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Frida Style Self Portrait!
April 20-27, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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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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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
April 26 - June 6, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by former student Holly Herron. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Watercolor Workshop with Eileen Goodman
April 26-27, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Can the ordinary be extraordinary? Investigate this intriguing question with master artist Eileen Goodman while you draw and paint the still life with watercolor. Taking her inspiration from nature and recognizing a fundamental "longing for ... connecting with the perceived world," Goodman's large-scale watercolors achieve a lushness of surface and richness of tonality and texture usually associated with oil painting, and exhibit a bravura balance between control and accident, a hallmark of a master's hand. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Eileen Goodman
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich
April 27 - May 2, 2014 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) — Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill and will be the first authorized workshop ever to be held on the property. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only. Visit website


Location: Ipswich, MA
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $550
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Make Mighty & Memorable Paintings / Kathleen Elsey
April 27-29, 2014 (9:00 - 3:00) — Join California colorist, Kathleen Elsey, and paint the missions, mountains, meadows and beaches of this coastal town. You will learn to see with a greater awareness. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Learn to make bright and bold paintings with Kathleen's signature vivified palette. You will learn to search for shapes, colors and values while studying composition and simplification. Kathleen will demonstrate how she begins a painting and talk you through her process of painting the canvas. There will be a studio tour, a slide show of painting tutorials and individual instruction at the easel. Come prepared to paint the town and have fun doing it. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Elsey
Sponsor: Kathleen Elsey Painting Workshops
Cost: $350
Email: Kathleen Elsey
Phone: 805 452-7717

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Design and Personal Style - A Workshop About Your Work
April 28 - May 2, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Take your artwork to the next level in this independent coaching seminar with Alex Powers. This is a rare opportunity to have an established and working artist/juror help you achieve your own personal goals. Alex's role is to help you become "aware" of your own art. What works, what doesn't? You will begin the week in a private meeting with Alex critiquing 8 of your paintings. The rest of the week is spent working on your own artwork with Alex's feedback. Gain wisdom and a new outlook to move ahead in this highly-productive and challenging 5-day workshop. All media. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Alex Powers
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $495
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Colored Pencil Explorations
April 30 - May 2, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, 1 hour lunch) — Learn how to use pen & ink, watercolor and colored pencil together to create a quick build up of color and value while still leaving room for the beautiful detail and control of colored pencil. Learn watercolor & colored pencil application tips and how to extract the best qualities of each medium to create richly detailed pieces of art in this fun and informative workshop. Eileen Sorg's work is collected internationally and is known for its complexity and vibrancy. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Eileen Sorg
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $365
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Painting in the French Pyrenees
May 2-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Spend ten days painting with artist Philip Frey in Ore, France in the mid-Pyrenees. We will be staying at a beautiful country house with meals prepared by our hosts. Nothing to worry about except painting! Mornings will be spent with painting on location, demonstrations, daily painting exercises and one-on-one instruction. Afternoons, students can choose to paint with Philip or take advantage of any of the other activities offered which can include a visit to Grottes ge Gargas, a stroll in the mountains, a bicycling trip to the outdoor market and a visit to the castle of Henri de Navarre. Visit website


Location: Ore, France
Instructor: Philip Frey
Sponsor: Philip Frey, LLC
Cost: $3,500-$4,100 (depending on accommodations)
Email: Philip Frey
Phone: 207-422-2008

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Designing with Watercolor
May 2-4, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Mary Marquiss works primarily in watercolor because the fluid nature of the medium invites surprises. Her work emphasizes strong shape and color as primary design elements with a full range of values - from light transparency to dark pigment. Using the five design elements of color, shape, value, texture and line, Mary will step you through a different painting each day in this workshop. A wide range of watercolor techniques and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to work with a limited palette in order to strengthen their paintings, allowing colors to mix on the paper. Please join this award winning watercolor artist for her only workshop in 2014! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $290 by April 2; $340 after April 2
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Watercolors with Tom Jones
May 2-4, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Tom Jones teaches workshops from coast to coast and is considered a master of his craft. His art can be found in private and corporate collections and his paintings have been featured on PBS, in books, magazines, brochures, posters and museums. He also has many instructional DVD's and is the author of two books. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Tom Jones, Watercolor artist
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $295.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Paint Historic Batavia with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 2-3, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of plein air painting in historic Batavia, Illinois, along the Fox River. Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Visit website


Location: Batavia, IL
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Water Street Studios
Cost: $200 members, $240 non-members
Email: Caroline Baty-Barr
Phone: 630-761-9977

