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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
May 25-29, 2015 (All day) — The workshop takes place at the studio of Barry John Raybould, in a spectacular location overlooking the Appenine and Alpi Apuani mountains, and the Magra Valley. It is also close to one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, known as the Cinque Terre. He will be running two tracks in the workshop: one for beginners, and one for more advanced students. Beginners covers the key skills you need to build your foundation, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. The advanced workshop focuses on more advanced skills, including portraiture. The emphasis will be on doing studies (not finished paintings), since this is the best way to learn. Visit website


Location: Licciana Nardi, Italy
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Email: Jacqui Seddon

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 25-29, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


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

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


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

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Chicago Summer Watercolor Classes with Ingrid
May 27 - July 15, 2015 (12:30 - 4:00 PM or 6:00 - 9:30 PM) — This eight-week course is designed for all levels of watercolor painters. Those who are new to watercolor painting will find Ingrid's patience and understanding of the learning process, from her previous teaching career, extremely valuable. This is a fun class where fear of the blank paper disappears and everyone learns to express in paint. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $320
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
May 29-31, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light!The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun.Take1, 2, or all three days. Limited to 6 students who will all receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to help you advance in your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit is required. See testimonials on Dawn's page on artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work and google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $300
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Garden Landscape
May 29 - June 26, 2015 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Draw and paint outdoors at lush, colorful garden locations around the Philadelphia area. These locations will offer picturesque visual material, including water features, building structures, tree specimens, and floral plantings in both intimate and open spaces. Lessons in starting with the oil sketch or a chromatic drawing will be presented, along with in-depth color mixing, value schemes and more. Use the material of your choice. Visit website


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

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Mesmerize with Metallics & Interference Paints
May 29, 2015 (24/7 Online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours...limited only by your imagination. You'll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You'll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I've included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. You'll enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints, even if you've painted for years. Visit website


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

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Capturing Nature in Ink and Watercolor
May 30-31, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Nature provides beautiful scenes in all directions. From tiny wildflowers to majestic mountains, subjects abound in the Pacific Northwest. In this workshop we will take time for close observation as we study the line, form and texture of the natural world. Whether keeping a journal or creating finished pieces of art, ink and watercolor is a winning combination. Develop your skills and explore new techniques as you work from drawing a simple subject to a full landscape. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $250
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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In-Depth Watercolor
June 1-29, 2015 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Full- or half-day. This course is available for half-day, morning or afternoon: $295 non-credit tuition. Visit website


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
June 1-12, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Paint, Print, Paint!
June 1-3, 2015 — Think water soluble mediums are limited to watercolor, brush, and paper?? Think again! Join award winning artist Judy Hoiness to push your use of water soluble mixed media to the next level! In this unique workshop, discover the versatility of drawing and painting with water soluble mediums - watercolor paints/sticks/crayons/pencils, water soluble graphite, and Stabilo pencils. Use these tools to create new work or embellish and enhance old work. Explore the use of water soluble mediums on traditional watercolor papers, Yupo watercolor paper, Tyvek, and textiles. Also, try your hand at using these tools and surfaces in printing by hand or with a press. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Judy Hoiness, www.judyhoinessart.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $380 - cost includes most supplies
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Plein-air Painting Workshop in Italy
June 1-8, 2015 — Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. We will cover a variety of techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale and composition and more and explore ancient hill-top towns and panoramic painting locations among the rolling hill-sides in the heart of Italy. Visit website


Location: Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,100 single, $1,850 twin/double all inclusive
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 1-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Landscapes: Plein Air / Studio
June 1-5, 2015 — Francese's style employs the use of large brushes and a wet-on-wet method where in much of the color mixing is accomplished on the paper. Frank's technique often produces brilliant, at other times subtle, and always unique shades of color. The only limits are the artist's imagination and willingness to experiment with every combination of color on his palette. The Francese Watercolor Workshop consists of five days of classroom instruction. That classroom may be inside of a building, at a streams edge or on a city street. Each day includes two demonstrations, and provides ample time to work on painting the subject matter of that day's demonstration. Limited to 15 students. Visit website


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

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Contemporary Botanicals
June 1-5, 2015 — In this workshop you will learn the processes used to create contemporary botanical art with the constant support of Suz. Demonstrations, tools and constructive feedback for each student will be provided. Beginners start by drawing a leaf, progress to painting it in sepia tones and finally into full watercolor. Then they will decide to proceed with more drawing exercises or move on to painting. Intermediate students focus on painting botanical "whites" in watercolor. Beginning with a bulb of garlic, they will advance to a white flower and finally to a quaking aspen tree. Advanced students will select their project from "found materials/subjects" on Madeline Island and document them accurately. They will design the project from concept through final execution. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Suz Galloway
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
June 1-5, 2015 — You will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. Pushing beyond illustration you will find your own style! Through versatile projects and extended experimentation you will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change your mind. Each day will begin with a demo pertaining to the days project such as: exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way, focus on a single figure with an obscure background, and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. You will receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Art Workshops in the Mountains
June 2-7, 2015 (5 day course) — Open-air drawing and painting sessions in the spectacular mountains and valleys of Ordesa National Park. Reflecting on composition, scene selection, light and shade, colour, and the practice of working from life. Visit website


