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Provence Plein Air II
July 27 - August 5, 2016 — This extended workshop includes eight nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $3699 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Monhegan Island Painting & Visualization Workshop
August 1-5, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Mirror neurons help us learn by integrating new information through observation, a key part of what Jacq provides through her demonstrations. Visualization most likely also engages the mirror neurons, thus enhancing the incorporation of new approaches to our painting while also encouraging creatively developing your own style. Lastly, by being part of a community of painters, you can "learn" by seeing how everyone's style is unique to that individual; thus, encouraging the further development of your own style. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Monhegan Island Painting & Visualization Workshop
August 1-2, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Mirror neurons help us learn by integrating new information through observation, a key part of what Jacq provides through her demonstrations. Visualization most likely also engages the mirror neurons, thus enhancing the incorporation of new approaches to our painting while also encouraging creatively developing your own style. Lastly, by being part of a community of painters, you can "learn" by seeing how everyone's style is unique to that individual; thus, encouraging the further development of your own style. Visit website


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

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
August 1-5, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Bringing Life to Your Oil Portraits
August 1-3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Strengthen your portrait painting techniques through a series of strategies that focus on drawing, color, and composition in this workshop. Expand your observational understanding of the human form and gain an understanding of the potential of oil paint. Join Michael as he demonstrates painting techniques learned from master painters Dan Gerhartz and Richard Schmid. Working from a live model, you will develop several studies involving both short and long poses with Michael guiding you through the process individually. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Michael Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Plein Air Painting for the Studio Artist (and everyone else)!
August 1-4, 2016 — Whether you have never stepped out of your studio or are a seasoned Plein Air painter, you will truly enjoy looking at the landscape in a slightly different way. Having spent 40+ years as an advertising veteran, I view the world slightly differently than other artists. As a seasoned art director, I know what constitutes a great design. And creating a pleasing landscape painting is no different. We will explore focal points, visual pathways, drawing execution, value and color, and one of my very favorite topics… Color Temperature! All of these elements play a huge role in creating a successful painting and we will work together to achieve just that. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Christine Ivers
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Color Bootcamp
August 1-5, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — If you love color and you aspire to understand and truly use its power and allure, then Camille is your teacher and this is your workshop. Good color, or color that expresses the light key of nature, can make even the most mundane subject matter strikingly beautiful. Discover a world of color that can change your art and vision forever. Camille Przewodek studied color with impressionist master, Henry Hensche, at the renowned Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts and is a signature member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 2-5, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 2-5, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Icon Writing Workshop
August 3-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Spend 5 full days learning the prayerful art of Iconography. Theology, the study of God in words, and iconography, the study of God in images, are two major expressions of one single faith, or we might say that an icon is a visible gospel. In making icons, the artist attempts to show this beauty and glory of God in relation to the human person, and human life immersed in God transfigured by His presence. In making icons the iconographer attempts to show the beauty and glory of God in relation to the human person. Each student will create their very own icon while they learn a brief history of Iconography and how icons are used in liturgy and prayer. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Beverly Layton
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $525
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
August 3-15, 2016 — Live and paint in the Tuscan village of Seravezza where Michelangelo once lived. Be inspired by ornate doorways and flower pots, laundry on the line, locals at the cafe, bridges traversing the river, a Romanesque church or the hilltop village of Pruno. Day trips to other painting locations. Trisha's teaching includes demonstrations, easel-side instruction and illustrated lectures on key topics, such as how to achieve exciting color, the secrets of powerful paintings and how to loosen up and add more life to your paintings. Accommodations and fabulous food and wine are included. Lots of expert instruction. Oils or acrylics. $150 Early Bird Discount when you register before December 31, 2015. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Trisha Adams
Sponsor: Montorno Art Workshops
Cost: $3600
Email: Trisha Adams
Phone: 540-454-5922

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Plein Air Oil Painting in the Eastern Sierra
August 3-5, 2016 (9am to 3:30pm) — Painting and teaching are my two passions. I believe that they are equally important and that one feeds into the other. For the past 30 years I have been painting and involved in the study of fine art. The greatest influence on my painting style and process came from Sergei Bongart, the internationally known Russian Impressionist artist, and his colleagues, Ron Lukas, Sonny Apinchapong, and Delbert Gish. Visit website


Location: Bishop, CA
Instructor: Diane McClary
Cost: $350
Email: Sharon Taylor Lewis
Phone: 760-9371525

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Animal Paintings with Personality in Oil
August 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover how to create lifelike paintings of animals as you explore composition, color, and texture. Learn color mixing and brush handling techniques to depict fur, feathers, and eyes that come alive. Through daily demonstrations and discussions, Susan will highlight various methods in painting animals. You will complete many small studies to reinforce each principle with assistance from Susan. Leave this workshop with the knowledge and necessary tools for convincingly portraying animals. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Spontaneous Abstraction
August 6-7, 2016 (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. 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: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Capturing the Essence in Portraiture With Shana
August 7-11, 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm) — All work in this course is done from a life model. Shana will show her delicate way of weaving with pencil and paint to achieve realism. We will break for lunch, and she will resume instruction by giving individual attention to each student's painting. Her workshop starts with transferring a drawing to the canvas. Next she will demonstrate a pan pastel underpainting. We'll finish with the oil painting. The techniques Shana uses to create her contemporary pieces were developed by her life partner, David Kassan. In fact, David may assist Shana in teaching these workshops if his schedule allows. This is an incredible opportunity to learn portraiture from one of today's top artists, in a comfortable home atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Shana Levenson
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $685
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Oil Portrait Painting for Beginners
August 8-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop provides a foundation in how to interpret what you see in the model and how to transfer that information to paper and canvas, so that it is both seemingly real and aesthetically sound. Discover how to recognize values and colors of the face, as well as how to mix and apply paint to further enhance believability. You will begin with drawing exercises to learn the proportions of the human head. Then, move on to painting alla prima, wet into wet, from the live model. Kathie will provide demonstrations, as well as individual instruction to guide you and your work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathie Wheeler, www.kathiewheeler.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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5-Day Plein Air Workshop with Joe Paquet
August 8-12, 2016 — This workshop will introduce you to the Prismatic Palette. Correct use of this will help you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring things forward and to push things back, and to depict light and shade, and to describe the type and time of day. Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent outdoors painting. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Joe will work with you individually at your easel to address compositional and color issues, and will provide careful critique. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Fundamentals of Landscape Painting: Ogden, Utah
August 8-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. Focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though the demos will be conducted using acrylics, the principles taught apply universally to any variety of mediums, and all students are welcome. Visit website


