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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 27 - July 4, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! The lavender fields will be in full bloom. Sandra works in a fast loose impressionistic style which is structured by solid art principals. She places a strong emphasis on composition, light, atmosphere and lost and found edges. It is also a goal to fill the paintings with energy, passion and emotion. I will demonstrate a painting from start to finish, usually in less than an hour. I talk through the entire process explaining my thoughts about composition, capturing light, color, value changes....everything that goes into the painting is clearly articulated while I paint. I am very comfortable addressing questions while I am painting and encourage student interaction during my demos. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Sandra Strohschein, sandralstrohscheinfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Bold Watercolors
June 27-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Driven by risk-taking and drawing fundamentals, this workshop focuses on creating loose and bold watercolors. Utilizing strategies to simplify any scene into a manageable composition, you will set the stage to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous qualities of watercolor. Each day, Andy will demonstrate a value study and its corresponding painting in color. There will be time to paint independently with Andy available to work with you one-on-one. Students will be encouraged to work on a small-scale, no larger than 10” x 14”, as to create multiple studies throughout the workshop and begin painting boldly with confidence. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Andy Evansen, www.EvansenArtStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Tech & Culture in the Modern Day Art World
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Students will express their passion for all things tech in this artist session with a sci-fi flair. Students will explore how art is inspired by technology … and more importantly – how technology is inspired by art! Students will unleash their inner techno self and experience the art and design of gadgetry and imagination. Students will be creating projects with unusual recycled materials as well as traditional mediums. Sessions will incorporate 2D Art mediums such as: drawing, painting, watercolor and mixed media. Students will also discover 3D Art mediums such as: relief, additive, found objects, and hand building with clay. Students will share their creations in a Teen Academy Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (3:00 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Robo Art (Ages 9 to 14)
June 27 - July 1, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will express their passion for all things robotic in this artist session with a sci-fi flair. This session will allow students to explore how art is inspired by technology and more importantly – how technology is inspired by art! Unleash your inner techno self and experience the art and design of gadgetry and imagination. Students will be creating projects with unusual recycled materials as well as traditional mediums. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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ArtisTTable Netherlands, Olst - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 28 - July 5, 2016 — Participants in ArtisTTable Art Retreats are treated real adventure and escape from their regular routine, by concentrating primarily on seeing and painting while exploring new directions in artistic process and practice. We will be based in a refurbished Dutch farm house, just outside of Olst, The Netherlands. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from train station, workshops in mindfulness that help overcome creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists workshop that will help us to find the language to enable us to talk and write about our work. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: Olst, Netherlands
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 28-30, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Roswell, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Roswell Fine Arts Alliance
Email: Sherry Hardage
Phone: 770-977-0238

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Painting in Belgium: Pastel Workshop (all mediums welcomed)
June 30 - July 7, 2016 — Join international award winning plein air landscape artist, Steven R. Hill, for 8 fabulous days of painting in Belgium! His workshops are especially noted for a friendly, positive, hands-on teaching style. Many of his students have now become accomplished and award winning artists themselves. Steven will provide short painting/drawing demos at each site, showing how to take overly complicated subjects into their simplest form, to make paintings that work! You will come away with many new skills: learning to simplify, edit, and compose well, while painting with confidence as you use big broad strokes, accurate values and color layering to achieve visual harmony and depth. Steven is well versed in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels, so any medium is welcomed. Visit website


Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Steven R. Hill, www.windsweptstudios.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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Mixed Media Magic
July 1, 2016 (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, includes pack of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
July 2-9, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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French Landscape Workshop with Nina Weiss at Montfaucon
July 3-13, 2016 — Unique 5-star opportunity in South of France! Immerse yourself in Art & Culture...learn to extract your vision from the landscape with an experienced, compassionate, well-traveled instructor! Now in it's 15th year, Nina's European Landscape Workshops provide friendly group dynamics with exceptional one-on-one instruction. Be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. Daily excursions to our favorite surrounding towns with stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. Private studio on site; 24-hour access. 5- Star accommodations and dining at the air-conditioned private boutique hotel Montfaucon; a lovingly restored 12th Century villa on the river Aude. Join us for this incredible adventure! Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss
Sponsor: Nina Weiss European Landscape Workshops at Montfaucon
Cost: $3,750
Email: Nina Weiss
Phone: 847-840-0527

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Landscape Painting with Nina Weiss
July 3-13, 2016 — Journey with Nina Weiss to Europe this summer for an unforgettable experience in an amazing location! Study, paint and explore the beautiful & historical landscapes of the Languedoc region in scenic southern France. Relax and enjoy under the guidance and tutelage of an experienced and compassionate teacher, artist, and fellow traveler! We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. We will have transportation to painting sites that offer a wide range of subjects, from unique architecture to typical southern French landscapes: wildflowers, sunflower fields, vineyards, forested hillsides, seaside marshes with exotic birds, and quaint Catalan fishing villages. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.artendeavors.org
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3750
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Exploring Watercolor on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
July 4-13, 2016 (9:00AM-4:00PM) — Capture the essence of the beautiful Amalfi Coast in watercolor, with instructor David Daniels at the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival. Participants will be encouraged to create plein air drawings, sketches and studies using the local scenery as inspiration, then return to the studio to further develop their reference material into completed paintings. This approach combines the immediacy of plein air drawing with the more deliberate studio approach. David goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches how to construct strong, vibrant, personality- filled paintings. David will also demonstrate his method of using multiple glazes of wet-into-wet passages to achieve unsurpassed brilliance as well as the use of masking agents to achieve jewel-like clarity. Visit website


Location: Maiori, Italy
Instructor: David Daniels
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Art Festival
Cost: $2975
Email: David Daniels
Phone: 301-588-9296

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Watercolors in the Wild
July 5-7, 2016 (10am – 1pm) — Expressive and immediate, watercolor is an alluring medium, and its portability and accessibility make it the perfect medium for plein air. Watercolor’s transparency, glow and brilliance, as well as its spontaneity, allow artists to truly capture the natural world with their own personal style. In this outdoor class, Sheri Worth will guide students as they explore and experiment with color, value, composition and technique to find a meaningful expression of their vision. This class is open to all students – beginners and experienced watercolorists alike! Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Sheri Worth
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $165
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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In-Depth Watercolor (2)
July 8 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 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. Visit website


