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The Painter's Craft: Materials & Techniques of Painting
October 3-31, 2014 (Fridays, 1-4pm) — Ralph Mayer's The Artist's Handbook has long been the painter's go-to reference for material and technical advice. Now you can experience this essential information firsthand, complete with demonstrations, hands-on projects and on-location research, presented by Anthony Ciambella, practicing artist, private art conservator, and PAFA faculty member for over 25 years. Topics include: Making informed choices when purchasing art supplies; Stretching canvas and preparing wood panels; Making gesso and grinding pigments; Underpainting and glazing techniques; Framing your own paintings; Visits to the PAFA Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Penn Museum to view select artworks. Open to painters of all media and levels and non-artists with an interest in how paintings are made. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
October 3, 2014 (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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Fabulous Fakes: Learning from the Old Masters
October 4-5, 2014 — Copying works from the past is a time honored tradition in an artist's training. In this two day workshop you are invited to choose an artwork in any style from the most expressionistic to the most classical and learn to walk in the footsteps of your chosen master. Gretchen Lopez will help you to get the most out of this experience by coaching you on how to begin the process with an appropriate under-painting and/or drawing to get the best result. This workshop can also be considered a training ground for the "Fabulous Fakes" Exhibition that will follow the "Shrine to Artists of the Past" and 'personal shrine' exhibition associated with the Dia De Los Muertas project later in the month. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Gretchen Lopez, www.gretchenlopezart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $225
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Santorini
October 4-11, 2014 — With Jill, an experienced plein air painter, there will be daily opportunities to study the breathtaking views around the Greek Island of Santorini. This workshop will combine the adventure of exploring a new landscape, with the skills needed to translate your impressions into painted memories. Your art-spirit is sure to be inspired through enlightening discussion, instructive demonstration of palette knife painting, encouraging critique, and the camaraderie of fellow artists. Emphasis will be on: ~ Seeing as an Impressionist. ~ The Foundation of Composition. ~ Building Texture to Entertain the Eye. Jill paints and demos in oils, but welcomes anyone wishing to increase their artistic vision & appreciation. Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Jill Berry
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp, see details online
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val D'Orcia
October 4-11, 2014 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting, learning, and fun in Tuscany's beautiful Val D'Orcia region. Early October is a great time to be in Tuscany with great temperatures and fewer tourists! This region of Tuscany is rolling hills covered with colorful fields and vineyards. Talented artist Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days at some great painting locations including Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, and the spectacular grounds of the restored farmhouse where we will stay. Artist fee includes 7 nights single occupancy/private bath lodging, all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction and group airport transfers. Workshop is only open to 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $2850 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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For the Love of Color
October 4-6, 2014 (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: $495
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
October 4-11, 2014 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in 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, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Seeing and Painting as an Artist
October 6-8, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Learn from an established colorist in this special workshop made up of three different classes! Each day will be devoted to a creating a different type of painting. On the first day you will paint from a still life setup. On the second day, you will paint from a landscape photograph. On the third day, you will paint from a live model. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Sarkis Antikajian
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $325
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Portrait Painting
October 6-9, 2014 — Learn to paint portraits in the Classical Tradition. This 4 day workshop, led by artist David Gray, will give you the process on painting light and shadow, eye-catching detail and contemporary subjects in a classical approach. David's approach and tonal paintings are unique. His 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.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Impressionistic Landscape
October 6-10, 2014 — David Curtis is a much loved instructor; his students have high praise for his painting skills, but most especially for his teaching. Primarily an out-of-doors landscape painter, Curtis has won numerous awards for his work including Yankee Magazine' s Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award (Copley Society of Boston), two A.T. Hibbard Memorial Awards for Landscape (RAA), two Frank Benson Awards (GBA) and two Marguerite Neuhauser Shafer Memorial Awards (NSAA). He has been instructing outdoor oil painting classes and workshops on Cape Ann, and throughout New England and Virginia, since 1993. The class will run Mon-Fri approximately 9-4. We have a large well lit Studio space in case Maine weather requires we work inside. We would love to have you join us. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: David Curtis
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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David Lussier's Taos New Mexico Plein air Workshop
October 6-10, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — This is a 5-day outdoor oil painting workshop. We will paint in Taos and also some of the surrounding towns. We are looking forward to teaching and painting in this beautiful location and I hope you will be able to join us. We strive to teach the building blocks of landscape painting while nurturing each person's individual style and personality. Every good landscape painting is rooted in sound painting principles and the truth that we find in nature. In order for a painting to be of personal expression, the artist must infuse it with his or her own imagination, personality and inventiveness. We work with each student toward this goal. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: David Lussier
Sponsor: David Lussier Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Pamela Lussier
Phone: 860-338-3226

