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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
July 26 - September 5, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Plein Air Painting in Oil and Pastel - Workshop 2
July 26, 2014 (9:30-3:30) — This second in the series of three 1-day workshops will address the challenges of painting outdoors: finding compositions, changing light, color in direct light and shadow, as well as finding values in an outdoor setting. Learn to sight size your painting with an abstract approach, working from large shapes to small shapes. This class is designed for students of all levels who want to make the break out of the studio. Visit website


Location: Rockport, MA
Instructor: Susan Kelley
Sponsor: Rockport Art Association
Cost: $75 members / $100 non members
Email: Margaret Redington
Phone: 978-546-6604

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
July 28 - August 1, 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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Painting II for High School Students: Figure Painting
July 28 - August 1, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Figure Painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA, and a valuable inclusion in any portfolio. In this intensive course, students will paint the life model from observation in oil paint. Instruction will focus on human anatomy and proportions, as well as paint handling and materials. Demonstrations and discussion will promote students' understanding of the subject matter, with an emphasis on how elements of design work together in a painting. Prerequisite: Painting I for High School Students: Still Life and Portrait (July 21-25, 2014) or prior basic painting experience. Please note: This class will have nude models. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez, www.rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level
July 28-31, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn the fundamentals of good design and how to effectively create a plein air painting from concept to completion. Determine compelling focal points, achieve depth and atmosphere, simplify mass, and effectively utilize color temperature and values. Build a painting through Greg's demos on location as he explains all techniques and concepts. Group critiques close each day. Greg will also individually critique student work brought from home. You should know how to work with your plein air equipment and medium, as well as have drawing ability and an understanding of perspective. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Greg LaRock, GregLaRock.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $525
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 29 - August 1, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
July 30-31, 2014 (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. Photographs will be supplied by the instructor. 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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Studio Painting with New Energy
July 31 - August 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to simplify your process and explore techniques for creating a painting in stages in order to gain a feeling of immediacy and freshness in your work. Set goals for improvement and let Tom guide you to the next level of accomplishment in your painting medium. Work from photo references in the studio, or outside - weather permitting. Tom demonstrates and explains all concepts, providing individual attention, as you incorporate what you learn into your paintings. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, TomNachreiner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein air to Studio
August 1-3, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is geared toward the student who wishes to take their landscape studio work to the next level. We will spend the first two days in the studio, then go outside to paint on the last day. In this workshop, I will use plein air studies from previous outings plus reference photos to demo studio work. To get the most of this workshop, please bring a variety of reference materials such as plein air studies, photos, and/or sketches of that location plus other generic photos that may be helpful in composing a studio piece such as interesting skies, backgrounds, etc. You should also expect lots of individual attention at the easel. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops / artensity.org
Cost: $395
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Painting the Dramatic Still Life
August 1-3, 2014 — Inspired by the oil painting of the masters, this workshop will cover the essential skills needed to achieve luminosity and depth with paint, for the beginner and advanced painter. Students will find their advances made in this workshop will not only produce beautiful still-lifes but will carry over to their other paintings of portraits, figures and landscapes as well. The workshop consists of instructor demonstrations, starting with the conceptual design of the painting to observing and translating the beauty of objects into lustrous paint. Understanding the structure of a painting and manipulating paint, brilliant light, supple color and purposeful edge variations, an artist can create a compelling and distinguished piece of art. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Leah Lopez, www.leahlopez.com
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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Portrait Painting Workshop with Warren Chang
August 2-3, 2014 (10-5pm) — Join Warren Chang a Nationally acclaimed artist for a 2 day Portrait Workshop. Students will work in oil, learning the proportions and construction of the head, understanding of light and shadow and the mixing of skin tones with the use of a limited palette. Instructor demonstrations on both days. For more information on the instructor, please visit: www.warrenchang.com Visit website


Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Instructor: Warren Chang
Sponsor: Pacific Grove Art Center
Cost: $350.00
Email: Warren Chang
Phone: 831-277-8474

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Spontaneous Abstraction
August 2-3, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop will focus on different techniques that will enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Learn how to gather inspiration for a painting from anything - from observation, pictures, or simply by brainstorming on canvas, creating chaos and then making order out of it. Focus on composition, movement, harmony, and the use of line independent of color. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Life Painting in Oils
August 4-6, 2014 (10:00 - 4:00) — The first day of the workshop begins with a demonstration. Students will learn about the fundamentals of drawing, value, color, and composition. The students will work from a live model all three days. At the end of the workshop, there will be a critique and students are welcome to bring other work. Please keep the critique to three canvases. Visit website


Location: Highlands, NC
Instructor: Marc Chatov
Sponsor: The Bascom
Cost: $450
Email: Billy Love
Phone: 828-526-4949

