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Painting in Portugal
April 30 - May 7, 2016 (10am - 10am) — This workshop is held in a charming village just outside of Lisbon and includes excursions and most meals. Daily studio and plein-air classes are open to painters of all levels and mediums: oil, acrylic and watercolor. We will focus on painting traditional still-life subjects in and around the village cottages: clay pottery, doorways, windows, and surrounding nature. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will show you how to enhance your work by considering unique compositions and various brush painting techniques. We will also paint at several wonderful sites on our visits to Sintra, Mafra, Ericeira and Obidos. Material list required. (8 painters max.) Visit website


Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $1600.US double occupancy
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
May 2-6, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Floral Still Life in Oil and Acrylics
May 3-5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This a great floral still life class for all skill levels. Work in oil or acrylic - your choice, since Krista is proficient in both. Paint from contemporary floral still life setups to further develop your skills in drawing, value, color and edges - all in a fun and relaxed environment. No pressure, no need to complete a large, complex still life unless you wish. You can work on smaller surfaces to capture portions of setups if you want to complete more paintings. Learn how to create depth and dimension in a painting with a strong focal point. As an added bonus, Krista will share an overview with the class on how to successfully market and sell art online. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 3-5, 2016 (11am-2pm) — Drawing and painting out-of-doors presents unique surprises and pleasures as well as particular challenges. Working at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, learn tactics to efficiently set up on location, select a composition and capture the light, color and shapes of the surrounding landscape. Students may work in the drawing/painting media of their choice. Free parking and restroom facilities available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bringing the Garden to the Studio
May 5-8, 2016 — This 4-day workshop will begin each day with a demo, including one in which I will bring a dry painting started in a garden, and show how to finish it in the studio from photos. Using live flowers, I will demonstrate my thoughts in setting up an indoor "garden", with or without still life objects. We will continuously talk about the following: a strong block in using washes and "lifting" paint ; how to keep flowers clean and transparent; leaves - how to mass them in as a design element; and how to move the viewer around the painting. We'll devote one day to white flowers and their shadows, which can be very challenging! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Plein Air Painting in Batavia, Illinois, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 6-7, 2016 (10-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two full days (Fri-Sat) of outdoor painting at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois. We'll paint in any of several beautiful parks along the Fox River, and Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $250
Email: Kari Kraus
Phone: 630-761-9977

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies
May 7-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape paintings are only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for either plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


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

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Painting the Portrait
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your understanding of the painted portrait. During this one-day class, students will be offered a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the portrait study. Robert will share his experience and understanding of the structure of the head as revealed by the strength, direction and color of the light source. The morning demonstration and lecture will be followed by an afternoon of portrait painting. Please consider joining Robert for an informative and enjoyable experience while working with the portrait model. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in Rural Indiana, with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 9-11, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for three full days (Mon-Wed) at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, Indiana. We'll paint on this beautiful, 60-acre farm with fields, ponds, a barn and spring wildflowers. Michael will lecture and demonstrate daily. Students will paint with Michael going from easel to easel offering personal help. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Art Barn
Cost: $325
Email: Jane
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Painting in Spain: All Media Painting Workshop
May 9-16, 2016 — Join in the fun, with artist and instructor Pat Fiorello, as you learn, grow and see new places through the eyes of an artist during this inspiring 8-day painting workshop in beautiful Spain! Pat has extensive experience teaching on location in the U.S. and Europe and is author of the book “Bella Italia, Italy through the Eyes of an Artist.” Whether you are new to painting or experienced, you will improve your ability to observe the landscape and capture its essence. We’ll focus on how to select landscape elements and compose a beautiful painting based on what inspires you and how to then simplify the landscape and mass values for greatest impact. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Pat Fiorello, www.patfiorello.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 12-14, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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The Figure in the Landscape
May 13-15, 2016 — The focus will also be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, and understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information if the student desires. Peggi will address design and technique in a manner in which students may express themselves in a personal way. The student will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to “get to the point a little more quickly.” Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to “learn through earnest mileage.” Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and individual demonstrations will be given, as needed. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Wet and Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color
May 13-15, 2016 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Alla Prima Still Life Painting
May 14-15, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Embrace the immediacy of painting in the alla prima technique, the method in which paint is applied directly wet-on-wet to the canvas. Explore the fluidity of paint application and the importance of the brush mark using the still life. Oil painting materials, supports, and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Students will be further challenged through the study of historical and contemporary artists so as to enrich their understanding of visual language in painting. Basic painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez, rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Creatives Retreat at a Tuscany Farm/cooking school
May 14-20, 2016 — Join us for a creatives retreat at a magical working farm/cooking school in Tuscany, 12 miles from Siena. Spannocchia is an historic sustainable farm with hiking paths, farm animals, Tuscan cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine and great food. Includes accommodations, local transfers to/from Florence, most meals w/wine, and excursion to Siena. Spannocchia is one of the most tranquil places on earth. All levels welcome for painting, hiking and cooking classes. Visit website


Location: Spannocchia, Italy
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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"Strait Color" with Randall Sexton
May 14-15, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Get out and paint along the Carquinez Strait en plein air in the Northeast corner of the San Francisco Bay Area. Hosted by Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA. The class will review the fundamentals of solid picture making with a strong focus on Color Mixing and Brush Handling. Randall's medium of choice is oil, but the course is open to other mediums and all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome provided they have some experience (and the equipment) for painting outdoors. Visit website


Location: Benicia, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Arts Benicia
Cost: Members: $225.00 / Non-Members: $240.00
Email: Arts Benicia
Phone: (707) 747-0131

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Exploring Colors, Values and a Limited Palette
May 16-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend four fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta at her beach house packed full of incredible color paint along demos, studio and plein air painting, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. You will learn to change your color palette in a painting while keeping the correct values and mixing your own colors. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her beach house which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art via your website, facebook, blog, newsletters, etc. Accommodations are also available at the beach house. Visit website


Location: Ventura, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $499.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
May 19-25, 2016 — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by master artists who made the Bermuda pilgrimage, as well as the opportunity to paint alongside the Bermuda Plein Air Painters on their regular Sunday morning excursion and to enjoy the Bermuda Day festivities on May 24. Visit website


