Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Simultaneous Figure Drawing Dutch/US"
June 24, 2017
 

The ArtisTTable and Royce Deans Studio are presenting a very special figure drawing event. A Dutch/American Simultaneous Figure Drawing Marathon. This 8 hour event, the first four hours have a model in the studio, plus a model projected on a screen from our sister event in The Netherlands. The second half will be a single long pose. Bring your drawing and/or painting gear. There are tables, chairs and easels. The entire 8-hours with lunch: $50. Half-day with lunch: $30. Half-day without lunch: $25. Royce Deans Studio, Leelanau Studios #3, 10781 E. Cherry Bend Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans
Cost: $50
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


""Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Cloudcroft - a quaint mountain village in New Mexico - is the unique setting for this dynamic workshop. Janet Rogers is an award-winning Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and others - and a professional and National Instructor. Janet shares easily her love of watercolors in a spontaneous "alla prima" and impressionistic style of interpreting the head and figure. Participants will learn a natural, fluid, gestural, intuitive approach in this exciting workshop, which is designed to help artists of all levels. Artists will learn new skills through many demonstrations, class instruction and painting time, one-on-one help, class "show & tell", and through fun and loose exercises. A no-fear zone! Janet is known for her passionate dedication in her workshops!
 
Location: Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 915-490-5071


"Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Capturing The Light and Atmosphere"
June 27-29, 2017
 

This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration. Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional. Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome. Limited to 8 to 12 students.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Joseph Gyurcsak, www.josephgyurcsak.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"2 day Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27-28, 2017
 

European impressions in watercolor: How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns. The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions".
 
Location: Stevensville, Maryland
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 410 200-8019


"Open Air Fundamentals"
July 1-8, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast"
July 1-10, 2017
 

Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth.
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Cost: $2,975
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival
Website, email, +1 202 468 9953


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
July 3-14, 2017
 

A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2685
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
July 3-14, 2017
 

A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2685
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"The Extended Pose"
July 5 - August 9, 2017
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, measurement, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Workshop"
July 6-14, 2017
 

With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize.
 
Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"In-Depth Watercolor - Session 2"
July 7 - August 11, 2017
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost:
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
July 8-9, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, brushes and pigments. Learn transparent and opaque painting methods, and gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge, a lifeguard will be on duty!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Unleashed! Paint a White Flower"
July 8, 2017
 

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


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
July 9 - August 6, 2017
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Orr's Island, Maine"
July 9-13, 2017
 

Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at an old family summer home known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Orr’s Island is a wonderful place to paint because of its varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Daily demonstrations, individualized instruction and critiques.
 
Location: Orrs Island, Maine
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $410 lodging
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 10-14, 2017
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-14, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 575-682-2889


"The Portrait and The Figure"
July 11-13, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Laguna Beach, California
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Abstraction through Observation"
July 12-15, 2017
 

This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Painting the Essence"
July 17-19, 2017
 

Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Cost: $459
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Fun Watercolor Techniques with Dawn Davis "
July 17-18, 2017
 

Dawn will share her many special techniques with you. Painting with a lot of water and free flowing pigment, you will create a painting or two to take home. Using resist, stamping, lifting out and incorporating design and color theory will expand your skills. Bring your own materials or materials provided for additional $50 for the two days. Enjoy the magic of Santa Fe in your time off! All levels welcome.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $275.00
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor"
July 18-20, 2017
 

Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Atmospheric Watercolors"
July 21-24, 2017
 

Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Sense of Place"
July 24-26, 2017
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"High School Intensive: Watercolor"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 28-30, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Binders Art
Website, email, 404-237-6331


"Discover Originality Within Your Work"
July 28-29, 2017
 

During this two-day workshop, Australian Master Artist, Herman Pekel, will meet the artists where they are and support the production of work that expands their practice in a personal way. Individual instruction will be plentiful and discussions and lectures of particular techniques will be included. Many tips will be given. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun! Limited enrollment!
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Flowing Features"
July 28, 2017
 

If you’ve found creating facial features intimidating, this is the class for you! Explore creating features of the face with water soluble products including, pencils, drawing tools, pens, and watercolors. Create many studies of each feature before moving on to an intriguing portrait of your choice. Students will be guided through several exercises that will build upon each other that you can use as studies for your future portrait work! Be brave. Be Bold. Be adventurous! This class will go beyond the cutesy facial features but still add touches of whimsy and color. Demonstrations will focus on realism with a slant above fanciful. Explore how effective drawing what you see rather than what you believe you see is!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carrie Waller - Painting Glass"
July 28-29, 2017
 

