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In-Depth Watercolor
September 30 - December 9, 2016 (Fridays, 9am-1:30pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Autumn Landscape
October 1-22, 2016 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Celebrate the color of autumn amidst beautiful views and wildlife at nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands, marsh, and creek provide varied and compelling scenery for the study of landscape painting techniques, including methods for simplifying water and foliage and managing the effects of shifting daylight. Located near the airport in Southwest Philadelphia, the Heinz Refuge offers plenty of free parking, access by public transportation, sheltered locations and restrooms. All media are welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gouache Painting
October 1 - December 10, 2016 (Saturdays, 1-4pm) — Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache – an opaque watercolor paint characterized by its layering capabilities and beautiful matte color. Beginning-level students can experience gouache as an accessible foray into the world of color; experienced oil painters will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or for use at home with limited working time and space. Learn the fundamentals of gouache painting materials and techniques while working from colorful still life arrangements and outdoor views. Instruction will incorporate basic drawing techniques, use of value and contrast, color mixing, and principles of composition. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
October 1-8, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
October 2 - November 6, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Painting Fall Colors in Watercolor
October 3-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, however some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this course. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 3-6, 2016 (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 all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Gualala, CA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Gualala Art Center
Email: Lamar Van Gunten
Phone: 707-785-3408

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

An Insider's Look at New York
October 3-7, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — New York City is one of the most visually exciting cities in the world. Skyscrapers and neon billboards juxtaposed against tranquil tree-filled parks provide a wide range of subject matter choices. Based on years of experience in New York City, John Salminen will share some of his favorite painting spots. On location demos, individual help and critiques will guarantee an exciting, productive and fun-filled week painting New York’s iconic landmarks, as well as scenes of daily life on the street. John is a signature member of the AWS, NWS and many more art organizations. Visit website


Location: New York City, NY
Instructor: John Salminen
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Italia 2016
October 3-13, 2016 — A unique 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/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of 2985$ CAD (around 2350$ US as of August 2015) 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 Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Figure Painting with Charles Reid
October 3-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking are the goals of this workshop. Reid uses the same approach for figures, still life and landscapes. Students will learn about contour drawing, which helps one concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on individual isolated objects. Students will practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. The workshop will concentrate on good paint consistency (the correct ratio of water and paint when the bush is loaded). The goal will be to achieve the correct color, edge variety and tonal value with the first try. Recommended reading, “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions” and “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets” by North Light books. Portable easel is recommended but not required. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Powerful Tools for Powerful Paintings
October 6-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This class is designed to give students a firm grasp of basic art principles. I believe academic practices are fundamental and I’ll present down-to-earth studies daily to promote these skills and the “thinking” that accompanies them. The studies aim at deeper, richer understanding of color, values, design concepts, perspective and an awareness and real appreciation of our own individual creative spirits. When these fundamentals are thoroughly absorbed into our thinking, we are free to fully pursue our personal artistic journeys without the stress that comes from feeling unsure in one or all of these vital areas. I demonstrate some each day to reinforce the lesson and provide a variety of watercolor techniques at the same time. Students of all levels are welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gloria Miller Allen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Watercolor Journaling
October 8-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Do you have thousands of reference photos just laying around? Explore the exciting world of plein air watercolor art journaling as a way of keeping a more personal reference of inspiring moments. First, learn about the immediacy of seeing by creating a plein air watercolor journal - full of moments of being aware, exciting visual imagery and inspiring words. Then select one journal image and translate it into a painting. Capture scenic moments using Trish’s unique approach she calls “drawing with a brush” and then finish with a small painting done in the studio. This class will live out the words from the poet Mary Oliver, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Now tell about it.” Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Trish McKinney
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $240
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Reclaiming the Goddess in the South of France
October 8-15, 2016 — Reclaim the goddess with this fascinating and inspiring plein air painting workshop for women. In the heart of the South of France, you will embark on a breathtaking journey exploring evidence of the pre-Christian goddess in many forms that are scattered across this beautiful place. You'll harness this inspiration in fantastic plein air painting sessions with renowned instructor, Melissa Harris (author of Painting Outside the Lines). During your journey you will encounter Diana and Cybelle through artwork and architecture, and explore the mystery of Mary Magdalene, with your paintbrush never far away. Stay in a charming guest house with all meals and wine included. A perfect way to embrace the feminine and experience painting in this magical place. Visit website


Location: Carcassonne, France
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Cerulean Blue Enterprises
Cost: $2300 Double Occupancy; $2600 Private Room
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: +1 954-663-7250