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David Lussier's Monhegan Island Plein air Workshop
August 4-6, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — This workshop takes you to a tiny island off the coast of Maine that time forgot. Step off the ferry and forget the stress. The painting subjects have barely changed in a hundred years and everywhere you look is another painting. David's clear, organized demonstration each morning will be followed by his encouraging one on one instruction emphasising the principles shown. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: David Lussier
Sponsor: David Lussier Workshops
Cost: $350
Email: Pamela Lussier
Phone: 860-338-3226

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
August 4-8, 2014 — 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 the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 5-8, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Drawing and Painting the Figurative Subject
August 5-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop presents the student of painting an opportunity to further his or her understanding of drawing and painting the figurative subject. Day one will introduce "new" concepts of figural construction, which will be reinforced and integrated through gestural drawing exercise with the nude model in 3-4 minute poses. During the second day, students will begin painting. Through lecture and demonstration, students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color, edge and composition. Working from the nude model, the student will be introduced to an exercise designed to reinforce the concepts of simplicity for value and color. Day three will offer students the opportunity to apply these new concepts while working from the costumed and nude model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air in Oils
August 7-9, 2014 — Western painter G. Russell Case is inspired by nature, but he places little value on literal translations. His sweeping, idealized versions of the western landscape are compositions that combine the beauty of the natural world with the rich imagination and originality of an artist's mind. Case's work is represented by numerous galleries all over the country, and he has won numerous awards for his paintings. Minimum of 10 students; maximum 15. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: G. Russell Case, www.grussellcase.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $475 by July 7; $525 after July 7
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Painting for All Levels
August 8, 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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Monhegan Inside and Out
August 11-15, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 5 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Workshop focus is on finding a strong composition & creating an atmosphere for your subject to 'live' in through color temperature and value. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini
Phone: 1.800.393.7270 call 9-5 weekdays

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August Light: Painting the Impressionist Landscape in Oil (Plein air / Studio)
August 11-15, 2014 — 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 the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 12-15, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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There's Still Life Here in the Summer
August 12-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Come in from the heat and join Nancy Chaboun for a two day still life getaway - at least we can pretend it's not a million degrees outside. Escape to a room full of beautiful setups to paint, new things to learn and great company to boot. The class will discuss the broader principles of painting; composition, intent, value placement as well as the technical strategies for painting materials such as metal, glass, and porcelain and of course a lot of personal attention will be provided. Visit website


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


Art Workshop
August 12-14, 2014 — Aline is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a national juried oil painter with the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. This class will primarily be a landscape class. Weather permitting we will be outside but if we need to go in, we would do a still life. Students can work in pastels or oils and a demonstration will be given each day along with lots of hands on critiques and advice. Aline has been teaching pastel and oils, figure, landscape and still life painting for 30 years. She began as an illustrator and taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California for 8 years before moving to Hanover, NH. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Aline Ordman, PSA
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $250
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Outdoor Oil Painting Workshop
August 14-15, 2014 (9:30-3:30) — In this workshop, students of all levels will learn or be reintroduced to the fundamentals of painting and the uses of color and brushwork. The beautiful and historic streets and harbor scenes of Rockport will be the backdrop for each day's work. Learn from an artist whose 40-plus years of painting will make this a rich and vivid experience. Visit website


Location: Rockport, MA
Instructor: Liné Tutwiler
Sponsor: Rockport Art Association
Cost: $175 members / $200 non members
Email: Margaret Redington
Phone: 978-546-6604

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Monhegan Island 2 day art workshop
August 14-15, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 2 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Workshop focus is on finding a strong composition & creating an atmosphere for your subject to 'live' in through color temperature and value. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini
Phone: 800.393.7270