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

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The Painter's Craft: Materials & Techniques of Painting
August 8-12, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The essential course for painters: an in-depth, hands-on review of the safest, most archival ways to construct paintings. Learn how to stretch canvas and prepare panels, apply size and grounds, layer transparent and semitransparent colors, apply varnish, and frame your work. In-class demonstrations and exercises will explore traditional egg tempera, oils and acrylics, as well as a variety of mediums and tools. Instruction includes visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the PAFA museum, as well as presentations detailing historical art materials, health hazards for artists, and conservation issues. Painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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True Color Outdoor Painting Workshop
August 8-10, 2016 (9 am-12 noon) — Professional artist Tim Chambers has helped open the eyes of hundreds of students to see the beauty of natural color. You will be amazed at the colors that you’ve never seen! Working from simple still-life setups, Tim will teach you how to identify, mix, and arrange color to achieve the vibrancy, beauty, and excitement that you’ll see in nature, & how to tie it all together in your overall composition. Tim will also teach the critical importance of visualizing and articulating your concept before you begin painting, impart tips for better drawing accuracy. With individual and group critique, you'll discover how to achieve a three-dimensional feel in your work using values, color, and edges. All wet mediums welcome! Visit website


Location: Palatine, IL
Instructor: Timothy Chambers
Sponsor: Positive Strokes Art School
Cost: $275
Email: Kim Chambers
Phone: 703-258-2565

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 9-12, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 9-12, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Figure Painting: Simplified
August 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — If you have been intimidated by the idea of painting the figurative subject, or simply want to revisit the basics of painting portraits, nudes and costumed models, this class is for you. Robert will offer simplified concepts to help build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of figure painting. Clearly expressed principles regarding values, form modeling, color and edges will demystify these sometimes confusing topics. Robert will present manageable concepts of anatomy and show how they are useful. Students will paint many studies of relatively short duration to reinforce these fundamental ideas. This class will be an informative, non-intimidating introduction to painting the figure, and will leave you feeling more confident in your understanding of the human form and your painting abilities. 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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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 12-14, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting
August 12, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — This one-day workshop with local plein air artist, Robin Weiss will focus on figures in an outdoor urban environment. Emphasis will be on composition, value and color. Be sure to bring a portable easel with a limited palette of your preferred colors (Oils or Acrylics). In case of inclement weather, you may paint from a photo of your own choosing. Painters of all levels are welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Robin Weiss, www.robinweissfineart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $160
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Karl Dempwolf Plein Air Workshop
August 14, 2016 (9 am to 4 pm) — This workshop is a rare opportunity. Karl Dempwolf is an incredible artist who is passionate about painting. As an instructor, he readily shares insights in a helpful and friendly manner. Karl will provide a brief demo and then be available to give time to each student. Karl Dempwolf is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, where he gives demonstrations and lectures on art and artists of the California Impressionist movement from the late 1890’s to the present. Karl’s work, which is displayed in prominent galleries, has been in numerous shows, including solo exhibits. Visit website


Location: Los Osos, CA
Instructor: Karl Dempwolf
Sponsor: S.C.A.P.E.
Cost: $145
Email: Cezanne Totton
Phone: 805-562-8795

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Painting Reflections in Oil or Pastel
August 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, conceptualize and complete landscapes in oil paint or pastel with an emphasis on composing skies and water. Learn how material handling and paint application can add depth and believability to your paintings. Michael will demonstrate and guide you step-by-step through his drawing and painting process. Learn how to begin an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a red wash underpainting, and finally the process of layering color, from dark to light. Use Michael’s photographic references or bring your own. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Michael Story, www.MichaelStory.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Landscape in Oil
August 15-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio, or outside in nature. The instructor, Larry Blovits, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth, and reinforce with numerous instructional handouts that will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner as well as strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, Larry nurtures the beginner, and challenges the professional with the goal of improving every student knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals, the technical aspects of the chosen medium, and the process of creating the landscape painting. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Larry Blovits
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $640
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Drawing the Figure and Face with Amy Foster
August 15-17, 2016 (9:30 - 4:00) — Join leading figurative artist, Amy Foster, and learn to increase your accuracy when drawing from a live model. Learn how to capture the gesture, prevent errors and get a likeness. Work in charcoal or conte, but other mediums welcome. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Amy Foster
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Photography and the Painted Landscape
August 16-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will offer students an opportunity to enhance their understanding when working from the landscape photograph. Robert will guide artist considerations regarding how to choose and interpret their photographic reference. Following a demonstration and lecture, students will paint a finished interpretation from their chosen photograph with the guidance of this signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America. Composition and an understanding of value, color and edge relationships will be addressed in lecture and demonstration. Join Robert for an informative class on painting from photographs. Visit website


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

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Make Mighty and Memorable Paintings
August 17-19, 2016 (9:00 am- 1:00 pm) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains and beaches of Santa Barbara. Creativity not only involves coming up with something new, but also involves shutting down the brain’s habitual response and letting go of conventional solutions. Learn about the magic of color and why white terrifies me and black is pretty scary also. A good friend once said to me, "Kathleen, you see sunshine and color everywhere." And she is right. You will learn to see differently, searching for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. You will learn to think like an artist, develop free expression and paint from your heart. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Elsey
Sponsor: Brush with Life Painting Workshops
Cost: $325
Email: Kathleen Elsey
Phone: 805 452-7717

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 19-21, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Greensboro, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Uptown Artworks
Email: Joe Wilkerson
Phone: 336-255-6345

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Art Retreat in Kawartha Highlands, Ontario, Canada
August 19-23, 2016 (All day each day) — The Kawartha Highlands are a little know wonder of Southern Ontario. Lakes, forests, bare rock faces. Plenty to challenge a landscape painter. This retreat is unique. It is a canoe-in retreat. We provide the canoes, you provide your own equipment and for. Just like landscape painters from 100 years ago. Keith will also be teaching Modern Colour theory and how to mix any colour easily. Visit website


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

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Sara & Bernie's Excellent Painting Adventure in Italy
August 19-31, 2016 — Sara and Bernie will both instruct in plein air and studio painting. Any medium or skill level is ok; demos will be done in oil and gouache. Classes will cover how to choose subject matter, how to see color and value and light quality, composition, design, atmospheric perspective, painting techniques, group critiques, and lots of personal attention. Gouache can be used for field sketches or for fully realized paintings. This perfect transitional medium for the oil painter is great for traveling, dries quickly, and requires minimal supplies. Oil has the advantage of staying wet longer for those who like to work with edges and blending or working with a painting knife, which will also be covered. Visit website


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

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Head Study
August 20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