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting on the Brandywine
October 9, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Portray the beauty of the autumn landscape en plein air along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Draw or paint in the medium of your choice to capture the effects of light, time of day, reflections and shadows. Bring a packed lunch or dine at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit the Brandywine River Museum to view the land- and seascapes of William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey and Asher B. Durand and others. On-site restrooms and sheltered locations available. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Content / Expression of Your Art with Alex Powers
October 10-12, 2016 (10am -4pm) — The workshop will include portrait demonstration, PowerPoint lectures, design lecture with illustrations and consultations of work from home. You will also receive individual critiques at your table/easel along with being involved in group critiques. Alex Powers lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been an instructor throughout the United States and abroad. He exhibits in numerous galleries and has many national juried exhibition awards. Alex is the author of “Painting People in Watercolor—A Design Approach". Visit website


Location: Columbia, SC
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: City Art
Cost: $250
Email: Randy Hanna
Phone: 803-252-3613

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 14-16, 2016 (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 all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society
Email: Hanna Joensuu
Phone: 850-582-1329

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Open Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 15-22, 2016 (All Day) — Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations in private apartments, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Max enrollment: 12. Cooking class options for non painters. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Duo: Classical & Modern
October 15-22, 2016 — This Croatia painting tour is designed for those who would like an introduction to watercolor and classical plein-air painting or for those with some experience who would like to improve their skills and experiment with new watercolor techniques under the professional guidance of two experienced Spanish watercolorists: Eva Liberal and Idoia Lasagabaster. Advanced painters are also welcome to join and will get personalized attention corresponding to their level. The workshop will take place in the picturesque countryside and little medieval towns of Istria, giving painters a chance to get the most out of the beautiful Croatian scenery. Accommodation in a charming hotel, former noble family palace, gardens and terraces with stunning views, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, dinners with wine included. Visit website


Location: Motovun, Croatia
Instructor: Idoia Lasagabaster & Eva Liberal
Sponsor: ARTISTours
Cost: € 1575 p.p.
Email: Marija Cingel
Phone: +385 98 311622

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon: Watercolor and Collage
October 16-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — If you are looking for a playful, creative art retreat to learn more about watercolor and relax in an ocean front room with miles of sand to walk on - this workshop is for you! Beautiful Cannon Beach is the location for this four-day art retreat focusing on watercolor and collage. The fun begins at 5pm on Sunday evening at The Ocean Lodge with a gathering to meet everyone and review our week ahead. Each painting day will start with a playful warm-up and a different image to work from emphasizing the design elements of color, shape, value, line and texture. Water soluble Japanese Rice Papers will be incorporated on some paintings to emphasize texture. 12 students minimum, 18 max. Visit website


Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $425 by June 1; $475 after June 1
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Art Coaching Workshop
October 17-21, 2016 — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non-academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 700 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: +34 619164632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting: All Media
October 17 - December 5, 2016 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Work in the painting medium of your choice (oil, acrylic, watercolor and/or gouache) from a variety of subject matter including the still life. Instruction will focus on color mixing, scale of mark, and the nature of each student’s chosen medium and surface. Studio practice will be supplemented by helpful critique and reference to historical and current artists in discussions of painting elements and trends. Designed for students with some painting experience. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
October 21, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor on Yupo: Translucent Magic
October 21 & 22, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — Translucent Yupo is one of my favorite painting surfaces! I'll show you how I paint on the back of the translucent Yupo, which then magically glows through to the front! We'll all paint from this photo...I'll provide you with the digital file (or I can print the photo for you for a nominal extra charge). Topics we'll cover: - How to paint layers of color on Yupo (its slickness requires a particular touch) - How to keep your painting crisp and clean (not muddled or over-worked) - How to protect and frame your Yupo painting. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $200
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Joy of Plein-Air
October 22-29, 2016 — Croatia painting tour aimed at people with a passion for painting, as well as those who would love to learn, but never had the time or opportunity to do so under professional guidance. A highly entertaining and enjoyable learning experience, combining traveling around the picturesque countryside and little medieval towns of Istria with learning more about the art of painting. The workshops and demonstrations will be conducted by professional artist Anna Galea, who will discuss inquiries and potential difficulties in a friendly, informal, yet expert manner. Come enjoy this watercolor plein-air painting vacation! Accommodation in a charming hotel, former noble family palace, gardens and terraces with stunning views, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, dinners with wine, airport transfer and trips included. Visit website


