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Glazing Crash Course
September 1-10, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m.) — Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency - These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature. We will discuss composition, color mixing, edges, blending and values. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Cyndi Thau
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $145; Members $133; All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 3-10, 2015 — Join talented artist Mary Garrish for a week of plein air painting, instruction, and fun on beautiful Lake Como. Paint Bellagio, Varenna, Lenno and more! Workshop is strictly limited to 8 participating artists! Artist fee includes instruction, breakfasts and dinners, 7 nights single occupancy lodging, airport transfers, transportation to painting locations, and a great time! Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish, AIS, PAPSE
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3100 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 5-12, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Murlo Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,400 - USD$ 2,760 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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The Modern Impressionistic Landscape
September 7-11, 2015 — Australia certainly produces some terrific painters/instructors, and we are very excited to bring another fine and highly recommended Australian painter to Maine! Striving to capture spontaneous loose impressions each time he returns to his easel, Colley says he is at his happiest when he is "painting full of confidence, using my brush like Zorro would wield his trusty sword, dashing in marvelous darks, highlights and rendering each painting with as much skill and accuracy as possible!" Painting Plein Air will give students a firsthand view of Colley's approach to working outdoors in nature. He will also do a still life demo to show how these techniques can enhance your everyday approach to whatever you choose as a subject. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting
September 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Paint the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) while learning to create a fresh, direct response to your subject. Paint with greater clarity and directness by simplifying what you see. After David's demonstration, work from a live model. Learn to interpret and simplify the human form by seeing it as a series of basic shapes described by color, light, and shadow. Master painting techniques that allow you to paint loosely and using brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.DavidShevlino.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + model fee, Non-Members: $460 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Oil Painting for the Absolute "Never-Touched-a-Brush-in-My-Life" Beginner
September 10-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — After twenty years of teaching painting I can say for certain that it doesn't take special talent to learn to paint well, but it does take something. It takes curiosity and patience. If you are curious then you've been interested in painting for a long time but you have never tried it. If you are patient then you're ok with sticking to a creative task for thirty minutes, or an hour - however long it takes to find out if you've got it! In this class you will learn all the basics including color, brushes, mediums, painting surfaces, value and color palettes. To, start we will paint super-simple still life paintings together, step-by-step. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting Workshop
September 11-13, 2015 — Using a live model, Martha Carpenter will begin the 3-day workshop with a brief demonstration involving canvas preparation, materials usage, color mixture, and a basic layout and value description of the bust portrait. A second demonstration will introduce general application using the portrait palette and employing the Alla Prima technique. A third demonstration explains refinement, description of detail, and other final steps in completing the portrait. Following each demonstration, students are encouraged to use this methodical procedure in the creation of their own successful portrait painting as Martha Carpenter offers individualized instruction and critique throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: St Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Martha Carpenter
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Laura Dunn
Phone: 912-638-8770

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Painting for All Levels
September 11, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
September 12-19, 2015 — Duane will lead an immersive workshop on plein air painting in the country that inspired many of history's greatest open-air painters. Weaving historical context into daily painting sessions, critiques and demos, Duane will challenge and refine students' perceptual and painterly skills in the beautiful light and air of the Italian landscape. Duane Keiser studied painting under Raymond Berry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Lennart Anderson at Brooklyn College in NYC. Visit website


Location: Montisi, Italy
Instructor: Duane Keiser
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: see website
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Vermont Fall Foliage Plein Air Painting Workshop
September 13-17, 2015 (Check-in 9/13 at 3PM; Check-out 9/17 at 10AM) — Experience the beauty of Southern Vermont in early fall with one of the country’s best plein air painters through painting, demonstrations and personal guidance, museums, local farms, and local dining. Kirk’s method accelerates the learning curve in art and focuses on an approach which takes the stress out of learning and, instead, opens the artistic flow within each individual. This workshop is open to beginner or advanced painters and designed to raise skill level in a lively and upbeat manner. Price includes private room with continental breakfast, lunches, 6+ hours of daily painting lessons with discussions, demos, critiques and a day’s end review, tickets to local Bennington art venues, and a farewell dinner at The Publyk House Restaurant. Visit website


Location: Bennington, VT
Instructor: Kirk Larsen
Sponsor: The Harwood Hill Motel
Cost: $895
Email: Tina Wargo
Phone: 802-442-6278

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Abstract Painting with Cold Wax and Oil
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The unique process of combining cold wax medium and oil paints employs unusual tools and techniques and promotes the effects of layering and depth. Create overlapping color fields and experiment with countless ways of texturing and making marks - all without using heat. Use the softly impasto medium of cold wax in this lively, exploratory workshop. Discover ways to add layers to create overlapping color fields and experiment with texturing and mark-making. Combine techniques of using cold wax medium while balancing playful, intuitive exploration with an understanding of composition. Janice will provide digital slide presentations, lead discussions about her process and will work, individually, with students to discover their own personal artistic voice. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Master Class: Plein Air Landscape in Oils for the Serious Painter
September 14-18, 2015 — Learn the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes. This informative workshop is for keen artists who have mastered the basics and wish to move to higher levels. The course will cover subtleties of tone, temperature, colour mixing, composition, reflections, atmosphere & atmospheric perspective, & reflected light. We will be working plein air along the Maine coast and inland. The workshop will begin with a short theory session, followed by step by step demonstrations. Emphasis will be on attaining the extra step to achieve a higher level of skill and competence in all areas, especially in understanding the landscape and learning to see. Please bring all usual plein air painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask! Visit website


