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Frida Style Self Portrait!
April 20-27, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Art of Me
April 26, 2014 (12:30-3:30pm) — In this class just for middle-school children, students will design and create three different styles of self-portraits. Students wanting to work more slowly may choose to do only one or two. The first will be a realistic drawing of the face, using a drawing pencil and eraser, and done in a step-by-step guided manner. The second piece will be an abstract face using Picasso as inspiration. The third piece will be a cut-paper collage. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Pam Horn
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $20 youth 12-14, $10 each add'l family member
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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


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

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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Make Mighty & Memorable Paintings / Kathleen Elsey
April 27-29, 2014 (9:00 - 3:00) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains, meadows and beaches of this coastal town. You will learn to see with a greater awareness. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Learn to make bright and bold paintings with Kathleen's signature vivified palette. You will learn to search for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. Kathleen will demonstrate how she begins a painting and talk you through her process of painting the canvas. There will be a studio tour, a slide show of painting tutorials and individual instruction at the easel. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Elsey
Sponsor: Kathleen Elsey Painting Workshops
Cost: $350
Email: Kathleen Elsey
Phone: 805 452-7717

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Design and Personal Style - A Workshop About Your Work
April 28 - May 2, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Take your artwork to the next level in this independent coaching seminar with Alex Powers. This is a rare opportunity to have an established and working artist/juror help you achieve your own personal goals. Alex's role is to help you become "aware" of your own art. What works, what doesn't? You will begin the week in a private meeting with Alex critiquing 8 of your paintings. The rest of the week is spent working on your own artwork with Alex's feedback. Gain wisdom and a new outlook to move ahead in this highly-productive and challenging 5-day workshop. All media. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $495
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Creating Excitement, Drama and Content in Pastel Painting
May 1-4, 2014 (9 am-4 pm; Thursday-Saturday; 10 am-3 pm Sunday) — Learn to design and create dramatic light effect, gorgeous color, intriguing content, and exciting movement in your pastel paintings. A very popular and nationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Carsten will demonstrate both landscape and contemporary still life pastel. He will begin each day with warm-up exercises and a demonstration designed to jump-start your paintings. Working from your photos or sketches, each day will have a theme designed around a lesson. Attention will be given to concerns and solutions in finishing our works. Visual exercises, pastel application techniques, at-easel and group critiques, lots of fun and painting time. Visit his website: www.robertcarsten.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Robert K. Carsten, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC, CPS
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Paint Historic Batavia with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 2-3, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of plein air painting in historic Batavia, Illinois, along the Fox River. Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $200 members, $240 non-members
Email: Caroline Baty-Barr
Phone: 630-761-9977

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Pastel Drawing
May 3, 2014 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — Learn basic and advanced techniques of using soft pastels. Topics include the use of light and its effect on color, types of pastel available, use of different papers to create various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Cost: $125
Email: Tina Rocha
Phone: 267-514-8647

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Sketching and Drawing Workshop
May 3-13, 2014 — During this urban sketching course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Italians. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture it's essence. Visit website


Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,600 USD
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
May 4-10, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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Paint at the Art Barn with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 5-6, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of plein air painting at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, a 60-acre farm with barns, ponds, fields, woods and outbuildings. Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: The Art Barn
Cost: $215, includes lunch
Email: Jane Bartos
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Pastel Painting
May 6 - June 3, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — Winter landscapes, clouds and skies, marsh scapes, bird's nests and florals will be the subjects of this pastel class. We will learn to work with prepared backgrounds. Explore the wonderful flexibility of the pastel medium. May include underpainting, oil stained underpainting, pastel dusting, texture with pastel/acrylic mixture, painting on a black surface... All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Karen Margulis, www.karenmargulis.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $150
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Plein Air Painting with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 8-9, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of painting en plein air in the Toledo Botanical Gardens with the Toledo Art Club. (You don't have to be a member to sign up.) Michael will show you the fundamentals of plein air painting - how to capture the essence of the moment quickly and effectively without sacrificing mood and magic. Suitable for all media, all levels. Visit website