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Landscape Painting
October 6-8, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop, we will investigate the process of landscape painting, both in the studio and en plain air. Painting directly from observation is a difficult task at best, and many students struggle to process the overwhelming amount of information when faced with the great outdoors. Sound familiar? By breaking down the process into smaller, manageable problems, solutions present themselves. We will work on finding logical ways to solve problems of design, value structure, color, and edges, through demos and exercises. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Terry Miura
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $425
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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For the Love of Color
October 8-10, 2014 (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: $495
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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"Delta Funk"
October 10-12, 2014 — Open to all levels with a limit of 16. We filled two classes of this workshop in 2013, because it was so popular. Hosted by the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, CA the class paints on location in "the Delta" (roughly between Sacramento and San Francisco)...in the small historic river towns of Locke, Isleton, or Rio Vista. Visit website


Location: Lodi, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $400
Email: Robin
Phone: 209-368-5123

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Drawing and Painting the Figure: Alla Prima
October 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class will be on drawing the figure (day 1) and Alla Prima oil painting and the various techniques used to create a fresh, spontaneous response to your subject matter while the paint is still wet. Students will work by applying paint in large tonal patches and refining/ adding details as they move along. This class will be helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely, use brush strokes economically and take advantage of the inherent beauty of wet oil paint. All levels welcome. David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA). His work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Explorations in Oil & Cold Wax
October 10-12, 2014 (9am-3pm) — Explore the diversity of oil & cold wax to create richly layered abstracted paintings. Unlike encaustic, the wax is used at room temperature without heat. Using non-traditional tools, combine powdered pigments, oil bars and other media along with oil paint and wax medium to create depth, line and textured color fields. Learn through demonstrations, discussion and exploration. Discover the versatility of this medium through the experimental and intuitive mantra of the class. Prerequisite: Some experience in any painting medium. Min. of 4/Max of 8. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Dianne Martia
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $330
Email: Jill Kramer Goldstein

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Painting Sedona
October 11-12, 2014 — 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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Fearless Painting with David Brewster
October 11-12, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Painter and PAFA alumnus David Brewster executes his theatrical interiors and landscapes in one swift pass, with the graphic urgency of improvisational response informing the energy of the mark. Join Brewster in this two-day workshop to learn from his rapid, painterly approach to refresh your technique and explore new modes of transcribing subject matter. Working from a provocative "still-life landscape," created from found objects and inspired by views of the city, students will educe the expressive qualities of light, color, and form, with an eye to both representation and abstraction. Central to this visual literacy is an enlightened response to nature, emphasizing a maximum of imagination and a minimum of intrusion. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Brewster, www.davidbrewsterfineart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Thailand Painting Holidays
October 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015 — Art on the banks of the Mekong River in NE Thailand. Individual tuition in painting, drawing and photography combined with visits to Thai villages and markets to experience the unique Thai culture. Professional artist Jeremy Holton and his Thai wife Waree have a small luxury guest house away from the tourists where everything is provided for up to four guests. Visit website


Location: Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: $110 USD per day
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 618 6394 1592

