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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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Advanced Level

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


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

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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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Pick Up Your Brush! with Mike Rooney
February 4-25, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Ever get frustrated that most of your paintings don't seem to work out. Nine out of ten times it's because you didn't follow the "basics". How could you follow them if nobody ever showed you how? Mike Rooney, a nationally known instructor, makes DVDs sold around the world on how to paint successfully, time after time. His "three legged stool" techniques show you how to get about three things right and the rest will fall into place. Paint better oils or acrylics, now! Take this class! Rooney is an enthusiastic 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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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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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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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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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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Painting for All Levels
February 13, 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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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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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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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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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

Intermediate Level

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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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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Advanced Level

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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Advanced Level

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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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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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California Plein Air Painting
February 25-28, 2015 (1-5pm) — Enjoy on-site oil painting with noted plein air master and teacher, Ken Christensen. Paint a different scene in California's beautiful Central Coast.The first day, students will meet at Ken's studio in Los Osos, a charming seaside community on Morro Bay. Subjects vary from seascapes to vineyards to ranches. Ken will do a demo each day and work individually with each student. A pleasant time is guaranteed for all. Visit website


Location: Los Osos, CA
Instructor: Ken Christensen
Cost: $375
Email: Ken Christensen
Phone: 805 528 1498

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"Naples and Nature" Plein Air Painting
February 26-28 March 2-4; 6 day or 3 day workshop (9:AM - 3:PM) — In "Naples" paint on site at cafés, historic cottages and the coast. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures along the streets. "Nature" features the nearby Everglades, comprising, palms, mangroves and the last virgin forests of the majestic bald cypress. Paint in an exotic natural garden with rare giant ferns, air plants, wood storks, and owls. Demonstration and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, presented on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting at the Salton Sea
February 27 - March 1, 2015 — Study oil painting on location at the Salton Sea with Andrew Dickson, an experienced teacher, California State University Art Professor, and accomplished landscape artist who has spent years painting and drawing at the Sea. Sharpen your observational painting abilities and gain greater confidence with color mixing, paint handling, and composition while exploring the strange, remote, and strikingly beautiful environments of the Salton Sea - one of California's most unique and overlooked treasures. Visit website


Location: Mecca, CA
Instructor: Andrew Dickson
Cost: $450
Email: Andrew Dickson
Phone: 831-917-5264

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Painting for All Levels
February 27, 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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alla Prima Painting Workshop
February 27 - March 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this painting workshop, students will have the opportunity to paint portrait or figure from the live model and search for relationships of color and drawing (form). More importantly, students will seek to understand themselves in relation to what they are painting and be "painters in the moment." Frantzen will help students see what is needed to heighten their sensitivity when painting from, and in, life. Students will explore what questions they can consider as they translate what they see to canvas. Each student's solution will vary as the class learns and discovers together. The workshop will include a four hour demonstration, followed by two and a 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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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

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Desert Lakes Plein Air Painting Workshop
March 3-5, 2015 (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) — Canyon and Saguaro Lake are my favorite lakes on the Salt River. These lakes are surrounded by towering canyon walls that inspire. The desert around the lakes is as beautiful as it is rugged. Come and paint these spectacular desert lakes with me. During this 3 day workshop we will explore the fundamentals of Plein Air painting. Lectures and demonstrations will all take place outside and in the landscape. Using a limited palette and simplification of the landscape in both color and shape to create a convincing painting of the scene. Visit website


Location: Mesa, AZ
Instructor: Kevin McCain
Sponsor: Kevin McCain Studios
Cost: $300.00
Email: Kevin McCain
Phone: 480-309-0039

