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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

Intermediate Level

Plein Air Painting - Loose and Colorful
April 1-22, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn to paint outside with a loose, quick and impressionistic style by learning the how to's of composition, color and value. We'll cover: how to draw in the essentials to the scene; equipment needed for plein air work; how to block in the big color notes quickly; Simplifying objects; Working quickly; Massing in and values- from blobs to objects; Color mixing ABC's; and how to set up your palette. There will be tons of outdoor painting (when weather permits) guaranteed to take the mystery out of plein air painting and take your painting, inside or out, to the next level. Rooney is an enthusastic personality and a highly effective, popular teacher. Limited to 16 students. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

Intuitive Painting with Stanka Kordic
April 6-8, 2015 (April 6: 7pm-9pm; April 7,8: 9am-4pm) — These are opportunities for painters with a solid foundation of drawing and knowledge of oil painting techniques to experiment with new paint applications, and to tap into a more intuitive and individualized way of working. Topics discussed include the plethora of ways oil paint can be used via direct, and most often, indirect painting, such as: Working with colored grounds, underpainting color choices, transparent glazing, opaque glazing (scumbling), dry brush, impasto, as well as using a variety of tools not always associated with oil painting. The intuitive portion includes self-inquiry, and responding to the paint by seeing mark making as a valid means of expression. There is homework prior to the workshop so contact Debra for the prep-sheet. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $275
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 8 - May 13, 2015 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, including Daniel Garber's homestead. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. All levels. Includes a visit to the PAFA exhibition, Artists in the Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920. Visit website


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Still Life Oil Painting
April 10-12, 2015 (9 am to 4 pm) — In this class students will learn the fundamental process of creating a still life painting. Working from life we will begin with accurate drawing, then learn the process of graphite/charcoal or oil transfer to a prepared wood panel. A monochromatic "wipeout" under painting followed by painting in color in one or two layers. Each student will progress at his/her own pace and instruction will be provided in the form of demonstrations and individually to each student at the easel as well. All levels welcome. Beginners get a thorough introduction to the basics, and more advanced students will find that they are able to identify and work on specific areas in which they wish to improve. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Minnie Bhupathi
Cost: $240.00
Email: Minnie Bhupathi
Phone: (920)698-0873

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


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

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Intermediate Level

The Child Portrait
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help you find the issues to avoid, and provide pointers to help you when painting the child portrait. This class will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live children models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughtout the workshop. You will leave this class with a better understanding of how to approach painting the youth. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Still Life: Composition & Expression
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn to better translate our observable three-dimensional world into dynamic and expressive drawings and paintings. Use the still life motif to investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, color relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Students may draw or paint or do both. Includes a visit to A Fine Arrangement: The Art of Still Life, on view in the PAFA School of Fine Arts Gallery, co-curated by the instructor. Basic drawing and/or painting experience recommended. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
April 11-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Painting Sedona
April 11-12, 2015 — This will be an enjoyable and intense weekend workshop involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning. Students of all abilities are welcome. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 13 - May 11, 2015 (Mondays, 10am-3pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a visit to the PAFA exhibition, Artists in the Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887 - 1920. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $375
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

The Dynamic Figure with Kevin Beilfuss
April 15-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned. Visit website


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

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Master Class with Stuart Shils: Voyages Through Perceptual History
April 17-19, 2015 — Led by renowned painter and PAFA alum, Stuart Shils, this workshop will examine the foundation structure of painting from Giotto to David Hockney. Working in the studio from reproductions including historical and 20th century masters, move through a closely guided series of fascinating drawing and painting exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is the foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively and inventively. This is not a "copy" class, replicating the superficial appearance of paintings, but rather, going deeper to see what they are made of and learning to use graphic shorthand to describe both what is there and also how we see it. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Stuart Shils, www.stuartshils.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $950
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Color and Energy
April 18-19, 2015 (9 - 4) — Working from landscape or still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes, and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color. Building form with value and color will be emphasized. The relationship of color theory to representational painting will be discussed. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Karen O'Neil
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $215
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Painting Sedona Sunsets and Gold King Mine
April 19-20, 2015 — Join award winning plein air painter, Tracey Frugoli at her favorite spots in Sedona for sunsets/nocturnes and the rich environment of Gold King Mine. An artist's paradise, the mine near Jerome AZ presents wonderful learning opportunities for composition, color and light. By day, students will explore how Tracey breaks it down to build better paintings. Then in late afternoon into evening, they will learn Tracey's distinct methodology for executing little gems in the fleeting light of sunset and early evening. All with the sparkling lights of Sedona below. A former art therapist, Tracey is a giving teacher who meets every student where they are in their artistic journey to help them on their way. She will demonstrate and provide individual attention. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tracey Frugoli, traceyfrugoli.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $325
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 19 - May 17, 2015 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram's Garden, home of America's first botanist, John Bartram. Situated on 45 acres of parkland, the garden is peaceful oasis within the city. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and forms, including a variety of trees, plants and buildings. Various drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache, and examples of traditional and contemporary landscape paintings will be presented for discussion. Van transportation is available from PAFA and there is plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Landscape Painting with Michael Workman
April 20-24, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape and is ultimately completed by the viewers through their emotional responses to the painting. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman's art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. This will be an indoor class. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students, while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique designed to help each student achieve their own personal vision. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Michael Workman
Sponsor: Artensity.org
Cost: $825
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Workshop
April 24-26, 2015 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their works. Start off the workshop with a 3-hour lecture on Friday covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache on Saturday and a demo in oil on Sunday. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


