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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
August 3-14, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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The Art of Flowers - Botanical Art Workshop in Kauai, Hawaii
August 3-7, 2015 (9am to 3pm) — Academy of Botanical Art 5-Day Botanical Art Workshop, Renaissance Techniques of the French Court Masters: Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, Hawaii 96722. Tuition includes: 1. Slide Presentation of "A Brief History of Botanical Art." 2. Plant Subject, Paper Supplies, Pencils, Erasers, Syllabus, and Handouts. 3. Daily refreshments available during workshop. 4. One complimentary group dinner during the study week. 5. A FREE copy of botanical art publication from renowned Hunt Museum by James White & Lugene Bruno. 6. To paint, please bring your watercolor paints and brushes! 7. Tuition does not include travel and hotel. Contact us for Hotel Information. 8. Please make your own reservations. 9. Concierge "Maria" is available to help with area info. Visit website


Location: Princeville, HI
Instructor: Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano
Sponsor: Academy of Botanical Art
Cost: $875.00 per person
Email: Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano
Phone: 941-953-9999

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Vermont's Rural Landscape with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
August 3-7, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun. Drive slowly and keep your camera handy since you'll find many subjects along the way. The winding road changes to gravel and when you think you're lost, the Landgrove Inn awaits. It offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms and delicious meals. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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


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

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Drawing and Painting Figures from Photographs and Models
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will explore how to create expressive paintings using color, texture, and design. In a fun-filled environment, students will learn to "see" new ways to capture mood and emotion. Compositional planning, configurations, and texture will be examined; unconventional 3D techniques will be explored. The use of color and how colors relate to each other to create expressive artistic visions will be considered. Lectures are designed to encourage, expand, and explore. Exciting daily challenges are given that are personalized to each student's level of experience. Individual guidance is given to each participant. Students are encouraged to bring a few finished paintings for personal review. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Judi Betts
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Dramatic Florals
August 3-7, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Do you want to make more powerful and intriguing compositions? With daily step-by-step demonstrations, Birgit will show you how to glaze and build layers to bring the illusion of depth and drama into your art. Put the water back into watercolor and learn how to put the wow into your flower paintings. Watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Birgit O'Connor is the author of Watercolor in Motion and Watercolor Essentials. She is a contributing editor to The Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Artist. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 3-7, 2015 — 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: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $500
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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


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

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The Market in Abstraction: Watercolor
August 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Paint watermelon, radishes, rainbow chard, artichokes, and more. Experience your visits to the farmer's market in a new way. Understand how to capture not only the essence of what you observe, but also how you react and interpret it. Learn to abstract and simplify your subject matter by recording the essence of a fruit or vegetable with minimal marks. Integrate techniques and concepts of drawing, painting, color theory, color mixing, design, and composition. Jan's demonstrations, individualized instruction and sharing sessions are the foundation of your workshop experience. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


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

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Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki
August 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015 (5:30-7:30 PM) — In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including "wet on wet", "dry brush", and "gradation" of hue. No prior experience is needed. Students complete the course with a functional grasp of watercolor painting processes and techniques and will have completed 1-2 paintings by applying course concepts to reference photographs. (This may differ or be adjusted for individuals.) Please register in advance. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Yuri Ozaki
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $30
Email: Yuri Ozaki
Phone: 256-665-8736

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Watercolor at a Glance
August 8-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this exciting two-day painting workshop, watercolorist, Ron Stocke will demonstrate 3 to 4 half sheet watercolors. In these paintings, he will cover composition, light and shadows, color vs. values, and brushwork. These are the elements that Ron feels are the strength of a good watercolor painting. On the first day, Ron will cover some simple drawing details that will help you simplify shapes and make your paintings look more natural. Ron will show students his techniques on how to paint figures, water or reflections, cityscapes and more. Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and be encouraged to loosen up and paint with what they feel rather than the details that they see. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ron Stocke
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $325
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Watercolor Fun and Free
August 10-14, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Get motivated with Karlyn Holman's hands-on, fun-filled workshop that will inspire you to loosen up your painting style. Karlyn is upbeat and teaches with tireless energy. Her high-spirited humorous style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced. The real emphasis will be individual expression and development of each student's own painting style. Enthusiastic and informational demonstrations, critiques and individual help are daily fare. Karlyn has written four instructional books on watercolor titled Watercolor Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within, Watercolor-The Spirit of Spontaneity and Watercolor Without Boundaries. Visit website


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

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The Value Of Watercolor
August 10-14, 2015 — There seems to be a never-ending quest for watercolor painters to 'loosen up'! To paint loosely you have to have confidence in your abilities and a willingness to let go of details. In this workshop, you'll learn how to simplify the scene into larger shapes so you can paint more boldly. The importance of identifying the correct values in a scene, and then implementing it in your paintings will be emphasized throughout the class. Andy will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, and will cover topics including drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, you will have enough information to help you on your path to painting impressionistic watercolors. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Intro to Watercolor Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
August 10-14, 2015 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — It is a special energy and excitement the novices bring to the work! Start diving into their artistic potential! We worked with many just like you! If you have no or little experience painting outdoors with watercolor, this workshop is for you! Spend a week learning the fundamentals, practicing, building confidence. Learn the essentials of how to see with an artist eye, the basics of drawing, the magic of watercolor, overcome the challenges of painting outside. In San Miguel de Allende we are fortunate to experience mild temperature, sunny days, brilliant light! You'll have the afternoons free to experience and enjoy this charming Colonial town in the "Heart of Mexico". Register early space is limited. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $375.00 materials not included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 014151212311