Location: Huesca, Spain
Instructor: Javier Aguilar
Sponsor: Arte Pirineos Petricor
Cost: 530€
Email: Sonia
Phone: +34 645 92 49 59

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Watercolor
June 3 - August 5, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. A variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, their own source material and models. All levels welcome. Ten or five weeks. This course is also available for five weeks, June 3 - July 1 or July 8 - August 5: $225 non-credit tuition. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics)
June 3-5, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you've always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow. Paula will be demoing and painting in oil. She will also demo in watercolor upon request. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $350
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, New Jersey
June 4-7, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Join plein air painter Joe Sweeney for a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. Experience small town hospitality while painting the landscape/seascape of Cape May, including Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, compositional drawing, and color studies. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach -- the perfect artist's getaway. Geared toward oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome Visit website


Location: Cape May, NJ
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Simplifying the Landscape
June 4-24, 2015 (Thursdays, 9 - 4) — By learning to make meaningful sketchbook drawings and color studies, workshop participants will strengthen the design of their paintings with a 3 step method to simplifying the landscape. Visit website


Location: Woodstock, NY
Instructor: Kate McGloughlin
Sponsor: The Woodstock School of Art
Cost: $370
Email: Registrar
Phone: 845-679-2388

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Visual Journaling Online Workshop
June 5, 2015 (24/7 Online) — Art Journaling engages your creative imagination as you learn to design your ideal life & reach your goals while making art for yourself. You'll awaken your creativity, your heart & your soul with simple art journaling that connects your inner world with your outer world while nourishing your soul. Your visual journal will become your favorite, hardest working, most important art tool because you'll learn how to ask questions that encourage the best, possibility-expanding answers. And you'll understand the many different ways your art journal can serve you, from art playground to powerful life-improvement tool. This class will teach you simple, quick ways of working with paint. All skill levels. All media. Encourages creativity. Free journal. Visit website


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

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Private Painting Lessons: Watercolor or Acrylic
June 5, 2015 (by appointment) — Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at a mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways. Visit website


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

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The Creativity Workshop in New York
June 5-7, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Learn how to be more creative and travel to some of the most inspiring places in the world. Working with the Tools of Visual Arts, Performance, Photography, Collage, Creative Writing, Memoir, Storytelling and Journaling. The Creativity Workshop is attended by people from all professions, ages, and countries. The Creativity Workshop in New York City will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life. What Will You Learn? This is a hands-on experiential workshop of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors' talks focus on helping you: * Learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and creative process in a stimulating non-competitive environment. * Explore the process of your unique creativity, rather than simply focusing on the product. * Discover how to find inspiration in the world around you. * Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
June 6-13, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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A Tuscan Obsession: Mixed Media and Yoga in Tuscany
June 6-13, 2015 (all day) — The Art: This workshop will allow both passionate beginners and inspired artists to discover possibilities and explore a variety of methods to respond to and interpret the surrounding landscape of Tuscany. Working both from observation and on-site sketches we will use materials such as ink, pastel, water-based paints and collage methods. The Yoga: Enjoy spirited Yoga and self-exploration in an atmosphere of supportive connection, with group size small enough to allow individual attention. With a combined 35+ years of teaching, Jenni & Paul offer you joyful and heartfelt yoga inspired by Anusara, Iyengar, Restorative, Zen Buddhism, and their own playfully serious self-discovery and meditative journey. Visit website


Location: Casole d"Elsa, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Andrea Borsuk, Paul Gould, Jenni Fox
Sponsor: Verrocchio Art Centre
Cost: $2135 (usd)
Email: Andrea Borsuk or Paul Gould
Phone: 831-458-3275

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, Art and Creativity Adventure in Mexico
June 8-12, 2015 — Join us, painter Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, facilitators and painters with 25 years of experience, in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience different media and techniques. Explore acrylics, oil pastels and watercolor. Studio and outdoors painting. Learn the basics or unblock your creativity, find your personal voice! If you are a painter in search of defining you own style bring paintings in progress. Together we will take them to the next step. The afternoons are yours to enjoy the towns many attractions: galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes, narrow cobble stone streets, the artisans market. Get the most out of your vacation! All materials included! Groups up to 6. Beginner and intermediate encouraged to attend. Visit website