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

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Painting for All Levels
April 24, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $295
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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


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

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Make Mighty and Memorable Paintings
April 25-27, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains, meadows and beaches of Santa Barbara. You will learn to see with a greater awareness. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Learn to make bright and bold paintings with Kathleen's signature vivified palette. You will learn to search for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. Kathleen will demonstrate how she begins a painting and talk you through her process of painting the canvas. There will be a studio tour, a slide show of paintings and individual instruction at the easel. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


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

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Spontaneous Abstraction
April 25-26, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop will focus on different techniques that will enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Learn how to gather inspiration for a painting from anything - from observation, pictures, or simply by brainstorming on canvas, creating chaos and then making order out of it. Focus on composition, movement, harmony, and the use of line independent of color. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Acrylic paint is preferred but oil is ok. 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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Children's Book Illustration
April 25 - May 2, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — This workshop is focused on developing imagery that effectively contributes to the storytelling of a children's book manuscript. Topics covered include character design, collecting and utilizing reference material, designing compositional elements, page layout, and responding to a text. The class will review the work of children's book greats of the past century as well as contemporary figures in children's book illustration. In addition, strategies on marketing a children's book portfolio and self-publication will be discussed. Instructor demonstrations will be presented using a variety of common illustration techniques such as pen-and-ink, watercolors, color pencil, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, collage and oils. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
April 27 - May 4, 2015 — Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful spring colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. So why not paint the romantic images Italy is so famous for? It's also the time of year for stunning rainbows and magnificient sunrises and sunsets, when the sea in the backdrop sparkles with light and the ancient hill-top towns glow in full glory across the panorama. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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


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

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


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

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


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $425
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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


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

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Still Life Painting Workshop with Christine Lafuente
May 2-3, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings "poetic responses to visual experience." Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a three-hour painting demonstration followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, color mixing, harmony and palette organization, application of large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


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

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Basics of Oil Painting
May 4-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Qiang Huang will teach his 5 step method of painting a still life in oil. He will focus first on initial placement of the elements on the canvas; second on setting the values by designing the shadow and light patterns; third adding the colors, fourth modeling fine details, checking edges to sharpen or soften as needed; finally the consolidation phase by adding final touches to complete the painting. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Artensity
Cost: $425
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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


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

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Confident Color for Oil Painters
May 6 - June 10, 2015 (Wednesdays at 9:30) — Do you have a passion for fresh bright color? Along with value and design, mastering color is one of the key foundations for successful painting. Through exercises, demos, chats, projects, and supportive critiques you'll learn more about: Color 101: Terminology, Pigments; Successful Color Mixing; Harmony with a Limited Palette; Luminosity with Transparent Pigments; Color Strategies & Theory in Action. Visit website


Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Instructor: A. B. Deneweth
Sponsor: Curtis Art Center
Cost: $115
Email: Aimee
Phone: 303-522-0269

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Simplifying the Complex, En Plein Air and Studio
May 6-9, 2015 — The act of painting on location can be an overwhelming prospect for many artists. Come learn to "simplify the complex" en plein air or in the studio with Randall Sexton in a variety of painting situations - weather permitting. Given that this four day workshop is open to all levels, it is especially geared towards the experienced artist finding ways to broaden their understanding of the oil medium and attend to their own specific painting issues. Randall is well known for his "hands-on" and personal teaching method....seeking ways to help each student individually. Visit website


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
May 8-10, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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The Three C's: Concept, Composition and Color (All mediums)
May 8-9, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Learn the three c's - concept, composition and color - from Pacific Northwest artist Jeannie Grisham. Having exhibited and won top awards both nationally and internationally, Grisham has learned a thing or two about creating strong statements in her paintings, ones that attract a judge's eye. In this fun, two-day workshop, Jeannie will guide you in your own painting journey, from idea to final masterpiece. Explore how the 3-c's can work for you! All levels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Jeannie Grisham
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $275
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting for All Levels
May 8, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Niagara Falls, Ontario en plein air
May 9-10, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Morocco 2015 - with Sam Paonessa
May 11-18, 2015 (all day w/ free time too) — Join us for 8 days of plein air painting in exotic Morocco. Take your skills and portfolio to the next level with outings to some of the Tetouan's most breathtaking urban and natural locations. Under indescribable light of Mediterranean skies you'll walk the ancient walled city's labyrinthine streets, colorful markets, and ancient architecture. Set up your easel in the high mountain forests, lush river valleys, and fishing beaches. Fill your panels with images for several year's worth of painting. Receive individual coaching and instruction from Canadian master painter Sam Paonessa in both studio and field. Pricing includes tuition, 8 nights fine housing, all meals, ground transport, guides and plenty of tea! Limit 8 participants. Early bird pricing until Dec 10! Visit website