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"The Art of Still Life" with Carlo Russo
October 13-16, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Methods and practices of traditional realism are emphasized and demonstrated. Composition, selecting props, sight-size drawing and transferring the finished drawing onto linen - l paint with a thin color lay-in, or ébauche. Students will set up the finishing layers over the remainder of the workshop with the ultimate goal being that the student can use to improve upon their own work. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $550.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
October 13-17, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting with Jason Espey (Incammanati approach)
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — This 6 week portrait painting course will focus more on the 'how' of starting a portrait through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head and value gradation as taught at Studio Incamminati. Students will gain practical ability each week with three hour poses that lay the foundation for building a portrait. So, if you've ever had a family member pester you to paint them, yet you didn't think you had the skill, this class will equip you to do just that. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jason Espey
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Nude Figure: Drawing and Painting
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the figure. We will draw and paint the figure from life. Beginners will draw only. More advanced students will cretate drawings and washes (Acrylic, Watercolor or Oil). Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Secrets of Landscape Painting - Studio Study
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — This class offers intermediate students the ability to take what they have learned in the field and transfer it to studio landscape paintings. Continuation of study in the areas of composition, value, temperature, brush work and color harmony. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: John Guersney, www.johnbguernsey.blogspot.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $190
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Classical Approach to Still Life in Oil
Begins October 14, 2014 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — Study still life painting in oil with Suzanne Sullivan during this 6-week class. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Suzanne Sullivan, www.suzannehughessullivan.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Bold Brush Plein Air
October 15-17, 2014 (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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Animal Narratives
Begins October 15, 2014 (Wednesdays, 1-4pm) — Animal Narratives will address finding the personality of your animal subject whether a domestic pet or wild animal in your paintings and creating a story with your images. The goal is to complete 2 paintings during the course of our six weeks together. We will discuss at length your choices for photo reference in the first class. You will need one photo of an animal to do a small portrait no larger than 9 x12 for your first painting and then your second painting will consist of a larger canvas/board/panel no smaller than 18 x 24. This larger painting will be more complex in nature. We will discuss a variety of materials and techniques used to create an oil painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gwen Wong, www.gwenwongstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Plein Air Painting in Baja California
October 16-19, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Rose Irelan, landscape painter, teacher and founder - RoseArt Atelier, October 16 - 19, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Rose Irelan of RoseArt Atelier
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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Oil Painting Exploration
Begins October 16, 2014 (Thursdays, 1-4pm) — In this six week class, we will address three separate subjects: Food, abstract landscape, and contemporary approach to figure. Learn how to manipulate oil paint to create different surfaces and textures within a painting, creating graphic & dynamic compositions, working from life or from a photo, choosing your reference, lighting your object, shooting your reference and managing your digital images for reference, Painting with a palette knife, spackle knife and different size brushes to create different volume and textures, creating distance and mass within a landscape, simplifying your reference, working with a body and temperature of color within a painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Scott French, www.scottfrenchstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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David Lussier's Autumn in CT Plein air Workshop
October 17-19, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — Join David and Pam in painting the tiny village of Eastford CT at the height of the fall season. Watch a painting demonstration from start to finish and then work on your own painting with advice and encouragement from David & Pam. During the demonstration, David will explain his complete thought process in helpful and understandable steps. David will explain his unique palette and color ideas, his thoughts on grasping composition and how light affects objects outdoors. He will also strive to explain how brushwork describes the subject and breathes life and energy into a painting. All demos are in oil, but students may work in the medium of their choice. Visit website


Location: Eastford, CT
Instructor: David Lussier
Sponsor: David Lussier Workshops
Cost: $350
Email: Pamela Lussier
Phone: 860-338-3226

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Character Reveals Itself: Painting the Portrait Figure
October 17-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Painting a portrait which includes most (or all) of the subject's body is a challenging but rewarding experience, giving the artist the opportunity to explore ways to express the subject's character. Linda will be discussing gesture, clothing and body language as you set up the live model, and you'll express narrative concepts while establishing composition and visual design. Linda will demonstrate but will work with students during the workshop to help with any specific issues. Students of all levels are welcome to take the class, but a background of working from life is encouraged. Visit website


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

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3-Day Seascapes Painting
October 17-19, 2014 (12PM-6PM) — Ruo Li will teach the basic principles of painting from nature. His emphasis will be on the special skills for painting a seascape by the sea. Mr. Li will talk about how to pay attention to the composition, color tone and strokes when creating a seascape painting. The instructor will make some specific requirements about the assignment for students. Based on these requirements, students are allowed to express their own artistic ideas. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ruo Li
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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A Tuscan Plein Air Painting Holiday!!
October 18-25, 2014 — No instructor...Paint at your leisure! We'll stay at Castello Montalto, a medieval hilltop castle nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. The estate is complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, laundry and garden areas. Massage, horseback riding and other activities are available by personal arrangement as well. You can paint, photograph, sketch, read, eat, and gaze at the hills! Open to any level, non painters welcome. No instructor...any medium...no formal critiques...no schedule! A glorious location...breakfasts and dinners included...day trips to Florence and Siena...plenty of time to relax and soak up the Chianti countryside! Optional: Add 3 days to your trip - come on the 15th! Also, a limited number of Single Rooms are available for an additional $500. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $2295 per person, dbl occ; Add 3 more days: $2995
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Autumnal Painting Workshop
October 18-19, 2014 (10am-5pm) — Join Lisa Towers in this two day workshop to learn the fine points of painting the floral still life. The workshop will begin with a demonstration then move onto students working in pairs or groups to set up still lives from which to paint. Students will be encouraged to complete two paintings over the course of the workshop. Flowers, fruits and seasonal props will be provided. The workshop will wrap up with a critique. All skill levels welcome. Min. 8/Max. 15. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Lisa Towers
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $250
Email: Jill Kramer Goldstein

