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Pastel Plein Air Painting
August 1-2, 2015 — Take this wonderful medium outside to recreate the beauty, attraction, and color of nature. Composition, value, technique, light and shadow, and time of day will be addressed. Learn to create vibrant and visually stunning landscapes. Explore the pastel medium in different ways for different effects. We will work outside, or depending on the weather you can bring sketches or photographs to work from. Learn what to extract from a photograph and what not to use. Demonstration and individual attention will be given. Annette is an award-winning signature member of PSA, NY, NPS, WA, PSNJ, NJ. She has won numerous awards in pastel and oil, including four Gold Medals in Painting. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Annette Hanna
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $190
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
August 10-14, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Creating Abstraction in Pastel or Acrylic
August 10-13, 2015 — This workshop will emphasize developing abstract paintings in pastel or acrylic. The majority of demonstrations will be provided in pastel with reference to acrylic painting. Students will learn a variety of ways to develop both non-objective and nature based abstractions. Time will be spent drawing from nature and taking these drawings back to the studio to create abstractions. Students will learn to "loosen up", be more expressive and work intuitively. All students will begin the week with expressive drawing exercises and drawing from nature. Students will then receive daily instruction in developing abstractions in pastel and or acrylic. Each day will end with group critique. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deboralstewart.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
August 14-17, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn how to be more creative and find inspiration in the world around you. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Head Study (One Day)
August 15, 2015 (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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Pastels in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
August 16-21, 2015 (9 am to 5 pm ) — A Plein Air experience of painting in the mountains of Colorado with artist David Garrison, A Master of Light, for 6 days. Demonstrations each day by the Master, then personal guidance for each student. Glenwood Springs is the location for this exciting adventure of painting mountains, streams, and charming meadows. Breakfast & lunch and transportation to painting sights is provided. $1250. for single room; $1050. for shared room. Visit website


Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Instructor: David Garrison, psa
Sponsor: Garrison Art Studios
Cost: $1250. for a single bedroom. $1050. for a shared Bd
Email: David Garrison
Phone: 319-753-0809

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


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

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


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

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


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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


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

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The Fundamental Approach to Plein Air Painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9am - 4 pm) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio or outside in nature. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth. Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


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

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Loosen Up Intensive
August 24-26, 2015 — What does it really mean to "Loosen Up"? Marla uses the foundations of painting together with a playful non-precious approach to help you discover the assurance and confidence that allows true "loosening up" in your painting. This workshop includes demonstrations, individual mentoring, and positive actionable critiques. Paint with more confidence & expression. Learn how to interpret your reference not copy it. Learn how to develop your own unique style that sets your work apart. Marla gives you tools to do things differently, break out of your painting ruts and gain confidence in your painting choices. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Marla Baggetta, www.marlabaggetta.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $325 by June 24; $375 after June 24
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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The fundamental approach to plein air painting
August 24-28, 2015 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) — The working knowledge and expert usage of the basic fundamentals; i.e., light, volume, depth, color, design, and composition, is the necessary foundation for all good painting, whether the artist works in the studio or outside in nature. Larry Blovits, renowned as a dedicated and caring instructor, will discuss and demonstrate each fundamental in depth, Numerous instructional handouts will help to clarify the fundamental characteristics for the beginner and strengthen the understanding for the advanced artist. Individual assistance is given to each student every day. The site specific landscape/seascape painting opportunities along the coast of Down east Maine, combined with the tranquil waterfront location of the Golden Apple Art Residency makes this an ideal place for a painting workshop. Visit website


Location: Harrington, ME
Instructor: Larry Blovits P.S.A
Sponsor: Golden Apple Art Registry
Cost: $425.00
Email: Shelley Stevens
Phone: 989-779-9320

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 24-28, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Impressionist Landscape Painting: Soft Pastel
August 28-29, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Study photographs of landscape paintings created by the American and French Impressionists. Discover the techniques the artists used to make them master works. Through demonstrations and lectures, Doug illustrates how to use color, perspective, detail, and thoughtfully developed compositions to create landscapes with great depth. Beginning students learn Impressionist painting techniques through replicating the works of the Impressionist masters. If more advanced, work from your own photographs to practice and explore various techniques, while Doug provides individualized direction. Complete this workshop with a finished painting or paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