Location: St. George, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 20-22, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Artists’ Painting Retreat in Italy
May 21-28, 2016 — Join us for an exciting trip to Italy! We will be staying in a grand 10,000 sf newly renovated villa near Greve, the “entrance gate” into the Chianti region of Tuscany! We will connect with our immediate surroundings through observational painting, both indoors and en plein air. Techniques and exercises will teach and build skill in still life, landscape and interior painting. Instruction will simplify the processes of painting and working directly from life. We’ll analyze what influences our choices and how to incorporate our personal voice in our work. We’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the Uffizi and Academia museums in Florence. The class size is limited to 9 participants for an intimate learning and painting experience. Visit website


Location: Greve, Italy
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, www.lisadariakennedy.com
Cost: $2300-$2650
Email: Donna Thomas
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Paint the Italian Spring
May 21 - June 4, 2016 — La Romita School of Art has been providing artists with the perfect working vacation for nearly 50 years. You will stay at La Romita, an exquisitely renovated sixteenth century Capuchin monastery surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. There will be day trips to the scenic hill towns that dot the region. Experience sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and the warm hospitality. This is a pastel landscape workshop, but open to other materials. Barbara will teach you how to improve your composition, structure your paintings using a solid value study. You will learn how to interpret the rich colors and warm textures that are unique to the Italian landscape. Price includes all meals, accommodations, and workshop. Visit website


Location: Terni, Italy
Instructor: Barbara Lawrence
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Cost: $3,850.00
Email: Barbara Lawrence
Phone: 415-717-1238

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — 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: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Cortona en Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Plein air painting is on the rise and is it any wonder why? We find it challenging & fun, we get to be outside and we can take our passion to places like Italy! Painting en plein air requires a process of logic and intuition; a way of seeing and translating, recording and interpreting, deep soul searching with a sense of play. 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. Visit website


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

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Painters Retreat in the South of France
May 22-28, 2016 — Join us for an unforgettable art adventure at La Napoule Painters Retreat on the French Riviera. The Chateau de La Napoule and art foundation lie just southwest of Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France...a painter's dream holiday. Paint the beautiful grounds and gardens of the chateau, explore the village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. So much inspiration. All levels and all mediums welcome as well as non painters. $600 deposit. Visit website


Location: Mandeleiu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875. Add $150 for Sea View Room.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Figure and Portrait Painting
May 23-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will practice traditional, as well as contemporary ways of painting the human figure and portrait. The workshop will begin with a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, and progress to a full color palette for longer paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors in order to paint realistically, as well as more expressive, contemporary approaches. Topics include: how to mute colors in order to match the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, and composition and design. 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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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winter Park, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Crealde School of Art
Email: Barbara Tiffany
Phone: 407-671-1886

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
May 23-27, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Figure in Florence
May 24 - June 2, 2016 — Join us for 10 days of art and beauty in the Renaissance city that has inspired artists for centuries. You'll walk the same streets that Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli walked. Learn the time-honored tradition of solid painting skills while you bask in the city that is truly a visual feast. Space is limited so book early. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Lay It Down & Leave It Alone
May 24-26, 2016 (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 Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Her work was recently featured in the November 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine. 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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Painting People
May 30 - June 3, 2016 — In my workshop, we will paint from life. Our purpose is to paint what we see, observing form carefully to express the unique image of the person posing. The method of painting is Alla Prima, painting wet on wet directly on canvas. Our concerns will be design, gesture, proportions, perspective, foreshortening, mixing cool and warm colors and the relationships of shapes, values and color in order to describe the reality and naturalism of the subject. Along with technique we will paint and discuss the aesthetic, poetic and human concerns in painting inspired by the Old Masters and evaluate contemporary realists. We will be painting portraits, figure painting and compositional studies. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $900
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 31 - June 28, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Paint and draw the landscape at select locations including the Highlands Mansion and Gardens, Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, and cool, shady spots along Wissahickon Creek. Students may work in the medium of their choice. All levels welcome. Transportation to and from PAFA available for full-day students. Half-day registration is also available, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m. for $295 non-credit. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
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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Introduction to Abstract Painting
May 31 - August 2, 2016 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — Would you love to paint abstractly, but don’t know where to start? Are you seeking to boost the compositional or emotional content in your work? Learn how to make artwork that departs from direct description of observed subject matter. Examine a range of different artists’ approaches to abstraction to broaden your understanding of the history and possibilities of this mode of working. Inspiration and subject matter for studies in abstraction will come from observation of the natural world, existing works of art, symbolic abstraction, and the visual device of the gesture. Students will work primarily in oil or acrylic paint, but drawing and sketchbook studies will be used as a way to generate ideas and solve problems. Drawing and painting experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Color for Painters
May 31 - June 28, 2016 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. History, palettes, mixing and application will be explored. Color in still life, landscape, figure and interiors will be made understandable and usable through demonstration and a series of studio paintings. Geared toward oil painting, but applicable to all media and levels of experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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Painting Over the Line (1)
June 1-29, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30-4pm) — Take your work to the next level under the mentoring guidance of artist/critic Kassem Amoudi. In this focused open studio environment, intermediate/advanced students will work from personal subject matter to further their own visual language and interests. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Examples from contemporary and modern art will be examined to promote a broader understanding of the abstract qualities of space, line and color in both nonrepresentational and representational work. Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting!