Location: Toledo, OH
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Toledo Artist's Club
Cost: $150
Email: Cynthia Hoot
Phone: (419) 531-4079

Intermediate Level

Color Strategies for Landscape Painters
May 10-11, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The landscape painter strives to use color in ways that capture the beauty of outdoor light and convey a sense of atmosphere. Through a series of short paintings referencing photos and masterworks, you will learn how a color strategy serves as a framework to focus your color intention and keep you on track. The workshop will cover limited palettes as a means to guide color direction; "color wheel" strategies like analogous and complementary; the power of limited color groups; and color studies as a means to test various strategies. This workshop supports the notion that although a color strategy may partially borrow from nature, it is largely orchestrated in the mind of the artist. You will be encouraged to be a color explorer. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $255
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Niagara Falls plein air painting
May 10-11, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Niagara is one of the most dramatic painting locations in the East! Workshop incorporates painting and visualization techniques with emphasis on grisaille (value underpainting) and working with color temperature for atmosphere and dimension in your paintings. 2 day intensive workshop will give you the tools for a different way of seeing, a different way of communicating and a different way to handle negative energy and reactions through creativity. Visit website


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


Art and Creativity Retreat for Women
May 18-24, 2014 — A women only retreat! A week long in Colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Are you at crosswords, have you experienced a loss, do you need time away from family or work, are you a professional women or busy mom always taking care of others? Join us for same "Me" time! We are offering quiet, safe, nurturing retreat in San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers! We'll start the day with meditation and continue with creative writing, collage, painting, and creativity enhancing exercise. You'll have the afternoons to explore, enjoy, or get a massage or read a book! Emerge a more self-loving, clear, centered individual. Single room occupancy /private bathroom. Max. 5 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $990 double $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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"The Figure in Florence" - Painting in Italy
May 24 - June 1, 2014 — Join artist, Vianna Szabo for a nine-day workshop in the heart of the Florence, Italy. This experience will combine instruction with touring the treasures of the city and immersing yourself in Italian art, culture, and food. Like Florentine artists of the past you will study figure and portrait painting from a live model and learn how to paint portraits that are beautiful in color and expressive in character. Class size limited to allow for individual attention. You'll stay in the historical district, and will need only to step out your door to explore Florence on foot. We hope you will join us as every painter should experience Florence at least once in a lifetime! Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $2800 (does not include airfare)
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
May 24 - July 3, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 27 - June 24, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Paint and draw the landscape at select locations including The Highlands Mansion and Gardens, a 44-acre historic site with a late 18th century Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden. Other sites include the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and cool, shady spots along the Wissahickon Creek. Students will develop their work through traditional methods of sight-observation, spatial development, and color in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Transportation to and from PAFA provided for full-day students. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson, www.douglasmartenson.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
May 30 - June 27, 2014 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Morris Arboretum is conveniently located near Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. The picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens in four different environments, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied with demonstration and lecture. Learn to compose, mix color, understand value and more, using the media of your choice. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $525, Non-Credit $425
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
June 1-7, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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Personal Journeys - Plein Air Painting on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
June 1-5, 2014 — Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Experienced raft guides and fine artists David Kinker and James Sampsel, international travel adventure company ROW Adventures, and Cascade Fine Art Workshops are teaming up to offer you a unique life-changing plein air opportunity! Artists working in any medium are welcome, along with photographers, writers, and those wishing to join in the experience! Visit website