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

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting Clouds and Skies, The Southern France Landscape
September 16-26, 2015 (9-4) — Emphasis on painting clouds and skies and the southern France landscape. Join Julie Houck for 10 days of plein air landscape painting in the Languedoc region. Stay with other fun-loving artists at Montfaucon, a 14th century restored maison d' maitre. Enjoy five star accommodations, authentic chef-prepared cuisine, regional wines and aperitifs. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $3,600 (DO)
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Still Life Oil Painting with Carlo Russo
September 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Carlo Russo, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academia of Fine Arts, works and teaches in Philadelphia, focusing on the methods and practices of traditional realism. The workshop focus will be on drawing and painting directly from life. Students sets up individual still life arrangement and work on it throughout the week. The instructor discusses and demonstrates his approach, in various stages, to creating his paintings. Subjects discussed include the sight-size method for drawing/painting, composition, object selection and determining the optimum format for the subject, materials, etc. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Carlo Russo, www.carlorussoart.com/paintings/
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $550
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Painting the Floral Still Life in Oil and Pastel
September 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop will enable the painter to move rapidly through a floral still life in an impressionistic and yet controlled manner, producing a textural play of color and form of a floral arrangement. Topics include composition, value, color, texture of the paint, scale of the objects depicted in the painting, and the shadow edges. Participants will leave energized and ready to tackle their next painting! Sam D'Ambruoso of Middlebury, CT, has been professionally painting landscapes and portraits since 1972. With over 20 years experience in teaching workshops and art instruction in the United States and in Italy, his artists' workshops in Tuscany, Amalfi, and Sicily as well as Old Lyme, CT and Cape Cod, MA have been widely acclaimed by past participants. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso, www.dambruosostudios.com
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/$450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
September 17-20, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing, and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach -- the perfect artist's getaway. Geared toward oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Mastering Color
September 17 - December 17, 2015 (Thursdays, 9am-12pm) — Advance your understanding of, and resourcefulness for, the most daunting, elusive element in art – color. Develop your ability to perceive and master color’s perplexing nature by learning how best to read and mix it. Realize color’s complexity, particularly its ability to visually alter and be altered by local color. Challenging painting projects, handouts, discussion and examples of exceptional color usage through history will hone students’ ability to properly mix and manage color. This course is essential for painters of all levels, from beginning through advanced. Students may use oil or acrylic paint. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting
September 17 - December 17, 2015 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint. Includes demonstrations, insights into the history of portraiture and tips on painting children’s portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
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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Beginning Oil Painting
September 17 - December 17, 2015 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — A thorough introduction to the methods and materials of oil painting. Learn to construct light, form and space while painting from direct observation. Explore a vibrant world of color relationships while learning to mix paint. Basic issues of drawing, composition, color and paint application will be addressed while working from interesting subject matter, including the still life and human figure. Learn to prepare painting surfaces, organize palettes, and how to use a variety of painting tools and mediums. Painting through history will be studied as it relates to class projects throughout the course. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
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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Capitol Reef - "The Undiscovered Country"
September 19-21, 2015 — Capitol Reef is an extraordinary landscape of tilted planes and deep mysterious canyons. We will paint one day from Panorama Point near the entrance to the park, one day from an area within the park at the end of Scenic Drive and one day will spent on Boulder Mountain overlooking it all from magical aspen groves. David Santillanes will guide students in capturing the unique rock formations and atmospheric perspective that this terrain is known for. Evenings will allow for group dinners at various restaurants and group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this three-day immersion. Four nights Lodging (arriving September 18 departing September 22) is included. Visit website


Location: Torrey, UT
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $950
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 19-26, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
September 21-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The workshop is designed to give students complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon's expansive view. Helping students arrange pleasing compositions while creating the feel, mood and essence of the canyon is the main goal. Careful consideration has been taken to select prime painting locations suitable for this class. The daily schedule will be split into early morning and late afternoon painting sessions, with break time in-between. This will allow the students' working hours to be during the richest and most dramatic times of day, while giving them some free time to explore the canyon. Includes a natural and cultural history lecture and tour of Kolb Studio, by GCFI director Mike Buchheit. Visit website


Location: Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $740
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
September 21-25, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting the Landscape in Oil
September 21-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A five-day workshop, this class is aimed at intermediate to advanced students. Kathryn will demonstrate for an hour each morning, working on the same piece throughout the week in an attempt to complete a painting. Students will work from their own reference material and may set up a still life if space permits. Instruction will focus on establishing the large shapes by value and color and maintaining their integrity while producing the finished work. Most sessions will be in the studio, with one or two taking place out of doors, weather permitting. The location will be repeated in order to have time to further develop the work and ponder solutions to problems. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Maine Landscape: Boot Camp for the Experienced Artist!
September 21-25, 2015 — This class is for intermediate to experienced painters who want to reground themselves in the basics, strengthening what they know and illuminating what they may have missed or forgotten along the way. How better to sharpen your skills than to take a class from an exuberantly inspirational painter and engaging, attentive teacher! Colin will focus on helping you refine your techniques, addressing paint handling, color mixing, composition, values and the essentials of capturing the light of our picturesque Mid-Coast Maine scenery. He will take you to some of our most scenic locations. A four-season plein air painter, he is also full of tips on painting outside in all kind of weather! The class will include daily demonstrations and lectures. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Colin Page, www.colinpagepaintings.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $625
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Autumn in Vermont
September 23-26, 2015 (9am-3pm) — Paint the autumn splendor and pastoral farmlands of central Vermont with Randall this September. We return for the tenth annual plein air workshop in this picturesque part of New England. The Landgrove Inn (www.landgroveinn.com), located near Bromley Mountain, provides the perfect combination of service and lodging with a comfortable environment to free up your mind to Paint Paint and then Paint some more!! Hope you can attend. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $475
Email: Hilary
Phone: 925-708-6497