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 18-25, 2014 (All Day) — 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: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,250 - $2,610 dependiong on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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The Plein Air Palette
October 19, 2014 (1-6pm) — This five-hour afternoon workshop will follow the free lecture/demonstration Sunday morning from 10 - noon on Color Space, pigment history, and color palettes. This workshop is taught by Scott Gellatly, Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. Scott consults with painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. The afternoon of painting will build on information presented in the morning session. Gamblin Oils will be supplying paint and Gamsol to participants and Scott will demonstrate the range and use of this particular palette of colors in the plein air context. Students will then explore the potentials of these colors in their own plein air painting with Scott giving individual attention to each participant. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Scott Gellatly
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $60
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting the Landscape at Ghost Ranch
October 19-25, 2014 — Return with us for our tenth workshop painting the breathtaking landscape at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. On-site locations will include the private Painted Desert Road out towards O'Keeffe's house and sites along the Chama River. Fall colors will be at their peak. Optional tour of O'Keeffe's house and studio in Abiquiu and visits to artist's studios and galleries are included in our week. All demonstrations are done in watercolor but you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, NM
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1200
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intro to Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12:30PM) — This workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate painter. Working outside of the studio is an invigorating experience! The painter is engulfed in the experience. Faced with the complexity of environment, the need to learn how to see and simplify, then translate into two dimensional expression, adapt to rapid changes of light and shadows. We'll use acrylics, oil, or watercolor. Paint in a safe, nonjudgmental, nurturing environment. Evolving from simple subjects like fountain and arches of our garden to more complex views of San Miguel hills and hidden true Mexican streets. You have the option to use our materials or yours. You'll have time to have fun exploring many shops, restaurants, galleries of unequally enchanting Colonial town. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $350-$450, with or without materials, RT taxi
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Three Day "Daily Painting" & Palette Knife
October 20-22, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Our first day consists of two unique paint-along demos that demonstrate the basic approach to daily painting with a palette knife while focusing on color mixing and understanding values. On day two we will all paint together and complete two more painting demos. We will focus on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlighting the focal point. Day three will be spent painting your own palette knife painting (using inspiration photos) with one-on-one instruction at your easel. Each student will also meet with Leslie individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts with a website or blog. Visit website


Location: South Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $399.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Studio Painting & Drawing
October 20-26, 2014 (Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm) — This representational painting and drawing course is designed to enhance the student's skills in observation and execution of convincing, three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis will also be given to composition, color, atmosphere and the play of light on a subject within its environment. Both dry and wet media will be used. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Little Switzerland, NC
Instructor: Lucy Barber, www.lucybarber.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $395 + lodging fees
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Painting Larger on Location
October 22-24, 2014 — Jim McVicker is this year's Keynote Speaker for the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Jim will demonstrate his process for starting a landscape. How to work the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole, working on land, trees, water and sky so that the painting grows with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts, covering the entire canvas within the first half hour. Students will learn to see the landscape in terms of basic shapes and their relationship to each other through values and color. Special emphasis will be on simplifying the design and values to give your work a sense of completeness throughout the process. Jim will work with each artist one-on-one. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jim McVicker, www.jimvickerpaints.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $525
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting Cityscapes Plein Air: San Francisco, CA
October 22-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor in his hometown, as he guides you through the magnificent city of San Francisco for an incredible week of painting. Taylor will be conducting a 4 day Plein Air Painting Workshop for artists who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of cityscape painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in urban environments while developing strong compositions and color harmony. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, 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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Figure Painting
October 22 - November 19, 2014 (Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm) — In this observational painting course, students explore a variety of approaches to painting the human figure. Emphasis is placed on developing compositional skills as well as recording color, light and proportional relationships with sensitivity. Students will work in oil or acrylic from draped and undraped models in poses of varying lengths. Beginning and experienced painters are welcome. Figure drawing experience is recommended. High School students at least 16 years of age may enroll in this course. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Matteo Caloiaro, www.caloiaro.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $210
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Experimental Still Life: Oil or Acrylic
October 22 - November 19, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm) — This painting course explores still life as a vehicle for the study of traditional painting methods in a contemporary context. With an emphasis on the investigation of expressive interest such as color, brushwork, composition, surface and content, students will be encouraged to use the process as well as chance and accident as a strategy to discover new methods of expression and to expand their personal visual language. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Kathy Wright, www.kathywrightstudio.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $210
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Tuscany Landscape Painting
October 24-31, 2014 (9 to 5pm) — Join us in this beautiful Italian countryside in the heart of Tuscany. Plein air painting at its best with cypress, umbrella pines, and the rolling landscape. 7 nights 8 days at a 3 star hotel/spa, private baths; breakfast each day, 3 lunches & 4 dinners included. One-on-one art Instruction & painting approx 6 hrs per day. Demos and individual critiques. Painting in Pienza, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni; includes transportation to sites. Day visit to Siena. Spa services include free use of the Roman sauna, Jacuzzi, and thermal pools; other fee-based health and beauty spa services available. R/T transportation to our location from Romeand return to airport or Rome. Visit website