Location: Motovun, Croatia
Instructor: Anna Galea
Sponsor: ARTISTours
Cost: € 1575 p.p.
Email: Marija Cingel
Phone: +385 98 311622

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Workshop
October 22-23, 2016 (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. 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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixing Greens, Easily & Successfully
October 24, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — What 2 colors are the best for mixing greens? Can I use tube colors? If I use a 3rd color, will I make mud? My 1-day Watercolor Workshop will boost your self-confidence when you get ready to paint your next landscape or gardenscape. I've been painting landscapes for over 30 years. I remember the frustration of painting stilted shrubs and trees that look like they were pasted on. I'll have some step-by-step examples because visuals are how we learn the best! We won't have time to finish a painting, but we'll tackle exercises so that you're comfortable with a variety of "green" situations! Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $100
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

Advanced Level

Splash Color Workshop
October 24-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Join Ming Franz (International Artist magazine’s recent Grand Prize winner) for a four-day Splash Color workshop, starting from ancient Black and White splash to Traditional splash, to marbling splash to crinkling splash to abstract splash and finish touches, splash on mulberry paper, masa paper and watercolor paper using liquid watercolor, acrylic and Asian ink. The foundation of this painting process is based on principles originating in Tang Dynasty China with a technique known as Po Mo. Essentially the artist freely “splashes” liquid color onto stacks of dampened sheets of mulberry paper. After the wet sheets are left to dry, the artist determines if the abstracts can stand on their own, or if they can be enhanced with more paint. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ming Franz
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $650
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing and Painting With Charles Reid
October 24-28 or Oct 31 - November 4, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — 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: New Orleans, LA
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor autumn scenes. Learn basic techniques for these two mediums, on their own or in combination, as you translate the dramatic cityscape of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 4-6, 2016 (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 all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Cost: $325
Email: David M. Kessler
Phone: 336-418-3038

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Portraits: Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 7-11, 2016 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — 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. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $675 Museum members/$700 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Animals, Figures, and Backgrounds
November 7-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $400
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 11-13, 2016 (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 all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Luminous Watercolors
November 15-16, 2016 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint your watercolors with light, luminosity and atmosphere, by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques on balance and unity, design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, pastels, etc. Experience firsthand why his courses are so popular! Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observation of the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
November 18, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor FUN-damentals with Karen Beauprie
November 30 - December 14, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — People say that “watercolor is too difficult”, but in three days, you will discover this statement is a myth! In this introductory workshop, students will learn to use a variety of watercolor materials and technical approaches to create still life and landscape compositions. Drawing skills are not necessary, only the student’s willingness to splash and play with water and paint. During each weekly session, the student will experience teacher demonstrations, group discussions, illustrations, personal assistance, and “paint along” experiences in order to explore the fun of watercolor. The intent of this workshop is to practice the art of painting, not completing a work of art. Join us to learn the FUN-damentals of painting with watercolors! Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Karen Beauprie, www.beausartstudio.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower
December 3, 2016 (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 students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material whenever they 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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Painting the Figure from Photographs
December 5-9, 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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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
December 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This 3-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
December 16, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85.
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 21-25, 2016 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color, and joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Migueld de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 including materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Winter Landscape on Rice Paper: Abstracted Realism
January 5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this one-day workshop learn to create beautiful winter landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes, which work very well depicting foliage and cause them to resemble batiks. The class will briefly go over color mixing and composition before the morning demonstration. There will be individual assistance as students begin their painting. Students will mount their rice paper and layer colors creating a beautiful landscape. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that students have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, streetscapes, florals and interiors. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
February 27 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


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

Beginner Level

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


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

Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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Painting People from Photographs
March 12-18, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, he encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Our hotel with its beautiful studio is located across the street from the Art institute and a short walk from the main plaza in San Miguel. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
May 23-30, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 10 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 13-20, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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Watercolor Painting
August 1-3, 2017 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress." Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson
October 2-7, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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Watercolor Painting
year round, Tuesdays (9:30-12:00) — This is a fun beginner and intermediate ongoing watercolor painting class. Each week is a new painting using all sorts of different techniques and subjects. Arches paper is furnished. Class begins with critique of past paintings, then a demonstration of new painting, and personal attention to each student as they paint. Many go to lunch afterwards. Visit website


Location: St. Augustine, FL
Instructor: Linda Hammons
Sponsor: Linda Hammons
Cost: $60 mth or $20 wk
Email: Linda Hammons
Phone: 904-466-8817

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


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

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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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