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Plein Air Painting classes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Classes will meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. at different locations near the Centro Jardin (town square)and other scenic places. Classes will cover composition and design, color, value, the effects of light, painting materials techniques, and how to get a solid start for more success and still have fun! Demos will be in oil paint. "Handouts" will be sent well in advance. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Art Workshop in Plein Air and Studio Painting
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Plein Air and Studio Painting in wonderful San Miguel! Classes will cover choosing subjects, composition, value, color, painting techniques, use of painting knives, group critiques and lots of personal attention (and fun!). Classes will be held near the Centro and outer areas and in a garden and meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri with Wed as free day. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Pastel Color Intensive Studio-Only with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 16-19, 2016 (9-1) — In this special, four-day, studio-only, pastel-only workshop, Michael Chesley Johnson will share with you advanced concepts in color usage. Through a series of exercises and painting sessions, you will explore a variety of color palettes and practices to help bring your pastels to a higher level. Because this workshop is half-days only, you will have afternoons to explore beautiful Sedona, Arizona and, if you wish, to paint en plein air. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 16-18, 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: Fairhope, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Art Center
Email: Hannah Lyle
Phone: 251-928-2228 ext. 107

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3-day Phoenix Workshop with Lee McVey: The Artful Landscape
February 19-21, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Phoenix, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: Alain Boppart
Phone: 845-875-6258

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The Figure in Pastels
February 19-21, 2016 (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

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Intensive Human Anatomy Drawing Course
February 21 - March 3, 2016 (09:00 - 20:00) — This intensive course aims to capture the main dynamics of human anatomical arrangements in a geometric-structural key. The work of Life Drawing from plaster bust and from the living model allows the student to recognize the geometric structures of the human body. Arts in Rome offer the "All Inclusive Formula" in one price. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Carlo Alberto Palumbo
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 1750 Euro
Email: Bianca Maria
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 23-26, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 26-28, 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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Painting Flowers and Still Life with Intention
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Stephanie's workshops are sometimes affectionately called "boot camp" by her students. Her goal is to get students as far as possible in five days. For students, this workshop is about learning to put on your canvas only what you choose to put there! This involves studying color and mixing it, brushstrokes, paint application, edges, values and light. Stephanie's approach to both oil and pastel are the same. Students will also learn to have a concept before starting a painting, insuring a much greater chance for success. Stephanie feels that a painting should be a conscious endeavor and that students control what goes onto their canvas or paper. Subject matter will be a combination of fresh flowers, fruit and still life objects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall, www.stephaniebirdsall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 1-4, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Outdoor Painting from Life Sarasota
March 3-4, 2016 (10:00am - 4:00pm) — Workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - plus *admission to Ringling Art after 5 and Ringling Underground Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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2-Day Workshop with Lisa Ober: Realistic Pets/Animals Workshop
March 4-5, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Lisa Ober, PSA, will be teaching a two-day hands on workshop creating life like pastel pet portraits. Lisa’s approach to teaching pastel portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete students will know how to develop a pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the painting. Lisa will provide great tips for photographing pets in order to get the most flattering reference poses. She will talk through the secrets to creating absolutely pet-able fur whether painting cats, dogs, horses, or other furry creatures. She will address the special issues of photographing and painting all black or all white fur. Lisa will also show you how to make incredibly life-like eyes, a critical component for a realistic pet portrait. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Lisa Ober
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $291.12 (all fees included)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 8-11, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 8-10, 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: Conroe, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Conroe Art League
Email: Nikie Wishnow
Phone: 832-291-7847

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Perfecting the Painting Process
March 11-13, 2016 — Learn how to put a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Students will work from still life set ups and from the live model if time allows. Oil, Pastel or Water Media. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Ned Mueller, nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Realistic Portaits in Pastel with Lisa Ober
March 12-13, 2016 — Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will conduct an enthusiastic hands on workshop during which she will share approach to pastel portraiture. Lisa will guide students through step-by-step instruction on her portrait technique, from the first sketch to the finished portrait using a photo reference. Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time make this class fun and productive. Lisa will discuss achieving a likeness and proportion, color selection, pastel application, adding depth and expression— everything that is needed to bring a portrait to life. There will be special instruction on painting eyes, the most critical component of a realistic portrait. Visit website


Location: Dallas, TX
Instructor: Lisa Ober
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $291.12 (all fees included)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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3-Day Workshop with Lyn Asselta: From Underpainting to Landscaping
March 12-14, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — UART will supply your paper for this fast-paced, fun landscape workshop. Experiment with the different grades of UART sanded paper, from very fine to very coarse and discover the grit that best suits your work, or discover something you hadn’t expected! We’ll explore several underpainting methods as well as learn to use the different surface textures to our advantage. From pure liquid pigment, to oil, to watercolor, to hard pastel… UART paper can handle each of these underpainting techniques beautifully to help you create expressive, impressivelandscape paintings. You provide the painting supplies and enthusiasm, UART will provide the rest! Visit website


Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $343.87 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Landscapes: Color, Value and Design
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The development of dynamic, sensitive and believable landscape paintings is the focus of this class. 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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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Underpainting Techniques – Exploring Underpaintings on UART
March 18-19, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Harness the power of underpaintings on industry leading UART Paper, adding greater vibrance and distinct visual effects to your pastel paintings. In this workshop, award winning artist, Alain J. Picard, will lead you on an exploration of many different underpainting techniques, helping you achieve a variety of exciting results in your work. We’ll cover such possibilities as watercolor, alcohol and mineral spirit washes on UART paper. We’ll also learn how to deploy unique color approaches in our underpaintings such as local, tonal and complimentary color underpaintings. Technical approaches to the work such as washing with brushes, mounting your sanded paper, and the role of hard, medium and soft pastels in the working process will all be covered in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Newtown, CT
Instructor: Alain Picard
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $211.99 (all fees included)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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The Artful Landscape with Lee McVey
March 18-20, 2016 (9am - 4pm) — Experience lots of one on one attention and encouragement as you develop your painting skills while working from landscape reference photos. Improve your ability to see and to extract the information from photographs needed to create a successful painting. Explore compositional design, color, value and aerial perspective and more. For beginners with drawing experience to intermediate and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: Lee McVey
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $370.24 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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Dry Tortugas Plein Air Trip with Priscilla Coote
March 19, 2016 — An exotic island awaits, only a few hours away. Join Priscilla Coote on this one-day painting expedition to this island of history, wildlife, incredible turquoise water and white sand beaches. An ultimate Key West plein air adventure! Your price includes a full day of demonstration and individualized instruction in any painting medium, as well as transportation aboard the Yankee Freedom III catamaran with breakfast and lunch plus all of their included amenities of National Park entry, guided tours and free snorkel gear. During the four-and-a-half hours of actual island time, Priscilla will give one or more painting demonstrations. Students can then proceed to their choice of painting locations. Individualized attention will be given to each student’s level and medium. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Priscilla Coote, www.pcoote.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $275, $255 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 22-25, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Head Study
March 26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will receive a variety of training techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil paint or digital. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 29 - April 1, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Painterly Portrait in Pastel
April 1-3, 2016 — Alain will begin day one with a full demonstration of a painterly approach to pastel, using the live model. He will demonstrate how to effectively light, pose, and photograph your subject. Students will have opportunity to photograph the model on day one, learning how to capture strong reference material using a digital SLR or mirrorless digital camera. You will learn how to use your photo reference as a tool in creating lifelike painterly portraits. Alain will demonstrate from a photograph on days two and three, revealing how the photograph can be used to create loose, fresh, lifelike portraits. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alain Picard
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $450
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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"The Beauty of Imperfection - What if . . . " with Jen Evenhus
April 1-3, 2016 (9am - 5pm) — Students will explore fearless mark-making, negative painting, exaggeration, simplification and bold color in this intense 3-day workshop taught by PSA-Master Pastelist, Jen Evenhus. We will be creating exciting underpaintings, sketching for composition and value, discussion, mini-demos, painting, timed exercises, critiques, individual coaching and more painting. We won’t create pretty pictures, we’ll produce energetic, show-stopping works of art! Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Jennifer Evenhus
Sponsor: UART
Cost: $343.87 (including fees and taxes)
Email: UART
Phone: 845-875-6258

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The Figure in Pastel with Scott Noel
April 2-3, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for figure study. Join PAFA instructor Scott Noel, master figurative pastelist, for this two-day immersion. Working from figure models amongst the historic casts in the PAFA Cast Hall, develop well-composed drawings with initial focus on mass, gesture and planar organization using sculptural and structural principles. Pastel instruction will emphasis color, atmosphere and defining form through reflected light, along with techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing with the pastel work of Edgar Degas as a guide. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Scott Noel
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 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: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown Riverarts
Email: Jodi Bortz
Phone: 410-778-6300

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 5-8, 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. See website for full details. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 6 - May 11, 2016 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Master the essentials of landscape painting in the area made famous by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, including Daniel Garber’s homestead. The New Hope countryside will inspire you with its views of the Delaware River, as it did Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other American Masters. Topics include effective color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