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

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Trusting the Painting Process
August 20-21, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — In this two-day workshop, learn to develop an unpredictable painting while working from a live model. We will explore unconventional methods of manipulating paint and practice responding directly to our true perception of color, form and space. Students will be encouraged to push and pull paint in order to develop a mark making vocabulary in pursuit of realizing their felt sense of reality and atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Justin Duffus, www.justinduffus.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting in the Lanugedoc with Georgia Mansur
August 20-30, 2016 — Combining days painting in our own studio, with excursions and plein air painting in scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience and enjoy the very best of the region whilst learning from your instructor, Georgia Mansur. Georgia is a Trained and Certified International Golden Artist Educator, creator of the Georgia Mansur Palette by Daniel Smith Paints, creator of the Artist in Residence Program for Emirates Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains Australia and Official Emirates Artist in Residence 2012-14 and Official Cunard Artist in Residence 2015, teaching on board Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and QM2. She is also featured in SPLASH 15 book as one of the top 100 Watermedia Artists in the World. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3650
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting the Summer Landscape in Tuscany
August 21-28, 2016 — Designed for all painting levels, this course will take you out into the countryside surrounding our 15th century villa to paint plain air in the olive groves, taking advantage of special lighting situations including sunset and evening painting. You will begin by making sketches of the landscape in chalk and charcoal, then progress to painting in oil. By the end of the week you will have multiple charcoal and paint sketches and at least 2 finished paintings. The course includes 5 days of tuition (6 hours per day), 7 nights accommodation, all meals, all materials for your course, and transfers. Non-participating partners welcome. Visit website


Location: Impruneta, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maureen Hyde
Sponsor: Art Escape Italy
Cost: $1135-$1535
Email: Monika Christensen
Phone: 317-289-1289

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Modern Impressionism In Action
August 21-24, 2016 (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: $585 by June 1; $685 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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ArtisTTable Michigan, Beaver Island - Plein Air Art Retreat
August 21-28, 2016 — Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and will be a magical place for the ArtisTTable’s August retreat. Attendees will focus intensely on painting their impressions of the island. A 1920’s lodge and its forested grounds will be our inspiring home base as we explore lake shores, woods and the town of St. James. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Your fee for your stay is all-inclusive; including: food, lodging and ferry transport to the island from Charlevoix. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: St. James, MI
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1200.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 22-25, 2016 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. 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 en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $550 for 3 Days, $700 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Capture the Light
August 22-25, 2016 — We will focus on light and color balance to represent the scene in front of us. We will work outside and in the studio, with a live model for one or two days. You will learn how to maintain a tonal structure to create volume, depth and temperature under the simplified view of the nature. How to translate the shapes into masses of color in a suitable hue. This will be our language. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Yara Damian, www.yaradamian.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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There's Still Life Here in The Summer
August 22-24, 2016 (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. In addition to class discussions, personal attention will be provided. Visit website


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

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Color Boot Camp on Madeline Island: A New Way of Seeing Color
August 22-26, 2016 — This workshop is an introduction to a way of painting outdoor light: capturing the time of day, the type of day, and learning to discern and express the subtle differences in the light keys of nature. Monday and Tuesday will be devoted to outdoor still life, which will prepare you to tackle the landscape. On Wednesday and Thursday you will be on location painting landscape studies. You will explore the structure of the landscape—what is important to include, as well as what to leave out. On Friday you will do color studies of the head and clothed figure in outdoor light. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
August 22-26, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

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Abstraction
August 22-24, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — The thrust of this 4-day studio class is abstraction. Working with different medium and tools and altering how we think and create. From studies, done with ink pen and watercolor to explore ideas, you will do some experimenting with process and materials. You will be working with house paint and up to a 30 x 30 size canvas on the last day. Open to all levels and all mediums. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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The Plein Air Landscape (Oil or Acrylic)
August 23-25, 2016 — The primary focus of this workshop will be painting landscapes en plein air, rain or shine. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll paint beautiful vistas from the comfort of the porch at the Gibson House.) We'll explore the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing - looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships - and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $395
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 23-26, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting the Multi-Layered Portrait in Oil
August 24-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop that will utilize the traditional steps of drawing, underpainting, and overpainting to capture a portrait in oil. We will be breaking down the process of painting a portrait into several discreet steps to help gain a better understanding of the different aspects that go into painting a portrait. By doing this process you will get practice at seeing form, value, and color separately, and be able to combine them to create a portrait. We will also discuss glazing and its application. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rachel Bess, www.rachelbess.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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Put it Down, Leave it Alone: Plein Air Paintings in 100 Strokes or Less
August 26-28, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Tim Deibler at the Winslow Art Center for an exciting new approach to plein air painting. In this class you will be creating your plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less. You will be working deliberately counting each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this will force you to have a clear intention in your work. Using a limited palette, you will learn to quickly create vibrant, exciting paintings, while capturing the spirit of the outdoors. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Tim Deibler, timdeibler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting in Spain: Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop
August 28 - September 4, 2015 — Internationally known artist, Daniel J. Keys, will be taking a small group of artists on the Costa Brava and Barcelona, to paint and explore. During each of the painting days, Daniel will offer demonstrations and teach each student the fundamentals of painting, both “en plein air” and still life. Topics of discussion will include: Drawing, Values, Color & Color Temperature, Edges, and Composition. Space is very limited (max 10 participants). Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting: Loose and Colorful - Oils and Acrylics
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — 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: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 30 - September 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Painting Children
September 1-3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will explore and overcome the challenges of painting children. As children age their physiology changes, including their proportions, skin, and hair. In addition, you can’t expect a six-year-old to sit for three hours, so you have to use photographic references. You will learn how to avoid the flat appearance, unrealistic color, and truncated values that often result when working from a photograph. Join William as he shares his strategies and techniques for using the basics of design to create and use value and color, as well as identify facial proportions, mix realistic color, and depict expression. Whether you want to improve your commissioned portraits or capture the beauty of your grandchildren, this workshop will take your skills to a new level. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: William (Bill) Schneider, www.SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting the Figure in Costume
September 4-11, 2016 — Spend 8 enchanting days at our 15th century villa in Tuscany, including 5 full days painting the figure in oil under the instruction of Vladimir Jovicevic. The focus of this course will be on creating an effective composition using costume items and props. Vladimir will teach comparative measurement methods and will give daily demonstrations. By the end of the week you will have completed 2 oil paintings from 30 hours with the life models. Prices include tuition, accommodation, all meals, all materials for the course, and transfers. In the evenings you can join us in complementary activities including wine tasting, a cooking class and a trip to our favourite local trattoria. Visit website


Location: Impruneta, Italy
Instructor: Vladimir Jovicevic
Sponsor: Art Escape Italy
Cost: $1595-$2135
Email: Monika Christensen
Phone: 317-289-1289