Location: Southwest Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios
Cost: $2,975/artist; $2,575/artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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En Plein Air Study in Oil and Pastel
October 24-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Students will be painting the area on location in oils or pastels. There will be a demo each day in either one or the other mediums. Exercises include tonal lay in and sketches, designing a painting from the beginning with consideration given to composition, values, shapes and color. Instruction is geared to each student at their own level and style. Some painting and drawing experience necessary. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Plein Air in New Zealand
October 26 - November 5, 2014 (9-4) — Spend 11 days with us as we explore the highlights of this stunning region. From lakeside landscapes surrounded by majestic mountains, to original gold-rush shanty towns and scenic vineyards, there is no shortage of visual beauty to ignite any artists' imagination. Renowned for the rugged and varying landscapes, New Zealand is the perfect location for you to explore and paint memories to take home. Visit website


Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Wilbury Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $2,280
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 27-31, 2014 — 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 10th 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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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
October 27-31, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll incorporate Day of the Dead symbolism and information. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Portrait Painting from Life
October 27-31, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on painting the head in a traditional realistic manner. We will see and paint the unique forms of the individual model posing. Variations will be observed with different poses and lighting conditions. Attention will be given to perspective, foreshortening, the relationship of shapes, value, color, textures, atmosphere, spacial design and the use of the painting materials, paint and brushes, etc.to achieve these effects. Mr. Ginsburg will give painting demonstrations throughout the week but the students will spend the bulk of the time painting on their own work, and the instructor will personally critique each student's work daily. During breaks Mr. Ginsburg will discuss the work of the Old Masters, and his own work, as it relates to the workshop assignments. 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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All About Color: Concept, Perception and Usage
October 27-29, 2014 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this class, 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. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious. Visit website


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

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Tradition and Abstraction: A Unified Approach
October 28-30, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is specially designed for the student who is interested in exploring the world of abstraction as it applies to representational painting. A series of progressive exercises will encourage students to explore alternatives to traditional representational painting while maintaining sound principles of shape, color, composition and line. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 28-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Capturing Light & Color with the Palette Knife
October 29-31, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Day one starts with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife. We will focus on color mixing and understanding values. Day two we will all paint together and enjoy another painting demo. With focus on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlight the focal point. Day three will be spent painting your own palette knife painting (using inspiration photos) with one-on-one instruction. As part of the workshop, each student will meet with me individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts with a website or blog. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Painting for All Levels
October 31, 2014 (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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For the Love of Color
November 1-3, 2014 (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: Costa Mesa, CA
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $550
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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Advanced Level

From Source to Studio
November 1-6, 2014 — This workshop is designed to embrace the dialogue between plein air work and studio work. We will endeavor to put plein air painting back in its rightful context, i.e. that plein air painting is, more than anything else, about "learning to see" and being a dedicated student of nature. It is about being an effective "hunter gatherer" and harvesting information and ideas; it is the beginning not the end of a process. Then we will explore the notion that the studio is an extension of the work we do outdoors; it is where we explore, edit, experiment and refine ideas. I will demonstrate how you can keep your studio work fresh and impactful. There will be group critiques, discussions, and demos throughout. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Jill Carver, jillcarver.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Studio Painting with Kathryn Stats
November 1-5, 2014 — Kathryn Stats is known for her vibrant color, dramatic compositions and subtle brushwork. In this studio workshop students will have the opportunity to choose whether they wish to work on landscape composition from photo-reference or with a still-life/floral situation or both! Students will benefit from demonstrations, slide show and lecture, and one-on-one assistance with their paintings. Kathryn has taught workshops in plein air painting in numerous locations and has been a keynote presenter at the Sedona Plein Air Festival and at the National Plein Air Convention. This workshop is for those painters that have some experience and wish to take their work to the next level. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $675
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 3-7, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Figure Painting from Life
November 3-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on painting the figure in a traditional realistic manner. We will see and paint the unique forms of the individual model posing. Variations will be observed with different poses and lighting conditions. Attention will be given to perspective, foreshortening, the relationship of shapes, value, color, textures, atmosphere, spacial design and the use of the painting materials, paint and brushes, etc.to achieve these effects. Mr. Ginsburg will give painting demonstrations throughout the week but the students will spend the bulk of the time painting on their own work, and the instructor will personally critique each student's work daily. During breaks Mr. Ginsburg will discuss the work of the Old Masters, and his own work, as it relates to the workshop assignments. 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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Floral Still Life Painting
November 3-7, 2014 (10am-5pm) — Painting floral still life is a wonderful and liberating experience. There is no better metaphor for the act of painting and exploring the palette than that, provided by the diversity and splendor of floral arrangement as a subject matter. There will be several inspirational floral to paint during the week and in the process students will learn balance, structure and oil painting technique and explore an endless variety of color play. Focus will be on understanding the flow of composition using rhythm, value, shape and color. There will be a short painting demonstration every day and a lot of individual help and guidance, with a group critique and feedback by the end of the workshop. Visit website