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

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


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

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Bold Glazes and Dynamic Composition
June 8-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Achieve striking watercolor paintings using varied compositional techniques with rich, bold washes of color. Learn how the use of staining watercolor paints can be layered for intense color and depth. Learn how to successfully glaze a simple floral, or subject matter of your choice. Then, learn to add excitement to traditional painting layouts by combining photos to achieve a more unique, contemporary design. Work from your own, or shared class photos and pictures, as you cut and piece them together to personalize your paintings. If proficient in Photoshop, you can also use that method. Work on quarter sheets of watercolor paper to accommodate class time. Each day, Debbie provides demonstrations, plenty of individual instruction, and group critiques. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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ArtisTTable Plein Air Adventure in Walworth Co. Wisconsin
June 8-14, 2015 — There might not be a better way to kick off your 2015 plein air painting season than with this ArtisTTable art retreat in historic rural Southeast Wisconsin's Walworth County. The ArtisTTable founders Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will offer instructed plein air sessions throughout this retreat. The property where we will stay is located on a small farm with barns and a pond where the participants are free to explore and paint. Side trips will take us to paint in small towns, and to visit a winery. Each evening we will gather together look at and discuss the art from the day. Writers welcome. Cost of this retreat includes the accommodations and food. Space is limited, book early and save. Visit website


Location: Walworth County, WI
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $975.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
June 8-10, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light! The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun. Take 1, 2 or all three days. Limited to 6 students who will receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to help you advance in your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit required. See testimonials on Dawn's page at artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work. Google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $350.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Figure Drawing with Monochromatic Watercolor Pencil
June 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will utilize the fun and versatile watercolor pencil to create dynamic black and white portraits. Watercolor pencil is a wonderful drawing medium with a smooth feel that is excellent for layering everything from loose gestural washes to fine detail drawing to get a combination of excellent values and precise linework. We will explore the many mark-making options the watercolor pencil is capable of creating. There will be a short demo the first morning which will be followed by a series of shorter poses for the students to experiment and become comfortable with the possibilities of the materials. The second and third days will focus on longer poses with lots of individual attention from the instructor. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rachel Bess, www.rachelbess.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 Model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Spontaneous Watercolor by Design
June 9-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The look of flowing, transparent watercolor appeals to most of us. However, that spontaneity takes some planning! If you have any experience with watercolor, you may have found that "getting loose" isn't as easy as it appears! Over the years I have learned and developed some tools to help achieve that look we desire in our paintings. From drawing practice, to design and composition tools, to tried and true techniques, along with lots of water throwing, you will get to experience the joy of Spontaneous Watercolor. My objective for each participant is that you will use these tools and techniques and incorporate them into your work as you develop your own unique style. Visit website


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

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


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

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Loosen-Up Abstract Painting
June 10-12, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific, so all who paint in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, or mixed media are welcome Visit website


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

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"Ordinary to Extraordinary"
June 10-12, 2015 (10:00 - 4:00) — Anne Abgott, author of best selling book "Daring Color" will teach her special "mingling colors" technique to boost your watercolor work to an extraordinary level. Anne's workshops are always full of information and new techniques, and returning workshoppers are very welcome. This will be a small group with a limit of 24 students. Register early. The price includes catered lunch each day. Visit website


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

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Heavens: The Sky in Watercolor
June 11-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — See the sky as a subject from a variety of viewpoints. Explore how seasonal skies and weather affect the mood of a landscape painting and how to playfully use your imagination to paint them. Paint the sky using the transparent and fluid medium of watercolor. Paint a sunrise or sunset, while learning how each affects the colors of both the landscape and the sky. Imagine the night sky: planets, stars, or fireworks. Work from your own photos, image files, and imagination. Take home several finished pieces and works in progress to finish later. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics)
June 12, 19 & 26, 2015 (Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you've always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow. Paula will be demoing and painting in oil. She will also demo in watercolor upon request. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Paula Ensign, www.paulaensignart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $300 ($125 per day)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
June 12, 2015 (24/7 Online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can't draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it's your first. If you're already skilled, you'll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Blowing It Up! From Field Sketch to Finished Painting
June 13-14, 2015 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — In this workshop, learn the step-by-step process of creating a finished painting, encountering many techniques along the way. Day one we will be in the field, making drawings, color sketches, and taking photos. We will address how to find and simplify a visual concept and gather the information needed to turn that concept into a showable piece. Day two we will be in the studio looking at how the initial concept can be strengthened to make a painting that will convey physical and emotional appeal to a viewer. Work in oil, acrylic, gouache, pencil, pen, markers or pastel. Open to anyone who has had their hand on a brush enough times to create a painting, successful or not. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Darrell Anderson, darrellanderson.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting the Villages of Provence!
June 13-24, 2015 — This will be Tony’s ninth trip to Vaison La Romaine, where he has taught several workshops in the medieval section of this bustling town as well as in quaint villages nearby. It is such a special treat to travel and paint with someone who knows the area well, and is delighted to share his experiences. You'll paint and learn, enjoy the scenery, cuisine, wines, the people and the incomparable light of Provence illuminating this painter's paradise. It's our aim to allow you lots of time to paint and sketch. Wherever we are, Tony will show you how to select and paint a subject and throughout the day, will provide lots of individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: Painter: $4395, Non-painter $3995
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Provencal villages of France with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
June 14-24, 2015 — Tony returns for his annual watercolor workshop based in Vaison La Romaine in the heart of the Provence. On the way, visit Le Baux and St. Remy, where van Gogh painted. The focus is on plein air painting as well as sketchbook journaling. Why not create a permanent memory of this trip? Our 3-star hotel is located in the medieval section of town, with crooked little streets, tinkling fountains and great subjects just steps away. Other painting locations are in nearby villages with soft ochre houses and red-tiled roofs. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and helps you individually. Non-painters enjoy a special discount. Visit website