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

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The Art of Water
July 8 - August 12, 2016 (Fridays, 10am-4pm) — Whether used as a compositional device or vehicle for meaning and narration, the elusive nature of water has both captivated and challenged the artist. In this class, unravel the techniques for realistic depiction of bodies of water through study of masterworks in the PAFA museum, hands-on work in the studio and plein air sessions. Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. All levels welcome. The first class will take place in the PAFA museum; all other classes will take place outdoors in the Philadelphia area: Bartram's Garden, Morris Arboretum, Valley Green (Wisssahickon Park), and sites along the Delaware River. 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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Mesmerizing Metallic & Interference Paint Online Workshop
July 8, 2016 (24/7 online) — Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up video and clear explanations. The Camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to master these versatile paints. Visit website


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

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Passion for the Palette
July 9-10, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — Throughout history artists have used color to inspire visions, symbols, and tall tales. Composer Alexander Scriabin referred to color as “keyboards of light,” while painter Phillip Guston called it simply “colored dirt.” Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to practically fine-tune and tailor your current palette to support your work’s message. Class projects will include working from still life arrangements with colored lights to create brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Each student is encouraged to bring a personal piece in progress for color diagnosis, to then work on in the medium of their choice. Artists of all media welcome. Visit website


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

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Orrs Island Maine Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick
July 10-14, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — Enjoy a watercolor workshop in a relaxing setting at the old family summer home of the Arndt family known as Crow’s Nest. Crow’s Nest is nestled on top of a hill overlooking Harpswell Sound, with spectacular views from the large porch of sunset and water. Enjoy varied scenery of quiet coves, rugged coastline, and quintessential New England buildings. Instruction and demonstrations address the specifics of the landscape at hand with regards to color, composition, and paint handling. Individual guidance and critiques included. At the days end, relax on the porch, and if the spirit moves you, paint the sunset! Lodging at Crows Nest and meals are a separate fee. Visit website


Location: Orrs Island, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $450 workshop, $400 lodging
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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One Week Intensive | Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Explore ?owers 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
Instructor: Linda Gist
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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The Best of Watercolor with Mary Whyte
July 11-15, 2016 — Join Mary Whyte for a comprehensive three-day watercolor workshop. Explore the fundamentals of painting the still life, portrait and figure, while improving your knowledge of color mixing, getting a likeness, composition, values, texture and correcting mistakes. Enjoy Whyte’s daily painting demos, individual attention, and insights on making original work, as well as discussions on how to set up a studio and market your work. This is a 3 -day class Monday - Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be independent studio days, with models provided so students can practice what they have learned earlier in the week. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $995
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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From Story to Picture Book
July 11-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Capturing the Light
July 11-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover how to capture the mood and time of a place through the proper use of light and shadow. Emphasizing these characteristics can bring a painting from ordinary to extraordinary, as it illuminates your chosen subject. With a focus on layering, students will use a limited palette of mainly transparent colors and washes to bring drama to each composition. Learn to design with light and recognize its sources and the shadows they create. Handouts, reference materials, and individualized attention will be provided by Lynn throughout the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lynn Ferris, www.lynnferris.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Jurassic Art (Ages 9 to 14)
July 11-15, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Experience Paleo Art and how artists use their imaginations to bring prehistoric dinosaurs, sea creatures and plants to life. Students will create casts, model creatures and figures in clay while discovering petroglyphs, pictographs and cave painting. Students will experience art from the Age of Reptiles. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure
July 11-17, 2016 (10am) — Come with us on this 7 day adventure as we explore the landscape, wildlife and characters from our base on an authentic Aussie cattle station near Wyndham in the remote far north of Western Australia. Venture "off the beaten track" into wilderness areas not accessible to the public. You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening, and one night camping out beside a pristine waterhole. You'll meet the locals and get a real sense of the history, lifestyle and mystical beauty of the east Kimberley - all while creating your art and developing techniques. Many other activities are included - peruse the itinerary on the website. Early bird specials and group discounts. Visit website


Location: Kununurra, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61893881513

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Ireland in Color
July 11-19, 2016 (9:00 am-4:00pm) — "I learned more in two days of painting with O'Neill than I have learned in twenty years with other instructors" Denise Hodgins Call, Virginia. Well planned successful art tours since 1996 and regarded as the best. Director Irish born Hugh O'Neill knows those special places of 5 star visual beauty: Enjoy a relaxed cultural adventure: History, Music, Castles, Golf, dramatic coastlines, fresh local food. Designed for all levels and aspiring artists with no experience. Separate itinerary for spouses, friends. Opportunity of a life time. No lugging equipment around. Private coach and driver takes you right to beautiful spots to paint. All Art materials can be in Ireland for you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill
Sponsor: En Plein Air International
Cost: $3300.00
Email: Hugh O'Neill
Phone: 561-797-8630

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California-Vibe Watercolor Portraiture
July 11-15, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Watercolor Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
July 11-12, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint in what's been called the prettiest town in Ontario. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint on hot press #140 block. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in quaint Niagara on the Lake to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Watercolor Painting
July 12-14, 2016 — 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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Sketching Environments
July 13 - August 31, 2016 (Wednesdays, 7pm - 10pm) — Environment Sketching is to educate artists to produce effective sketches. Students will learn how to create and sketch thumbnails that will be effective for production. This class will also educate students in composition, lighting, and visual continuity. Visit website


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Instructor: Poe Tan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Painted Prism Art Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado
July 14-17, 2016 (9:30 am till 4:30 pm) — Join us for 3 days and 4 nights in the Rocky Mountains -- to paint and create, to rest and rejuvenate, to learn and share. This Art Retreat offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in art, with 3 watercolor workshops with Pat Howard; in an incredibly beautiful -- for a truly special experience! We will be staying, painting, and playing at a beautiful private mountain retreat in Estes Park, set on 30 acres. You'll have the option of staying on-site, at an additional, but very affordable cost. Limited to 16 women, with personal attention and time for each of you, as we accompany you on a journey of discovery. Visit website


Location: Estes Park, CO
Instructor: Pat Howard
Sponsor: The Painted Prism
Cost: $450; which includes tuition, meals, & supplies
Email: Pat Howard

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Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast
July 14-23, 2016 — Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Festival
Cost: $2,975
Email: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Phone: +1 202 468 9953