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Paint New York's Hudson River Valley with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
August 10-14, 2015 — Join this five day plein air workshop in Greenville, New York, hosted by Kim and Chef Mark LaPolla, who offer warm hospitality, gourmet meals and comfortable accommodations at the Greenville Arms. Paint right on the property, while nearby are clusters of barns, a delightful river town and the charming village of Rensselaerville. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our spacious studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Greenville, NY
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: The Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Email: Kim or Mark

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"The Figure, The Beach and More!"
August 10-13, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This Workshop focuses on the Live Figure while incorporating Beach Scenes or Landscapes into the overall composition. 4 Nights Lodging, Continental Breakfast, Fully Catered Lunches, Welcome Party on Sunday the 9th. Register Online. Visit website


Location: Harbor Springs, MI
Instructor: Don Hatfield
Sponsor: Julia Dufault McGrath Fine Art, Julia's Watercolors LLC
Cost: Packages from $657.00 - $917.00
Email: Julia McGrath
Phone: 248-842-8656

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Wild Watercolor Adventures (Ages 6-8)
August 10-13, 2015 (9:30am-12pm) — Take a walk on the wild side as you explore the art of watercolor. Create loose Impressionist, colorful landscapes inspired by the gardens at the Art School and perfect your drawing techniques as you study still lifes. Learn how to incorporate texture, shape, and shadow in your pencil sketches. Experiment with watercolor techniques and go with the flow as you "pour the paint!" Create a finished Impressionistic or abstract landscape and a still life in watercolor that you will be proud to frame. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Santa Fe Spirit/unique techniques
August 13-14, 2015 (9 to 4) — Paint with Dawn in her own studio. You will learn her unique techniques that are the magic to her paintings. All materials can be provided for an additional $25. You just show up and paint. You will have a finished painting or two to take home. All levels welcome. You will all learn and grow. Experience the creative city of Santa Fe. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $250 plus materials
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor
August 13-15, 2015 (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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Sketching Techniques
August 13-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic techniques of pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting and colored pencil drawing. Combine these mediums to create vibrant sketches using tools portable enough for drawing outdoors. Create a mini-sketchbook from a sheet of watercolor paper. Relax and draw your subject without worry of judgment! If weather permits, we'll capture the beauty of the Peninsula School of Art grounds or venture into town. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


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

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Color in the Summer Landscape
August 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bring some color into your landscape painting this summer! Work in the studio from photographic references. Learn how painters from the Impressionist, Expressionist, and Fauve movements viewed color in nature. Break through the limitations of local color in representing the landscape. Nina presents a brief review of light and color theory designed to help you utilize techniques such as layering, optical mixture, broken brushstroke, and glazing. She explains how ideas about composition and gesture can help you learn to best compose your landscapes. Nina provides a library of landscape imagery in addition to your own references. Painters in oil, acrylic, or gouache mediums are welcome! Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430 + materials fee, Non-Members: $460 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting Water, Beaches, and Skies
August 17-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Capture the depth and drama of water and sky through surprisingly easy techniques. Learn to set up your paint palette, create washes, and render details to express the magic of light in skies and water. Try any body of water, with or without waves, and sky, with or without clouds. Paint skies, clouds, water, and shoreline landscape, with confidence. Work from your photos or imagination. Begin with sketches of your ideas on a sheet of watercolor paper. Lee demonstrates a simplified, effective process to bring life and light to water and sky, and then helps you with your projects. He assists you with painting sand, rocks, hills, trees, or buildings. Expect to leave the workshop with at least one completed painting. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 17-21, 2015 (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
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $835
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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Innovative Watermedia Workshop
August 17-21, 2015 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) — You'll never think about painting the same way again! Prepare yourself for Nicholas' high-energy, unorthodox, and varied approach to watercolor. This workshop will focus on concepts, composition and design elements with concentration on diversity in subject matter; poured watercolor; fluid acrylic used as transparent watercolor; unusual textures such as his popular "batik" technique; large scale painting; computer-aided design; and creative photography for obtaining unconventional reference shots. Nicholas was the sole judge representing the US at the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, the world's largest watercolor exhibition, in 2010 and 2012. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Nicholas Simmons
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $695
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
August 17-21, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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