Location: Vaison la Romaine, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Lyn Donovan
Cost: Painter: $4695, Non-painter $4395
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 1-207-594-4813

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Plein Air Painting on the coast of the French Riviera
June 14-20, 2015 — Join Traveling Painters for an unforgettable art adventure at a magical chateau in the South of France. Chateau de La Napoule lies just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera. Spend the day painting on the beautiful chateau grounds overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The adjacent nineteenth century villa with ten bedrooms, each with private baths, will be our home for the week. Because the chateau is an American non profit art foundation, costs are low. Enjoy painting, the local village-Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. A painter's dream holiday. Non painters welcome. Early bird discount - May 1. The Euro exchange rate is near record low and flights have come down. Book today. Traveling Painters. Visit website


Location: Mandelieu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1800 Early Bird rate-May 1. Includes room, most meals.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Watercolor in the Sunshine for Beginners
June 15-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic steps to creating watercolor paintings through Kari's tried and true methods. Focus on the colors and shapes of early summer florals and landscapes. Learn how to use the color green and create interest using negative shapes in your paintings. Paint along with Kari, step-by-step, as she demonstrates how to paint your favorite sunny summertime subjects. Learn to "keep it loose" as you depict orchards and gardens in rich summer splendor. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Sketching with Water-Soluable Ink
June 15-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy working with water-soluble graphite pencils, water-soluble markers, and watercolor pencils. Create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, or finished work. Learn to create washes, layer colors, define shapes and shadows, depict depth in the subjects, and other techniques. Maren will demonstrate each type of sketching media while emphasizing looser uses of each one. Learn how to sketch loosely and quickly to capture a subject in a short time. Then, use your sketch to create a more polished piece. Complete at least one sketch in each medium and combine at least two of the media in a final project. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
June 15-19, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 15-18, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Dennis & Sue Robertson
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Painting Treasures of Austria's Tyrol en Plein Air
June 17-24, 2015 — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Tyrol region of Austria. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. The entire painting process will be covered along with daily demonstrations in oil. You may work in any medium. Carolyn will work individually with each student at their easel and guide them at their own level. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. Visit website


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

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Mesmerize with Metallics & Interference Paints
June 19, 2015 (24/7 Online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours...limited only by your imagination. You'll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see every brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You'll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I've included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. You'll enjoy learning how to use these versatile paints, even if you've painted for years. Visit website


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

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Architectural Sketching with Donald Lee Carruthers, AIR
June 19, 2015 (9am-12pm) — A practicing architect for 30+ years, Carruthers teaches perspective to help students gain comfort in sketching urban environments. While emphasizing existing architecture, he also touches on the construction of imaginary spaces, expanding students' opportunity to get creative. Techniques for watercolor, mixed media, and pencil are covered, and reference materials provided. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Donald Lee Carruthers
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $50, $40 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
June 20-27, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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The Color of Summer at The Heinz Refuge
June 20, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Celebrate summer's arrival amidst beautiful views and wildlife at nearby John Heinz at Tinicum Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands, marsh, and creek provide varied and compelling scenery for the study of landscape painting techniques, including methods for simplifying the painting of water and foliage, and for managing the effects of shifting daylight. Located near the airport in Southwest Philadelphia, the Heinz Refuge offers plenty of free parking, access by public transportation, sheltered locations and restrooms. Instruction is geared to oil painting, but all media are welcome. Visit website


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

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Watercolour Painting in St Andrews, Scotland
June 21-26, 2015 (full day) — Stunning, historic St Andrews is the location for this course. Capture it's essence with Liz Yule's expert guidance. Your work will be 'Inspired in Scotland ~ Made by You'. Visit website


Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Instructor: Liz Yule
Sponsor: Wild at Art
Cost: $2072
Email: Ellen Colingsworth and Ute Johnston

