Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Creating Space on a Flat Surface with John Miller"
January 6, 2018
 

Spend a morning with artist and designer John Miller exploring how to create space in 2D artwork. In this class, you’ll discuss a variety of methods to create visual space regardless of media. For example, in drawing, you’ll discuss the difference between linear perspective and color contrast perspective, and how the two options change when painting or printing. Students will also discuss how to create a composition, how to use aerial perspective, study how light affects distance, and more. The class size is extremely limited, so John will work mostly one-on-one with students.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Miller
Cost: $20
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Bold Landscapes in Plein Air & Studio with Katie Dobson Cundiff"
January 13-15, 2018
 

Join Katie Dobson Cundiff, well-known impressionist artist and instructor at the Ringling School on Saturday, January 13th – Monday, January 15th as she instructs students in her style of Bold and Colorful Landscapes. Each workshop day Katie will paint a demo followed by special attention at each student's easel. This class is limited in student size and will fill fast. You will be painting in the studio and plein air. A "Meet & Greet" will be held at the gallery on Friday evening, Jan. 12th. She currently serves as President for Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Katie Dobson Cundiff
Cost: $465.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein air pastel with Clive Tyler"
January 15-18, 2018
 

Clive Tyler has a passion for painting en plein air. His pastel paintings, rich with light and color, are created in a classical style, capturing the heart of the western landscape. An 'environment' painter, Tyler paints outdoors as much as possible, immersing himself in his locales, re-creating the experience of place. Winning numerous awards, Clive Tyler's paintings were recently published in the book, "Landscapes: 89 Painters' Perspectives". He exhibits his work in several museum exhibitions including the Buffalo Bill Cody Western Museum in WY, the Booth Western Art Museum in GA and the Brinton Museum in WY. The workshop structure is All Inclusive with lodging, meals and wine in the package. The Venue is Wimberley in Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Clive Tyler
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Concept: The Story Behind your Painting"
January 22-25, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help artists put more meaning and emotion into their paintings. Jay will begin the first day with a presentation showing how master artists put a great deal of thought and sketching into the concept of their paintings before putting down the first stroke. Jay will have the students go out in the field with their sketchbooks and experiment with a variety of compositions. The morning of day two will be a demo with Jay sketching/painting outside on location, and students will paint in the afternoon. Day three and four will be plein air painting and the last afternoon will be back in the studio to show student work with a final critique and discussion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jay Moore, www.jaymoorestudio.com
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Light & Atmosphere"
January 24-26, 2018
 

Discover Michael’s masterful yet simple method of completing successful paintings in a short period of time. Learn how to best capture the light of the day and use value as the key to create incredible distance and depth. We will complete a group of small paintings on location using Michael’s super simple palette, focusing on composition, design, color, and value. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. We will be painting on location in Newport Beach & Laguna Beach. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Michael Obermeyer
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Light, Color and Composition en Plein Air"
January 26-28, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural or stylized light into their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache, and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandezart.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fun, No Fear with Watercolors"
February 3-4, 2018
 

In this 2-day workshop, Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers helps students enjoy the fun of watercolor painting. Tubac artist, Roberta Rogers has resided in Arizona since 1970. A third generation watercolorist, Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her watercolor paintings capture the light and beauty found in every subject she paints. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries, currently showing at Purcell Gallery in Tubac and West of the Moon Gallery in Flagstaff.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Roberta Rogers
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona"
February 5-8, 2018
 

This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most of the time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Students should come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
February 5-9, 2018
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Design discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to create more dynamic compositions. Students will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish, with a working knowledge of color and value. In addition to any prerequisite studies, this workshop will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. Demos will be done in acrylic.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii"
February 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop is being held in one of the most picturesque locations on the planet. Students will have an opportunity to learn and develop landscape painting skills on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Students will learn how to approach the landscape from start to finish. Students will try various approaches to the landscape, such as spending multiple sessions on one study, as well as quick sketch sunset studies. This is a rare opportunity to study the landscape en plein air with a leading classical painter in an amazing location! Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Instructor: Ryan Brown, www.ryanbrown.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 19-23, 2018
 