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Plein Air Gouache Workshop
July 15-17, 2016 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


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

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Long Pose Figure Workshop
July 15 - September 1, 2016 (Fridays, 10:30am - 2pm) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose figure painting and/or drawing workshop. The nude model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $200.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Watercolor Plunge
July 16-17, 2016 (9am-5pm) — This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, brushes and pigments. Learn transparent and opaque painting methods, and gain the confidence to continue to working with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge, a lifeguard will be on duty! 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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Compelling Points of View: Creative Compositions Using Sketchbook and Camera
July 16-17, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — The success of a painting starts with your initial vision before you even pick up a pencil or brush. The key is learning how to understand and capture this vision in your artwork. In this workshop Bill will share how he uses his sketchbook and camera to study, plan and create powerful and engaging images. You will learn how to see and develop the painting's potential, starting with a flat or disappointing image and creating a powerful statement from it, engaging the viewers’ interest by manipulating perspective and light. Most of the class will be taught in the studio with some exploring of the town to collect images. Work will be done primarily in pencil and or watercolor depending on the students’ comfort level. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: William G. Hook, www.wghook.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $300
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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Experimental Watermedia Collage
July 16-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create paintings that will “Wow” everyone by pouring color onto watercolor paper using Golden Paint’s new and very brilliant QoR watercolors. Pouring results in a loose, flowing, colorful wash that happens naturally. After mastering the basic technique, we’ll experiment with other techniques including the tried and true salt and alcohol method, but adding things like Rit dyes, pastel powders, metal leaf, metallic powders, collage and more, to create very unique and interesting abstract works. We’ll also explore markmaking and Asemic (abstract) writing and learn the best ways to include this writing into our abstract works. Once the paintings are complete, we will cut some up and build a layered collage. You’ll go home with several frameable small abstract paintings. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figure in Tuscany
July 17-29, 2016 — This workshop will focus on accurately drawing and painting the figure. The eight painting days will be broken up into two sessions. The live models will sustain a single pose for the duration of each 4-day session. This sustained focus on the model will allow students to slow down and render the subject in a comprehensive manner. Students will execute a detailed drawing of the model and learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the subject. Each week will culminate with a full color application of color. The instructor will give a demonstration each day and provide personal instruction throughout the day. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Mario Andres Robinson
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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City Landscape (2)
July 17 - August 14, 2016 (Sundays, 9am-1pm) — The city has long been the subject of many great artists including Canaletto, Edward Hopper and Jane Freilecher. Develop your own vision of the city on location at vibrant Gorgas Park, at the high point of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, featuring expansive views of the city and landscape. Drawing and painting mediums will be demonstrated including oil, gouache, watercolor and pastel. Color, perspective, the compositional use of light and shade, and the particular concerns of working on location will be just some of the topics 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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Creating on Yupo: A Design Approach
July 17, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM) — Creating on a Yupo surface is exciting, but a painting needs a good design to have that wow factor. This one-day workshop will offer techniques to get dazzling results and learn important painting design. A light lunch will be served. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $160
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Splash! (Ages 9 to 14)
July 18-22, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will spend their time exploring the kingdoms of water in all of its realms: from spelunking crystal caves of ice and snow to splashy lakes of summer fun, to hidden jewels of the desert and the uncharted depths of the deep blue sea. Students will create art inspired by rainforests, reefs, clouds, ice, oceans, streams and the living organisms who call these “home”. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Watercolor Workshop
July 18-22, 2016 — Frank Francese’s workshops are upbeat and positive, designed to generate enthusiasm in the participants. This four-day workshop will instill a sense of renewed energy toward painting. The well-planned schedule includes two (22X30) daily demonstrations of the Frank’s unique style of painting large and loose on a very wet surface, allowing the pure color to mix itself and bring his paintings to life. Emphasis will be on different ways to approach a painting from start to finish. There is also adequate time for personal painting, group critiques, and one-on-one assistance. Over the course of the workshop, we will paint a variety of scenes including nature, countryscapes, cityscapes, tropical, and Nature’s extremes (stormy skies, snow storms, torrential rain, and mist). Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Frank Francese
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $740
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Capturing Summer En Plein Air With Tim Deibler
July 20-23, 2016 (1:30-6:30pm) — Explore innovative techniques for mastering the plein air process for vibrant and exciting paintings. Working outside, students in this class will learn to create vibrant, exciting paintings quickly, capturing the spirit of the outdoors using a limited palette. First, Tim will show students his method of creating plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less, a process that requires deliberate counting of each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this process helps artists develop a clear intention in their work. Two days of quick studies will help students master the decision making process that is essential to achieving more accurate and complete statements in their work. Visit website


Location: Telluride, CO
Instructor: Tim Deibler
Sponsor: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Kathleen Cole
Phone: (970) 728-3886

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
July 21-23, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Bar Raleigh
Email: Dana Kubissa
Phone: 919-878-6782 ext. 140

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Plein Air Portugal 2016
July 23 - August 3, 2016 (Workshop 9am-1pm) — Plein Air Portugal 2016: An Artist Retreat & Workshop for the independent artist as well as the novice painter and photographer. Spend ten days in northern Portugal living in a historic B&B, waking up to a fabulous breakfast and taking brief walks to fantastic work sites. Paint in oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing mediums or photograph. The farm families in the tiny village of Travanca do Monte live as they have for the past 300 years, maintaining a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Capturing the character of the land and the people who maintain it has provided inspiration for the diverse group of artists who have attended Plein Air Portugal. Visit website


Location: Amarante, Portugal
Instructor: Dale Emmart, Painting; Karen Bell, Photography
Sponsor: Plein Air Portugal
Cost: $1800.00
Email: Dale Emmart
Phone: 212-362-7724

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Wild & Tame (Ages 9 to 14)
July 25-29, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Discover the world’s most strange and wild animals. Explore zoo animals, the taming of wild animals, and the tame and lovable pets we call friends. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). All art supplies are included in the cost of registration. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $300 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Find Your Creative Soul in Vermont....Watercolor with Yoga
July 25-28, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — This four-day watercolor workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate painters. Each morning we start with technical instruction in the studio and then go outside for plein air painting using the newly learned techniques. There is optional morning yoga and meditation each day. Additionally, this summer we'll be looking at the works of great watercolor artists, such as John Singer Sargent, to see what techniques they used. On our last evening together there will be an art show of the finished works. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Margie Samuels with Lori Zucker
Sponsor: InView Center for the Arts
Cost: $475 (10% discount if you register by March 30, 2016)
Email: Tom Checcia
Phone: 802-824-6673