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Old Master Realism Comes to Montorno
September 4-16, 2016 — Study with David Buckley Good, from The Schuler School of Fine Art. David will teach old master painting and drawing techniques while painting en plein air in the beautiful Tuscan countryside at Montorno and in the small town of Seravezza. Techniques you may explore include: mechanical and aerial perspective; direct and indirect painting; how to use impasto, glazes and half-pastes; use of underpainting in establishing a composition; using site sketches as references for the painting; toned grounds and their use in developing an image; importance of drawing; and how to "see" the image in terms of light and dark masses (chiaroscuro). Students may work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache. Pen and ink drawing will also be taught. Visit website


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

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Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como
September 6-13, 2016 — Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on Lake Como! Talented artist Larry Moore will teach for 5 full days at varying locations around the lake. Class size is limited to 6-8 students for much one-on-one instruction time. Workshop fee is inclusive of everything except airfare. All you have to do is fly over and leave the rest to us! All lodging is single occupancy/private bath at a wonderful lakeside hotel! Come join us for a wonderful week! Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3250/Single Occupancy, Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Plein Air Painting in New Hampshire with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 6-7, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for two full days of painting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. North Conway was a destination for many of the Hudson River School painters, including Thomas Cole. Beautiful scenery guaranteed! We will be staying at the historic Bartlett Inn together. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: North Conway, NH
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: New Hampshire Plein Air
Cost: Starting at $285
Email: Sharon Allen

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Limited Palette Figure Painting
September 6, 17 & 18, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who is known not only for his beautiful paintings, but also for his extensive use of a limited palette of four colors – Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, and Ivory Black. Painting with a limited palette is a great way to achieve color harmony in your paintings – and simplify the process from setup to finish!  Visit website


Location: Malibu, CA
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $550
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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Transcending the Photo Reference - Oil
September 7-10, 2016 — This 4-day oil painting workshop is designed to guide the students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct painting techniques. It aims to instruct painters on how to use the photograph to create a painting that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitate it. The workshop will explain how to create a useful photo reference. The final result can be a painting that captures the essence of your subject and contains the intimacy of the human touch that reaches beyond the photo-realistic image. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alyssa Monks
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $825
Email: Debra

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Painting Skies and Reflections in Oil or Pastel
September 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This 5-day workshop will help you develop a complete understanding of how to plan and execute landscapes in oil and pastel with an emphasis on painting skies and water. Painting surfaces, the pros and cons of using photo reference, and the need for a strong composition and center of interest are all explained. I’ll reveal how hard and soft edges can add more depth and believability to your paintings. All my working methods will be demonstrated and broken down into a step-by-step process, showing you how to achieve fresh, bright color in your landscapes, while avoiding muddy mixtures. Artists can bring their own photos to work from or paint using my references I’ll bring to class. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Michael Story
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $640
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Cold Wax
September 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through exercises, conversation and writing. We will revisit cold wax and other media to create expressive layered and richly surfaced paintings using a variety of materials including R&F pigment sticks, cold wax, graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint. Techniques covered will include layering, excavating and monoprinting, as well as the use of edge, line, texture, mark making and editing. Students will be encouraged to work in a series. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion, individual support, Power Point presentations and more. We will focus on content, how to see and move the work forward. This class is for students who have already worked with cold wax and oil. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 8-9, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 9-12, 2016 — This workshop will focus on learning to paint a portrait from life in oil. The Instructor will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a “mud-Palette” when working. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step by step process to painting portraits. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Sean Cheetham, www.seancheetham.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $620, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Romancing The Himalayas
September 10-25, 2016 — India is a painter's dream. You will paint it all in this once in a lifetime workshop traveling to many different villages in the low Himalayas. Historical sites, dazzling interiors and colorful people in saris, await your art eye. You will return home with numerous onsite sketches to make large paintings from. Non-painting partners welcome. Frequent art critiques by Johanna, demos and instruction. Visit website


Location: Dharamshala, India
Instructor: Johanna Spinks
Sponsor: Indus Experiences
Cost: $2998.00 plus airfare
Email: Johanna Spinks
Phone: 310-384-7029

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Art Retreat in Killarney, Ontario, Canada
September 10-15, 2016 (All day each day) — Killarney is an amazing painting destination. Rugged northern cliffs plunge into the cold northern lakes. Real Group of Seven territory. This retreat is all inclusive. Our hosts feed us and transport us to our inaccessible painting locations by pontoon boat. Keith also demonstrates Modern colour theory and how using his simple palette you can mix almost any colour with ease. Visit website


Location: Whitefish Falls, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $1100
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
September 12-16, 2016 — Marc works in oils, pastels and acrylics on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting… Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design… with one other element, possibly the most important one of all… Concept… being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein Air Painting
September 13-23, 2016 — We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Howard and Susan are both Signature Members of Oil Painters of America and of the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Howard Friedland and Susan Blackwood
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Autumn in Vermont
September 13-16, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Cost: $475
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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Italy 2016 Adventure-Artists
September 15-23, 2016 — Exploration and creativity for all artists in Italy. Ancient Hilltop Villages, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Pisa. Delicious Chef prepared Italian Cuisine, all ground transfers, en-suite private rooms available at our exclusive 12th century Villa. Roman Spa Baths for you to enjoy nearby, you will be able to paint to your hearts content the ancient cobblestone shepherds path as it winds past past olive groves and grape arbors. Plein air painting for all levels and mediums, all inclusive* a very limited number of spaces available, book early for this next exciting journey for Adventure-Artists. Horseback riding stables available nearby for riding in the magnificent hills of northern Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Bennabio, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 17-24, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,300 - $2,660 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Art in the Aspens: The Joy of Painting Plein Air
September 18-23, 2016 — 6-8 student Maximum. Join Randall as he shares his technique and joy of painting on location in beautiful Colorado. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries in an effort to be "In the Moment". The smaller class size creates a more intimate workshop atmosphere and one-on-one attention. Visit website


Location: Westcliffe, CO
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: All inclusive, $2295
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719 545-2795

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Painting the Beauty of Cape Cod
September 18-20, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join artist Leslie Saeta and paint the beautiful surroundings of Cape Cod in Falmouth, Ma. In three days students will rediscover their passion for art, learn techniques pertaining to values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! This workshop will focus on the tools you should use to capture light and color. There will be a strong emphasis on color mixing (using a limited palette) and temperature to capture light. In three days you will paint in studio and in plein air to capture the beauty of the area. We will also spend talking about marketing. As part of the workshop, we discuss on-line marketing tips and advice when it comes to selling your art. Visit website