Location: Tetouan, Morocco
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Sponsor: Green Olive Arts
Cost: $2500 includes all ground transp, housing, meals, etc.
Email: Jeff McRobbie
Phone: USA (302) 396-6051 - MOR +212 674358942

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Painting and Drawing Workshop In Italy
May 11-18, 2015 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $550
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Heart of Landscape
May 14-16, 2015 — This three day workshop will focus on outdoor sketches, which are fundamental to good landscape painting. The instructor will open each day with a lecture and demonstration after which students will paint and receive individual critiques of their work. The class will focus on learning to see like an artist, emphasizing the fundamental principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the beauty of nature when painting outdoors. Topics covered: values, hue, saturation, drawing, edges, design, and paint application. We will also discuss artistic style, look at the work of different artists, and consider the importance of painting from life. Beginner-advanced plein air painter (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Mastering the Palette Knife Workshop
May 15-17, 2015 (9 - 4) — Mary Anna Goetz introduces students (beginners through advanced) to the palette knife painting techniques practiced by the Impressionists. De-emphasizing detail, Goetz provides a step-by-step approach, beginning with a tonal underpainting and ending with a still life or landscape that has scintillating surface interest and is executed with affected color. Incising thick layers of paint, cross hatching, and broad, expressive strokes with the palette knife are all methods to be explored. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Mary Anna Goetz
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $290
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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


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

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Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan
May 16-17, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Every composition is fundamentally an arrangement of abstract shapes. To take command of our compositions, we must first be able to identify and manipulate those shapes. The notan is a unique type of study that gives us access to the most essential energies of a composition through an arrangement of dark and light patterns. Notan is a Japanese word that means "light-dark harmony." This strict dark-light arrangement has a unique way of revealing the underlying structure of a composition, thereby allowing us to take an active role in the manipulation of the compositional energies. Working first from masterworks, then photographs, and finally from life (still lives) in both painting, drawing and collage exercises, you will learn to bring greater order and power to your compositions. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $290
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting on the Brandywine
May 16, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Enjoy the day while working in drawing/painting medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River, and capture the effects of light, time of day, reflections and shadows. You may choose to have lunch at Hank's, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth's. After lunch, the class will visit the Brandywine River Museum to view and discuss the strategies used by artists such as William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey and Asher B. Durand in their land- and seascapes. Visit website


Location: Chadds Ford, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts
May 17-18, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown Riverarts
Email: Chestertown Riverarts
Phone: 410-778-6300

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda
May 18-22, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and Bermudian watercolorist Jill Amos Raine for a plein air painting class in beautiful St. George's Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Featuring demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Painting times will be broken up to utilize morning and evening light. Take advantage of the afternoon break to explore the picturesque surroundings or relax on the beach! Includes a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by Charles Demuth, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Visit website


Location: St. George's, Bermuda
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, joesweeneyart.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Design and Personal Style
May 22-24, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This workshop is more about the participants' personal painting style and design, than it is about technique and subject matter. The workshop will include PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations, individual critiques of work from home, individual help at your table/easel, group critiques, one demonstration drawing and Alex's drawings for display. Visit website


Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Glynn Visual Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Aline Jordan
Phone: 912-638-8770

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Painting the Contemporary Landscape (Paint in acrylics, watercolor or oils)
May 23-30, 2015 — Join Winslow Art Center and nationally-acclaimed artist Don Tiller for an unforgettable week of plein air painting in Tuscany. Explore, paint, sketch, enjoy local foods and wines, and delight in the charms of this magical region of Italy. The beautiful vistas and the famous Tuscan light will be among your painting subjects. Activities include a visit to a local terra-cotta producer, tastings at local wineries, painting in private gardens, a day trip exploring the fabulous Renaissance art of Florence and more. Don will share his techniques for painting out-of-doors, rendering quick drawings, creating strong compositions, showing perspective, simplifying shapes, and mixing colors. Expect lots of one-on-one attention and group critiques. During the workshop, Don will paint in acrylics, but painters of other mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Impruneta, Italy
Instructor: Don Tiller
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: see website
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The 'Not So' Still Life Starter Workshop
May 23-24, 2015 — During this starter workshop, we will work together on still life composition, brush painting, and knife painting. Any skill level in painting is fine, I enjoy adjusting my advice for each person's level. A solid drawing background is highly recommended. I would hope that you are not overly concerned with producing sellable work during the workshop as it will hinder learning. If you end up with something great, that is a bonus, but I don't want students to feel rushed or obsessed with production. I am mostly concerned with communicating some key concepts in a way that really sinks in. I want this knowledge to be useful for you later on. We will work hard and enjoy the process together. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Cheifetz, www.davidcheifetz.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $295
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 23-30, 2015 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bill Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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


