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"The Watercolor Journey"
September 19-21, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — I work primarily in transparent watercolor because its character allows for a wonderful blending of spontaneity and control. As a result, my paintings are a fusion of realistic and interpretative elements. Most projects begin with preliminary sketches to determine composition, value pattern and colors. Once these initial decisions are in place, I follow where the watercolor leads me. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects including flowers, figures, widllife, and landscapes. My primary focus is always on the light and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. But the longer I paint the more I realize -- it's all pretty extraordinary! Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Susan Crouch
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $295.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Slow Down - Wake Up - Make Art
September 19-21, 2014 (Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 to 5 pm ) — Learn to approach your existing artistic practice from a new perspective. Our goal will be to wake up the senses and strengthen our ability to perceive directly. Our goal is not necessarily to create finished work, but to experience methods to take to your own studio. The workshop will cultivate awareness, enliven the sense perceptions, and allow for insight. Suitable for visual artists who paint, sculpt, photograph or work in mixed media. Foundation skills will be revisited with a new approach. Nova Scotia is a magical place to experience the autumn. Both rugged and full of culture, it offers great variety for the senses and ample opportunity to "press reset" on your state of mind. Visit website


Location: Prospect Village, Nova Scotia, Canada
Instructor: annie abdalla, MFA, MES
Sponsor: Annie Abdalla Artworks
Cost: $450.00 including vegetarian meals
Email: annie abdalla
Phone: 902-852-3709

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Niagara on the Lake Watercolor art workshop
September 19-21, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint is what is called the prettiest town in Ontario. There are beautiful parks, gardens and waterfront locations to make this a dream area to paint in. Participants should have at least an entry level knowledge of drawing before registering for this watercolor workshop. If you do not already have supplies, please check with us before purchasing. Painting demo each morning. Workshop is 9-4:00 pm each day. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini, Exec. Dir. IPAP
Phone: 1.800.393.7270

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Demo and Critique Session
September 20, 2014 (1-4pm) — Come and watch Larry demonstrate his unique watercolor style for the first hour, and then get help with a piece of your own work in process. Larry will critique and offer suggestions. Bring a work in process and your painting supplies. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Larry Mason
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $40
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint & Dance Magic in The Berkshires
September 21-26, 2014 (5:00pm) — 5 Days of sublime Paint & Dance at Earthdance in the Berkshires at the peak of Fall Color. $1,150 includes tuition, gourmet meals, lodging, all materials plus access to a spacious round studio, wood-fired sauna, and hundreds of acres of wooded trails to explore. Venture into the paint and dancing temple. Allow your curious sensuality to apply paint to paper. Anyone with a willing heart and adventurous spirit can embark on this journey to the authentic Self. Aviva Gold, Art Medicine Woman, originator of "Painting from the Source", leads this retreat with passion, wisdom and a supportive voice. Your painting evolves one brush stroke at a time... growing, speaking to you, guiding you to a place that will transform. Visit website


Location: Plainfield, MA
Instructor: Aviva Gold
Sponsor: Painting From The Source
Cost: $1,150
Email: Aviva Gold
Phone: (805) 640-1724

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Watercolor at a Glance
September 22-23, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, one hour lunch) — Instructor will demonstrate his technique and show students how to capture the essence of the subject with bold, expressive and loose brushstrokes. This workshop will explore the importance of color harmony, composition and line work. Ron will show students how these sometimes forgotten elements can pull your paintings together. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Ron Stocke
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $275
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Fresh Cityscapes & Landscapes in Watercolor
September 22-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Create fresh, spontaneous paintings by letting the magic of watercolors work for you. Get rid of muddy colors and fussy detail. Create better paintings by correcting shapes and values and applying edge variety. Learn the wet-into-wet watercolor technique to take advantage of the medium's unique properties. Apply your newfound knowledge by translating your photos of landscapes and cityscapes to paper. Each morning, Gordon explains principles of color theory, contrast, and composition through his demonstration of painting techniques. Experiment with techniques and receive individual attention from Gordon in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. A positive critique at the end of the workshop points you in the right direction for continued painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Brush and Beyond
September 22-26, 2014 — During this class you will develop your own personal painting style, while emphasizing the importance of developing your own creative approach to image making - with either abstract or representational imagery. You will explore new methods of watermedia application, including texturing and techniques for building of layers of paint. You will also experiment with new tools made from commonly found materials. Demonstrations by Mary Ann and individual discussions with her will help you approach your subject with a fresh eye toward composition and design. Finally, throughout the workshop the business of being an artist, including setting goals and priorities will be discussed. Each participant will discover how to become "inspired" and how to network as an artist. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Ann Beckwith
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 23 - October 7, 2014 — A dream painting adventure in a land of timeless beauty! This workshop will emphasize plein air painting, composition, color and design. Individual instruction and demonstrations. Students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting on site. Oils, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured on CNN, and in the New York Times. Tuscany is his second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and has conducted many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Cost: $4,495. Double Occupancy / Package
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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Pocket Sketching in Tuscany
September 23-30, 2014 — This quick-draw technique allows anyone to "journal" wherever they are using only a 4 x 6 art pad, a water soluble pen, a small paint set, a brush and a film canister of water. Perfect for hiking, sitting in a café or standing in line - take it anywhere, whip it out in a minute, and preserve a memory in 25 minutes or less. It's more about capturing the "feel" of a place rather than taking a camera image. This workshop is ideal for beginners who want to fearlessly paint in public, for experienced artists who want minimal equipment, speed and no clean-up. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Kath Macaulay
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3090.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Plein Air Workshop with Peggy Everett
September 24-26, 2014 (10am - 4pm) — Levels: Beginning to advanced can be successful in expressing themselves on canvas. If you have the desire, you can maneuver that gooey paint and unwieldy brush into something that will be considered art. *Exercises that help get the best composition, capture the local color, values and feeling of the location. *Tricks of the trade from composition no-no's, paint mixtures, values, and more. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Peggy Everett
Sponsor: Glynn Art Association
Cost: $475.00
Email: Monica
Phone: 912-638-8770