Carrie Waller almost needs no introduction! She’s won many awards for her bold, dramatic and vibrant paintings, many of which are based on lights, shadows and colors seen through glass. She is widely known for her award-winning paintings of incandescent light bulbs, an idea that struck a chord with her when they were banned from further production. Carrie’s been living in Japan with her military family for the past two years, but she’s coming back to the States for a family visit (and our workshop) in 2017. Carrie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Carrie Waller
Cost: $225.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Zen Painting"
July 29-30, 2017
 

In this unique workshop by Jodi Ohl, truly soothe your artistic soul through a ‘Zen-full’ Painting experience. Go beyond the doodle and create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth. Recharge your artistic spirit. Reconnect with inner peace. Relax. It’s just paint. Learn to free your mind while unleashing your Zen-ful artistic spirit! You’ll create several 6 x 6 pieces before diving into a larger main painting. Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"All that Glitters!"
July 29, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on the beautiful play of light and color on glass, metallic and shiny surfaces using oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal. Cynthia, who is widely known for her colorful and meticulous paintings of glass reflections, will discuss and demonstrate how to capture these qualities on your canvas. Students will work from still-life set-ups that make use of glass, metal and colorful patterned fabric to see and portray the intriguing light and reflections they see. Cynthia will demonstrate in the beginning of the workshop, then students will work from the set-ups for their own paintings. Good drawing skills are strongly recommended for the best results in this workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Freedom of Brushstroke in Watercolor"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching is through an individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Landgrove Inn - InView Center for the Arts
Website, email, 800.669.8466


"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."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf"
August 2-5, 2017
 

Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning "
August 3, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 4, 2017
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Landscape on Rice Paper"
August 5, 2017
 

In this one-day workshop, students will paint beautiful, colorful landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes. These work very well depicting foliage and the paintings resemble batiks. The morning will consist of a color harmony and composition lesson and demonstration of this exciting technique. Students will receive individual instruction and will mount their rice paper onto watercolor paper and continue layering color for a stunning landscape.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Pullinsi, www.lindapullinsi.com
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Botanical Watercolor"
August 5, 2017
 

This workshop teaches basis watercolor techniques through a series of exercises designed to help the participant understand the different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint and drawing techniques used in botanical art will be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required for drawing the botanical specimen from which to paint an elegant botanical.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolors from A To Z"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece"
August 9-15, 2017
 

For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us!
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal"
August 9-16, 2017
 

Montreal is a beautiful, almost European city, right here in North America! It's my home town! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Skill Level: From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or painting...not necessarily experience in plein air) up to advanced levels are invited. Includes: Shared accommodations in a quaint yet updated Montreal apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, travel to and from the airport, lunches, 5 dinners, Metro or bus fares, sightseeing, museum or garden entry fees, and personal expenses.
 
Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $1500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 10-12, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Website, email, 334-221-5883


"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.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy"
August 13-19, 2017
 

Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days.
 
Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
August 14-18, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting"
August 17-19, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of still life painting with particular attention to the generation of ideas and composition through sketches and studies completed in drawing media, watercolor, and gouache. Hone your painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns within your work through various methodologies. When working with the still life, you must consider the objects’ materiality, as well as the arrangement and juxtaposition of objects. Sift through ideas quickly as you complete a series of thumbnails and studies. Further develop those compositions and ideas as you translate them to larger scale. Use a variety of oil painting methods, including underpainting, direct painting, color manipulation, textural development, and glazing. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 18-20, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $350
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn"
August 19-20, 2017
 

This class will cover the following topics, time permitting and based on student interest: Pigment properties, Masking & lifting techniques, Color mixing using the color wheel, Brushwork & texture options, Wash & glazing techniques, Working from photos & from life, Making shadows. You can bring photos of things you’d like to paint, or actual objects. Cynthia Quinn has been painting in oils and watercolor for 25 years, and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The reason she paints? She never tires of the challenges and how it develops awareness of the world around her.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 21-25, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Watercolors from A to Z"
August 21-25, 2017
 

This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Florence Thomas Art School
Website, email, 336-846-3827


"Watercolor Unleashed! Watercolor on Canvas"
August 25-26, 2017
 

Is watercolor on canvas new to you? Explore techniques to conquer this challenging watercolor support that allows framing without glass or mat. Painting methods – both traditional and non-traditional – will be presented during the workshop. Students will learn to use minimal “acrylic underpinnings” to set the stage for vibrant colors in their paintings and pave the way for loose watercolor washes on the canvas. A landscape scene will be used for the demo painting and a photo will be provided for use, but students are always welcome to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine"
August 27-31, 2017
 

This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand, followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie. This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment.
 