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

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


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

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


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

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"Four Day Focus on Color"
May 26-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Achieve color harmony! Explore new ways to paint while using color and discover alternatives to grey in shadows. Master the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Learn how to warm up a color or cool it down and how to neutralize a color and show it off with its compliment. We will be working on color studies and 6 x 8 studies. The workshop will take place indoors in a very comfortable setting for both beginning and intermediate painters. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Debra Huse
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $500
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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


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

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Making Great Paintings from Photographs
May 28-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With a little imagination and a bit of exaggeration, make colorful and expressive paintings from your photographs. Learn how to select the most effective photographs for reference and how to make them come to life on your canvas. Bring a large selection of photos to explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures. Shelby demonstrates daily, and offers lots of personal attention to promote both confidence and skill in creating paintings from photos. Learn the technique of bright, complementary-colored acrylic underpainting, for an oil or acrylic painting in a bold, Impressionistic style. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting for All Levels
May 29, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Florence with Vianna Szabo
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Join us for a nine-day holiday painting workshop in the heart of Tuscany. Instructed by award-winning artist Vianna Szabo, "The Figure in Florence" is a blend of artistic instruction and cultural immersion with a dose of la dolce vita thrown in for good measure. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734


Impressionist Approach to Landscape Painting
May 30-31, 2015 (9 - 4) — Explore techniques in the tradition of the Impressionists using a painting knife or brush. Focus is on learning to see, color relationships and other aspects of plein air painting. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Joan Jardine
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $215
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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


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

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Plein-air Painting Workshop in Italy
June 1-8, 2015 — Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. We will cover a variety of techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale and composition and more and explore ancient hill-top towns and panoramic painting locations among the rolling hill-sides in the heart of Italy. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Advanced Abstract Painting
June 1-3, 2015 (9 - 4) — This workshop is designed for painters interested in exploring more deeply the fundamental elements that come together to create a successful abstract painting. Students will begin by moving through a series of guided exercises, which will focus on paint application, composition, and the creation of organic shapes. There will be a focus on building a personal abstract language, as students will be given ample time to work independently with their own materials. There will be discussion of the work throughout class, as well as group critiques. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Jenny Nelson
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $300
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Beginning Still Life Painting in Oil
June 1-3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create a still life painting from life in one session - without touch-ups in the alla prima method. This loose application brings a freshness of expression to your work. Jeremy demonstrates alla prima painting and drawing techniques that may be used for painting from life. Paint flowers, fruit, or other living objects commonly found in a still life painting. Jeremy discusses principles of design and color theory, with an emphasis on how these elements can be married together to create successful and compelling paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $575
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Simplifying the Landscape
June 4-24, 2015 (Thursdays, 9 - 4) — By learning to make meaningful sketchbook drawings and color studies, workshop participants will strengthen the design of their paintings with a 3 step method to simplifying the landscape. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Kate McGloughlin
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $370
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Beginning Portrait Painting in Oil
June 4-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Through Jeremy's guidance, learn to paint a portrait from a live model. Jeremy demonstrates both beginning and advanced painting and drawing techniques for developing a successful portrait painting. He discusses the rules of anatomy, color theory, and design with an emphasis on how these elements work together to create a compelling portrait. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Palette Knife Painting Workshop with Sally Shisler
June 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Sharing her experience with other artists has become an important part of this exciting palette knife adventure. Sally participates in many local, regional & national juried shows & paint outs and has won place awards as well as awards of honor & excellence. Make this remarkable transition from brushes to palette knives. Experience realism morphing into impressionism. Successful painting is lively & fresh and can be created with a palette knife. Visit website


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

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Niagara Falls, NY USA en plein air
June 6-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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


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

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ArtisTTable Plein Air Adventure in Walworth Co. Wisconsin
June 8-14, 2015 — There might not be a better way to kick off your 2015 plein air painting season than with this ArtisTTable art retreat in historic rural Southeast Wisconsin's Walworth County. The ArtisTTable founders Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will offer instructed plein air sessions throughout this retreat. The property where we will stay is located on a small farm with barns and a pond where the participants are free to explore and paint. Side trips will take us to paint in small towns, and to visit a winery. Each evening we will gather together look at and discuss the art from the day. Writers welcome. Cost of this retreat includes the accommodations and food. Space is limited, book early and save. Visit website


Location: Walworth County, WI
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $975.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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The Abstract Landscape
June 8-9, 2015 (9 - 4) — Working with oils or acrylics on paper, students will create landscapes in an abstract impressionist style from reference materials or their imagination. Workshop will encourage self-expression through use of color. Painting knife and brush techniques will be explored. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Donald Elder
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $217
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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


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

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


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
June 10-12, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome Visit website


Location: West Jefferson, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Email: Meghan Minton
Phone: 336-846-3827