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Mixed Media Online Workshop
May 2, for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Mixed media is exciting because it extends your creativity beyond the boundaries of traditional media. This online video class offers a closer view than in person class. Camera is 3 ft from my hands as I work and explain clearly. Beginners gain skill, understanding & confidence quickly as I explain both what and why. Experienced artists gain new ideas & techniques for their art. This class is not project based. You can follow along with your similar idea or you can use the techniques to do your own original art, even if this is your first class. I'll answer questions by email. Over 4 hours of instruction. 10 weekly lessons. Or receive all right away. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Sketching and Drawing Workshop
May 3-13, 2014 — During this urban sketching course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Italians. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture it's essence. Visit website


Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,600 USD
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Gouache Painting
May 3-4, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Gouache, or opaque watercolor, has a beautiful and unique look somewhere between oil and watercolor. Great masters including Winslow Homer, Turner, and Thomas Moran all used the medium. In this workshop, learn how to get started with this very portable and quick-drying medium. Work on toned paper from the still life and landscape, and create compositions with an eye to light and color. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
May 4-10, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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The Costumed Figure: Drawing and Painting
May 5 - June 2, 2014 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the figure. We will draw the figure from life with a variety of interesting costumes. Basic drawing skill of the figure required. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Paint at the Art Barn with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 5-6, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of plein air painting at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, a 60-acre farm with barns, ponds, fields, woods and outbuildings. Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Visit website


Location: Valparaiso, IN
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: The Art Barn
Cost: $215, includes lunch
Email: Jane Bartos
Phone: 219-462-9009

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Watercolor Wisdom
May 5-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Gary paints in an expressive style that is more lyrical than literal in the interpretation of his subject. In his workshop he not only teaches his loose, calligraphic approach to painting, but also a variety of additional techniques to assist you in exploring the wonderful world of watercolor. Through demonstration, lecture, and personal instruction Gary will share his watercolor wisdom as it relates to: Composition, Color, and Calligraphy. You will explore together the virtues of watercolor: its Wetness, Transparency, and the White of the Paper. He will teach you how to develop a strategy to approach each paining with confidence and conviction. This workshop is suitable for all painters, from the absolute beginner to the more advanced. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gary Schallock, garyschallock.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting Ancient Petroglyphs - Watercolor for All Levels
May 7-8, 2014 — Share the meaning and mystery of this ancient signpost/calendar by learning to produce plein air watercolor paintings using a variety of simple techniques demonstrated by Robert Dalegowski's award winning watercolor style of interpretive realism. Dalegowski facilitates a visual exploration with educational context provided to aid in interpretation of the V Bar V Petroglyph Site as a Native American Heritage Site. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Dalegowski, grandcanyonwatercolors.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $300
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein Air Painting with Michael Chesley Johnson
May 8-9, 2014 (9-4) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for two days of painting en plein air in the Toledo Botanical Gardens with the Toledo Art Club. (You don't have to be a member to sign up.) Michael will show you the fundamentals of plein air painting - how to capture the essence of the moment quickly and effectively without sacrificing mood and magic. Suitable for all media, all levels. Visit website


Location: Toledo, OH
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Toledo Artist's Club
Cost: $150
Email: Cynthia Hoot
Phone: (419) 531-4079

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Watercolor at a Glance
May 9-10, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this exciting two-day painting workshop, watercolorist, Ron Stocke will demonstrate 3 to 4 half sheet watercolors. In these paintings, he will cover composition, light and shadows, color vs. values, and brushwork. These are the elements that Ron feels are the strength of a good watercolor painting. On the first day, Ron will cover some simple drawing details that will help you simplify shapes and make your paintings look more natural. Ron will show students his techniques on how to paint figures, water or reflections, cityscapes and more. Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction and be encouraged to loosen up and paint with what they feel rather than the details that they see. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ron Stocke
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $295
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Beyond Scenery: Watercolor Workshop
May 10-17, 2014 — Join award-winning artist Ann Hart for a week-long watercolor workshop in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Be surrounded by exquisite countryside that will awaken all of your senses! Ann will share her techniques and insight through demos and discussion, but each student will be encouraged to pursue his or her own style and vision. We will paint both en plein air and studio; each day's planned schedule allows for personal attention and time to focus on specific questions as they arise. You can anticipate a fun-filled and inspiring adventure that will positively inform your artistic endeavors. Visit website


Location: Sarteano, Italy
Instructor: Ann Hart
Sponsor: Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses, LLC
Cost: $2850
Email: Joan Hill
Phone: 508-255-7907