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Creating an Area of Dominance
June 22-26, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Loosen up in watercolor as you focus on the important aspect of creating an area of dominance. Learn design concepts and painting techniques that encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric's presentations will be helpful to those with previous watercolor experience. Eric demonstrates a complete painting daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, streetscapes, florals, interiors, and still life. Eric believes most painting problems are due to the violation of an elementary painting principle and discusses "what makes a good composition." He identifies design tools that attract the eye and carry the viewer's vision through the picture plane until it rests on the area of dominance. Ample time is allowed for you to try all concepts and techniques in an encouraging environment. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.EricWiegardt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intro to Watercolor Plein Air in San Miguel de Allende
June 22-26, 2015 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — It is a special energy and excitement the novices bring to the work! Start diving into their artistic potential! We worked with many just like you! If you have no or little experience painting outdoors with watercolor, this workshop is for you! Spend a week learning the fundamentals, practicing, building confidence. Learn the essentials of how to see with an artist eye, the basics of drawing, the magic of watercolor, overcome the challenges of painting outside. In San Miguel de Allende we are fortunate to experience mild temperature, sunny days, brilliant light! You'll have the afternoons free to experience and enjoy this charming Colonial town in the "Heart of Mexico". Register early space is limited. Visit website


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

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Watercolor: Painting Madeline Island with Tom Jones
June 22-26, 2015 — You will begin by selecting a subject or scene of interest, and taking a photograph of it for future reference. Next, you will develop a thumbnail sketch to find the strongest composition for your painting. Value and color studies will also be included. Tom will show you how to paint more dynamic skies, using unique approaches for adding layers and texture to your watercolor paintings. He will also give you tips on where to place your color to create more exciting and appealing works. You will receive Tom's personal attention while enjoying a fun and no-pressure workshop environment. Each day you will be painting both en plein air, and in the studio. Daily demos will be provided. Visit website


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

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 22-26, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


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

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Creating Abstract Art
June 26-27, 2015 (9:30-3:30) — My new best-selling book, Creating Abstract Art, presents new pathways to creativity rooted in your imagination. We will explore abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques working from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. Even if you are just curious to try something that's out of your comfort zone, this class will expand your passion to make art! Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $300 Members, $345 NonMembers
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Creative Collage Workshop
June 26, 2015 (Online, 24/7) — In this class you'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Plunge
June 27-28, 2015 (9am-5pm) — This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor materials and techniques, including papers, brushes and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods, gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge, a lifeguard will be on duty! Visit website


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

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 29 - July 2, 2015 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Elizabeth Barbano
Phone: 801-451-3662

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


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
July 4-11, 2015 — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Painting in Tuscany
July 4-11, 2015 — We are going to examine, compose, draw, mix and paint. From a simple lemon to a vast landscape, for beginner or experienced, you will enjoy developing as an artist and creating the vision or mood you want to portray in your work. My goal is to teach you how to regard your composition and how to work with the breathtaking Tuscan landscape that exists 360 degrees around you. You will learn how to simplify what you see, draw directly on canvas with a brush and mix and apply those soft hues using a limited palette. We will also be working in studio, creating some classic 'red chalk' drawings and Botticelli-esque paintings. After all, we are in Italy! Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $2200.
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 703-474-2966

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The Creativity Workshop in Florence
July 5-11, 2015 (10 AM to 1:30 PM) — Explore your Creativity in the heart of Florence! This experiential workshop is a journey into your unique imagination using the tools of visual arts, photography, collage, creative writing, memoir, storytelling and journaling. Learn practical techniques to ignite your creative process in a stimulating, non-competitive environment. You will work with people from all disciplines, coming from all over the world. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: From $1,200 Tuition only or from $2,220 including hotel and breakfast
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: +1.212.203.3252

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In-Depth Watercolor
July 6 - August 3, 2015 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Full- or half-day. This course is available for half-day, morning or afternoon: $295 non-credit tuition. Visit website


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

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Landscape on the River
July 6-10, 2015 (10am-4pm) — The tradition of painting along the Schuylkill River has existed from the early 1800s with artists such as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Birch and Titian Ramsay Peale. Based at the charming Castle Ringstetten, located upriver from Boathouse Row, students will paint en plein air quintessential river views as well as Ringstetten's Frank Furness-designed architecture. Topics include painting materials and techniques, compositional drawing, color mixing and depicting light and weather. Open to all media. Visit website