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Personal Expression: A Design Approach to Mixed Media
July 25-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this mixed-media workshop, you will examine content, creativity, and personal expression within your work. Design strategies and principles concerning representational, abstract, and non-objective compositions will be used to identify your unique and personal approach to art making. Instructor led slide talks, assignments, exercises, individual and group discussions, and critiques will help you gain a better understanding of your strengths, as well as give you a direction to continue on in your home studio. Open to all media, including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, encaustic, oil, and collage, however emphasis will be placed on mixed media. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Donna Watson, www.donnawatsonart.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Chicago Summer Open Studio Wednesdays
July 27 - August 31, 2016 (Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) — Come and work for 3 hours of uninterrupted creative time in a professional studio in watercolor, acrylic, or on individual projects. Ingrid's advice and guidance are plentiful throughout and are offered in a group critique at the end of the session. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $45.00/Session or $255 for the package of 6 (one free)
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Chicago Summer Open Studio Wednesdays
July 27 - August 31, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM) — Come and create for three hours of uninterrupted time in a professional studio. Work in watercolor, acrylic, or on individual projects with Ingrid's help and guidance. A group critique follows at the end of each session. Visit website


Location: Chicago, IL
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Cost: $45.00 individual session or $225 for 6 (one free)
Email: Ingrid E. Albrecht
Phone: 312-320-0833

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Mixed Media Magic
July 29, 2016 (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, includes pack of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolor
August 1-5, 2016 — In this workshop you will work with master watercolorist, Herman Pekel to articulate your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. He will show you a step by step process beginning with a fast foundation painting and concluding with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolour. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Impressions
August 1-5, 2016 — Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure. Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student. Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting for the Studio Artist (and everyone else)!
August 1-4, 2016 — Whether you have never stepped out of your studio or are a seasoned Plein Air painter, you will truly enjoy looking at the landscape in a slightly different way. Having spent 40+ years as an advertising veteran, I view the world slightly differently than other artists. As a seasoned art director, I know what constitutes a great design. And creating a pleasing landscape painting is no different. We will explore focal points, visual pathways, drawing execution, value and color, and one of my very favorite topics… Color Temperature! All of these elements play a huge role in creating a successful painting and we will work together to achieve just that. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Christine Ivers
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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Watercolor Energies and Composition
August 1-3, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Hinckley, OH
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Sara Kass
Phone: 330-225-5364

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Wonderland (Ages 9 to 14)
August 1-4, 2016 (9am-3pm) — Students will dwell in a land of wondrous color as they explore natural wonders of the world. Students will use them to base their own fantastical worlds on and will create their own Wonderlands. Each session incorporates 2D Art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media. Sessions also include 3D Art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students will learn how to prepare their art for show and will share their creations in a Youth Art Show and Reception at the end of the session (2:30 Friday). Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $240 (Supplies Included)
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Portraits from Life
August 2-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this three-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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Budapest Cityscape
August 2-9, 2016 (14:00-20:00) — Tour Budapest, discover hidden sites and magnificent views, paint or sculpt inside and outside the studio, rework your impressions of the city into your own subjective artworks! Our goal is to help you re-interpret your impressions of the city in your unique way. While exploring the city, painters will sketch, sculptors will carve motifs and everyone will take photos to use as reference material to make interesting, expressive and subjective paintings or sculptures in the studio. At the Budapest Cityscape art workshop you will focus on the connection between art and the city for a full week, and also immerse yourself in its contemporary art scene as you will also get to visit the studios of professional artists! Visit website


Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Csaba Kis Róka, Fanni Király
Sponsor: Corvin Art School
Cost: 390-510 Euros with materials
Email: Marica Sipos
Phone: +36 1 209 2832

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Watercolor Portraits from Photo Reference
August 3-7, 2016 (10am - 5pm) — Take this opportunity to learn from nationally recognized portrait artist, Paul W. McCormack. Students will be working from photographic reference as Paul demonstrates and lectures on all the principles and techniques needed to execute a traditional portrait in watercolor. To ensure personal guidance from Paul throughout the program, workshops are strictly limited to 6 students. With demonstrations and lectures given each day students are taken through a step-by-step procedure…watch, listen, learn, and then apply. Combined with individual attention, critiques and hands on instruction, students will have the opportunity to create a finished portrait under Paul’s guidance. Beginners and advanced students alike will certainly benefit from the experience. Visit website


Location: Beacon, NY
Instructor: Paul W. McCormack
Sponsor: McCormack Studios, Inc.
Cost: $750.
Email: info@mccormackstudios.com
Phone: 845-380-9546

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Painting Quickly in Plein Air
August 3-5, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Learn to paint quickly in this fun 3-day intensive workshop! Hai-Ou, an award-winning artist and owner of the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Kent Island, Maryland, has adapted a powerful abstract aesthetic of impressionist painting for creating intensely colored, highly textured and provocative art en plein air. In this workshop, Hou will focus on the key elements of quick painting in plein air, and share tricks and secrets for finishing a plein air painting in less than two-hours. She will share the tricks for keeping your color bright but not raw, and subtle but not muddy, helping to make your painting more expressive and appealing. This workshop is for all levels and all media. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Hai-Ou Hou, haiouhouart.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Paint with Patterns of Splashing Light
August 4-6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Using Donna Jill’s techniques, create successful watercolor paintings with rich, clean, and colorful washes. Delve into constructing a composition with particular attention to pattern and light, as you learn to recognize and establish a full range of value and color. During the workshop you can expect to create one or more finished watercolor works with Donna Jill as your guide throughout the painting process. Students will work from reference. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Donna Jill Witty, www.DonnaJillWitty.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor from the Beginning
August 5, 2016 (10am-4pm) — Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully emerge yourself in this wonderful medium. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $85
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Color Theory Through Watercolor
August 6, 2016 (10am-4pm) — Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $85
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Painting Beautiful Mt. Desert Isle en Plein Air
August 8-12, 2016 (Aprox. 9 - 4) — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Email: Gail Rebas
Phone: 386 562-8118