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

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Rich Underpainting & Luminous Light
June 5-8, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Terri Ford's main objective in painting is to convey a "fresh and impressionistic" portrayal of her subjects. During this workshop, Terri will discuss the power and variety of underpainting color choices, application of the pastel throughout the painting process, details in the final stages, and 'knowing when to stop'. She will teach you how to keep your painting vibrant and fresh, while avoiding the pitfalls of overworking. Weather permitting, the class will be invited to spend time working "en plein air" at local sites in Bend. Terri will start each day demonstrating her unique style of approaching and developing a painting, then work with each student on their paintings throughout the remainder of the day, ensuring plenty of individual attention. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Terri Ford, www.terrifordart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $490 by April 5; $540 after April 5
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
June 7-14, 2014 (All day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Loosen Up! Techniques of Nikolai Fechin in Oil or Pastel
June 9-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Nikolai Fechin was a master of suggestion, whose work continues to influence the work of great artists. With Fechin's work as the example, create powerful paintings through suggestion. Learn to apply sparkling color, avoid unpleasant detail, obtain masterful edge control, simplify color harmony, and turn the form with color temperature. Bill discusses Fechin's techniques as he paints from a live model. Demonstrating in both oil and pastel, he completes a head study, as well as several "mini-demos" that involve painting features of the face and other details. Engage in exercises that include copying a painting by Fechin, as well as incorporating Fechin's techniques into your work as you paint from the live model. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bill Schneider, SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $450 + model fee, Non-Members: $475 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint Scotland! Artists' Retreat and Workshop
June 13-22, 2014 — Paint Scotland is based in a beautiful country house in Oban, a small fishing town on Scotland's West Coast. The Summer Solstice brings long hours of great light to paint, photograph and sketch the highlands and islands. Oban is the Seafood Capital of Scotland! Evenings are for dining, relaxing, enjoying demos, mentoring and discussing art. For artists of all levels. Make artist friends for life! After Oban tour Edinburgh and Glasgow's cultural museums, Edinburgh Castle and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Art Nouveau Glasgow School of Art and more. Meals, ground transportation, accommodations and museum entries included. 10 days immersion of all things Scottish - Celtic tradition, fabulous food, culture and endless subjects to paint. Discounts available for spouses or partners (painting/non-painting.) Visit website


Location: Oban, Scotland
Instructor: Uninstructed, led by Julie Snyder
Sponsor: The Art Engine
Cost: $2850
Email: The Art Engine
Phone: (818) 621-2523

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Paint in Tuscany
June 14-21, 2014 (9am - 6pm) — The scenic beauty of Tuscany, Italy has inspired artists for centuries. In June 2014, I'll lead a group of artists on a special trip to Val D'Orcia. Five days of workshop instruction spread over a seven day visit to this wonderful area. There is much to see and paint in the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Booked through Authentic Adventures Ltd, UK. Contact Authentic Adventures for more information. Visit website


Location: Val D'Orcia, Italy
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Authentic Adventures
Cost: $2240
Email: Linda Kember
Phone: +44 (0) 1453 823328

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Sketching and Drawing Workshop
June 16-23, 2014 — During this urban sketching course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of it's time and space. Visit website


Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,050 USD single w/bath all inclusive
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Pushing Your Pastels
June 16-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — When making your painting "look like" specific objects is no longer enough, discover a path to the next level. Transform your artistic longings and ambitions into unique, expressive works in soft pastel. Identify your goals, build on your strengths, and stretch your vision and skills. Explore a wide variety of pastel painting techniques to expand your vocabulary in the medium. Discover where both abstract and representational work fit in your process, as well as when to plan, and when to let things happen freely on your canvas. Colette provides you with challenges, encouragement, and inspiration, as well as specific ways to self-direct your progress. She demonstrates, lectures on personal expression, and offers individual support. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Collette Odya Smith, ColetteOdyaSmith.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $450
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Monet Immersion
June 19-28, 2014 — Paint in Monet's Gardens and Paris! Artists' uninstructed painting holiday. "Monet Immersion" Art Trip. 10 days / 9 nights. 3 nights Paris; 6 nights Giverny, France. "See what Monet saw; Paint what Monet painted". Museums; Eiffel Tower; Monet's gardens 6 days; village visits; daily critique sessions, live model session; 8 days painting; good times, artist camaraderie, cheese, breads, really good wine, laughter, inspiration!....and more. Art travel has never been so easy - You get yourself to CDG Paris airport, we take care of (almost) everything else. (Not included: airfare and insurance; painting supplies, tools, equipment; 6 lunches, 5 dinners). Depart US June 18. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: My Art Trip
Cost: $2600. US
Email: Sue Ann Hum
Phone: (303) 587-9007