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

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Two weeks intro to sketching and watercolor plein air in San Miguel
July 6-17, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) — Two weeks of an incredible art emergence vacation in the historical San Miguel, Heart of Mexico. During the first week learn the basics of urban sketching; acquire the skill and habit of practicing it. Second week: Take it to the next level with plein air watercolor painting! In an enchanted surrounding of vivacious Mexican colorful streets, Colonial architectures, churches, shopping, and mariachi music and street markets. Guided by experienced painters/instructors with gentle and supporting guidance you will have an unforgettable art experience. Beginners and intermediate artists receive a special invitation from us, Cristi Fer Art Studio of San Miguel de Allende. Register early the space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Summer Special Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 6-31, 2015 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 12:30 PM) — This summer Cristi Fer Art Studio offers a special art program in one of the most charming Mexican destinations. Bright light, exciting landscape and Colonial architectures, flower, mariachi, parades and markets make San Miguel a cornucopia of inspiration. Relish the experience of an art emergence with skilled and inspirational painters and teachers. Each week of the 4 weeks will be dedicated to one area. Sketching, watercolor, plein air, painting from references and focus on personal style and particular artistic goals. Who will benefit: Art teachers looking for a special Summer vacation, Retirees in search for a cultural retreat, Artists looking for inspiration, Individuals looking for creative rejuvenation. Register early since space is limited to 4. Visit website


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

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Watercolor from A to Z
July 6-10, 2015 — A wide variety of watercolor techniques will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, etc. We will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. You will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. 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. Following lunch each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. Visit website


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

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5-Day Plein Air Workshop with Joe Paquet
July 6-10, 2015 — This workshop will introduce you to the Prismatic Palette. Correct use of this will help you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring things forward and to push things back, and to depict light and shade, and to describe the type and time of day. Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent outdoors painting. Students can expect to paint two images daily - one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Concepts: rhythmic-connected drawing, underpainting, creating, atmosphere, effectively using greens. Joe will work with you individually at your easel to address compositional and color issues, and will provide careful critique. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $850
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Bold and Brilliant: Plein Air Painting Using Dramatic Color!
July 6-9, 2015 — Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. In this workshop you will learn how to capture the colors of any landscape in bold dramatic colors, and in a painterly, gestural manner. Step-by-step instruction will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various color schemes and departing from realism. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Patti Mollica, www.pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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The Studio Landscape
July 7 - August 4, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Studying and working directly from landscape paintings in the PAFA Museum, unlock the compositional and technical methods used in the studio by painters of landscape, and then apply this knowledge to your own work. Learn to develop your personal ideas and outdoor studies into finished pieces on a larger scale. Visit website


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

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
July 7-9, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light! The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun. Take 1, 2, or all 3 days. Limited to 6 students who will receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to advance in your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit is required. See testimonials on Dawn's page at artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work and google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $350.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Working Your Way in Pastel
July 8-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — You love those soft pastels and what you can do with them, but you're eager to do more! Explore the expressive range of pastels with watercolor. Learn new ways to handle pastels to achieve the effects you're longing for. Gain insights into your artistic process and learn ways to develop them as you work in your own studio. Using your own source photos, sketches, or still-life set-ups, create paintings in soft pastels over watercolor that reveal your unique voice. Demonstrating her methods of working from photographs, Colette guides you through the mental, emotional, and material steps involved in her process. Discussion and critiques emphasize your artistic concerns, allowing plenty of time for working and individualized instruction. Lodging available. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor with Joe Fettingis"
July 9-11, 2015 (10:00 - 4:00) — Nationally recognized watercolor artist and teacher Joe Fettingis will return to Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery in July with his unique teaching style and new projects for workshoppers to complete. Joe uses layers of color to create the depth and richness of his pieces. This workshop will be limited to 24 attendees, so early registration is recommended. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Joe Fettingis
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios
Cost: $325.00
Email: Nancy Couick Studios
Phone: (704) 541-6944

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Bucks County Landscape
July 10 - August 7, 2015 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Enjoy painting at varied sites around lower and middle Bucks County. Known for picturesque villages, beautiful meadows, rolling pastures, farmhouses and rustic barns, the area also features gorgeous views of the Delaware River. Both bucolic and town settings will offer ample challenges to heighten your awareness of color, value, drawing and composition. Draw and paint in the media of your choice. Visit website


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

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Laura & Billy's Excellent Italian Painting Adventure
July 11-18, 2015 — Replenish Your Art Spirit - Constructive Positive Energy - Small Group - Budget-Friendly. Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide this week long painting workshop in the outskirts of Perugia. Laura's medium is pastels, William's is oils. We will work plein air as much as weather permits. Work in any medium. We encourage artists of all levels to consider joining us. Each person works at their own pace. We are all striving for our personal best. The camaraderie of the workshop group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire. Opportunities for local sight-seeing as well. Add on a three day stay in Rome with us to round out your Italian experience, additional pricing on request. Visit website


Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Sponsor: William Noonan Studio
Cost: $1,850
Email: William Noonan
Phone: 845-542-6472