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

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Expressive Portraits - Create Dramatic, Emotive Paintings
November 3-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Are you ready to move to the next level? Then this workshop is for you. You will learn how to: Achieve high art rather than mere rendering; Free yourself from the literal; Create drama; Maximize suggestion; Achieve glowing, realistic skin tone; Understand color temperature; Simplify values; Suggest movement; Avoid "unpleasant" detail; Capture expression; and Understand the basics of composition. We will also view a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Expect your work to become expressive, and more painterly. Visit website


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

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"Plein Air in The Marshes of Glynn" with Valerie Craig
November 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date and studied with Scott Christensen, Michael Doyle and Kenn Backhaus. Fundamentals of design, composition, value and brushstroke will be explored while considering elements of the landscape. Emphasis will include the massing of shapes, values, edges and brushwork, working directly wet-into-wet. In case the weather is bad you will have the opportunity to use reference materials in the studio. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Valerie Craig
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $400.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Abstraction Workshop, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland
November 5-13, 2014 — A weeklong painting workshop in abstraction and the development of visual language by Nuala Clarke. Nuala has been teaching at the New York Open Center, the Interdependence Project and to small groups of painters in NYC. Her teaching style, based on professional experience, focusses on strengthening the students relationship to personal vision. A unique opportunity to work at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Visit website


Location: Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland
Instructor: Nuala Clarke
Sponsor: The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Cost: $1,500
Email: Una Forde
Phone: +353 96 43184

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For the Love of Color
November 5-7, 2014 (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: Costa Mesa, CA
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $550
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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The Figure and Portrait in Oil
November 5-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of direct painting from a live model. We will discuss various starting techniques, as well as color studies, value schemes, and the preliminary work involved in starting a painting. The first part of the workshop will focus on the portrait; the second part will focus on the figure and setting up a scene. There will be daily instructor demonstrations and critiques. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Aaron Westerberg, www.westerberg-fineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $625 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Still Life in Oil
November 7-9, 2014 — Focusing on traditional ideas and techniques, students will develop the vital tools for creating skillful, luminous still-life paintings in oil. Students explore varied working methods through master copies, lectures, and group discussions on technical issues such as drawing and color theory while studying how past master artists handled such challenges. Focusing on composition and color, students learn to create thoughtful, interesting arrangements and examine the relationships between value, color, and intensity. Class discussions and instructor demonstrations help students build successful skills for independent work and proficiency in problem-solving strategies. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.AristidesArts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne
November 8-9, 2014 (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 create form and articulate 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. Intermediate to advanced. Visit website


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

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Five Days Painting in Paradise at the Beach
November 9-13, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join me for a "Paint Together/Stay Together" workshop at our beach house in Ventura, CA. You will rediscover your passion for art, learn the basics of values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! Day one starts off with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife focusing on color mixing and understanding values. Day two we will paint together and head out to paint plein air. With each day focusing on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlight the focal point. Day three we will all head out to paint and spend the day painting with a palette knife with one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $599.00 + $450 for lodging (if needed)
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
November 9-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Plein air painters and students will welcome the opportunity to work with this internationally known artist and teacher. In two sessions daily, through demonstration and personal instruction, students will learn sound methods and procedures in rendering the equine subject in sunlight. The understandings gained through this intensive five-day seminar will be useful in future practice when working sur le motif from all animal subjects as well as coping with problems inherent in painting ever illusive effects of light and atmosphere. Those of all experience levels with a serious commitment to the subject will be welcome. Portable equipment is required - students will be working outdoors with a live horse model, on the property of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. Lodging details provided upon registration. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob, www.nedjacob.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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"The Still Life with Edward Minoff"
November 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Edward Minoff will demonstrate and explain his process for still life painting and provide individual attention to each member of the class. Minoff graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a co-founder of the Grand Central Academy: a Water Street Atelier Instructor: Columbia University Professor, Adjunct and Co-Founder of the Hudson River Fellowship. He has also copied works at the Louvre, Prado, and the Metropolitan Museum, where he subsequently taught a class in copying master works. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Edward Minoff, www.edwardminoff.com
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
November 10-14, 2014 (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, and understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. We will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. The student will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed. Visit website