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7 Unforgettable Days
May 10-17, 2014 — Seven unforgettable days of painting the Italian landscape and figure for artists and travel enthusiasts of all levels. Explore the towns, museums and vineyards of Tuscany, as you paint side by side with nationally acclaimed watercolorist Mary Whyte. We will stay at the Tuscan Renaissance Center with stunning views of the Tuscan hills, while enjoying first class meals and wine, all within a short distance to historic cities like Florence and Sienna. Enjoy a full morning of one-on-one instruction, then choose to spend your afternoons painting on your own, or exploring with Mary Whyte on fully guided tours. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3095 - $3395 Inclusive
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
May 16, for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — Collage is an easy way to begin making art and a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. This class is useful and valuable to artists & aspiring artists because you'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas as you learn collage & a variety of painting techniques. You'll learn easily because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Painting in Spain - The Power of Light and Rhythm
May 16-24, 2014 (9am to noon) — All media workshop: instruction, demos, critiques and lots of painting time. A fabulous location and home base with side trips to historic locations, El Molino, is the place to recharge body, mind and spirit. Non-painting partners can enjoy the Spanish Experience, light hearted tutored Spanish conversation for beginners as well as hands on cooking sessions in the kitchen with hosts Chef Mike Powell and his wife Hilary. Healthy and sumptuous meals prepared daily from fresh local produce. Rich in color, light and the rhythms of historic Spain this workshop is an inspirational opportunity. For video and more detailed information go to www.flavourofspain.net or contact Cindy Horton at Travel Concepts: 604-926-8511, toll free: 1-800-661-7176 Visit website


Location: Malaga, Spain
Instructor: Richard S. McDiarmid (SFCA, NWWS)
Sponsor: A Flavour of Spain and Travel Concepts
Cost: $3390.00 all included except air (see details)
Email: Cindy Horton
Phone: 1-800-661-7176

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
May 16-18, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Columbus, OH
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Gregg Hoelzel
Phone: 740-815-1444

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Glow With Watercolor
May 17-20, 2014 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — In this workshop the focus is on color; on creating rich, luminous, glowing color. All water-based mediums are welcome, however I will work and demonstrate in watercolor, and we will be working with the transparent element of water-based mediums. Often colors cannot be matched to what is seen in nature or a photo, the luminousity gets lost. There are many many tricks to recreating this vibrant color, most of them surprisingly simple. You will learn how to work within your palette to achieve the glow you want. (And we'll go over the basics of how to work with water and color to create those wonderful watery effects: wet into wet, scumbling, glazing... and more). Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Peggy Sands, www.peggysands.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $400
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Plein-air Painting in Tuscany
May 17-24, 2014 — Discover Tuscany through water-colour painting! The rolling hill-sides with its quintessential Tuscan cypress trees, the grand cities of Florence and Arezzo are the ultimate destinations for any aspiring artist. We will be painting whilst following in the foot steps of Renassaince masters such as Michealangelo and Da Vinci. Enjoy the insightful tutorship of experienced English landscape artist John Skelcher; who lives and works in Italy. Visit website


Location: Poppi, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,600 USD single w/bath. all inclusive, materials incl.
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Watercolor: Master the Medium
May 17-18, 2014 (10am - 4pm) — Get a good handle on the fundamentals of this beautiful medium in this two day watercolor workshop. The unique characteristic of watercolor is its transparency, which is a result of light bouncing off the paper and back through the layers of color. Maintaining this unique property is easy once the basic working characteristics and processes are understood. In this weekend long workshop, you'll learn and practice the simple techniques and skills that will enable you to master the watercolor medium. Over the course of the two days, we'll cover fundamental wash and brush techniques along with planning and composition skills needed to maintain the particularly beautiful transparency common to so many great watercolor paintings. Visit website


Location: North Bennington, VT
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $185
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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City Landscape
May 17-18, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Work along the Schuylkill River and on the picturesque streets of Manayunk in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. Compose from observation, and learn to capture light, space and color with traditional as well as contemporary painting and drawing techniques. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632