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Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop
September 23-30, 2015 — Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for an inspiring eight day painting trip in Spain. What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time with us to paint the ancient Spanish architecture in an invigorating Mediterranean setting, just as they did a hundred years ago. Jennifer will teach you to interpret this magical environment in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. We will focus on values, shapes, edges and color as well as paint handling and materials. Maximum of 10 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Jennifer McChristian, jennifermcchristian.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Creativity Workshop in Singapore
September 24-26, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Singapore! --- This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. --- Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. --- You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Singapore, Singapore
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $975
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure
September 25-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This 3-day workshop will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification, Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Angela Nesbit
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $475
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Painting for All Levels
September 25, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Painting the Portrait and Figure
starting September 25, 2015 (Fridays, 10am -1pm) — Liana is an excellent painting teacher. She is patient and extremely knowledgable. Her experience is in teaching, as she runs a small art school in Bothell called Arts Umbrella. She can teach beginners to advanced, oils and acrylics. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Liana Bennett, www.lianabennett.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $45, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 27-28, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Welcome to Power Painting!
September 28-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn techniques that help you finish your paintings in one session, including using a limited palette, fewer brushstrokes, and enhanced lighting. Benefit from this fun and exciting workshop whether you now paint in oils, or haven't painted in quite a while. Jacque discusses painting basics such as composition, color theory, contrast and values. She also teaches you helpful information about laying a palette, brush selection, and painting surfaces. Still lifes and reference photos provided. Jacque demos power painting techniques, discusses the work of reknown painters, and leads gentle critiques at the end of each day. The goal will be to complete two paintings a day for the three days. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + materials fee, Non-Members: $365 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Properties of Painting Water
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — In this class we will be closely examining the reflective and transparent qualities of water and how to achieve that feeling of movement in a painting. The movement of water is elusive to most painters, whether it's falling from rocks or rolling onto a beach there is an understandable way to approach it. We will be working from sketches and photos to understand and depict the true look of water movement. While we will make water the centerpiece for this workshop we will be painting everything that interacts with it. Trees, sky, rocks and figure will all be discussed and painted. John has developed an effective syllabus for the week, and will tailor the class to individual levels and needs. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: John Cosby
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Maine Landscape: Master Class
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — We are going to work together on making stronger and more personal paintings. Colin will talk about ways to build upon a good foundation of painting skills, and ways to bring those skills to more meaningful paintings. A good painting has to be well put together, but also have content that engages the viewer. We will split our time between discussion of painting ideas, studying other artists, time at the easel, and critiques. We will talk about all of the aspects of making art and how to grow as an artist. This class is not intended to teach the basics of oil painting, but is meant to help an artist develop and grow, and make their paintings stronger. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Colin Page, www.colinpagepaintings.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Still Life Painting
September 28 - December 14, 2015 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Painting from the still life has a venerable tradition and continues to be relevant today. Learn to build a painting from direct observation while exploring composition, value, color mixing, edges and textures. Instruction on painting technique will emphasize the time-honored practice of glazing in which paint is applied in translucent layers to achieve greater richness and subtlety. Challenging subjects such as glass, metal, and drapery will be addressed. Ideal for beginning painters, this course is also an excellent option for those seeking to develop a greater sense of realism in their oil painting or to learn historical techniques. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Classical Portrait Painting
September 28 - December 14, 2015 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of facial parts to the whole of the head, and the development of volume by painting both the model and antique cast from multiple vantage points. Visit website


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

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Life Painting and Drawing
September 29 - December 15, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. Open to all levels. Visit website


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

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
September 30 - November 11, 2015 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, including Daniel Garber’s homestead. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


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

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Painting Over the Line
September 30 - December 16, 2015 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting. Paint from observation and imagination to find your own visual language. Work more intuitively and view unforeseen occurrences as opportunities to discover new possibilities. Explore new processes in brushwork and color layering, as well as Post Impressionist, Abstract, and Abstract Expressionist styles. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
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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Materials & Techniques for Painters
September 30 - December 16, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — This course examines the compatibility and effects of art materials available to artists today. Investigate traditional materials such as gesso, egg tempera, wood panels, canvas, brushes, oils, and varnishes; as well as non-traditional materials frequently employed by artists, such as house paint and commercially engineered wood products and polyurethanes. Safe working methods will also be discussed. Students will develop their own artistic projects in the media of their choice, based on sound practices. Includes PowerPoint presentations and museum visits. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
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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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 30 - October 13, 2015 — Join us this year on a dream painting adventure in a land of historic wonder and enchanting beauty! Tuscany Painting Adventure Exciting imagery in the Arno Valley and surrounding hillside towns. Individual instruction and demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting scenes of Tuscany. Oil, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed with American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers, Boston Pops, featured on CNN, New York Times. Tuscany a second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and conducts many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


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

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Studio Italia 2015
October 1-11, 2015 — A unique and intimate 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 and philosophy of art, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who 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 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. Only two places left. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: 2700
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Floyd, VA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jacksonville Center for the Arts
Email: Leia Wood
Phone: 540-745-2784