Location: Falmouth, MA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Through Your Eyes: Cold Wax and Mixed Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. Expand your personal artistic vocabulary with the richness of color, pattern, textures, and history that surrounds you. Using your choice of medium in the field, you will record your observations and gather inspiration. We will then return to the studio for instruction in cold wax and oil painting with mixed media and collage, informed by your personal perspective. You will be encouraged to trust the process of exploration with materials and the environment, opening new ways of seeing the world, to enrich and inform your future work. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Diane Bowie Zaitlin
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1,400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Realist painting workshop with Vladimir Jovicevic
September 19-23, 2016 (10 am-5 pm) — Join us to learn the oil painting technique from life with Vladimir Jovicevic, principal instructor at Florence Academy of Art. Vladimir uses the sight size method, the method used by the old masters and many art academies in the world. Students initially begin with a grisaille palette and progress into working with the traditional color palette. The instructor’s critique will be going over drawing, likeness, organizing palette, color mixing, value, edges, so in a week the student will be able to produce a completed painting. Eastern Artisans Atelier is located in the very centre of the old city of Bucharest, so after class ends you have plenty of time to walk around and discover what Bucharest has to offer! Visit website


Location: Bucharest, Romania
Instructor: Vladimir Jovicevic
Sponsor: Eastern Artisans Atelier
Cost: 550 euro
Email: Diana Nechifor
Phone: +40744347420

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Plein Air Painting the Grand Canyon
September 19-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the views! We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
September 19-23, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

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4-Day The Portrait from Life
September 22-25, 2016 (10am - 5pm) — In this four-day workshop David will take you step by step through the process he uses in creating his professional works. From initial under-drawing through to the final glazes. Learn to build your painting in a series of layers that will help you effectively translate the observed model into an elegant and refined portrait. Important Note: For out-of-town students, please refrain from making travel arrangements and accommodations until confirmation of the workshop is given. Workshops are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met. Visit website


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Instructor: David Gray
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $595.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Plein Air in Studio & Field
September 22-24, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — In this three-day workshop, time in the studio will be used to equip the artist for a more productive experience in the field. We will also take a closer look at all the work produced in Plein Air. Studio exercises are designed to help students plan their plein air work more effectively and to deal with changing light conditions and other obstacles that painting outside presents. The class will meet half the day in the studio for demo/PowerPoint instruction and critiques of student work. The other half of the day will be on site, Plein air painting. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $500.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Three Day Palette Knife Painting Workshop
September 23-25, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend three fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta packed full of incredible color paint along demos, jam session paint alongs, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. The demos include a special emphasis on color mixing, values and painting light and reflections and include an exercise to help you paint in a faster, more directed format. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her home which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art on-line via your website, facebook, your blog, newsletters, etc. Leslie is also co-host of the #1 Art Show on Blog Talk Radio titled "Artists Helping Artists". Visit website


Location: Richmond, VA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Plein Air in Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and fun in Tuscany! Well-known artist and instructor Gay Faulkenberry will be teaching at various stunning locations in the area. Class size is limited to 6-8 students to allow much one-on-one instruction time! Lodging will be in an old restored farmhouse that rests in the golden hills of the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany. All breakfasts and 5 group dinners are included in the fee as is private room and bath. Come join us for a great week! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gay Faulkenberry
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire
September 24 - October 1, 2016 — Rich’s workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer’s eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. Rich’s enthusiastic but patient teaching style is just right for those with little experience venturing outside to paint. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, the psychology involved in viewing a painting, and the effective use the these principles. Visit website


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

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Looser Paintings - Land and Water
September 25-29, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Let’s get a little reckless! Enjoy painting with freedom and take your work to the next level - a place where painting is more fun! Break those burdensome rules… Stop worrying about making mistakes! Quit over-working and redoing. Trust your instincts. Painting should bring pleasure, not anxiety. Learn advanced color ground methods and productive practices for quicker, fresher, better paintings. Discover ways to sidestep potential pitfalls inherent in various media. Discover insightful ways to translate photo references into dynamic paintings. Learn to analyze landscape depth layers and deconstruct the complexities of water for bold impact. One-on-one instruction emphasized. Take home your own exciting, fresh, loose and lively paintings along with a battery of advanced color interaction strategies and new methods. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Dillmans Bay Resort & Workshops
Email: Sue Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Paint Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
September 26-27, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint one of the most well known locations in the world. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint square 8x8 to be able to complete more exercises each day. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in Niagara Falls, you might see a rainbow or two. Visit website


Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil
September 26-29, 2016 — In this plein air workshop, Michael will focus on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations, plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time! All media and all levels are welcome. Designated a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada, he is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Visit website


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

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
September 26-30, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Exploring Color with Jacque
September 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create a uniquely personal presence in your paintings using the power and significance of color. Whether painting representationally or abstractly, color is crucial for developing a visually expressive vocabulary. Explore a myriad of color schemes and treatments, including various temperatures, saturations, and tones. Jacque will demonstrate how to lay a palette and select brushes and painting surfaces. Throughout the week, you will complete a series of color exercises, then apply the techniques to final paintings based on reference photographs or still life setups. Positive group critiques will close each day. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Understanding Simplification and Massing for Landscape Painters
October 1-2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The ability to simplify — to translate nature’s complexity into fewer and more readable shapes and patterns — is the most important skill for a landscape painter. Painting or drawing a shape is not that difficult, but seeing a shape through layers of color, detail and complexity requires a practiced shift in perception — an ability to see the forest and the trees. In this workshop, working from your own photos and those supplied by the instructor, you will do several guided painting and drawing exercises designed to encourage your eye and hand toward the broad, simplified shapes that are the backbone of any landscape composition. Time will also be set aside for a review of your own works (optional) as they relate to the workshop topic. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
October 1-8, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Telluride Painting School – The Figure and the Natural World
October 3-14, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the phenomenal landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This workshop will explore new techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style and theme. Students will investigate approaches to representational and abstract painting, as well as the metaphorical meaning in figure and landscape paintings. Working from live models and landscape, students will discover how a basic image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas/techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ying Li
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 3-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten
Phone: 707-785-3408

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Portrait Painting Workshop in The Netherlands
October 3-7, 2016 — Join us for a rare opportunity to study within the walls of an historic castle in the heart of The Netherlands. This 5-day painting course will incorporate painting, art and theory lectures, and a guided visit to well-known Dutch Museum Collection and a tour of Kasteel Keppel. Optional will be a weekend near The Hague visiting the Mauritshuis museum and the Frans Hals museum after the workshop. This class teaches portrait painting using both direct and indirect methods. An oil grisaille (monochrome brown) underpainting will be taught first, left to dry and then painted over with a full color palette, all white observing and painting from the live model. Drawing, value, color and edges will be discussed. Visit website


Location: Laag Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690 or 206.571.0442