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


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

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Watercolor Painting
September 24 - December 10, 2014 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. A variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, their own source material and models. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
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 in Baja California
September 25-28, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Stuart Burton, landscape painter, teacher and founder - The Art Academy in North Park, September 25 - 28, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Stuart Burton, Art Academy of San Diego
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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From Photo to Fine Art: Creating Fabulous Compositions
September 25-27, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create dynamic compositions that transform your photographic images into fine art watercolors. Explore techniques to generate movement through your composition, create and enhance an area of interest or contrast, and harmonize support elements. Begin by taking photos of subject matter from several angles with a digital or phone camera. Then, apply the techniques Gail demonstrates to your watercolor painting. Utilize a variety of electronic tools such as an opaque projector or computer to enhance your creativity. Visit website


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

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Fall Foliage time in Vermont with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 26-30, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun. Drive slowly and keep your camera handy since you'll find many painting subjects along the way. The winding road changes to gravel and when you think you're lost, you have arrived at the Landgrove Inn, offering a welcome atmosphere with comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches can be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and individual assistance. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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


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

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Sketch on the Go
September 27, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks or while traveling abroad. Topics discussed and demonstrated include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying shape and form. Use your favorite drawing media: pencil, ink, crayon, or watercolor. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, www.kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Cityscape
September 28 - October 26, 2014 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — The city has been the subject of many a great artist, including Eduard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edward Hopper and Rackstraw Downs. Work in carefully selected locations including parks, cafés, and along leafy side streets of Philadelphia, and capture the life of the city as you find your own vision of the city. Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice including oil, gouache/watercolor and charcoal. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on the spot will be just some of the topics covered by an artist with over 40 years of plein air experience in Philadelphia. Van transportation from PAFA, and free on-site parking. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting People from Photographs: An Approach to Watercolor
September 29 - October 3, 2014 — Though often viewed by many as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life or landscape and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. In his workshop Ted will discuss, with daily demonstrations and one on one interaction with class members, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure paintings. As he shares with you his approach to the figure and some specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his paintings you will find your paintings taking on a new life and will have great fun in the process. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Painting on the Islands of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland
September 29 - October 6, 2014 — On the Outer Hebrides awe inspiring becomes 'art inspiring'. Travelling with our paints, we discover the roots of a civilisation and the raw beauty of its isolation on the edge of the British Isles. Nicky Henderson, a local artist, is our art tutor. With her expertise your art work connects with a landscape formed 3,400 million years ago, still sculpted today by wind, rain and human hand. Voted the most favourite islands in Europe, 5th in the world by TripAdvisor. Visit website


Location: Islands of Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: £1250
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston

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Watercolor Techniques
October 1 - December 10, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9:30am-12 noon) — No class on 11/26. This friendly step-by-step study of techniques will teach you how to produce luminous and dynamic watercolor paintings. You will build a solid foundation by learning to perceive light, shadow and form. Techniques to overcome common problems are shared in class. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Graciela Giles
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $275
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Powerful Tools for Powerful Paintings
October 2-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This class is designed to give students a firm grasp of basic art principles. I'll present down-to-earth studies daily to promote these skills and the "thinking" that accompanies them. The studies aim at deeper, richer understanding of color, values, design concepts, perspective and an awareness and real appreciation of our own individual creative spirits. When these fundamentals are thoroughly absorbed into our thinking, we are free to fully pursue our personal artistic journeys without the stress that comes from feeling unsure in one or all of these vital areas. I demonstrate some each day to reinforce the day's lesson and provide a variety of watercolor techniques at the same time. Students of all levels are welcome in my classes. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gloria Miller Allen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $475 plus $35 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Pocket Sketching
October 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolor on location. Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a fanny pack making it ideal for travel, journaling, bicycling, and café sitting. October in Fish Creek. What's not to like! Join Kath Macaulay for a day in the studio learning about perspective, color, value, and techniques (some from John Singer Sargent). Then sketch fearlessly for two days anywhere, on location, in beautiful Fish Creek. Kath provides guidance, frequent demonstrations, and always supportive, critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kath Macaulay, PocketSketching.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $400
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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In-Depth Watercolor
October 3 - December 12, 2014 (Fridays, 9am-1:30pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $950; Non-Credit $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Painter's Craft: Materials & Techniques of Painting
October 3-31, 2014 (Fridays, 1-4pm) — Ralph Mayer's The Artist's Handbook has long been the painter's go-to reference for material and technical advice. Now you can experience this essential information firsthand, complete with demonstrations, hands-on projects and on-location research, presented by Anthony Ciambella, practicing artist, private art conservator, and PAFA faculty member for over 25 years. Topics include: Making informed choices when purchasing art supplies; Stretching canvas and preparing wood panels; Making gesso and grinding pigments; Underpainting and glazing techniques; Framing your own paintings; Visits to the PAFA Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Penn Museum to view select artworks. Open to painters of all media and levels and non-artists with an interest in how paintings are made. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Fall Foliage Splendor in New Hampshire with Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
October 5-9, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. See those glorious fall colors displayed against a backdrop of dark evergreens, reflecting in the lakes of "On Golden Pond" fame. Nearby are picturesque villages such as Freedom and Tamworth. The Purity Spring Resort offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches may be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and assists individually. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but your own work is never touched. Visit website


Location: East Madison, NH
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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


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

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Your First Painting in Watercolor
October 9-11, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Begin your journey in watercolor by painting loosely, and taking advantage of the flow of the medium and some of its wonderful surprises. Learn to mix colors for brilliance or graying, employ wet and dry techniques, compose simply, experiment with hard and soft edges, and use the paper as part of your painting. Discover how to create texture by lifting color, using a sponge or salt, scraping, and splattering with a brush or spray bottle. Paint a variety of subjects including landscapes from photographs, still life, or flowers. Complete several exercises using the techniques demonstrated and work toward producing a final painting. Receive a complimentary watercolor starter kit from Sennelier (value of $75) to take home after the class. Visit website


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

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Painting Light and Color in Transparent Watercolor
October 9-11, 2014 (9:00 AM to 4 PM) — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting watercolors in this beautiful Gulf-of-Mexico beach setting. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. His artwork appears in French, Chinese, and English publications. Visit website


Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Instructor: Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA
Sponsor: Florida Artist Workshops
Email: Vanessa Segraves
Phone: 239 250-8339