Location: Stonington, Maine
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Paint in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia"
August 27 - September 2, 2017
 

Learn to paint in breathtaking scenery in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia with watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. You'll gain confidence painting outdoors while learning new techniques as we paint and sketch around glacial mountain lakes surrounded by imposing mountain peaks. We also stop by in the Spis region, visit historic Levoca and the traditional village of Vlkolinec. We'll produce sketches as well as finished paintings in this little explored area. Free time to do a hike, boating and other activities. 6 nights in comfortable accommodation in prime locations with delicious meals. Suitable for all levels. Non-painting partners welcome. Flights excluded. Booking now!
 
Location: Kosice, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: £769 sharing a double room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Morvan Region of France"
August 28 - September 3, 2017
 

Come make art in the heart of the beautiful Burgundy region of France. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead you in a variety of art workshops, painting demos and individual instruction by request. This retreat will challenge the seasoned artist, and at the same time nurture those that are new to plein air. Everyone is given plenty of opportunity to explore their own creativity. Enjoy delicious balanced meals and lodging in a renovated authentic French farmhouse. Also included are trips to gorgeous nearby locations that are sure to inspire.
 
Location: Larochemillay, France
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi, Ilana Weiler
Cost: $1260.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Watercolor to Quilt"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy"
September 3-10, 2017
 

For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques.
 
Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Italy"
September 3-11, 2017
 

This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available.
 
Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,475
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"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.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Still Life and Figure in Oils, Gouache, or Watercolor"
September 4-6, 2017
 

In this studio workshop we will address the fundamentals of Design, Drawing, Value and Color through simple exercises that will help us reach the point quickly. These create building blocks to move into a painting. Getting a good start is utmost important to a successful experience. Our subjects will be Still Life and the Costumed model. We will put in a lot of mileage, a key to finding your our voice in your work.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Robers
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor:
Cost: Starting at $500
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 40 24240 24143


"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.
 
Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Exploring Florals in Watercolor"
September 6-8, 2017
 

Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous floral paintings of flowing watercolor. The subject matter inspires a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium. This workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing floral studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will gain inspiration from Bridget’s photos, still life setups, and the School’s surrounding gardens.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Story to Picture Book"
September 7-9, 2017
 

Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Learn to paint in Central Hungary"
September 10-15, 2017
 

Learn to paint in Budapest and it's impressive surrounding areas with Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. Varied subjects from the breathtaking views of the Danube Bend seen from the Visegrád Castle to the ruins of the Zsámbék Monastery, to the nearby vineyards. Each day we travel to different locations to get inspired. Develop your technique, gain confidence painting en plein air and enjoy a group atmosphere. A 4 day course with scenic accommodation on the Buda Hill, only minutes walk from the Buda Castle. Enjoy delicious food and wine while producing a collection of spontaneous sketches and finished paintings. Suitable for all levels. Non-painting partners welcome. Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: £595 based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Painting Trip - Provence, France"
September 11-18, 2017
 

Watercolor Painting Tour/Workshop with French Escapade. “Don’t Be a Tourist – Be Our Guest!” We will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village. Provence is that perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork's main message must be heard loud and clear and I will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air. There will be demos, one on one instructions and plenty of time to paint and make friends. This is your chance to paint a painting you always dreamed of…
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 11-14, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results.
 
Location: Monterey, California
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor: Big & Bold"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Plein Air in Santorini, Greece"
September 13-19, 2017
 

For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us!
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 14-17, 2017
 

I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy"
September 16-23, 2017
 

What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Open Air Fundamentals"
September 16-23, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 18-22, 2017
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: wet on wet, watercolor painting on damp paper, the importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it. How to enhance the focal point through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"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.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Outside the Lines"
September 18-20, 2017
 

Watercolor has the ability to convey fresh, spontaneous statements that allow both the artist and viewer to move from reality to abstraction and back again. This workshop will encourage students to create paintings that are bold and loose, yet rooted in the traditional design elements of value, color, form, and space. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and discuss design philosophy. Afterward, you will have time to explore those concepts independently and discuss progress one-on-one with Gordon. A critique in a relaxed and positive environment will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting holidays in a rural paradise"
September 18-24, 2017
 