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Painting
June 1 - August 3, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Paint in oil from the life model and make full figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed. Includes demonstration, lecture and discussion of master paintings of the figure. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Life Painting: Mass and the Limited Palette
June 1-29, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — An in-depth, structured approach to figure painting. Students will use grisaille and limited palettes to model the human form through broad mass relationships, toward gradually fleshing out volume and surface details. Instruction will focus on preparatory sketches and the use of shape, volume and temperature to define form and content. An excellent entry into figure painting for beginners and a helpful practice for painters of all subjects and levels to hone their craft. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renée P. Foulks
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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Making Great Paintings from Photographs
June 2-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Make your paintings come to life when you evoke the colorful and expressive nature of the visual experience. Using photographs as a reference, learn how to select imagery, utilize bright and complementary colored underpaintings, as well as employ Impressionist-based painting methods. Shelby will demonstrate daily, as well as discuss individual needs with you to promote both confidence and skill in creating paintings from photographs. Bring a large selection of references that explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures. Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
June 2-5, 2016 (All day each day) — Located in Limberlost Forest Reserve in Muskoka, 10,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes to paint. Keith paints in a free, post impressionist style and will help you loosen up and capture the raw power of the landscape. He will also be introducing you to modern colour theory and showing you how you can use a limited palette to create almost any colour. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting (1)
June 2-30, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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Still Life Drawing & Painting
June 2 - August 4, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-12pm) — Draw and paint colorful still life arrangements, progressing from preparatory sketches to fully resolved pieces. Instruction will focus on basic drawing skills, composition, painting technique, color, texture and the development of more personal interpretation of the subject matter. This class is excellent for beginners as well as experienced painters seeking to further their interest in the subject. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neil di Sabato
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing & Painting
June 2 - August 4, 2016 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Students will have the option of using this understanding to facilitate their study of the portrait in oil. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and painting processes. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classical Portrait Painting
June 3 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 9am-12pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of facial parts to the whole of the head, and the development of volume by painting the model from multiple vantage points. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Success Summit
June 3-4, 2016 (9AM-9:30PM) — This inspiring two day conference and networking event equips artists with everything they need to succeed in today’s competitive art market. Visit website


Location: Cincinnati, OH
Instructor: Various speakers
Sponsor: Art Design Consultants, Inc.
Cost: $275 for one day or $490 for both days
Email: Elizabeth Davis
Phone: (513) 723-1222

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Painting the Light of Tuscany
June 3-12, 2016 — Join us in Florence, Italy for a trip of a lifetime. We combine touring the treasures of the city with a painting workshop. You can choose between a figurative workshop or a plein air workshop in Florence and the hills of Fiesole. Non-painting participants can substitute Tuscan Cooking Classes or take a discount. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Various
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 4-11, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in the Studio
June 4-5, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Come and enjoy a fun and informative studio workshop with award-winning, Oregon-based artist Eric Jacobsen. In this workshop you will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of making a good painting using reference photos- choosing a subject, making a great design, editing the scene, and more. Eric will focus on simplifying the landscape and on how to put energy and emotion into your paintings. The workshop will consist of informal lectures, demonstrations, critiques as well as plenty of individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, jacobsenstudio.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Beginning Painting II
June 4 - August 13, 2016 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Build upon your basic oil painting skills to develop more complex compositions and personal style. Work from a variety of subject matter, including still life and interior/exterior views, to improve both your technical ability and your understanding of visual concepts. Topics will include color mixing and relationships, as well as painting surface preparations and presentation. This course is ideal for students with limited painting experience or those seeking to fill in gaps in their understanding of essential concepts. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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City Landscape (1)
June 5 - July 10, 2016 (Sundays, 9am-1pm) — The city has long been the subject of many great artists including Canaletto, Edward Hopper and Jane Freilecher. Develop your own vision of the city on location at vibrant Gorgas Park, at the high point of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, featuring expansive views of the city and landscape. Drawing and painting mediums will be demonstrated including oil, gouache, watercolor and pastel. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be just some of the topics covered. Free on-site parking available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel
June 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Oil pastels are pure pigments in a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide array of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual drawing and painting practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day. Soft pastel artists are welcome if they are confident in their medium. Visit website


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

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
June 6-10, 2016 — 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 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 questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


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

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Painting Tuscan Life: Figures and Landscapes of Seravezza
June 6-18, 2016 — Gavin Glakas is an award-winning artist who specializes in portraits and landscapes. His class will focus on all the building blocks needed to create accurate and dynamic paintings of and influenced by the incomparable Tuscan ambiance. He will be working on ongoing landscapes and figures, one in the mornings and one in the afternoons. Students will be free to work alongside Gavin or on their own landscapes of town or countryside, still lives, or from the model. Gavin will be offering daily lessons, ongoing advice, and critiques throughout the course. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Monterey Bay
June 6-10, 2016 (9-4) — A plein air painting workshop in the beautiful Monterey Bay peninsula. I will be running two tracks in the workshop. One for beginners, and the other for more advanced students. If you are an absolute beginner, I will give you a solid foundational course on the most essential elements you need to understand in order to paint well, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. If you are a more experienced or professional painter, you will work on more advanced topics tailored to your needs. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a solid plan of action to work on for the following twelve months. Visit website


Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Cost: $975
Email: Jacqui Seddon
Phone: 1244428981

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The Figure in Action
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique. Visit website


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

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"Rich and Glowing Still Life"
June 6-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to paint thin layers of transparent color to create rich, luminescent still life paintings. Discover a fresh approach to sketching in and blocking out your still life. Amanda Fish will show you how to simplify your palette and gain a better understanding of transparent and opaque colors. Painting from her own still life setup in a large format picture, Amanda will give a painting demonstration each morning. All students will be provided the same printed photograph to paint. A different grouping of objects will be discussed and painted each day. Simple strategies and plenty of one-on-one instruction to help you master warm shadows, color harmony, brush work and composition. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Amanda Fish
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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The Well Edited Landscape, Inside and Out
June 6-8, 2016 — My workshops focus on simplifying and interpreting the landscape into a concise visual message. I teach methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and compose a well-edited painting. In some of my workshops, students will also work on specific practice exercises to improve their brush/pastel stroke application with the goal of making every stroke count. Each day of the workshop will begin with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel for the remainder of each day. Most students who attend my workshops do have at least some painting experience, but all levels are welcome, and I'm happy to give individual attention to beginners. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $410 by May 6; $460 after May 6
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Abstract Painting; beyond the boundaries w/ Donna Bruni
June 6-8, 2016 (9am to 4pm) — Move beyond the boundaries of representation, expressionism, and abstraction to develop your own visual style in a series of paintings on canvas. Students will begin with warm ups on paper or canvas panel, exploring color, energy, emotion, form, texture and line. Then Donna will teach how to transform these visual notes into a series of paintings. Students are invited to experiment with painting techniques and materials (acrylic, water-based oil, traditional oil, cold wax) using intuitive methods. Donna will provide one-to-one instruction and an informal group review. Visit website