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Sketchbook Journaling
October 10-11, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — If you've ever wanted to capture those memorable moments in life, and set them between the pages of a sketchbook journal, this is the class for you. Using pencil, pen and watercolor, participants will learn how to depict scenery, buildings, and close-up objects using simple techniques. In this beginner friendly class, artistic talent is not a prerequisite. As the weather allows, we will take short walks in the Mt Hood National Forest to sketch and collect bits of nature to draw in the comfort of the studio. Visit website


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

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Glow With Watercolor
October 11-14, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — In this workshop the focus is on color; on creating rich, luminous, glowing color. All water-based mediums are welcome, however I will work and demonstrate in watercolor, and we will be working with the transparent element of water-based mediums. Often colors cannot be matched to what is seen in nature or a photo, the luminousity gets lost. There are many many tricks to recreating this vibrant color, most of them surprisingly simple. You will learn how to work within your palette to achieve the glow you want. (And we'll go over the basics of how to work with water and color to create those wonderful watery effects: wet into wet, scumbling, glazing... and more). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Peggy Sands, www.peggysands.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $425
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
October 13-17, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Norcross, GA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Daryl Nicholson
Phone: 404-664-6741

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Sedona Retreat: Using Watercolor Journals to Enrich Memories & Experiences
October 15-17, 2014 — The Sedona Art Retreat guides you into a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual discovery. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse to create a life-changing experience. This is not so much a how-to-paint course, but simple lessons that train our minds to be still and our eyes to see more. There will be drawing and painting exercises presented but they are oriented toward discovering and exploring. We will use notetakeing and work with our pen, pencil and simple watercolor sets. We will be going afield without plans and allow beauty to surprise us. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Stan Fellows
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $375
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting in Baja California
October 16-19, 2014 (4:00 Thursday to 4:00 Sunday) — Explore the ranchos and wine country of Valle Guadalupe, in northern Baja California, Mexico, our "studio of the south" for creativity and inspiration. Our September plein air workshop will be led by Rose Irelan, landscape painter, teacher and founder - RoseArt Atelier, October 16 - 19, 2014. Workshop includes: All transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S./Tecate border; Lodging at Rancho La Bellota, just 50 miles south of the U.S./Tecate border; All meals at the ranch; Painting workshops Friday and Saturday mornings; Winery visit in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region; Trail rides on ranch horses, no experience necessary. Celebrating artists and art-making within Baja California. Visit website


Location: near Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Instructor: Rose Irelan of RoseArt Atelier
Sponsor: Baja Rancho Art
Cost: $600
Email: Ellen Parry
Phone: 619-977-7242

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Watercolor Plein Air Workshop
October 17-19, 2014 (9:30am - 3:00pm) — Join me for a three day en plein-air workshop. We will start at 9:30 at GAA and move quickly to a designated site and you will watch a quick demo. I will show the planning stage of my process, drawing discussions on perspective and moving on to a finished painting. Individual help is given to all levels all throughout the day. Around lunchtime, you will set up to paint and will go through the same process to create your painting until critique time back in the gallery or out on location. If inclement weather we will work on practice techniques and then pretend we are outside and work from my reference photo or one you brought from home. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Mary O. Smith
Sponsor: Glynn Art Association
Cost: $475.00
Email: Monica
Phone: 912-638-8770

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"Going Beyond a Likeness"
October 17-19, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This class is designed for students who want to take their figure paintings and portraits to a more creative level by incorporating storytelling, design & composition, and color harmony. Topics we will cover: Creating a personal work of art vs. creating a likeness; Learn the rules before breaking them; Being prepared is not just for boy scouts; Value studies and thumbnail sketches; Creating harmony with color studies; Putting it all together in a creative, fine art painting. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Peggi Habets
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $325.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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


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

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A Tuscan Plein Air Painting Holiday!!
October 18-25, 2014 — No instructor...Paint at your leisure! We'll stay at Castello Montalto, a medieval hilltop castle nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. The estate is complete with swimming pool, bowling alley, laundry and garden areas. Massage, horseback riding and other activities are available by personal arrangement as well. You can paint, photograph, sketch, read, eat, and gaze at the hills! Open to any level, non painters welcome. No instructor...any medium...no formal critiques...no schedule! A glorious location...breakfasts and dinners included...day trips to Florence and Siena...plenty of time to relax and soak up the Chianti countryside! Optional: Add 3 days to your trip - come on the 15th! Also, a limited number of Single Rooms are available for an additional $500. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $2295 per person, dbl occ; Add 3 more days: $2995
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Painting the Landscape at Ghost Ranch
October 19-25, 2014 — Return with us for our tenth workshop painting the breathtaking landscape at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. On-site locations will include the private Painted Desert Road out towards O'Keeffe's house and sites along the Chama River. Fall colors will be at their peak. Optional tour of O'Keeffe's house and studio in Abiquiu and visits to artist's studios and galleries are included in our week. All demonstrations are done in watercolor but you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, NM
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1200
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Intro to Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12:30PM) — This workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate painter. Working outside of the studio is an invigorating experience! The painter is engulfed in the experience. Faced with the complexity of environment, the need to learn how to see and simplify, then translate into two dimensional expression, adapt to rapid changes of light and shadows. We'll use acrylics, oil, or watercolor. Paint in a safe, nonjudgmental, nurturing environment. Evolving from simple subjects like fountain and arches of our garden to more complex views of San Miguel hills and hidden true Mexican streets. You have the option to use our materials or yours. You'll have time to have fun exploring many shops, restaurants, galleries of unequally enchanting Colonial town. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $350-$450, with or without materials, RT taxi
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
October 20-24, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Realistic Watercolor Portraits
October 21-24, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm) — Realistic Watercolor Portraits: How to Paint a Variety of Ages and Skin Tones. Learn to paint a variety of likenesses. Realistic Watercolor Portraits contains the information on how to address and overcome the many variables to consider when painting people. Visit website


Location: Plantation/Ft Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Suzanna Winton
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Cost: $340 members / $375 non-members
Email: Karen Braverman
Phone: 954-473-0497

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


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

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Painting the Wine Country
October 24-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join Kathleen Alexander in the wine country for a three day watercolor workshop on painting grapes and grapevines in the beautiful Napa Valley. Kathleen's grape vine paintings have been featured in Splash 14 and American Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Calistoga, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Alexander
Cost: $275
Email: Kathleen Alexander
Phone: 650-455-0998