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Advanced Level

Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
June 21 - August 1, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Master Class at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland
June 21 - July 5, 2014 (9am - 5pm with studio access 24/7) — Painting opportunity in Ireland. Master Class, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation : An opportunity for a select group of nine artists to spend two weeks in rural Ireland painting, drawing, and printmaking with renowned artists Randall Exon & Jeffery Reed, who will provide individualized instruction and criticism. Plein aire excursions and varied studio methods/workshops will provide the format for an intensive learning experience. Accommodation, meals, use of The Ballinglen Facilities, backup of staff, use of a shared studio. Visit website


Location: Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland
Instructor: Professors Randall Exon & Jeffrey Reed
Sponsor: The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Cost: $3,500
Email: Una Forde
Phone: +353 96 43184

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Frida Style Self Portrait!
June 22-28, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
June 23-27, 2014 (10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: New Hope, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $505, Non-Credit $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Amalfi Landscape Painting Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2014 (9 to 4:30pm) — Our 14th year in Amalfi. Plein air painting on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site offering a unique artistic challenge & historic perspective on this magnificent region. It is the perfect venue for a painter. 7 nights, 8 days at our seaside 4 star hotel, all rooms with sea view, private bath. Breakfast each day; 2 lunches & 5 dinners included. 6 1/2 days of one-on-one art instruction, demonstration & critiques. Work in oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels or graphite. Paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Capri. Private car land transfers to Ravello, ferry boats to Positano & Capri. Workshop Price: $3,175 artist / non-painting guest, $2,775; Single room supplement: $375. Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios
Cost: $3,175/artist; $2,575/artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Layering Techniques for Soft Pastel
June 30 - July 2, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Understand the concept of "simultaneous contrast," underpainting techniques, and how to layer pastels to produce vibrant, lively color in both still life and landscape works. Make value studies and thumbnail sketches to develop concepts and compositions. Learn to simplify shapes, understand value, and create mass and form. Laverne guides you through digital presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. Take home value sketches, color studies, and a finished painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, LaverneBohlinArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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Painting the Landscape "En Plein Air"
July 1-3, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This workshop will be an intensive "outdoor affair". We'll paint outdoors, rain or shine, each day, and spend the time focusing our attention on interpreting the beauty of the landscape. We'll concentrate on the skills and techniques needed to make landscape paintings successful, with a particular emphasis on composition, color, and in applying your own, unique artistic interpretation of what you see. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air" is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We"ll spend our three days working on ways to focus both our thinking and our vision of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Gibson House B & B
Cost: $295
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
July 6-12, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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Cityscape
July 7-11, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Capture breathtaking views of the cityscape from the Hamilton Building windows and sunlit deck overlooking Philadelphia City Hall and points east. Fundamentals will be stressed including line quality, tone, composition, perspective, design, proportion, and space. Students may draw and paint in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastels and drawing materials. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson, www.douglasmartenson.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 8-11, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the West Quoddy Head State Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


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

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Paris 2014
July 9-14, 2014 — July 9th to July 14th Paris, France with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver- Louvre Museum, The Moulin Rouge, inspired creativity on the historic Left Bank, 3 star accommodations, private en-suite room, stated meals, all transfers and artists painting en plein air. Visit website


Location: Paris, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Artists, Writers and Explorer Excursions
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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Pastel Drawing and Painting
July 10 - August 7, 2014 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Learn everything you need to know about soft and hard pastels! Various subject matter will be presented, such as still life, cityscape views and the portrait model. Lectures and demonstrations will address types of pastel and paper, dry and wet techniques, the preparation of grounds, safety issues and framing. A visit to the PAFA Museum to view pastels in the collection will augment the learning experience. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bucks County Landscape
July 11 - August 8, 2014 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — Enjoy painting in beautiful Bucks County, the home of the Pennsylvania Impressionists and across the river in Lambertville, New Jersey. Meadows, rolling pastures, farmhouses and rustic barns provide picturesque subject matter, as does the Delaware River canal with its many paths and bridges. In this bucolic setting, heighten your awareness of color, value, drawing and composition. Draw and paint in the media of your choice. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: New Hope, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Impressionist Landscape Painting - Soft Pastels
July 14-18, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Study photographs of landscape paintings of the American and French Impressionists to discover the techniques used that make them master works. Doug's demonstrations and lectures will show you how to create different levels of distance within the landscape using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions. Beginning students will learn how to replicate Impressionist painting techniques by copying master artists' works. Doug will provide individualized instruction for more advanced students as they use their own photographs to practice techniques. You will leave this workshop with a finished painting or paintings. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Douglas House, DouglasHouseArtist.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $500
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 15-18, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


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

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Field to Studio
July 16-18, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Learn to get what you need on location & work with it to your advantage in the studio. Students will spend time in the field gathering reference material. Emphasis will be on finding a composition, simplifying large shapes, creating a value map & composing small field studies. There will be demos & discussion on what to look for, what type of photos to take and how to use one's sketchbook to explore & develop ideas. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Marianne Post
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $300
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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France, Lavender, the Carmarque and Van Gogh
July 17-25, 2014 — The Lavender is in bloom, The Carmarque horses are still running free. Arles, France, the place selected by a youthful Van Gogh over 100 years ago, enamored by all of the beauty surrounding him is inviting you to visit. Travel down that historic path with us, immersing ourselves in what he saw, creating all the while through photographs, paintings or words. Daily you will be given the opportunity to explore villages and countryside that have inspired artists from around the world. Quiet, countryside accommodations, private en-suite room, stated meals, transfers and painting en plein aire with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver included. She will be your host and will guide you on this amazing journey. Visit website


Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Artists, Writers and Explorer Excursions
Cost: $3,250
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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The Whidbey Island Landscape - Plein Air Painting in Oil
July 21-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Visit scenic locations around Whidbey Island and develop paintings from your impressions of the landscape. Richard provides easygoing, individual instruction and encourages group interaction. While demos for this workshop will be in oil, most concepts of composition are universal, so pastel painters and watercolorists are welcome. The workshop concentrates upon strong composition and lively color while examining the difference between working on location and in the studio. Through demonstrations and discussion we will consider various ways to plan a painting, apply color, and make adjustments to works in progress. Participants will learn about materials, technique, and composition, and will gain a fresh understanding of color, value, and structure. Some outdoor painting experience is helpful, but you needn’t be an expert. Visit website


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

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5 Day Indoor and On Location Painting Workshop with Albert Handell
July 21-25, 2014 — Join Albert Handell in this exciting 5 day indoor/outdoor painting workshop. You will see and learn what to select and emphasize and what to play down or even take out of your paintings in order to make a strong design statement, and work sensibly towards finish. It will be an opportunity to see how a Master Artist works in a studio setting to perfect his outdoor studies and bring life to his photographs. Students will be painting on location in the afternoons. Albert will give individual help to each artist at the easel. There is also a daily critique at the end of the day at the location site. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Vermont Art Event
July 22-26, 2014 (8:30-11:30am, 12:30-3:30pm, 4:30-7:30pm) — Art Workshops & Materials Expo. Various topics in 3 hr. or 6 hr. hands-on sessions, with materials included. Each workshop focuses on a specific subject or concept in one medium... oils, water-soluble oils, acrylics, or oil pastels. Caroline Jasper workshops always include essential master color concepts for all media. Visit website