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A New Vision: Painting Portraits of Your Loved Ones from Photos
August 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create an oil portrait painting. Achieve the basic skills needed to paint faces from photographs. Learn how to apply these skills to different genre, including animals, landscapes and still lifes. Kay will discuss what makes a good composition. She will demonstrate how to plan your painting, create a "grisaille", mix colors, and use various brushstrokes. There will be ample time to practice "seeing" and drawing skills, including how to recognize edges, shape, value and color, and measure for accuracy. At the end of the workshop, you will have a completed portrait created under Kay's direction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Eaton, KathleenEatonArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Landscape Painting From the Inside Out
August 14-17, 2014 — Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes an organized approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. Morning sessions take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio, where a key lesson is introduced through a guided exercise. In the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning's lesson live, in plein air. Topics include site selection and limited focus, simplification and massing, composition, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color. Though not a workshop for first-time painters, it is ideal for those who have painted before and now want a strong foundation in landscape painting, or for those who want to hone their existing landscape skills. This workshop is suitable for oil, acrylic or pastel painters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $475
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Still Life: Painting in Monochrome
August 16-17, 2014 (10-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm) — Weekend workshop painting in monochrome: generally in shades of black, brown or gray (value studies and grisaille). This workshop focuses on drawing and painting directly from life. During the workshop, the instructor teaches and demonstrates each step of the painting process from beginning to end. Students learn about the importance of values in representational art. "Color gets the credit, but values do the work"! We will start with a thumbnail of your composition. When we determine it is right we will paint/sketch the first layer with a thin color lay in. After this stage, students gradually paint with thicker layers in black and white thus creating a value painting in monochrome. This can be loose or very finished and it can be beautiful! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Cary Jurriaans, caryjurriaans.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $195
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface
August 18-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Explore the technique of combining oil paint and cold wax. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature, without heat, to extend the oil paint and serve as a medium. Incorporate other media such as oil sticks and pigment to create dynamic paintings. The process of adding and subtracting creates layers that produce surface and subsurface texture. You will use an array of non-traditional tools to build layers and add depth. This class emphasizes the process and is experimental in nature. The intuitive process encourages students to loosen up and explore. Students will learn from detailed demonstrations, instruction, and individual exploration of the techniques and materials. Positive individual and group critiques will be offered throughout the workshop. Experimentation and personal expression is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dianne Martia, DianneMartia.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Summer Special! Inner Rejuvenation with Expressive Arts
August 18-22, 2014 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Immerse yourself into the creative process! It will rejuvenate your life! It's the path for inner renewal! Offered for the first time in enchanted fishing village of Ajijic on the shore of Lake Chapala, led by experienced art therapist Cristiana Marinescu. You will paint, write, create collages, decorate masks, practice healing visualization. Creativity and Rejuvenation are two innate and interchangeable aspects of Soul. Practice the art or resilience and discover easy steps to enhance creativity in your life. You will have time to explore the many shops, cobble stone streets, restaurants. It is a week of rekindling your creative spirit. No art experience needed. Accommodations are in a tranquil boutique hotel one black for lake and shopping, at extra cost. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450 with materials
Email: Meredith
Phone: 1-800-436-0759

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Capturing Color and Light en Plein Air
August 18-22, 2014 — Join Kami and learn her approach to 'plein air' painting. The varied landscapes of Madeline Island provide you with the best possible setting to learn from her and perfect your appreciation and use of color. Her goal during this workshop is to show you how to achieve the best mood, light and composition in your paintings. This workshop is intense and guaranteed to provide you with focus and the progressive steps necessary to develop yourself as a plein air painter. The workshop begins with a lecture of her painting fundamentals - foundation, color and light. It will include demos by Kami, a series of value and compositional exercises. You can expect to paint several studies each day! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Come September (en plein air)
August 18-22, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Increase your awareness of opportunities to paint en-plein air. Compose, plan and execute your painting in the field. There is nothing that outdistances the beautiful nuances and observations as painting from life. Discover from nature what you have loved about artists that have painted landscapes. Personal involvement in the field cannot be duplicated in quite the same way in the studio. Suggestion: Paint small studies in the field and learn to enlarge them in the studio. I will assist in the field as well as in the studio. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Deanne Lemley
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $595
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 19-22, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450


5-Day Figure Painting in Oils
August 20-24, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — This 5-Day workshop will focus on the fundamental principles essential to achieve a convincing three-dimensional representation of the human figure in oils. These principles will be analyzed in a logical sequence of repetitive exercises, beginning with gesture and Block-ins continuing through to a long pose with the opportunity to apply the principles practiced. We will analyze light and its effect on color and the human form. Focus will be on prioritizing the information unique to each stage, then establishing a cohesive balance between the use of abstract movements and shapes with structure and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Stephen Early
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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The Drama of The Figure
August 20-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Kevin Beilfuss, graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and OPA Regional and National award recipient, comes to Atlanta for a five day figure workshop. Lighting, color, symbolism will be explored. Basic figure drawing skills required. 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 both the nude, and clothed 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. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in the Mt. Hood National Forest
August 22-23, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — Day One - Claudia will show you how to draw and paint a rustic log shelter, towering fir trees, textured tree trunks, lacy undergrowth and rich clumps of green moss. Although we will be working in watercolor the first day, participants are free to choose their medium for Day Two, including pencil, pen and ink, pastels, acrylic, or oils. Claudia can work with you in any of these mediums. Day Two -- we will paint on location (weather permitting) at the historic Barlow Trail Toll Gate location in the Mount Hood National Forest near the Salmon River. This is an excellent opportunity for Sketchbook Journaling or to create a larger Plein Air masterpiece. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Painting for All Levels
August 22, 2014 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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"Simplify the Complex on the California Coast"
August 25-27 or August 25-28, 2014 — Come paint the Monterey and Carmel Coastline this summer. The three (or four day- w/extra optional day) workshop is open to all levels, but is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making...while sharing his own methods for "simplifying the complex". Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air), while a fourth day (in the studio) will be focused on simple figure painting techniques to incorporate into a scene. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with "one-on-one" assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Contact: Carmel Visual Arts
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 25-29, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the West Quoddy Head State Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Painting the Figure from Life
August 25-29, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Working from a live model, learn the basics principles of painting the figure in the landscape from celebrated painter, Dawn Whitelaw. Instruction includes the following: drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. The subject will be a costumed model, but the knowledge offered will be helpful in painting any subject matter. Students with painting and drawing skills, at intermediate level and above, will benefit most from the instruction. Models will be posed both outdoors and in the studio. Dawn will share her knowledge through power point presentations, lectures, demos, and intensive individual instruction at your easel. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $550 + model fee, Non-Members: $575 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
August 25-29, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to the best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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The Essence of Light Oil Painting
August 25-29, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business. Although magnificent flowers and landscapes are the main choice for his compositions, he explains, "The actual job of making an arresting piece of art has nothing to do with what the thing is." Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Davis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $695
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Learning to See your Subject
August 26-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — What does the act of observing mean for an artist? Discover the answer in this three day workshop as you learn to "see" the subject, interpret visual elements and execute it on canvas. Students will learn the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and enthusiasm. Students may choose to work from their favorite photos and field sketches or set up still life subjects throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Still-life painting & On-line art business
August 28-30, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, 1 hour lunch) — Qiang's approach to still-life will focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation. He will also share his experience of marketing art, using the internet tools of blogs, websites, email newsletters and on-line galleries. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $400
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Personal Journeys - Plein Air Painting on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
August 30 - September 3, 2014 — Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Experienced raft guides and fine artists David Kinker and James Sampsel, international travel adventure company ROW Adventures, and Cascade Fine Art Workshops are teaming up to offer you a unique life-changing plein air opportunity! Artists working in any medium are welcome, along with photographers, writers, and those wishing to join in the experience! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Kinker & James Sampsel
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1695
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Plein Air Painting in Oil and Pastel - Workshop 3
August 30, 2014 (9:30 - 3:30) — This third in the series of three 1-day workshops will address the challenges of painting outdoors: finding compositions, changing light, color in direct light and shadow, as well as finding values in an outdoor setting. Learn to sight size your painting with an abstract approach, working from large shapes to small shapes. This class is designed for students of all levels who want to make the break out of the studio. Visit website