Location: Grand Marais, MN
Instructor: Donna Bruni, www.donnabruniart.com
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Cost: $285.00
Email: Donna Bruni
Phone: 612-281-2863

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Landscape Painting in Amalfi Italy
June 7-14, 2016 (9 - 5pm) — Located in Amalfi Italy coast, workshop includes 7 nights, 8 days, 4 star hotel, sea view rooms, most meals, all land and ferry boat transportation including pick up at airport in Naples; paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Cooking classes available for guests and artists. Ancient Maritime Regatta occurs week before workshop. Not to be missed! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Cost: $2.975 artist; $2.575, artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Studio Painting with New Energy
June 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Immerse yourself in the world of painting and add new energy to your work. Learn to simplify your process as you create a composition in stages, focusing on personal artistic goals. Tom will demonstrate and guide you through a variety of concepts and techniques, as well as provide individualized attention as you incorporate what you learn into your work. Using a combination of photographic references and inspiration from the outdoors, weather permitting, you will bring your paintings to the next level. Visit website


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

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Oil and Wax: Personal Color and Powerful Design
June 9-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for artists working with cold wax medium and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, but want to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Emphasis will be on mixing colors, the importance of grays and glazes, creating strong values and meaningful mark making. Gain an understanding of the power of contrast throughout the painting process and learn how to approach a painting at any stage, understanding the “when” and “how” to pull paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. The majority of time will be devoted to painting, but individual critique and discussion will be included. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Pamela Caughey
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $400
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
June 9-12, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway. Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Figure in Plein Air
June 12, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Learn to see reflected light and color in plein air figure painting. Working from the clothed model, Darrell Anderson will demonstrate his process for painting the figure outside, then assist participants as they complete their own paintings. This one-day workshop will be conducted out of doors with a live model. All levels of experience are welcome. Paint in Oils, Acrylics, Gouache or Pastels. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $160 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Rocky Mountains Plein Air Workshop
June 12-15, 2016 — Plein Air Painting Workshop, Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with accomplished, award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. The spring wildflowers will be carpeting the valleys, and the snow melt high in the mountains will be filling the creeks with clear rushing water, beckoning us to set up our easels. Your relaxing stay at one of the few remaining authentic renovated Historic Lodges built over 100 years ago is located just outside of the National Park. Modern, private, en-suite rooms for 4 nights, welcome dinner, boxed lunches, heated swimming pool, bar, hot-tub, all ground transfers. Painting demonstrations, consultations, and one on one guidance with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. $1,450 all-inclusive* Book early for this fun and exciting adventure! Visit website


Location: Estes, CO
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $1,450
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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How to See and Understand Color: Oil Painting for Beginners
June 13-17, 2016 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is for students who have always wanted to try how it feels to paint with oil, here is your chance! Learn about color mixing and oil painting techniques from the basics. It is better to learn the right way from the start, and Larisa will give you all the necessary tools. In a friendly and welcoming environment, with step by step instructions, explanation and demonstration, students will learn not only how to approach the process of painting and psychology of colors, but also how to choose the right brushes, canvases, where to buy paint and how to decide what subject will work best for your future masterpiece. Develop a better understanding of how to see and look at color! 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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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 13-15, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Penninsula School of Art
Email: Andra Nyman
Phone: 920-868-3455

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Plein Air Painting from Photographs
June 13-17, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Interested in painting landscapes, but can’t paint outdoors in the plein air tradition? Learn to use photographs as an aid for landscape painting, capturing both the freshness and detail of your favorite locations! Work from your own images to refine your ideas and techniques through preparatory studies, and then execute finished paintings in oil. Create work that is ultimately free from the photographic source, suggesting memory and emotion, and expressing the essence of “en plein air.” Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
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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Star Valley Ranch Plein Air: Wyoming
June 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Star Valley, Wyoming on a private ranch. The vistas are breathtaking from the ranch, which overlooks the valley floor of fields, cottonwood trees and mountains as a backdrop. This five-day workshop will start out with a morning demonstration and plenty of one-on-one instruction. John Hughes is a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and is an experienced teacher with Scottsdale Artists' School. John's approach to painting focuses on the five basic areas of painting: drawing, color, value, edges and brushwork. "These are the building blocks of good painting, and once learned each artist will come away with a method to effectively execute and critique their own work." Visit website


Location: Star Valley, WY
Instructor: John Hughes, johnhughesstudio.com/blog
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Studio Italia 2016
June 14-24, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD$ 2985 (around US$ 2350 as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Oil and Cold Wax: Beneath the Surface
June 16-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This multidimensional workshop explores the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate colored pencils, pigments, and subtractive methods to create a variety of surface and subsurface textures. An array of non-traditional tools will be used to build layers and add depth to your paintings. Intuitive and experimental processes will encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, as well as positive individual and group critiques. Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
June 16-19, 2016 (All day each day) — The Ottawa Valley is a fantastic place to paint. Old century farms, cataracts, rivers, villages, rolling hills. Many paintings were done in this area by the Canadian painters, the Group of Seven. Keith will also be introducing you to Modern colour Theory and how you can use his limited palette to paint almost any colour easily. This is an all inclusive retreat. Visit website


Location: Renfrew, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $775
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Head Study
June 18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


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

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Plein Air in Provence
June 18-25, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and living in Provence! We'll stay in a beautifully restored former silk mill, including a lavender field right out back! Class size is limited to 6-8 participants. Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily, as well as paint at our location which is stunning! Come join us...you won't be disappointed! Visit website


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

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Secret Sacred France
June 18-25, 2016 — Take a step back in time to an unspoiled region in the south of France that is cloaked in medieval mystery. Paint the land of the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and iconic sites of intrigue such as Rennes Le Chateau. Each day you will accompany your experienced Plein Air instructor, Inez Hudson, to stunning landscapes throughout this mystical region. The workshop includes 7 days full board (with wine!) in spectacular accommodations, transfers, daily painting trips, lectures and learning activities, wine tastings, basic Plein Air supplies and more! This workshop is a feast for the eyes and the imagination at an unbeatable price! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Inez Hudson
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
June 18-25, 2016 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Visit website


