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


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

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


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

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Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
January 3-4, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796


Exploring Portaiture
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays 10AM-3:30PM, with 1/2 hour break) — This class will focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand the gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students will have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with a strong emphasis put on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students will be taught the principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In this intensive observation, students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Alla Prima Painting Master Studies
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays, 7PM-10PM) — In this class, we will study old masters and learn all important questions they went through. Tonal solution of the composition, composing details, color balance, figure construction, and a lot more. Art was developed through the centuries, just like scions, and we should always learn from them. To understand and progress more in your art. We will learn from masters like Sargent, Zorn, Repin, Bouguereau, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, etc Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level

Portrait Painting Class with Jason Espey Using Incammanati Approach
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — This 6 week portrait painting course will focus more on the 'how' of starting a portrait through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head and value gradation as taught at Studio Incamminati. Students will gain practical ability each week with three hour poses that lay the foundation for building a portrait. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jason Espey
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Intermediate Level

The Nude Figure: Drawing and Painting
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of the renowned Art Center of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the nude figure. We will draw and paint the figure from life. Any additional model fees will be paid to the instructor the first day of class in cash. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Secrets of Landscape Painting
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — This class will focus on oil painting, both from life and from other references. Topics include supplies, composition, value, color mixing, and brush techniques. Class will include numerous demonstrations, and an emphasis on one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: John Guersney, www.johnbguernsey.blogspot.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

Advanced Level

Wildlife Painting
January 5-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn how to attain a fresh, spontaneous, and painterly feel to their art. We will concentrate on good composition, good drawing, interpretive brushwork, color harmony, exploring animal(s) as abstract shapes - working with backgrounds in unifying positive and negative form. This being done while remaining true to the realism and storytelling inherent in the western art genre. There will be instructor demonstrations, and Beecham will lecture using his own work to show his approach to design and execution of a painting. Students will spend time working on a piece in class while the instructor answers questions and critiques. There will be a group critique that will be positive and encouraging, with a focus on finding solutions to areas of difficulty. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Composing and Painting the Still Life
January 6-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Still Life does not have to be lifeless and static. In this class you will begin to understand the concepts behind setting up a composition that has movement, drama and a poetic sensibility. You will learn how to choose a concept, set up your objects, and light them to best describe form and direct the viewer's eye. If you've never understood the ingredients behind good composition, you will after this class. Value, color, edges and drawing will also be reinforced as the basics of sound painting. Each student will have an individual still life to work on. The four day class will be punctuated by live demonstrations. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $595
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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The Classical Approach to Still Life in Oil
January 6 - February 10, 2015 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — This workshop is geared towards all levels, but a background in drawing is helpful. The focus will be on the importance of composition and lighting to create compelling still life paintings. Through demonstrations, instruction and one-on-one guidance, students will learn how to break down the painting process using classic techniques. These steps include setting up a harmonic and dynamic still life composition, creating a linear drawing, oil transfer of the drawing to the canvas, a raw umber wash in (grisaille), the ebauche underpainting followed by subsequent layers or passages of paint. Suzanne provides an interesting array of still life objects for student use during the workshop, and participants are welcome to incorporate objects from home into their still life painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Suzanne Sullivan, www.suzannehughessullivan.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

Intermediate Level

Independent Study with Donna Thomas
January 7 - February 11, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — Students will independently study their own art projects with the guidance of an instructor who will help them focus on fundamentals such as design, color harmony, areas of focus, paint techniques, brushwork, palette knife work, etc. This class allows for experimentation and creativity as well as the more classical approach to art. Bring photo references, ideas, still life set up, figure, etc. We will work on your subject choice. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Donna Thomas, www.donnathomas.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Intermediate Level

Animal Narratives
January 7 - February 11, 2015 (Wednesdays, 1-4pm) — Animal Narratives will address finding the personality of your animal subject whether a domestic pet or wild animal in your paintings and creating a story with your images. The goal is to complete 2 paintings during the course of our six weeks together. We will discuss at length your choices for photo reference in the first class. You will need one photo of an animal to do a small portrait no larger than 9 x12 for your first painting and then your second painting will consist of a larger canvas/board/panel no smaller than 18 x 24. This larger painting will be more complex in nature. We will discuss a variety of materials and techniques used to create an oil painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gwen Wong, www.gwenwongstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Oil Painting Exploration
January 8 - February 12, 2015 (Thursdays, 1-4pm) — This class will introduce students to three subjects: Painting in Relation to Foods and/or Still Life; Painting the Abstract Landscape; Painting the Figure. Learn the following: How to manipulate oil paint to create different surfaces and textures within a painting; Creating graphic & dynamic compositions; Working from life or from a photo, choosing your reference; Lighting your object, shooting your reference and managing your digital images for reference; Painting with a palette knife, spackle knife and different size brushes to create different volume and textures; Creating distance and mass within a landscape; Simplifying your reference; Working with a body and temperature of color within a painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Scott French, www.scottfrenchstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


