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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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Figure Painting with Bassim Al-Shaker
December 11-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This figure painting workshop is a "hands-on" opportunity for students and professionals to observe and work alongside Bassim Al-Shaker. Students will profit from critique and lectures on gestural figure painting and alla prima oil techniques, including: drawing directly on canvas, chromatic underpainting, and single-pass painting execution, wet-into-wet. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the science of light, shadow and color and how to combine that knowledge with one's perceptual awareness in order to accurately represent the figure in space. Focus will also be placed on a variety of color palettes for a life-like representation of flesh and on the importance of temperature and chroma to the interpretation of the figure. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bassim Al-Shaker
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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"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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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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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
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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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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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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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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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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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Advanced Level

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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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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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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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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Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Students will draw the portrait and figure, learning to look for and implement the most important elements of shape, value, and edge for bold, confident, and loose but accurate drawings. The class will then select a figure pose which will be used as a starting point to design a painting to complete during the following two days. Students will build upon the concepts of shape, value, and edge that were learned in the drawing session to create a strong and beautiful painting. Students will work in a direct method, or wet-into-wet, to tackle the elements of a painting methodically, logically, and artistically. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $475
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Focus on Color 2
May 19-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Achieve color harmony! Explore new ways to paint white using color and discover alternatives to grey in shadows. Master the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Learn how to warm up a color or cool it down and how to neutralize a color and show it off with its complement. We will do color studies and work on 6 x 8 studies. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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Lay It Down & Leave It Alone
June 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Stop futzing! Learn how to mix a bigger pile of paint and get it onto your brush and off onto the canvas without overworking it. People want to see your brushstrokes. We will also be working with a palette knife. This class is often held outdoors to better enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Southern California. Space is limited to ten students to ensure individual attention and instruction. Debra Huse is an award-winning contemporary colorist and impressionist. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Italy with Kelly Medford: Rome Plus Tuscany and Umbria
June 9-18, 2015 — In an all-new workshop for plein air painters, accomplished artist, Kelly Medford, has expertly combined the excitement and drama of Rome with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany and Umbria to create the ultimate experience for painters of all levels. From the Eternal City's famous piazzas and ancient sites to the quiet alleyways and cobbled lanes of medieval hill towns, you'll find yourself surrounded by incredible beauty as you paint in some of Italy's most breath-taking settings. This workshop is a plein air painter's dream trip to Italy! Visit website


Location: Rome and Montegabbione, Italy
Instructor: Kelly Medford
Sponsor: Off the Beaten Strada
Cost: $2,795
Email: Pamela Haack
Phone: 305-588-5763

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Expression and Brushwork - Study to Studio
June 10-12, 2015 — All levels of plein air painter welcome. Brushwork, paint consistency, and fearlessness are rarely taught. Lori Putnam believes they are essential to mastering more thrilling paintings. In this workshop, students will begin en plein air making sketches, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches (most with little or no detail) will then be used as inspirational material for more-complete studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting. Capture the essence of nature through strong, simplified composition. Experience the power of painting with a limited palette including color mixing and harmony and color temperature. Learn the tried and true method for keying a painting and determining value relationships. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visit website


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

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Gay Faulkenberry in Provence
June 13-20, 2015 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and learning in the beautiful Cotes du Rhone region of northern Provence. This area is lush and green, full of vineyards and lavender fields, with the backdrop of the Vaucluse mountains. We'll stay for 7 nights in a totally restored former silk mill, complete with mill paddle wheel. All breakfasts and 3 group dinners are included in the fee. Workshop is only open to 8 participants to allow for lots of one on one time with the instructor. We'll visit different painting locations in the area as well as paint at our wonderful accommodation. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Gay Faulkenberry, PAPA
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3100 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Make Your Paintings Sing!
June 15-19, 2015 — Most artists say that color is what attracted them to painting in the first place; they also say that their number one problem is painting (or seeing) sparkling color. They marvel at the brilliant effects achieved by Sorolla, Zorn, and Monet, without understanding the principles that lead to those effects. In this oil/pastel painting workshop, you will learn to: see color accurately; mix what you see; paint the subtle color variations within a mass; capture the effect of light; create color harmony; avoid "mud"; differentiate between garish and realistic color; and more. We will discuss principles and look at paintings that embody them. Then you will do exercises to master those principles and gain a new found command of color! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: William Schneider, www.SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting Treasures of Austria's Tyrol en Plein Air
June 17-24, 2015 — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Tyrol region of Austria. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. The entire painting process will be covered along with daily demonstrations in oil. You may work in any medium. Carolyn will work individually with each student at their easel and guide them at their own level. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. Visit website