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

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Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell in Sedona Arizona
April 10-16, 2016 (9am - 9pm) — This mentoring program is focused on advancing your craft and on career-building. It is an exciting, in-depth program different from Mr Handell's workshops. Everyone will paint together during the day, every day, both in the morning and afternoon. You will paint along with Mr Handell as he starts and finishes his paintings on location. In the evening will be a critique of the day's paintings and continued instruction, plus valuable (and effective) information on career-building. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Albert Handell
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson Studios
Cost: $975
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 16-23, 2016 (9am - 5pm) — Observational drawing and painting are the focus of this workshop. Depicting nature on a Mediterranean Island and local sites too. Any medium or skill level is welcome. Price includes lodging and all meals, no transportation. Spanish classes of all levels available and educational talks about the Spanish culture are part of this cultural experience. Food is mediterranean style with local Spanish cuisine. Day trips to monasteries, Roman ruins and beaches are part of this week in Mallorca. Visit website


Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1495.00
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970-318-8444

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 17 - May 22, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking available and restrooms available on site. Note: Bartram's Garden members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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How to Create Better Paintings – Studio Class
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Acclaimed Irish Born, American Colorist Hugh O’Neill has painted and taught all over the world. He will give lessons that will stay with students for a lifetime of artistic endeavors. This dynamic workshop is designed for all levels, including beginners and for most mediums. You will learn how to understand and simplify complex views and how to create strong vibrant paintings with fluid and confident brush work. You will be taught how to see more clearly and learn how to mix vibrant colors that enhance and are vital to any style of art. Hugh O’Neill will demonstrate while he explains and describes each key point. You will also receive very useful critiques at certain times throughout the workshop. Visit website


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

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Igniting Your Painting Process - Pastel
April 20-22, 2016 — This is a three day workshop that will focus on exploring possibilities within landscape painting. First, we will review the techniques and fundamentals necessary to structure a successful pastel landscape painting. Then we will engage in the exploration of creative ways to ignite your personal process. If possible we will do a few field sketches outside, I like to spend time with individual artists to help them find what makes them tick. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $425
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Plein Air Painting Workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location. In this plein air workshop, you’ll start in the studio with basic principles and then move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for “capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Students may work in any medium, but Michael will be demonstrating in oil and pastel. Suitable for any level of painter. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Plein Air Painting in the Desert with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 22-24, 2016 (9-4) — Join Michael for threef ull days of painting in the desert around Scottdale, Arizona. Locations may include Lost Dutchman State Park. Sponsored by Scottsdale Artists School and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Michael will lecture, demonstrate and help students at the easel. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists School
Cost: $400
Email: Daniel Caprario
Phone: (800) 333-5707

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Drawing and Painting Workshop
April 23-30, 2016 — During this course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of its time and space. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 26 - May 24, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a membership voucher to Morris Arboretum, free parking and use of the facilities. For more information about Morris Arboretum, visit: morrisarboretum.org. Morris Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Cortona en Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — Plein air painting is on the rise and is it any wonder why? We find it challenging & fun, we get to be outside and we can take our passion to places like Italy! Painting en plein air requires a process of logic and intuition; a way of seeing and translating, recording and interpreting, deep soul searching with a sense of play. This workshop will encompass the principles of good painting: creativity, color, value, shape, composition, drawing, edge and variety. Twenty years of plein air experience and ten years of teaching has allowed Larry to distill the process of painting into learnable techniques. Experienced painters as well as beginners are welcome. Visit website


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

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Intensive Pastel Workshop
May 22 - June 1, 2016 (09:00 - 20:00) — Who should enroll in this course? Those who want to learn how to use color, those who know about color but want to deepen the technique, those who want to learn the composition in a framework, those who want to learn to exaggerate the shadows and the lights and finally those who want to learn a pastel technique quickly but completely and effectively. Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Vicente Romero Redondo
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: 3.100 Euro
Email: Bianca Maria
Phone: +39 3281424151

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Pastel Workshop with Vicente Romero Redondo
May 22 - June 1, 2016 (10 Days) — Transparents colors, warm colors and slashing colors of sunlight breaking through a beach house. These are the pastels of Vicente Romero. What we want to teach in this course? The use of color in addition to the composition of the live drawing. Romero’s paintings provide all a human figure in a well defined and detailed space. It is included also Guided Tour of Rome during the Mornings and Art Course in the Afternoons. What we offer? - Intensive Art Course in the Studio - Tourist Guide - Museums and Galleries fees - Apartment shared in the Rome Center Visit website


Location: Roma, Italy
Instructor: Vicente Romero Redondo
Sponsor: Arts in Rome
Cost: Euro 3.100
Email: Bianca
Phone: +39 3281424151