Long Pose Figure Workshop
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose figure painting and/or drawing workshop. The nude model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $250.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Understanding the Figure (Nude)
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 10AM-3:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Classes focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with emphasis on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students learn principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In intensive observation, students explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be on the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting and the artist's analysis and interpretation. Shorter studies followed by considerably longer poses, give students ample time to explore the stages of a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
January 10-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lorraine Christie
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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"Celebrating - Creativity - Culture - Cuisine"
January 10-17, 2015 (all day) — Imagine this incredible vacation experience: Taking the time to explore the depths of your creativity in an atmosphere free of judgment, filled with joyful camaraderie, while enjoying fabulous cuisine and unique cultural adventures. Visual Artists Donna Estabrooks, who's art is focused on the human condition, such as courage, hope, love, unity, relationships and "Listening and also letting go" and Casa co-founder, Robert Masla, who has over 30 years experience bringing both external and eidetic images into painterly form and helping others do so through his teaching, will be your facilitators. The week is for everyone, regardless of your artistic background, beginners who haven't drawn or painted since they where children to experienced and professional artists looking for fresh inspiration. Visit website


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


Long Pose Costumed Workshop
January 11, 2015 (10 Sundays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose costumed painting and/or drawing workshop. The costumed model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

For the Love of Color
January 12-14, 2015 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Marco Island, FL
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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Intermediate Level
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Contemporary Russian Colorism
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — "Check your work with the rules, but paint what you see." This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. Nancy will give you a lecture on the rules of painting to give you a good start. Two days of the workshop will be devoted to still life, and three days to models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules. There will be a lot of information to give a new perspective on color and painting. You will never look at painting the same way again! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Seamons Crookston, www.nancycrookston.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Paintings in Oil or Pastel, with Clean Beautiful Color!
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A painting is beautiful in any medium as long as it is painted beautifully! Color, along with edges and value are the tripod of good painting. Many artists struggle with painting in more than one medium, but Stephanie is often told that it is hard to tell her mediums apart. Learning to use color charts effectively makes Stephanie's limited palette the easiest approach in plein air and studio work, whether in oil or pastel. In this class you will receive help in making your own color charts, if you'd like, or simply learn to understand them. Stephanie will also focus on descriptive edges, composition, values and various ways to start a painting. All of these contribute to a successful, beautiful painting. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Figure Painting
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
January 16, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $95; Members $85
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

For the Love of Color
January 16-18, 2015 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Marco Island, FL
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Portrait
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it's not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its makers' compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait: creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles. Students paint from a live model each day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Life Painting and Drawing
January 20 - April 14, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. The course includes drawing sessions at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, where students will capture the fluidity and disciplined movement of dancers in motion, and student dancers posing at PAFA. Open to all levels. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting
January 21 - April 15, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing skin tones and applying paint. Includes demonstrations, insights into the history of portraiture and tips on painting children's portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Tonal Portrait Drawing & Painting
January 22, 2015 (8 Thursdays, 10AM-2:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Tonal Portrait Drawing and Painting is based on Academy principals. We will begin with basics, such as: Drafting Geometry, Shadows in Perspectives, and Constructive Drawing. Students will learn how to find Tonal Solution of the composition how to balance Negative/Positive space, with editing. In order to learn Direct Painting (Alla Prima), students will combine knowledge of Constructive Drawing and the ability to control overall values, working from midtone to dark and light. Discussion of techniques will also be included. A short demonstration will be held on the first day. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $549.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level

Sargent through the eyes of a Devotee
January 22-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — You will have the opportunity to learn the terminology, methodology, and philosophy of John Singer Sargent and his teacher Carolus Duran. Both had the ability to paint the essence of a portrait in less than an hour, and both sought to capture the effect of light in a methodical way. This class will help guide students to better understand what to really look for in an organized method. After doing an informative lecture, the instructor will demo how to capture the effect of light through massing. Students will also learn about the significance of paint quality, brushwork, edge work, color notations, squinting, glancing, and likeness. Things like fashion, harmony, rhythm and lighting will be discussed to reveal their role in a beautiful composition. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Juan Ramirez Jr.
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $595
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


Landscape: Bring the Outdoors Inside
January 22, 2015 (8 Thursdays, 10AM-1PM) — In the studio, students will learn about the "elements of nature." How to create a three dimensional effect on a one dimensional surface, and create "life" in your color as we see in nature. Lynn discusses all the essential elements to creating successful landscape paintings, using Russian and impressionist color theories, and developing your "own voice." Discussion of techniques will also be included. A short demonstration will be held on the first day. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Lynn Gertenbach
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Beginning Oil Painting
January 23 - April 17, 2015 (Fridays, 9am-12pm) — A thorough introduction to the methods of and materials of oil painting. Learn to construct light, form and space while painting from direct observation. Explore a vibrant world of color relationships while learning to mix paint. Basic issues of drawing, composition, color and paint application will be addressed while working from interesting subject matter, including the still life and human figure. Learn to prepare painting surfaces, organize palettes, and how to use a variety of painting tools and mediums. Painting through history will be studied as it relates to class projects throughout the course. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $625, Non-Credit $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level

Basic Drawing & Painting Fundamentals
January 24, 2015 (8 Saturdays, 12PM-3PM) — This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Using a simple, proven method, students will learn to simplify objects, represent them as two-dimensional shapes and arrange them to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object. Topics include the use and care of materials, types of pencils, brush handling, painting mixing, value organization and simplifying visual observations into manageable 2D shapes. Students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ramon Hurtado
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Thailand Painting Holidays
Thru January 24, 2015 (One week unlimited instruction) — Our small arts retreat guest house is in a sleepy Mekong riverside town in rural NE Thailand. We provide a combination of painting /photography tuition and a unique access to Thai rural culture. Off the beaten track safe and friendly. Run by internationally recognised artist and teacher Jeremy Holton with his Thai wife. Visit website


Location: A Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: From $700 per week
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 66925850243

Intermediate Level
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Let's Figure it out - Painting the Model in Oil
January 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The week will be spent painting models set in a variety of settings, moods and poses. Sensitive observation and attention to accuracy will be encouraged but not at the expense of personal expression and "picture making". There will be demonstrations, discussions and drollery. The intent of the class is to inspire, inform and encourage with knowledge, humor and fun. As Harley Brown used to say..."take your art seriously...not yourself". Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Realistic Textures
January 26 - April 20, 2015 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — How do you make oil paint convey the quality of skin? Or the transparency of glass? What painting techniques will enable you to realistically depict fabric textures and folds that also reveal the structures underneath? In this class, learn methods of layering and glazing paint so you can master glass, metal, drapery, skin and more. Demonstrations and historically based lectures will support studio activities. Open to all levels, this course is an excellent option for those seeking to develop a greater sense of realism in their oil painting. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Examining the Still-life: A Fresh Approach to Painting
January 26-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each morning Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each mornings' demonstration, the students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this three day course the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


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

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


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

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Painting Flowers from Life in the Studio
January 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Kathy will start the workshop with a demo, taking it to the finish so that students can see the finishing process over the course of two or three days. The remaining days she will start new demos, to emphasize the block in process. The students will paint every afternoon, choosing whether they want to start a new painting each day, or finish an earlier start. She will talk about how she chooses her compositions, and how this relates to painting gardens outdoors. Kathy will demonstrate how edges, design and composition keep you moving throughout the painting. Keeping the flowers transparent and fresh will be emphasized. Kathy will provide an abundance of fresh flowers for the students. Visit website


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

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Beginners Basics
January 27-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — No experience necessary! Start from the beginning, as Debra teaches you step by step about setting-up the easel, design and composition, the color wheel, the palette, how to hold the brush to apply paint, and mixing with the palette knife. We will paint along together one step at a time and make the fundamentals fun. This is a wonderful class for beginning painters, collectors, or anyone who loves art. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting. Each participant will go home with a small framed completed painting or three! Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