Location: 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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Advanced Level

Reflected Light and Foreign Color
November 10-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Dan will spend Day 1 and half of Day 2 demonstrating, from drawing to second coat, how he plans, draws, and colors a piece. Beginning on Day 2, Dan will demonstrate the fundamentals he follows using white billiard balls on a white surface in day light in various situations. These will be the lessons that you will do step by step the rest of the week. This workshop will be useful for any level, from beginner to professional, who wants to learn a simple 10 color palette (taught to Dan by James Reynolds, no less) using a subject that requires no drawing skills. 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
November 10-14, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 11-14, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Heart of Landscape Painting
November 11-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The first three days of this workshop will be focused on accurate painting from life. The instructor will open each day with a lecture and demonstration after which students will paint and receive individual critiques of their work. The class will focus on learning to see like an artist, emphasizing the fundamental principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the beauty of nature when painting outdoors. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of a variety of artists, and consider the importance of painting from life as a means to developing one's own individual voice. The final day of class students will begin a studio piece working from sketches and photographs they've produced. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare, www.joshclare.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art of the Carolinas
November 13-16, 2014 (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM) — Caroline Jasper workshops in opaque media on color ground. This is the biggest art workshops - materials expo in the USA. Many instructors/classes: Different media/concepts/topics/methods. 3hr. or 6hr. workshops morning/afternoon/evening daily. Shop deep discounts on art materials. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: Jerry's Artarama
Cost: per class varies
Email: Sharon DiGiulio
Phone: 800-827-8478 ext.156

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figure in Charcoal and in Oil
November 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on capturing the figure in both charcoal and oils. The first day will be drawing the figure in charcoal, building from short gesture poses into longer sittings where we will focus on using brushes and powdered charcoal to achieve a painterly effect to the drawing, covering values and edges. The second day will be quick figure sketches in oils, taking all we have covered the first day with drawing and progress into doing 45 min gestural studies in oil to convey movement, color notation and rhythmical elements. The third day will be a long figurative pose in oil. Refinement of edges and color harmony, color mixing and color temperature will be a main focus. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting
November 15-17, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This workshop will provide us with the chance to explore 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: $525
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Advanced Level

Oil & Wax Advanced Workshop, Ballinglen
November 16-24, 2014 — Rebecca Crowell is widely considered to be a pioneer in the use of cold wax medium for abstract painting. She has been teaching her original techniques in workshops across the US since 2009. She brings professionalism and a working artist's perspective to her classes, with university teaching experience, MFA Degree in Painting, representation in numerous galleries in the US as well as in Toronto and Dublin, and a number of overseas artist residencies--including a 2013 Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Visit website


Location: Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland
Instructor: Rebecca Crowell
Sponsor: The Ballinglen Arts Foundaiton
Cost: $1,500
Email: Una Forde
Phone: +353 96 43184

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting
November 17-20, 2014 (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: $600
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
November 17-21, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting with Ruo Li
November 17-21, 2014 (9am-4pm) — On the first day Ruo Li will talk about the most important aspects of seascape paintings, answer questions, and demonstrate his techniques of seascape painting. On the second day students will paint seascapes with photo reference in studio. Ruo Li will give individual attention and critiques. Wednesday the class will be out in the field for a day of plein air. Students will have the opportunity to paint in the morning and Ruo will demonstrate in the afternoon. On Thursday Ruo will discuss common problems that arise in painting and answer questions. After that, Ruo Li will do his third demo. For the remainder of the week, students will have the opportunity to start new paintings or work on ones already in progress. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 18-21, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
November 21, 2014 (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