“When I paint I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time-everything else in my painting flows from this.” This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 19-23, 2018
 

Phil Starke’s focus will be helping students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives them and improve upon it. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. The historic village of Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. Nearby, students will paint the beautiful Spanish Church built in 1828. Phil will give plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $635
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Michael Holter"
February 19-22, 2018
 

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work is in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with 4 nights at a luxury lodge in Texas' beautiful Hill Country with meals and wine included for one price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Michael Holter
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Plein air oil painting with Cody DeLong"
February 19-22, 2018
 

I began my art journey travelling, just me and my dog. I was in the woods every day and I had a dirtbike which I'd ride to remote places to paint and be inspired by nature. I've been working in Oils for about 25 years. Today I'm a nationally recognized artist. I've been featured in numerous magazines and I get invited to several national events each year. I've won some meaningful awards along the way. The real reason I paint though, is simply because I love it. My workshop in Wimberley is with an All Inclusive structure. One price takes care of tuition, lodging (4 nights), meals and wine. We just paint and learn in Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Cody DeLong
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Private Painting Intensive Study with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 19 - April 13, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert in an intense, one-on-one program. In addition to guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his private studio, taking your art to the next level. All your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day plus consultation for three months after the program. An internationally-recognized artist, Michael paints the Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil and pastel. An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal. Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Artists Canada.
 
Location: Near Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein Air in The Golden Isles with Jason Sacran"
February 22-24, 2018
 

Jason Sacran's preferred medium is oil paints, but he is open to students using acrylics and other media. In 2010, Jason became a full-time artist/painter and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has had several exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements, including a first place award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Members Competition, Best of Show in the 2010 Wisconsin Plein Air Painter Association Annual Competition and Best of Show in the 2010 Winthrop Rockefeller Institution Invitational. Although known for his figurative and portrait work, Jason is quickly rising as a top plein air painter.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Painting Landscapes from Photographs"
February 26 - March 1, 2018
 

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 a well thought out composition. Students will learn to create a feeling of the 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. Previous students have been very inspired by the amount of photographs supplied by Linda, which include subject matter from the Grand Canyon, desert vistas, interior forest and high mountain scenes.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
February 26 - March 2, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"The Painting Knife: Creating Texture & Detail"
March 3, 2018
 

The painting knife is an important accompaniment to the brush, for creating textural effects, expressive marks, and broad planes of color. Learn how to use the painting knife to get crisp edges and fine details while painting landscape and architectural subjects. Explore color, texture and painterly application in this fun, one-day workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker, www.shushanarucker.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 5-9, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein air painting with Jason Sacran"
March 5-8, 2018
 

I am a contemporary representational painter, working primarily outdoors. I paint what catches my interest in the moment. This could be almost anything; an orchestration of shapes, color contrast, light and shadow patterns, a mood or atmosphere, a subject I have never tried, or a subject I enjoy, etc. I am drawn to paint places and things that say something about the day and time I live in now. I have been featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine, International Artist, Artist Magazine, and PleinAir Magazine. The workshop structure is All inclusive with 4 nights luxury lodging, meals and wine provided. Attendance is limited to 13.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Don’t Be Afraid to Alter Reality When Interpreting Nature"
March 7-9, 2018
 

An artist’s goal is not merely to copy what we see and want to paint. To interpret nature, we arrange and simplify what is in front of us, making it pleasing to the eye and harmonious in color and design. As painters, we are poets in the visual sense, conveying the beauty that surrounds us. Karl Dempwolf is a modern Monet who will inspire you and demonstrate his unique techniques to capture the beauty and grandeur of a scene. Set yourself free to create from nature’s inspiration! We will be painting on location in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Please contact the Debra Huse Gallery to enroll.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Karl Dempwolf
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Website, email, 949-723-6171


"Advanced Abstraction with Larry Moore"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein Air Painting in West Palm Beach, Florida"
March 12-16, 2018
 

Join Mark Boedges for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida focusing on how to paint the brilliant sunshine. Students will watch Mark as he demos throughout to help push each student’s values and colors beyond what they thought possible. Mark will work with students individually to help them learn to use value contrast as well as color contrast to get the true glow of sunlight.
 