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


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

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 27-31, 2014 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
October 27-31, 2014 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets of charming Colonial flavor. We'll incorporate Day of the Dead symbolism and information. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor Secrets Revealed
October 27-30, 2014 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9-4 with a one hour lunch) — The overall objective of the workshop is to explore the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting and developing the creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques that make any level of painter feel welcome! There will be daily demonstration with detailed explanations of the "how's" and "why's" followed by individual attention. Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his national PBS series "Fun with Watercolor". He has written six books on watercolor techniques. Tom usually chooses one day of the workshop to have students work outdoors in the beautiful Sedona landscape. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tom Lynch, www.tomlynch.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $475
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
October 28-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
November 3-7, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Newport, RI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Amy Burnes
Phone: 401-864-7734

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Watercolor Still Life, Portrait and Figure
November 3-7, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
November 3-5, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Jeannie will share many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. Workshop instruction focuses on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition; to go beyond illustration and find your own unique signature/style. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one's mind. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day's project such as: exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way, focus on a single figure with an obscure background, and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $395
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Watercolor Portraits
November 4-7, 2014 (9 am-4 pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall's workshop is designed to give you the tools and techniques, as well as the confidence and the inspiration, to enjoy painting people. Topics include photographic reference, as well as how to edit, interpret and compose from a photo. There will be lectures, daily demonstrations, and individual instruction, designed to help you find new enthusiasm for painting people in watercolor. He was also the featured and cover artist for the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine as well as a featured artist in the French publication Pratique Des Arts in 2013. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $575 Museum members/$600 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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"More Painting with Watercolor, Pen and Ink"
November 6-8, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Claudia has authored or contributed to over thirty successful books, including "Creating Texture in Pen & Ink With Watercolor." This fully illustrated text book was not only a Northlight "Book of the Month," but a best seller for F & W Publications. Over 400,000 Claudia Nice books have sold. Her art work has won numerous awards and is often found in leading art instruction magazines. Her relaxed, informative method of instruction is geared to put the beginner at ease, and encourage the seasoned artist to new heights. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $375.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne
November 8-9, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with one of America's premier painters and esteemed PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work with a full-color palette, from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement, and learn to create form and articulate space. Maximize the expressive impact of pure, jewel-like color through stronger, more-focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and give a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. This workshop is excellent for artists interested in revitalizing their work and advancing their enthusiastic love of color. Intermediate to advanced. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
November 10-14, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor Figure Painting
November 10-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking are the goals of this workshop. Reid uses the same approach for figures, still life and landscapes. Students will learn about contour drawing, which helps one concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on individual isolated objects. Students will practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. The workshop will concentrate on good paint consistency (the correct ratio of water and paint when the brush is loaded). The goal will be to achieve the correct color, edge variety and tonal value with the first try. Portable easel recommended. Recommended reading, "Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions" and "Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets" by North Light books. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Charles Reid, www.charlesreidart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $825 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 11-14, 2014 (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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 18-21, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
November 24-26, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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"Art & Soul, - Exploring Your Inner Landscape - Art Meditation, Yoga
December 6-13, 2014 (all day) — Robert Masla will lead us on a playful, and fun artistic jouney to uncover our Creative Self in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in this fun, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop of artistic discovery. Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering and invigorating Hatha Yoga exercises and stretches, Pranayama - (breathing techniques) that balance and revitalize our energy, and soulful visualization, meditation and song that opens our hearts. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla and Richard Masla
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Secrets of Painting Loose
December 8-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easy to understand and helpful to all levels of expertise, from the beginner to the professional. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include landscapes, marine-scapes, florals, streetscapes, interiors and still life. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 9-12, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 16-19, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 22-24, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
December 22-26, 2014 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
December 29-31, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is three days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Representational Watercolor Intensive, Studio and Plein Air
January 3-10, 2015 (all day) — You can expect an incredible week of serious painting, study and fun in a charming fishing village and other exotic locals along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico, with award wining artist - workshop leader Stan Miller! If you are interested in building the skills and learning the techniques of this award winning artist then this workshop is for you. Stan generously shares his knowledge, wisdom and expertise through a variety of exercises, demos, lectures and critiques. Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life at one of the most beautiful and arts oriented locales in Latin America, Casa de los Artistas, in the safe and serene village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Painting People from Photographs
January 5-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for their art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 6-9, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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"Celebrating - Creativity - Culture - Cuisine"
January 10-17, 2015 (all day) — Imagine this incredible vacation experience: Taking the time to explore the depths of your creativity in an atmosphere free of judgment, filled with joyful camaraderie, while enjoying fabulous cuisine and unique cultural adventures. Visual Artists Donna Estabrooks, who's art is focused on the human condition, such as courage, hope, love, unity, relationships and "Listening and also letting go" and Casa co-founder, Robert Masla, who has over 30 years experience bringing both external and eidetic images into painterly form and helping others do so through his teaching, will be your facilitators. The week is for everyone, regardless of your artistic background, beginners who haven't drawn or painted since they where children to experienced and professional artists looking for fresh inspiration. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla and Donna Estabrooks
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
January 12-16, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson - Exploring Verde Valley
January 13-14, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in an exploration of Arizona's beautiful Verde Valley (near Sedona.) 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. We will also explore the Verde River area, its shores and beaches. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Tri-Color Pouring & Blending Watercolors Workshop
January 15-17, 2015 (9am - 4pm) — During the workshop, Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unit methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around". There are 4-7 short demos each day with student practices between. In critic sessions, Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At the end of workshop students can finish a few paintings, or they learn enough techniques to finish later. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Sponsor: Glynn Art Association
Cost: $300.00
Email: Monica
Phone: 912-638-8770

