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The Basics of Oil Painting
February 15-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Qiang's approaches to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qiang-huang.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $595
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting from Life
February 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional Realism. Alla prima oil painting, direct painting wet on wet. In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student's painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Matt Smith, mattsmithstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 16-18, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fairhope, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Art Center
Email: Hannah Lyle
Phone: 251-928-2228 ext. 107

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


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

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Jumpstart in Oils with Nancy Tankersley
February 18-20, 2016 (10am-3pm) — In this 3-day workshop, students will be introduced to all aspects of alla prima painting. With an emphasize of learning to see in basic shapes, understanding light source and value, color mixing with a limited palette, and tools and techniques of painting quickly. Students will paint a simple still life, a landscape and a figure and learn a new visual language that will help them to approach any subject without fear. This is a great workshop for beginners or experienced painters who need a push to take their work to the next level by a refresher in the basics. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Nancy Tankersley, nancytankersley.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 20-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Visit website


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

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


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

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
February 22-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to be able to hike through the desert to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. Visit website


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

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 22-26, 2016 (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. 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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The Conceptual Still Life
February 23-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Breathe life into your work with a more spontaneous approach to classical still life. Students will learn how to think about developing a concept by painting light and movement. Students will learn Jeff's thought process in setting up a still life and executing it by going directly to paint. Observe as he demonstrates his painting methods and principles each day with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussion of his material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, color choices and lighting. Students will receive one-on-one instruction with special attention to their particular needs. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 26-28, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $325
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Portrait Painting FAQ
February 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. 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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Impasto Painting Workshop
February 27, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Chaim Soutine, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter represent a long tradition of painters who applied their paint with thick, bold and gestural strokes. Using direct and indirect painting techniques this workshop will explore the methods and aesthetic of working with impasto paint layers that leave a rich textured surface on your painting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney, www.charlesmuldowney.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Making a Painting Work
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned 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. Starts, mistakes and failures could be the order of the day, but Ned says, "We will make mistakes, work hard, and have a good time doing it!" Visit website


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

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 29 - March 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. 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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Painting Flowers and Still Life with Intention
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Stephanie's workshops are sometimes affectionately called "boot camp" by her students. Her goal is to get students as far as possible in five days. For students, this workshop is about learning to put on your canvas only what you choose to put there! This involves studying color and mixing it, brushstrokes, paint application, edges, values and light. Stephanie's approach to both oil and pastel are the same. Students will also learn to have a concept before starting a painting, insuring a much greater chance for success. Stephanie feels that a painting should be a conscious endeavor and that students control what goes onto their canvas or paper. Subject matter will be a combination of fresh flowers, fruit and still life objects. Visit website


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 1-4, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Head and Figure in Alla Prima
March 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be for the painter who wants to freshen up their approach to painting by using cleaner color and a more bravura approach to applying paint. The first day will start with instructor painting demonstration followed by students working from the live model. This workshop's emphasis will be on various techniques of alla prima painting used to create a solid foundation of the human head and figure and how to create a likeness of the person sitting for you. Techniques and materials of the instructor will be explained before demonstration. Students will have a chance to paint from the model with instructor critiques throughout the session. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Tony Pro, www.profineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $425 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Weekend Warrior: Portrait / Figure Painting Workshops
March 5-6, 2016 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular "all-purpose" painting classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of "Alla Prima" (all at once) exercises designed to help 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 to 8 students maximum. Visit website


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

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


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

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Discover a New Way of Seeing Color
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare us to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge. Besides being a much sought after workshop instructor, she also offers weekly classes at her studio in Northern California. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Oil Painting
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Robert 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 workshop will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Robert will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, all 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
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 7-11, 2016 (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 daily, 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. Visit website


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

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Focus on Value
March 8-10, 2016 (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 Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Her work was recently featured in the November 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 8-11, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 8-10, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Conroe, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Conroe Art League
Email: Nikie Wishnow
Phone: 832-291-7847

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Painting Foundations
March 9 - April 13, 2016 (Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.) — Have you always wanted to paint but don't know where to start? If you answered yes, this class is for you! The goal of this session is to instill confidence and know-how in each new painter by covering the basics of this wonderful and incredibly versatile medium. Topics to be explored include which brushes to use for different techniques/brush work, understanding value and mixing a value step scale, wipe out paintings, color theory, palette organization, and composition. Paint in oils or acrylics. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Holly Hudson
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $340 All materials included.
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Perfecting the Painting Process
March 11-13, 2016 — Learn how to put 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. Students will work from still life set ups and from the live model if time allows. Oil, Pastel or Water Media. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Ned Mueller, nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Figure Painting
March 13 - April 24, 2016 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be addressed. Basic drawing experience recommended.