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
March 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. She has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention, and an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $675 +$50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Gouache on the Go"
March 13-14, 2018
 

This workshop will transform your next adventure, be it by land, sea, or air! Gouache on the Go is perfect for those who prefer to stop and see, to absorb the world around them, and to paint. It is tailored to those who appreciate staying and painting in the moment instead of taking a picture and a shortcut to their destination. Larisa is a classically trained artist, and expert on color mixing. A talented and experienced teacher, she is known for generously sharing her extensive knowledge and her down to earth teaching style. Elevate your painting technique and explore the world of color, while increasing your understanding of composition.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Atmospheric Landscapes"
March 14-17, 2018
 

John will teach the basic principles of landscape painting: atmospheric perspective, drawing, light and shade, composition, and simplification of objects in the landscape. John learned these principles from Frank Mason who studied with Frank Vincent DuMond in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and at the Art Students League. DuMond studied in Paris in the late 19th century, learning directly from the French Impressionists. On day one, students will meet at the school. John will do a demo and review his palette in the morning and students will paint on location that afternoon. John will continue to demo throughout the week. Each day students will be painting on location in the area and will return to the school to discuss paintings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John C. Traynor, www.johnctraynor.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint a Spring Scene in Oil"
March 16-17, 2018
 

Spring is in the air! Using brilliant color, students will paint flowers and foliage rioting in a spring garden. Lessons will focus on: intuitive and loose paint handling with brush and knife, wet-into-wet painting to incorporate lost edges, color theory, simplified color mixing, painting with green and using “color as value.” A photo will be provided but students are welcome to paint from their own reference material whenever they wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques, exercises, ongoing critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Sketching for the Artist on the Go"
March 16-18, 2018
 

Students will learn how they can paint a sweet little 15 to 60 minute study while at a cafe with friends, relaxing at the pool, or on a park bench. By the end of this class students will be ready to paint on the go almost anywhere. Students will learn different ways to handle the watercolor medium, layering for value and how to not overwork their paintings. Students will meet at the school the first morning and will head out to paint on location throughout the valley.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 19-23, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
March 19-22, 2018
 

Award winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through Advanced are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Workshop with George Van Hook: Approaches and Techniques"
March 20-22, 2018
 

George thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response." Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards. He was invited by Plein Air magazine to be a live instructor at the Plein Air National Convention, 2015 in Monterrey, CA and released an instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $450/400
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water with Tom Nielsen"
March 22-24, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air"
March 26-30, 2018
 

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one- on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Hill Country Alla Prima with Laurel Daniel"
March 26-29, 2018
 

As a plein air painter, I begin outside, working quickly to discern the shifting patterns of shadows and light. Capturing a moment in time is an impossible task, but for me, an endlessly compelling one. Instruction will include: process demos, block in methods, color mixing and values, focal point and composition, and atmospheric perspective. Learn to select and simplify elements needed for building a compelling image, and experiment with paint application. At the end of each day, we will gather for a relaxed discussion and gentle critique. Don't miss this chance to get away for a personal artist retreat. (All levels welcome, some painting experience recommended. Portable easels required.) Price is All Inclusive: meals, lodging, and instruction.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Laurel Daniel
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
March 27-30, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Night Painting"
Tuesdays, March 27 - April 24, 2018
 