Location: Murlo, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,450 - $2,810 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco or Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Abstraction & Landscape in Oils with Samnang Riebe
June 18, 2016 (10am-1pm) — This Plein-Air painting workshop is dedicated to making abstract, non-representational paintings. The goal for students is to make a painting of their own that is informed by light, air, temperature, humidity, etc. but does not rely on the nameable cues such as sky, ground, water, tree, architecture. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Samnang Riebe, samriebe.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $60, $50 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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ArtisTTable France, Morvan - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 18-25, 2016 — The ArtisTTable takes pride in providing rich art retreat experiences. Escape from your daily routine and concentrate on painting and creative process. We will be in the Morvan region of France because it provides inspiring locations on farms with rolling hills and quaint villages. Beginning and intermediate painters will find a nurturing environment during demonstrations an plenty of one-on-one support and instruction by ArtisTTable artist-founders, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from the train, mindfulness training designed to break creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists Workshop to enable us to write and speak about our art. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: LaRochemillay, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
June 20-24, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Still Life Painting with Christine Lafuente
June 20-24, 2016 (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 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, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Powercolor Painting
June 20-24, 2016 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Caroline Jasper's five-day workshop gives artists an opportunity to create a new piece each day, while mastering her exciting painting and color management strategies. Paint powerful works using productive methods. Discover unfamiliar, yet successful approaches to artistic improvement. With a focus on mastering color concepts to develop dramatic works that aren't over-worked, Caroline Jasper's painting tips and strategies lead to lifelong artistic success. Think about and work with color in unfamiliar and exciting ways. Gain essential truths about real versus wheel color. Learn Caroline's dual-hue palette strategies. Master advanced color interactions working on color ground. Along with a head full of color master concepts, take home powerful new paintings. Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: Caroline Jasper
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Linda Shiplett
Phone: 915.490.5071

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Painting the Model
June 21-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Beautiful set-ups and good fun are promised as students work from the clothed model. Emphasis will be on creating a mood through composition. By posing the model in interesting environments, students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of painting. The critical elements of a well-designed painting will be discussed including: placement, values, edges and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Stuart Shapiro
Phone: 404-237-6331 x208

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Cindy Procious - Photo Shop and Painting Still Life
June 24-28, 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm) — Do you want to learn how to use photo shop to create more realistic still life art? Instruction is private, in my home studio, limited to 12 students. Cindy will teach you how she sets up a still life and then uses photoshop to create award winning compositions. Each day in the workshop you will learn techniques for creating more realistic paintings. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Visit website


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

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Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne
June 25-26, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of America’s premier painters and esteemed PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work on paper in the medium of your choice including oil, watercolor and acrylic from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement, and learn to create form and articulate space. Maximize the expressive impact of pure, jewel-like color through stronger, more-focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate painting and drawing techniques and give a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. This workshop is excellent for artists interested in revitalizing their work and advancing their enthusiastic love of color. For intermediate to advanced levels. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting
June 25-26, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Come study with Jane Hunt, award-winning painter and faculty member of the Plein Air Convention. In this comprehensive three day plein air workshop we will be working on location to create studies (Students can paint in oil, acrylic or pastel. Demos will be done in oil.) All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on composition and values. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention. Open to all levels. Learn how to choose an effective focal point, how to deal with the changing light, how to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage, and much more. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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En Plein Air Workshop on Orr's & Bailey Island, Maine
June 26-30, 2016 (9am to 4pm) — For Oil or Acrylic painters & for Pastel artists. The firth year of the wonderful sojourn. Imagine painting on location in spring up in Maine. Each day students will pick a new location & paint/draw a work of art in the am & another in the aft. We will visit three locations which includes open ocean, beach area, docks & boats & a rocky shore line. Students will learn how to simplify forms, develop areas of trees & rocks to create depth, color relationships in the water, sky & land, & other compositional issues. Learn to work quickly & capture a moment in time. All levels. Fee includes: most meals, lodging and instruction. Great artists conversations & daily critiques. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Jill M. Pottle
Cost: $825
Email: Jill M. Pottle
Phone: 978-582-0985

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Realistic Painting Mastery in Acrylics and Oils
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Master painter Fernando Gonzalez has been passionate about super realistic paintings for over 30 years. His art is full of sensibility and delight the viewer with rich colors, depth and dazzling luminosity that radiates from the inside the painting. If you are an acrylic or oil painter looking to add more profundity to your painting, color brilliance and realism at its best, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered in charming Colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Paint in the Cristi Fer Art Studio, explore this jewel of Mexico in your free time. This little town will surprise you with all it has to offer, historical churches, flowers, shopping, mariachi music in park. Register early 6 max. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00, max. 6
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting from Photographs
June 27-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to take a treasured photograph and turn it into a work of art! Instruction is one-on-one and welcomes all levels. In this class you will be taught the vital lessons of color, drawing and composition to help turn your photo into something more. The painting process will be broken down into basic steps which Amery uses in creating her own works of art. She will also demo each stage to solidify the learning process. You are encouraged to bring your own personal photos to work from. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Fundamentals of Painting: The Still-Life
June 27-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will paint the still-life while studying how paint functions to create depth and atmosphere. Students will study how to use color, value, edges, and a good drawing sense to create a vibrant still-life, one that is not based on copying stuff on a table, but of a painterly, creative response to the set-up. The workshop will start with an understanding of the main idea for each painting, and developing the big shapes with a sense of the abstract interconnections. Using the unique qualities of paint, students will create the illusion of depth and atmosphere. This workshop will focus on how to creatively sense the abstract heart of the subject and to create space in a painterly, creative way. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: David Riedel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $410
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Qi into Art
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In traditional Chinese culture, qi refers to the life force or energy flow that pervades all things. Learn to use qi to incorporate your life knowledge, skills and experience in your art. Through drawing and painting projects using still life subjects and the life model, students will explore how perception, composition, value, choice of materials, and methods of mark-making affect their connection to, and the viewer’s interpretation of, their artwork. Examination of masterworks and critique will further promote a recognition of the principles of composition and flow of qi. Develop the ability to see things differently, feel the existence of qi, and express yourself in a more dynamic and profound way in your art. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Paul Hamanaka
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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Visual Arts Workshops | Adults & Teens
June 27 - July 22, 2016 (9:30AM - 4:30PM) — Professional artist Olivier Casse offers expert guidance in figurative drawing and painting techniques based on academic realist traditions. Students will benefit from individualized instruction and critiques appropriate for all skill levels. The workshops are intended for beginners seeking to create a portfolio for college applications as well as advanced artists looking to enhance their figurative skills. All classes will work with a live model. Visit website


