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Painting to Your Next Level
January 17 - March 7, 2017 (Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) — Why spend your time making ho-hum art when you can swing open the door to paintings that sing? Invigorate and speed up your painting growth with this six session class, where there will be plenty of time for painting from photo reference and life. A part of each class will include simple but effective exercises that explore the foundational concepts of how to make a better painting...and do it more easily. Paint application, color relationships, shape and value design, being 'painterly', a study of contemporary painters' techniques, and more will be studied. And, in one session we will work from a live model. Open to anyone working in oil, acrylic, gouache or pastel, who has a basic familiarity of their medium. If you are new to painting, the instructor is available for special pre-class instruction. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $390
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and More" - Week I, Session I
January 23-24, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Bouquets of fresh flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for this dynamic, fun and creative workshop. We will learn to discover intuitive color and design, to "see" in new ways, conquer "mud", leaving white spaces and a loose and natural application of paint. An impressionistic approach to the Landscape will be covered also. Janet Rogers, AWS is a popular national instructor and demonstrator who conducts workshops throughout the US and Europe. Workshop held at the historical Casements - home of John D. Rockefeller. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $169.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Watercolor Magic!
January 23-26, 2017 — Join renowned watercolor artist Stella Canfield in developing your own creative process! From sketching to design, learning color and light techniques, indicating emotion with brush strokes to finishing touches - Stella will be there for you, making you feel comfortable and confident with your process. Finish a painting every day in the workshop, if not two! Plan on working hard and having fun! Learn to free yourself from pressure and judgment, and enjoy the creative process – we will create for no one else but ourselves! Stella teaches watercolor classes in arts centers in Coupeville, Washington; Bend, Oregon; Rockport, Texas; as well as for Daniel Smith Art Supply in Washington State. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $455 by December 1st; $505 after December 1st
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Drawing Media on Paper
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Learn everything you need to know about the wide variety of materials artists use on paper. Work in charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and collage from models, still life, and your own references. Framing, storage, materials’ care, and health concerns will be covered. Optional museum trips available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week I, Session II
January 25-27, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — This dynamic workshop is designed to enable students of all levels to quickly gain confidence in their approach to the head and figure in a more spontaneous an intuitive manner. Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, "show and tell", and fun painting exercises weave into wonderful learning experience. We will focus on creating translucent flesh tones and capturing the "gesture" in a fluid "alla prima" application of watercolor. Painting helps for all levels. Janet is an award-winning artist - very experienced National Instructor around the US and abroad. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $255.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

Beginner Level

Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy with Bob Schmitt
January 25-26, 2017 (10am-4pm, with 2-hour break 12-2pm) — Learn the practice of grinding ink and brush loading. Practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper while exploring the discipline of brush painting. Participants will create a complete Chinese couplet and a simple landscape. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Bob Schmitt
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $230, $210 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
January 27-29, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Carolina Painter's Guild
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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


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

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Chinese Brush Painting: Animal Edition with Bob Schmitt
January 27-28, 2017 (10am-4pm, with 2-hour break 12-2pm) — Explore techniques of Chinese calligraphy by painting animals and insects. Learn to employ minimal strokes for greater effect and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys – even though it’s the year of the rooster. Supplies included in the class price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Bob Schmitt
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $230, $210 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and More" - Week II, Session I
January 30-31, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Bouquets of fresh flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for this dynamic, fun and creative workshop. (Plein air en studio!) We will learn to discover intuitive color and design, to "see" in new ways, and learn a more loose and natural application of paint. An impressionistic approach to the Landscape will be covered also. Janet Rogers, AWS, is a popular national instructor and demonstrator who conducts workshops throughout the US and Europe. Workshop held at the historical Casements - home of John D. Rockefeller. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $169.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

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How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors
January 30 - February 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this workshop, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. A painter’s painter, Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. Visit website