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

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Watercolor Portraits from Life
August 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this two-day workshop, Annette will guide you through her steps for painting a portrait from a live model in watercolor. Subject discussed will be how to draw a convincing head through observation of facial structure, features and shadow patterns. She will also explain materials, and her techniques for handling color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork, and controlling edges. This class will also cover understanding the water-to-paint ratio, and how to control the medium when painting vertically. Drips will happen, and that is part of watercolor's charm! There will be a demo each morning, time for students to draw and paint, and individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200 + $20 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Free-Flowing Landscapes in Watercolor
August 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Let your creative juices flow as you walk the line between representation and abstraction in this two-day class. Allow your watercolors to unleash their natural power with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and limitless possibilities. Rob demonstrates his methods and techniques, and outlines a process to create large, loose, flowing watercolor landscapes. Plenty of individual attention and time is provided for practicing what is demonstrated. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
August 22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Perk Up Your Paintings with Color, Contrast, and Composition
August 24-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Create interest and structure in your watercolor paintings through deliberate strategies such as creating contrast, changing or boosting color, cropping, and other techniques. Learn to make the most of your reference material while designing successful compositions. Understand the processes involved in creating one or more watercolor paintings. Learn to manage your washes to keep the color clean and interesting. Jill helps you think your way through, from the beginning to the final touches, as you create one or several paintings. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Architecture of Light!
August 24-28, 2015 — Light is the constant narrative in Tom's work. When he decides on what to paint, he concentrate less on specific objects - and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition of darks and lights. In this five day workshop, painting indoors and out, Tom will demonstrate the fundamental and crucially important, identification of strong compositional subjects. No amount of technical expertise or finesse evident in a final painting can compensate for a composition lacking in strength and clarity of a strong idea and solid value organization. You'll practice looking for the beautiful and infinite compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes; Mid Coast Maine offers a great variety of scenic choices that will challenge and excite you! Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Tom Schaller, thomasschaller.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $625
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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


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

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The Joy of Watercolor, Plein Air
August 25-27, 2015 — A 3-day workshop with Marilyn Rose, in an incredible New Hampshire setting. Discover a fresh, loose approach to transparent watercolor. Learn to work with, not against, the medium to create dynamic paintings that seem to paint themselves. Learn how to observe and to simplify in a plein air setting and avoid overworking. Each day there will be demonstrations and exercises to energize and excite - followed by lots of time for painters to create their own work, with the enthusiastic hands-on instruction that Marilyn's students have come to expect. This is a perfect workshop for those with some drawing and watercolor experience who have always wanted to try their hand at plein air, as well as those who are already familiar with working outside. Visit website


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

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Still Life, Portait and Figure
August 27-29, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join Mary Whyte for an inspirational three day workshop in beautiful Salt Lake City while exploring the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure. Open to students of all levels, this class will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Tips on setting up a studio and marketing your work will also be discussed. Whyte's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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"The Complete Watercolor Workshop"
August 27-29, 2015 (10:00 - 4:00) — David Dunlop, renowned artist, lecturer, teacher and host of PBS' series "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop" will be at Nancy Couick's Studio August 27-29, 2015 to spend three days discussing the great masters and their watercolor treatment of skies and water. This will be an exceptional opportunity and a small workshop. Registration is limited to 24 participants. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: David Dunlop
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios
Cost: $405.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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


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

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


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, etstudioart.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $550
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Watercolor on the Wild Side
August 31 - September 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy painting the wildflowers, trees, rocky shorelines, and natural treasures of Door County in fresh and flowing watercolor. The forest floor in spring, meadows full of wildflowers, waves crashing on the shore, fall foliage, and a new blanket of snow are all possible subjects for this exploration of Door Counties changing seasons. Creative color palettes, negative painting to bring depth and value, helpful brushwork, and compositional control are used to paint the peninsula's wild places. Explore natural subjects through daily morning demonstrations and exercises. Bring any photo or sketch relating to the wild places and seasons that inspire you. Otherwise, feel free to follow along with Bridget's exercises and handouts. A painting for each season will be demonstrated. Some experience in watercolor is helpful. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 5-12, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Watercolour Painting & Collage on Lewis & Harris, Scotland
September 6-13, 2015 (full day) — On Outer Hebrides, 'awe inspiring' is art inspiring! Nick Sanderson brings alive the human and natural history of this unique location to inform our art work. Includes accommodation, transportation on the islands, welcome reception & dinner. Visit website


Location: Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2223
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
September 7-18, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Watercolor Unleashed! Negative Painting in Watercolor
September 8 - October 20, 2015 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — As a watercolorist, artists must train their brain to see and think in terms of negative, as well as positive space. Students will learn techniques that will help them establish and maintain the light shapes in their painting – the keys to sparkling transparent watercolor! Six classes – six negative painting lessons. Each class will begin with a specific negative painting exercise, followed by the execution of a simple painting in which students will put that particular lesson to practical use. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! (No Class September 22) Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Stan Miller 5-Day Watercolor Workshop
September 9-13, 2015 (10 am - 4 pm) — Stan Miller's Long Beach workshop will include demonstrations of a variety of techniques and approaches to the landscape, portrait and florals. Students have the option of working from their own subjects or working from instructor handouts. Students are encouraged to bring at least 5 to 10 photos of subjects they are interested in painting. Instruction will emphasize the basics of watercolor painting: values, color mixing, composition, design, how to create a mood and how to pick a subject, as well as how to incorporate elements of realism, impressionism and abstraction into your paintings. The instructor will individually visit each student and handouts will be available. Be prepared to paint outside for possibly one day, weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Long Beach, CA
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Debbie Lewis
Cost: $450
Email: Debbie Lewis
Phone: 323 823-4543

