs they've produced. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
November 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015 — Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 18-21, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 24-28, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 24-26, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 1-5, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 9-12, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Colored Pencil: Beginning Landscape Course
December 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015 — Study with Bet Borgeson, a teacher of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She will show you how to sort and edit nature's often overwhelming visual detail into dramatic compositions, how to mix color and use it to suggest three-dimensional form and space and much more. Format includes weekly lessons, drawing assignments, additional personal instruction with Borgeson and two critiques of your work. Her online format allows you to set up a schedule that will work for you in your own environment. Artwork at right by Borgeson Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 16-19, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 22-24, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 29-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
January 5-9, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
February 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
March 26-29, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Morgantown, WV
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Greg Kullman
Phone: 304-685-6695

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 31 - April 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Instructor: Cody DeLong, www.codydelong.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $3,400
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Workshop in Belfast
July 13-17, 2015 — Tony will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, at the head of Penobscot Bay, with river, harbor and ocean vistas. An energetic and inspirational pioneer in the field of painting workshops, Tony is legendary for his superb instruction, extremely thorough critiques and great choices of painting sites. As they arise in his demonstrations, he will graphically explain both problems & solutions, establishing the principles of painting thru the use of visual building blocks. Tony packs his class with solid, useful information about all aspects of plein air watercolor painting, drawing on his decades of experience as a painter and instructor and delivers it all with verve! He is truly a master instructor! Visit website


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

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
July 13-17, 2015 — This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques in working directly from observation in the Maine landscape. The following concepts will be covered: 1) Approaches to composition in drawing and painting from observation such as gesture, tonal design, proportion, and atmospheric color harmony. 2) Materials and techniques in oil painting such as grounds, pigments, solvents, palette organization, and color mixing. 3) Landscape painting as a practice and as a source for other work. While this workshop is open to all levels, some experience in Drawing and/or Painting from observation is required. Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting
July 14-16, 2015 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on