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

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Exquisite Watercolor with Lian Quan Zhen
January 30-31, 2017 (10am - 4pm) — Zhen is a tireless teacher. He spent eight years teaching watercolor techniques at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he travels the globe to present his hugely popular watercolor workshops. His work is infused with undeniable Asian influence, so western artists uniformly find his techniques to be new to them. Despite his credentials, his workshops are friendly to artists of all skill levels. Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around”. Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $260
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II
February 1-3, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — This dynamic workshop is designed to enable students of all levels to quickly gain confidence in their approach to the head and figure in a more intuitive and spontaneous manner. Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, will weave into a wonderful learning experience. We will focus on creating translucent flesh tones and capturing the gesture in a fluid, "alla prima" application of watercolor. Painting helps for all levels. Janet has been a professional and award-winning artist for over 30 years and has a popular following in the US and abroad. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $255
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

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In-Depth Watercolor
February 3 - April 7, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-1:30pm) — Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to 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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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
February 3, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. No experience needed. Clear, close-up videos and explanation allows learning at your own pace, on your own schedule. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Watercolor Demo 2 with Sean Callahan
February 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 10am-12pm) — Sean Callahan condenses his legendary demos and best watercolor pointers into a series of morning sessions. Watch the master at work. Please note this is not a studio class. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Watercolor Studio 2 with Sean Callahan
February 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Sean Callahan walks students through the basics of taming a challenging medium and producing beautiful results. Callahan is one of the island’s best watercolorists and instructors, with over 20 years of professional dedication to the craft. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Lighten Up / Loosen Up: Watercolor with Richard Stephens
February 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Richard Stephens has won fans across the country by mixing technical information with humor and anecdotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and lots of one on one time. He constantly explains what he is doing, and more importantly, why. Students will find themselves challenged but informed, and loving every minute of the ride. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Richard Stephens, www.raswatercolors.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $375, $335 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Light, Color and Composition En Plein Air
February 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache and oil paints. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and or stylized lighting/color in their works. Mike will start off the three-day workshop with a three-hour lecture covering: color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Day two will be a full session of outdoor painting with a demo in gouache and day three will be an outdoor session and include another demo in oil. Mike will give individual hands on instruction during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors
February 13-17, 2017 (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 easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that students have minimal previous 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 and interiors. 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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Watercolor Workshop
February 18-19, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic watercolor painting skills. All 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, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Saturated Wet Watercolor: Flowers or Koi Fish
February 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin loosely painting the negative background, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine painting by both lifting and adding paint. This method is perfect for Koi Fish and flowers as they have soft edges. The saturated wet paper allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two-day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. The class will begin with a loose abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create the movement and flow. Students will add details like scales at the very end. The results are stunning with rich, vibrant colors. Create beautiful paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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A Modern Approach to Watercolor
February 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way it is looked upon. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio's presentation will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palettes, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. He will demonstrate a modern approach to water media, while students watch and ask questions. The remainder of the day will be one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 22-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Island Art Association
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
February 27 - March 3, 2017 (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. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 27-28, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Key Largo, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Ocean Reef Art League
Email: Sherri Harris
Phone: 305-509-2359

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The Best of Watercolor
March 6-8, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM) — Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in New Orleans, Louisiana. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Storyboarding with Sean Callahan
March 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — We all have stories to tell. Tell yours in full color! Sean Callahan brings his painting expertise to the world of illustration. Create a group of small watercolor paintings that tell a fictional story or favorite memory. A picture is worth a thousand words. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $130, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Armana Art Workshop in Cairo, Egypt
March 8-16, 2017 (9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.) — Armana is gone, but painting in process after touring brings back an activity being done in Akhenaten’s time. The process of liberating the soul through crystal vibrations, color, and movement. The Atlantean Technology of crystals were used in building the pyramids of Egypt. In modern times, visiting the sites brings you into temporary alignment with crystal technology. Painting will bring form and memory to your experience of the pyramids. Bring a clear quartz crystal point in your pocket while touring and then add it to the paint water! Three days touring and three days of watercolor painting. Visit website


Location: Cairo, Egypt
Instructor: Beverly Kobie
Sponsor: Memphis Tours Egypt
Cost: $1800
Email: Ahmed Fayez
Phone: (901) 410-9533