In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: £1220
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Learn to paint in awesome Albania!"
September 22-30, 2017
 

Albania is a real gem in Europe that pleasantly surprises the first time visitor. So many awe-inspiring places wherever you look: from the Ottoman architecture of ancient cities to its virgin, azure beaches to archeological sites and modern seaside towns. We travel from Tirana towards the south, stopping by and staying overnight at its points of interest. We produce sketches as well as finished paintings along the way while enjoying local delicacies and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. This is one memorable journey. Come while it's still undiscovered by too many tourists! All levels and non-painting partners welcome! Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Tirana, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas watercolorist
Cost: £959 / person based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"Colorful Cactus"
September 24, 2017
 

This class will be painting the Colorful Cactus using the Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors and India Ink. In this lesson you will learn how to use liquid watercolors in a misting fashion. The paint is dropped on the surface then spread with a fine mist sprayer. The India corrals the paint. This is a fun and efficient way to paint using watercolors.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Fall Colors"
September 25, 2017
 

In September, the colors change in Colorado. This painting uses a straw and tissue to create the basic part of the changing colors in this painting. Have fun enjoying watercolors with a few unique techniques.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops"
September 25-29, 2017
 

This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting Note Cards"
September 26, 2017
 

This day of painting note cards combines various watercolor techniques on a small format. Have fun making note cards with liquid watercolors, string, mask, plastic wrap and more.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Figure Drawing Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

The focus of this retreat is figure drawing. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Experienced artists will be challenged and anyone that wants to spend a lot of time working from the model is welcome. Days will be divided up between shorter in studio poses in the morning. Afternoons weather permitting, we will take the model out into the landscape. Evenings we will do a long pose for the entire retreat. Our week will conclude with an artist reception to show off what we created.
 
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $580.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting"
October 2-4, 2017
 

Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Workshop to be conducted at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Designed for beginner-intermediate students. Basics will be reviewed as needed for beginners and new techniques will challenge those at the intermediate level. Personal assistance for all.
 
Location: Healdsburg, California
Instructor: Phyllis Rapp
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Phyllis Rapp
Website, email


""Value, Shape, and Color""
October 3-5, 2017
 

Mary Marquiss works primarily in watercolor because the fluid nature of the medium invites surprises. Her work emphasizes strong shape and color as primary design elements with a full range of values - from light transparency to dark pigment. Using the five design elements of color, shape, value, texture and line, Mary will step you through a different painting each day in this workshop. A wide range of watercolor techniques and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to work with a limited palette in order to strengthen their paintings, allowing colors to mix on the paper.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 by August 1; $445 after August 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Studio Italia "
October 3-13, 2017
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Large Format Watercolors"
October 5-7, 2017
 

Challenge the notions of watercolor painting as you translate your skills from traditional- to large-scale. In this workshop, you will develop techniques, methods, and a workflow for approaching and completing what can be an intimidating project. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Michael will share his methodologies, including preparation of surfaces, studio setup, selection of painting tools, and efficient painting techniques. In addition, there will be time each day to put these concepts into practice and experience the reward of laying down an eight-foot wash and watching it travel across the surface. Students should have an understanding of watercolor fundamentals and expect to expend some physical energy in this process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Beaver Island, Michigan"
October 7-14, 2017
 

Come paint on the largest island in Lake Michigan. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Included are tickets for the ferry to the island and trips to all the inspiring places on this enchanted isle. Experienced artists will be challenged and those new to plein air will be nurtured along their way. There will be plenty of time for you to explore your own creativity. You will enjoy deliciously prepared healthy meals and lodging adjacent to the city beach where we will see the sunrise everyday. Our week will conclude with an artist reception for all on the island to see what we created during our stay.
 
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1410.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting Autumn in Watercolor"
October 9-11, 2017
 

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, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design"
October 9-13, 2017
 

In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Vibrant Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Soon Warren
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting a Landscape in the Studio"
October 12-14, 2017
 

The focus will be on improving as a painter by emphasizing composition, design, value and color temperature and learning how to utilize these basic elements to express and complete a successful painting regardless of subject matter. We will look at ways to improve composition to best portray what the artist wants to communicate to the viewer. The workshop will also explore how to better “see” nature and subject matter, as well as address various aspects of painting including materials, set-up, color mixing, paint application methods, surfaces, techniques and the fundamentals of design and composition. Emphasis will be on helping students discover their own personal style and process in creating their work...open to all mediums.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Mark Horton
Cost: $495.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 13-15, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email, 210-861-0751


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor: Fast & Loose"
October 16-20, 2017
 

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. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 16-20, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport.
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking"
October 19-21, 2017
 

By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.matbarberkennedy.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 20-22, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Lafayette Art Association
Website, email, 337-849-6791


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Image to Abstract"
October 24-26, 2017
 

Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat"
October 27 - November 3, 2017
 

Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 2-4, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $595
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 7-9, 2017
 

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!
 