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Studio Italia 2016
October 3-13, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of 2985$ CAD (around 2350$ US as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Painting Best Practices
October 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Natural Pigments spent years developing a technical workshop to teach skills that are not taught in art school and universities—a thorough understanding of artist’s materials and tools, what they are designed to do, when to choose them and how to provide considerable longevity to your finished work. This workshop covers the most important aspects of painting that have proven to be the best practices. The information-packed workshop includes all aspects of constructing a painting from the support and ground to the final layers. Practical procedures will be clearly explained and demonstrated on how to build your oil paintings based on conservation research during the past century. This workshop is designed for painters of all mediums, but special emphasis is given to oil painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: George O’Hanlon & Tatiana Zaytseva
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $450 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting with John Cosby
October 5-15, 2016 — Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4,200
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting Napa Valley En Plein Air: California
October 5-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. Taylor's Plein Air Painting Workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practice, and critique. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere and mood of the countryside while using strong composition and color harmony. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Painting the Dynamic Still Life
October 7-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This fun and intense three-day painting workshop with Eugene artist Sarah Sedwick will focus on the still life as a tool to expand your artistic vision. We’ll delve into color, composition, and brushwork, exploring traditional subjects – and some non-traditional ones – flexing our painting muscles with quick, fun exercises, and complete some more sustained pieces as well. Stages of Sarah’s painting process will be demonstrated, and students will have plenty of painting time, along with individual instruction and critiques. Ideal for students of all levels - oils and acrylics welcome. Visit website


Location: Edmond, OK
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Sponsor: The Conservatory for Classical Art
Cost: $325
Email: Leslie Lienau
Phone: 405-822-1011

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For Love or Money : Excellence in Portraiture With Chris Saper
October 7-10, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Would this workshop propel you to that next level? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students - 6 students per model. The instructor is dedicated to helping you create a business plan as a portrait artist. Each day in the workshop is targeted at improving your skills as a painter and a creative entrepreneur. The instructor will paint in oils, but students are welcome to use oil, acrylic or pastels. Learn to pose and photograph live models. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: Chris Saper
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $595
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Painting Workshop with Gary Bodnar
October 7-8, 2016 — Students bring current paintings they have already started to this workshop where Gary will critique and assist them in completion. You will learn to develop energy by incorporating dramatic brushwork, color, and expression. Gary describes his work as strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. “The power of juxtaposing or placing one color on top of another to create an image is what drives my paintings,” he says. Primarily Bodner considers himself a colorist and is constantly looking for the interplay of colors on his canvases. He says he has been inspired by works of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Philip Johnson, architect. His medium is ever involving and he is currently exploring the use of oil based house paint. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Bodnar
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

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The Child Portrait
October 7-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help students find the issues to avoid and pointers to help when painting the child portrait. This workshop will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live child models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughout the workshop. Students will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to approach painting children. Visit website


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

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Express Yourself
October 7-12, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Art in the Aspens; Premium workshops with all the perks! Included: Tuition, private lodging, all meals, appetizers after class, cocktails, beer and wine. Meals prepared by on-site chefs. Massage available in the evenings. Figure painting on location and in-studio with renowned artist Michelle Torrez. Quick studies leading to longer poses as the week progresses. Celebrating 26 years of fine art workshops. Visit website


Location: Pueblo, CO
Instructor: Michelle Torrez
Sponsor: Art in the Aspens artist workshops
Cost: $2295 + Model Fee $40.00
Email: Marty Brens
Phone: 719-545-2795

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2-Day Portrait Painting From Life Workshop
October 8-9, 2016 (10am - 5pm) — This workshop will focus on painting the portrait from life. Visit website


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Instructor: Sean Cheetham
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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The Content / Expression of Your Art with Alex Powers
October 10-12, 2016 (10am -4pm) — The workshop will include portrait demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and consultations of work from home. You will also receive individual critiques at your table/easel along with being involved in group critiques. Alex Powers lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been an instructor throughout the United States and abroad. He exhibits in numerous galleries and has many national juried exhibition awards. Alex is the author of “Painting People in Watercolor—A Design Approach". Visit website


Location: Columbia, SC
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: City Art
Cost: $250
Email: Randy Hanna
Phone: 803-252-3613

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Painting Landscapes from Photographs
October 10-12, 2016 (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: $375
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape
October 10-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days will use animals as the subject matter — capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges and color mixing. Using these techniques, the workshop will shift subject matter for the last two days to painting the inspiring landscape. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks and approaching their painting fearlessly. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter to make the most of this workshop. Visit website


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

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Brushwork Boot Camp
October 10-12, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — A plein air workshop in oil for those willing to step out of their comfort zone and jump into the world of confident and expressive paint application! You will embark on a series of from-the-hip exercises that will help you develop a more painterly style. Anne will demonstrate her process and methods for creating movement and energy in her paintings. She will show you how she sets herself up for success at the beginning to ensure plenty of “play-time” with interpretive brushwork and color mixing. Students will come away with a deeper knowledge of how to eliminate fussy detail to let the soul of their paintings shine through. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Anne Blair Brown
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $525.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 14-16, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society
Email: Hanna Joensuu
Phone: 850-582-1329

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 15-22, 2016 (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: Murlo, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,450 - $2,810 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Three Days Palette Knife Painting Workshop at the Beach
October 17-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend three fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta at her beach house packed full of incredible color paint along demos, studio and plein air painting, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. You will learn to change your color palette in a painting while keeping the correct values and mixing your own colors. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her beach house which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art via your website, facebook, blog, newsletters, etc. Accommodations are also available at the beach house. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $425.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Telluride Painting School – Plentiful Nature: Observing and Composing
October 17-28, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Nestled in the landscape of Colorado’s Mountains, the Telluride Painting School is a program of excellence that encourages artists/students of all levels to find their artistic voice through the creation of deeply meaningful and uniquely personal work. This intensive program offers instruction from and interaction with a diverse faculty of working painters, inspiring curiosity and innovation in a stimulating and supportive environment. The goal of this intensive course is to re-create from observation the full energy of nature. Participants will concentrate on the way colors and forms animate impressions of light, weather, space and weight. We’ll frequently consider how the masters, from traditionalists like Corot and Innes to modernists like Matisse, saw and captured the world around us. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: John Goodrich
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1045
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Painting Beautiful Florals
October 18-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Hedi Moran’s workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously. Visit website


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

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Simplifying the Italian Landscape: Drawing & Painting
October 18-25, 2016 — Join Winslow Art Center and artist Darrell Anderson for an unforgettable week of drawing and painting in the inspiring Italian countryside. Using Darrell's uncomplicated techniques, learn to seamlessly combine drawing and painting in a way that will strengthen both skills. Based on the methods described in Darrell Anderson’s popular book, Value Sketching with Markers, you will learn how to simplify and interpret the Italian landscape with quick drawings, then turn these drawings into dynamic paintings! Darrell will provide daily demos, individual guidance with each student, and individual and group critiques. Value markers are Darrell’s preferred tool for drawing. He will be painting and demonstrating in oils. Paint or draw in the medium of your comfort. Limited to 8-10 painters. Visit website


Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $2975
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Landscape, Textures & Wow!
October 19-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn the secrets to working over the entire canvas and developing a painting as a unified whole. Paint land, trees, water, and sky with techniques and textures that create a cohesive feel. Jim will work with the drawing of the landscape, including shapes, values, and color. He will describe his award-winning process and show you how to simplify what you see, with a focus on design and value that will make your painting feel richly complete. Jim will work with each artist one-on-one, answering questions and demonstrating how to overcome any roadblocks you might be experiencing. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Orange County, CA
Instructor: Jim McVicker
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $650
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
October 21-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


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

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Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure
October 24-26, 2016 — This 3-day workshop will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification, Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts. Angela's subjects often walk a fine line between abstraction and reality. Settled amid thick layers of paint, her simple subjects wander softly in and out of the background. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
October 24-28, 2016 — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


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

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Painting Portrait Studies in Oil
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your observational understanding in this workshop focused on painting the portrait. Portrait sketches are an effective way to improve skills in rendering any subject matter, through the practice of drawing, applying design principles, understanding paint quality, and use of color. Each day you will paint a head study from a different vantage point with different lighting. Throughout the workshop Dawn will provide group instruction, as well as individualized attention, to find the painting process and selection of colors that best suits your needs. Open to oil and acrylic painters, however those with some drawing skills and working knowledge of materials will benefit the most from this experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $555
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Portrait from Life
October 24-27, 2016 — David Gray is an award winning oil painter known for his still life and human subject paintings rendered in a style reminiscent of the French Neoclassical painters Jacques-Louis David and his student Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Working from the live model David will take you step by step through the process he uses in creating his professional works. From initial under-drawing though final glazes learn to build your painting in a series of layers that will help you effectively translate the observed model into an elegant and refined portrait. This study will also include some information on color mixing and color theory as it relates to light and form. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Pastel with Margaret Dyer
October 24-26, 2016 (9:00 - 4:00) — Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Oil painters welcome. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Flash Forward at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ
October 24-28, 2016 (9:30am-4pm) — A gift to yourself: Ever feel a little stuck or that you have reached a plateau in your work? Take the opportunity to paint on location at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ while addressing some of the issues that may prevent you from moving forward in your painting. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: MISA, Madeline School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Creating Dynamic Representational Paintings through Abstraction and Color
October 24-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this intense workshop, Michael will show you the secrets of dynamic composition, vibrant color and atmospheric light using the palette knife. He will guide you through his method of establishing strong design by analyzing shapes abstractly. Utilizing photographs, you will learn his process of assigning structural abstract design to a photograph, to build shapes around this structure and to ultimately finish with a well-designed, vibrant representational painting. Through multiple demonstrations he will emphasize his methods of color mixing and light theory to achieve luminous light-filled paintings. In order to paint representationally Michael feels it is important to first approach your imagery abstractly. This means learning to create a painting by designing shapes rather that painting objects or people. Visit website


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

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All About Color - Concept, Perception, and Usage
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — It's never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing. They will learn about individual pigments, their place on the palette, paint transparency and opacity. The workshop will emphasize identifying the value, intensity and temperature of color. Other topics addressed will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, the illusion of transparency, and mediums that create color effects. Most of the day will be spent mixing hypothetical color combinations and ranges. On Thursday and Friday, students will paint simple still life objects from life, and learn to see, conceptualize, and produce the colors they desire, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days. Visit website


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

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Composing in Color
October 24-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing - that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression
October 31 - November 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for students to paint. Derek will do a demo each morning with the students painting in the afternoons. Students will use oils to paint from photographs and still-lifes. Derek will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, color-theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships and how fear can ultimately keep you from expression. Visit website


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

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Painting from Life
October 31 - November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional Realism. Alla prima oil painting, direct painting wet on wet. In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student's painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop. Visit website


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

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Oil Painting
October 31 - November 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Robert focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The workshop will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Robert will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, all while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


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

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Telluride Painting School – Painting from Observation
October 31 - November 11, 2016 (9 am-1 pm) — Ron Milewicz will guide students as they capture the human form with oil paints, working from a live model. Students will learn how working from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, where color, light and movement are used as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Students will engage in a process of truly ‘seeing’ that involves both rational analysis and an opening up to an intuitive understanding of the motif, and each will develop a unique and intelligent pictorial response to the image as it takes its place on the canvas. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Ron Milewicz
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $1145
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 4-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Light
November 4-6, 2016 (9am- 4pm) — Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light conditions while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick- start your work? This class is for you! Workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Class includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one-on-one instruction and painting on location at various sites in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Kathleen demonstrates her painting technique and students get the opportunity to paint several studies in the high-energy, 3-day class. To register and for info on special rates on accommodations for students, contact Kathleen. Visit website


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

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David Cheifetz - Mastering Focus With Brush and Palette Knife
November 5-8, 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm) — Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 10 students - David takes pride in his very personal, one on one teaching methods. You will be treated to a very personal learning experience. Learn how to master the focus in your artwork. Satisfy your curiosity about palette knife painting vs. brush painting. All skill levels are welcome. Visit website


Location: Ashburn, VA
Instructor: David Cheifetz
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Cost: $595
Email: Debra Keirce
Phone: 571-236-0047