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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Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Indoor and Outdoor Still Life and Figures
March 14-18, 2016 (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 include a 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. Portable easel required. Visit website


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

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Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Used by artists such as Gerome and Norman Rockwell, the French Academic process encourages the handling of complex issues of painting one at a time, allowing for a confident, strong, and accurate final piece. Day one students will 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 days students will execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will learn design, drawing technique, color, paint application, and sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.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 Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 15-18, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Color Theory for Practical Painting
March 16 - April 27, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — A practical investigation of color theory and how it actually applies to the paint on your palette and brush. Learn about the dimensions of color (hue, value, chroma), different color systems (Itten and Munsell), and a variety of topics connected to color relationships and phenomena. Oil painting projects will address specific aspects of color theory, and range from abstraction and invention to direct observation of traditional subject matter. Painting experience is not required, but prior drawing experience is highly recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $325
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Contemporary Russian Colorism
March 21-25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. Nancy will present a lecture on the rules of painting to give each student a good start. Two days of the workshop will be devoted to still life, and three days to models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules. There will be a lot of information to give a new perspective on color and painting. After the workshop, students will never look at painting the same way again! Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 22-25, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2016 (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 them without being overwhelmed. 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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Head Study
March 26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Figurative Painting
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Portrait in Oil
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn a shape-oriented approach to properly seeing the model and painting the Alla Prima portrait. Students will paint with varying time limits, models, poses and lighting situations. Students will be given individual critiques throughout the workshop from which they can gauge their progress and get an ample amount of individual attention from Albin. There will also be a discussion on art principles from which the students can take away a plan to further develop their own foundation to creating visually stimulating work independent of their chosen direction or style. Although the principles in this class will apply to other mediums all work done in class will be done in oil except for a small side trip with our sketchbooks. Visit website


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

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Painting Still Life with a Strong Light and Shadow Concept
March 28 - April 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in a paintings, along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Elizabeth 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

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Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)
March 28 - April 8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 29 - April 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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


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

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Portrait Painting
April 2-3, 2016 — We will be painting from the live model for 2 days. Friday night we will have a demonstration at the WIFAS studio on Edgecliff Drive for participants. Time 5 - 7 pm. In this workshop, Liana will go through the steps necessary to create a wonderful portrait in your own style. Handouts will be available. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Liana Bennett, www.lianabennett.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $230, including model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown Riverarts
Email: Jodi Bortz
Phone: 410-778-6300

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


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

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Figurative Painting
April 4-8, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
April 4-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Image to Abstract 2
April 5-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction. Mark will start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until arriving at purely non-objective paintings. Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). Note: Participation in "Image to Abstract 1" is not required. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Putting Radiant Light into Your Paintings
April 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will use still life as a means to study light, the artist's greatest gift. Using the Russian impressionist tradition of comparing and contrasting students will paint indoors in both warm and cool light. The emphasis will be on putting warm and cool colors next to each other in such a way that creates a sense of radiant light and harmonious color unity no matter what the subject matter is. Make colors sing! Students will spend time examining photo references for evidence of warm or cool light and 17 different light effects that happen out in the real world. Think of this workshop as the study of light. Visit website


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

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Power of Landscape
April 11-15, 2016 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for art students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape, and learn about principles of composition. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for their painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Students will work their way to the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way students will play with colors and discover what helps to create coherent painting and what makes it stand out. The workshop will begin with a short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion time. Plenty of time will be devoted to individual instruction. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Light in Floral Still Life
April 12-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will show students 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. Joni 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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Limited Palette Portrait Painting
April 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who is known not only for his beautiful paintings, but also for his extensive use of a limited palette of four colors – Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, and Ivory Black. Painting with a limited palette is a great way to achieve color harmony in your paintings – and simplify the process. In this three-day workshop we will explore the Zorn palette, mixing a full range of portrait-perfect colors using only four tubes of paint. Working from a live model, we’ll delve into likeness, composition, and brushwork. Sarah will demonstrate all stages of the painting process, from color mixing to lighting the model. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Life Portrait Painting Workshop by Clio Newton
April 17-24, 2016 — Clio Newton will be the guest of Arts in Rome to teach the Portrait Oil Painting starting from the draw in studio with Life Model up to oil painting. She will explain and teach the technique of oil painting in the studio, then the choice of the model pose, drawing up the color. The workshop also includes the Guided Tour of Rome with the Art Historian harmonizing it with the course of art and studying the technique roots of the past. The morning will be dedicated to visit archeological sites. What we offer? - Intensive Drawing Course - Tourist Guide - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Clio Newton
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 2.100 Euro
Email: Bianca

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


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

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


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

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Oil Painting: Clean and Simple
April 18-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in your landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting Workshop
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will explore painting the portrait from life using a controlled chaos style of direct painting. This style will be very similar to that of the Russian Master, Nicolai Fechin, one of Jeff's greatest influences. Exercises throughout the workshop will include gesture painting, master studies, photo work and working from the live model. The workshop will include several demos and lots of one-on-one attention. Students will be leaving this workshop feeling more confident with their abilities and have a better understanding on how to study at home, as well as from life. This workshop is NOT designed for beginners. Students will be required to have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of oil painting and the human form. 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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The Figure in the Landscape
April 19-22, 2016 — Our purpose in being together is to, in interesting and enjoyable ways, learn how to compose and successfully navigate satisfying figure paintings from life. I will be stressing the absolute importance of simplifying at every stage of the painting as we learn 4 distinct stages of painting: 1.Composition and drawing; 2.Massing or lay in using 2-5 simple shapes defined primarily by value; 3.The refinement of the interior of the large, simple shapes; 4.Finally, the joining of the shapes, the application of final, loose strokes, and the careful placement of bold accents and delicate highlights. Visit website