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"Watercolor Workshop in Paradise"
January 17-24, 2015 (all day) — Tom's workshop is designed to instill in you the importance of gathering good painting references on location. Tom will teach you a method used by great artists for generations. Tom guides you through a thumb nail sketch for a good design. At that time he will show you how to simplify the subject to make the painting process simpler, more fun and exciting. Then he shows you how to create a value study using one color to determine light, shadows, and depth in the subject. The final step is an actual color study of the scene using about four colors. Be prepared for fun and exciting times painting in a charming fishing village along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tom Jones
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Watercolor Workshop with Frank Webb
January 18-25, 2015 — Have a wonderful painting vacation on the Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen and Akumal. Playa Del Carmen will be your in-town experience for shopping and painting in the park next to the little white church. Akumal will be a more natural experience for painting boats, palapas, pelicans and palms. If you like snorkeling, Akumal will be a good bet for swimming with the gentle Sea Turtles or relaxing in the beach front restaurant while the pelicans dive in the sea. There will be five painting days. One day in the middle will be a free day to visit nearby Mayan ruins, go to the natural aquarium of Xel-Ha, or swim in the numerous Yucatan cenotes in the area. We'll help you arrange it. Visit website


Location: Playa del Carmen and Akumal, Mexico
Instructor: Frank Webb, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1895 painters, $1695 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In Jeannie's Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she shares many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ratio of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one's mind. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day's project such as; exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way; focus on a single figure with an obscure background; and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson - Advanced Color
January 20-23, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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 focus on color schemes and harmony. 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor Big & Bold"
January 24-31, 2015 (all day) — In Deborah's workshop you will learn techniques and theory used by great watercolor artists for dramatic effects to create wonderful colorful paintings in the lush Mexican landscape. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory will cover color, composition and more. We will do some painting in plein air in and around the Boca. You will also have the gorgeous open air Casa studio available 24/7, it's 180 degree vistas of mountains, river, village and ocean to inspire you. Here Deborah will share technical information, insights and valuable critiques to help you to create finished studio paintings. A special treat for this workshop will be a day painting at the fabulous Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Deborah Rubin
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Plein Air Painting in Historic Tubac, Arizona
January 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — There are many aspects to plein aire painting, but two of the most important are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. The workshop will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives you and improve upon it. Focus will also be on how to understand the thought process of mixing color outside, using colors that will give your painting the effect of light not just copying what you see. Tubac is backed up against the Santa Rita Mountains and is surrounded by cotton woods, streams and canyons. Old adobe street scenes, as well as the Tumacacori Mission, are excellent examples of its old Spanish architecture. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
January 27-30, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor Secrets Revealed"
January 31 - February 7, 2015 (all day) — A wonderful week sharing his unique techniques and years of painting experience in his warm and personal teaching style. Tom brings enthusiasm and energy to his class, demonstrating not only the vast range and flexibility of watercolor painting but how to convey emotion and conviction in the painting by exploring, experimenting and developing creativity in each individual. He teaches techniques with great clarity in his workshops, combining education, friendship, and fun in an organized learning atmosphere. Included are tips on photography, "on-location" painting and more. The result is a wealth of information presented to the participants along with practical time for each artist to paint under Tom's tutelage. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tom Lynch
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Pushing the Envelope in Watercolor
February 2-6, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in Watercolor! Mel will encourage you to experience the magic of Watercolor. He will demo each morning discussing composition and design as well as teaching how to capture the essence of the subject. Personal attention, one-on-one instruction, & daily critiques will make this workshop a wonderful learning experience. Visit website


Location: Plantation/Ft Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Cost: $425 members/$475 non-members
Email: Karen Braverman
Phone: 954-473-0497

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
February 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 3-6, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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The Value of Watercolor
February 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Andy's workshop will concentrate on getting students to see the large shapes vital to a strong composition. The focus will be on connecting shapes of similar value to help students paint bold, loose watercolors. Andy will complete at least one demo painting per day, and will cover how to handle several topics from skies, trees, water and reflections to buildings, cars and figures. Students will be asked to work on small value studies from the beginning, gradually working toward making the transition to larger color paintings. There will also be discussion and practice on drawing skills, which are extremely important in watercolor. By the end of the week students will have the tools to paint stronger work without fussing over the little details. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Andy Evansen, andyevansen.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona
February 9-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This landscape class will emphasize working from life. Most of the class time will be spent painting on location. This class will be based out of Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. We will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how you start the painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. We'll 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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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
February 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
February 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 10-13, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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"Tropical Escapaint - Creating an Artists Travel Sketchbook"
February 14-21, 2015 (all day) — This is a workshop not to be missed for the adventurous and energetic artist! - We will cover a lot of ground, or should we say paper, with a lot of painting, guided by Tony's expert instruction, demo's and critiques. You will be inspired by incredible scenery and dine on delicious cuisine. Wonderful painting excursions are planned, traversing the beaches, jungle paths and cobble stone streets of the Boca, painting at nearby beautiful Botanical Gardens and visiting a picturesque sleepy Ranchero Mt. town. You are sure to have a rich artistic and cultural experience among new friends. Tony's ability to graphically explain problems and solutions have made him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Landscape Painting en Plein Air
February 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Working on location, referencing nature directly, is the best and fastest way to grow as an artist. There are both philosophical and logical justifications and reinforcements to the experience we gain from working outdoors. Logically, we can construct our paintings using the Principles to design nature to the concepts that we choose to best express our ideas. Philosophically, we are attuning ourselves with what I call the spirit of nature; that unseen force which connects on a deeper level. It is intuitive, and guides us in a different way than the logical. Instructor demos, group and individual critiques and individual attention. Expect hard work and great rewards from this class. Portable equipment and transportation required. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, painting, sketching and photography
February 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — In San Miguel de Allende the Heart of Mexico. Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable art adventure vacation. Blend 2 days of photography, travel sketching, with 3 days of painting. You'll also have time to relax and explore restaurants, shopping, galleries, cobble stone streets charming Colonial flavor. We'll take you to best places to photograph and sketch. In the studio you'll learn how to transform your photos and sketches into bright paintings expressing the exuberance of Mexico using acrylic or oils. Plein air painting is optional at additional cost. Novice to experienced painters welcomed. It's a fantastic experience as your first art adventure in Mexico. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 17-20, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this 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. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Workshop In Paradise!
February 21-28, 2015 (all day) — "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful, unexcelled experience of life in your beautiful Casa and its gorgeous setting. I loved every moment. Sterling's instructions, his great ability as an artist, and his unstinting giving of his artistic techniques added an extra dimension to the totality." - Frederike, Canada. - Join us for Sterlings forth visit to the Casa and find out why so many have claimed it is the best workshop experience of their life! Read more and see video demos on our website. Sign up now to secure your spot. "If you want a great cultural and educational experience - Come to the Casa. Sterlings' instruction is excellent!" - P. Moore, OK Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Watercolor Composition: Creating an Area of Dominance
February 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the all important aspect of Creating an Area of Dominance. Discussions will focus on what makes a good composition and the design tools needed to attract the eye, carry it throughout the picture plane, and then rest on the Area of Dominance. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful to those with previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include: land, marine, streetscapes, florals, interiors and still life. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
February 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Uncovering Your Creative Signature - Painting the Landscape
February 28 - March 7, 2015 (all day) — Artist Robert Masla, owner of Casa de los Artistas, shares with you over 35 years of painting & teaching experience in a relaxed and informative way. Artists with little or no experience, to the professional, will benefit from Masla's award winning teaching style. Demonstrating various techniques in graphite, alkyd, oil, acrylic and watercolor, he shares how to portray depth, solidity, liquidity, atmosphere and light. Attention will be given to our individual emotional response connecting to the landscape and then conveying it through our painting. There will be group discussions, insights into your work and lots of individual attention. Spend a week in paradise painting with Bob as he shares some of his favorite painting places in and around the Boca. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Chaos To Order
March 2-6, 2015 (9 am - 4 pm) — This is your opportunity to paint experimentally and free, creating "chaos", then engage mindful finishing with compositional "order" to produce powerful paintings. Start with color, texture, pattern and mark making. Mix them with experimentation and fun. Put in a strong composition then embellish and use personal symbols for your own unique expression of art. Whether you are a representational, abstract or non-objective painter, a beginner or advanced, this class will help you create dynamic, winning artwork that exhibits your personal and unique style. Visit website