Location: Spring Island, South Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Spring Island
Website, email, 843-987-3403


"Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke"
November 13-15, 2017
 

3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape - Studio. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring which is a trademark of beginners and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process.
 
Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $315/$355
Sponsor: Ft. Myers Beach Art Association
Website, email


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"3 day Watercolor: Painting Landscape"
December 12-14, 2017
 

The main focus of this workshop is Vlad's theory of 3 stages and 3 colors which are the core of his upcoming DVD "Watercolor Impressions". Subjects: How to add striking details to make your painting seem alive. How to paint the essence of old medieval European towns.
 
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $320/$360
Sponsor: Palm Beach Watercolor Society
Website, email, 561-498-3605


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover"
February 14-24, 2018
 

Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience!
 
Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Judy Morris"
March 4-10, 2018
 

San Miguel is a place like no other for a painter's inspiration with its beautiful colors, unique architecture and intriguing people. Author of Watercolor Basics: Light, Judy has developed lessons for her travel workshops to help participants capture the colors, textures, & ambiance of the location. As you tour the best possible sites you will be given daily “prompts” to stimulate your creativity and have lessons that complement each painting day. Judy shows you how she captures inspiration in her sketch books. She shares her successful painting process both on location and in the studio, and her “check list for success” will help guide you through the painting process.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr"
March 11-17, 2018
 

Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! 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. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio - Still Life"
May 17-19, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is a much sought-after instructor. He teaching experience includes the Art Students League of New York, Scottsdale Artists School and Pros Art School in Alberta, Canada, to mention only a few. He studied with David Leffel at Art Students League of New York and Master Painter Lajos Markos. He is a certified copyist of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. An expansive list of shows going back to 1991, include the Salmagundi Club in New York, Oil Painters of America, Washington Society of Portrait Artist-US Senate Office Building and Knickerbocker Artists in New York and Washington.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Robert A. Johnson
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018
 

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Switzerland"
June 17-27, 2018
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad. We will fly into Zurich where we will stay overnight. The next morning we will go to beautiful Lauderbrunnen a village tucked into the Swiss Alps. While we will be surrounded by towering Alps and many waterfalls, the village is at a comfortable 2600ft so you will not have any problem with the altitude. We will stay in our village the whole time as there is much to paint and we will take a few day trips to the surrounding areas. See website for suggested watercolor supply list.
 
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in Normandy: from Giverny to Honfleur"
June 24 - July 1, 2018
 

This painting workshop in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, and enjoy local food and culture. Theresa and Cindy share how to loosen up your approach and manipulate watercolors with exciting results. Their workshops have been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor painter, and their mastery of color has been recognized by Daniel Smith.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali"
August 5-17, 2018
 

We are so excited to return to Bali, one of our favorite destinations! We will spend the first half of our time in Ubud in bungalows tucked into the forest where you will experience a new culture, dances, new foods, interesting traditions, museums and special ceremonies. You may also want to take advantage of the great shopping or a massage on the beach. We will also spend some time in Candi Dasa to relax, swim in the Indian Ocean or in the lovely pool at our hotel. Ken Goldman will help you fill your sketchbook with colorful memories of this wonderful island. We will work with light equipment so you are free to visit several spots each day to draw and paint.
 
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Ken Goldman, NWS, AWS
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 17-24, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 21-28, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"San Miguel de Allende with Don Andrews"
Ocotober 28 - November 3, 2018
 

Join us for our first ever workshop celebration during the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in many other countries, especially the United States. The festival is celebrated with marigolds, paper decorations, food and people dressed in vibrant costumes with their faces painted. Don Andrews will be our instructor. He is a nationally known painter, author and instructor recognized for his figure paintings and his landscapes with glowing granular washes and vibrant light.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Cost:
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

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!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

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. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

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 on demand video and clear explanations. The camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each 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 master these versatile paints.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

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.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost:
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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