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The Figure and Portrait in Line and Wash
March 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — From the delicate hatching of silverpoint to the liquid washes of watercolor, master artists have developed a rich assortment of techniques to create an image on paper. Each approach provides a distinctive perspective which allows artists to better understand form and render with greater fidelity. Artists as diverse as DaVinci and Sorolla will be reviewed to see how each resolved issues related to drawing and painting. The first two days will be devoted to line drawing using silverpoint and pen and ink. The last two days will focus on watercolor in both monochrome and full color painting. A diversity of methods and techniques will be demonstrated in addition to a thorough analysis of form and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $660 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
March 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Painting People from Photographs
March 12-18, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. 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. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, he encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Our hotel with its beautiful studio is located across the street from the Art institute and a short walk from the main plaza in San Miguel. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 15-18, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fresno, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fresno Art Hub
Email: Diane Breuer

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Loosening Up & Seeing Color Everywhere: Watercolor Portraits
March 16-19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Do you find yourself picking up those small brushes too soon? Do you wish you could see more and different colors in your images? Do you always intend to loose some edges but then find your finished paintings very tight? In this workshop, students work on understanding the structure of the face and expanding their color palette and then applying what they learn to working from photographs and from life. Kathy Durdin has exhibited and won awards in numerous watercolor exhibits across the US. She is a signature member of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. In 2013, she was featured in Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch”. Visit kathydurdin.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kathy Durdin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Painting in the Desert - Shacharut, Israel
March 19-26, 2017 — This retreat may be the most unusual offering from the ArtisTTable to date. Like the retreats before, we are sure this one will be worth it. We specialize in taking "creative minds to inspiring places" and that means we make every part of our adventures entirely site specific. Whether you draw, paint, photograph, sculpt or write, this first ArtisTTable retreat to Israel our focus will be on responding to the landscape through individual expression. Visit website


Location: Shacharut, Israel
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

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Painting Life with Life
March 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will learn how to paint people and animals with energy and excitement while mastering techniques of design and color. This is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor and will answer many of the questions artists constantly ask. Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up? Students will learn to paint boldly, think outside the box and paint outside the lines, with examples of basic color mixing including luscious greens, glowing white, great grays, and rich blacks. Students will learn to develop good composition and strong values while focusing on wild life figures. Bev will help create a recipe for great skin tones, good ways to paint hair and how to choose the best photographs to work with. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bev Jozwiak, www.bevjozwiak.com/wp/
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

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


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

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Watercolor with the BoldBrush Plein Air Workshop
March 24-25, 2017 (10am - 4pm) — Vladislav Yeliseyev is a The BoldBrush Award winner. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location. Vlad will share with you his best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view”... Special attention of this particular workshop will be the choice of color which may be different from what’s there. Loose painterly style watercolor techniques will be demoed. Starting from the sketch to the finishing touches, the values and how to work with them will be revealed. Each student will be guided individually through the process while creating their own painting. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $365
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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The Pillars of Watercolor
March 25-27 and 29-31, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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The American Watercolor Tradition
March 25 - April 29, 2017 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Learn the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth. Paint the still life and master copies and visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Richard Estell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Sketching on Location in Costa Rica
March 26 - April 1, 2017 — Our Costa Rican creative adventure travels to two inspiring locales. The Central Valley (near the capital) is the economic and historic capital of Costa Rica, and is home to a host of renowned attractions: coffee-covered hillsides and historic corners, active volcanoes and exotic gardens, cold-water lakes and acidic lagoons. This is a place of incredible diversity and spectacular natural beauty. In the highlands, we’re surrounded by sultry rainforests, where daily showers bring fresh inspiration and lush landscapes beg to be memorialized. Discover a new world destination for eco-conscious travelers at the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, a 75-acre boutique mountain hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve. Just imagine the watercolor memories that await! Visit website