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From Sketchbook to Studio
August 8-12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Imagine learning a step-by-step process that you can use for painting any subject. Iain will teach you how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your paintings. His sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and to aid you in avoiding the common mistakes in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, careful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
August 8-12, 2016 — Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, "dealing with dark values in watercolor", "secrets of painting reflections" and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park. Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -"Best of Show" in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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Capturing Water and Light in Watercolor
August 8-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, discover how to capture the depth and drama of the water and sky through a variety of painting techniques. Learn to paint bodies of water and the surrounding landscape with confidence. Lee will share how to set up your palette, create and use washes, and render fine details through preliminary sketches, exercises, and individualized instruction. You will have the option to work from photographs or your imagination. Expect to leave the workshop with at least one completed painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lee Mothes, www.OceansAndDreams.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting The Figure From Photographs
August 8-12, 2016 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Still-Life Workshop
August 9-11, 2016 — Explore transparent watercolor to achieve luminous light effects in your art with Irena Roman, award-winning painter, illustrator and Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. The evocative beauty of utilitarian objects - transformed when infused with light - will be the focus. With an emphasis on preliminary process and careful observational drawing, this workshop will help you build a still life painting that captures both radiance and depth. Traditional and experimental wet-on-wet techniques will be explored. Discover why value is the secret ingredient in watercolor and how you can use it to make your paintings glow. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Irena Roman
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $295
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Travel Sketching with Aquarelle Pencils
August 11-13, 2016 (2-5pm) — This workshop provides you with the opportunity to combine your love of travel with your passion for drawing. A focus will be placed on learning how to render the landscape through color, line, and gesture. Students will learn to become adept at capturing a place through loose and fresh drawings. Using water-based pens and colored pencils, you will create a travel sketchbook from both photographic references and on-site views around Door County. Water-soluble sketch pens will be available for purchase from Nina. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 12-14, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Paint the “Sacred Datura” in Watercolor
August 13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn to use light and airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower that is many colors of the rainbow, yet appears as a "white" flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. A photo will be provided but you are always welcome and encouraged to paint from your own reference material whenever you wish. There will be demonstrations of techniques suitable for the subject matter, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all! Visit website


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

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Sketching with Water-Soluble Ink
August 15-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, use a variety of drawing media to create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, and finished work. Learn to quickly and accurately capture your subjects through the use of washes, layered colors, defined shapes and shadows, and depth cues. Maren will demonstrate techniques in handling water-soluble graphite pencils, water-soluble markers, and watercolor pencils with an emphasis on experimental application. You will complete at least one sketch in each medium, as well as combine at least two media in a final piece. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Maren Larsen, www.MarenLarsen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Jumpstart Your Imagination
August 15-19, 2016 — This class is all about experimentation and fun! You'll be introduced to a boatload of mixed media and techniques, some of which may be: texture gels, collage, mono print, pouring, powdered dyes to name a few of the possibilities. You'll then have the opportunity to use some of these techniques in actual paintings, too. Kathie will have several examples from which you may choose, or you may decide to work on subjects of your own choosing. In any case, this class will give you a ton of ideas for your own work, or for giving you a new direction and inspiration! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kathie George
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Reflections in Watercolor
August 15-19, 2016 — Students in this workshop will learn how to do reflections in metal, glass, and mirrors. (Note: dew drops will also be covered). These techniques are not hard, but they do take time and patience and a lot of “tricks”. Gay will show you how to make shapes appear to be shiny by controlling the patterns of light and dark and by controlling the edges. You will be shown how to use soft edges, lost edges, and hard edges to enhance the highlights. Students will learn to develop good value contrasts; use color for rhythm and continuity through the painting; and use changes in color temperature to enhance the surface. The instructor will have photos you may use or you may bring your own. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Gay Paratore
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Sketchbook to Studio
August 15-19, 2016 — In this workshop you will learn how to sketch on location in preparation for more studied studio pieces. After working on-site you will return to the studio, equipped with sketches and photographs, to begin a refined painting. Iain will show you how to translate the expressive energy from your sketch into a dynamic and thoughtful studio piece. You will learn how to choose dynamic views, create a pleasing composition, and most importantly how to edit information that is not needed to tell a story in your painting. There will be plenty of one-on-one time with Iain, as well as individual and group critiques. Visit website


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

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East Meets West
August 15-19, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Exploring Watercolor
August 15-18, 2016 — Watercolor paintings can be so much more than a checklist of watercolor technique. David Daniels goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches how to construct strong, vibrant, personality filled paintings. Technique is very important to this discipline, but it is the composition of your painting that will engage your viewer. When strong compositions and thoughtful technique are combined, it is an unbeatable combination. David shows how to carefully construct a watercolor using preliminary sketches and value studies. He will also demonstrate his methods of using multiple glazes of wet-into-wet passages to achieve unsurpassed brilliance as well as the use of masking agents to achieve jewel-like clarity. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: David R. Daniels
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $400
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 19-21, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Greensboro, NC
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Uptown Artworks
Email: Joe Wilkerson
Phone: 336-255-6345

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Sara & Bernie's Excellent Painting Adventure in Italy
August 19-31, 2016 — Sara and Bernie will both instruct in plein air and studio painting. Any medium or skill level is ok; demos will be done in oil and gouache. Classes will cover how to choose subject matter, how to see color and value and light quality, composition, design, atmospheric perspective, painting techniques, group critiques, and lots of personal attention. Gouache can be used for field sketches or for fully realized paintings. This perfect transitional medium for the oil painter is great for traveling, dries quickly, and requires minimal supplies. Oil has the advantage of staying wet longer for those who like to work with edges and blending or working with a painting knife, which will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly & Bernie Dellario
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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Art Retreat in Kawartha Highlands, Ontario, Canada
August 19-23, 2016 (All day each day) — The Kawartha Highlands are a little know wonder of Southern Ontario. Lakes, forests, bare rock faces. Plenty to challenge a landscape painter. This retreat is unique. It is a canoe-in retreat. We provide the canoes, you provide your own equipment and for. Just like landscape painters from 100 years ago. Keith will also be teaching Modern Colour theory and how to mix any colour easily. Visit website