Location: Plantation/Ft Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Cost: $425 members/$475 non-members
Email: Karen Braverman
Phone: 954-473-0497

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


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

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Drawing and Painting in Mexico with the Springfield Museum School
March 7-24, 2015 (all day) — Join Jeanne Fontaine and the Springfield Museum School Travel Program on their return to the Casa for "Drawing and Painting in Mexico, Plein air and the Studio" - with Casa co-founder, artist Robert Masla and special guest - artist Doug Gillette. A week of drawing, painting, creative exploration, fine cuisine, cultural excursions and fun and adventure. "The combination of the uniqueness of the Boca, the ideal environment of the Casa and the wonderful art instruction made for what I think must be the most exotic trip I've taken... This experience will remain with me for a long, long time" - Jeanne Fontaine, Courses & Travel Curator, Museum School-Springfield Museums, MA Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Robert Masla, Douglas Gillette
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas - Masla Studios
Cost: $1,595. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Watercolor Workshop in the Garden
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Plein air watercolor painting in the garden is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, while observing the myriad hues, gestures, and forms of flowering plants. A successful watercolor painting integrates the traditional concerns of an artist with the unique qualities of watercolor paint and paper. The students in Carolyn Lord's workshop will learn through lecture and demonstration about the direct approach that typifies the "California Watercolor Style". Through the week, students will be working in a classroom setting as well as outdoors in the rose garden at the Scottsdale Artists' School. Her experience in oil painting and ateliers means she is able to adapt her painting concepts to artists who are crossing over to watercolor for the first time. Visit website


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

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Making a Painting Work
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Mueller will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


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

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


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

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Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
March 16-20, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Mastering the Fundamentals of Watercolor
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the basic building blocks of the medium of watercolor. The goal is to approach the medium with a greater understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of painting a portrait in watercolor. The instructor will demonstrate his technique as well as provide individual instruction. The class will be broken up in stages. The first step will be a monochromatic block in, followed by a series of thin glazes of color to build form. Lastly, the students will learn how to bring their paintings to a high level of completion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mario Robinson, www.marioarobinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
March 22-28, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
March 23-27, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 24-27, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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The Architecture of Light - Thomas Schaller
March 26-29, 2015 — The real emphasis for Thomas Schaller is in helping painters discover new ways of seeing the world around them, and how to find compelling subject matter and striking compositions almost anywhere. Primarily, students will study the nature of light. The emphasis will be on not painting the object or the scene before you us as much as painting the light that defines it and gives it life. This practice is an exciting one and a technique that can help turn an ordinary painting into an extraordinary work of art. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Thomas Schaller, thomasschaller.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $595
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
March 26-29, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Morgantown, WV
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Greg Kullman
Phone: 304-685-6695

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
March 31 - April 3, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 7-10, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Keiko Tanabe
April 7-17, 2015 — Japan, exotic, traditional, with wondrous sights, aromas and surprises. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, has numerous temples, gardens, and streets of historical significance. We are planning a 10 day painting trip to Kyoto, hopefully when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We will visit cultural sites and take you to the famous street of the geishas. They will surely yield many painting opportunities and inspirations. We will also take a trip to the unusual, small, harbor village of Ine, where picturesque landscape/waterscapes will be ready for us to paint. We also may have time to visit Miyama. Both are among the most beautiful villages of Japan. Miyama has many traditional, thatched-roof houses surrounded by rural landscapes. Visit website


Location: Kyoto, Japan
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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The Passionate Painter in San Diego
April 10-12, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Be Bold! Push watercolor to its absolute limit! Translate mood into powerful, free and mysterious watercolor paintings. Achieve depth and volume with luminous lights and rich darks, create quality brushstrokes and colors, and infuse the passion into your paintings. Alvaro will show you how with daily demonstrations. This workshop is for resilient painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. Alvaro's work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist's Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595 - 3 days - 6 meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
April 13-17, 2015 (9 am-4 pm) — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Frank Webb
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members/ $620 non-members
Email: Laura E. Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
April 13-17, 2015 (9 AM - 1 PM) — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with over 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and oils. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 12. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana and Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450, instruction materials taxi to Studio
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting Color and Light in Watercolor
April 14-16, 2015 (9:00 to 4:00) — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting watercolors in beautiful and historic San Antonio. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society.