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

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Five-Day Plein Air Painting
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — 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. All Marc asks is that you come with an inquisitive and open mind, and the Art Spirit within you. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Marc R. Hanson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Plein Air Pastels for Beginners
August 31 - September 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let the brilliant colors of fall inspire you, and a celebrated colorist painter guide you, in this beginning pastel workshop. The rich, saturated colors of soft pastel are the perfect medium to capture the season's landscape in plein air. Liz demonstrates how to capture the essence of a scene, different ways to view your subject matter, and how to narrow your artistic choices. Paint with pastels in the field, woods, and by the water. Liz encourages you to try new techniques and have fun! Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
September 7-11, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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The Landscape in Pastel
September 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each morning Tom will demonstrate pastel techniques he regularly uses while working on studio paintings. He will focus on value changes, composition and color choices. Tom also works on several different supports. He prefers to start with a pastel under-painting as well as finish with pastel. During demonstrations students are invited to ask questions of the instructor, resulting in a lively interchange. After the demo, typically students do a value study using only black and white. The afternoon is set aside for individual instruction at each student's easel. Students will work from personal photos or the instructor's supply of photographs. The third day is set aside for group critiques and discussions on advertising, magazine coverage and gallery representation. Visit website


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

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creating Mood Using Color Harmony
September 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Create pastel paintings that express a variety of moods, using photographs for reference. Create the essence of light. Learn to interpret subject matter through the basics of composition, dark and light value patterns and color harmony. Using your sketchbook, plan simplified black and white compositions. Then, use a variety of color strategies such as high key, low key, complementary and analogous colors, to develop preliminary studies. Focus on the painterly techniques of layered color with soft pastel to create finished paintings. Kathleen provides thorough demonstrations of each process throughout the workshop, as well as individual attention for each student. Visit website


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

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Painting the Floral Still Life in Oil and Pastel
September 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This three-day workshop will enable the painter to move rapidly through a floral still life in an impressionistic and yet controlled manner, producing a textural play of color and form of a floral arrangement. Topics include composition, value, color, texture of the paint, scale of the objects depicted in the painting, and the shadow edges. Participants will leave energized and ready to tackle their next painting! Sam D'Ambruoso of Middlebury, CT, has been professionally painting landscapes and portraits since 1972. With over 20 years experience in teaching workshops and art instruction in the United States and in Italy, his artists' workshops in Tuscany, Amalfi, and Sicily as well as Old Lyme, CT and Cape Cod, MA have been widely acclaimed by past participants. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso, www.dambruosostudios.com
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/$450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
September 17-20, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing, and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach -- the perfect artist's getaway. Geared toward oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


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

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Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!
September 19-26, 2015 — 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. Students will be encouraged to paint loosely and boldly, and to have fun with the medium. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Intermediate Level

Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
September 21-25, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $425.00 value
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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The Creativity Workshop in Singapore
September 24-26, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Singapore! --- This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. --- Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. --- You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Singapore, Singapore
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $975
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Niagara Falls, Autumn en plein air
September 27-28, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
October 2-4, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: 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 in Tuscany
October 3-10, 2015 — Join Jo Ellen Reinhart as she returns to beautiful Tuscany painting in plein air! Cortona will be the home-base with day trips Lucignano, Lake Trasimeno and Chianti! Read more online! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhart
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3290.00 all-inclusive in Cortona
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
October 5-9, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Abstract Realism in Pastel
October 5-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Work with Debora to develop abstract realist paintings in pastel. Abstract realism combines abstract elements with realistic subject matter to create unique and creative interpretations. Paint subjects like flowers, still lifes, landscapes, animals, and figures with an abstract edge. Learn to use underpainting techniques. Topics include composition, color theory, how to bring emotion and spontaneity to your work, and how to work more loosely, as you develop your own style and technique. Visit website


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

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The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil
October 6-9, 2015 — 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

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Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire
October 10-17, 2015 (Sessions daily) — Rich's workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer's eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. Rich's enthusiastic but patient teaching style is just right for those with little experience venturing outside to paint. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, the psychology involved in viewing a painting, and the effective use of the these principles. Read more on website. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Intermediate Level
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Niagara Falls, last Autumn en plein air
October 11-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture. The demo will focus on bold composition with underpainting. You will learn how to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss color relationships, color temperature, form and edges. Participants may start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12. Supervised painting until 4 pm each day. This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
October 13-16, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Creating Beautiful Pastel Landscapes
October 14-16, 2015 — Learn to capture the sparkling beauty of nature with the immediacy of pastels. Students will learn to create a meaningful thumbnail sketch, choose an appropriate paper and use color combinations that bring the work to life all while working in the studio and from life with the beautiful Sedona landscape as subject matter. Bruce Gomez has taken home multiple awards from the Sedona Plein Air Festival each year and is one of the highest sellers. He shows his work at Abend Gallery and Telluride Gallery both in Colorado. This workshop is appropriate for Beginner-advanced plien air painters (artists should have a basic familiarity with the painting process and the materials). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Bruce Gomez, facebook.com/brucegomezart
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 16-18, 2015 (9:00-400) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your work utilizing line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific. All who use acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Southport, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Artists of Southport
Email: Ortrud Tyler