Paint the urban landscape at night from PAFA’s windows. Simplify space through passages of light and shadow in order to convey architectural geometry and atmospheric mood. Perspective, composition, line, tone, light, and color will be addressed. The evening landscapes of Monet, Hopper, Van Gogh and others will serve as inspiration. Drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 2-6, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. 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.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 3-8, 2018
 

Join us in San Francisco for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal. Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air in Southern Utah"
April 6-9, 2018
 

Kate Starling lives in the town of Rockville, Utah, just outside Zion National park, and has spent 20 years painting the area’s canyons and along its back roads. Join Kate for a four day workshop to explore the beauty of the high desert and paint with her at some of her favorite spots. She demonstrates (in oil) the outdoor painting techniques required in capturing the shifting light and color of the outdoors. Working in small to mid-size format the class will paint several field studies with a focus on composition, value, color, and cohesion of the major masses.
 
Location: Rockville, Utah
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 8-13, 2018
 

Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1500, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Making Art Outdoors with John P. Lasater"
April 9-12, 2018
 

A familiar name in the national plein air scene; John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. Expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help. John encourages and helps you look beyond the beautiful qualities of a scene to determine its pictorial usefulness, thereby adding new excitement to your outdoor painting experience. John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson and John Budicin.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: John P. Lasater
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein Air to Studio, Making Your Studies Work for You Indoors"
April 9-12, 2018
 

This workshop combines plein air and studio. Students will begin on location outdoors making sketches and studies, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches will then be used as inspirational resource materials for more-complete, slightly larger, studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet: “Plein air, Right from the Start.” The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, personalized instruction and group discussions. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience is strongly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting on the Delaware"
Wednesdays, April 11 - May 16, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking/transportation available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
April 12-14, 2018
 

Calvin Liang will be teaching a 3 day workshop with one day of outdoor painting. Two days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally. Plein art painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Students will also learn how to simplify the subject matter and get the best possible results in a short time.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Calvin Liang, calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 16-18, 2018
 

Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Seeing and Capturing Your Subject: Painting the La Jolla Coastline"
April 16-20, 2018
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answer while experiencing and painting the beauty of San Diego en plein air. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. Mitch will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Demonstrations will be in oil.
 
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil and pastel plein air with Lorenzo Chavez"
April 16-19, 2018
 

Lorenzo Chavez was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. His first inspirations and foundation as a young artist were formed by the local landscape and the art history in New Mexico. Lorenzo now makes his home in Parker, Colorado and uses this location as a base to travel and paint the American West and Southwest. Using pastel and oil mediums, his hope is to carry on the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists. The structure of the workshop is oil or pastel and plein air in an All inclusive format. The price includes tuition, luxury lodging for 4 nights, meals and wine.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Lorenzo Chavez
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, April 19 - May 24, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color"
April 21-22, 2018
 

We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll add successive layers to each of your starts.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
Sundays, April 22 - May 20, 2018
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Suggesting Reality"
April 23-27, 2018
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape in the Studio with Dee Beard Dean"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Mendocino, California"
May 3-6, 2018
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Mendocino, CA. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one- on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, www.kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old and New Techniques"
May 3-6, 2018
 

David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Day 1. We learn to paint illusions of translucent water with reflections that shimmer and quiver – John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner. Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. Day 3. Perspective with Expression from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions. Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Plein Air - Garden Vignettes with Laurel Daniel"
May 3-5, 2018
 

Develop your plein air skills as we paint a variety of private and public gardens on St. Simons Island. Emphasis will be on catching light and shadows, seeing color, achieving depth with perspective, editing and simplifying forms and capturing a sense of place. Sessions will include demos and gentle critiques. Enjoy the tradition of painting "en plain air" as we observe the relationship between color and value in the landscape. Explore new solutions with temperature and mood, using a limited palette. Sessions will include demos and gentle critiques as we approach the landscape with fresh eyes. Laurel’s expertise is teaching her students to work solvent-free in the Alla Prima method.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Laurel Daniel
Cost: $450.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 4-6, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for any artist that would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Sunday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 6, 2018
 