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Steve Rogers AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Texas Watercolor Society
Email: Carol E. Hatch
Phone: (210) 681-9679

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Paint Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson
April 14-17, 2015 (9-1) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for plein air painting in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona and the nearby Verde River Valley. In this all-level workshop, Michael will introduce you to his method for capturing the mood and magic of the landscape in the medium of your choice. Each day starts with a lecture and field demonstration followed by plenty of time for student work and a personal critique. Michael will demonstrate in pastel and oil and offer plenty of help at the easel. Workshop length is four days, from 9-1 each day. See website for full details. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Passionate Painter in San Diego
April 14-16, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Be Bold! Push watercolor to its absolute limit! Translate mood into powerful, free and mysterious watercolor paintings. Achieve depth and volume with luminous lights and rich darks, create quality brushstrokes and colors, and infuse the passion into your paintings. Alvaro will show you how with daily demonstrations. This workshop is for resilient painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. Alvaro's work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist's Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595 - 3 days - 6 meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Mastering Water Medium: Acrylic and Watercolor
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each morning starts with a demonstration and discussion on simple proven methods for successful and beautiful painting while using a more relaxed approach. Students will receive daily individual instruction and critiques to help with a more personalized learning experience. Photos will be used and explained as a vital and helpful source of information to create that one of a kind painting through the use of light and shadow. Emphasis will be on mastering the handling of techniques in acrylic and watercolor. We will be doing numerous studies along with more completed paintings to round out the learning process. Carr's passion for art and spirited teaching style makes this workshop a fantastic inspiring experience. Students may work with acrylic, watercolor or both. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Art and Spanish in the Heart of Mexico, Design It Yourself
April 20-24, 2015 (9 AM - 12 PM) — Painting, Sketching, Photography and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende colonial charming town tacked in the Bajio hills. Small Groups 3 to 5, group cost $1200. Do you love to travel with friends and family? Enjoy a fantastic cultural vacation together! Cristi Fer Art Studio now offers a blend of conversational Spanish, beginner (getting around town) to advanced (art, culture, sports) and hands on art experience. Choose from a menu, make your own mix: a day of shopping and photography at the Mercado, sketching in the park and painting in studio and outdoors. No experience needed. Spend the afternoons exploring the town. Instructors have 25 years facilitating experience, native Spanish speakers. Flexible schedule - contact us for available dates. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana & Fer Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Groups up to 5, $1200
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Venice, Italy: Plein Air Sketching or Watercolor Painting
May 2-10, 2015 — 8 days, 8 nights. Plein air sketching & journaling with watercolors or the medium of your choice. We'll stay as a group in a Venice apartment, eating and living as the locals do! Early Bird rates apply. Full details (and examples of my work) are available at www.helenKbeacham.com. If you missed my last Venice workshop, come with me on this trip of a lifetime! Hold your spot with a $500 deposit. Balance not due till March 1, 2015. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K. Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K. Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1900 USD, Early bird rate incl. room & some meals
Email: Helen K. Beacham
Phone: 843-871-5637

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In the Footsteps of Sargent
May 16-23, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Picture yourself painting and touring the Venetian landscape and painting side-by-side with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of painting the portrait, figure and more, planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore Venice and Burano, visit the local fish market, take a Gondola ride and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3495
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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'Colours of America' 14-Night Painting Tour
May 26 - June 9, 2015 — Come with us to paint and draw the stunning canyon and desert landscapes of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. This tour offers you spectacular locations to paint & draw and includes Pamela's art workshops, demonstrations and positive critiquing. The journey includes scenic Grand Canyon and the red rock Canyons of Sedona. We also visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and a tour of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West house and studio. The galleries of Canyon Road, Santa Fe and the pueblo of Taos will provide inspiration, as will visiting and painting with local artists. Hotels are 4-star, stylish, full of character and wonderfully located! Non painters are welcome with a varied itinerary including painting workshops, excursions, gallery and studio visits. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Pamela Fairburn
Sponsor: Pamela Fairburn Art
Cost: $6,530 per person, twin share basis
Email: Pamela Fairburn
Phone: +61408801104

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Mary Whyte and the Inside Passage
June 8-15, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Join us for an unforgettable week as we cruise Alaska's Inside Passage with Mary Whyte. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of still life, landscape and portrait in watercolor with extraordinary views of Alaska as our background. Mary's demonstrations aboard the ship will inspire you for a day of painting from the still life or model, or prepare you for a day of sketching on your own in the picturesque harbor towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Evening gatherings will offer lively discussions, while still offering students ample time to enjoy the ship's many activities and amenities. Mary's work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and more. Visit website


Location: Juneau, AK
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
June 9-19, 2015 — Listed by UNESCO as a Heritage Site, Avignon seems the perfect, delightful old town for a painting workshop. We'll stay in the old town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, in a comfortable hotel with its own restaurant and within walking distance of many other good restaurants. Avignon is home to some great museums and beautiful architecture. The Palace of the Popes is the biggest Gothic palace in the world. The Pont Saint-Bénézet also known as the Pont d'Avignon is a famous medieval bridge there. We will take a couple of painting day trips as well, to hill towns including St. Remy for its fabulous market day! This is a plein air workshop designed to inspire and improve your plein air painting skills. Visit website


Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Painting the Villages of Provence!
June 14-24, 2015 — This will be Tony’s ninth trip to Vaison La Romaine, where he has taught several workshops in the medieval section of this bustling town as well as in quaint villages nearby. It is such a special treat to travel and paint with someone who knows the area well, and is delighted to share his experiences. You'll paint and learn, enjoy the scenery, cuisine, wines, the people and the incomparable light of Provence illuminating this painter's paradise. It's our aim to allow you lots of time to paint and sketch. Wherever we are, Tony will show you how to select and paint a subject and throughout the day, will provide lots of individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: Painter: $4695, Non-painter $4395
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Painting Treasures of Austria's Tyrol en Plein Air
June 17-24, 2015 — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Tyrol region of Austria. 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. The entire painting process will be covered along with daily demonstrations in oil. You may work in any medium. Carolyn will work individually with each student at their easel and guide them at their own level. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. Visit website