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Art Adventure on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
July 11-15, 2015 — All creatives and non-artists welcome! 3 nights at historic Rogue River lodges; 1 night luxury camping on river. Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Cost includes 5-day guided raft trip, professional raft guides, lodging, all food/beverages, local shuttle service. Work independently or enjoy instruction with professional artist/instructor David Kinker upon request. Minimum of 6 participants; Maximum of 12. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Kinker
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1895
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Landscape in Watercolor and Pastel
July 12, 2015 (9am-5pm) — The combination of fluid watercolor and the texture of soft pastel are ideal for rendering outdoor summer scenes. Learn basic techniques for these mediums in combination as you render the landscape near PAFA along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate and reference art historical examples, as well as encourage you to actively observe, select and edit to create a personal statement. Restroom facilities and food options will be available along the way. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Visit website


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

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Cityscape
July 12 - August 9, 2015 (Sundays, 9am-2pm) — The city has been the subject of many a great artist, including Eduard Manet, Edward Hopper and Rackstraw Downs. Work in carefully selected locations including parks, cafés, and leafy side streets of Philadelphia in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be covered. Free on-site parking available. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Abstraction Through Design
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — With a focus on abstract design, John encourages representational painters to experiment and challenges experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities. John provides demonstrations, critiques, and lots of individual help. You are encouraged to expand upon your current level of understanding and become more comfortable with applying the elements and principles of design to your work. Lodging available. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: John Salminen, www.JohnSalminen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $550
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Art Adventure in Mexico, Painting and Sketching
July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM-1PM) — Offered in charming mountain town of San Miguel, declared in 2013 The Best City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and World Heritage Site, the town has exuberant atmosphere with lots to explore! The studio is located in quaint setting with brilliant light and unobstructed views of Bajio hills. Learn the art of sketching and how to translate the sketch into bright paintings expressing liveliness and dynamism. Design, color and observation are incorporated. Materials: acrylic paint, mixed media on paper and canvas. Facilitators: Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist Cristiana Marinescu offer workshops since 1989. They provide individual expert caring instruction to each participant. All invited! Novice, beginner, veteran painters. Register early, only 4 participants per workshop. Visit website


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

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How to Paint Loose and Atmospheric Watercolors
July 13-17, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Are you ready to bring your painting skills to a higher level? Frank will share advanced watercolor techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Learn time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on-wet approaches in landscapes, cityscapes or street scenes. Frank will discuss and demonstrate composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting and the 'state of mind' while painting. Frank is a signature member of AWS, NWS, TWSA and WW. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Frank Eber
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Tony van Hasselt, AWS paints historic Belfast, Maine
July 13-17, 2015 — Join this on-location watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. Enjoy Belfast, a quirky, but fun harbor town with working boats and pleasure craft plying the water while tugboats wait along the quay. For a change of scenery, explore Victorian Bayside with its colorful cottages marching down to the ocean. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the late afternoon meet in our studio, where Tony shows how to improve your efforts. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but often paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: 3 Days for $425; 5 Days for $595
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 1-207-594-4813

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


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

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Gouache Painting
July 18-19, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Similar to watercolor but with opaque layering capabilities comparable to oil or acrylic paint, gouache is a popular choice among contemporary painters for its versatility, vivid color and delicate matte effect. Painters of all media and levels of experience favor gouache because it is portable, fast-drying, and easy to clean-up - the perfect medium for rapid color sketches and detailed compositions outdoors, in the studio, and at home. Work from colorful still life arrangements and outdoor views to learn the basics of this fascinating and accessible medium. Visit website


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

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


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

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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


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

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Sketchbook Jumpstart in Mexico, art vacation on a shoestring
July 20-24, 2015 — Capture the moment in your sketchbook, during a vacation or ordinary day. It will enhance your travel experience; give you confidence and inspiration as an artist. With experience guidance from your seasoned instructors, learn the art of "seeing" and transport the world around you into a quick sketch. If you are an artist at heart, took classes here and there, always wanted to gain confidence in drawing or you're an abstract or plein air painter, join us. Bring a sketch book and we'll explore the magical cobblestone streets, markets and hidden jewels of San Miguel de Allende, the Heart of Mexico. You'll develop the habit, confidence and courage to continue on your own while having a fantastic vacation. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Portraits
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $640 by May 20; $690 after May 20
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Find Your Creative Soul in Vermont...Plein Air Watercolor with Yoga
July 20-23, 2015 (all day) — This 4-day workshop is for advanced beginner and intermediate painters who want a stronger foundation in watercolor techniques, painting composition and design. The workshop is part of the InView Center for the Arts in Landgrove, VT, and most students stay at the Landgrove Inn (which has a special workshop rate for room and all meals). Optional morning yoga and meditation will be available focusing on enhancing your creativity. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Margie Samuels with Lori Zucker
Sponsor: InView Center for the Arts
Cost: $475
Email: Tom Checcia
Phone: 802-824-6673