Beginner Level

Ease Into Oils
November 22-23, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Want to paint, but unsure how to begin? This workshop makes it painless and easy. Become familiar with materials, color mixing and proper brush handling, and make paintings with basic color palettes including black-and-white, earth, prismatic and full-color. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
November 22, 2014 (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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 24-28, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 24-26, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 1-5, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — Join us painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscape Painting - What's the Point?
December 2-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Strong paintings start with a clear idea and intent. Using design and composition, Starling will demonstrate how to "get to the point" of what a painting has to say. In this two phase studio class students will start by making quick sketches and thumbnails to practice different compositional devices. When a strong composition has been designed the student will move to the canvas (or other substrate). Students are encouraged to bring their own field studies, studio paintings and photo reference to use as a place to start. For students Intermediate or above. Instructor will demonstrate in oil but other mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Transcending the Media in Painting
December 2-6, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Light is space. Color is how we see light. Paint is only a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. How do we get there? We will deal with paint, medium, and support in order to know what we can do and what we should not do - when paint is alive and when it is not. Transparency makes the color breathe, opacity gives the color body. You will see the magic of white and the beauty of black. Medium makes paint look like a jewel or a whisper. You will not be doing pretty pictures but you will see the world in a different light. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alla Prima Portrait Painting
December 5-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a "mud-palette", when working on alla prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step-by-step process to painting alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend as well as offer critiques. There will be a different model each day as the focus is on direct wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figurative Subject
December 6-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this two-day workshop, students will benefit from lecture and demonstration by this accomplished painter of the figurative subject. Robert will share a simplified concept of anatomy and an understanding of proportion, form modeling and color relationships that will inform the students' efforts when painting from the model. Topics discussed will include: posing and lighting the model, identifying the color of the light source, and the choices of tools and materials and how those choices characterize the finished painting. Students will paint both nude and costumed subjects in this informative and enjoyable workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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"Art & Soul, - Exploring Your Inner Landscape - Art Meditation, Yoga
December 6-13, 2014 (all day) — Robert Masla will lead us on a playful, and fun artistic jouney to uncover our Creative Self in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in this fun, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop of artistic discovery. Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering and invigorating Hatha Yoga exercises and stretches, Pranayama - (breathing techniques) that balance and revitalize our energy, and soulful visualization, meditation and song that opens our hearts. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting with a Loose Brush
December 6-14, 2014 (Saturdays, 9am-4pm) — In this oil painting workshop, students learn to truly see and seek alternative approaches to composition and perspective, and explore avenues of visual expression. Through one-on-one demonstrations, discussion, and in-studio practice, students will work from still life to learn a variety of techniques to "paint with a loose brush" and will develop a new appreciation for the fluidity of the medium. Beginning and experienced painters are welcome. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Lucy Barber, www.lucybarber.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $315
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Alla Prima Figure Painting
December 8-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. After a demonstration, the class will work in monotone from the model for the first day, concentrating on value. After that, we'll work in full color from the model; learning how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color, light, and shadow. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 9-12, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Basic Oil Painting
December 13-15, 2014 — Qiang's approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her currently skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. As a self-representing artist, Qiang will also share his experience of marketing art using Internet tools. He will demonstrate how to advertise artwork using blogs, websites, email newsletters, and on-line galleries. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $400
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
December 15-19, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Introduction to Painting Still Life
December 15-17, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will paint the still-life, but we will be studying how paint functions to create depth and atmosphere. We will study how to use color, value, edges, and a good drawing sense to create a vibrant still-life, one that is not based on copying stuff on a table, but of a painterly, creative response to the set-up. We will start with an understanding of the main idea for each painting, and develop the big shapes with a sense of the abstract interconnections. Using the unique qualities of paint we will create the illusion of depth and atmosphere. This class will focus on how to creatively sense the abstract heart of the subject and to create space in a painterly, creative way. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 16-19, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Representational Painting to Abstraction: Bridging the Gap
December 16-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop you will learn how to take any representational imagery (figure, landscape or still life), and begin to reinvent the "shapes" so they become less and less recognizable as "object" shapes and instead are viewed as creatively redesigned "pieces of the painting puzzle." When these shapes are viewed collectively from afar they assemble themselves into recognizable imagery. Not unlike impressionism, the placement of these abstracted and manipulated shapes become the building blocks of painting imagery but unlike impressionism you will learn to push the boundaries far beyond the traditional limits of impressionistic painting. If you are struggling to "find your own voice" then this is the workshop for you. You will leave the workshop with a much looser and more expressive style. 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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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Festive Figure Painting
December 18-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Take a moment to escape the holiday pace and join Nancy for two days of painting the festive figure. During this workshop, students can count on beautiful scenery, a costumed model and a relaxing atmosphere. Nancy will share her knowledge as she guides students toward a completed painting. The first morning will be a demonstration, but the rest of the time will be dedicated to students painting as Nancy offers individual attention and open class discussions. Get in the spirit and enjoy the gift of art! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting for All Levels
December 19, 2014 (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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
December 22-26, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
January 12-16, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
January 26-30, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
February 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Touch of the Brush: Mark-Making, Calligraphy and Gestural Unity in Painting
February 12-15, 2015 — Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes - the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject, an artist must learn to see the world in the language of painting rather than as nameable objects. Working from observation (still-life) this workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception & the importance of selection & simplification (what not to paint) in making a strong painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light & dark, attention to edges, using shape making gestural unity, & good studio practices. Experience required. This will be a 3.5 day workshop. Day 1: 6-9 pm; Day 2, 3, 4: 9am-4pm Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Maggie Siner, www.maggiesiner.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $500
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
February 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Camille Prze