Location: Tyrol, Austria
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 pp
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Find Your Artistic Voice: Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache or Oils
June 22-25, 2015 — Do you need an artistic breakthrough? Do you feel confused about what to paint and how to paint it? This workshop is designed for you! Kathy shows you how to find your own artistic voice and how to express it through masterful painting. Because all great art begins with a great concept, the purpose of this workshop is to instruct students at all ability levels on how to create unique and meaningful art. The first day of the workshop focuses on concept development. Next, you'll learn how to design a painting that best expresses your concept through the use of symbolism, design, and color. Special attention is paid to helping you create work that is technically masterful and consistent. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Katharine A. Cartwright, NWS
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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Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor
June 29 - July 2, 2015 — Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce teaches simple easy to learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You will learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from step by step demonstrations. You will become more comfortable with the watercolor medium while learning to distill and process scenes from inspiration to finished work of art. You will begin to create works of art that are painted freely and with confidence once technical aspects have been mastered. Class limited to 15 students for lots of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Workshop in Belfast
July 13-17, 2015 — Tony will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, at the head of Penobscot Bay, with river, harbor and ocean vistas. An energetic and inspirational pioneer in the field of painting workshops, Tony is legendary for his superb instruction, extremely thorough critiques and great choices of painting sites. As they arise in his demonstrations, he will graphically explain both problems & solutions, establishing the principles of painting thru the use of visual building blocks. Tony packs his class with solid, useful information about all aspects of plein air watercolor painting, drawing on his decades of experience as a painter and instructor and delivers it all with verve! He is truly a master instructor! Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: 3 Days for $425; 5 Days for $595
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Watercolor Painting
July 14-16, 2015 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress." Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.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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Watercolor Workshop with Joyce Hicks
July 18-28, 2015 — Come with us to merry old England. Savor the cheddar, the clotted cream strawberry teas, fish and chips, spotted dick (huh?), and fresh seafood. We will be staying in the southern most part of Cornwall with great scenic coastal beach walks. Cornwall has some of the most dramatic coastlines, which make for ideal painting locations. Arrive in London and gather at an airport hotel on July 18th. We are picked up the next day and bussed thru the beautiful Cornish countryside to a St. Ives hotel, our home for 8 nights. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views. We'll take some day trips to other paintable villages. There are endless beautiful painting sites everywhere you turn. All breakfasts and 5 dinners included. Visit website


Location: Cornwall, England
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, www.jhicksfineart.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Watercolor : Simple, Fast and Focused!
July 20-25, 2015 — This five-day watercolor workshop, painting landscapes and people in landscapes, will reflect the title of Mel's book, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Emphasis will be on design principles with the objective of building strong paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the "idea" of the painting. Mel paints in a loose, representational style. Design, composition, and color/value relationships will be discussed throughout. This workshop, which will take place outdoors on location, includes daily demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and critiques. The workshop is designed for beginners to advanced painters. Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Mel Stabin AWS NWS, www.melstabin.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Color Emphasis: Landscapes in Watercolor
August 3-7, 2015 — Don will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, about 50 minutes up the coast from Rockland. Regardless of the landscape we choose to explore, or our personal approach to painting, we all have in common the search for a more vital color statement. Color offers us a wonderful opportunity to express our individual feelings about any chosen subject. Artists at all levels will benefit from a 5 day exploration into color, design, organization, light and their utilization in the exciting world of landscape painting. This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques. Don is an entertaining and articulate instructor, offering a fabulous amount of information. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Don Andrews AWS, www.donandrews.net
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $600
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Watercolor Energies!
August 17-21, 2015 — Frank is one of the all-time Masters, a leader in the generation of the best in the field and the finest of instructors! All levels of ability save rank beginners are welcome. Our focus will be pictorial design, which includes planning, color, tonal values, expression and visual theme. Demonstrations, personal instruction and objective criticism will sharpen your critical powers. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the painting process, but you will be confident in your new found skills. Bring along drawings, photos or old paintings to serve as your subjects. With your regular painting gear include a soft pencil and sketch paper to plan exciting designs before painting. If this is a new procedure for you, guidance will be available. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Frank Webb AWS (DF) NWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $625
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Plein Air Dingle: Ireland's West Coast Landscape
August 19-26, 2015 — When you enroll in one of Victoria Brooks' Plein Air Painting Workshops her first goal is to find out where you are in your knowledge of outdoor painting and help you get to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you are attending because you want to know more and become a better painter. Half of the battle of plein air painting is having the right equipment. Victoria will put it all together by showing you how she sets-up, chooses her subject, composes her painting, captures changing light, mixes paint, applies the paint and finishes a painting. Visit website


Location: Dingle, Ireland
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3190.00 all-inclusive
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39-011-331-422-9047

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Northern Light: On location in Maine with acrylics and watercolor!
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Multi-award winner Bill Teitsworth uses the two watermedia alternately...acrylics in the opaque or "oil" method, and watercolor in the classic transparent method. Whichever medium you use, you'll benefit from Bill's expertise in the areas of concept and composition, drawing, values, color, and paint-handling. His response to his environment is lyric and sensitive and his instruction is solid, attentive and thorough. As a special treat, his wife Renee, an accomplished painter and instructor herself, will team teach with Bill. Her personality, experience and style, complement him well, providing great depth to the class! This Plein Air class will take full advantage of our beautiful nearby painting sites some to walk to and others a short drive away. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, etstudioart.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $595
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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How to get There from Here!
September 7-11, 2015 — Paint en plein air and continue to refine your technique and develop your style with watercolorist Catherine Hillis. The instructor will teach you some tips and tricks of plein air painting on site and in the classroom. Learn how to set up your design and simplify your surroundings for a beautiful result. If you're already a plein air painter, learn how to step up your skills to the next level. The instructor is a signature member of many watercolor organizations across the country, is featured in SPLASH 12 and SPLASH 14 and has taught for F & W Publishing online. See her teach on www.monkeysee.com (watercolors). Maximum of 12 students. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 14-24, 2015 — Italy's most romantic city welcomes us to explore and paint its beautiful canals. The Guggenheim and Accademia are wonderful museums to visit in our spare time. One day we will ferry to the island of Burano for an entirely different experience, and Murano is just a ferry stop on the way back. Perhaps the most prestigious art exhibit in the world takes place at this time. Paintings, sculpture, video and photography can be found all over town. Our hotel has a large garden to paint in and is located in an area that has a daily outdoor produce market. Price includes a multi-day vaporetto pass, tuition, room (dbl. occ.), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, and entrance fees to the Venice Biennale exhibit. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Don Andrews, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Mixed Media Travel Journaling in Tuscany
September 26 - October 3, 2015 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let me guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. I'll show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a painting of the same scene is priceless - and you will remember it forever! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: All-inclusive from US$3590.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 331 422 9047

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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


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

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Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
By Appointment — Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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