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The Dynamics of Color
June 10, 2015 (10-4) — Expand your palette with vivid color! This one day workshop teaches students to draw with color in their paintings, creating depth, space and form through an in depth look at color temperature (warm and cool) and the interactions of color. Students will work from a still life of objects that have special meaning to them and learn to use color as a vehicle to express emotion and create a narrative. Examples of evocative, painterly realism will be explored through a sampling of related visual art works and demonstration. Students can work with oil or acrylic paints. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Suzanne Schireson
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $125 Members, $170 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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


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

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Master Class with Jan Baltzell
June 12-14, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Join acclaimed artist and PAFA faculty member Jan Baltzell to explore the varied paths from direct observation toward abstraction and invention. Baltzell's own painterly abstractions display a master's control of contrasting markmaking that transends the viewer's conventional vocabulary. Space is limited. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jan Baltzell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 14-20, 2015 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths, will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting, the local village-Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Early bird discount - May 1. The Euro exchange rate is near record low and flights have come down. Book today. Traveling Painters. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800 Early Bird rate-May 1. Includes room, most meals.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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


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

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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
June 15-19, 2015 — Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color you will never go back. I believe, as Henry Hensche did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today. If you are a beginning artist, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to the joys of painting 'en plein aire.' If you have been painting for a long time and wish to take your work to new and greater heights, then you have come to a great starting place. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Lois Griffel, www.loisgriffel.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $750
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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


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

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Designs on Nature
June 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The appeal of gardens, orchards, farms and vineyards - man's hand in nature - is timeless and universal. Explore the ordered landscape with an impressionist's eye for color and light. This workshop is designed for pastel and oil painters. Work en plein air to paint and gather references first hand. Then use your studies and photos to design motifs and develop successful paintings in the studio. Move beyond your current level of work, assisted by demonstrations, individual guidance, and group critiques. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Christine Debrosky, www.ChristineDebrosky.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $460
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting for All Levels
June 19, 2015 (10am - 4:30pm) — Gain the confidence to be a painter! From the beginning to the experienced student, this one-day class in oil or acrylic will guide and teach students how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value-pattern, composition and color. Students may work from life and/or photos. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a drawing class prior to attempting painting. Visit website for the materials list. Visit website


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

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Creating Deep Landscapes: Water-Mixable Oils
June 19-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore the many ways you can enhance the illusion of depth in your landscapes using atmospheric perspective, composition, and color with water-mixable oils. Rob demonstrates a variety of methods to create depth, and guides students through a series of compositional exercises and color experiments, leading to a finished painting in water-mixable oils. Plenty of individual attention and time to practice what is demonstrated is provided. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $245
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Landscape in Large Scale
June 20-23, 2015 (9 - 4) — Artists often struggle when they try to transition from small paintings to large. Instruction in this workshop will focus on the tools needed to capture or transform the freshness of a small piece while painting larger scale. Discussion and demo will include moving up in brush size; physicality and gesture when working large; color choices; seeing composition on a larger scale; creating interest from afar and up close; and maintaining spontaneity. We will start with sketches and color/compositional studies of our chosen image, working from photographs, and once familiar with its variables, move on to the larger piece. Sizes recommended are in the 18"x24" range or larger for pastelists and 24"x48", 36"x36" for oil painters. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Christie Scheele
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $293
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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


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

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Painting the Mississippi Plein Air
June 22-26, 2015 (9:00 am-4:00 pm) — This oil and pastel workshop will explore scenes of the Mississippi River from river bluff vistas and from along the riverside. John will demonstrate and guide you through a series of painting exercises with specific objectives: learning to see light and color - not just objects; learning to make a portable selection of colors work like a big palette; composition - get this right and you're almost done; ergonomics - streamlining your working method to make the most of your time outdoors. Dubuque, IA, is an historic river town with beautiful topography, a rich architectural heritage, and unique restaurants, bars, and entertainment options. Visit website


Location: Dubuque, IA
Instructor: John Preston
Sponsor: Mississipi River Art Workshops
Cost: $380
Email: Wes Heitzman
Phone: 563-845-7274

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The Beauty of Light: Portrait Painting from Life
June 22-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enhance your ability to see and capture the interplay of cool and warm light in a portrait painted from life. Become more practiced and confident in your ability to understand and use the emotive qualities of color to enrich and energize your portrait work. Michael demonstrates in both oil and pastel and works with each student individually. He shares knowledge gained from working with master painters, Dan Gerhartz and Richard Schmid. Students with painting and drawing skills in the intermediate level and above range will benefit most from Michael's instruction. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mike Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + model fee, Non-Members: $365 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Creating Abstract Art
June 26-27, 2015 (9:30-3:30) — My new best-selling book, Creating Abstract Art, presents new pathways to creativity rooted in your imagination. We will explore abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques working from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. Even if you are just curious to try something that's out of your comfort zone, this class will expand your passion to make art! Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $300 Members, $345 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 30 - July 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Oil Painting Basics, Intensive Two Day Workshop
Ongoing thru June 30, 2015 — Learn the basics of oil painting. The Instructor will introduce color mixing, painting techniques to create form and how to compose a painting. Through a series of projects, class critiques, demonstrations and slide presentations, you gain practice and insight into building a painting. Brushes, paint, canvas, palettes, mediums, solvents, and varnishes will be explored. This workshop explains how to approach painting and provides a basis for creative expression. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sasha Linda Wasko, sashawaskoart.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $240
Email: Sasha Linda Wasko
Phone: 505.699.7038