Art and Creativity Retreat for Women
May 18-24, 2014 — A women only retreat! A week long in Colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Are you at crosswords, have you experienced a loss, do you need time away from family or work, are you a professional women or busy mom always taking care of others? Join us for same "Me" time! We are offering quiet, safe, nurturing retreat in San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers! We'll start the day with meditation and continue with creative writing, collage, painting, and creativity enhancing exercise. You'll have the afternoons to explore, enjoy, or get a massage or read a book! Emerge a more self-loving, clear, centered individual. Single room occupancy /private bathroom. Max. 5 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $990 double $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Journal is the Destination: A Personal Approach to Calligraphy
May 19-23, 2014 — During this workshop, you will learn how to integrate calligraphy/handwriting and images in a sketchbook, and will gain confidence in facing the "blank page." A calligraphic journal can be experienced as a process - a way of self discovery through visually expressing one's feelings, thoughts and ideas. Throughout the class you will be offered a series of "jumping off" exercises designed to help lessen fear, and to ease your way into your blank book. Additional exercises on improvisational writing, composition, drawing, and visual journal prompts and techniques will be included. Group collaborations and discussions will also be part of the class. In addition to working in blank books, you will have the opportunity to bind a simple journal. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sharon Zeugin
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Creating Expressive and Stylized Watercolors
May 19-23, 2014 — Spend five days with internationally renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards, and learn a multitude of ways to create unique and expressive paintings. Sterling's creative approach to painting and his relaxed and fun style of teaching is a perfect match for those wishing to expand their skills and release the true artist within. Sterling will do his popular demos each morning, and will spend individual time with you in the afternoons helping you with the techniques you need to be more creative with design and color. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $500
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Painting Watercolor Memories of Positano & the Amalfi Coast
May 22-29, 2014 — During the week we will be based in Positano. We will also visit the villages of Amalfi, Ravello & Priano with quality time for plenty of painting at each of the towns we visit. An optional day-trip to the island of Capri is also possible! And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Italian culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local restaurants never far from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea! This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint "plein air" in a relaxed and inspirational setting! Visit website


Location: Positano, Italy
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $3240.00 single all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
May 24 - July 3, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 27 - June 24, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Paint and draw the landscape at select locations including The Highlands Mansion and Gardens, a 44-acre historic site with a late 18th century Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden. Other sites include the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and cool, shady spots along the Wissahickon Creek. Students will develop their work through traditional methods of sight-observation, spatial development, and color in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Transportation to and from PAFA provided for full-day students. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson, www.douglasmartenson.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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WaterColor In Sunshine
May 27-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy learning the basic steps to creating watercolor paintings through Kari's tried and true methods. Focus on the colors and shapes of springtime florals and landscapes. Learn how to use the color green and paint interesting negative shapes in your paintings. Paint along with Kari, step-by-step, as she demonstrates how to paint your favorite sunny springtime subjects. Learn to "keep it loose" as you depict orchards in bloom, daffodils, trillium, and tulips. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Portraits from Photo Reference
May 28 - June 1, 2014 (10am - 5pm) — For the exacting realism found in Paul's work, day one will focus primarily on the drawing aspect of the portrait. As the course continues, this intensive 5 day workshop will then focus on painting and the 3 basic watercolor techniques that Paul uses to execute all of his watercolor paintings; wet-into-wet, wet-onto-dry (glazing) and his signature dry brush technique. Additional lectures will include basic color theory, how to see and execute correct value relations, proper treatment of edges, how to take good photographic reference shots, lighting and posing your subject, printing your own photos for optimal color, how to deal with distortion and so much more. 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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Mixed Media Online Workshop
May 30, for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Mixed media is exciting because it extends your creativity beyond the boundaries of traditional media. This online video class offers a closer view than in person class. Camera is 3 ft from my hands as I work and explain clearly. Beginners gain skill, understanding & confidence quickly as I explain both what and why. Experienced artists gain new ideas & techniques for their art. This class is not project based. You can follow along with your similar idea or you can use the techniques to do your own original art, even if this is your first class. I'll answer questions by email. Over 4 hours of instruction. 10 weekly lessons. Or receive all right away. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Populate Your Watercolor Landscape
May 30-31, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — Learn how to draw and paint simple human figures to add life to your landscape, beachscape or cityscape paintings. Claudia will show you how to get past the fear while you practice creating the human figure in quick and care free brush strokes. In this beginner class, see how easy it can be to draw realistic people in the proper proportion and perspective to meet the needs of your painting. This fun watercolor workshop will conclude with the creation of a simple populated beachscape painting. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Large Petal Florals
May 31, 2014 (9am - 4pm, 1-hr lunch) — Instructor will teach all of the steps of the painting. Students will have time to make progress on their large petal floral in class and will finish them after the class. Demonstrations will include: Secrets of florals, Learning to make luminous floral petals, Avoid making muddy flow of color, Basics of color theory. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Linda Aman
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $110.00
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Paint under the Tuscan Sun with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
May 31 - June 9, 2014 — Imagine painting on a wine and olive estate in the hills above Lucca, Italy. Tony visited the area and created a daily plan for this watercolor workshop. Its focus is on painting and sketchbook journaling. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and personal assistance. The main building on this estate retains the ambiance of a 600-year-old farmhouse, with its grand fireplace and wine cantina. There are nicely appointed guest rooms offering all the expected amenities, including internet access. Step out the door and start painting. Additional excursions are planned into Lucca and to the Cinque Terre along the Mediterranean. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Email: Paula Sullivan