Location: Miami, FL
Instructor: Olivier Casse
Sponsor: Miami Arts & Design Education
Cost: $550/Week (supplies included)
Email: Marianne Durante
Phone: 786-332-6233

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ArtisTTable Netherlands, Olst - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 28 - July 5, 2016 — Participants in ArtisTTable Art Retreats are treated real adventure and escape from their regular routine, by concentrating primarily on seeing and painting while exploring new directions in artistic process and practice. We will be based in a refurbished Dutch farm house, just outside of Olst, The Netherlands. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from train station, workshops in mindfulness that help overcome creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists workshop that will help us to find the language to enable us to talk and write about our work. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: Olst, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 28-30, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Roswell, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Roswell Fine Arts Alliance
Email: Sherry Hardage
Phone: 770-977-0238

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 28 - July 1, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Painting in Belgium: Pastel Workshop (all mediums welcomed)
June 30 - July 7, 2016 — Join international award winning plein air landscape artist, Steven R. Hill, for 8 fabulous days of painting in Belgium! His workshops are especially noted for a friendly, positive, hands-on teaching style. Many of his students have now become accomplished and award winning artists themselves. Steven will provide short painting/drawing demos at each site, showing how to take overly complicated subjects into their simplest form, to make paintings that work! You will come away with many new skills: learning to simplify, edit, and compose well, while painting with confidence as you use big broad strokes, accurate values and color layering to achieve visual harmony and depth. Steven is well versed in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels, so any medium is welcomed. Visit website


Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
July 2-9, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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French Landscape Workshop with Nina Weiss at Montfaucon
July 3-13, 2016 — Unique 5-star opportunity in South of France! Immerse yourself in Art & Culture...learn to extract your vision from the landscape with an experienced, compassionate, well-traveled instructor! Now in it's 15th year, Nina's European Landscape Workshops provide friendly group dynamics with exceptional one-on-one instruction. Be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. Daily excursions to our favorite surrounding towns with stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. Private studio on site; 24-hour access. 5- Star accommodations and dining at the air-conditioned private boutique hotel Montfaucon; a lovingly restored 12th Century villa on the river Aude. Join us for this incredible adventure! Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss
Sponsor: Nina Weiss European Landscape Workshops at Montfaucon
Cost: $3,750
Email: Nina Weiss
Phone: 847-840-0527

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 5-8, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Landscape Painting
July 5-7, 2016 — Curtis’s workshop is designed for students of all levels who wish to improve their skills by focusing on the fundamentals of oil painting outdoors. Each day will begin with a brief discussion on a key principle of plein air painting: orientation, color value and design, after which students will work on their own composition while Curtis circulates to give personal instruction to each student. On the third day, there will be no discussion; the class will begin work immediately, and then break one hour earlier to allow for a group critique at the end of the day. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: David P. Curtis
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $300
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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The Extended Pose
July 6 - August 10, 2016 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint from a life model in a single pose for the entire course in order to develop one large image or several smaller studies. Instruction will focus on two-dimensional linear accuracy, three- dimensional volumetric integrity, clarity of space, and color analysis specific to the human form. All levels welcome. Half-day registration available, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m. for $350 non-credit. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renée P. Foulks
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Over the Line (2)
July 6 - August 3, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30-4pm) — Take your work to the next level under the mentoring guidance of artist/critic Kassem Amoudi. In this focused open studio environment, intermediate/advanced students will work from personal subject matter to further their own visual language and interests. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Examples from contemporary and modern art will be examined to promote a broader understanding of the abstract qualities of space, line and color in both nonrepresentational and representational work. Advance beyond confined lines and hard edges to a more liberated way of painting! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting (2)
July 7 - August 4, 2016 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury
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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La Rusticana, "A Plein Air Feast"
July 8-10, 2016 (9am-2pm) — A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. A four star lunch is prepared each day by Chef Franca Coletta. Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this workshop is open to other mediums (and all levels). Visit website


Location: Los Gatos, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Email: Sara Langone

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The Art of Water
July 8 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Whether used as a compositional device or vehicle for meaning and narration, the elusive nature of water has both captivated and challenged the artist. In this class, unravel the techniques for realistic depiction of bodies of water through study of masterworks in the PAFA museum, hands-on work in the studio and plein air sessions. Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. All levels welcome. The first class will take place in the PAFA museum; all other classes will take place outdoors in the Philadelphia area: Bartram's Garden, Morris Arboretum, Valley Green (Wisssahickon Park), and sites along the Delaware River. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Color Between Friends: Bonnard and Matisse
July 9-23, 2016 (Saturdays, 10-4) — Color: the first element conjured when lifelong friends Bonnard and Matisse are mentioned. We'll dissect their motivation, process, and techniques, then transfer new knowledge to canvas. This workshop is for beyond-beginner painters with basic understanding of the oil painting process. Artists' Attic is an art cooperative in the very center of downtown Lexington, KY, with many restaurants and hotels within walking distance. Visit website


Location: Lexington, KY
Instructor: De Selby
Sponsor: De Selby Designs
Cost: $295
Email: De Selby
Phone: 859-492-8244

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Life Drawing and Painting
July 10 - August 7, 2016 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Draw and paint the human ?gure in a creative and personal manner, while developing the fundamentals of both disciplines. Topics to be covered include anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, ?gure structure, palettes, and basic ?gure painting methods. Suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Sweden Painting Holiday
July 10-25, 2016 — Join artist Erin Dertner in Sweden for a Painting Holiday. Workshop Image: 'Midsummer Poppies' by Erin Dertner - Skåne, Sweden. There are still a few spaces available in my two-week summer painting trip to beautiful Österlen and Falsterbo in the southernmost län of Sweden. The country is absolutely stunning in the summer. Non-painters are welcome to join us, as well as artists of any skill level. Reserve your space for this 2 week painting holiday for $2,500, plus airfare. This price includes all travel within the country, lodging, breakfast each day, lunch or dinner each day and art assistance. 7 nights in Osterlen at Skonadal July 11-18, 7 nights in Falsterbo at Norregard July 18-25 Visit website