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Painting in Tuscany
July 4-11, 2015 — We are going to examine, compose, draw, mix and paint. From a simple lemon to a vast landscape, for beginner or experienced, you will enjoy developing as an artist and creating the vision or mood you want to portray in your work. My goal is to teach you how to regard your composition and how to work with the breathtaking Tuscan landscape that exists 360 degrees around you. You will learn how to simplify what you see, draw directly on canvas with a brush and mix and apply those soft hues using a limited palette. We will also be working in studio, creating some classic 'red chalk' drawings and Botticelli-esque paintings. After all, we are in Italy! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $2200.
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 703-474-2966

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


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

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 6-31, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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


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

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Painting the Vibrant Still Life
July 11-12, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Join Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick for a two-day painting intensive. Focus in the workshop will be on the still life as a tool to expand your painting practice. Working in oils, delve into color, composition, and brushwork and explore traditional subjects - and some non-traditional ones - in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Sarah will do daily demos, followed by plenty of painting time and lots of individual attention. You'll be doing sketches, quick exercises, and more finished pieces as well. Each day will include a mini-critique at the end of the day - 30 minutes or so to step back, look at work together, and discuss. Ideal for students of all levels who are comfortable with oil paint. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, sedwickpaints.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395 (includes Friday evening demo and reception)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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Painting Through Modern Masters
July 13-16, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Looking closely at the methods of Cezanne and the cubism of Picasso and Braque during this four day workshop, we will work with a series of exercises based on their exploration and invention. These exercises will be designed to investigate various aspects of abstraction, and ways of working, in relation to still life and the figure. In turn, these explorations will equip us with tools and language to find our own new and unique ways of painting. Among the different aspects of painting and abstraction that we will work with: composition, color, shape, distortion, mark-making, edge and line. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Jordan Wolfson
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $525 Members, $575 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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


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

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2015 — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. After a demonstration, the class will work in monotone from the model for the first day, concentrating on value. After that, the class will work in full color from the model, learning how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color/ light and shadow. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting Workshop in the French Alps
July 18-25, 2015 (7 nights) — A unique luxury painting workshop experience in a beautiful secluded chalet in the mountains. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 students. You can expect a remarkable, inspiring location with luxury accommodation and services. With demonstration paintings and individual help the group are guaranteed fun on this challenging and exciting learning experience. Richard Robinson from New Zealand inspires you with his work and teaching methods. Visit website


Location: Morzine, France
Instructor: Richard Robinson
Sponsor: Alpinia Ltd
Cost: €1430 per person
Email: Karen Anderson
Phone: 0034 666471282

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Painting Katahdin
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Artist Philip Frey is offering a unique plein air painting workshop at Church's Camp Rhodora on Millinocket Lake Maine facing glorious Mount Katahdin - the same camp that famed artist Frederick Church painted from. Each day students will paint at various locales around the lodge and lake engaging in specific assignments, individual instruction, instructor demos and group critiques. Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished paintings. Having taught in many venues, he is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student's abilities to help them move to the next level. "His teaching style is positive, reinforcing, instructional, and gifted." -Andy Carpentier. Workshop size is limited and registration closes April 20, 2015. Visit website


Location: T1R8 Wels, ME
Instructor: Philip Frey
Sponsor: Philip Frey, LLC
Cost: $475
Email: Philip Frey
Phone: (207) 422-2008