Location: Peterborough, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting
August 19-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand upon your use of materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction in this workshop. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and techniques, as well as outlines his process to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of individual attention and time will be provided for practicing new skills. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in the Lanugedoc with Georgia Mansur
August 20-30, 2016 — Combining days painting in our own studio, with excursions and plein air painting in scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience and enjoy the very best of the region whilst learning from your instructor, Georgia Mansur. Georgia is a Trained and Certified International Golden Artist Educator, creator of the Georgia Mansur Palette by Daniel Smith Paints, creator of the Artist in Residence Program for Emirates Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains Australia and Official Emirates Artist in Residence 2012-14 and Official Cunard Artist in Residence 2015, teaching on board Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and QM2. She is also featured in SPLASH 15 book as one of the top 100 Watermedia Artists in the World. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3650
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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ArtisTTable Michigan, Beaver Island - Plein Air Art Retreat
August 21-28, 2016 — Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and will be a magical place for the ArtisTTable’s August retreat. Attendees will focus intensely on painting their impressions of the island. A 1920’s lodge and its forested grounds will be our inspiring home base as we explore lake shores, woods and the town of St. James. ArtisTTable developers and artist-founders Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will provide demonstrations and personal instruction. Your fee for your stay is all-inclusive; including: food, lodging and ferry transport to the island from Charlevoix. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: St. James, MI
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1200.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Watermedia Workshop in Greece
August 22-29, 2016 (8 h per day) — Watercolor and mixed watermedia (watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage) with George Politis AWS, RI. Emphasis on composition and color theory. Learning to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). Aims to boost the creativity by new inspirational ideas and techniques for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The workshop will take place in Pelion, Central Greece, combining the cool atmosphere of the mountain and the beautiful nearby beaches. All inclusive!! Visit website


Location: Pelion, Thessalia, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI
Sponsor: Painting Holidays in Greece
Cost: 1350
Email: George Politis
Phone: +30-694-4422097

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Watercolor Plein Air with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle, Maine
August 28 - September 1, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — This magical coastal landscape is an inspiring place to paint and sets the stage for you to have a wonderful artistic experience with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. The schedule is both structured and flexible to allow you to set your own pace with ample time to just feel the breeze and savor the moment. This workshop is geared towards all levels and will focus on how color and paint handling can be used to create your own interpretation of the landscape. Each day begins with a demonstration that will address the specifics of the landscape at hand,followed by painting on your own with individual guidance from Marjorie and 2-3 group critiques as needed. Visit website


Location: Stonington, ME
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $550
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Watercolor in One Stroke
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Italian master painter, Francesco Fontana begins his workshops with a briefing to discover expectations and needs and to establish personal goals with his students. Teaching methods include demos, lectures, and plenty of individual painting time and personal attention. Subjects include landscape, cityscape, and still life en plein air and in the studio. The workshop ends with an open critique with appropriate feedback to support your path to painting with feeling and creativity. Visit website


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

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Celebrating Flower Color in Watercolor
August 29-31, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous paintings of flowers using flowing watercolor. The subject matter provides a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium under Bridget’s instruction. The workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing flower studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will draw inspiration from Bridget’s photos, handouts, arrangements, and the school’s surrounding gardens. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Landscape Painting with Martha Mans
September 3-13, 2016 — Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Martha Mans, www.marthamans.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Sketching Workshop
September 4-12, 2016 — For all the artists out there who have wanted to do a magical dream vacation catering to your creative talents, and be with like-minded people without the hassle of organizing it yourself, join me in Spain! This workshop is designed for all levels. Students will work en plein air in both painting and sketching, coming away from this fun week with a myriad of ideas for use in their own works. Rae will show students how she uses a variety of tonal values, color and movement, making her work unique and exciting for the viewer. This workshop might be just the thing to get you moving in your own art, even if you have never traveled to Europe, now is your chance! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Rae Andrews, raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Old Master Realism Comes to Montorno
September 4-16, 2016 — Study with David Buckley Good, from The Schuler School of Fine Art. David will teach old master painting and drawing techniques while painting en plein air in the beautiful Tuscan countryside at Montorno and in the small town of Seravezza. Techniques you may explore include: mechanical and aerial perspective; direct and indirect painting; how to use impasto, glazes and half-pastes; use of underpainting in establishing a composition; using site sketches as references for the painting; toned grounds and their use in developing an image; importance of drawing; and how to "see" the image in terms of light and dark masses (chiaroscuro). Students may work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache. Pen and ink drawing will also be taught. Visit website


Location: Seravezza, Italy
Instructor: David Buckley Good
Sponsor: Art in the Sun, Montorno Workshops
Cost: $3600 double occupancy ($3150 non-painting companion)
Email: Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator
Phone: +1-703-521-0595

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Watercolor Journaling: Creating a Visual Diary
September 5-9, 2016 — With a few watercolor art supplies and your journal, you will be ready to capture memories of your travels in a colorful and unique way. Create a visual diary of watercolor painting, journaling, and mixed media as you slow down, observe, and savor your time in beautiful coastal Maine. This exciting class will motivate artists of all skill levels to record their journeys in an imaginative way using watercolor and mixed media. Students will explore ways to make their travel journal interesting and reflective of their experiences as we work our way from the studio to painting plein air the quaint coastal scenes of Maine. It is fun to create a personal work of art more wonderful than any photo album. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Seeking the Spontaneous
September 5-9, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. 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: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Chicago Fall Watercolor Classes with Ingrid
September 7 - Ocotober 26, 2016 (Wednesdays, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) — This eight-week class is designed for all levels of watercolor painting. Through lectures, painting demonstrations, and personal attention students will be exposed to the elements & principles of design and learn interesting techniques used in watercolor to create unique results. Each class is followed by a class critique. 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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Chicago Fall Watercolor Classes with Ingrid
September 7 - Ocotober 26, 2016 (Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:30 PM) — This eight-week class is designed for all levels of watercolor painting. Through lectures, painting demonstrations, and personal attention students will be exposed to the elements & principles of design and learn interesting techniques used in watercolor to create unique results. Each class is followed by a class critique. 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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Abstraction in Watercolor
September 8-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Dedicated to abstract and non-objective painting strategies, this workshop will explore traditional and experimental watercolor techniques that can be incorporated into your individual painting practice. Focus will be placed on composition, design, and discovery. Joye will demonstrate and break down a variety of methods, including using different substances to manipulate the paint, as well as spray, scrape, and create and take away patterns of color. With those new skills, you will create one finished non-objective painting. An informative, yet gentle group critique will close each day. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joye Moon, www.joyemoon.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Romancing The Himalayas
September 10-25, 2016 — India is a painter's dream. You will paint it all in this once in a lifetime workshop traveling to many different villages in the low Himalayas. Historical sites, dazzling interiors and colorful people in saris, await your art eye. You will return home with numerous onsite sketches to make large paintings from. Non-painting partners welcome. Frequent art critiques by Johanna, demos and instruction. Visit website