Location: Tyrol, Austria
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
June 20-27, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Find Your Artistic Voice: Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache or Oils
June 22-25, 2015 — Do you need an artistic breakthrough? Do you feel confused about what to paint and how to paint it? This workshop is designed for you! Kathy shows you how to find your own artistic voice and how to express it through masterful painting. Because all great art begins with a great concept, the purpose of this workshop is to instruct students at all ability levels on how to create unique and meaningful art. The first day of the workshop focuses on concept development. Next, you'll learn how to design a painting that best expresses your concept through the use of symbolism, design, and color. Special attention is paid to helping you create work that is technically masterful and consistent. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Katharine A. Cartwright, NWS
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Expression & Response
June 23-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Lori believes that each artist sees differently and should leave their distinctive mark on the canvas. However, letting go of formulas and finding the confidence to honestly express ourselves can seem daunting or difficult. Students will leave this workshop excited, ready to experiment more on their own, and above all, pointed towards meaningful, personal artistic growth. The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress and take you to the next level of creating poetry in your paintings. This class is appropriate for advanced beginners, and intermediate and advanced painters. Previous plein air experience is highly recommended. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Lori Putnam
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $600
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Art of Landscape Painting
June 30 - July 2, 2015 — This workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students who work with oils, acrylics, or pastels and wish to master the challenges of painting the landscape. Beautiful as they may be, landscapes are often expansive, complex and constantly changing. This makes tasks like massing, simplification, color, and lighting very challenging for the painter. Each day we will focus on a different aspect of landscape painting to learn proportion, light, energy, value, and color. There will be a short lecture each morning. The rest of the day will be spent outdoors creating a new painting. The small size of the class will allow for plenty of individual attention. Peter is a teaching faculty member of the Truro Center for the Arts. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Peter Chepus, www.chepus.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
July 4-11, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Bold and Brilliant: Plein Air Painting Using Dramatic Color!
July 6-9, 2015 — Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. In this workshop you will learn how to capture the colors of any landscape in bold dramatic colors, and in a painterly, gestural manner. Step-by-step instruction will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various color schemes and departing from realism. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Patti Mollica, www.pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Laura & Billy's Excellent Italian Painting Adventure
July 11-18, 2015 — Replenish Your Art Spirit - Constructive Positive Energy - Small Group - Budget-Friendly. Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide this week long painting workshop in the outskirts of Perugia. Laura's medium is pastels, William's is oils. We will work plein air as much as weather permits. Work in any medium. We encourage artists of all levels to consider joining us. Each person works at their own pace. We are all striving for our personal best. The camaraderie of the workshop group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire. Opportunities for local sight-seeing as well. Add on a three day stay in Rome with us to round out your Italian experience, additional pricing on request. Visit website


Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Sponsor: William Noonan Studio
Cost: $1,850
Email: William Noonan
Phone: 845-542-6472

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Russian Impressionism and the Contemporary Figure
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This painting workshop gives you a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to figure painting helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their figure painting abilities. All mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Henry Stinson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2015 — 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, the class will 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: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
July 13-17, 2015 — This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques in working directly from observation in the Maine landscape. The following concepts will be covered: 1) Approaches to composition in drawing and painting from observation such as gesture, tonal design, proportion, and atmospheric color harmony. 2) Materials and techniques in oil painting such as grounds, pigments, solvents, palette organization, and color mixing. 3) Landscape painting as a practice and as a source for other work. While this workshop is open to all levels, some experience in Drawing and/or Painting from observation is required. Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Christine Lafuente, www.christinelafuente.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $675
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Language and Emotion of Color
July 16-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The right color choice can give your paintings expressiveness, subtlety or mystery. In this workshop we will explore how to make color really work for you. You will learn several palettes: high key, low key, neutral, analogous, compliments, and warm and cool palettes. I will demo in oils but you may bring whatever medium you prefer (oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, etc.) Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Inspiration and Design
July 27-31, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Aimee will emphasize the importance of having a clear idea for a painting and the practical matter of color and value. You will learn keys to this important relationship. You will use techniques painting live models and still life that are useful for any subject. Aimee's demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a light-hearted approach. Don't miss her biography. This up and coming artist is rising fast! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Aimee Erickson
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level

Alla Prima Portrait Painting
July 27-30, 2015 — This four-day intensive workshop focuses on alla prima portrait painting in oil. Rose gives a portrait demonstration on the first day. We attempt to cover all aspects of portrait painting, from palette choices to drawing to seeing and capturing the colors and forms we see in the models, all the while attempting to maintain a critical and patient eye. During the workshop, Rose welcomes discussions on art, being an artist, and how we see ourselves in relationship to the creative experience. Participants often have meals together continuing the discussion and camaraderie. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
July 27-31, 2015 — During this class you will learn techniques for painting quickly and accurately, the key elements of gesture, light and form. Each day will be spent working from the model, both en plein air, and in the studio. You will concentrate on identifying the big relationships within your painting, instead of getting caught up in the details. Techniques for simplifying your color palette will also be discussed and you will discover how to see value more precisely. Expect to paint numerous small studies each day. Kim will work with you at your easel to address any compositional or color questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


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

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August Light: Painting the Impressionist Landscape in Oil (Plein air / Studio)
July 27-31, 2015 — Lee has a remarkable way of infecting his students with his passion for plein air painting. He is able to explain complicated concepts in understandable terms and is fully dedicated to having each student succeed. His workshops are challenging and also a lot of fun. Learn to paint fresh, light-filled plein air landscape paintings of dramatic coastal scenes, using the Impressionist palette of colors. Lee will train you to see the variations in value and color in the landscape, and how to apply the Impressionist theories of color and light to capture the changing light effects and moods. Come prepared to paint the sunset at least two evenings during the workshop. Experience the thrill of seeing and painting the light. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Lee Boynton, www.leeboynton.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $650
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
July 28-30, 2015 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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For the Love of Color
August 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: Lexington, KY
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $595
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Beginner Level
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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
August 11-13, 2015 — The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. We will go out to paint for the three hours of class with the purpose to better visualize color, light and space in this short time. This will lead to a richer understanding of color interaction that can benefit successive paintings that you do on your own. I will begin with a demonstration and end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Charles Basham
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $325
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

Beginner Level
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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime 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. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

Intermediate Level

Painting the Draped Figure & Portrait
August 11-15, 2015 — In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional "painterly" way to oil painting, and apply it to figure painting in an "alla prima" approach. The workshop will emphasize composition, color, understanding light on form, and producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. The workshop will lead the student into the figure painting practice through Zhaoming's demonstrations, individual instructions, and critiques. Zhaoming is a brilliant painter, his style and brushstrokes are perfect and stunning! His understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint loosely with his own concept and personal style. Don't miss this very infomative workshop! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
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