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Still Life Study
October 2-4, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — "I have found the still-life to be the most biographical form of painting. Even a self-portrait is not so revealing of an artist's personality. The objects, atmosphere, lighting and composition bring forth a sense of the artist's being. His mood, character and interest all are reflected in the still life." This workshop will be centered on utilizing objects of personal interest to develop compositions and design. For three days we will work emphasizing form and value relationships through the use of lighting and color. Marc will give a demonstration the first morning followed by individual instruction. Visit website


Location: St Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Marc Chatov
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $425 members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Dunn
Phone: 912-638-8770

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The Child Portrait
October 2-4, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help them when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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"Learning to See Color and Light" - Plein Air Workshop in Charleston
October 3-4, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Want to work on your technique or learn to paint en plein air? Join, Charleston artist, Karen Hewitt Hagan as she demonstrates and discusses her inspiration, composition techniques, color mixing methods, learning to assess values more accurately, and choosing a successful subject. The intimate group (6 people, max), will work on two small paintings per day. This class is excellent for the beginner or the seasoned painter who wants individual instruction, direction and critique. Bring your supplies and travel easel. For Karen's preferred supplies and to register, contact us at GalleryDirector@HaganFineArt.com. Painting locations to be determined by weather, but will be outside and most likely held on beautiful State Street (near the gallery) and near restaurants for lunching. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Karen Hewitt Hagan
Sponsor: Hagan Fine Art
Cost: $299
Email: Allison Hull
Phone: 843-901-8124

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
October 3-10, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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For the Love of Color
October 3-5, 2015 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


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

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Plein Air in Tuscany
October 3-10, 2015 — Join Jo Ellen Reinhart as she returns to beautiful Tuscany painting in plein air! Cortona will be the home-base with day trips Lucignano, Lake Trasimeno and Chianti! Read more online! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhart
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3290.00 all-inclusive in Cortona
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Cityscape
October 4 - November 8, 2015 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — The city has long been the subject of many great artists including Canaletto, Edward Hopper and Jane Freilecher. Develop your own vision of the city on location at vibrant Gorgas Park at the high point of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, featuring expansive views of the city and landscape with trees aflame with autumn color. Drawing and painting mediums will be demonstrated including oil, gouache, watercolor and pastel. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be just some of the topics covered. Free on-site parking available. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Painting Sedona
October 5-7, 2015 — 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 a one-hour full painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting with personalized instruction. The subject matter we will be working from will be landscape painting from photographs and from life. Visit website


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

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The Joy of Painting & The Power of Color
October 5-9, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — How far can you go in days? This workshop will change the way you see/think/paint. Create more powerful paintings. Make color work for you. Through her hallmark one-on-one instruction, Caroline Jasper will teach you how to paint productively without overworking or muddy color. Bring drama to your work. Dare to try unfamiliar ways to think about and work with color, including Caroline's way of painting on red canvas. Create exciting light and shadow effects. Manipulate perspective, color and value for dynamic depth. Following the first day's concentration on color, each day brings another new focus and new paintings. Along with a head full of color theory master concepts, take home valuable studies and inspired fresh paintings of your own. Visit website


Location: Boone, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Email: Edwina May
Phone: 1-800-227-2788

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The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil
October 6-9, 2015 — In this plein air workshop, Michael will focus on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations, plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time! All media and all levels are welcome. Designated a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada, he is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


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

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
October 7-10, 2015 (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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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Painting Surfaces
October 7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop covers in detail the differences in various substrates (wood, hardboard, cotton, linen, and aluminum), sizing, priming, mounting, and stretching. Students will leave with a stretched or mounted canvas prepared with the primer they would like to use. Detailed information on substrates, sizes and primers, with demonstrations on sizing and priming. Sizes and primers covered will include rabbit skin glue, pva, oil primers, oil alkyd primers, acrylic gesso, and more. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for All Levels
October 9, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Still Life & Flowers
October 9-12, 2015 — This 4-day class will focus on painting the floral still life in a direct or alla prima manner. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Carlo Russo, www.carlorussoart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Plein Air Modern Impressionistic Landscape
October 9-19, 2015 — You'll stay in Sorrento, travel to the little town of Massa Lubrense, take a ferry to the Isle of Capri and ride along along the Amalfi Coast to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Serene Sorrento, an hour south of Naples' urban intensity, is a great home base and this is Italy's most famous coast. Colley spent some time in Sorrento a while back and learned great places to paint; our Class Assistant, also a plein air painter, has lived there. Between the two of them, they will show you wonderful vistas to paint...long scenic views to narrow alleys to the many market and harbor scenes. You'll stay in a 3 star Hotel near public transportation and within walking distance of shops, galleries, markets and many of the places we'll paint. Visit website


Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $3795 Painter, $3495 non-Painter
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Fall in the Blue Ridge Plein Air Painting Workshop
October 10-11, 2015 — Paint the Blue Ridge Mountains as seen from Beaver Creek Lake Park. Each day will start with a lecture and demo covering topics such as how to work with your materials, composition (placement of foreground, middle ground, and background), color choices, and more. After the demo, each participant will select a spot, from this beautiful lake setting, and begin painting. Individual instruction and critique will be given during this time to help participants develop a higher understanding of and gain a greater confidence in painting the landscape en plein air. All skill levels, oil and acrylic. Limited to 12 participants. Rain date: Oct 12. Register by September 30th for $20 discount. Visit website