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Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's Luke Buck Workshop
September 14-18, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Workshop held at Hummelstown Fire Co., 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown, PA, right next door to Hershey Park. Lunch and snacks included in the cost. Contact Linda Young (717-249-8325)or pwswrkshops@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Hummelstown, PA
Instructor: Luke Buck
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
Cost: $335 (PWS members) $390 (non-members)
Email: Linda Young
Phone: 717-249-8325

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


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

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Staying Afloat with Watercolor
September 14-18, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — 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 Main Street along the harbor 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. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Depoe Bay, OR
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Intuitive Approaches to Watercolor
September 14-18, 2015 — Internationally known artist Fábio Cembranelli will help you develop loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques, while you enhance your own intuitive approach to painting. You will be painting in the studio, and en plein air. Concepts: Wet on wet, wet on dry techniques; Light and Shadow effects; Spontaneous Color Mixing; Light that comes from the white of the paper; Composition and Depth; Enhancing focal point; Taking advantage of the unexpected effects of the watercolor medium. Your subjects will include the Still Life and Landscape, Architectural features and shadow effects on walls. Fabio will do two or three demos daily, both in the studio and en plein air. You will have plenty of personal assistance, and class critiques. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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


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

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Paint treasures of Coastal Maine with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 14-18, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun, working in Tony's "backyard" and favorite out-of-the-way painting spots. The Boothbay region offers unending subjects along its scenic coastline and quiet inlets. Enjoy hidden treasures like Cosy Harbor, local shipyards, lobster boats, shacks, docks and naturally, a lighthouse or two. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Boothbay Harbor, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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


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

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"Look at those Reflections"
September 18-19, 2015 (10:00 - 4:00) — Sharron Burns, watercolor artist and instructor in the Charlotte area and surroundings, specializes in watercolor still lifes with cut crystal, glass, mirrors and other "shiny objects" with great reflections and detail. She has won numerous awards for her work, and has been juried into NC Watercolor Society shows and others. This workshop is limited to 24 students, so early registration is recommended. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Sharron Burns
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery
Cost: $215.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 18-20, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Sewickley, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Stephanie Stewart

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 19-26, 2015 — 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, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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


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

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Gary Spetz Montana Watercolor Workshop
September 21-25, 2015 (9am to 4pm) — Public Television & NWS Signature Artist, Gary Spetz, will conduct a series of 5-day watercolor workshops at Glacier Camp's Spruce Lodge on Montana's beautiful Flathead Lake. Learn Gary's painting techniques for: Bold Rocks, Alpine Wildflowers, Dramatic Cascading Water, and Serene, Reflective Mountain Lakes. For all skill levels. Visit website


Location: Lakeside, MT
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: $595
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Capturing Autumn Colors in Watercolor
September 21-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Focus on the rich autumnal landscape, its magnificent clouds, and ever-changing skies, as you learn how to make a watercolor painting pop to life. Watch as Kari demonstrates, step by step, her techniques of applying rich color and expressive brushstrokes. Her workshops provide ample time for you to practice your own techniques, while she provides individual instruction. Kari demonstrates how to save the white of the paper, how to work in steps and build layers in a painting, how to use glazes, how to know when to quit, and much more. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
September 21-25, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Solutions
September 21-25, 2015 — The emphasis of the workshop is on the fundamentals of value, composition, lost and found edges, "wet on wet", and dry brushstrokes. You will learn how to maximize the unpredictability of the watercolor medium to create beautiful and spontaneous paintings. The workshop includes daily demonstrations and constructive critiques. Madeline Island is known for its colorful "Island Time" atmosphere. You'll paint en plein air with Joseph at all the best scenes. Subject matter will include boats, bays, landscapes, and the people and quaint architecture of old LaPointe. This workshop is great for artists wanting to advance to a new level of proficiency in watercolor. Expect to spend the majority of your days during the workshop, en plein air. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Joseph Zbukvic
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Creating Expressive Animal Paintings in Watercolor
September 21 - October 19, 2015 (Mondays, 9am-12pm) — Get loose, go outside the lines, and be unafraid of your watercolors! During this five-week course, Kim will guide students through three different approaches to an animal subject – a very direct painting approach, a wet-into-wet approach, and a unique "throwing paint" approach. Students will let their fears evaporate, learning instead to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations. Students will continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is done. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $250
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sketchbook to Studio: Watercolor Painting
September 23-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Award winning watercolorist Iain Stewart helps you bring your unique creativity to light, as you learn to dispel the myths concerning the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. With encouragement and an understanding of basic fundamentals, discover that watercolor is a medium unmatched in its ease of use, low cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression. Iain shares his knowledge through demonstrations and careful critiques. Follow along with Iain's group demonstrations, or if an experienced painter, work from your own photographs with individual guidance. Iain guides you, step by step, through his process, relying on sketching, graphite value studies, and preliminary color studies to simplify subject matter. Avoid common mistakes and explore watercolor in a relaxed and creative environment. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Iain Stewart, www.StewartWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $460
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Santa Fe Spirit/unique techniques
September 23-24, 2015 (9 to 4) — Paint with Dawn in her own studio. You will learn her unique techniques that are the magic to her paintings. All materials can be provided for an additional $25. You just show up and paint. You will have a finished painting or two to take home. All levels welcome. You will all learn and grow. Experience the creative city of Santa Fe. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $250 plus materials
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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