Location: Dharamshala, India
Instructor: Johanna Spinks
Sponsor: Indus Experiences
Cost: $2998.00 plus airfare
Email: Johanna Spinks
Phone: 310-384-7029

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Art Retreat in Killarney, Ontario, Canada
September 10-15, 2016 (All day each day) — Killarney is an amazing painting destination. Rugged northern cliffs plunge into the cold northern lakes. Real Group of Seven territory. This retreat is all inclusive. Our hosts feed us and transport us to our inaccessible painting locations by pontoon boat. Keith also demonstrates Modern colour theory and how using his simple palette you can mix almost any colour with ease. Visit website


Location: Whitefish Falls, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $1100
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Amalfi Coast Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 11-21, 2016 — Paint the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast. We like to stay in Ravello because there are fewer tourists, no cruise ships, you can walk all over town, and, although we do take you to Amalfi and Positano, you will be happy you are not staying there. The views from Ravello are fabulous. Don’s paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, Rough Sketches, and Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, as well as the video, "Making Watercolor Glow". Visit website


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

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


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

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Watercolor: Keep it Simple and Strong
September 12-16, 2016 — This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong. The goal is to capture light and atmosphere of the subject through the simplification process. Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational or impressionistic rather than abstract. Visit website


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

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Seeking the Spontaneous
September 12-16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. 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: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Watercolor Sketchbook
September 13-16, 2016 (Approx Start at 9:30 each day.) — Nourish your Art & Soul on the California Coast. Learn how to create a creative journal incorporating sketching, painting, writing, and mixed media en plein air- all mediums welcome. Excursions may include: Carmel by the Sea, Carmel Beach, Carmel Valley, Mission Ranch, Big Sur, Carmel Mission. Workshop Package includes multiple lessons and demonstrations by Cindy and Theresa with personalized instruction. Bonus: 2 hour Guided Walking Tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea for photography, local lore and history. Bonus: Creative Writing Session with writer, composer and creative coach – Carol Frazier. Bonus: California Cuisine Cooking Class - additional fee evening of 09/16 $75. $85 with Wine Pairing Flight. Lodging suggestions provided. We'll carpool to locations as needed. Visit website


Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Sponsor: Make Every Day A Painting Workshops
Cost: $450
Email: Cindy or Theresa
Phone: 541-420-9463

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 13-20, 2016 — Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development. Learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Italy 2016 Adventure-Artists
September 15-23, 2016 — Exploration and creativity for all artists in Italy. Ancient Hilltop Villages, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Pisa. Delicious Chef prepared Italian Cuisine, all ground transfers, en-suite private rooms available at our exclusive 12th century Villa. Roman Spa Baths for you to enjoy nearby, you will be able to paint to your hearts content the ancient cobblestone shepherds path as it winds past past olive groves and grape arbors. Plein air painting for all levels and mediums, all inclusive* a very limited number of spaces available, book early for this next exciting journey for Adventure-Artists. Horseback riding stables available nearby for riding in the magnificent hills of northern Tuscany. Visit website


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

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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
September 17-24, 2016 (9:30-4:30) — Learn to think like a painter while under the Tuscan Sun. For the week we will stay at the beautifully restored San Fedele monastery. It dates from the 11th century and sits in the Chianti hills outside of Siena. The focus is on experiencing the beauty and unique light of Tuscany while enlivening your artists eye to notice and record what moves you. You will be encouraged to work in your own way at your own pace creating plein air sketches in any medium that you choose. The trip is sponsored by Il Chiostro. Highlights of the week include: daily painting lessons with Marjorie Glick, excursions to paint on location, and 1/2 day excursion to Sienna. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2900
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals
September 17-24, 2016 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Illuminating Illustration: 3D Drawing With Forms
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn to manipulate forms (i.e. stretching, squashing, shaping), giving them movement, depth, dimension, and life! We’ll investigate drawing from sight, memory, and imagination. Soon you’ll be building complete, creative, three-dimensional pictures! This class is for: Anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; anyone who wants to explore the drawing methods that illustrators use to make imaginative pictures. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Watercolor Painting - Bird of Paradise
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Painting with watercolors can be a breeze when using fun tools. In this class the painting starts with a straw moving around the paint and finishes with a beautiful Bird of Paradise Flower. The other great tool is the liquid watercolors that bring the paintings to life. This class is a great chance to refresh your understanding of painting, trying a new way of painting or just learning how to paint. The class is perfect for watercolorists of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learn new techniques, including tips on blending and building color, using masking elements and so much more. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Mixed Media Drawing and Collage
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of mixed media drawing and collage in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will be working on location, drawing in charcoal, pastel, and watercolor crayon. We will also develop interpretations of your work in collage media. The focus of this class is creating and learning to see, with endless Italian subject matter at hand to interpret. The land and seascapes, the light, the aged structures, and the art that exists as re-defined through your perceptions, are all available to you. Group critiques are optional. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Gedy Moody
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Painting with Water Media
September 18-23, 2016 (9 am.-4 pm.) — Fully immerse yourself for six days of painting in the surroundings of our mountaintop studio overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, including a day trip to Lucca. We will paint in various mountainside locations; among the olive groves, in the fern lined grotto of the waterfall, and on the high piazza of Casoli. Our muses will be the commanding mountain vistas, dramatic light, and the rustic Tuscan architecture of stone and terra cotta. Participants will be free to explore and experiment. Artists will also keep a travel watercolor sketchbook which will document their itineraries and discoveries. The sketchbook can be an artwork in itself, and a reference for later work. Instruction will be provided in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic media. Visit website


Location: Casoli, Camaiore, Italy
Instructor: Susan Amons
Sponsor: Fine Art Studio Italia
Cost: $1400
Email: Susan Amons
Phone: 207-283-1630