Portray the autumn landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein air painting with Skip Whitcomb"
May 7-10, 2018
 

“Once you internalize the language of painting you see the world differently. It never leaves you. The veil of rational order is lifted and what hangs in the air are sensations of painted possibilities. On good days, some would call it poetry.” An accomplished outdoor painter, Whitcomb has received numerous awards for his landscape paintings in oil and pastel, his work resides in major public and private collections. He has had several one-man shows and participated in numerous gallery invitational and museum exhibitions throughout the country. Graduated Art Center College of Design. The structure of the workshop is All Inclusive with 4 nights luxury lodging, meals, wine and tuition built into the price.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson"
May 7-9, 2018
 

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. After the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Contributing editor, The Artists Magazine. Writer, Pastel Journal. Master Signature Member, American Impressionist Society. Signature Member, Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California"
May 9-12, 2018
 

Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. This workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practice, and critique. The workshop will focus on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. A young and accomplished landscape painter, Bryan is currently working out of his Bay Area studio and teaching in the Graduate School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work continues to evolve as a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. Time spent outdoors observing and pondering nature has become an essential part of his creative process.
 
Location: Napa Valley, California
Instructor: Bryan Mark Taylor, www.bryanmarktaylor.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sketch on the Go"
May 12, 2018
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype Workshop with Stuart Shils"
May 18-20, 2018
 

Experience the joys and possibilities of monotype printmaking with an emphasis on color and abstraction in the shaping of the visual image. Through the monotype process, students will understand pictorial structure (design) and mood as the keys to visual coherence and graphic strength. Working from window views and in-studio drawings, students will employ graphic shorthand and visual memory to generate imagery that captures the essence of places and moments through color and form, exploring the intimate relationship between observation and abstract structure. Rather than enforcing Shils’ style, instruction will encourage artists to create prints that promote their personal voice and expression. Space is limited to 10 students.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Oil Sketch: Landscape"
May 19, 2018
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. This workshop is held on Kelly Drive, along the Schuylkill River.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: Non-Credit: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air & Studio Workshop"
May 22-24, 2018
 

Painting the landscape in the studio and in the field each has its own limitations. As landscape artists, our objective must be to learn how to best utilize the advantages, and how to compensate for the inherent disadvantages, of each. This workshop will take place in both in the studio and at a nearby outdoor location, and students will practice exercises that will focus on the skills most crucial to each venue. Much of what we'll cover will emphasize simplifying the landscape into a concise visual message, looking past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and composing a well-edited painting. Instructor demos will be in the studio, and will include both oil and pastel.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $435 until March 22; $485 after March 22
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"'The essence of scenery' Watercolor Studio in NY"
May 23-25, 2018
 

3-day workshop In-Studio. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching through an individual approach.
 
Location: Newburgh, New York
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Marguerite Meyerson
Website, email


"Realistic Watercolor Landscapes"
June 1-2, 2018
 

Learn to paint the dogwood tree and incorporate it into realistic watercolor landscapes. Using both wet-in-wet technique and detailed dry brush, Alan Shuptrine will teach how to literally “sculpt” a floral subject into a painting from back to front, and utilize the white of the paper to create dramatic light and shadow. Unlike most watercolorists who gradually add pigment to paper (from light-to-dark), Shuptrine was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, who painted from dark-to-light, much like an oil painter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. On view at the Huntsville Museum of Art – Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain from May 13 to August 5, 2018.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $275 Museum members/ $300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 11-15, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Frank Eber Watercolor Workshop"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Frank shares watercolor techniques for creating balance and unity in your work. Time sensitive and challenging wet-on- wet and dry-on-wet approaches as well as composition will be addressed. There will be discussion and demonstration on composition as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Frank breaks all this down to help students absorb all aspects of painting techniques. This will be an indoor and outdoor workshop as weather permits. Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and Watercolor West (WW). He is also a juried member of the prestigious California Art Club.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting and Drawing with Charles Reid"
June 18-22, 2018
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Kim English Oil Painting Workshop"
June 25-29, 2018
 