Location: Charlottesville, VA
Instructor: Paul Keysar
Sponsor: Keysar Studios
Cost: $185.00
Email: Jennifer Keysar
Phone: 704-596-1286

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Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire
October 10-17, 2015 — Rich's workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer's eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. Rich's enthusiastic but patient teaching style is just right for those with little experience venturing outside to paint. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, the psychology involved in viewing a painting, and the effective use of the these principles. Read more on website. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Painting Sedona
October 10-11, 2015 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


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

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Figure Drawing and Painting
October 11 - November 15, 2015 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model and make full figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be addressed. Instruction will be geared towards oil painting, but students may choose to focus on drawing. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Niagara Falls, last Autumn en plein air
October 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Painting from Photo Reference
October 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Some subjects are almost impossible to paint from life. Artists often use photographs for reference. Dawn teaches you how to use the photograph as something to "refer to" in the process of creating a painting rather than an image to copy. Bring your own reference photographs, either print or digital. Subject matter can be people, landscapes, interiors, or anything else that interests you. Learn techniques through lecture, power point presentations, and demonstrations as well as one-on-one instruction. Dawn's goal is to help you incorporate reference material into completed paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, but acrylic painters are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Bold Brush Plein Air
October 14-16, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This plein air workshop in oils is open to artists of all levels. One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day. Shelby became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting: End-of-Summer Power Critique with Author Mitchell Albala
October 16, 2015 (5:30-8:30pm) — Mitchell Albala, author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice and long-time instructor at PNWAS, will host a lively landscape painting "Power Critique" - a great way to review your recent efforts in plein air (or in the studio). Everyone is invited to bring in work to review, although this is not a requirement for attendance. Works brought in by attendees will serve as a launching point for an exploration into many topics: site selection, composition, color strategies, simplification and massing, technique, and different approaches to starting a painting. Mitchell's lively Power Critiques often include examples, live diagramming of composition, and other visual aids. A great way to receive constructive feedback and review key practices for the landscape painter! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitchell Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $45
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 16-18, 2015 (9:00-400) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your work utilizing line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific. All who use acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Southport, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Artists of Southport
Email: Ortrud Tyler

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Painting with Purpose
October 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make every brushstroke clear and meaningful. A fine painting does not happen by accident or luck but by seeing consciously. This workshop will teach you to think clearly and fearlessly about what you are putting on your canvas, concentrating on brush strokes and clean color, along with fine tuning your perception of values and edges. Many of Stephanie's students consider this clear approach to be a life changing painting experience. Stephanie and her work have been featured in popular publications such as International Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Pastel Journal. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $480
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 17-24, 2015 — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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Building Strong Foundations through Underpainting for Oil or Acrylic Painters
October 17-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Underpainting is a powerful and reliable method that works out issues of composition, placement, and value at the very start, helping you to avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework your painting later on. Many painters have tried underpainting, or what they thought was underpainting, but were unsuccessful because they did not fully understand the method. The workshop will cover the specific technique (for oil or acrylic painters) for building strong and successful underpaintings, as well as the conceptual framework behind underpainting: that the simplified value structure and simplified shapes developed in the underpainting create stronger and more enduring compositions. The technique for underpainting in oil or acrylic is slightly different, and the instructor will demonstrate in both media. Visit website


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

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Head Study
October 17, 2015 (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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Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne
October 17-18, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with one of America's premier painters and esteemed PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work with a full-color palette, from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement, and learn to articulate form and space. Maximize the expressive impact of pure, jewel-like color through stronger, more-focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and give a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. This workshop is excellent for artists interested in revitalizing their work and advancing their enthusiastic love of color. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
October 19-21, 2015 (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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The Portrait in Color with Lea Colie Wight
October 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five-day intensive workshop presents principles essential for the portrait artist: construction of the head, simplifying masses of the head into basic planes, anatomical landmarks, breaking the portrait down into simple values and color relationships. Students will be guided through the building blocks of full-color portrait painting using the skills taught in the four year curriculum at Studio Incamminati. The painting process is broken down into stages and the skills necessary to each stage will be practiced. Lea will demonstrate the application of these skills through an evening portrait painting demo Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6 -9 p.m. where students will see the implementation of the painting stages. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Lea Colie Wight
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $599
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Jerome, Sedona and a fabulous Junkyard
October 21-23, 2015 — Join Randall Sexton, 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Presenter for a unique and varietal plein air workshop. One day will be spent in Jerome painting the Victorian Buildings, steep alleys and streets of the old mining town near Sedona another day will be at the Gold King Mine junkyard painting vintage trucks and cars, living out their retirement in the sun and shade with old shacks chickens and goats. The final day will be spent in the magical Sedona landscape. Randall's workshops are open to students of any level of experience, but are especially designed to help experienced artists further their understanding of the oil painting medium and deepen their insights to their own work. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $500
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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The 'Not So' Still Life
October 22-25, 2015 — During this 4-day workshop, we will work together on still life composition, brush painting, and knife painting. Any skill level in painting is fine, I enjoy adjusting my advice for each person's level. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. I would hope that you are not overly concerned with producing sellable work during the workshop as it will hinder learning. If you end up with something great, that is a bonus, but I don't want students to feel rushed or obsessed with production. I am mostly concerned with communicating some key concepts in a way that really sinks in. I want this knowledge to be useful for you later on. We will work hard and enjoy the process together. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Power Landscape
October 22-24, 2015 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting and how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create dynamic composition. Students will work their way through 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 a coherent painting that stands out. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
October 23, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
October 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
October 23-26, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and get over creative blocks. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts
October 24, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cary, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Waverly Artists Group
Email: Monica Lenares
Phone: 919-949-2427