Location: Skåne, Sweden
Instructor: Erin Dertner
Cost: $2500
Email: Erin Dertner
Phone: 707-964-5300

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Painting Techniques of the Old Masters
July 11 - August 8, 2016 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — Create luminous paintings using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a traditional figure, portrait or still life painting. Instruction will focus on creating a foundational drawing and underpainting, then glazing and scumbling with transparent and translucent pigments to achieve a rich sense of color, volume and space. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
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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Painting the Impressionist Landscape
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo to present specific lessons which explains exactly what to look for and how to proceed. Lois’ classes are open to artists of all levels, & mediums. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $710
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light
July 11-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep, a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters began to go outside and use natural lighting, we found that nature's value scale was immeasurably beyond our own puny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using "relative" rather than "absolute" or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration and individual instruction as Doug winds you through the myriad of knowledge needed for you to develop your skills for painting beautiful and believable space. You will be paintings from photos. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Doug Diehl
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Ireland in Color
July 11-19, 2016 (9:00 am-4:00pm) — "I learned more in two days of painting with O'Neill than I have learned in twenty years with other instructors" Denise Hodgins Call, Virginia. Well planned successful art tours since 1996 and regarded as the best. Director Irish born Hugh O'Neill knows those special places of 5 star visual beauty: Enjoy a relaxed cultural adventure: History, Music, Castles, Golf, dramatic coastlines, fresh local food. Designed for all levels and aspiring artists with no experience. Separate itinerary for spouses, friends. Opportunity of a life time. No lugging equipment around. Private coach and driver takes you right to beautiful spots to paint. All Art materials can be in Ireland for you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: En Plein Air International
Cost: $3300.00
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 12-15, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast
July 14-23, 2016 — Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Festival
Cost: $2,975
Email: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Phone: +1 202 468 9953

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Qiang Huang: Still Life
July 15-17, 2016 — Still-life painting approaches will be demonstrated. Focus will be on dramatic design and composition. Students will learn how to apply bold and loose brush strokes. Through demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process, how to create energetic paintings, and address how to manipulate values, color, edge and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Paint Cool Refreshing Oak Creek in Oil or Acrylic
July 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With an intimate scene of Oak Creek as our model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating – and yes, confusing – subject! Paint in the medium of your choice. There will be demos in both mediums, instruction at all levels as needed, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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When Composition Meets Color: Oil or Pastel
July 15-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will be exposed to a variety of painting methods and techniques while working through several small still life paintings each day. Learn how to identify color and mix vibrant, rich hues that keep your paintings fresh. You will address the conceptual concerns that emerge from this spontaneous way of working. Join Kathy as she shares techniques in both oil paint and pastels through demonstrations, exercises, handouts, and one-on-one instruction. Working from individually created still lifes, you will work quickly through thumbnails to resolve compositional issues, and create small-scale paintings. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh, www.kathyhirsh.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Provence Plein Air
July 17-27, 2016 — This extended workshop includes ten nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $4299 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Painting the Figure in Tuscany
July 17-29, 2016 — This workshop will focus on accurately drawing and painting the figure. The eight painting days will be broken up into two sessions. The live models will sustain a single pose for the duration of each 4-day session. This sustained focus on the model will allow students to slow down and render the subject in a comprehensive manner. Students will execute a detailed drawing of the model and learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the subject. Each week will culminate with a full color application of color. The instructor will give a demonstration each day and provide personal instruction throughout the day. Visit website


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

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City Landscape (2)
July 17 - August 14, 2016 (Sundays, 9am-1pm) — The city has long been the subject of many great artists including Canaletto, Edward Hopper and Jane Freilecher. Develop your own vision of the city on location at vibrant Gorgas Park, at the high point of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, featuring expansive views of the city and landscape. Drawing and painting mediums will be demonstrated including oil, gouache, watercolor and pastel. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be just some of the topics covered. Free on-site parking available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Fundamentals of Landscape Painting
July 18-22, 2016 — This will be a combination studio/field class. The first 2 days will begin indoors with a lecture on the fundamentals of landscape painting and how these principles apply to organic form. We will also review the importance of personal vision, character of medium, tools and calligraphy, and how balancing these elements can help when it comes to building a stronger painting. Days three and four and five will be spent in the field applying this info to a variety of subjects. Expect plenty of personal attention along with daily demos. Visit website


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

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The Alla Prima Still Life
July 18-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Unlike most other subjects, the still life genre offers the artist complete control over every aspect of the final painting. The unlimited choices in color, key, arrangement and lighting one’s subject makes still life one of the most popular genres. Design begins with a concept, and ends in an arrangement of elements and lighting which is then translated into paint. Through demonstration, lecture and individual instruction, students will be offered guidance in composing, lighting and painting their subject. This class is suitable for all levels of experience, as students will compose their own arrangements in order to paint in an Alla Prima fashion (paintings which are done in a single session). Visit website


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

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Oil Painting Concepts and Techniques En Plein Air
July 18-22, 2016 — 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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The Essence of Light Oil Painting
July 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Davis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $740
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
July 19-21, 2016 — 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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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 19-22, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 19-22, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