Location: San José, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Swindle, lswatercolor.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,975 Single Accommodations
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Adding the You Factor to Paintings
March 27-29, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — The emphasis of this lively workshop zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – You! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach. Each day's lesson will focus on an individual aspect for getting there: seeing and personalizing shapes, abstract understructures, non-representational value patterns, creative color schemes, and more. Donna will also discuss the advantages of using a medium that allows for spontaneity, improvisation, correction, and revision. She will be using watercolor and white gouache in her demonstrations, but students are free to work in any media. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Experience the Wonders of Water Based Media
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Botanical Alla Prima
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Spring is here! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor, to create fresh and immediate work. This method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Painting in the Dark with Neysa Grassi
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process through this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from making imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and critiques of students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. All instruction is presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists. References will include Phillip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, Outsider Art and other artists/movements. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 1-2, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli, micheleusibelli.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Philadelphia Landscape
April 2 - May 7, 2017 (9am-2pm) — Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, provisions and facilities. All media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
April 3-7, 2017 — This delightful journey to beautiful Charleston (one of Condé Nast Traveler‘s Top 10 Destinations for 14 years in a row) is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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After Van Gogh - Arles/St. Remy, France
April 3-10, 2017 — "After Van Gogh" takes you to Arles and St. Remy in the Provence Region of France where Vincent Van Gogh painted many of his most important works. Vincent traveled to Arles in 1888 in search of the very special light that is found there. In 1889 he moved to St. Remy where he committed himself to the asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he lived until May of 1890. These locations around the region are truly inspiring and moving. As you draw and paint in these places, you will feel the breezes and hear the birds that Vincent heard. It will put your creativity into a magical place that will urge to make your own art with a renewed passion. Visit website


Location: Arles/St. Remy, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Ocean City, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Email: Katrin Huber
Phone: 410-524-9433

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Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused!
April 3-7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Gain more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter. Learn to paint with energy and focus. Understand that clarity of thought and emotion are essential in the medium of watercolor. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and also studied the art with Edgar Whitney. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society. Mel has written numerous feature articles and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused. Visit melstabin.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Image to Abstract I
April 4-6, 2017 (9:30 - 4:30) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Ink and Watercolor Studies with Judi Bradford
April 5-19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 5-7pm) — Capture the essence of a scene in just a few strokes of the pen. Bradford teaches tricks and techniques for quick sketching in permanent and washable inks. These ink drawings can then be highlighted with ink wash or watercolor to emphasize certain elements of the piece. Bring photos of people and places (can be on your phone or ipad) to work from. All levels welcomed. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $115 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Paint in San Francisco and in the Sonoma Wine Country
April 5-10, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 15 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $1,490
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 8-15, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W.Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

Intermediate Level
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Art Retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon: Watercolor
April 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — If you are looking for a playful, creative art retreat to learn more about watercolor and relax in an ocean front room with miles of sand to walk on - this workshop is for you! Beautiful Cannon Beach is the location for this four-day art retreat focusing on watercolor. The fun begins Sunday evening with a gathering to meet everyone and review our week ahead. Each painting day will start with a playful warm-up and a different image to work from emphasizing the design elements of color, shape, value, line and texture. Water soluble Japanese Rice Papers will be incorporated on some paintings to emphasize texture. 12 students minimum, 16 max. Visit website


Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $425 by Feb 9; $475 after Feb 9
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 15-22, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. 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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Gouache Painting
April 22-23, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy to- clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 22-29, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W.Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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


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

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Watercolor, Fun and Free on a South American Cruise
April 25 - May 15, 2017 (See ship's itinerary intertwined with class.) — Join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and Art in the Mountains invite you to join us on this 20-day art adventure from Santiago, Chile to San Francisco, California. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the 8 days at sea so you can enjoy your off-shore excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach En Plein Air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship's dining room and use our "off of the ship time" to gather photos and just have fun. Visit website


Location: Santiago, Chile
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Venice: 8-Day Sketching or Watercolor Workshop
April 25 - May 3, 2017 (9:30-2:30) — We'll again spend 8 glorious days, exploring and sketching the City of Water. We'll live in a Venetian "appartamento" and enjoy all that Venice has to offer us! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Includes: Shared lodging for 8 nights in our apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $2400
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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