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 21-24, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Still Life Painting and Beyond
July 27-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore ways of painting the still life in oil as a means to develop personal imagery, and content, and to improve formal and technical skills. Susan leads you in exercises for developing your own composition. Experiment with methods for manipulating space through the use of underpainting techniques and the control of value. Explore color by using several limited palettes, including the 17th Century earth palette and a Monet-like primary palette. Bring your own objects and set up a still life or two to paint during the workshop. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Susan Kraut
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
July 27-31, 2015 — This four-day intensive workshop focuses on alla prima portrait painting in oil. Rose gives a portrait demonstration on the first day. We attempt to cover all aspects of portrait painting, from palette choices to drawing to seeing and capturing the colors and forms we see in the models, all the while attempting to maintain a critical and patient eye. During the workshop, Rose welcomes discussions on art, being an artist, and how we see ourselves in relationship to the creative experience. Participants often have meals together continuing the discussion and camaraderie. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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August Light: Painting the Impressionist Landscape in Oil (Plein air / Studio)
July 27-30, 2015 — Lee has a remarkable way of infecting his students with his passion for plein air painting. He is able to explain complicated concepts in understandable terms and is fully dedicated to having each student succeed. His workshops are challenging and also a lot of fun. Learn to paint fresh, light-filled plein air landscape paintings of dramatic coastal scenes, using the Impressionist palette of colors. Lee will train you to see the variations in value and color in the landscape, and how to apply the Impressionist theories of color and light to capture the changing light effects and moods. Come prepared to paint the sunset at least two evenings during the workshop. Experience the thrill of seeing and painting the light. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 28-31, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Studio Painting with New Energy
July 30 - August 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to simplify your process, as you create a painting in stages that brings an immediacy and freshness to your work. Set goals for improvement and let Tom take you to the next level of accomplishment in your painting. Awaken your creative process by adding new energy to your paintings. Work from photo references in the studio or outside (weather permitting). Tom demonstrates and explains all concepts, providing individual attention as you incorporate what you learn into your paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-4, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 10 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean lies the tiny island of Monhegan - long known to artists as an inspiration for outdoor painting. This workshop is set up to enable participants to arrive on the 7:00 am boat on Monday out of Port Clyde, join the 9:00 am workshop and it ends at 3:00 on Tuesday to allow you to catch the last ferry back to the mainland. This makes it easy, you only have to stay on the island 1 night. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $297.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Monhegan Island, Maine en plein air
August 3-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Picture yourself walking in the footsteps of Homer, Hopper, Kent, Fitzgerald, or Wyeth... Then imagine being inspired not only by the beauty of Monhegan island, but also by having the key to unlock your creativity. The plein air workshop on Monhegan is designed to help you hone your painting and visualization skills in ways unmatched by any other workshop and is aimed at helping you see with 'new eyes' and translate your vision more effectively whether your skill level is advanced or beginner. Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Exec. Dir
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Think Before You Paint
August 3-5, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Much of the success of a painting is established before you ever touch brush to canvas, or pastel to paper. Taking time to plan will result in consistently better work. Look at specific elements that make up a painting and learn how to improve each one. Topics include choosing subject matter, finding a point of view, arranging elements (composition), developing a strong value structure, enhancing the focal point, making color decisions, and many other principles. This is not a theoretical class; hands-on exercises explain and reinforce each principle. Study successful paintings and explore what makes them work. Finally, apply these principles to a project that you want to develop. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 3-28, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $1500 includes most materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Intermediate Level

Painting the Draped Figure & Portrait
August 3-6, 2015 — In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional "painterly" way to oil painting, and apply it to figure painting in an "alla prima" approach. The workshop will emphasize composition, color, understanding light on form, and producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. The workshop will lead the student into the figure painting practice through Zhaoming's demonstrations, individual instructions, and critiques. Zhaoming is a brilliant painter, his style and brushstrokes are perfect and stunning! His understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint loosely with his own concept and personal style. Don't miss this very infomative workshop! Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 4-7, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Ireland in Color with Master Artist Hugh O'Neill
August 4-10, 2015 — Started in 1995 Hugh O'Neill Art workshops to Ireland both North and south have been voted the very best. This Summer workshops will be based the County of Down and other beautiful coastal locations including a listed world heritage sight called Giants Causeway. Hugh O'Neill was born and lived in Ireland until 1995. Visit website


Location: various towns, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill
Cost: $1,100
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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


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

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Paint Instinctively
August 10-14, 2015 — Kim's energetic and intuitive approach to painting establishes the direction for this class where you will learn to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form with big areas of color and shape and surety of line.... He will lead you to the discovery of how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the "process", the performance, the immediacy! Thru the painting of numerous studies you will practice the techniques which will help you accomplish a spontaneous but controlled approach. Kim will also address how to set up a palette that will help you simplify color relationship and comparisons...a great help in building a good painting! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $675
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 11-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Portrait & Figure
August 17-21, 2015 — Nationally renowned artist and instructor Robert Liberace is coming to Whidbey again. Rob has recently been qualified as a ""Living Master" (one of about 70 in the world) by the Art Renewal Center. This is an exceptional opportunity for art students. This workshop will focus on the portrait and figure with an emphasis on anatomical form and strong sculptural definition. Bones, muscular connections and the play of light on the surface will be explored. Artists are free to choose their media each day whether it be chalks, oils or pastels. Using these classic materials the human form will be thoroughly analyzed and explained. Mornings will focus mainly on demos and afternoons will be spent painting (or drawing). Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $900
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Color in the Summer Landscape
August 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bring some color into your landscape painting this summer! Work in the studio from photographic references. Learn how painters from the Impressionist, Expressionist, and Fauve movements viewed color in nature. Break through the limitations of local color in representing the landscape. Nina presents a brief review of light and color theory designed to help you utilize techniques such as layering, optical mixture, broken brushstroke, and glazing. She explains how ideas about composition and gesture can help you learn to best compose your landscapes. Nina provides a library of landscape imagery in addition to your own references. Painters in oil, acrylic, or gouache mediums are welcome! Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Capturing Color and Light en Plein Air
August 17-21, 2015 — Kami will share with you her knowledge, passion, and approach to capturing the effect of light on canvas. Her goal during this workshop is to push your work to a new level. This workshop is intense and guaranteed to provide you with focus and the organized steps you need to convey a strong sense of place in your paintings. The first day of the workshop will begin with lecture focusing on fundamentals - Composition, Value, and Color. The following days will build on the fundamentals. You can count on leaving the week with the tools to continue developing. Composition, Value, Color, Illusion of light. You can expect to paint several studies each day! Followed by evening art talk and group critiques. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 18-21, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Lubec, Maine. The area is home to beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. In this all-level workshop, Michael introduces you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the maritime landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Award-winning artist with five instructional videos available from North Light Books and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