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Painting Katahdin
July 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Artist Philip Frey is offering a unique plein air painting workshop at Church's Camp Rhodora on Millinocket Lake Maine facing glorious Mount Katahdin - the same camp that famed artist Frederick Church painted from. Each day students will paint at various locales around the lodge and lake engaging in specific assignments, individual instruction, instructor demos and group critiques. Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished paintings. Having taught in many venues, he is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student's abilities to help them move to the next level. "His teaching style is positive, reinforcing, instructional, and gifted." -Andy Carpentier. Workshop size is limited and registration closes April 20, 2015. Visit website


Location: T1R8 Wels, ME
Instructor: Philip Frey
Sponsor: Philip Frey, LLC
Cost: $475
Email: Philip Frey
Phone: (207) 422-2008

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Chicago Summer Open Studio Wednesdays
July 22 - August 26, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM or 6:30PM - 9:30 PM) — Open Studio Wednesdays are available for artists to come and work for three hours of uninterrupted creative time in a spacious, professional well-lit studio. Those wishing to paint in watercolor, acrylic, or work on individual projects and would like Ingrid's guidance and help are welcome. Bring work that you would like to be critiqued. There is bottled drinking water, hot water for teas and coffees, and snacks available. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Abrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $270
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Creative Collage Workshop
July 24, 2015 (Online, 24/7) — In this class you'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Earn a Free Painting Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 27-31, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ) — Special Offer: May, June, August, September. Do you love to paint or what to learn how? Do you have several painting bodies who love to travel, get inspired, discover new painting subjects and learn new skills? The week long workshop is offered in the fantastic mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. The home of many artists, it is the birthplace of Mexican history, inspirational views at every corner, brilliant light, narrow cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals. Register with 3 friends and your week long painting workshop at Cristi Fer Art Studio is free including acrylic painting materials. All levels welcomed! We extend a special invitation to beginner and intermediate artists! Contact us ASAP to reserve your week! Visit website


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

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Concentrated Study - Watercolor Portraits
July 27-31, 2015 — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1100 by May 20; $1200 after May 20
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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It's the Light! Landscapes and Florals, Santa Fe
July 28-30, 2015 (9 to 4) — It's the Light! The sparkling light of New Mexico is what first attracted artists like Georgia O'Keefe to the "Land of Enchantment". Join award-winning watercolor artist/teacher, Dawn Davis in her studio for three days of creativity and fun. Take 1, 2 or all 3 days. Limited to 6 students who will receive individual attention. Learn many new techniques to advance your painting and develop your own style. Beginners and all levels welcome. Classes fill early/ deposit is required. See testimonials on Dawn's page at artshow.com. Call or e-mail Dawn for more info. Materials can be provided for $75 if you do not wish to bring your own. Visit website to view Dawn's work and google Leilanibydawn for her art and fabrics. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Sponsor: Dawn Davis Watercolors
Cost: $350.00
Email: Dawn Davis
Phone: 505-920-7293

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Painting With Passion!
July 27-31, 2015 — Alvaro will be teaching in the tiny, quaint and quirky city of Belfast ME, 50 minutes up the coast from Rockland. An expressive painter, Alvaro combines strong, colorful style with superb interpretation of light effects, capturing the soul of the places he paints. A skilled, passionate artist, he regards practical tools, color, value & composition, as subordinate to the priority of working from the heart, encouraging his students to develop the personal palette and techniques which express self & feelings while at the same time, honoring their own visual inspiration. He brings energy and excitement to the process of painting as he demonstrates his full mastery of the medium, challenging his students to reach new levels of vitality and personal expression in their paintings. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet, www.alvarocastagnet.net
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Chicago Creative Expressions in Monotype Printing
August 1-2, 2015 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Energy, improvisation, impulse, gesture and chance are all characteristics of this printing process, as stated by William Jung. During this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the monotype printing process in ink, watercolor, and fluid acrylics in the Additive, Subtractive, and Free Style processes. This is a popular workshop that promises a lot of creative fun and some excellent results! Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $295
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 3-7, 2015 — Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $500
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor
August 13-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 17-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $835
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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The Wonder of Watercolors
September 7-11, 2015 — Painters: do you want to improve your skills as a watercolor painter? Learn how to design and paint successful landscapes by learning how to compose your scene, learn some skills on how to begin the painting and, finally, learn what strategies are needed to complete your exciting piece. Turn an everyday scene into something remarkable! Catherine Hillis brings her common sense approach to watercolor painting into the classroom and en plein air. Take your visual inspiration and make it come to life on watercolor paper. Students will paint in the classroom and experience working outdoors and on site (weather permitting). Beginner through Intermediate - other mediums welcome too! Maximum of 12 students. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Staying Afloat with Watercolor
September 14-18, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and Main Street along the harbor offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 19-26, 2015 — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 23-25, 2015 (10:00-5:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your work utilizing line, shape, value, color and texture. This workshop is not media specific. All who use acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fort Smith, AR
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Email: Casey Seamans
Phone: 479-784-2787

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna, Civita Castellana
October 3-10, 2015 — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the "Campagna", to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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


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

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Intermediate Level

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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