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

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Summer Academy for Teachers | Painting with Authority: Painting Materials, Methods and Principles
July 20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Gain confidence in your oil painting abilities through an understanding of historical materials and techniques. Through demonstrations, exercises and discussions, students will learn direct and indirect painting techniques, principles of composition, and color mixing/theory. Various painting approaches will be addressed, including glazing and velatura, scumbling, imprimatura, grisaille, camaïeu, alla prima, and impasto. Students will work from still life, figures, portraits, cityscapes and reference materials. Instruction on historical methods will emphasize modern studio and classroom applications. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $95
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Capturing Summer En Plein Air With Tim Deibler
July 20-23, 2016 (1:30-6:30pm) — Explore innovative techniques for mastering the plein air process for vibrant and exciting paintings. Working outside, students in this class will learn to create vibrant, exciting paintings quickly, capturing the spirit of the outdoors using a limited palette. First, Tim will show students his method of creating plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less, a process that requires deliberate counting of each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this process helps artists develop a clear intention in their work. Two days of quick studies will help students master the decision making process that is essential to achieving more accurate and complete statements in their work. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Tim Deibler
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 21-23, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils
July 22-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Use the visual language of color and design to foster an abstract approach to landscape painting. Learn techniques involving color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tightness vs. looseness in a composition. Discover techniques for keeping one’s work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation for abstraction. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and individualized attention. Expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design principles, and expression. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Abstraction in Oils: Landscape as Source
July 22-24, 2016 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — This three-day workshop will explore both plein air painting and the process of abstraction. We will work in the mornings in a traditional plein air approach - outdoors developing tonal relationships in response to the landscape, in search of a convincing sense of space and light, as well as different ways of handling and applying paint. In the afternoons we will work indoors on one canvas for the duration of the three days, using our morning paintings as source material for an ongoing and improvisational discovery of abstract painting. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Jordan Wolfson, jordanwolfson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Introduction to Painting in Oil/Acrylic Plein Air
July 23-24, 2016 — Two full days of workshop introduction to painting outside with oils or acrylics on location in the greater Toronto area. A dedicated web-site will provide additional information and learning resources to registered students. Participants will gain foundational knowledge in colour theory, mixing, composition and more. It will be a fun filled, creative two day experience for the beginning plein air painter or the intermediated painter wishing to refine essential painting concepts. Visit website


Location: Mississauga, Canada
Instructor: Wendy Pride
Sponsor: Wendy Pride, Contemporary Impressionist Artist
Cost: $250.00
Email: Wendy Pride

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Portrait Painting Basics
July 23-24, 2016 (9am-5pm) — This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations, portrait history and tips on painting children’s portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Portugal 2016
July 23 - August 3, 2016 (Workshop 9am-1pm) — Plein Air Portugal 2016: An Artist Retreat & Workshop for the independent artist as well as the novice painter and photographer. Spend ten days in northern Portugal living in a historic B&B, waking up to a fabulous breakfast and taking brief walks to fantastic work sites. Paint in oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing mediums or photograph. The farm families in the tiny village of Travanca do Monte live as they have for the past 300 years, maintaining a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Capturing the character of the land and the people who maintain it has provided inspiration for the diverse group of artists who have attended Plein Air Portugal. Visit website


Location: Amarante, Portugal
Instructor: Dale Emmart, Painting; Karen Bell, Photography
Sponsor: Plein Air Portugal
Cost: $1800.00
Email: Dale Emmart
Phone: 212-362-7724

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 25-27, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 25-27, 2016 (9-1) — Join one of the country's top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Lubec, Maine, are home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrifcing mood or magic. Each day starts with lecture and demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Johnson, a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent contributor to Pastel Journal, holds Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status from Pastel Artists Canada. Visit website


Location: Welshpool, NB, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Paint Campobello
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Figure in the Landscape
July 25-29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Need a crash course in value and shape? Kim’s dynamic workshop will teach you to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form. Discover how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the “process”. We will have models each day and paint techniques for achieving a spontaneous, yet controlled approach. A working palette will be developed simplifying the comparison of color and value, an essential part of picture making. Kim’s Gold Medal artwork has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Artists Magazine, and in the book Figure Drawing Workshop by Carole Katchen. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $755
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Three Day Palette Knife Painting Workshop
July 25-27, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Spend three fabulous days painting with artist Leslie Saeta packed full of incredible color paint along demos, jam session paint alongs, and one on one easel time ... all with a palette knife. The demos include a special emphasis on color mixing, values and painting light and reflections and include an exercise to help you paint in a faster, more directed format. Leslie hosts a home cooked gourmet dinner at her home which allows the group to focus on "motivation" and art marketing, including tips to sell more art on-line via your website, facebook, your blog, newsletters, etc. Leslie is also co-host of the #1 Art Show on Blog Talk Radio titled "Artists Helping Artists". Visit website


Location: South Pasadena, CA
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $399.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 415-213-2646

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Personal Expression: A Design Approach to Mixed Media
July 25-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this mixed-media workshop, you will examine content, creativity, and personal expression within your work. Design strategies and principles concerning representational, abstract, and non-objective compositions will be used to identify your unique and personal approach to art making. Instructor led slide talks, assignments, exercises, individual and group discussions, and critiques will help you gain a better understanding of your strengths, as well as give you a direction to continue on in your home studio. Open to all media, including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, encaustic, oil, and collage, however emphasis will be placed on mixed media. Visit website


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

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Intro to Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
July 25-29, 2016 (10AM to 1:30PM) — A great way of experiencing for the first time painting outdoors! Beginners, intermediate painters, and studio artists are invited to join Maestro Fernando Gonzalez, accomplished and experience painter and muralist in charming Mexican town of San Miguel. He accepts now small groups of up to 6, to share and guide them into the accelerating experience of outdoors painting. Learn strategies essential to plein air, gain confidence and experience in an enchanted environment of a Colonial mountain town! Materials are included so you don’t need to invest in plein air supplies before you know if it is right for you. Plein air easels and acrylic paints are provided. Oil painters may bring their own materials. Register early and start painting outdoors! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $ 550.00 with materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Capturing Color and Light en Plein Air
July 25-29, 2016 — Join Kami and learn her approach to 'plein air' painting. The varied landscapes and MISA's studio facilities will provide you with the best possible setting to learn from Kami and perfect your appreciation and use of color. Throughout the week, Kami will share 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 and to help you develop a strong understanding of the properties of color. 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. Expect to paint several studies each day! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein Air Workshop in Oil
July 26-29, 2016 — Whether you are new to painting or have some experience, this workshop will ensure that each of you has a good personal working foundation in order to support your exploration of working en plein air. During our four-day workshop, we will focus attention on Tonal Values, Composition, Color Saturation and Brushwork, giving special attention to the importance of edges and how the play between hard and soft gives subtle depth and drama to a painting. Individual, personalized attention is a priority. Plein Air demos will give you a firsthand view of Cooper's approach to working on site and you will have plenty of time to work on your own as well. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Cooper Dragonette, www.cooperdragonette.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $600
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742