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Color & Composition in Tuscany
May 31 - June 7, 2014 — Color and Composition will be the focus of this workshop where you will learn the techniques used to create vibrant and powerful watercolors. Topics will include using color, contrast and luminosity to strengthen your designs, the design process, photography in your painting, creating textures and underpainting. New techniques each day will be used in painting landscape elements such as trees, rocks, water, flowers, people and buildings. This fun filled workshop will help you to be better informed, more inspired, and feeling more confident about your painting. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Joy Skinner
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2999.00 single all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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Capturing the Tuscan Light en Plein Air
May 31 - June 7, 2014 — Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bill Rogers
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2849.00 single all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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Personal Journeys - Plein Air Painting on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
June 1-5, 2014 — Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Experienced raft guides and fine artists David Kinker and James Sampsel, international travel adventure company ROW Adventures, and Cascade Fine Art Workshops are teaming up to offer you a unique life-changing plein air opportunity! Artists working in any medium are welcome, along with photographers, writers, and those wishing to join in the experience! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Kinker & James Sampsel
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1695
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
June 1-7, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 2-6, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $595
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 866-678-3396

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In-Depth Watercolor
June 2-30, 2014 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
June 2-6, 2014 — 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! Through versatile projects and extended experimentation you will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change your mind. Each day will begin with a demo pertaining to the days project such as: exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way, focus on a single figure with an obscure background, and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor
June 2-5, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm) — Transform ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce will demonstrate, step-by-step, the reasoning behind artistic decisions. She has something for every skill level and generously gives one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $520
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Watercolor Without a Net
June 5-7, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Working without preliminary drawings takes flexibility and focus. Learn a fresh direct approach that encourages simplification and rapid decision-making, both highly valued watercolor skills. Trusting the process to deliver a successful outcome makes for a relaxed, yet engaged, experience. No fear of failing - the thrill is worth the risk. Beginning students receive instruction on watercolor fundamentals and techniques, color mixing, and how to identify unique shapes. Work along with demos until you feel ready to dive in. Create a series of 30 minute paintings from photos, still life, interior and exterior subjects. Conclude each day with gentle critiques, further Q & A, and methods for self-evaluation. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Steve Rys
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
June 7-14, 2014 (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 the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting en Plein Air in Medieval Tuscany
June 7-14, 2014 — Picture yourself dropped into the city setting and surroundings that inspired the book, then film Under the Tuscan Sun with a paint brush in your hand. This idyllic Italian hill town will be the backdrop for plein air painting in watercolor that will explore the rich variety of the eclectic architecture, steep narrow streets and terraced landscape. The class locations will vary to help expose the students to the visual virtuosity that this town in the shadows of the Siena Mountains, overlooking the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno has to offer. From Etruscan fragments, medieval architecture, Renaissance construction and Palazzos of Romanesque styling the students will tackle these tantalizing subjects to create engaging paintings. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Paul McMahan
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2949.00 double all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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Creating Atmosphere in Watercolor Landscapes (Plein Air / Studio)
June 9-13, 2014 — Tom's workshop will include painting demonstrations that will teach you how to create drama and atmosphere for more excitement in your finished works. Students enjoy individual hands-on instruction with an emphasis on developing first wash, values, textures, variety of color, edges and shapes, as well as creating the illusion of light. Tom seeks to make his workshops fun and entertaining as well as help students leave with fresh ideas for painting in watercolor. Tom will critique all students work during and at the end of the workshop and each student will receive a signed print by Tom as a gift. Limited to 15 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
June 10-20, 2014 — Join us in the northeast corner of the Iberian peninsula, on the Mediterranean Sea. We'll stay at the lovely Cadaques hotel. There is a pool and shaded garden area where the classes will be given, and an excellent restaurant. While in Cadaques, we'll take a few hours to go into the countryside and go through Dali's summer home. We will then concentrate on painting this charming little seaside village. Next we'll stop in Figueres, where the Dali Museum is located. Then we're on to Barcelona for 3 nights exploring the lively area called La Rambla. A tour-bus will allow you to visit the Miro Foundation, Picasso Museum or many other sites. One demo will be given in Barcelona and the rest of the time will be soaking in the atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Cadaques and Barcelona, Spain
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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Creative Collage Online Workshop
June 13, for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — Collage is an easy way to begin making art and a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. This class is useful and valuable to artists & aspiring artists because you'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas as you learn collage & a variety of painting techniques. You'll learn easily because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Sketching with Water-Soluable Ink, Pencils, and Colored Pencils
June 13-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Have fun working with water-soluble graphite pencils, water-soluble markers, and watercolor pencils and create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, or finished work. Learn to create washes, layer colors, define shapes and shadows, depict depth in the subjects and other techniques. Maren will demonstrate each type of sketching media while emphasizing looser uses of each one. Learn how to draw loosely and quickly to be able to capture a subject in a short time, then use the quick sketch to create a more polished piece. You will complete at least one sketch in each medium and combine at least two of the media in several sketches for a final project. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Maren Larsen, MarenLarsen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $225
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint Scotland! Artists' Retreat and Workshop
June 13-22, 2014 — Paint Scotland is based in a beautiful country house in Oban, a small fishing town on Scotland's West Coast. The Summer Solstice brings long hours of great light to paint, photograph and sketch the highlands and islands. Oban is the Seafood Capital of Scotland! Evenings are for dining, relaxing, enjoying demos, mentoring and discussing art. For artists of all levels. Make artist friends for life! After Oban tour Edinburgh and Glasgow's cultural museums, Edinburgh Castle and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Art Nouveau Glasgow School of Art and more. Meals, ground transportation, accommodations and museum entries included. 10 days immersion of all things Scottish - Celtic tradition, fabulous food, culture and endless subjects to paint. Discounts available for spouses or partners (painting/non-painting.) Visit website