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Plein Air Painting in Gold Canyon, Arizona
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to introduce orchestration of the landscape for strong personal statements. We have no obligation to copy what is before us that is what the camera does. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Although this is an outdoor workshop, much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. Students will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape which support that end. The ultimate goal is to help students think and create on a higher plane. The small workshop size is intended to encourage enthusiastic discussions and questions dealing with our profession today…practical, as well as intellectual. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art of Clean Color
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Working with flowers and fruit, this workshop will either introduce the student to or help hone their color mixing skills. Students will concentrate on beautiful, intentional brushstrokes, paint quality along with edges and values. The subject matter will be from life. Each day will start with a 25 stroke painting to warm up and practice intentional brush strokes and color. Stephanie will assist in still life set ups and instruct students on how to look for the rhythm and fall of light on the subject. It’s an intense and fun filled opportunity to truly gain a deeper understanding of what you are painting and how you want to paint! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $525
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 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
November 7-11, 2016 (2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Portrait Painting
November 7-10, 2016 — In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes, shape and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait and figure painter. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting the Alla Prima Studio Portrait & Figure
November 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Suchitra will teach students the key to simplifying shapes and the essence of how to see accurate color relationships. Students will explore the basis of color theory through small and simple color exercises using the live model. Suchitra will teach students how to see color temperature which will help students to understand how to paint the color of the light. In addition, Suchitra will introduce portrait and figure construction by means of interpreting planes. Suchitra will demonstrate each morning and provide individual instruction throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Suchitra Bhosle, www.suchitrabhosle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Convincing Water
November 10-12, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — This workshop will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board. He designed a bronze medallion for the US Congress that was presented to MIA relatives and his US Veterans Prisoner of War Silver Dollar was released in 1994. Georgia Governor Perdue presented his paintings as gifts to the 2004 G-8 attendees on Sea Island. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $495.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 11-13, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Oil Bars with Lois Silver
November 12-13, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Discover rich, colorful and surprisingly easy drawing and painting techniques using oilbars without solvents or brushes. Lois Silver will show how to combine drawing and painting skills, emphasizing composition, color and value. Students will learn to incorporate the figure into the painting in a creative narrative manner, using photos from Lois' collection. All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lois Silver
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Extreme to Studio
November 14-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. It will be imperative to pare down your outdoor gear to be able to hike through the desert to some spots that are further out, but worth it. We will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of your scene and concept which will be presented at the workshop. With our fresh field sketches we'll be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from our cameras. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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The Extended Portrait Study
November 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the development of an extended portrait study. Ryan will discuss how to lay in a portrait, considering the structure and general impression. He will instruct students on how to control value, color harmonies and painting surface. Students will work on developing one portrait from one model for the length of the workshop which will give students a chance to make necessary corrections and refinements to their work. Ryan will cover materials both for drawing and painting, elements of lighting a model, posing a model, and how to make decisions about what you’d like to capture in portrait painting. Ryan will demo each day and will offer personal critiques for each student. Visit website


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

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Figure and Studio Painting
November 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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Oil Painting Essentials
November 29 - December 3, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the core elements of successful oil painting will be explored. Drawing on lessons from his recently published book Oil Painting Essentials, Gregg Kreutz will teach and demonstrate the key factors in getting paintings to come to life. Factors such as how to create drama, how to create depth, how to make the paint dynamic, how to give vibrancy to the light, these and other critical issues will be taught through portrait, figure, and still life painting. Kreutz, a celebrated painter and teacher at New York’s Art Student’s League, believes that a hands-on familiarity with different genres helps painters gain proficiency with whatever subject they choose to paint. Mastering core principles–learning oil painting essentials–expands the painters options. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Gregg Kreutz, www.greggkreutz.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $695 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
December 5-9, 2016 (2:30 PM - 5:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $950.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Discover the Joy of Creativity
December 5-9, 2016 (10am-5pm) — If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, figure and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this class will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and life models, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values, how to move paint around to create dynamic composition, and stay inspired during the painting process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Advanced Level

Wildlife Painting
December 5-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The emphasis of the workshop will be on drawing and painting wildlife. Photographs will be used during the workshop. Greg will bring a supply of good photos and students may bring in their own photos. The workshop will include plenty of drawing and painting time, and students will have ample time for problem solving with Greg. Throughout the five days, Greg will demonstrate painting with commentary as he goes along and will critique work for students who desire it. Greg will also self-critique his own work to give students an awareness of his procedures, progress, mistakes, etc. Visit website


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

Advanced Level

Painting and Drawing the Horse in Sunlight
December 5-9, 2016 (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 workshop 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: Mesa, AZ
Instructor: Ned Jacob
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $795 + $50 horse fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Image to Abstract 1
December 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. 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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alla Prima Portrait Painting
December 9-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a "mud-palette", when working on alla prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step-by-step process to painting alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend and offer critiques. There will be a different model each day as the focus is on direct wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Workshop: Color and Shape
December 9-11, 2016 — Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes. This fact defines the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject of the painting, an artist must learn to see the world in the language of colors and shapes rather that as nameable objects. Each artist then refines and develops this language in a personal way. Working from observation (still-life) this intensive workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception and the importance of selection and simplification (what not to paint) in making a strong, dynamic painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light and dark, attention to edges, using shape and brushwork for gestural unity, and good studio practices. Previous experience required. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Maggie Siner
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $525
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

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Go Big or Go Home!
December 12-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever been inspired to work in the grand scale of paintings hanging in museums? Figure painter Timothy Rees will lead students through the mechanics of executing large figure paintings, from conception of idea to execution. Students will be provided a large stretched canvas (which can be rolled and shipped after the workshop), as well as extra-large brushes. After watching a demonstration each morning, students will work for five days to execute a painting that is five feet or larger. All styles are welcome, and the main focus will be in planning, setting up the model, positioning the model and canvas to view everything in the correct perspective, painting on a large scale, and more. Class is limited to 10 students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $150 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Twelve Online Palette Knife Oil Painting Classes
January 2016 - December 2016 — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of six traditional oils and six abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415.213.2646

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Beautiful Florals
January 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Hedi Moran's workshop will focus on the process of creating impressionistic still life florals. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of composition, and the importance of transparent color lay in. Effective use of light and temperature to create vivid and lively oil paintings will also be covered, along with how to use soft and hard edges in and around the focal point. The painting process begins with laying in rough shapes (not objects) with initial colors. Refining the painting starts in the focal area and moves outward from there, with the paint getting thicker, edges sharper and color contrasts strengthened. The entire painting is worked at the same time, so that all elements come together simultaneously. Visit website


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

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Portraiture in Oil and Pastel
January 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The objective of this workshop will be an emphasis on representational painting using various live models as subjects. This is an intensive workshop and will include demonstrations, explanations of materials and techniques. Students will choose their medium, either oil or pastel, and will be instructed in the fundamental development of a painting with an emphasis on drawing, composition, values, color and edge control. Wende will explain the elements to consider when arranging the model. The set-up, lighting, and positioning of the model to create an interesting composition, will be addressed. Instruction in drawing and color mixing for portraiture as well as suggestions to address specific aspects of the process of working in either oil or pastel will also be given. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
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The Completed Painting: From Beginning to End
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a certain process in creating finished artwork. This will involve creating oil sketches from the live model to capture value and color relationships, as well as taking photos to record details not captured in studies. Mike will then walk through the process of using these aids to create a more completed painting of the subject. During the workshop, Mike will discuss design, composition, and look to the masters of the past to gain understanding. As part of this workshop, students will be working from printed photos or other digital devices (not provided by the school) to paint from combining both working from life and from photos. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Light and Shadow: Painting the Portrait and Still Life
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Michael's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will have the option to paint either portrait or still life, or both during the course of the workshop. Michael will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model each day as well. All painting will be done from life. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Suggesting Reality
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Portrait
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it's not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty