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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Intermediate Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Pastel Drawing and Painting
January 24 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Learn everything you need to know about soft pastels while working from the still life, figure models, and cityscape views. Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels, paper selection to create various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Visit website


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

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Portrait Drawing and Painting
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence. Drawing instruction will address head structure, proportions and features. Students have the option to progress to oil painting, focusing on value, flesh tones, and paint application. Students may work in the medium of their choice, including watercolor and pastel. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photograph
January 27-29, 2017 (9-4) — Learn to fill your paintings with light and energy. The study and interpretation of light is the foundation of all representational painting; capturing light, design, value structure, color theory and exquisite paint quality will be the focus of this workshop. Working from your own photo reference, you will learn how to redesign the elements of the photo to create a more dynamic and compelling painting. Demonstrations, discussion of materials, techniques and common problems will be a part of this 3 day workshop. The workshop is open to all skill levels and styles. The main focus is on oil painting, however all mediums are welcome. Class will be held indoors and will be limited to 8-10 people. Visit website


Location: Milford, PA
Instructor: Peter Fiore
Sponsor: Peter Fiore Workshops
Cost: $325
Email: Barbara Fiore
Phone: 570-491-2610

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


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

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


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

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The Healing Power of Art
February 9 - April 13, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Discover the restorative power of art with Dona Duncan, registered art therapist. Art-making can bene?t those suffering from memory loss, depression, PTSD, or the frustrations of daily life by reducing stress, improving communication skills, and unlocking creative blocks. Includes light meditation and relaxation techniques, viewing and discussing works in the PAFA galleries, and in-studio drawing and painting. No experience necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Passion for the Palette
March 11-12, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to tailor your palette to support your work’s message. Work from still life arrangements with colored lights for brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Open to all media. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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Pastel Painting Workshop
March 25-27, 2017 — Involved in fine art and fine craft for the past 25 years, Lyn Asselta's extensive background has included titles such as elementary school art teacher, draftsman, calligrapher, workshop instructor, and creator of award-winning fine-art gourd vessels. Having had the good fortune to live in places that offered up amazing scenery, from the salt marshes and waterways of Florida, to the Smoky Mountains of the Carolinas, to the rock-bound coast of Maine, Lyn realized that her life's one common thread was her fascination with the landscape. Lyn is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master's Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work was featured on the cover of the February 2016 issue of Pastel Journal. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: Laura Shainker
Phone: 404-414-8343

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Capturing the Figure and Portrait in Grayscale Pastel
April 7-9, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Elana Hagler for this 3-day intensive workshop focusing on depicting the figure and portrait through the use of both line and tone. This way of working emphasizes large spatial relationships, and can be adapted to either a loose and very gestural approach, or to the most highly-detailed, developed pastel drawings. We will focus on pastel application, proportion, gesture, composition, problem-solving, creating a feeling of light and air, and attaining visual harmony. The workshop will include demonstrations of both figure and portrait drawing. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Elana Hagler, elanahagler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 12 - May 24, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 13 - May 18, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA
April 23-28, 2017 (All Day) — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Ipswich, MA
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $550
Email: Maddine Insalaco
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
April 30, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May
May 18-21, 2017 — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway. Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Documenting “Non-places”
May 27-28, 2017 (10am-12pm) — Godlewska challenges participants to look beyond the tropical veil of paradise to see the ordinary. Participants will wander Key West with Godlewska photographing or sketching everyday settings – “non-places”. Key West is a unique place but to serve people’s everyday needs, it requires ordinary areas such as parking lots, loading docks, and chain stores. Back in the classroom, participants will create one drawing or painting based on one of their photos or sketches. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maja Godlewska, www.majagodlewska.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $75, $60 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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


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

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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


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

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Let’s Boss Around Color (Pastel, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor)
June 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Many artists are afraid to turn up the colour volume in their paintings. Most artists become stuck painting only the colours they see and are missing out on taking their work to the next level — and to making artistic statements. This session will help you bring more creative interest to your work no matter what subject matter you enjoy painting. During our time together we will also touch on these foundational topics as they relate to colour: harmony, values, underpainting and the power of greys. There will be many exercises designed to ground your learning by doing! There will also be time to work on your own paintings with plenty of support as you gain insight into a new way of looking at and bossing around colour. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Composition Can Be Fun!
June 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Good composition makes your paintings stand out. Whether a painting is a still life, a landscape, wildlife, people, or an abstract — the underlying structure holds the painting together. Knowing compositional design tools can make you more creative, not less! You’ll also spend more time painting and less on fixing! Together we will identify the compositional and design tools at your disposal and put you in the designer seat. Among many things we will learn how to make Notans and thumbnails using photo references. You’ll find out how to use line, shape, values, colours, textures and so much more to help your creative story take shape. You’ll learn by doing and work on your own paintings to strengthen your compositional skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Master Class with Patricia Traub: Avian Drawing
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-3:30pm) — Join esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub in this unique bird-drawing workshop. Focused drawing studies of bird anatomy and feather structure will supplement work from live avian subjects, including both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Referencing Old Master drawing techniques, students will work in graphite, charcoal, and colored chalk and pastel on toned papers. Students are invited to present both their in-class work and paintings or drawings from home for critique and advice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of methods to make finished paintings beyond the workshop by using gesture drawing and studies in combination with photography. Visit website


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

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Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Only three places left. Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painter's Retreat in Provence
June 16-23, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting, camaraderie, and fun in the Cotes du Rhone region of northern Provence. Here, vineyards and lavender abound with a backdrop of the Vaucluse mountains, and tourists are few! An old silk mill, beautifully restored into a lovely estate will be "home" for a week. All rooms are private, as are most baths. The grounds surrounding the estate are gorgeous...and flanked by 2 lavender fields! You will be escorted to varying painting locations daily, and will also paint on the lovely grounds. On Sunday you will be escorted to the world famous open air market in L'Isle- sur-la-Sorgue. Fee includes all breakfasts and 3 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2500/Single Occupancy
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 4-7, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Show Me the Pigment: Oil/ Pastel (You Choose)
July 10-13, 2017 — Participants will work for 3 days with nationally recognized mixed media expert, Sean Dye. Many of the techniques explored come from Sean's work in his book The Mixed-Media Sourcebook. Students of all experience levels will feel at home in this hand-on exploration of age-old traditional oil, new water-soluble oils, or pastels. Through demonstration and slides Sean will explain how and why certain supplies were used. Please bring sketches or reference photos. Award winning Artist Sean Dye received his MFA from Pratt Institute. He teaches painting at the University of Vermont, and conducts popular workshops throughout North America. His work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Pastel Artist International, International Artist, and The Pastel Journal. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Sean Dye
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $400
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 11-14, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Paint Rockland, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 17-21, 2017 (8:30-4:30) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting scenic Midcoast Maine. Think boats, the working waterfront and vistas! Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Once in the field and following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $650
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 24-28, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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


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

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A Central Oregon Summer
July 31 - August 4, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame pastelist Richard McKinley will demonstrate how to produce a concise field-sketch on location with pastel and how underpainting techniques can expand creativity, both on location and in studio. Forming the initial concept to the final pastel marks necessary to make a painting work will be covered. Through individual attention, group critiques, and class discussions, you will leave with a clear understanding of the universal basics of painting. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 1-4, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 8-11, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

Beginner Level

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


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

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Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels and Mixed Media
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium! Visit website


Location: Port Townsend, WA
Instructor: Mira White
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 15-18, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 22-25, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting in Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and the working waterfront. Michael introduces you to his method for "capturing the moment" without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by time for student work and a personal critique. Michael demonstrates in pastel and oil and offers plenty of help at the easel. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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Seeing Expressive Color with Pastel & Oil
August 22-24, 2017 — Discover how to see beyond the obvious within the plein air landscape, and use expressive color to capture the essence of mood and atmosphere in sky, water, and more. Whether you work in pastel, oil, or both mediums, you will learn to see the depth of color and create a unique and personally expressive plein air painting. Skilled in both pastel and oil, Susan is a seasoned plein air painter that will lead you to your personal color expression in the medium of your choice. Each day will begin with a short demo focusing on methods that will aid in color expression. The use of underpainting and color mixing will be explored in both pastel and oil. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Susan Nicholas Gephart, www.snicholasart.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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


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

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Understanding Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil/Pastel
August 24-26, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Improve your paintings by adding drama to your skies! Join Michael for three days as we use the sky as a dramatic design element within our landscape painting. We will observe and interpret cloud formations and how they reflect in water. We will also apply oil and/or pastel painting techniques to convincingly capture the mood of a scene. Michael will provide photo reference or students may bring their own. Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Michael Story
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $400 Museum members/$425 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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Painting in the French Alps: Painting retreat for all artists
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics. Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area - and of course, enjoying the food and wine! There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week where you can choose the view that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,790 ($2,590 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Five-Day Plein Air Workshop
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting: Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design and Concept. You may not go home with paintings that need framing, but you will go home with a portfolio full of valuable exercises that you can refer back to as you move forward in your own painting process. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 29 - September 1, 2017 (8-12) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to beautiful beaches, bold cliffs, lighthouses and working waterfront. In this advanced workshop, fundamentals are assumed so we can move to the finer points. We will study design, color usage and work to achieve personal expression of the landscape. Critiques and art talk will be an essential part of the week. Participants may also consider the session a retreat. Also offering a lodging package that includes 5 nights plus tuition! Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 505-303-0702

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The Ultimate Pastel Workshop
August 29-31, 2017 — Enhance your artistic ability, uncover sources of new inspiration and experience and befriend beauty in this extraordinary three-day workshop! Day one will be devoted to making you a better painter -- aware of the enormous artistic potential within each of us. We will explore technique, composition, design elements and more. We'll become familiar with the fourteen steps / pointers to a better painting as outlined in my recent Pastel Journal article, "Be Your Own Best Critic." On day two we will learn to realize sources of and pathways to our inspiration, and to develop ideas in multiple directions. We'll learn to use light-effects to compose, clarify and unify our creations. The dynamic qualities and uses of color will be our focus on day three. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Robert Carsten
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $275
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Painting in Italy
September 3-11, 2017 — This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Figure in Pastels
September 11-15, 2017 — In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Beauty of Imperfection – Reveal the Magic
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I dare you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents that ‘Reveal the Magic.’ Students will work from landscape photos, still life objects and florals, and weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a variety of soft and hard pastels, and sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist and abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, and color. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Evenhus
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Autumn in Vermont
September 20-23, 2017 (9am-3pm) — Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Contact: Tom or Maureen Checcia
Phone: (802) 824-6673

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Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops
September 25-29, 2017 — This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,500
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 29-30, 2017 (9-4) — Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting rural Indiana. Art Barn is home to 60 acres of fields, woods, a pond, barn. Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America. Visit website


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

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Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast
October 10-17, 2017 — Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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


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

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Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Pastel Painting in Michigan with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 7-9, 2018 (9-4) — Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. After the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Contributing editor, The Artists Magazine. Writer, Pastel Journal. Master Signature Member, American Impressionist Society. Signature Member, Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Lowell, MI
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Great Lakes Pastel Society
Cost: $400
Email: Kathleen Bechtel
Phone: (616) 897-7842

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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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Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

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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: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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


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

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