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

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Algoma Autumn Splash - Watercolour with Gord Mackenzie
September 25-30, 2015 — Come and practise your art in the pristine wilderness of Algoma, Northern Ontario, Canada. The Algoma area was the inspiration for Canada's famous Group of Seven and continues to inspire artists and photographers with its spectacular topography, sparkling lakes, spectacular waterfalls, splendid hardwood forests and majestic pines. Gordon MacKenzie is internationally known as a gifted watercolourist, an inspiring workshop instructor, and the author of The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook" and The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook - Landscapes". Gordon's instruction includes demos, exercises, and opportunity to work on your own, indoors and in several different spectacular plein air locations. Price includes five nights comfortable accommodation in lakeside cottages, 14 delicious meals served in a convivial atmosphere, and 4 days of excellent instruction. Visit website


Location: Thessalon, Canada
Instructor: Gordon Mackenzie
Sponsor: Algoma Wild Art Escapes
Cost: $850
Email: Gillian Lloyd
Phone: 705-841-2503

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Splash and Pour - Watercolor without the Fear
September 25-28, 2015 — Award winning Jackson Hole artist Kay Stratman teaches an unusual watercolor approach which she has derived from experimentation with "P'o Mo", which translated means "splash ink", a technique she has adapted to create colorful, saturated watercolor paintings on a gold or silver "shikishi board" surface. The outcome can be abstract or realistic to fit your style. Beginners learn something new - without the usual fear of watercolor, and advanced painters will add something new to their lexicon as well. Friday evening meet and greet, Saturday and Sunday all-day painting instruction, Sunday am depart. Detailed brochure available, contact Kay Stratman directly. Visit website


Location: Jackson, WY
Instructor: Kay Stratman
Sponsor: Turpin Meadow Ranch
Cost: $220 + variable lodging and meal options
Email: Kay Stratman
Phone: 307-413-0929

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Painting Light & Color
September 25-27, 2015 — In this 3-day workshop you will learn ways to imbue your watercolors with light and color. Through the development of thumbnail studies, you will learn to improve your sense of composition, values, and color. We will also go into detail about palette colors that yield fresh and vibrant paintings. Some time will be spent on ways to mix greens, a notoriously difficult color in watercolor. Special attention will be given to the greens of the Northwest. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over twenty-five years. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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


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

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The Art Barn Creative Expressions in Monotype Printing
September 27-29, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Energy, improvisation, impulse, gesture and chance are all characteristics of this printing process, as stated by William Jung. During this 3-day workshop, participants will learn the monotype printing process in ink, watercolor, and fluid acrylics in the Additive, Subtractive, and Free Style processes. This is a popular workshop that promises a lot of creative fun and some excellent results! Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: The Art Barn
Cost: $400
Email: Jane
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Inner And Outer Light - Luminous Watercolor In Orvieto Italy
September 27 - October 3, 2015 — Watercolor amidst the ancient magic of the Umbria section of Italy. Basic watercolor technique, washes, color mixing, texture along with forays to visually stimulating locations in town as well as markets, orchards or vineyards. Work in studio and plein air. All levels welcome- no experience necessary. Melissa- internationally published artist who received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study Painting in Paris. She is the author of 99 Keys to a Creative Life and her work has been featured on her own solo calendar as well as numerous other book and CD covers. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections. Visit website


Location: Orvieto, Italy
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Cost: $2995
Email: Melissa Harris

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Properties of Painting Water
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — In this class we will be closely examining the reflective and transparent qualities of water and how to achieve that feeling of movement in a painting. The movement of water is elusive to most painters, whether it's falling from rocks or rolling onto a beach there is an understandable way to approach it. We will be working from sketches and photos to understand and depict the true look of water movement. While we will make water the centerpiece for this workshop we will be painting everything that interacts with it. Trees, sky, rocks and figure will all be discussed and painted. John has developed an effective syllabus for the week, and will tailor the class to individual levels and needs. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: John Cosby
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Wet-on-Wet Watercolor: Limited Palette
September 28-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Get rid of muddy colors and fussy detail by using wet-into-wet techniques with a limited color palette. Take advantage of watercolor's magical properties and produce loose, fresh, spontaneous work that frees you from the guesswork of color choice. Each morning, Gordon demonstrates various techniques followed by ample time for each student to paint. During his demos, he emphasizes the basics of painting, and the principles of design, composition, and values. Bring photos of your favorite subjects for reference or use Gordon's photos. Gordon provides plenty of personal attention and as a positive critique at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Tuscany Painting Adventure
September 30 - October 13, 2015 — Join us this year on a dream painting adventure in a land of historic wonder and enchanting beauty! Tuscany Painting Adventure Exciting imagery in the Arno Valley and surrounding hillside towns. Individual instruction and demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods to exercise while painting scenes of Tuscany. Oil, watercolor, acrylic. Kevin Shea brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and instruction with over thirty years of experience painting outdoors as a full-time professional artist. Displayed with American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club. Contracted by Warner Brothers, Boston Pops, featured on CNN, New York Times. Tuscany a second home, where he has lived and taught in Florence, and conducts many "Tuscany Painting Adventures". Jack Richeson® Artist Materials Certified Instructor. Visit website