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Painting with Purpose
October 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make every brushstroke clear and meaningful. A fine painting does not happen by accident or luck but by seeing consciously. This workshop will teach you to think clearly and fearlessly about what you are putting on your canvas, concentrating on brush strokes and clean color, along with fine tuning your perception of values and edges. Many of Stephanie's students consider this clear approach to be a life changing painting experience. Stephanie and her work have been featured in popular publications such as International Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Pastel Journal. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Stephanie Birdsall
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $480
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 17-24, 2015 — 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: Buonconvento Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$ 2,250 - USD$ 2,610 depending on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
October 23-26, 2015 (10 AM to 1 PM) — Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and get over creative blocks. This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $875
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts
October 24, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cary, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Waverly Artists Group
Email: Monica Lenares
Phone: 919-949-2427

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 27-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
November 2-6, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
November 6-7, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you. You will learn to do all of these realizing there should be a foundation of structure in your abstract painting. This workshop is not media specific. Everyone who uses watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Successful Plein Air Painting in a 2 Hour Window
November 10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to simplify a scene into 3 values in either pastel or oil. Students will compose using a study thumbnail and their paintings will have harmony and greater impact. They will also learn how to harmonize color and match it to the value shapes from their thumbnail. This method is guaranteed success. Students will learn how to put shapes of color directly using a palette knife, and then soften with a brush. This saves time. Join this class and take your painting skills up a notch! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Colleen Howe, www.colleenhowe.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Studying Light and Color in the Landscape
November 11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on how light during different times of day affects local color. Kim will talk about different types of light and shadow: light, highlight, halftone, shade, cast shadow, and reflected light. Students will paint both front lit and backlit scenes. Value studies and color studies will be emphasized in order to get the line, shape and value of the composition correct, as well as the color planes. Kim will offer demos and lots of individual attention at the easel. This workshop will take place off campus at Papago Park (approximately 10 minutes from SAS). Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Casebeer, www.kimcasebeer.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $100
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
November 19-13, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 23-25, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 1-4, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
December 3-5, 2015 (9 AM to 1 PM) — Find inspiration all around you in vibrant Dubai! --- This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. ---Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. --- You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Instructor: Kirpal Singh
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: $1,150 tuition only or $1,995 tuition, hotel breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
December 7-11, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $300.00 accommodations not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 8-11, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
December 14-18, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 15-18, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 21-23, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 28-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three 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: $225
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Paint Sedona (INT-ADV) with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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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Explore Historic Verde Valley in Paint with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 12-15, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his special painting spots in the Verde Valley. In addition to painting Sedona's red rocks, we'll visit historic Jerome and the Gold King Mine and other beautiful locations. 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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Put Drama in Your Figures and Portraits
January 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The most successful paintings go beyond mere rendering; they tell a story. This workshop will focus on the planning and techniques necessary to create a "painting" rather than a "study." Even a portrait can tell a story! In this workshop, students will learn: how to think like film makers such as Hitchcock or Spielberg; how to use the "big tone" approach to nail the composition; the secrets to glowing, realistic skin tone; how to achieve high art rather than mere rendering; the anatomy of facial expressions and the basics of design; how to avoid "unpleasant detail." William will demonstrate in oil and pastels and present a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 19-22, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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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Plein Air Painting in Historic Tubac, Arizona
January 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — There are many aspects to plein air painting, but two of the most important are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. This workshop will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives you and improve upon it. Focus will also be on how to understand the thought process of mixing color outside, using colors that will give the painting the effect of light not just copying what the student sees. Students will also work on understanding the painting process in the studio and the importance of setting and achieving goals in their work. Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Explore Advanced Color en Plein Air with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 26-29, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you explore the many possibilities of color in the landscape and bring your painting to the next level. 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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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 2-5, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Please come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day. Individual attention, demos, and some laughter are included in the cost! Portable easel and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 9-12, 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 intermediate-advanced level workshop, Michael will help you fine-tune your plein air painting skills and take them to the next level. If desired, Michael will gladly talk about the business of being an artist. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 on the coast of the French Riviera
June 12-18, 2016 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting the local village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. Tour "The Painters Trail" along the Riviera coast. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu-La Napoule, France
Instructor: Angela Powers
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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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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Individualized Professional Practice Support for Visual Artists
Customized (Customized) — Individual instruction sessions are offered to artists in support of reaching their creative goals. Long distance students are supported through Skype sessions, emails with image sharing and phone calls. Appropriate for all levels, from the beginner to an intermediate or advanced level student with a space set aside for studio activities, these sessions allow you to identify your goals and challenges and develop the steps to progress toward your vision for your work. Artists determine and refine their vision through these sessions, discussing both the formal and conceptual aspects of art-making: materials and techniques, various approaches to beginning, problem-solving, methods of building a painting/drawing and advancing their career as an artist. Instructor has a Masters in Business and Fine Art. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Rebecca George
Sponsor: The Art House
Cost: $200
Email: Rebecca

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