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

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Portrait and Landscape Painting
May 1-3, 2017 (9:00 - 4:00) — In this workshop Stan will demonstrate every morning. Students have the option of working on portrait, or landscape, or any subject, throughout the workshop. Fundamentals of realism, impressionism and abstraction will be demonstrated and discussed during the week. The instructor will individually visit each student every day, helping the student edit their photos and plan and design their paintings. Egg tempera will be demonstrated in additon to watercolor. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 1-8, 2017 — Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn to master the techniques of watercolor painting on the breathtaking coast line of Spain's Costa Brava with Annie Strack, an America's Master Maritime Artist! Annie guides students through the painting process with helpful step-by-step demonstrations and individual attention. This workshop is open to painters of all levels. Multiple watercolor techniques are covered in the workshop, including glazing, washes, dry brush, masking, lifting, & more. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of different paints, learn how to successfully mix colors, and how to use values and color temperatures to enhance their compositions. Watch and learn as each painting step and technique is explained and demonstrated with a clarity that makes the lessons easy to absorb. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Annie Strack, www.anniestrackart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Sketching & Color in Tuscany & Umbria
May 3-10, 2017 — Capture the essence of Tuscany’s and Umbria’s Medieval and Renaissance aged and mellow structures with pen and color! This workshop offers many demos, handouts with samples of pen strokes and how to incorporate them into your work, instruction on simplified perspective, good composition and adding color…all while immersed in the genuine atmosphere of Tuscany and Umbria. Morning and afternoon sessions provide ample time to practice, ask questions, share, critique and of course work out “in the field”. This is a very portable and relaxed workshop suitable for all levels. We will be based in Cortona with day trips to Siena, Montepulciano and Assisi!! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

Advanced Level

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


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

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
May 6-13, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — Susan Blackwood has a love of painting and teaching others to paint and draw. Oils and watercolors are her preferred mediums, and she has been painting plein air for years. Painting on location captures all of the senses and each painting done plein air becomes a memory that will never be forgotten. “I would love to show you how to create successful paintings that you will enjoy years after you go home. Painting in Spain will be full of wonderful opportunities to take your paintings (watercolors or oils) to a new level. I have lots of easy methods to show you how to paint villages, buildings, boats and water. I can’t wait to share them with you”. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Sketch on the Go
May 13, 2017 (9-5pm) — 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 include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
May 15-22, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 10 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor on Unique Surfaces
May 15-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Mark demonstrates a variety of techniques and unique effects of working on synthetic paper that will lead the way to exciting paintings. Applying and lifting paint, working with stamps, masking, mingling color and more is covered in the week. Mark demonstrates two painting styles--a non-objective piece and a more realistic landscape subject. Plenty of student painting time with individual guidance and group critiques. Mark is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - Master Status, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey, www.mehaffeygallery.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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


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

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


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

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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed. Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
May 22-29, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 10 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Realism Through Design: Watermedia Workshop
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — John’s workshop will encourage representational painters to experiment with a different style and challenge experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities in expressing their creative voices. His workshop includes demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help. Artists are encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a signature member of numerous art societies. He has won more than 230 major awards in national and international exhibitions, and has been featured in over 80 magazine articles and more than 25 books. Don’t miss your chance to study with this internationally recognized artist! Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: John Salminen, johnsalminen.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $699
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting Watercolor Memories of the Cinque Terre
May 24-31, 2017 (sessions daily) — During the week we will visit the Cinque Terre and we will stay at Pensione Sorriso in Vernazza. We will also visit the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso with quality time for plenty of painting at each of the towns we visit. And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Italian culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local restaurants never far from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea! This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint "plein air" in a relaxed and inspirational setting! Visit website


