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Painting the Italian Light in Pastels
October 1-8, 2016 — Join Winslow Art Center and award-winning pastel artist Susan Ogilvie for an inspiring week of painting in the stunning Italian countryside. In this comprehensive workshop, Susan will stress the fundamentals of using compelling composition and color. Learn how to improve your painting and “seeing” skills, as you develop informed value studies, and move beyond the literal sense of the landscape. Through a more personal approach, you will discover how to make a dynamic, sensitive, and unique statement about your subject. Susan will provide daily demos, individual guidance with each student, and individual and group critiques. Students can work in their preferred color medium. Susan will demo in pastel, ink, and graphite. All skill levels are welcome. Limited to 8-10 painters. Visit website


Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Susan Ogilvie, susanogilvie.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $2975
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Pastel Drawing Workshop
October 8, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn everything you need to know about the medium of soft pastels. Apply basic and advanced techniques in rendering the still-life and more! 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, and important safety issues. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Dynamic Still Life
October 14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This one-day class will explore how to create an active, dynamic still life composition. There will be discussion on how to see and think about composition, looking at examples of different approaches from various artists. Color, light and shadow will be emphasized for expressive qualities. Cynthia will demonstrate her approach to painting still life. Students will work from an arrangement, doing several still life compositional studies before deciding on one composition for a longer painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 15-22, 2016 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
October 25-28, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Painting the Miracle
October 28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Walt Whitman wrote, "To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." That's what this class is going to do, learn to better see and express the miracle of light and form. There is no real secret to doing this. It always comes back to practicing and having a deepening understanding of the fundamentals. Value, color, shape, and composition will be emphasized and how these can be used to create light and form. Additionally, the class will be discussing materials and technique. Students may work from a variety of sources including still life, photos or a model. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor autumn scenes. Learn basic techniques for these two mediums, on their own or in combination, as you translate the dramatic cityscape of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Power of Pastel
November 4-6, 2016 (9:00- 4:00pm) — This workshop focuses on a better understanding of how to build a portrait starting with photo references and then finishing from live models. Medium will be pastel. Learn how to understand light; build a solid foundation in composition and color; how to take better references, especially when working with children, and how to take control of the pastel medium. Christine takes the class through her 5-layer approach. This is not a “demo in the morning" and then “do your own thing in the afternoon" workshop. Her casual teaching style makes the workshop challenging and yet fun. All levels welcome. Model fees, breakfasts and catered lunches are included! Visit website


Location: Carnegie, PA
Instructor: Christine Swann, PSA, IAPS-MC
Cost: $450.00
Email: Christine Swann
Phone: 724-612-2886

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
November 15-18, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Head Study
November 19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic or digital. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
November 21-23, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Intermediate Level
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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
November 29 - Deccember 2, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Pastel Techniques: a 2-Day Intensive Workshop
December 3-4, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn pastel application techniques with award-winning artist Steve Hill of Lopez Island, Washington. Steve offers workshops that are high energy, very organized and full of important information and techniques for using pastels to create successful landscape paintings. These same techniques spill-over readily for still-life, figurative and abstract work. Expect to come away with a whole new vocabulary of painting skills and be ready to surprise yourself. Values, colors, textures, line, rhythms, hard edges, soft edges, no edges, focal points and non-focal points will all be covered. Steve will do narrated demonstrations each day and then work with each student individually to keep your paintings on-track while you learn to explore this versatile, colorful medium. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $310
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Advanced Level

Image to Abstract 1
December 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
December 6-9, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
December 13-16, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
December 20-23, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
December 27-30, 2016 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting / Exploring the Verde Valley
January 3-6, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Verde Valley near Sedona. In this advanced workshop, we will focus on exploring a variety of landscapes, both natural and manmade. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on color. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level

The Figure in Pastels
January 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
January 10-13, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
January 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Ft. Myers, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Lee County
Email: Brandi Couse
Phone: 239-939-2787

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Color Focus
January 17-20, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Focus on color. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
January 24-27, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Revealing the Soul: Creating Sensitive Portraits in Pastel
January 30 - February 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The best paintings, especially portraits, go beyond mere rendering. They capture an emotion! Somehow, shapes of color magically seem to reveal the soul of the sitter. In this workshop, students will learn how to take advantage of the unique properties of pastel. Students will work to achieve high art by creating drama, maximizing suggestion and freeing oneself from the literal. William will explain color temperature, simplifying values and the basics of composition. Students will learn how to achieve glowing, realistic skin tone, suggest movement and capture expression. In addition to demos and detailed handouts, students will also view a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Expect your work to become fresher, looser, and more painterly. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $20 park fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Taking Your Figure and Still Life Painting to the Next Level
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the figure and still life from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and more exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn, and Sorolla will also be discussed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre, www.romeldelatorre.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 14-17, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 21-24, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Understanding Skies and Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel
February 24-26, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Improve your landscape painting and join Michael Story for this 3-day workshop as you use the sky as a dramatic design element in your painting's composition. Observe and learn to interpret various skies and cloud formations and how they reflect in water. You will also apply different painting techniques in oil or pastel to capture depth, movement and mood in your work. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michael Story, www.michaelstory.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 7-10, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Head Study
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic or digital. Visit website