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

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Kenn Backhaus in Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley
August 19-26, 2015 — Join a small group of artists painting and learning in the glorious Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland. Paint some of the tallest peaks in the Alps, beautiful Lake Brienz, charming mountain villages, roaring glacial streams, and beautiful waterfalls. There is so much variety to paint in the area! Kenn will teach for a full 4 days and mentor for 2 additional days. Breakfasts are included as are 4 group dinners. Transportation of artists to painting locations is also included. This will be a trip of a lifetime! Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Kenn Backhaus, Master OPA, Master AIS
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3150-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Plein Air Dingle: Ireland's West Coast Landscape
August 19-26, 2015 — When you enroll in one of Victoria Brooks' Plein Air Painting Workshops her first goal is to find out where you are in your knowledge of outdoor painting and help you get to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you are attending because you want to know more and become a better painter. Half of the battle of plein air painting is having the right equipment. Victoria will put it all together by showing you how she sets-up, chooses her subject, composes her painting, captures changing light, mixes paint, applies the paint and finishes a painting. Visit website


Location: Dingle, Ireland
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Still Life Oil Painting & On-line Art Marketing
August 20-22, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Qiang Huang's (pronounced as Chong Wong) approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. He will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Art marketing will be included as seen in blogs, websites, e-newsletters, and on-line galleries. Studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. American Artist Magazine has featured his teaching on the summer issue of the "Workshop". Visit qhart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $525 Museum members/$550 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 24-27, 2015 (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
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $550 for 3 Days, $700 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Mastering the Evocative Portrait
August 24-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Nikolai Fechin was a master of suggestion, whose work continues to influence the work of great artists. With Fechin's paintings as examples, create powerful works through suggestion. Learn to apply sparkling color, avoid unpleasant detail, obtain masterful edge control, simplify color harmony, and turn the form with color temperature. Bill discusses Fechin's techniques as he paints from a live model. Demonstrating in both oil and pastel, he completes a head study, as well as several "mini-demos" that involve painting features of the face and other details. Engage in exercises that include copying a painting by Fechin, as well as incorporating Fechin's techniques into your work as you paint from the live model. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: William (Bill) Schneider, www.SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335 + model fee, Non-Members: $365 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Fundamental Approach to Plein Air Painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9am - 4 pm) — 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. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth. Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


Location: Harrington, ME
Instructor: Larry Blovits
Sponsor: Golden Apple Art Residency
Cost: $425.00
Email: Shelley Stevens
Phone: 207-483-6543

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The Conceptual Still Life
August 24-27, 2015 — Breath life into your still life with a more spontaneous approach in this 4 day workshop. Learn how to think about painting "light" instead of objects. I will show you my thought process in setting up a concept and executing it by going directly to paint, without fussing with tedious pre-drawings. I will teach and demonstrate my painting methods each day from start to finish with commentary throughout the process. There will be open discussion of my material choices, prop selection, paint application, values, colors choices and lighting of the subject. You will receive one on one critiques with special attention to your particular needs. Beginner to advanced are welcome. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Jeff Legg, www.jefflegg.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $675
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Landscape Painting: The Plein Air Way
August 27-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to recognize areas of large shapes and the basic value structure of the landscape. Paint the value of each mass as it relates to the others. Edge work and paint handling will be emphasized, along with the use of a limited palette. Kevin provides an organized approach to painting the landscape through demonstrations and one on one instruction. He provides tips on how to capture the essence of a scene in nature. Learn the art of plein air painting from this prize-winning instructor. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kevin Menck, www.KevinMenck.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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ArtisTTable Morvan France Landscape Painting Retreat
August 30 - September 7, 2015 — The setting for this adventure is the lush rolling hills of the Morvan region of France, near the village of Larochemillay. ArtisTTable founders, the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will facilitate this retreat. Artists will receive an intensive experience spending time working in the countryside, small villages as well as from the model in the landscape. Emphasis will be given to exploration, experimentation and observation. There is no formal instruction offered, although Tali and Royce will be available for critique and to work with participants individually. Every evening will include a discussion and review of the day's work and activities. Writers welcome. Fees include accommodations, sketchbook, all meals and local transportation. Limited to 12 participants maximum. Visit website


Location: Larochemillay, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1250.00 - Discount for early registration.
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Five-Day Plein Air Painting