Intermediate Level

Underpainting - Cape Cod Method with Mike Rooney
March 4-25, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — To have colorful paintings you have to start them that way. In this workshop Mike Rooney, one of North Carolina's top plein-air (outdoor) instructors, will show you how to lay down pure color from the start, in the Cape Cod School of Art tradition, used by such well-known artists as Camille Przewodek, Peggi Kroll Roberts and Susan Sawbuck. This imitates the shimmering effect that light has on objects that Impressionists have tried to capture since Monet. There will be tons of demos by Mike, and tons of hands on painting by students. This class will revolutionize your painting and take your color to a whole new level! Rooney is an enthusiastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. 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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Art & Sensory 'tapping your creativity 2015' plein air workshop
March 5-6, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - admission to Ringling Art after 5 and Ringling Underground on March 5th for a great way for us to socialize together, see some contemporary art and talk about our day of art! Plan on 2 full days painting, talking, viewing art!! Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Salt River Valley Plein Air Painting Workshop
March 6-8, 2015 (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) — Come learn to paint with plein air artist Kevin McCain in the Salt River Valley in Arizona. While painting in this unique oasis you will learn the fundamentals of plein air painting. We explore value, color mixing, design, shape relationships and depicting atmosphere. See why so many people are inspired by the Salt River Valley. Visit website


Location: Mesa, AZ
Instructor: Kevin McCain
Sponsor: Kevin McCain Studios
Cost: $300.00
Email: Kevin McCain
Phone: 480-309-0039

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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, Portrait 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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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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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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Advanced Level

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

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Painting for All Levels
March 13, 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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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

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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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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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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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


Color Theory 1
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 10am-1pm) — This course is a unique approach to color and is also an introduction to color theory along with the tools to train your eyes to recognize color in everything around you. Course work can be done traditionally or digitally and will include developing a hue/temperature/value/chroma wheel, studying the chroma keys and how to manipulate the colors for each chromatic key, identifying color through temperature, and mixing colors accurately. We will be solving color problems utilizing various subject matter. We will discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Foundational Painting
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 3pm-6pm) — This course is an introduction to painting in oil. Course work will include a materials and tools overview, application and mark-making, observing value and color, color mixing, composition, and will practice different techniques through studies in still life and portrait, from reference provided by the instructor. All exercises are designed to be applied to other subjects such as landscape and environment, and abstract as well. We will also discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vanessa Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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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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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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Glazing Crash Course - "Glaze Your Way to a Beautiful Painting"
March 17-26, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m - Noon) — Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency -– These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve depth and translucency. Students will be taught how to choose a composition, transfer it to canvas and then begin the process of laying in color. This class will be taught in four sessions to allow for critical drying time between layers. We will focus on light and shadow, paying attention to brushwork and edges as we build up the design. Paintings will be done on a gallery wrap canvas and students will be given a choice of images to work from. All materials included. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Cyndi Thau
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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Plein Air Intensive - Capturing the Figure with Michele Byrne
March 19-20, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Michele Byrne is well-known for her plein air depictions of lively Key West street scenes and Parisian cafes. The former AIR returns to share her skills, focusing on how to incorporate figures into plein air scenes, adding extra life to your paintings. Byrne will be using Water Soluable Oil paints and will use these products to teach and demo. Students may use either water soluble oils or traditional oil paints. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting Crash Course
March 21-22, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) — This course guides you in a painting process that will focus on using brushwork and a limited palette of color to see the shapes, tones and edges that create the illusion of form. This is a great class for the first time painter or a nice refresher course for the returning painter. With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $130; Members $118, All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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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Advanced Level

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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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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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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Painting for All Levels
March 27, 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

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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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
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

Intermediate Level
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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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 Painting - Loose and Colorful
April 1-22, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value. We'll cover: how to draw in the essentials to the scene; equipment needed for plein air work; how to block in the big color notes quickly; Simplifying objects; Working quickly; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color mixing ABC's; and how to set up your palette. There will be tons of outdoor painting (when weather permits) guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting and take your painting, inside or out, to the next level. 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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Intuitive Painting with Stanka Kordic
April 6-8, 2015 (April 6: 7pm-9pm; April 7,8: 9am-4pm) — These are opportunities for painters with a solid foundation of drawing and knowledge of oil painting techniques to experiment with new paint applications, and to tap into a more intuitive and individualized way of working. Topics discussed include the plethora of ways oil paint can be used via direct, and most often, indirect painting, such as: Working with colored grounds, underpainting color choices, transparent glazing, opaque glazing (scumbling), dry brush, impasto, as well as using a variety of tools not always associated with oil painting. The intuitive portion includes self-inquiry, and responding to the paint by seeing mark making as a valid means of expression. There is homework prior to the workshop so contact Debra for the prep-sheet. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $275
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

Intermediate Level
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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Advanced Level

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

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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Still Life Oil Painting
April 10-12, 2015 (9 am to 4 pm) — In this class students will learn the fundamental process of creating a still life painting. Working from life we will begin with accurate drawing, then learn the process of graphite/charcoal or oil transfer to a prepared wood panel. A monochromatic "wipeout" under painting followed by painting in color in one or two layers. Each student will progress at his/her own pace and instruction will be provided in the form of demonstrations and individually to each student at the easel as well. All levels welcome. Beginners get a thorough introduction to the basics, and more advanced students will find that they are able to identify and work on specific areas in which they wish to improve. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Minnie Bhupathi
Cost: $240.00
Email: Minnie Bhupathi
Phone: (920)698-0873

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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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting for All Levels
April 10, 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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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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Advanced Level

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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Painting Sedona
April 11-12, 2015 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


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

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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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Intermediate Level
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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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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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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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

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

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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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

Intermediate Level
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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Painting Sedona Sunsets and Gold King Mine
April 19-20, 2015 — Join award winning plein air painter, Tracey Frugoli at her favorite spots in Sedona for sunsets/nocturnes and the rich environment of Gold King Mine. An artist's paradise, the mine near Jerome AZ presents wonderful learning opportunities for composition, color and light. By day, students will explore how Tracey breaks it down to build better paintings. Then in late afternoon into evening, they will learn Tracey's distinct methodology for executing little gems in the fleeting light of sunset and early evening. All with the sparkling lights of Sedona below. A former art therapist, Tracey is a giving teacher who meets every student where they are in their artistic journey to help them on their way. She will demonstrate and provide individual attention. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tracey Frugoli, traceyfrugoli.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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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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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Landscape Painting with Michael Workman
April 20-24, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape and is ultimately completed by the viewers through their emotional responses to the painting. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman's art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. This will be an indoor class. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students, while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique designed to help each student achieve their own personal vision. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Michael Workman
Sponsor: Artensity.org
Cost: $825
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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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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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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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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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: $295
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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Plein Air Workshop
April 24-26, 2015 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their works. Start off the workshop with a 3-hour lecture on Friday covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache on Saturday and a demo in oil on Sunday. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


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

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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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Painting for All Levels
April 24, 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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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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Make Mighty and Memorable Paintings
April 25-27, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains, meadows and beaches of Santa Barbara. You will learn to see with a greater awareness. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Learn to make bright and bold paintings with Kathleen's signature vivified palette. You will learn to search for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. Kathleen will demonstrate how she begins a painting and talk you through her process of painting the canvas. There will be a studio tour, a slide show of paintings and individual instruction at the easel. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Elsey
Sponsor: Kathleen Elsey Brush with Life
Cost: $325
Email: Kathleen Elsey
Phone: 805 452-7717

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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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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
April 27 - May 4, 2015 — Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful spring colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. So why not paint the romantic images Italy is so famous for? It's also the time of year for stunning rainbows and magnificient sunrises and sunsets, when the sea in the backdrop sparkles with light and the ancient hill-top towns glow in full glory across the panorama. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
April 27 - May 1, 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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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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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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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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Basics of Oil Painting
May 4-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Qiang Huang will teach his 5 step method of painting a still life in oil. He will focus first on initial placement of the elements on the canvas; second on setting the values by designing the shadow and light patterns; third adding the colors, fourth modeling fine details, checking edges to sharpen or soften as needed; finally the consolidation phase by adding final touches to complete the painting. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $425
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Simplifying the Complex, En Plein Air and Studio
May 6-9, 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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Painting for All Levels
May 8, 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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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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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
May 11-18, 2015 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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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
Cost: $550
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Heart of Landscape
May 14-16, 2015 — This three day workshop will focus on outdoor sketches, which are fundamental to good landscape painting. The instructor will open each day with a lecture and demonstration after which students will paint and receive individual critiques of their work. The class will focus on learning to see like an artist, emphasizing the fundamental principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the beauty of nature when painting outdoors. Topics covered: values, hue, saturation, drawing, edges, design, and paint application. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of different artists, and consider the importance of painting from life. Beginner-advanced plein air painter (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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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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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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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A Painting A Day with Abbey Ryan
May 18-22, 2015 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9 - 4 with one hour lunch) — This workshop focuses on everything there is to love about painting. Drawing on her many years of painting, Abbey shares how to develop your own personal approach to painting and how to have a positive painting experience most every time. To begin the day, Abbey will demonstrate her Alla Prima method, and will cover basics such as selecting the best still life objects, arranging a still life to encourage a 'spark', lighting, brush selection, canvas toning, palette choices, paint, and mediums. In one-on-one instruction, Abbey shares all of the techniques and methods that have made her daily painting practice so successful. Abbey will also discuss her experience selling and marketing paintings online. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Abbey Ryan, www.abbeyryan.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $625
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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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, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Visit website


Location: St. George's, Bermuda
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Focus on Color 2
May 19-21, 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 complement. 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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Photography and the Painted Landscape
May 22-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This two-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to enhance their understanding when working from the landscape photograph. Robert will guide your considerations regarding how to choose and interpret your photographic reference. Following a demonstration and lecture, students will paint a finished interpretation from their chosen photograph with the guidance of this signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America. Composition and an understanding of value, color and edge relationships will be addressed in lecture and demonstration. Join Robert for an informative workshop on painting from photographs. Visit website


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

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Design and Personal Style
May 22-24, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This workshop is more about the participants' personal painting style and design, than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations, individual critiques of work from home, individual help at your table/easel, group critiques, one demonstration drawing and Alex's drawings for display. Visit website


Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Aline Jordan
Phone: 912-638-8770

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The 'Not So' Still Life Starter Workshop
May 23-24, 2015 — During this starter workshop, we will work together on still life composition, brush painting, and knife painting. Any skill level in painting is fine, I enjoy adjusting my advice for each person's level. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. I would hope that you are not overly concerned with producing sellable work during the workshop as it will hinder learning. If you end up with something great, that is a bonus, but I don't want students to feel rushed or obsessed with production. I am mostly concerned with communicating some key concepts in a way that really sinks in. I want this knowledge to be useful for you later on. We will work hard and enjoy the process together. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $295
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 23-30, 2015 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bill Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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


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

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


Location: Licciana Nardi, Italy
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Email: Jacqui Seddon

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Alla Prima: Figure Painting in Oil
May 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will learn effective ways to paint human figures from 25-minute quick studies, to a one-day length session incorporating the alla prima approach. Class will start from a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, to a full color palette for longer paintings. Different techniques will be demonstrated and practiced: such as premixing unique colors, matching the right values with expressive or exaggerated color temperatures, the application of various thin and thick brushworks and more. Visit website


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


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $4195 painter; $3895 non-painter
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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Painting for All Levels
May 29, 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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The Figure in Florence with Vianna Szabo
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Join us for a nine-day holiday painting workshop in the heart of Tuscany. Instructed by award-winning artist Vianna Szabo, "The Figure in Florence" is a blend of artistic instruction and cultural immersion with a dose of la dolce vita thrown in for good measure. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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The Figure in Florence
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Live and paint in downtown Florence, Italy! The city that every artist must visit at least once. Join Vianna Szabo and your hosts for a 9-day adventure of art and beauty. For detailed information please visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


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

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


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

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Plein-air Painting Workshop in Italy
June 1-8, 2015 — Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. We will cover a variety of techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale and composition and more and explore ancient hill-top towns and panoramic painting locations among the rolling hill-sides in the heart of Italy. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Alla Prima Workshop
June 2-5, 2015 — Born in California, Teresa was trained in the academic tradition. Teresa is inspired by artists such as Gericault, Odd Nerdrum, Ribera, Nicholas Aime Morot, and Leon Bonnat. "My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous...For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand. My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas...multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form." Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $575
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
June 6-13, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Palette Knife Painting Workshop with Sally Shisler
June 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Sharing her experience with other artists has become an important part of this exciting palette knife adventure. Sally participates in many local, regional & national juried shows & paint outs and has won place awards as well as awards of honor & excellence. Make this remarkable transition from brushes to palette knives. Experience realism morphing into impressionism. Successful painting is lively & fresh and can be created with a palette knife. Visit website


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

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Niagara Falls, NY USA en plein air