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

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Painting the Miracle
March 17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Walt Whitman wrote, "To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." That's what this class is going to do, learn to better see and express the miracle of light and form. There is no real secret to doing this. It always comes back to practicing and having a deepening understanding of the fundamentals. Value, color, shape, and composition will be emphasized and how these can be used to create light and form. Additionally, the class will be discussing materials and technique. Students may work from a variety of sources including still life, photos or a model. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 20-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 21-24, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Exploring Your Landscape Painting Skills in the Studio
March 23-26, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent the time studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Marc Hanson, www.marchansonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country - Advanced
March 28-31, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals will be assumed so we can move to the finer points of outdoor painting. Working side-by-side in the field, we will study design, color usage and work to achieve a personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 2-8, 2017 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson and Doug Tweddale for a week of plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, students will be able to benefit from two masters of oil and pastel. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Workshop length is five full days. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson & Doug Tweddale
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $475
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 9-11, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Sedona's Red Rock Country
April 11-14, 2017 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. Lodging+workshop package also available. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 15-22, 2017 (9-5) — We are returning to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain to spend a week together exploring nature and finding inspiration to set us on our own artistic path. Our days will be filled with on-site drawing and painting of the abundant native vegetation as well as nearby beaches and coastal towns. Camaraderie and casual critiques are part of the week of making art in a beautiful natural setting. Visit website


Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1500
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Landscapes in Pastel: Creating Beautiful Light
April 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The development of dynamic, sensitive and believable landscape paintings is the focus of this workshop. Susan will share ideas on successful use of reference materials and developing sensitive and effective color relationships. Daily demos will include composition, editing and simplification for impact, and creating believable natural lighting effects. Students can expect to produce a new painting each day. Susan will conduct daily demonstration and plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided. “You’ll be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!” Visit website


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

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Capturing Facial Expression
April 18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will focus on capturing the expressive quality of a face. There will be discussion of the structure of the face with examples of various artists’ portraits showing different approaches. Cynthia will demonstrate drawing the structure of the face with oil, then applying color. Students will first do a series of short studies from different angles with a limited palette in both drawing & painting in order to see and capture the essence of the portrait. Finally, there will be a 3 hour pose for a longer exploration of the portrait. The objective is to learn to quickly see and respond to the uniqueness of each facial angle and expression. Visit website


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

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 5-7, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is an advanced level mentorship workshop where students spend time working on a consistent body of paintings over three days. David is completely focused on helping each student achieve their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Art Escape 2017- A Painting Retreat in Denmark
May 16-23, 2017 — Join Canadian artist and Chef Melanie Smith for a relaxing week of fine Danish cuisine and oil painting in the rustic danish countryside. Visit website


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Instructor: Melanie Smith
Sponsor: Mel Smith Studios
Cost: from 940€ to 1540€
Email: Melanie Smith
Phone: +45 60 52 16 60

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 5-8, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Dillman's Art Retreats
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Painting in Provence: Pastel Painting Workshop
June 18-25, 2017 — Do you dream of following impressionist paths to artistry in Southern France? Step into history as you paint in Provence, the region that inspired impressionists to paint with vivid subtlety and color. Lori Corradi, an award-winning pastel and oil painter, in the impressionist "plein air" tradition, will guide your path to inspiration. Each day of your journey starts with a demonstration in pastel. Lori teaches sketching fundamentals for composition and concept development, color theory, value choices, developing the focal area, under-painting, layering and blending techniques in pastel. Pastel Artists of all skill levels as well as oil painters are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Lori Corradi, loricorradi.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 19-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Email: Linda Nye
Phone: 330-928-8092

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Pastel Painting En Plein Air with Nancie King Mertz
June 30 - July 10, 2017 — Join Master Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, fields of wildflowers, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Nancie will share tips and techniques used to create her award-winning work. Her teaching method is very one-on-one, helping the artist develop their personal style while learning to capture the light in a rapid, confident manner. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, nanciekingmertz.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 10-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Email: Jan Rasch
Phone: 575-682-2889

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 28-30, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Marion Hood
Phone: 404-237-6331

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 18-20, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $350
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 23-25, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


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

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The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio
August 25-27, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting in Southeast France: Oils and Pastel Painting Workshop
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join me for this fabulous painting vacation in a fun, relaxed and extremely beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything is taken care of while we enjoy our time painting, taking photos and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area – and of course, enjoying the food! This workshop is for beginner to advanced artists working in oils or pastels. My teaching method will include daily demonstrations, group discussions, written handouts covering the basics of plein air painting and lots of one on one advice and guidance at your easel. We will work on creating expressive paintings, learning to quickly capture the essence of a particular scene. Knowing how to emphasize the play of light and shadow can add real excitement to your work. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Elaine Monnig, elainemonnig.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 20-22, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This workshop is for advanced students seeking to develop a consistent body of work in a series of paintings done during the course of the workshop. David helps each student reach their goals for the work. Visit website


Location: Lafayette, LA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Email: Susan Hamilton
Phone: 337-849-6791

Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 2-4, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — This is a mentorship workshop for advanced level students who desire to create a consistent body of work over the course of the workshop. Students work on their own projects with established goals. David assists each student in achieving their goals. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $595
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 7-9, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Spring Island, SC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Spring Island
Email: Pam Brickell
Phone: 843-987-3403

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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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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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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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Intermediate Level
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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Working in Pastel
Every Thursday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Louise Eaton has worked in oils, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, pen & ink, and pastels. She has found pastels to be the perfect medium because it is direct, spontaneous and easy to work with. She has been teaching pastels and drawing classes for over 15 years. Registration is required. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Louise Eaton
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40 per session
Email: Louise Eaton
Phone: 912.270.4313

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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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