Location: Rockport, MA
Instructor: Susan Kelley
Sponsor: Rockport Art Association
Cost: $75 members / $100 non members
Email: Margaret Redington
Phone: 978-546-6604

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
August 30 - October 10, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by former student Teresa Kent. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Painting Crash Course
August 31 - September 1, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) — This course guides you in a painting process that will focus on using brushwork and a limited palette of color to see the shapes, tones and edges that create the illusion of form. This is a great class for the first time painter or a nice refresher course for the returning painter. With materials included all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself and clothing that you could get some paint on! A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Visit website


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

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 1-3, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $375 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
September 1-5, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting: Loose and Colorful - Oils and Acrylics
September 1-5, 2014 — Mike Rooney teaches classroom and plein air (outdoor) workshops that are guaranteed to loosen up your style and transform your art. Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value: Essential equipment needed for plein air work; Working outdoors or from photos in the studio; Capturing light effects; Simplifying objects- stick figures welcomed; Working quickly- time waits for no one; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color and composition theory, it's not as boring as it sounds and the importance of values over color; and more. There will be lots of outdoor painting (if weather permits) and classroom exercises guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Mike Rooney, www.mikerooneystudios.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $575
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Beginning Plein Air Painting
September 4-6, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to refine your skills in drawing, observing value, and applying color as you paint in the field. Together with Stuart, select an effective composition and then organize and simplify its shapes through averaging the colors. The goal of the workshop is to learn methods to successfully paint in an environment of changing light rather than to create finished paintings. Each day begins with a demonstration and discussion, followed by work in the field and individual coaching from Stuart. First paint small black-and-white value studies, then move to color studies up to 9" x 12" size. As the light changes and fluctuates, you will begin a new canvas. Leave the workshop with at least one successful color study. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, StuartFullerton.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting for All Levels
September 5, 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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Etruscan Places Plein Air Fundamentals
September 6-13, 2014 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that plein 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 class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Energize Your Paintings and the Whole Painting Process
September 8-12, 2014 — Spend five full days painting en plein air with Tom at the most scenic spots on Madeline Island. During this workshop, you will learn how to identify bad habits, and how to accomplish a system for simplifying your painting process. You will learn about the different stages of a painting from start to finish, and will also discuss the basic elements of successful paintings: Drawing, Shape, Value, Color Temperature, and Edges. Tom will demonstrate all of his suggestions and shortcuts every day, with a focus on his trademark 6 C's.... Content, Concept, Composition, Craftsmanship, Color, and Center of Interest. And you will receive plenty of individual attention at your easel. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
September 8-12, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Plein Air Painting (Plein Air / Studio)
September 8-11, 2014 — This 4-day Plein Air Workshop will be held at beautiful Bass Harbor in the Acadia area of Maine. Armand will choose specific sites for each day designed to teach the student how to approach different subjects & to give them a variety of experiences to enhance both their artistic growth and their visit to this beautiful area. Armand Cabrera's workshops are a fun and intensive way to study the Essentials of Successful Painting, no matter what your style or level. He guides his students with practical solutions to overcome the obstacles that often prevent them from creating successful paintings. Students will learn how to finish 2 paintings per day in an alla prima method. Maximum of 12 students. Visit website