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Plein Air Painting Crash Course
October 25-26, 2015 — Tired of painting average pieces? Want to create more meaningful art? Take this two day intense workshop. We will focus on creating and composing inspiring pieces of art. Learn how to design paintings that are interesting and beautiful. This course will include demonstrations and a focus on: thumbnail sketching, color use, values, edges, shapes and how they are used in composition. Set in beautiful Sedona, we will use this fabulous landscape to bring out your next level of creativity. Students of all abilities are welcome. This workshop follows right on the heels of the 11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Jim is one 15 invited artists from around the country painting the Sedona landscape Oct 17 - 24. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jim Wodark, jimwodark.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Composition and Technique with Water-Mixable Oils
October 25-27, 2015 — As word has spread about Charlie Hunter's distinctive work, curiosity has arisen about how he goes about making a painting. Why water-mixable oils? Is it true that a squeegee is involved? And what about those Stim-U-Dents we keep hearing about? All will be revealed in this fast-moving workshop, featuring two days field-painting in the exotic former mining town of Jerome, off-color jokes and stories about the ongoing feline-human conflict taking place daily at the Hunter home in Vermont. We'll learn and laugh a lot while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess. Hunter is the recipient of numerous plein air painting awards, with his work on display in galleries and museums across the US. Visit website


Location: Jerome, AZ
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, hunter-studio.com
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 26-30, 2015 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


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

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life, and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $35 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage (3 day Bootcamp)
October 26-28, 2015 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this 3-day workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan & Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Abstraction from Realism: An Exploration of Basic Abstract Elements
October 27-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Many of the students who come to Michael have a thorough understanding of more representational painting, yet their paintings lack that certain "something" which separates their work of art from the rest. These students will learn to take imagery, break it down into its basic components of shapes, texture and color, then assemble them back into a work of art that is much more expressive than a highly rendered subject. This workshop is an in-depth look at how to take any object (still life, landscape or urban landscape) and use several basic compositional devices to create a finished work of art. The painting may ultimately become totally abstract or may hold some of the characteristics of the original subject matter. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 27-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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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No Whiners! Serious Art For Serious Artists
November 2-6, 2015 (9 a.m. - 4p.m.) — Note: Students must have attended one of Kathleen's 3-day workshops as a prerequisite to this class. 5 intense days of painting on location! Painting sites will include a wide variety of subject matter, including rivers, historical Gold Rush architecture, rolling hills, vineyards, and more. Daily critiques and lectures. Students must have their own transportation and be willing to get up early to catch the first light of day and/or stay out late to get those last rays of sun. And most importantly, No Whining! Visit website


Location: Murphys, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunphy
Cost: $725
Email: Kathleen Dunphy
Phone: 209-743-1417

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Plein Air Painting
November 2-5, 2015 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This workshop will provide us with the chance to explore two or three different venues: the unique Sedona landscape of high desert red rock vistas, Jerome's Victorian houses and steep streets and the very special Gold King Mine Junkyard and Ghost Town (full of vintage old cars!) The primary focus will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. We will also work on achieving clean color in our paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Horn will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings. Students should already have taken studio painting instruction prior to taking this plein air workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $650
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Learning to See
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Through lecture and demos, individual critique and attention, students will be expected to gain a deeper understanding of the "Basic Principles of Making Pictures": Design composition, Values, Colors, Balance and Harmony, Forms described by light and color, Handling and manipulation of the materials including watercolor and oil. Working live from the horse and from photo reference, students will practice the application of these basic principles. A slide presentation of deceased masters, as well as a presentation showing the steps involved in moving from concept to finished work will be included in the lecture portion of this workshop. Students will be able to work in either or both mediums. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Grant Redden and Jim Norton
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Creative Gift
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will touch on the life of creativity sharing techniques of figure painting with live studio models. Refresh yourselves with painting techniques, principles and proven procedures that will bring success. Studying from master artists of history, students can instruct themselves in helpful ways to approach drawing and painting from life today. With western subjects artists dedicate their skills and abilities to creating believable narratives and genuine, natural beauty in art. Their goal will be to redefine success as the journey rather than the destination. Enjoy the experience of working together discovering your creative gift and renewing the commitment to technical skill and individual expression along the way. The class will include personal hands on critique, demonstrations and visual presentation. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: R. S. Riddick, www.rsriddick.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Creating Design, Color & Form in Representational Painting
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Led by two Cowboy Artists of America, Martin Grelle and Bruce Greene will take students on an artistic journey with exercises to promote a full expression of concept in their artwork. There will be many topics covered, with the focus being on design, color and form within Western representational painting. Students will have the opportunity to tackle a variety of subject matter, from the Western cowboy figure to painting plein air in front of Arizona's beautiful landscapes. Martin and Bruce will each do a demonstration for the class, and there will also be plenty of time for painting and individual attention. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to bring two completed paintings to be discussed during a critique session. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,000 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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"Richness in Still Life"
November 2-3, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn how to use thin layers of transparent color to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover the secrets to simplify your palette, gain a better understanding of transparent and opaque colors, and capture a still life with a fresh feel. Amanda will give a painting demonstration each morning, working from a photograph she has taken of a still life set-up. On the first day, each student will choose from several large-format photographs provided by Amanda. On the second day, you are welcome to work from your own still life photograph or choose from Amanda’s selection of photos. Simple strategies and plenty of one-on-one instruction will help you master warm shadows, color harmony, brush work, and composition. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $275
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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