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

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Focus on Color
April 19-22, 2016 (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. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $500
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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


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

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Expressive Oil Painting
April 22-24, 2016 — This three-day workshop is for adults, from beginner to advanced. The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting. Students will use oils to paint from photographs consisting of birds and boats, with one day to paint something of their choice. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression. Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's "21 under 31' Artist Competition and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2014. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Derek Penix
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 22-24, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Figure and Studio Painting
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Painting in Portugal
April 30 - May 7, 2016 (10am - 10am) — This workshop is held in a charming village just outside of Lisbon and includes excursions and most meals. Daily studio and plein-air classes are open to painters of all levels and mediums: oil, acrylic and watercolor. We will focus on painting traditional still-life subjects in and around the village cottages: clay pottery, doorways, windows, and surrounding nature. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will show you how to enhance your work by considering unique compositions and various brush painting techniques. We will also paint at several wonderful sites on our visits to Sintra, Mafra, Ericeira and Obidos. Material list required. (8 painters max.) Visit website


Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $1600.US double occupancy
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
May 2-6, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
May 3-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life class for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. No pressure, no need to complete a large, complex still life unless you wish. You can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if you want to complete more paintings. Learn how to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Bringing the Garden to the Studio
May 5-8, 2016 — This 4-day workshop will begin each day with a demo, including one in which I will bring a dry painting started in a garden, and show how to finish it in the studio from photos. Using live flowers, I will demonstrate my thoughts in setting up an indoor "garden", with or without still life objects. We will continuously talk about the following: a strong block in using washes and "lifting" paint ; how to keep flowers clean and transparent; leaves - how to mass them in as a design element; and how to move the viewer around the painting. We'll devote one day to white flowers and their shadows, which can be very challenging! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Portrait
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your understanding of the painted portrait. During this one-day class, students will be offered a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the portrait study. Robert will share his experience and understanding of the structure of the head as revealed by the strength, direction and color of the light source. The morning demonstration and lecture will be followed by an afternoon of portrait painting. Please consider joining Robert for an informative and enjoyable experience while working with the portrait model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Color and Energy Workshop (Oils or Acrylics)
May 10-13, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O'Neil for this four-day painting intensive. Working from still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes, and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color. Building form with value and color will be emphasized. The relationship of color theory to representational painting will be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Karen O'Neil, karenoneilfineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 12-14, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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The Figure in the Landscape
May 13-15, 2016 — The focus will also be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, and understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information if the student desires. Peggi will address design and technique in a manner in which students may express themselves in a personal way. The student will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given, as needed. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alla Prima Still Life Painting
May 14-15, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Embrace the immediacy of painting in the alla prima technique, the method in which paint is applied directly wet-on-wet to the canvas. Explore the fluidity of paint application and the importance of the brush mark using the still life. Oil painting materials, supports, and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Students will be further challenged through the study of historical and contemporary artists so as to enrich their understanding of visual language in painting. Basic painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez, rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

An Approach to Figure Painting
May 16-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, pacing and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.onejoseph.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 20-22, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $325
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 23-25, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winter Park, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Crealde School of Art
Email: Barbara Tiffany
Phone: 407-671-1886

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Intermediate Level
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Figure and Portrait Painting
May 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will practice traditional, as well as contemporary ways of painting the human figure and portrait. The workshop will begin with a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, and progress to a full color palette for longer paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors in order to paint realistically, as well as more expressive, contemporary approaches. Topics include: how to mute colors in order to match the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, and composition and design. 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

Painting People
May 30 - June 3, 2016 — In my workshop, we will paint from life. Our purpose is to paint what we see, observing form carefully to express the unique image of the person posing. The method of painting is Alla Prima, painting wet on wet directly on canvas. Our concerns will be design, gesture, proportions, perspective, foreshortening, mixing cool and warm colors and the relationships of shapes, values and color in order to describe the reality and naturalism of the subject. Along with technique we will paint and discuss the aesthetic, poetic and human concerns in painting inspired by the Old Masters and evaluate contemporary realists. We will be painting portraits, figure painting and compositional studies. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $900
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

The Figure in Action
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level

Oil and Wax: Personal Color and Powerful Design
June 9-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for artists working with cold wax medium and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, but want to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Emphasis will be on mixing colors, the importance of grays and glazes, creating strong values and meaningful mark making. Gain an understanding of the power of contrast throughout the painting process and learn how to approach a painting at any stage, understanding the “when” and “how” to pull paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. The majority of time will be devoted to painting, but individual critique and discussion will be included. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Pamela Caughey
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $400
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 13-15, 2016 (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 questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Penninsula School of Art
Email: Andra Nyman
Phone: 920-868-3455

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Classical Still Life
June 14-16, 2016 — Qiang's approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her currently skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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Star Valley Ranch Plein Air: Wyoming