Location: Oban, Scotland
Instructor: Uninstructed, led by Julie Snyder
Sponsor: The Art Engine
Cost: $2850
Email: The Art Engine
Phone: (818) 621-2523

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French Provencal Villages with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
June 14-24, 2014 — Tony returns for his annual watercolor workshop based in Vaison La Romaine in the heart of the Provence. On the way, visit Le Baux and St. Remy, where van Gogh painted. The focus is on plein air painting as well as sketchbook Journaling. Why not create a permanent memory of this trip? Our 3-star hotel is located in the medieval section of town, with crooked little streets, tinkling fountains and great subjects just steps away. Other painting locations are in nearby villages with soft ochre houses and red-tiled roofs. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and helps you individually. Non-painters enjoy a special discount. Visit website


Location: Vaison la Romaine, France
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Email: Lyn Donovan

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Paint in Tuscany
June 14-21, 2014 (9am - 6pm) — The scenic beauty of Tuscany, Italy has inspired artists for centuries. In June 2014, I'll lead a group of artists on a special trip to Val D'Orcia. Five days of workshop instruction spread over a seven day visit to this wonderful area. There is much to see and paint in the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Booked through Authentic Adventures Ltd, UK. Contact Authentic Adventures for more information. Visit website


Location: Val D'Orcia, Italy
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Authentic Adventures
Cost: $2240
Email: Linda Kember
Phone: +44 (0) 1453 823328

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Follow Van Gogh's steps on our painting workshops to Provence
May and June 2014 — Paint medieval villages, markets, poppy and lavender fields, olive trees, quaint farmhouses, Van Gogh's painting sites and visit his bedroom. On our trips, you are not a tourist, you are our guest. We are known to be the company that organises the most personalised painting workshops. Our trips are unique: stay at the same charming accommodation entirely for ourselves, with a chef cooking based on your diet, a bilingual guide driving you to amazing places and preparing gourmet picnic lunches every day. Since you will only be 6 to 10 participants, our widely known teachers will be able to give you all the attention you need. No matter your skill level, you will benefit from the teacher's personal advice. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: Starts at $2,990
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 888-483-5713

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Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Workshop
June 16-20, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Workshop for beginner thru advanced. You can pay for the workshop (or pay a $50 deposit to secure your space) online (www.pawcs.com). Full payment is due by May 16, 2014. The cost of the workshop includes lunch and snacks each day; although participants are free to provide their own lunches (no fee discount will be given for providing your own lunch). If you have any questions or need a registration form, please contact John W. Walker, workshop chair, at pwspres@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Hummelstown, PA
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
Cost: Members $325; Non-Members $375
Email: John W Walker

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Capture Water & Light in Watercolor
June 16-18, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Capture the drama of painting light and water with surprisingly easy techniques. Lee teaches you how to set up your palette, use masks, create washes, and render details to express the magic of light on water. Using your own sketches, photos or ideas, Lee guides you through a simplified, effective process to bring life to light and water through demonstrations and individual instruction. Clouds, landscape, and architecture might accompany your water painting. Expect to leave the workshop with at least one completed painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Lee Mothes, OceansAndDeams.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sketching and Drawing Workshop
June 16-23, 2014 — During this urban sketching course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of it's time and space. Visit website


Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,050 USD single w/bath all inclusive
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Abstract Art: Beyond Reality (for Adults and Teens)
June 16-20, 2014 (9am-noon) — Bring your passion for adventure and creativity together to explore and visually communicate your ideas in a unique abstract way. Playing with color, line and form, abstract painting can be whatever you want it to be. Working through a series of hands-on exercises using practical tools that will inspire and enhance your artistic abilities, we will blend design and composition to visually express your imaginative concepts and lead to a freer, more expressive style. Come expecting to learn, be inspired, and have fun! Students may work in watercolors or acrylic or water-soluble oil paint. Some painting experience is desirable. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Marcia Johnson
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $235
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Watercolor from the Heart
June 16-20, 2014 — Come and learn new and free ways to express in watercolor. Carol will demonstrate her watercolor technique through lecture, demonstration, and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a uniquely tailored demonstration to inspire. Talks about color, water, design, and value will be included. The brilliance of color and the color palette- along with choosing imagery with meaning will be discussed. The afternoon will be devoted to individual instruction and group critique. Classes are informal and discussions are lively and entertaining. There will be discussion about marketing, resources for supplies, documenting art, and developing personal imagery. Limited to 15 students. Art supply list will be provided to enrolled students. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Carol Carter, www.carol-carter.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $650
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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Monet Immersion
June 19-28, 2014 — Paint in Monet's Gardens and Paris! Artists' uninstructed painting holiday. "Monet Immersion" Art Trip. 10 days / 9 nights. 3 nights Paris; 6 nights Giverny, France. "See what Monet saw; Paint what Monet painted". Museums; Eiffel Tower; Monet's gardens 6 days; village visits; daily critique sessions, live model session; 8 days painting; good times, artist camaraderie, cheese, breads, really good wine, laughter, inspiration!....and more. Art travel has never been so easy - You get yourself to CDG Paris airport, we take care of (almost) everything else. (Not included: airfare and insurance; painting supplies, tools, equipment; 6 lunches, 5 dinners). Depart US June 18. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: My Art Trip
Cost: $2600. US
Email: Sue Ann Hum
Phone: (303) 587-9007

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"Vibrant Watercolors"
June 19-22, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Watercolor artist Soon Y. Warren is renowned for her use of vibrant color and great detail. She is the author of "Painting Vibrant Watercolors." She lives and works in Fort Worth, and will be teaching at Nancy Couick Studios for only four days. This four day workshop is limited to 25 participants. Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, using various subjects, including still life, landscapes, water scenes, flowers, architecture and/or animals. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Soon Y. Warren
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $395.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Natural Abstract Watercolors
June 20-21, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to see and paint abstractly with nature as your inspiration. Become familiar with watercolor materials while seeing rocks, trees, water, and plants in new ways. Beki demonstrates both the basics of watercolor and the experimental techniques that relate to the patterns, colors, and textures of nature. Ample time is provided for you to practice techniques, with Beki offering individual guidance at your work area. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Beki Borman, BekiBorman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Fundamentals
June 21-28, 2014 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that plein air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Master Class at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland
June 21 - July 5, 2014 (9am - 5pm with studio access 24/7) — Painting opportunity in Ireland. Master Class, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation : An opportunity for a select group of nine artists to spend two weeks in rural Ireland painting, drawing, and printmaking with renowned artists Randall Exon & Jeffery Reed, who will provide individualized instruction and criticism. Plein aire excursions and varied studio methods/workshops will provide the format for an intensive learning experience. Accommodation, meals, use of The Ballinglen Facilities, backup of staff, use of a shared studio. Visit website


Location: Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland
Instructor: Professors Randall Exon & Jeffrey Reed
Sponsor: The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Cost: $3,500
Email: Una Forde
Phone: +353 96 43184

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
June 21 - August 1, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Frida Style Self Portrait!
June 22-28, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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The Figure in the Landscape
June 23-27, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Give life to your landscapes. Figures accent a painting unlike anything else. Don will teach you how to capture man's relationship or contrast to nature and the environment. He will show you how to paint believable figures with lessons on figure construction and the variety of ways to use the human form as an accent, point of interest or dominant character. Don is a signature member of the AWS. He is the author of Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist. Visit website