Location: Burlington, VT
Instructor: Caroline Jasper, www.carolinejasper.com
Sponsor: HK Holbein
Email: Jana or Debbie
Phone: 1-800-682-6686

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 22-25, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Portrait in Pastels
July 26-27, 2014 (9am-5pm) — The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering as well as color mixing as applied to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques will expand the knowledge of the material. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Turning Plein Air Sketches into Finished Work
August 4-8, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm Friday) — Master Pastelist Gil Dellinger will teach you how to make everything come together into a beautiful finished work. Gil is a dedicated instructor with a wealth of information. He will provide demonstrations, discussions and plenty of individual attention. You will paint several studies on location and then take all the information you have gathered to the comfort of our studio for the finishing touches. This class necessitates that students be mobile, with all materials accessible. Gil Dellinger is the current president of PAPA and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Gil Dellinger
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $695
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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


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

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Creating Abstractions in Pastel and Acrylic
August 7-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature-based abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. Learn to work more intuitively and loosen up with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. First, create drawings to serve as reference for your abstract paintings. Then, discover how to move from drawing to painting through Debora's demonstrations. The demos will primarily be in pastel, but the use of acrylic paints will be covered. Receive daily individual instruction to develop your abstract works. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Debora Stewart, DeboraLStewart.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $500
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
August 10-16, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level

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


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

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Mood, Magic and Melody
August 14-17, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Explore mark making, negative painting, exaggeration, simplification, bold color, and dynamic composition. Experiment with under-painting to create different "melodies", creating an immediate harmony within the painting. Create the "magic" of rhythm and movement in your painting by inviting in abstraction, play, and fearless mark-making. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Jennifer Evenhus
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $390
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Still Life in Pastels: Artistic Elements
August 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Delve into the richness, intensity of color, and textural possibilities of pastel, as you paint simple still life set-ups with a variety of pastel brands, papers, and techniques. Explore the application of color, its value, intensity, and temperature. Discuss design and composition, painting fundamentals, and the importance of accurate drawing. After daily demonstrations, Lisa guides you with personal assistance at your easel. Experiment with a watercolor underpainting to add the interplay of transparent and opaque mediums to the visual interest of the final piece. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lisa Stauffer, LisaStauffer.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Creative Plein Air Painting in Pastel and Watercolor
August 18-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join this relaxed and informative workshop, and learn "how to see" and paint the landscape in pastels with confidence. Study how light affects color and value and how to design a pastel painting that reflects your personal point of view. Bonnie explains her "Big Picture" approach to composition and demonstrates a three-value system that takes the mystery out of creating a cohesive and powerful design. Work from life, en plein air, and be delighted by the beautiful "up north" locations that only Door County can offer. Bonnie leads gentle group critiques and provides daily demos, including her exciting, award winning, painterly approach that combines watercolor and pastel mediums. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Mastering Values in Pastels
September 4-6, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Tom believes that the proper use of values is the key to a fine pastel painting. Without mastering the use of values, a painting becomes flat and uninteresting. Learn to achieve the successful designs of lights and darks in your paintings, as well as varied stroke techniques, whether painting in the studio or en plein air. Each morning Tom demonstrates techniques of pastel application, answers your questions, and discusses materials used. Tom provides extensive time for personal attention at your easel throughout the rest of each day. The workshop closes with a group critique of paintings created during the workshop. If you wish to bring in other paintings, Tom also provides a critique of your pastels created outside of the workshop. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel
September 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Colorful oil pastels are pure pigment in a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide array of techniques, including layering, under painting, scraping (sgraffito), and blending with solvents for a wash effect. Develop your individual style and technique as you edit your subject to its essence. Discover the design and compositional advantages of a limited palette. Explore new techniques and methods through instructor demos, work at your easel, and individual instruction with George. Engage in a group discussion at the end of each day, with constructive feedback from your peers. Soft pastel artists are welcome if they are confident in their medium. Previous students are encouraged to participate. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: George Shipperley, GeorgeShipperley.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Pastel Landscape Simplified
September 10-12, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, one hour lunch) — Painting the landscape can be overwhelming. Most every artist still looks at that blank surface and feels a bit of anxiety and panic, wondering "where do I start?". We'll cover some methods and techniques that will help you simplify your approach to landscape painting. Each day will begin with a demonstration with plenty of individual help. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $330
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 20-27, 2014 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Cooking class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Sketching and Absorbing Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2014 — This workshop will be about ease and comfort of travel with an emphasis on absorbing the beautiful location of Cortona with excursions to other 'born-to-be painted', Tuscan locations. The idea is to 'travel light' and 'stop to smell the roses'. Participants will be provided with a list of easy to carry supplies. We will focus on how to capture scenes and impressions with sketches, photographs and journals and will share our experiences over wine-accompanied, Tuscan lunches and dinners. Composition and color will be discussed, with the intention of collecting resources for future studio paintings. You will learn how to capture the simple structure of a scene with quick value sketches and color notations. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Lynn Hosegood
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2849.00 double all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Still Life in Pastel
October 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Spend an intensive three days learning the basics in creating still life paintings with pastels. Students will become familiar with using thumbnails for problem solving, developing color, and compositional notes. There will also be an emphasis on setting up a still life, working with values, and various approaches in using pastels. Class time will include demonstrations, personal assistance, and group critiques. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Mike Beeman, www.mikebeeman.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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