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

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


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

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Capturing Spring in Watercolor
May 31 - June 2, 2017 (9am-12:30pm) — Focusing on the colors, shapes, and textures of springtime florals and landscapes, create watercolor paintings with Kari as your guide. You will use negative painting methods and shapes to explore compositional strategies. In addition to demonstrations and guided painting sessions, Kari will discuss colors found in spring landscapes and painterly techniques to depict orchards, daffodils, trilliums, and tulips. You will have the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, however some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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Travel Journaling in Tuscany
June 3-10, 2017 — Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Chris Nichols Randall
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
June 3-10, 2017 — Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Sketchbook to Studio
June 5-9, 2017 — In this workshop you will learn how to sketch on location in preparation for more studied studio pieces. After working on-site you will return to the studio, equipped with sketches and photographs, to begin a refined painting. Iain will show you how to translate the expressive energy from your sketch into a dynamic and thoughtful studio piece. You will learn how to choose dynamic views, create a pleasing composition, and most importantly how to edit information that is not needed to tell a story in your painting. There will be plenty of one-on-one time with Iain, as well as individual and group critiques. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 5-12, 2017 — There is only one thing that can be better than walking out the door towards a new destination with your paintbox in hand and that is to be joined in this adventure by friends. I am sure our adventure in the Costa Brava will be a wonderful experience and will give us memories for a lifetime. Painting out of doors is different than working in the studio - and nothing is as rewarding as working on location. The rewards are in the experience of the moment, the light, the air, the sounds, everything. This experience comes flooding back when you see your painting - even years later. It is what draws us outside again and again. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gary Tucker, www.garytuckerartist.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Experimental Approaches to Paint Media
June 5-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this multi-faceted workshop, you will examine abstraction, materials, and process. Experimental methods with traditional media will provide you with techniques and inspiration to incorporate into your creative practice. Wendi will guide you through a series of explorations, including material investigations, collaborations, and personal expression exercises. These experiments will act as a framework for a set of finished, more complex works that address your individual artistic pursuits. Each day will include demonstrations, slide lectures of the work of contemporary artists, group discussion on making and defining art, and one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figure from Photographs
June 5-9, 2017 — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $720 by April 5th; $770 after April 5th
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 6-13, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
June 6-11, 2017 — This delightful journey to two of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated cities is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Montreal & Québec, Canada
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,925 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Intermediate Level

Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $470, Non-Members: $505
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
June 10-20, 2017 — Join us for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, poppy fields, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Ron Stocke holds signature memberships from the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and he is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron’s award winning paintings and teaching style have made him one of today’s top watercolor instructors. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ron Stocke, www.ronstocke.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
June 10-17, 2017 — Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points which will wow your friends and family alike! Locations may include the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Il Duomo, The Boboli Gardens and views of the Arno. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: from $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
June 10-17, 2017 — Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 14-21, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Introduction to Botanical Watercolor: Painting Pears
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the traditional techniques of botanical illustration in this watercolor-based workshop. Using the pear as inspiration, you will learn how to select materials, draw the form, and layer watercolor to achieve desired color, texture, and volume. Through a series of demonstrations, Mary Anne will guide you through the drawing and painting process from start to finish. Brushes, papers, and paints will be explained, as well as color theory, drawing transfers, and paint application. A review of all work will close the workshop, in addition to a lecture on the direction of contemporary botanical art and artists. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mary Anne O'Malley, www.MAOMalley.wordpress.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 18-28, 2017 — Are you ready for your Italy Adventure? Fly into Milan, Malpensa airport and we will bring you to Bellagio.....a beautiful gem at the very center of the Lake Como region. We will base here for 10 nights, and explore the surrounding villages by ferry as we discover the many painting venues that this heavenly location has to offer. Visit website


Location: Bellagio, Italy
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 in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 19-26, 2017 — Join us for a week of sketching with watercolor as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava. As a practicing architect, architectural illustrator and watercolor painter, I am passionate about travel sketching and painting, and love to share that passion with others. It does not matter if you have never sketched or painted (or think you can do neither) since I believe everyone can do this with just a little coaxing and coaching. The focus will be on individual expression and exploration. There is nothing that anchors memories (the view; the feel of the sun; the sounds; the smells; the immediacy of the moment) quite like the act of sketching and painting on location. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Adrienne Retief, www.adrienneretief.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level

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


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

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Watercolor Secrets of Russian Painting
June 19-23, 2017 — During this workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor. Konstantin will share his knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, and masking. Students will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills. The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. Students will learn distinct approaches for florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air. Visit website