We will paint live figures indoors and landscapes outdoors and en plein air (with weather permitting) - as well as from reference materials. This workshop will focus on the ability to paint quickly with confidence. This is a skill that can be useful in many situations, especially working on location. Techniques for achieving a spontaneous yet controlled approach will be practiced. With the figures in this workshop we will create numerous quick studies as a means to learning and growth in area of spontaneity, freshness and the development of your intuitive sense. With landscapes, we will spend more time on each piece, but with the same creative and spontaneous process put into practice with confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $749
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Plein Air: Painting the Beartooth Range, Montana"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene. We will try to see things in more of an “Abstract” way. In other words to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This is to see them more as an artist which opens up more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Beartooth Range, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor 101: Plein Air Painting for Beginners"
June 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop will cover the foundation of watercolor painting, including how to apply the paint, wet the paper, mix colors and understand color relationships, perform various washes, and create hard and soft edges. Each day starts with morning instruction in the inn emphasizing one or two specific techniques as well as painting composition and finishing. These inside lessons will include practice exercises so that students feel comfortable applying these techniques when we go outside later in the day. Once we’re outside, Margie will do a demonstration painting. Although all students of all painting levels are welcome, this workshop is designed specifically for beginners, or those watercolor painters who want a solid review of the basics of this art form.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Margie Samuels, margiesamuelswatercolor.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 3-6, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 10-13, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Watercolor Painting"
July 10-12, 2018
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Exploring the Brilliant Light of Luminism"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Luminism is a painting style that began in 1850 and included American painters, such as John Frederick Kensett, as well as great British painters such as J. M. W. Turner. In Luminism the atmospheric light of a scene is as much the subject matter of the painting as the landscape itself. In this workshop you will learn how to create a luminist color palette and how to organize your compositional structure to maximize the atmospheric effects of light. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. There will be demonstrations, long and short painting exercises and a brief historical summary of Luminism.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor Workshop"
July 16-20, 2018
 

In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will paint a collection of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein Air with TJ Cunningham"
July 16-19, 2018
 

During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. TJ will give daily plein air demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend time outdoors painting Whidbey Island landscape, barns, buildings, boats and more.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham, www.cunninghamfineart.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Visual Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The visual journal can tap valuable inner resources to discover self-guidance as an artist. The primary goal is to enhance your ability to find the inspiration, the spirit of play, and the creative flow to establish the daily practice of image making as fun exploration. We will employ practices to deepen your perception, and hone the craft of editing and expressing. Through journaling one discovers art making as an integral part of life and as an ongoing personal dialogue, giving the artist a wealth of ideas to work from in the studio. This approach is especially valuable when traveling and wishing to record memories — making the opportunity to slow down, draw! --and allow new experiences to leave a deeper impression.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Quincy Anderson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Landscape Painting Essentials: From the Inside Out"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes a step-by-step approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. The workshop is structured into two daily sessions. Morning sessions for the first three days take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio. Then, in the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning’s lesson live, en plein air. The fourth day is an all plein air day. Topics include site selection and limited focus, composition, simplification and massing, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color strategies. Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color).
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 31 - August 3, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light condition while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies.
 