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

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


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


Still Life Painting
January 28, 2015 (6 Wednesdays, 10AM-3.30PM) — During this 6 week course we will explore the painting language of Value, Color, Edges, Paint Quality and Brush Strokes. Students will attempt to paint light falling on the different quality surfaces to tell the story of the light. Special emphasis will be made on abstract use of paint to create painterly realism, where the beauty of each brushstroke and surface carries as much of importance as the likeness of objects. Each class will start from a 30 min demo or lecture to focus student's attention on specific topic. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Regina Lyubovnaya
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Drawing and Painting for High School Students
January 31 - April 4, 2015 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing and painting skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work from still life, PAFA's historic cast collection, and human portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, color mixing and paint handling. Note: This class will utilize nude models. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $415
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Beginning Painting II
January 31 - April 4, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — Designed to build upon your foundational oil painting skills, this course will promote the development of more complex compositions and personal style. Create short and sustained paintings from a variety of subject matter, including still life and interior/exterior views, to improve both your technical ability and your understanding of visual concepts. Topics will include color mixing and relationships, as well as painting surface preparations and presentation. Examples from throughout art history will reinforce instruction and cultivate an awareness and appreciation for the fascinating and diverse scope of the medium. This course is ideal for students with limited painting experience or those seeking to fill in gaps in their understanding of essential concepts and techniques. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $525, Non-Credit $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Spring Florals
February 2-5, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Hedi Moran's workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals, specifically spring florals such as daisies, roses and sunflowers. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Hedi Moran
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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For the Love of Color
February 2-4, 2015 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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


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

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Light and the Figurative Subject
February 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class is light and its characteristics of direction, strength and color. A consideration of these characteristics is essential to the successful interpretation of the subject. Working from the model, students will examine the character of natural and artificial light sources. The weak and cool light source offered by the north facing studio skylight is very different from direct sunlight with its strength, and warm color. Students will learn to recognize and interpret the qualities of these very different lighting conditions. We will paint portraits, nude and costumed subjects illuminated by both warm and cool light sources. The principles taught in this class are applicable to all mediums. Be prepared to work hard and have fun! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Pick Up Your Brush! with Mike Rooney
February 4-25, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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


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

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Layered Media - Expanding Your Vision
February 6-8, 2015 (9:30-4:00) — This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. The techniques of using of cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of "editing" will be addressed. Students will work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Working on multiple panels helps to free the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop into a new body of work. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $455M, $495NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Dynamics of Landscape Painting
February 6-8, 2015 (9-4) — Learn how to fine-tune your powers of observation and develop your own artistic style based on an understanding of fundamental principles. This workshop will cover the basic principles of light, how to determine the color of light, and how to create the movement of light on the canvas. We will cover color mixing, how to apply color and value to light relationships, and how to develop form and perspective in the landscape through the use of light and color. The components of composition, developing depth, aerial perspective, light and shade, and form in the landscape will also be covered as well as discussions of tools of the trade. Visit website


Location: Maui, HI
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Plein Air Journeys LLC
Cost: $350.00
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-873-0597

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The Child Portrait
February 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help you find the issues to avoid, and pointers to help you when painting the child portrait. This class will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live children models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughtout the workshop. You will leave this class with a better understanding of how to approach painting the youth. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
February 7-8, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796

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


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

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Oil Painting with Kim Cogan
February 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join Kim Cogan in this four day workshop as he tackles key fundamentals of oil painting. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Cogan as he allows students to become a part of his artistic process. As the week continues, the workshop will focus on problem solving relative to edges, value and color, and composition while the students work from photo reference. On the final day, students will put finishing touches on their paintings and conclude with a lecture and critique by Cogan. Throughout the week there will be plenty of individual attention and guidance to produce a finished painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Cogan, www.kimcogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
February 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Composition and Technique: Working with a Limited-Palette
February 12-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be a lively exploration of the power of composition and the usefulness of drawing in making a painting successful. We'll take a look at some great paintings of the masters; we'll go over some simple, yet invaluable tools for accurate rendering, and talk about how sketching for 20 minutes a day transforms 97-pound-weaklings into veritable Charles Atlases of art. We'll sketch, draw, paint, and for those who wish, Charlie will expound and instruct about the limited palette he uses. We'll learn and laugh a lot while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.hunter-studio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Portrait Painting Workshop with Al Gury
February 14-15, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn all aspects of painting a traditional portrait from Al Gury, Chair of the PAFA Painting Department and author of Alla Prima - A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting, and Color - Its Traditions and Practice in Painting. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing skin tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations, and discussions of the history of portraiture. For all levels of experience. Visit website


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

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


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

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Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression
February 16-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for adults from beginners to advanced. The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques and time for painting. Students will use oils to paint from photographs, still-lifes and plein-air. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying and loosening brushwork. Emphasis will be put on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. Penix will also cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Capturing the Essence
February 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This course will focus on capturing the essence of our subject. Students will work from life focusing on painting accurate value and color relationships. Much of the week will be spent doing several quick oil studies from live models with a shorter time restraint to force us into painting only the things that are absolutely necessary to capture the light effect. Michael will be doing several demontstrations and provide individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Malm, www.michaelmalm.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Southeast
February 18-22, 2015 — After a decade of conferences and fine art exhibits on the West Coast, Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation proudly presents its first Southeast Regional Christian Artists Conference and Workshops February 18 - 22nd at Laguna Beach Retreat Center on the sugary white sand beach in Panama City Beach, Florida. Featuring 4 artist tracks to choose from. Thomas Blackshear - Executing Excellence in Design, Frank Ordaz - Portraiture, Tim Solliday- Plein Air and Randall Hasson Calligraphy/art Journaling. Using the finest technical training by highly respected contemporary master artists a bar is raised and artists of faith enjoy dynamic camaraderie while being equipped to refreshingly and effectively infuse a Biblical worldview with excellence into their piece of the world through fine art. Visit website


Location: Panama City Beach, FL
Instructor: Thomas Blackshear, Frank Ordaz, and more
Sponsor: Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts
Cost: $499. Food and lodging extra
Email: Jeanne Randall
Phone: 541-601-7496

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


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

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Portable easel required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure in Oil, Inside and Out
February 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this intensive three-day workshop students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them. Together with Rose, they will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist. Each student's solution will vary as the class learns and discovers as a whole. The workshop will include a demonstration on Monday morning, followed by two and half days of student painting with a lot of individual attention. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure
February 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to develop and clarify your visual intention while nurturing the overall painted subject. Beginning with the core elements of painting (line, shape, tone/value, color, texture, and edges) we will then explore the infinite visual possibilities that can originate with just a flash of inspiration. Harmon will provide demonstrations, individualized instruction, critiques, and group discussions intended to renew and expand your visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Students will paint the portrait, the clothed and semi-nude figure. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannharmon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level

Underpainting - Cape Cod Method with Mike Rooney
March 4-25, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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


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

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Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
March 7-8, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796

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


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

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Oil Painting: Models and Still Life Arrangements
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Johnson focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The class will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Johnson will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Johnson, robertjohnsonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Making a Painting Work
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Mueller will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


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

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The Head Examined - Portrait and Self Portrait
March 9-13, 2015 — Catherine Kehoe's workshop takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary. By eschewing formulas in favor of fierce looking, we investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of color and value can create a truer likeness than a detailed description. Light, and the way it affects perception of structure, will be emphasized, as well as discovering specific and surprising color. We will work from the model and have the option of a self portrait as well. Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Drawing exercises will be included. Some painting experience is required; oil paint is the preferred medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $625
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

Beginner Level

Beginning Painting Workshop
March 14-15, 2015 (9am-5pm) — This workshop is designed to show those new to painting how to make colorful still life in a concentrated amount of time. Focus will be on the application of the paint, color relationships and understanding the abstract structure of the picture. Students will come away with multiple paintings and exercises to employ to continue growth in these areas, after the workshop. Includes a visit to A Fine Arrangement: The Art of Still Life, on view in the PAFA School of Fine Arts Gallery, which includes paintings by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Aubrey Levinthal
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop tackles each aspect of a finished painting one by one. In the traditional French academic method, students will work from a live model to complete a finished genre painting utilizing all of the preparatory steps. Day one will have students execute compositional designs as well as drawing studies of hands, feet, drapery and portrait. The second day will lead to the completion of a full size drawing, or cartoon. Day three will involve color studies and paintings completed alla prima. The fourth and fifth day will have students execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will walk away with a sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure Painting
March 15 - April 26, 2015 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model and make full figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed. Includes demonstration, lecture and discussion of master paintings of the figure. Basic drawing experience recommended. (Note: No class on Easter Sunday, April 5). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $625, Non-Credit $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Techniques of past great artists will also be discussed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Oil Painting and Glazing
March 16 - April 20, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Learn the traditional oil painting technique of combining transparent glazes and semi-opaque layers to achieve a luminosity of color and depth of surface that is unattainable solely through direct, opaque painting. Learn to apply the technique to your choice of numerous engaging still life arrangements in the PAFA Still Life Room. The creative uses of this time-honored method will be discussed and demonstrated with emphasis on contemporary relevance as well as historical reference. For those with prior painting experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Gilbert Lewis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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The Russian Impressionistic Figure
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This painting workshop gives you a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to figure painting helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their figure painting abilities. All mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Henry Stinson, www.henrystinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Focus on Value
March 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Besides drawing and composition, the most important component of a successful painting is value. Learn how to achieve foreground, middle-ground and background. Debra will teach you how to look past color and achieve correct value. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting. This is a great class for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Painter's Craft: Materials & Techniques of Painting
March 19 - April 23, 2015 (Thursdays, 1-4pm) — Learn essential information firsthand, complete with demonstrations, hands-on projects and on-location research, presented by Anthony Ciambella, practicing artist, private art conservator, and PAFA faculty member for over 25 years. Topics include: How to make informed choices when purchasing art supplies; Stretching canvas and preparing wood panels; Making gesso and grinding pigments; Underpainting and glazing techniques, including the proper use of mediums, solvents, varnishes and brushes; Framing your own paintings. Visit the PAFA Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Penn Museum to view select artworks. Open to everyone, including painters of all media and levels and non-artists with an interest in how paintings are made. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In painting, composition involves much more than a system of rules or the placement of objects. Composition is the entire relationship of parts to whole, from the individual brushstroke to the largest shape. Brushstrokes themselves, far from being just surface texture, are carriers of direction and intent: every mark has a character and is part of the composition, moving the eye through the canvas, creating structure and meaning in painting. It's all about connections and movement. This oil painting workshop will focus on the gesture of brushwork and its role in making strong compositions. Work will be from still life. We will also use some Chinese ink painting techniques as a path to understanding the gesture of brushstrokes and gestural unity in painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tim Rees, timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus $25 model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Still-Life and Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Michael Siegel will be giving a 5-day workshop on the art of Still-Life and Portraiture. The class will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Mr. Siegel's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. The instructor will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model as well. Students will paint from life, on both the still-life and portrait. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of us without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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The Art of the Figure in the Intimate Setting
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With frequent demos, hands-on instruction and working from the live model, students will be covering the many aspects of painting the figure and portrait in the intimate interior setting. Focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge and drawing) students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet most rewarding of all subjects...the human figure. We will also cover the many facets of creating ambiance (mood, atmosphere, lighting and composition) as it pertains to integrating the figure in an environment. The proper use of photographs to help complete paintings will also be part of the curriculum. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bryce Cameron Liston, www.listonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Master Class with Daniel Greene
March 26-29, 2015 — PAFA is pleased to present Daniel E. Greene, N.A., one of America's leading figure, portrait and still-life painters and internationally acclaimed pastelist for a four-day Master Class experience. His work hangs in more than 700 public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Medal of Honor from the Portrait Society of America, the John Singer Sargent Award from the American Portrait Society, and the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal. He has taught at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design. This Master Class is designed to provide a foundation of fundamental and advanced professional information to help artists successfully paint portraits in oil or pastel. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Daniel Greene
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $1200
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Still Life Painting
March 29-31, 2015 — This three-day workshop will walk the participant through all stages of creating a layered (indirect) still life painting. The demonstration will be in oil from direct observation. The process will include: conceptual sketches, compositional armature, still life set-up, drawing, transferring drawing to canvas, grisaille tonal block-in, local color massing, and refinement. Concept, value, edges, composition, color, and brush handling will be presented in demonstrations, and hands-on practice will follow. The workshop will focus the instruction on materials, composition, and various painting techniques. Each morning the students will see a demonstration as Kegler creates his still life. Students will then have an opportunity to set up their own composition and delve into their own paintings in the afternoon. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Thomas Kegler
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figurative Painting
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

The Principles of Painting
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is an intense five days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, Moore isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Visit website


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

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Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in your paintings. along with painting with emotion and not just copying what you see. Robbins will do daily demonstrations and discuss the important concepts such as composition, temperature changes, edges, and seeing things as shapes. A strong emphasis will be on painting florals and vases. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figurative Painting - 2 weeks
March 30 - April 10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

Intermediate Level

Plein Air with Mike Rooney
April 1-22, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figurative Painting
April 6-10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Advanced Level

Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life
April 7-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show you how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and use dramatic light effects. Included in the workshop are ways to improve backgrounds, edges and composition, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Multiple still life arrangements will be provided. Falk makes it her mission to give each student as much individual attention as possible. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk, www.jonifalk.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 8 - May 13, 2015 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, including Daniel Garber's homestead. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. All levels. Includes a visit to the PAFA exhibition, Artists in the Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920. Visit website


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

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


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

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Character Reveals Itself: Painting the Portrait Figure
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Painting a portrait which includes most (or all) of the subject's body is a challenging but rewarding experience, giving the artist the opportunity to explore ways to express the subject's character. Linda will be discussing gesture, clothing and body language as you set up the live model, and you'll express narrative concepts while establishing composition and visual design. Linda will demonstrate but will work with students during the workshop to help with any specific issues. Students of all levels are welcome to take the class, but a background of working from life is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Still Life: Composition & Expression
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn to better translate our observable three-dimensional world into dynamic and expressive drawings and paintings. Use the still life motif to investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, color relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Students may draw or paint or do both. Includes a visit to A Fine Arrangement: The Art of Still Life, on view in the PAFA School of Fine Arts Gallery, co-curated by the instructor. Basic drawing and/or painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Michael Gallagher
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Form Painting with the Figure
April 13-17, 2015 — This workshop focuses on the principles essential to transform abstract flat shapes into fully dimensional form. Students will focus on painting the figure with a complete range of values and develop the ability to make accurate, relative value calibrations. The focus is on structure, anatomy, proportion, light direction, handling of edges, abstract movements through the figure, composition and an understanding of basic and complex forms of the figure. These concepts are executed through an application of opaque and semi opaque paint in the light and shadow areas. Control of the paint is a priority and is essential to achieving the required goals. The class will be taught with a limited palette of colors to keep the emphasis on the development of form. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Darren Kingsley, darrenkingsley.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $599
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 13 - May 11, 2015 (Mondays, 10am-3pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a visit to the PAFA exhibition, Artists in the Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $375
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Achieving Color Harmony Through Quick Studies
April 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to be fun and full of information. All experienced painters know that the biggest downfall to a painting is made in the first five minutes. We will offer a systematic approach to help the student painter to approach a head study without fear. We will cover all aspects such as composition and placement, drawing and planes, value and color values, edges and brushwork but know the emphasis will be on capturing the color relationships of your subject from the start. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: C.M. Cooper, www.cmcooperfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Designing Still Lifes
April 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — To have an interesting still life you have to have these things: good design with values, edges, color harmony and a few other things. All these will be covered along with adding elements such as flowers and leaves to make interesting compositions. Instruction on how to start. How, why and when to use a palette knife and fan brush, lighting to create interest. Each student will have their own station and get experience in setting up still lifes. Showing is easier than telling so there will be short demonstrations and one longer to show start to finish painting. Visit website


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

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Capturing Warm and Cool Light in Your Painting
April 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, an artist's greatest gift. In the first three days of class students will paint from "warm" studio light on larger canvases, with emphasis on composition, drawing, and value. The last two days, students will have the opportunity to paint from "cool" north daylight, indoors. The set ups will be for smaller canvases and quicker studies. The purpose is to understand the difference between the two different temperatures of light and the effect it has on color relationships. Students of all levels will find these studies valuable no matter what subject matter they may ultimately wish to pursue. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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The Dynamic Figure with Kevin Beilfuss
April 15-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $695
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Master Class with Stuart Shils: Voyages Through Perceptual History
April 17-19, 2015 — Led by renowned painter and PAFA alum, Stuart Shils, this workshop will examine the foundation structure of painting from Giotto to David Hockney. Working in the studio from reproductions including historical and 20th century masters, move through a closely guided series of fascinating drawing and painting exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is the foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively and inventively. This is not a "copy" class, replicating the superficial appearance of paintings, but rather, going deeper to see what they are made of and learning to use graphic shorthand to describe both what is there and also how we see it. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $950
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 19 - May 17, 2015 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram's Garden, home of America's first botanist, John Bartram. Situated on 45 acres of parkland, the garden is peaceful oasis within the city. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and forms, including a variety of trees, plants and buildings. Various drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache, and examples of traditional and contemporary landscape paintings will be presented for discussion. Van transportation is available from PAFA and there is plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting the Figure and Portrait
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will be alternating between portrait one day and figure the next. Students will be doing drawing in the morning and painting in the afternoon. Jeff will be emphasizing the importance of tonal drawing. We will explore ways of navigating the figure and portrait using an abstraction system that is remarkably efficient and will change how you approach both drawing and painting the head and figure. Jeff will demonstrate several times and work on each artist's piece daily. Students will also delve into gesture drawing and painting. You will leave this workshop feeling more confident with your abilities and have a better understanding of how to study at home as well as from life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Focus on Color
April 21-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Achieve color harmony! Explore new ways to paint white using color and discover alternatives to grey in shadows. Master the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Learn how to warm up a color or cool it down and how to neutralize a color and show it off with its compliment. We will do color studies and work on 6 x 8 studies. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