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

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


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

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Stretching the Boundaries
October 6-10, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Combine a range of new techniques and materials with watercolor basics and open up a whole new way of painting. You will use ink, gouache, charcoal, gesso, acrylic and watercolor to stretch your skills and imagination way beyond the boundaries of traditional watercolor. John will teach using a variety of subjects and demonstrate for the class twice a day. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: John Lovett
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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Stirring the Pot
October 13-17, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Ready to move on to something new and stimulating, something that will inspire you and put the excitement back into your painting? John will encourage you to produce paintings full of life and vitality. Learn techniques that will retain a painting's freshness, while allowing you to manipulate, adjust and experiment. John will show you how to seamlessly incorporate new and different materials. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: John Lovett
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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Passionate Pastels
October 20-26, 2014 (Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm) — Students will learn to draw the magic of light and shadow and move beyond the common stumbling points that subject matter often presents. Learn to use this soft medium clearly and precisely with no mystery about the techniques. This energetic, friendly class is informed by demonstrations each day. Methods of Impressionism, creating illusion of depth, and color design will be included. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Little Switzerland, NC
Instructor: Michael White, www.michaelwhiteart.biz
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $395 + lodging fees
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Essentials
Ongoing - web/online — Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Consultation for Artists
Ongoing — Do you need help in making your art come alive? I can help you. I am in my fifth decade of being a full-time artist, and I have taught life drawing, still life, and plein air painting. You email me images of what you are working on. Then once a week, for ten weeks, we have an hour consultation covering your thoughts and feelings, the good points, and what you can do to make your art become more alive. I suggest you visit my website to see my work and contact my assistant. I work with only a few people. Please submit some images of your work. To successful art making! Visit website


Location: Idyllwild, CA
Instructor: Michael Newberry
Cost: $500
Email: Valerie Laughton
Phone: 626-712-6284

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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The Roaming Studio Super Sampler One-on-One Art Course
Online — Offers ten one-on-one, 90-minute private lessons online teaching all subjects (flora, fauna, still life, faces, figures and landscapes) and using all mediums (pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic oil and watercolor). Learn what you love to do by dipping into all art subjects and experimenting with different art supplies. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leah Kohlenberg
Sponsor: The Roaming Studio
Cost: $500/$625 if art supplies are included
Email: Leah Kohlenberg
Phone: 347-251-1984

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