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

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Studio Italia 2015
October 1-11, 2015 — A unique and intimate ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history and philosophy of art, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi. Only two places left. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: 2700
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Small Gems: Small Paintings with Big Impact
October 1-3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Work on a full sheet of watercolor paper (22"x 30") divided into equal parts; example sizes might be quarters (11"x 15") or sixths (7" x 10"). Learn to use vibrant and luscious color, fearlessly. Focus in on the most compelling parts of photos to create your paintings. Pick a particular image (e.g.., an animal, a head, a flower) and create an entire painting around it - using a background color or textures to support it. You'll have an opportunity to work through many ideas and variations in a short length of time. Also, these paintings can make great gifts! Visit website


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

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


Location: Floyd, VA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Jacksonville Center for the Arts
Email: Leia Wood
Phone: 540-745-2784

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


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

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Fall Colors in New Hampshire with Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
October 3-7, 2015 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. See glorious fall colors against a backdrop of dark evergreens, reflecting in the lakes of "On Golden Pond" fame. Visit picturesque villages such as Freedom and Tamworth. The Purity Spring Resort offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms and delicious meals. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon Tony shows how to improve your efforts in our studio. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: East Madison, NH
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
October 3-10, 2015 — 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, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
October 5-12, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
October 16-18, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Greensburg, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Sue Pollins
Phone: 724-822-6767

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Calistoga: Grapes & Grapevines
October 16-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join me in the California wine country for three days of painting grapes and grapevines in luminous watercolor. The workshop is taught step by step. Materials can be provided for an additional charge. Please visit www.kathleenalexanderwatercolors.com for more information. Visit website


Location: Calistoga, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Alexander
Sponsor: Kathleen Alexander
Cost: $300
Email: Kathleen Alexander
Phone: 650-455-0998

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


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

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Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 17-24, 2015 — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

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Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne
October 17-18, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with one of America's premier painters and esteemed PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work with a full-color palette, from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement, and learn to articulate form and space. Maximize the expressive impact of pure, jewel-like color through stronger, more-focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and give a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. This workshop is excellent for artists interested in revitalizing their work and advancing their enthusiastic love of color. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
October 19-23, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Power Landscape
October 22-24, 2015 (10am-5pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting and how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create dynamic composition. Students will work their way through the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way, students will play with colors and discover what helps to create a coherent painting that stands out. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 26-30, 2015 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


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

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Watercolor: Creative Design and Innovative Color Patterns
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will discover ways to develop their own personal painting style. Variation and simplification in design, influence of color, variations in texture, and the use of abstract images are some of the essentials, which will be explored. Students will learn to see and understand Judi's concept of 'magical shapes', as well as learn new ways to see and capture mood and emotion. The focus of this workshop is to assist the artists in creating their own expressive paintings. In addition to planning landscapes, students may want to further develop their skills with animal and human figures. With over 100 awards to her credit, Judi is a painter who also teaches. Her paintings are known for their luminosity, humor and sparkle. Visit website


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

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Paint & Play in Kauai Paradise!
October 27 - November 2, 2015 (half day class, then paint on your own or play!) — A small group to learn Dawn's many techniques for painting foliage, and abstracted flowers in her unique way. Her fabric company is named Leilani by Dawn after her love of painting on this "Garden Island" tropical paradise. Class size limited to 6. Come paint with us in a luxury home with pool and close to beach. Price based on double occupancy in spacious luxury home. Fun, fun, fun!!! Visit website


Location: Kauai, HI
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $1200 includes class and luxury accomodations with pool
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Painting
November 2-5, 2015 (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day's completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design - including color and composition. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. His first book, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com. Visit website


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
November 2-13, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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Learning to See
November 2-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Through lecture and demos, individual critique and attention, students will be expected to gain a deeper understanding of the "Basic Principles of Making Pictures": Design composition, Values, Colors, Balance and Harmony, Forms described by light and color, Handling and manipulation of the materials including watercolor and oil. Working live from the horse and from photo reference, students will practice the application of these basic principles. A slide presentation of deceased masters, as well as a presentation showing the steps involved in moving from concept to finished work will be included in the lecture portion of this workshop. Students will be able to work in either or both mediums. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Grant Redden and Jim Norton
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,200 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. 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

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Children's Book Illustration Workshop with David Wiesner
November 14-15, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Explore the visual language of picture books in this hands-on illustration workshop with Caldecott Medal-winning book creator, David Wiesner. Picture books are about how images work together, relate to each other, and convey information to create a whole that is greater than the individual elements. Learn how images move the reader through the book; how to create a compelling visual rhythm; how information and emotion are transmitted through the size, shape and number of images; and how design affects not only the look of the book, but the story elements as well. Drawing will be the primary focus of the class; a choice of stories will be available, but students may bring their own - original or public domain. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Wiesner
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
November 16-20, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Painting Life with Life
November 16-20, 2015 (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