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

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For the Love of Color
April 21-23, 2015 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Lexington, KY
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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Materials, Grounds, and the Ideal Palette (Master Artist Foundation Program)
April 23-25, 2015 — Master painters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods created wonderful effects of color and light with a limited selection of pigments. Contemporary pigments and color are often inferior. In this 3-day workshop you will learn the physical nature of pigment, paint and color use, and how to construct an ideal palette that maximizes your artistic potential. Artist Kurt Wenner will demonstrate how paints and grounds can be made by hand to achieve effects that are often superior to commercially available materials, and are more economical. You will learn the importance of traditional pigments and how to balance them with contemporary synthetic colors in order to maximize the beauty and depth of your palette. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, kurtwenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $900 (includes all materials)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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Capturing the Light!
April 24-26, 2015 (9 a.m. - 4p.m.) — Frustrated with trying to catch ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This class is for you! Join award-winning artist Kathleen Dunphy for one of her intensive plein air workshops. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome - beginner to professional. Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture covering fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and painting on location at sites in the picturesque Sierra foothills. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students paint several studies in this high-energy class. Visit website


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

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Weekend Warrior Workshop: Figure Focus
April 24-25, 2015 — This workshop will focus on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $325
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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Spontaneous Abstraction
April 25-26, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop will focus on different techniques that will enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Learn how to gather inspiration for a painting from anything - from observation, pictures, or simply by brainstorming on canvas, creating chaos and then making order out of it. Focus on composition, movement, harmony, and the use of line independent of color. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Acrylic paint is preferred but oil is ok. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Children's Book Illustration
April 25 - May 2, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This workshop is focused on developing imagery that effectively contributes to the storytelling of a children's book manuscript. Topics covered include character design, collecting and utilizing reference material, designing compositional elements, page layout, and responding to a text. The class will review the work of children's book greats of the past century as well as contemporary figures in children's book illustration. In addition, strategies on marketing a children's book portfolio and self-publication will be discussed. Instructor demonstrations will be presented using a variety of common illustration techniques such as pen-and-ink, watercolors, color pencil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, collage and oils. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ryan Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Figure Painting: An Intuitive Approach
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see "impressionistically" -the ability to "suggest," rather than "render" the subject will be explored. This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from the figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration. Individual attention will be given during the student's work sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Old Master/ New Master Oil Painting (Master Artist Foundation Program)
April 27 - May 1, 2015 — Old master painters achieved astonishing depth and subtlety of color using a limited selection of pigments and layering translucent colors in a process known as glazing. In this 5-day workshop Artist Kurt Wenner will show how old master painting techniques actually simplify the painting process by limiting the number of decisions artists must make. You will learn to organize three painting palettes that are essential to the glazing process. The first palette is for under-painting, which determines light and shade, as well as form and space. The second palette consists of traditional pigments available to artists in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The final palette will combine traditional pigments with 20th century pigments for a translucent overlay of color over the first two layers. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kurt Wenner, kurtwenner.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $1,500 (includes all materials)
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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


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

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Still Life Painting Workshop with Christine Lafuente
May 2-3, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings "poetic responses to visual experience." Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a three-hour painting demonstration followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, color mixing, harmony and palette organization, application of large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
May 8-10, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Niagara Falls, Ontario en plein air
May 9-10, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + HST
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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


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

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Simplifying the Complex, En Plein Air and Studio
May 13-15, 2015 — The act of painting on location can be an overwhelming prospect for many artists. Come learn to "simplify the complex" en plein air or in the studio with Randall Sexton in a variety of painting situations - weather permitting. Given that this four day workshop is open to all levels, it is especially geared towards the experienced artist finding ways to broaden their understanding of the oil medium and attend to their own specific painting issues. Randall is well known for his "hands-on" and personal teaching method....seeking ways to help each student individually. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Florence
May 14-26, 2015 — Paint in downtown Florence, Italy with Margaret Dyer. Join us for a thirteen-day adventure of art and beauty. For more information visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Classical Oil Portraiture
May 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to lay in an accurate underdrawing in vine charcoal and create a small color poster study as a tool for making color choices. Then we will create an underpainting, a wash in a thin layer of color over your underdrawing. Next we will learn to execute the overpainting. There is an emphasis on turning form and use of color in doing so. The goal is to finish the painting region by region. Finally, we will learn a glazing technique. We will be using an alkyd medium that will help our overpainting to dry overnight so that we can apply a glaze to it the next day and continue with the overpainting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

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


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

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