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

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ArtFusion Event
November 3-6, 2015 — Artists, Muralists and Faux Finishers of all levels can expand their Knowledge and Portfolios with Classes, Live Demos and Exhibitors. There will also be an ARTFest open to the public. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: varies
Sponsor: ArtFusion Event
Cost: Depends on class
Email: Heidi Schaeffer
Phone: 218-940-3095

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 4-6, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these 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: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Artists' Workshops, Inc.
Email: Liz Clayton
Phone: 386-424-9254

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Painting for All Levels
November 6, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
November 6-7, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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The Dynamic Figure with Kevin Beilfuss
November 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned. Visit website


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

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The Power of Perception
November 6-9, 2015 — Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes. This fact defines the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject of the painting, an artist must learn to see the world in the language of colors and shapes rather than as nameable objects. Each artist then refines and develops this language in a personal way. Working from observation (still-life) this intensive workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception and the importance of selection and simplification in making a strong dynamic painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light and dark, attention to edges, using shape and brushwork for gestural unity, and good studio practices. Previous experience required. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Maggie Siner, www.maggiesiner.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
November 9-13, 2015 (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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Using Plein Air Studies Effectively
November 9-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will consist of individual attention given to each student, demonstrations and critiques. Students may use any medium they desire but oils are preferred. Day one of the workshop will be en plein air on the grounds of the School. Day two will be inside working on creating paintings from the plein air studies done the day before. Emphasis will be on simplifying and developing strong compositional statements using the plein air studies. Ann will work with the students on producing a composition that is a foundation for the use of shapes, color temperature, value, edges and brushwork. Visit website


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

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Landscape or Still Life using Photo Reference
November 9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint landscapes and florals using photographs for reference. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation and well thought out composition. Students will learn ways to improve backgrounds and edges, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Students will learn to create a feeling that gives the painting life, instead of just copying a photograph. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Joni Falk and Linda Glover Gooch
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Secret is to Strategize!
November 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let Debra help you pull it all together! Learn how to craft a plan and strategy for a plein air painting. Debra will cover all of the key elements necessary for a successful painting - design, value, color, and brushwork. Choose a comfortable location and then decide what your focal point will be. Design the painting around the golden thirds of your canvas. Get your darks in thin. Build your medium and lighter values with clean paint and juicy strokes. Add highlights last. Save the punch for one spot only. All the secrets to creating a successful painting will be revealed. We will be painting on location in Huntington Beach, Dana Point, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, and/or Balboa Island. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $400
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting
November 10-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each day Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each mornings' demo, the students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


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

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


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

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Glazing Crash Course
November 10-19, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m.) — Color, Light, Shadow, Translucency - These are the ingredients that we will work with to create a beautiful painting for you to take home. Our subject will be flowers and using the glazing technique we will apply thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the depth and translucency associated with all things in nature. We will discuss composition, color mixing, edges, blending and values. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Cyndi Thau
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: Non-members $145; Members $133; All materials included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Still Life Painting: Light and Shadow
November 10-11, 2015 (Tuesday 1-4pm, Wednesday 9am-4pm) — In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the concept of painting strong light and shadow in her paintings. Along with painting with emotion and not just copying what is seen. Robbins will begin with a demonstration on Tuesday afternoon 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: $150
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Successful Plein Air Painting in a 2 Hour Window
November 10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to simplify a scene into 3 values in either pastel or oil. Students will compose using a study thumbnail and their paintings will have harmony and greater impact. They will also learn how to harmonize color and match it to the value shapes from their thumbnail. This method is guaranteed success. Students will learn how to put shapes of color directly using a palette knife, and then soften with a brush. This saves time. Join this class and take your painting skills up a notch! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Colleen Howe, www.colleenhowe.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Find Your Vision and Keep Your Focus
November 11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will consist of discussion and exploration of the vision every artist needs to create a powerful painting. Discussion and painting in the morning followed by a painting session in the afternoon with individual attention and critique. Experimentation is encouraged. Examples of paintings with drama and emotion will be shown and analyzed. How were they created? Understand what design, edges, and color/value choices were made to portray different atmospheres and emotions. Models will be provided. The emphasis will be on figure painting but the techniques and principles discussed are applicable to all subjects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Boren, www.nancyboren.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studying Light and Color in the Landscape
November 11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on how light during different times of day affects local color. Kim will talk about different types of light and shadow: light, highlight, halftone, shade, cast shadow, and reflected light. Students will paint both front lit and backlit scenes. Value studies and color studies will be emphasized in order to get the line, shape and value of the composition correct, as well as the color planes. Kim will offer demos and lots of individual attention at the easel. This workshop will take place off campus at Papago Park (approximately 10 minutes from SAS). Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Casebeer, www.kimcasebeer.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Dramatic Depth in Painting
November 12, 2015 (1:00 - 4:00 pm) — Create dramatic visual impact! Paintings are like theater - without drama, we get bored. Learn to implement a wide range of artists' proven methods for enhancing the illusion of form and distance on a flat surface. Advance your seeing-like-an-artist perception. Improve skills in manipulating color, lighting, and perspective. Give life to layers of depth in your paintings. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home a slew of painters' depth illusion tricks along with your own depth-dynamic masterpiece. All materials provided. Bring your favorite photos. Optional: Bring extra brushes, ½ -3/4 inch wide, bright or flat. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $145
Email: Katie Jandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Classical Still Life
November 13-16, 2015 — Learn David's methodical and effective approach to reconstructing complex still life imagery on canvas with oils. We will also discuss the importance of light, shade, and negative space in making compositional decisions. David Gray acquired a strong foundational education in art while obtaining his BFA from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His art education has continued with independent and occasional formal studies in pictorial expression and oil painting (studied with Douglas Flynt, Terry Furchgot, and Hans Nordlund). The resulting work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in its craftsmanship. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray, www.dgpaints.org
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $660
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Creatively Paint with Gary Bodner
November 13-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Experience a fun-filled two day workshop with one of Atlanta's favorite artists, Gary Bodner. He will encourage students to work large strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. He will encourage each student to think more creatively and with more expression. Demonstration and individual critiques. Bodner was recently honored by the Huntsville Museum of Art as the "Painter of the Year". His work can be found in many galleries throughout the United States. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Bodner, garybodner.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Painting Animals and Pets, Crash Course
November 14-15, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Give yourself the gift of creating fun portraits of your furry family members. We will learn how to get a likeness, and have fun with color, shape and texture to paint our pets! All art materials are provided! However you must bring the photos for us to work from. Please bring a variety with different light and backgrounds so that we will have some options to explore! With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