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

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
September 9-13, 2014 (9-4) — A five-day painting workshop at the studio of Barry John Raybould in the heart of the Tuscany countryside, Italy. Each day we will cover one of the key skills you need to build your painting skills, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. Visit website


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

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Capitol Reef - "The Undiscovered Country"
September 9-11, 2014 — Capitol Reef is an extraordinary landscape of tilted planes and deep mysterious canyons. We will paint one day from Panorama Point near the entrance to the park, one day from an area within the park at the end of Scenic Drive and one day will spent on Boulder Mountain overlooking it all from magical aspen groves. David Santillanes will guide students in capturing the unique rock formations and atmospheric perspective that this terrain is known for. Evenings will allow for group dinners at various restaurants and group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this three-day immersion. Four nights Lodging is included at the Howard Johnson's between Torrey, UT and the park entrance. Visit website


Location: Torrey, UT
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, dasanti.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $900
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Figure Study with Robert Lemler
September 11-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Robert, for over a decade, has, taught drawing and painting in the classical tradition at the Scottsdale Artists' School and is represented by the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale. Swiftly reproducing emotion and beauty of a moment with a direct, naturalistic approach with an intense interplay of light, form, and color are hallmarks that give his paintings a unique luminosity and richness. He believes real beauty lies in simplicity; stripping a statement down to its simplest form to make the most impact. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Niagara Falls plein air painting
September 12-13, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Niagara is one of the most dramatic painting locations in the East! Workshop incorporates painting and visualization techniques with emphasis on grisaille (value underpainting) and working with color temperature for atmosphere and dimension in your paintings. 2 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini
Phone: 800.393.7270

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David Lussier's Rock and Surf Plein air Workshop
September 12-14, 2014 (9:00 - 4:00) — Join David in an exploration of painting rocks and surf in this remarkable state park in Jamestown Rhode Island. Watch a painting demonstration from start to finish or jump right into painting. You can paint alongside David for the day or watch him paint. David will explain his complete thought process about painting this challenging subject. After a complete day of painting, we will meet for a fun and honest critique of the days work. All demos are in oil, but students may work in the medium of their choice. Workshop Hours: 9-4 Visit website


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

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Luminous Oils: Painting with Copper and Gold Leaf
September 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Kent Lovelace demonstrates his technique for applying transparent colored oil paints to copper plate. Learn plate preparation, gold leafing on panel and paper and value-oriented underpainting in oil, as you complete your own small paintings. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kent Lovelace
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $375
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Three Day "Painting Large" with the Palette Knife
September 15-17, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — "Painting Large" is about painting on larger canvases with a palette knife. We will complete two paintings, on 24" or larger canvases. The class will help students to enhance their passion for art, understand color mixing and values and master techniques of painting larger with a palette knife! Day one starts with palette knife painting exercises and a unique paint-along demo. Day two we will finish our larger paintings and begin our second painting. Day three we will finish our second paintings with one-on-one instruction at your easel. As part of the workshop, each student will meet with Leslie individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts. Visit website


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

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Plein-air Painting Workshops on the Costa Brava and Barcelona, Spain
September 2014 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting tour. Paint in the surreal world of Dali and Gaudi: craggy cliffs, pristine beaches, fishing villages and botanical garden. Also, enjoy a flamenco show, a guided visit of Barcelona and the Dali's museum. We offer oil and watercolor workshops with widely known teachers. All skill levels welcome. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 10 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a tour leader throughout. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: Starts at $2,640
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 888-483-5713

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"Autumn in Vermont"
September 17-20, 2014 — Open to all levels with a limit of 16. Set in the bucolic landscape of southern Vermont this four day workshop will review the principals of painting on location. An indoor studio is available (in the event of foul weather). Hosted by the Landgrove Inn, Landgrove Vermont. Visit website


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

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4-Day Painting From Life and Seeing Form
September 18-21, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — This workshop will focus on painting from life in the traditional Alla Prima manner, painting directly wet on wet. We will block in the larger forms first and then develop the smaller forms in a painterly manner. We will concentrate on seeing the forms of the model in terms of shapes, proportions, values and color and mix our colors to achieve a natural realism. We will observe and paint the relationship of all these elements. Much attention will be given to mixing the paint on the pallet to achieve cool and warm colors for form and spacial design on the canvas. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Max Ginsburg
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Life Painting in Oils
July 10 - September 18, 2014 (Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm) — This is an on-going class meeting every Thursday. Students have the option of working in oil or charcoal. Classes include drawing, painting alla prima and long poses - all from a live model - receiving individual instruction at your easel. Marc Chatov has taught Russian Impressionism to Traditional Realism for the past 40 years in this longest running art atelier in Atlanta. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Marc Chatov
Sponsor: Chatov Studio
Cost: $340 for 10 week session
Email: Gaye Chatov
Phone: 706-557-1717