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 13-15, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Magic of Watercolor
June 22-26, 2016 — In a cozy house on the water, on Orr’s Island, ME we help you find or fine tune your own unique artistic expression, your own language of color and form and marks on a surface. I combine daily demos with my intuitive talents in my teaching. You will learn to work quickly to capture a special moment in time. You may work in acrylic or pastel if you choose as well. The Maine coast provides the most alive and inspiring land and seascapes to inspire you. We incorporate meditation to help us relax and connect with our inner voice. Includes most meals, lodging, and instruction. Enjoy 4 full days of artistic inspiration and like minded community. Personalized instruction. Visit website


Location: Orr's Island, ME
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $865
Email: Melissa Harris
Phone: 845-340-9632

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


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

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Foundations and Techniques of Pastel Painting
June 24-26, 2016 — Learn the foundations and techniques of pastel painting. What makes a successful painting/ critique? This workshop is an in-depth study on planning and composing a painting. Topics include simplifying/massing, composition, value studies, color temperatures, color harmony and under painting techniques. The instructor will also discuss how to select and work from a reference photo and provide step by step instruction and critiques. Nancy has won numerous national awards for her landscape paintings and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure
July 11-17, 2016 (10am) — Come with us on this 7 day adventure as we explore the landscape, wildlife and characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station near Wyndham in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture "off the beaten track" into wilderness areas not accessible to the public. You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping out beside a pristine waterhole. You'll meet the locals and get a real sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley - all while creating your art and developing techniques. Many other activities are included - peruse the itinerary on the website. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


Location: Kununurra, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61893881513

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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In-depth Underpainting Techniques for the Landscape
July 18-22, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame Honoree, Richard McKinley, will demonstrate how various underpainting techniques, when utilized for landscape painting, can open new doors to creative expression. Working in the studio/classroom, participants will progress from the initial painting concept to the final pastel marks necessary to produce a successful outcome in response to an underpainting. Through daily demonstrations, individual attention, and classroom discussions, participants will grasp the varied purposes of an underpainting and have a clearer understanding of the universal basics of painting. Richard has a wealth of information to share as a dedicated instructor. He is tireless in this pursuit and his intensity, focus, and energy, are legendary. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $725
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Landscape Painting/Observation and Concept
July 19-21, 2016 — The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. We will go out to paint for the three hours of class with the purpose to better visualize color, light and space in this short time. This will lead to a richer understanding of color interaction that can benefit successive paintings that you do on your own. I will begin with a demonstration and end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Creating Abstract Imagery in Pastel
July 22-24, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Abstraction is a shift in focus. In realistic work we have a road map based on what we are looking at and it is in front of us. In abstraction we must tear ourselves away from what we see and it becomes another way of expression. It is an internal dialogue with our own personal frame of reference. Instead of portraying the object or figure in front of us it becomes a reaction to that object or figure. Learn to loosen up, tap into your intuition, create abstract compositions, use underpaintings and pastel ground and create abstract realism with flowers and figures. This three-day workshop will give you the tools to explore the excitement of abstraction. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Debora L. Stewart
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $450M, $495NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Capturing Light, Color and Atmosphere in Pastel
August 18-21, 2016 (9:00 am-4:00 pm) — The southern, summer landscape is a marvelous subject for the expression of luminosity and atmospheric perspective. Explore a range of styles from realism to impressionism and expressionism, while learning about composition, light effect and color as well as pastel application techniques and more. Award-winning artist Carsten is a master pastelist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a master circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Carsten is a contributing writer to The Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. His work has been featured in The Pastel Journal, American Art Review, The Artist’s Magazine and other publications. Visit robertcarsten.com. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Dynamic Portrait in Pastel
September 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will help you develop a dynamic lifelike portrait. Karen will explain techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships, selecting skin tones, and harnessing the power of strong design. The various pastel techniques that are necessary to create a reasonable likeness and a stunning portrait in pastel will be covered. Discussion of lighting, posing and photographing the model for reference and the pitfalls of photo reference will be reviewed. Students will work from the live model or their photo reference. Students will learn how to use a direct pastel method as well as beginning with an under- painting in order to create vibrant skin tones. Each day will end with an encouraging group critique. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!
September 17-24, 2016 — More than other mediums, a pastel in the hand can bridge the gap between left and right brain involvement in the creative process. They are immediate, direct and tactile, require no delay or premeditation for mixing, and can be used both for intuitive quick drawing as well as for more strategically planned work. The same stick can be used to apply the pastel in many ways, the broad side to quickly cover wide areas, the edges for lines and smaller shapes, the tip for texture or detail. The workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced students, as well as people working in other mediums who might enjoy playing with the mark-making potential of the pastel. Visit website


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

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


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

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Exploring Your Painting Skills in the Open Air
September 23-26, 2016 — 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

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


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

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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Advanced Level

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


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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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: $40 buys a 4-session punch card
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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