Location: Carson Pass, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy, kathleendunphy.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo explaining exactly what to look for and how to proceed; carefully building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier and concise. Open to all mediums.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 7-10, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Composing the Landscape"
August 7-9, 2018
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Fantastic Farm Landscapes in Pastel"
August 14-16, 2018
 

Enhance your artistic ability, uncover sources of new inspiration and experience and befriend beauty in this extraordinary three-day workshop! Day one will be devoted to making you a better painter -- aware of the enormous artistic potential within each of us. We will explore technique, composition, design elements and more. We'll become familiar with the fourteen steps / pointers to a better painting as outlined in my recent Pastel Journal article, "Be Your Own Best Critic." On day two we will learn to realize sources of and pathways to our inspiration, and to develop ideas in multiple directions. We'll learn to use light-effects to compose, clarify and unify our creations. The dynamic qualities and uses of color will be our focus on day three.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Strong Design & Bold Strokes in Watercolor"
August 16-18, 2018
 

Every human being is born with a creative potential and a unique destiny. . . discover their real talents and find the resources and inspiration to make a living at the work they are most equipped to do. Keith explains that his watercolors are an attempt to communicate not only what he sees visually but also what he feels and senses. To watch Keith paint is to see the blank paper come to life with strong design, bold colors, and a unique “painterly” style that combines wit, philosophy, and reporting into a single work of art. His approach to watercolor painting encourages the student to loosen up and paint with confidence. Skill Level: Beginners through all levels of advancement.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Keith Andry
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Paint Mount Desert Island, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 21-24, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this all-level workshop near Acadia National Park with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-460-4119


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 28-31, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop on Coastal Maine with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters only please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein air oil painting with John Lasater"
September 4-7, 2018
 

"I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude". John’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and mentions in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine. The workshop's structure is All Inclusive with four nights luxury lodging, meals, wine and tuition all taken care of for one price. The venue is Texas' beautiful Hill Country.
 
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: John Lasater
Cost: $1,550
Website, email, 512-847-9344


"Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Workshop: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques that create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject through the simplification process. The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the result of a painting is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration through the simplification process to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. We will paint different subjects every day, en plein-air weather permitting.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"TJ Cunningham Teaches Landscape Painting and a Trip to the NGA"
September 21-25, 2018
 

The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, VA. We will locate close to ameneties and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed. Optional: Join us for a day at the National Gallery of Art on the mall in DC 9/25.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $465
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Landscape/Seacapes Impressionist Style with Pastels"
October 3-6, 2018
 

Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, and some of the great American, French, and Tonalist painters did just that. In these classes we will discover the techniques they used to make their paintings great master works that have stood the test of time.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Doug House
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"New England Art Workshop Retreat"
October 11-16, 2018
 

Join Amber Palmer for an exclusive artists' retreat---a week of Autumn Color Painting in beautiful New Hampshire! You will have the unique opportunity to both paint and photograph in this magical setting. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an experienced watercolor artist or photographer, the Gibson House is the perfect place to be inspired. Two 50-foot long porches overlook the Connecticut River Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont, insuring outdoor work and relaxation space in any weather. Formal gardens and the picture-perfect Village of Haverhill Corner offer tranquility and visual stimulation. Additional excursions will be included to Castle in the Clouds in nearby Moultonborough, NH and to a hidden 'On Golden Pond' inspired lakeside for plein air painting and photography.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Amber Palmer
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Plein Air with Marc Hanson"
November 1-3, 2018
 

This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics. Marc has designed his workshops so that students will benefit from exercises he’s created. The exercises will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You will leave the workshop having spent concentrated time studying the basic elements of painting…Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design…with one other element, possibly the most important one of all…Concept…being explored and discussed at length.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Paint the Maine Landscape with Janet Glatz"
Ongoing
 

All materials and paints included. Beginner to Intermediate painters. We begin instruction where your skills are; then we build from there. Choose either acrylic or water mixable oils. Two styles: natural realism and tonalism. Two or three-day workshops also available.
 
Location: Durham, Maine
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Cost: $40 per hour private; $27 per hr. semi private
Website, email, 207 317 7952


"Working in Pastel"
Every Thursday - year round
 

Louise Eaton has worked in oils, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, pen & ink, and pastels. She has found pastels to be the perfect medium because it is direct, spontaneous and easy to work with. She has been teaching pastels and drawing classes for over 15 years. Registration is required.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Cost: $40 per session
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.270.4313


 

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