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Painting for All Levels
September 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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Slow Down - Wake Up - Make Art
September 19-21, 2014 (Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 to 5 pm ) — Learn to approach your existing artistic practice from a new perspective. Our goal will be to wake up the senses and strengthen our ability to perceive directly. Our goal is not necessarily to create finished work, but to experience methods to take to your own studio. The workshop will cultivate awareness, enliven the sense perceptions, and allow for insight. Suitable for visual artists who paint, sculpt, photograph or work in mixed media. Foundation skills will be revisited with a new approach. Nova Scotia is a magical place to experience the autumn. Both rugged and full of culture, it offers great variety for the senses and ample opportunity to "press reset" on your state of mind. Visit website


Location: Prospect Village, Nova Scotia, Canada
Instructor: annie abdalla, MFA, MES
Sponsor: Annie Abdalla Artworks
Cost: $450.00 including vegetarian meals
Email: annie abdalla
Phone: 902-852-3709

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Tuscan Color and Light
September 20-27, 2014 (9-3) — Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of this enchanting region. With gentle, experienced guidance you will learn to capture the landscape through demonstration, and plenty of individual attention. Christine has led several Tuscan workshops, and would love to help you create your own impressions. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Christine Debrosky
Sponsor: Il chiostro
Cost: $2495
Email: Linda Mironti
Phone: 800-950-3506

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 20-27, 2014 (All Day) — 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. Cooking class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Five Days Painting in Paradise at the Beach
September 21-25, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join me for a "Paint Together/Stay Together" workshop at our beach house in Ventura, CA. You will rediscover your passion for art, understand values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! Day one begins with a unique painting demo that demonstrates the basic approach to painting with a palette knife and focusing on color mixing and understanding values. Day two and three we will paint together and paint plein air using the palette knife to create visual interest to highlight the focal point in your paintings. The last two days will be spent painting your own palette knife paintings (using the beautiful Ventura Beach scenery) with one on one instruction at your easel. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $599.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: (626) 799-8507

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Landscapes in the Studio
September 22-26, 2014 — For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman's art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. This 5-day workshop will be primarily an indoor class. Michael will be painting throughout the week, thus allowing the participant to see first-hand how he addresses these same subjects. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students, while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique. Students should have prior experience with landscape painting. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Michael Workman, www.workmanstudio.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $925
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Landscape and the Still Life
September 22-26, 2014 — Learn to approach nature directly, and translate what you see onto your canvas. You will begin with a contour drawing of the scene, with a focus on interconnecting shapes. Then, you will evaluate your composition and simplify your color choices to create a balanced painting. Discussion of these techniques will emphasize value, warm and cool colors, and the importance of edgework. Louise will work with you individually, and will encourage you to develop a fresher, bolder color palette. Half the day will be in the studio painting a still life under natural light. Painting will be "alla prima". Emphasis will be on drawing, values, color and edges. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Louise Gillis
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Oil Painting Basics for Novices and Beginner
September 22-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy an exciting, fun, and non-intimidating approach to oil painting. If you have always wanted to paint in oils, but didn't know where to start, this workshop is for you. Learn the basics of painting such as laying out colors on your palette, brushes, canvas materials, color theory, contrast, values, and more. Put your learning into immediate practice at your easel. Jacqueline demonstrates techniques, discusses master artist's works, and provides individual instruction at your easel. Gentle critiques close each session. Expect to take home four to six small paintings. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jacqueline France, JacqueFrance.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325 + materials fee, Non-Members: $350 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein Air Painting on the Rim: Grand Canyon, Arizona
September 22-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The workshop is designed to give students complete focus on the canyon while learning what to select from the canyon's expansive view. Helping students arrange pleasing compositions while creating the feel, mood and essence of the Canyon is the main goal. Careful consideration has been taken to select prime painting locations suitable for this class. The daily schedule will be split into early morning and late afternoon painting sessions, with break time in-between. Students will be working during the richest and most dramatic times of day, while allowing free time to explore the canyon. Demonstrations will also be used in the teaching process, as well as individual critiques and some lecture time. Visit website


Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Plein Air with Suzanne Kelley Clark
September 22-26, 2014 (9 AM to 3:30 PM) — Paint plein air with renowned artist Suzanne Kelley Clark at the beautiful Springhill Retreat in Richardson, TX. Suzanne is a master painter of landscapes; she will be instructing students on techniques for outdoor painting, use of color and effective composition. Since 1990, Suzanne, who holds an MFA from SMU, has taught SMU continuing and professional education classes and has been a professor at Eastfield College since 1999. Suzanne has exhibited in numerous solo, two-person and group shows, has received numerous awards and honors including the "Meadows Artistic Achievement Award," and has attracted many commissions including paintings for BNSF Railroad Company and the Anatole Hotel. Visit her website at suzannekelleyclark.com to see her work and learn more about her. Visit website