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


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

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Watercolor Workshop
November 21-22, 2015 (9am - 5pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. A variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome. Be sure to visit the exhibition James Toogood Watercolors on view in the Alumni Gallery through November 29! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
December 7-18, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Alende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez &Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $750.00 includes watercolor materials
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 4151212311

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


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
December 14-16, 2015 (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: $395
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors
January 11-15, 2016 (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 the student 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 Energies and Composition
January 20-21, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Jacksonville, FL
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Linda Hammons
Phone: 904-466-8817

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
January 22-23, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: St. Augustine, FL
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Linda Hammons
Phone: 904-466-8817

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A Modern Approach to Watercolor
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (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

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"Watercolor Secrets Revealed"
March 3-6, 2016 (9:30 am-4:30 pm) — Tom Lynch's workshops are very organized classes that include lesson exercises, and plenty of individual attention. He demonstrates, works with each student, and critiques daily. Each day builds upon the previous day's lessons in a positive, fun-filled atmosphere. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Some of the objectives you will be working on: How To Think Like An Artist; Many New Watercolor Techniques; Composition/Design; Capturing Mood; Painting Sunlight & Shadow' and Plein Air Painting. Lynch has been selected by The American Artist Magazine as one of the "top 20" teachers in the nation. Welcome to the watercolor world of Tom Lynch ~ Let him lead you on an exciting watercolor adventure in color, contrast, and light! Visit tomlynch.com. Visit website


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

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Gary Spetz's Caribbean Cruise Watercolor Workshop
March 6-13, 2016 — Gary's workshop-cruises combine the best of painting and travel. Enjoy and learn the equivalent of Gary's regular (land-based) 5-day workshops, while traveling 7 days and nights to beautiful and inspiring destinations. Gary conducts half-day sessions during port days and full-day sessions during sea days, so nothing is missed. And workshoppers (and their spouse/friend/partner) are welcome to join Gary (and his wife, Marlene) for various private group events. Cruising is an ideal workshop environment if traveling with a non-painter spouse/friend/partner. They are offered a whole host of things to do. This cruise-workshop program is all about fun, discovery, and enriching your knowledge of watercolor. With so much visual stimulation, these workshops will focus on destination painting subjects. All skill levels. Visit website


Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: Workshop $595 + Cruise $799
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover
March 6-12, 2016 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Studio and some plein air. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Kathleen Conover, www.kathleenconover.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Watercolor Workshop in the Rose Garden
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Plein Air painting is a wonderful way to develop artistic skills while enjoying the rose garden that surrounds Scottsdale Artists' School. A successful watercolor painting integrates the unique qualities of watercolor paint and paper with all of the traditional concerns of the artist: composition, perspective, light, form and color. Students in Carolyn's workshop will learn through demonstration, exercises and practice. Throughout the week, students will work in the classroom and outdoors in the rose garden. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Frank Webb
March 13-19, 2016 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Studio and some plein air. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
March 14-18, 2016 (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

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Watercolor Art Workshop and Retreat in Columbia Gorge
April 11-15, 2016 (9:30 - 4:00) — Join us at the Flying Pig Studio and Guest Ranch in the Columbia River Gorge to learn from Gayle Weisfield, a renowned watercolor instructor. She will teach wet-and-wet landscape painting, focusing on mountains and reflections. The Flying Pig Art Retreat overlooks Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Gayle's workshops are small (usually 4-8 people) so that everyone receives plenty of individual attention. You will complete several paintings in the workshop, working on a different subject each day. In addition to a group critique of your work, Gayle will provide an in-depth critique of both in-class work and additional paintings you might bring. For rates and more information, please visit gayleweisfield.com or call Gayle at 541-645-0323. Visit website


Location: Lyle, WA
Instructor: Gayle Weisfield
Cost: $500
Email: Gayle Weisfield
Phone: 541-645-0323

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Watercolor Solutions: Still Life, Landscapes, & Portraits/Figures
April 11-15, 2016 (9:15 am-4:00 pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking artwork are the goals of this workshop. Charles Reid uses the same approaches for figures, still life and landscapes. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. During the workshop, he will use contour drawing, helping students to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on isolated objects. The class will also practice "direct painting," using as few over washes as possible. It is strongly advised that each student will have reviewed his most recent books Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Watercolor Solutions prior to the workshop. Long considered a watercolor master, Reid's paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and expert drawing ability. Visit charlesreidart.com. Visit website


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

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


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 18-22, 2016 (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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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 6-16, 2016 — You won't find a more beautiful location than the 5 little villages of the Cinque Terre. The coastline, the five villages and surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your instructor Betty Carr has taught painting for many years. As a professional artist throughout her distinguished career she has traveled extensively gathering inspirational subject matter through her plein air painting experiences. Carr is the author of the acclaimed instructional book Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide. Her work is featured in numerous books including Creative Composition & Design, The Painter's Workshop; Splash 5; Painter's Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes, and Flower Pocket Pal. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Betty Carr
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Plein air painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 12-18, 2016 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting the local village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. Tour "The Painters Trail" along the Riviera coast. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
July 1-11, 2016 — Get ready to paint green! Western Ireland is a place of rugged beauty, wonderfully warm people. Our superb hotel is by the river, in Ennistymon, a colorful town with a great Irish cemetery overlooking it. North Clare is one of Ireland's best kept secrets with dramatic cliffs of Moher, miles of sandy beaches, the unique Burren landscape with rare flora and archaeological sites, and picturesque villages. Next we move to Inishmor, one of the Aran Isles. This is like stepping back into another century. The island is small and gaelic is spoken. Back to the mainland, to the Shannon area (Bunratty) for two nights near the airport with a very special evening banquet and entertainment in a medieval castle. Visit website