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

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Color Sense and Sensuality
November 14, 2015 (5:00 - 8:00 pm) — Colors communicate! Awaken their emotive powers and let them sing your song. What is your work about? What attracts you to certain subjects? What is important in your image? Tap universal color-connotations to arouse mood, impart meaning, and enhance visual pleasure in seeing your work. You are not bound to local color! Learn to adjust your palette to better express yourself uniquely and more effectively. Paint on a ground color suited to your interpretation. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own color-sensual painting along with a broadened understanding of the psychology of color. Materials provided. Bring favorite photos - any subject. Optional: Bring extra brushes, ½ -3/4 inch wide, bright or flat. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $145
Email: Katie Yandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Looser Landscapes
November 15, 2015 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) — Let's get a little reckless! Move on to the true pleasure of painting with freedom and take your work to the next level. Break those tight method molds... Stop worrying about making mistakes! Quit over-working, embellishing, and redoing. Learn to trust your instincts. Painting should bring pleasure, not anxiety. Learn productive practices for quicker, fresher, better paintings. Discover ways to sidestep potential pitfalls inherent in oil paint's slow dry times. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home an exciting fresh painting and a battery of new method ammo. Materials provided. Bring favorite photos. Optional: Bring extra brushes, ½ -3/4 inch wide, bright or flat. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $145
Email: Katie Yandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Exciting Light and Shadow
November 15, 2015 (1:00 - 4:00 pm) — Light up the canvas! Raise your sunlight sensitivity and bring the natural attraction to light into your paintings. Combine dynamic light and shadow effects for arresting impact. Develop a keen eye for recognizing value differences both in your subject and in colors chosen to paint it. Learn when/how to embolden color value or subdue it without making mud. Explore advanced strategies for painting on color grounds. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own light and shadow masterpiece along with advanced value management strategies. Materials provided. Bring favorite photos - any subject. Optional: Bring extra brushes, ½ -3/4 inch wide, bright or flat. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama - Art of the Carolinas
Cost: $145
Email: Katie Yandle
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext. 156

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Alla Prima Portrait and Portrait Sketch
November 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each of the three days, students will have opportunity to explore the fundamentals of painting, using "Alla Prima" methods to faithfully render the human head. Topics will include, drawing, values, color and color temperature, edges, composition, as well as brushwork, setting up and lighting the model, and capturing a likeness. Daniel will demonstrate each morning, followed by student painting time, critiques, and one-on-one instruction. Day one will also include a digital presentation featuring an in-depth look into the foundations of sound painting, further enhancing the learning experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.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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From Plein Air to Studio
November 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to go from several small outdoor studies to one large studio painting. This workshop will teach students how to collect useful information in the field - by sketching and painting on site, and with a digital camera - and then how to use their references to produce a bigger painting in the comfort of the School's studio. Day 1 and 2: Students will spend time in the Tonto National Forest sketching and painting together. Day 3: Students will watch as Thomas executes a large painting in the School's studio using field references, clearly explaining his methods and techniques. Day 4 and 5: Students will have two days to work on a large painting in the studio with Thomas' assistance. Visit website


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

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Reflected Light and Foreign Color
November 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be useful for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, who want to learn a simple 10 color palette (taught to Dan by James Reynolds) using a subject that requires no drawing skills. Dan will work over any piece as requested by the student if the painting is not too large (18×24 inches or less), and the student is required to bring all their own reference material. Dan will help beginners select good reference materials. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Dan Mieduch, danmieduch.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting from Life
November 16-20, 2015 (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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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Artists’ Essentials: A Series of Technical One-Day Workshops – Mastering Mediums
November 18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop focuses on the effects and use of various mediums and varnishes. Paints, various oils, waxes, and special painting mediums will be discussed and demonstrated, and students will be permitted to experiment with their use. Students will learn what type of medium to use specific to stages and styles of painting. Varnishes will also be discussed and demonstrated, including preparation of non-premade varnishes. Students are encouraged to bring in a completed painting to varnish using the supplied varnishes. Visit website