Location: Richardson, TX
Instructor: Suzanne Kelley Clark, suzannekelleyclark.com
Sponsor: McKenna Studio Workshops
Cost: $620.00
Email: Diane McKenna
Phone: 214-662-7414

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 22-26, 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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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 23 - October 7, 2014 — A dream painting adventure in a land of timeless beauty! This workshop will emphasize plein air painting, composition, color and design. Individual instruction and demonstrations. Students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting on site. Oils, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured on CNN, and in the New York Times. Tuscany is his second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and has conducted many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


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

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Plein Air and Studio Landscape in Pastel or Oil
September 23-26, 2014 — The workshop is open to both oil painters and pastelists. All demonstrations will be given in pastel. The first two days will be a studio landscape painting experience, and the last two will be plein air (weather permitting). Topics covered: 3 types of compositions that give great results, How to solve compositions and color problems, Things every artist should know about painting water, 7 things that happen visually as space recedes, Creating depth by separating space into planes, Using edges to create the illusion of texture, and Painting fall and winter trees. Plein Air topics: Finding good subject matter, Setting up your easel, Overcoming changing conditions of light, and understanding the 4 types of light (light and shadow, form, silhouette, and local tone). Visit website


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

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Plein Air Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2014 — Emphasis is on how to get the "tight" out of your painting and let the "loose" in! Tips on painting loose, how to get better color (lose the mud). If you like to paint tight, that's fine. We will also discuss composition- in general, how to get the Umpphhh! into your painting. We will also discuss how to "see" the subject matter and translate that onto canvas. Classes will start with a demo in oils by Carol, later, students may paint along with Carol step by step or start your own painting. It is up to you. There will be plenty of one on one help. The setting is casual and flexible. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Carol Hallock
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp, see details online
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Plein Air Painting in Baja California
September 25-28, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Stuart Burton, landscape painter, teacher and founder - The Art Academy in North Park, September 25 - 28, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Stuart Burton, Art Academy of San Diego
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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Niagara Falls plein air painting
September 26-27, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Niagara is one of the most dramatic painting locations in the East! Workshop incorporates painting and visualization techniques with emphasis on grisaille (value underpainting) and working with color temperature for atmosphere and dimension in your paintings. 2 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Sketching and Painting the Plein Air Landscape
September 27-28, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This class is designed to ease you into the art of "plein air" painting. En plein air is a French phrase meaning simply, "in open air". This class will focus on the unique experience of painting "en plein air" - both the pleasures and the challenges. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air", or on location is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We'll begin by learning to use our sketchbooks to record the impression of the landscape and to quickly capture changing light effects. Visit website


Location: North Bennington, VT
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $185
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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A Brush with Tuscany
September 27 - October 4, 2014 — A Brush with Tuscany, a Landscape and Figure Painting workshop, gives both the plein air and studio painter a week-long opportunity to work in this inspiring region of Italy. Experience the joys of painting with award-winning artist, Eli Cedrone. Enjoy great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas and "la dolce vita". Visit website


Location: Sarteano, Italy
Instructor: Eli Cedrone
Sponsor: Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses LLC
Cost: $2850.
Email: Joan Hill
Phone: 508-255-7907

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"Plein Air in the Golden Isles" with Larry Moore
September 29 - October 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — An invited speaker at the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey-Carmel this April, 2014, Larry Moore's workshop will focus on how to develop your own voice and establish a personal vision. Working on developing a series of studies the first two days and creating one or two larger finished pieces on-site from the studies and plein air. Special emphasis will be on painting methods, design and composition. Visit website


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

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The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil
September 29 - October 2, 2014 — In this plein air workshop, Michael will focus on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations, plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. Both oil and pastel will be demonstrated. Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, Michael is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He writes regularly for The Pastel Journal and is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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The Value of Values
September 29 - October 1, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Both plein air and studio painters will benefit from this in-depth investigation of value as an integral design element in painting. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced painter - whether you prefer landscapes to still life - the study of value deserves your attention. Learn to identify the values of different colors that you see and how to mix the correct value of each one. A still life, vignette, or view from a window will serve as inspiration. Kyle introduces some inexpensive tools that will take the mystery out of value. He explains how to control values, organize your composition, create a sense of form and suggest space. Complete a series of color value studies, and then, a finished painting in color. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting for All Levels
October 3, 2014 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
October 4-11, 2014 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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


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

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For the Love of Color
October 4-6, 2014 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Lexington, KY
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $495
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Portrait Painting
October 6-9, 2014 — Learn to paint portraits in the Classical Tradition. This 4 day workshop, led by artist David Gray, will give you the process on painting light and shadow, eye-catching detail and contemporary subjects in a classical approach. David's approach and tonal paintings are unique. His work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in its craftsmanship. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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For the Love of Color
October 8-10, 2014 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Lexington, KY
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $495
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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