Location: Ennistymon, Ireland
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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Gary Spetz's Alaska Cruise Watercolor Workshop
July 16-23, 2016 — Gary's workshop-cruises combine the best of painting and travel. Enjoy and learn the equivalent of Gary's regular (land-based) 5-day workshops, while traveling 7 days and nights to beautiful and inspiring destinations. Gary conducts half-day sessions during port days and full-day sessions during sea days, so nothing is missed. And workshoppers (and their spouse/friend/partner) are welcome to join Gary (and his wife, Marlene) for various private group events. Cruising is an ideal workshop environment if traveling with a non-painter spouse/friend/partner. They are offered a whole host of things to do. This cruise-workshop program is all about fun, discovery, and enriching your knowledge of watercolor. With so much visual stimulation, these workshops will focus on destination painting subjects. All skill levels. Visit website


Location: Seattle, WA
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: Workshop $595 + Cruise $1,099
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
July 18-22, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Boone, NC
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Edwina May
Phone: 800-227-2788

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali, Indonesia
August 8-22, 2016 — Spend two weeks with us on the exotic island of Bali! The entire island is volcanic, so there are mountains as high as 10,000 feet. We will spend some of our time in the mountain community of Ubud (there is so much to see and do there!) and then head to the beach at Candi Dasa. Cris has been painting and drawing for over 25 years. She teaches weekly seminars in watercolor in her San Diego studio, and has an extensive collection of journals from travels around the world. Spend the trip with your sketch book, watercolors, markers, pencils and record this journey forever. Learn to see in a whole new way while you explore exotic Bali. Visit website


Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Cris Weatherby
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Amalfi Coast Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 11-21, 2016 — Paint the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast. We like to stay in Ravello because there are fewer tourists, no cruise ships, you can walk all over town, and, although we do take you to Amalfi and Positano, you will be happy you are not staying there. The views from Ravello are fabulous. Don’s 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, Rough Sketches, and Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, as well as the video, "Making Watercolor Glow". Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 12-14, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Allentown, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Peg McCormack
Phone: 610-965-1432


Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Dynamic Color Sketching For Entertainment | Self-Study
Ongoing — Sam has perfected an approach to picture making that works for any level of experience. The absolute beginner will rise quickly and start creating bold energetic paintings within the first couple of weeks of this online self-study. The experienced professional will learn the simplest way to break down a scene and only paint what is necessary to communicate the story. We will not be covering tightly rendered paintings, but instead focus on quick color sketching to tell the entire story. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Samuel Michlap
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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


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

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $40 buys a 4-session punch card
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Botanical Art in the French Court Tradition
Every Thursday (10:30am to 3:30pm) — Botanical Art Workshops at Studio 20. Please check schedules on this website or in our FREE Monthly Newsletter, or call 941-953-9999. This is an open enrollment program. Students can work projects of their own choosing, or they can following the Academy of Botanical Art program based on O.M. Braida's Ten Step book series. $595 Tuition includes Class registration, Review, Grade. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Olivia Marie Braida or Susan Walker
Sponsor: Academy of Botanical Art
Cost: $125 per class; $470 for 4; $595-4 Classes/Review/Grade
Email: Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano
Phone: 941-953-9999

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Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki
Weekly on Fridays (5:30-7:30 PM) — In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including "wet on wet", "dry brush", and "gradation" of hue. No prior experience is needed. Of the many fine artists capturing the serene settings of Huntsville, Alabama, few can compare to watercolor powerhouse Yuri Ozaki. If not only for the sheer number of paintings Ozaki has created of Huntsville's beautiful locations and colorful people, the perceptive eye and tremendous skill she imbues in each work places her in a special class of truly 'local' artists. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Yuri Ozaki
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $30 - Students must register in advance
Email: Yuri Ozaki
Phone: 256-665-8736

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Chinese Brush Painting (third Sunday of each month)
Ongoing (1-4pm) — This traditional method of painting is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; the most popular materials on which paintings are made are rice paper and silk. The finished work can be mounted on scrolls or framed. These ink and wash paintings, in Chinese Shui-mo, are also referred to as "xie yi" or freehand style. Ming will guide you step by step. Subjects include: Bamboo, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, Plum blossoms, Iris, Peony, Wisteria, Lotus blossoms, Camellia, Roses, etc.... each week a new subject. You may register and pay for one class at a time or as many as you like. A one-time $10 registration fee is required when you register for the first class. Visit website


Location: Albuquerque, NM
Instructor: Ming Franz, mingfranzstudio.com
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: NMAL Members $35 per class, Non-members $45 per class
Email: Buffy Nelson
Phone: 505-293-5034

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


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

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


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

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