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

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All About Watercolor
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Sterling demonstrates and discusses a variety of topics and techniques, finishing a painting in each morning demo. Some of the topics include: how to paint a wide variety of subjects, developing a strong composition, the expressive use of colors, overlapping shapes and much more. Participants are encouraged to find their own style with Sterling's gentle guidance along the way. A supportive and fun atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions or request assistance with their painting. This inspiring experience will include constructive individual and group critiques. Sterling is well-versed in representational and abstract styles. Sterling is a contemporary watermedia master and has been teaching national and international painting workshops for over fifteen years. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Summer Solstice Plein Air with Susan Sugar
June 21-24, 2017 (6-9pm) — Learn to capture the light at day’s end, surrounded by sea and sky at sunset. Through painting demonstrations at the beach and one-on-one instruction, popular Key West-New York artist Susan Sugar fosters new ways of seeing. Enjoy the adventure of recording the fleeting light and shifting moods at dusk. Open to all levels, although some experience with watercolor is helpful. Concludes with an exhibition at The Studios as well as a celebration and final critique at Sugar’s Turtle House Studio. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $215, $175 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Infusing Life into Watercolor Landscapes
June 26-30, 2017 — In this five-day watercolor workshop, award winning Taiwanese artist and instructor Chien Chung-Wei will teach you how to identify and use simplified compositional design, structure and tones in your work to create interest and depth. Students can expect to take inspiration from the sights and scenes of Madeline Island and the surrounding areas while painting en Plein Air. Studio painting will also take place throughout the week. Chung-Wei’s teaching will focus mainly on the key elements of design rather than technique-based instruction, making this class best-suited for intermediate to advanced level artists. Visit website


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

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Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor
June 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own individual personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Capturing Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor Pencil
June 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Become more confident and proficient in the medium of watercolor pencil in this hands-on workshop. Employing color theory, contour drawing, and techniques specific to the medium, you will learn to use watercolor pencil to draw flowers in your surrounding landscape. Through demonstrations and discussions, Maren will share how to compose an image, layer color, and paint flowers with depth and dimension. You will practice while drawing out in the field, as well as working from photographs in the studio. By the end of this workshop, you will have completed at least one painting and be equipped with the knowledge to continue using watercolor pencils in drawing a variety of subjects. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Maren Larsen, www.MarenLarsen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor
June 26-30, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Capturing The Light and Atmosphere
June 27-29, 2017 — This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $350
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
July 3-11, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Contemporary Watercolor Collections
July 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will conceive of and create a sequence of images that push the medium of watercolor in new and unexpected ways. A wide variety of traditional and expressive painting approaches and materials will be explored and combined to showcase the wonderful flexibility of this medium. Kaye will provide demonstrations on applying and layering washes, wet-on-wet techniques, drybrush, watercolor transfers, traditional and non-traditional surfaces and tools, dry pigments, and altered surfaces. These techniques will provide a jumping off point for you to explore the medium independently with Kaye available for individualized feedback. Using simple and effective book-binding methods, pieces will be bound together into one-of-a-kind artist books at the close of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kaye Buchman, www.KayeBuchman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199.00pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

Beginner Level

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


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

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Nature Journal
July 10-14, 2017 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints and add collage to your journal. By the end of the week, your journal (made fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level

Abstraction through Observation
July 12-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor: Painting the Essence
July 17-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $459
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor
July 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint. Visit website


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

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Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia
July 19-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core visual elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $520
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Advanced Level

Atmospheric Watercolors
July 21-24, 2017 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $500
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level

Sense of Place
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Workshop
July 24-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will paint a collection of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration. She will also show you simple steps for turning boring landscape scenes into exciting works of art. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

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


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

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Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour
July 31 - August 4, 2017 — In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Watercolor Painting
August 1-3, 2017 — 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

Intermediate Level

All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolors from A To Z
August 7-11, 2017 — Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece
August 9-15, 2017 — For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level

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


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

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Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil
August 11-13, 2017 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level

Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone
August 14-18, 2017 — Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Frank Eber
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Be Brave and Have Fun
August 14-18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting
August 17-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the different stages of still life painting with particular attention to the generation of ideas and composition through sketches and studies completed in drawing media, watercolor, and gouache. Hone your painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns within your work through various methodologies. When working with the still life, you must consider the objects’ materiality, as well as the arrangement and juxtaposition of objects. Sift through ideas quickly as you complete a series of thumbnails and studies. Further develop those compositions and ideas as you translate them to larger scale. Use a variety of oil painting methods, including underpainting, direct painting, color manipulation, textural development, and glazing. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting
August 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Expand upon your use of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and techniques to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of individual attention and time will be provided for practicing new skills. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject
August 21-25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figure from Photographs
August 21-25, 2017 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can 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. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolors from A to Z
August 21-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $895
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $800
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Impressions
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure. Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student. Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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From Watercolor to Quilt
August 28 - September 1, 2017 — Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein-air Watercolor Painting with Art Adventures
September 2-16, 2017 — Join us in scenic southern France! Your tour will include some of the most beautiful and ancient towns in the area where you will have plenty of time to paint, photograph and shop! We’ll hit Market Day in Mirepoix, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Alet-les-Bains as we paint the antique bridges and buildings. We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Susan and Lee are both award winning watermedia painters. Students get twice the attention and input from these two veteran teachers who compliment each other with their love of painting, passion for travel, and nurturing of fellow artists. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Susan Cowan & Lee Baughman
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4350
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy
September 3-10, 2017 — For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques. Visit website


Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
September 4-8, 2017 — 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 plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park. 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. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching
September 4-11, 2017 — Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence. Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same time! This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag. Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. Maximum of 12 particpants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor
September 4-6, 2017 (9:30-4:30) — In this studio workshop we will address the fundamentals of Design, Drawing, Value and Color through simple exercises that will help us reach the point quickly. These create building blocks to move into a painting. Getting a good start is utmost important to a successful experience. Our subjects will be Still Life and the Costumed model. We will put in a lot of mileage, a key to finding your our voice in your work. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2017 — Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Intermediate Level

Exploring Florals in Watercolor
September 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous floral paintings of flowing watercolor. The subject matter inspires a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium. This workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing floral studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will gain inspiration from Bridget’s photos, still life setups, and the School’s surrounding gardens. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

From Story to Picture Book
September 7-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
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Trinity Plein Air Retreat 2017
September 10-15, 2017 — Paint along side local Artist Elizabeth Burry, in this unique retreat designed for the novice to the expert artist who would like to combine their love of painting with exploring & experiencing one of the most scenic areas of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is not an instructional workshop however there will be time dedicated each afternoon to group sharing with fellow painters. Spend your time learning and painting, living, relaxing & enjoying unique experiences to make your week one to remember. This retreat is designed with a focus on multiple afternoon & evening activities, while allowing time for individual expression and exploration in morning painting sessions. Visit website


Location: Trinity NL, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth Burry
Sponsor: Elizabeth Burry Studios
Cost: varies
Email: Elizabeth
Phone: 709-697-1061

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Intermediate Level
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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Staying Afloat in Watercolor
September 11-15, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 11-18, 2017 — Paint en Plein Air in Provence - the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. All levels of watercolor painters are welcome. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida. His work is featured on the cover of the January 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine, and he was awarded Best of Show in the 2016 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Vlad Yeliseyev, www.artist-yeliseyev.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor: Big & Bold
September 11-15, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air in Santorini, Greece
September 13-19, 2017 — For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
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Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy
September 16-23, 2017 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Intermediate Level
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Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor
September 18-22, 2017 — Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: wet on wet, watercolor painting on damp paper, the importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it. How to enhance the focal point through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Intermediate Level

Painting Outside the Lines
September 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Watercolor has the ability to convey fresh, spontaneous statements that allow both the artist and viewer to move from reality to abstraction and back again. This workshop will encourage students to create paintings that are bold and loose, yet rooted in the traditional design elements of value, color, form, and space. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and discuss design philosophy. Afterward, you will have time to explore those concepts independently and discuss progress one-on-one with Gordon. A critique in a relaxed and positive environment will close the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Advanced Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
September 25 - October 2, 2017 — Does the thought of travel journaling attract yet intimidate you? Then come join me for a week of sketching and painting the beautiful sites in and around Provence. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies, a journal and your camera. No need for travel easels, unless that is something you wish to use. So if you are new to sketching and painting in a journal there will be plenty of opportunities to create your own unique and colorful images. Or, if you are ready to learn how to sketch village shops or buildings, then Cynthia will give you a simplified method for conquering your fear of perspective. Each daily excursion will provide new opportunities for journal entries. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Cynthia Sexton, cynthia-sexton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como
September 27 - October 4, 2017 — Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way. Visit website