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

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


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

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Painting Sedona
October 11-12, 2014 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Bold Brush Plein Air
October 15-17, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This plein air workshop in oils is open to artists of all levels. One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day. Shelby became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting Waves and Still Life Study
October 17-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Groves graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Environmental Design and has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Colorado Academy of Art, the Loveland Art Academy, the Cottonwood Art Academy and the Denver Arts Students League. He also enjoyed a private, two-year mentorship with artist Jay Moore, which he considers a turning point in his artistic career. With a classical approach, studio analysis and classroom instruction, this program will give the necessary skills in classical still life study and ocean waves. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Chris Groves, www.cgroves.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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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
October 17-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $560 by July 10; $660 after July 10
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 18-25, 2014 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Self Portrait
October 22-25, 2014 — Alla prima is a painting done in one sitting while the paint is still wet. It leaves the surface looking its freshest, yet also is the most challenging because it forces the artist to complete the work within a much shorter time frame. Within this four day workshop we will spend time with and explore each stage of an alla prima portrait painting and the correlating principles that go along with each stage. Students will begin with grisialle, progress to a simplified value range of flesh tones, then add color. The final stage is a 'long pose' all prima painting where the student has a full day to build a portrait through all its stages while the paint is still wet. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Kerry Dunn
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Portrait Painting from Life
October 27-31, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on painting the head in a traditional realistic manner. We will see and paint the unique forms of the individual model posing. Variations will be observed with different poses and lighting conditions. Attention will be given to perspective, foreshortening, the relationship of shapes, value, color, textures, atmosphere, spacial design and the use of the painting materials, paint and brushes, etc.to achieve these effects. Mr. Ginsburg will give painting demonstrations throughout the week but the students will spend the bulk of the time painting on their own work, and the instructor will personally critique each student's work daily. During breaks Mr. Ginsburg will discuss the work of the Old Masters, and his own work, as it relates to the workshop assignments. Visit website


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

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


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

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 27-31, 2014 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


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

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All About Color: Concept, Perception and Usage
October 27-29, 2014 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this class, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of developing and thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing. Students will acquire concepts to fill their color needs, which through use will become fluid and subconscious. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting for All Levels
October 31, 2014 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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


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

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For the Love of Color
November 1-3, 2014 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $550
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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


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

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Floral Still Life Painting
November 3-7, 2014 (10am-5pm) — Painting floral still life is a wonderful and liberating experience. There is no better metaphor for the act of painting and exploring the palette than that, provided by the diversity and splendor of floral arrangement as a subject matter. There will be several inspirational floral to paint during the week and in the process students will learn balance, structure and oil painting technique and explore an endless variety of color play. Focus will be on understanding the flow of composition using rhythm, value, shape and color. There will be a short painting demonstration every day and a lot of individual help and guidance, with a group critique and feedback by the end of the workshop. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Figure Painting from Life
November 3-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on painting the figure in a traditional realistic manner. We will see and paint the unique forms of the individual model posing. Variations will be observed with different poses and lighting conditions. Attention will be given to perspective, foreshortening, the relationship of shapes, value, color, textures, atmosphere, spacial design and the use of the painting materials, paint and brushes, etc.to achieve these effects. Mr. Ginsburg will give painting demonstrations throughout the week but the students will spend the bulk of the time painting on their own work, and the instructor will personally critique each student's work daily. During breaks Mr. Ginsburg will discuss the work of the Old Masters, and his own work, as it relates to the workshop assignments. Visit website


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

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


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

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For the Love of Color
November 5-7, 2014 (9:30a - 4:00p) — Three days packed full of incredible paint along demos, jam session paint-arounds, and one on one easel time. Learn the beauty of using transparent oils to achieve luminosity in your work (say good-by to muddy colors!) and the secrets to achieving juicy color and lush brush work in your paintings. Learn to be fully engaged in the moment and to create your own momentum for turning out great art when you're back in your home studio! Visit website


Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Instructor: Dreama Tolle Perry
Sponsor: Paint Your Dreams LLC
Cost: $550
Email: Ron Perry
Phone: 859-699-4908

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
November 10-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, and understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. We will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. The student will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given as needed. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting
November 15-17, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — This workshop will provide us with the chance to explore three different venues: the unique Sedona landscape of high desert red rock vistas, Jerome's Victorian houses and steep streets and the very special Gold King Mine Junkyard and Ghost Town (full of vintage old cars!) The primary focus will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings by identifying, clarifying and pushing the values. We will also work on achieving clean color in our paintings, and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. Horn will create a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings. Students should already have taken studio painting instruction prior to taking this plein air workshop. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Horn
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $525
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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Painting What You See: The Alla Prima Approach to Painting
November 17-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Each day Keys will do a demonstration while discussing the skills necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings using "Alla Prima" methods. Following each mornings' demo, the students will set up still life compositions of their own and paint them from life while receiving one-on-one instruction. During this intensive course, the students will receive insight into learning to see correctly and develop an adeptness in the following areas: composition, drawing, color, value and edges. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting for All Levels
November 21, 2014 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
November 22, 2014 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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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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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 paint