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Watercolor Autumn in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
September 18-19, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint in what's been called the prettiest town in Ontario. What you will learn in this workshop: how to find your composition, value and light and achieve aerial perspective in your painting with warm and cool color. How to get the drama with light patterns. We'll paint on hot press #140 block. A list of suggested supplies available upon registration. Ever wonder why your finished painting doesn't look like what inspired you in the first place? Join us in quaint Niagara on the Lake to be inspired. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 9-5 Mon - Sat

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Unique Watercolor Painting Techniques
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Painting with watercolors can be a breeze when using fun tools. Using a basting brush as a painting tool you can achieve realistic grasses and trees. In this class you will paint this great farmhouse and add the landscape using a basting brush. The instructor will provide the materials. This class is a great chance to refresh your understanding of painting, trying a new way of painting or just learning how to paint. The class is perfect for watercolorists of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learn new techniques, including tips on blending and building color, using masking elements and so much more. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Barcelona Painting Workshop
September 19-29, 2016 — Join the Picture House for a spectacular urban plein air experience in Barcelona, Spain! Artists David Beale and Emily Gibbons will lead painting excursions and daily critiques. We will be utilizing Barcelona's excellent public transportation system, allowing participants great flexibility to also explore on their own and in small groups. We will stay in a centrally located luxury apartment in Barcelona. It will be within easy walking distance to a metro station. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: David Beale and Emily Gibbons
Sponsor: The Picture House
Cost: $1500
Email: David Beale
Phone: 607-753-7786

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Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this fun class you will learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia–similar to medieval illuminated manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products like greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you’ll learn valuable approaches to managing and handling color, so that your designs–and your other artworks–will be highly attractive and effective. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this fun class you will learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia–similar to medieval illuminated manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products like greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you’ll learn valuable approaches to managing and handling color, so that your designs–and your other artworks–will be highly attractive and effective. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
September 19-23, 2016 — During this workshop you will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. You will go beyond illustration and find your own signature style! 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: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Nihonga: Then and Now
September 19-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is an introductory Nihonga (traditional Japanese mineral pigment painting) class with the addition of instructor’s proprietary Western applications. We will make paint and grounds from organic and inorganic matter like cured shells, precious minerals, exotic soils, pine soot, indigo, insect secretions and silica with several natural binders. Metallic leafing, oxidation techniques will be covered. Students will learn ancient paper sizing and mounting techniques. Emphasis will be on the creation of multi-layered paintings stemming from non-toxic, ancient practices that embody the power to nurture the spirit. Traditional and abstract painters welcome. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Techniques from the Golden Age of Book Illustration
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn the basic secrets of illustration masters of the Edwardian age! Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, and Edmund Dulac (to name only a few), used ink and watercolor to create many of the most memorable images from children’s literature. In this workshop, you’ll learn their methods—surprisingly easy, fresh, and effective—for bringing drawings to life with ink and watercolor! You will leave with at least one finished watercolor illustration and the knowledge to finish more! This class is for: Anyone who wants to learn watercolor techniques, anyone who is interested in book illustration methods, artists who want to extend their knowledge of watercolor and ink techniques. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Making Note Cards
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — What a perfect way to share your paintings by sending a card. In this class you will learn many watercolor techniques on a note card, for example, using masking fluid, dry wall tape, and plastic wrap! The instructor will provide the materials, liquid watercolors and note cards. This class is a great chance to refresh your understanding of painting, trying a new way of painting or just learning how to paint. The class is perfect for watercolorists of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learn new techniques, including tips on blending and building color, using masking elements and so much more. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Enhance your Watercolors with Mixed Media
September 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover the limitless possibilities as you combine your watercolor paints with mixed media supplies. Learn strategies to harmoniously blend diverse materials with versatility and ease. The result will enliven and enhance your paintings. Working from instructor suggested subject matter, learn how texture and variation can define edges and create smooth gradations. Gail’s provided mixed media supplies include several types of pastels, inks, acrylic paints, mediums, watercolor pencils, and crayons. Bring works in progress or begin something new. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Paradise Art Retreat in Ubud, Bali
September 25-30, 2016 — The Painting in Paradise Art Retreat consists of art workshops & excursions conducted by accomplished Australian artist, Lisa Addinsall (accommodation & airfares extra) & activities at Lily Lane Villas. Also indulge yourself in a tropical paradise with healthy food, rice paddy walks, massages, visits to local Balinese artists including painters, silversmiths, wood carvers and with time built in for just lazing in your private pool in your garden villa. Please email for the full program or visit my website. Visit website


Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Instructor: Lisa Addinsall
Sponsor: Lilylane Villas
Cost: $990 (NOT including airfaires & Accommodation)
Email: Lisa Addinsall
Phone: 0438305658

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Working Between the Abstract and the Real
September 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will be encouraged to explore the languages of both representation and abstraction. Using loose and spontaneous painting methods, you will concentrate on communication and suggestion to create dynamic works of what could be, rather than what is. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques, followed by time to work independently and discuss progress one-on-one. A critique in a relaxed and positive atmosphere will close the workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 29 - October 6, 2016 — Join me on this wonderful trip to the heart of Tuscany! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of Italy has stood the test of time. This will be my third time teaching for French Escapade. Rolling hills, vineyards, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, and fall colors, everything conjured up in the image of Tuscany awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the dolce vita the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it. Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 3-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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Studio Italia 2016
October 3-13, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of 2985$ CAD (around 2350$ US as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gloria Miller Allen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $515
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 14-16, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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Drawing and Painting With Charles Reid
October 24-28 or Oct 31 - November 4, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: New Orleans, LA
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 4-6, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Portraits: Painting the Figure from Photographs
November 7-11, 2016 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


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

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


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
November 11-13, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching Workshop
May 22-29, 2017 — With over 40 years in the creative industry, Erin brings together her art experience into a simple learning system which enables absolutely anybody to learn to sketch an impression of what they see. Erin guides students in a relaxed way to find their creative side. She also teaches you to work quickly, exactly as we must when out in the real world. Each day on our Costa Brava Spain Sketch Holiday, we meet together for a lesson in techniques based on the subject of the day. Following that we go out on location to sketch our impressions and apply some simple colour. After a late lunch we have free time for more sketching or to shop, explore or just relax. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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


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

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


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

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


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

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