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

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Mastering Light & Color in Watercolor
June 23-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Focus on the elements of design, the use of color, and how to master light and shadow in watercolor. Subject matter includes florals, landscapes and figurative compositions. Donna provides photographic references but feel free to bring your own. Donna begins each morning and afternoon by demonstrating specific techniques orchestrated to bring excitement to your painting process. In between, ample time is provided for one-on-one guidance from Donna, as you experiment and practice new techniques. Students of all levels are welcome with the goal of expanding upon individual levels of competency and understanding. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Donna Jill Witty, DonnaJillWitty.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Find Your Artistic Voice: Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache or Oils
June 23-26, 2014 — Do you need an artistic breakthrough? Do you feel confused about what to paint and how to paint it? This workshop is designed for you! Kathy shows you how to find your own artistic voice and how to express it through masterful painting. Because all great art begins with a great concept, the purpose of this workshop is to instruct students at all ability levels on how to create unique and meaningful art. The first day of the workshop focuses on concept development. Next, you'll learn how to design a painting that best expresses your concept through the use of symbolism, design, and color. Special attention is paid to helping you create work that is technically masterful and consistent. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Katharine A. Cartwright, NWS
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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Amalfi Landscape Painting Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2014 (9 to 4:30pm) — Our 14th year in Amalfi. Plein air painting on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site offering a unique artistic challenge & historic perspective on this magnificent region. It is the perfect venue for a painter. 7 nights, 8 days at our seaside 4 star hotel, all rooms with sea view, private bath. Breakfast each day; 2 lunches & 5 dinners included. 6 1/2 days of one-on-one art instruction, demonstration & critiques. Work in oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels or graphite. Paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Capri. Private car land transfers to Ravello, ferry boats to Positano & Capri. Workshop Price: $3,175 artist / non-painting guest, $2,775; Single room supplement: $375. Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios
Cost: $3,175/artist; $2,575/artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Plein Air Watercolor in Venice, Murano & Burano
June 26 - July 2, 2014 — Every Artist deserves to paint Venice in their lifetime! Capture the stunning scenery and light of Venice as you paint en plein air with Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs of Make Every Day A Painting Workshops. Enjoy daily watercolor painting demonstrations and personalized mentoring as we paint the rich colors of Venice, Murano and Burano. Imagine living like a Venetian and step back in time at a privately-owned villa hotel in the Heart of Venice, nestled on a quiet waterway just off the Grand Canal. Included Bonus: Enrich your experience with a professionally guided tour of the Rialto Market, hands-on cooking class and group dinner with Cooking-Vacations. Sign up by November 30, 2013. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Sponsor: Cooking-Vacations
Cost: $3195 pp/do, Single & Non-Artist rates available
Email: Lauren Birmingham
Phone: 800-916-1152

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Expressive Figure Drawing
June 26-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Figure drawing is more fun and less difficult if you've got the right tools. Work from a live model using the finest European drawing and painting materials provided to the class by Savoire Faire. Gain observational skills and develop eye-hand coordination as you learn to draw the figure with courage, freshness, and freedom. Use multiple media - including bamboo pens, acrylic gouaches, and conte crayons - in your drawings. Learn accessible and expressive ways to draw the figure. Bill demonstrates mixed media techniques using a wide range of materials. He provides ample time at your workspace to guide and promote your progress. Bill encourages you to learn a lot and have a fun time in his workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bill Buchman, FigureDrawing.org
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425 + model fee, Non-Members: $450 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mixed Media Online Workshop
June 27, for 10 weeks (24/7 Online) — Mixed media is exciting because it extends your creativity beyond the boundaries of traditional media. This online video class offers a closer view than in person class. Camera is 3 ft from my hands as I work and explain clearly. Beginners gain skill, understanding & confidence quickly as I explain both what and why. Experienced artists gain new ideas & techniques for their art. This class is not project based. You can follow along with your similar idea or you can use the techniques to do your own original art, even if this is your first class. I'll answer questions by email. Over 4 hours of instruction. 10 weekly lessons. Or receive all right away. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Sketching & Painting the Outdoor Landscape
June 27-29, 2014 (10am - 4pm) — This class is designed to ease you into the art of "plein air" painting. En plein air is a French phrase meaning simply, "in open air". Painting outdoors, on location allows us to create expressive landscape paintings that reflect the multi-sensory experience of being "in open air". This class will focus on the unique experience and wonderful inspiration that comes from painting plein air. The quality and intensity of light can change rapidly and dramatically, even on a bright summer afternoon. During this workshop, we'll work first in our sketchbooks, recording impressions of the changing light and its effect on the landscape. Watercolor is perfect for quickly capturing fleeting impressions of light and landscape. Visit website


Location: Salem, NY
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Salem Art Works
Cost: $180
Email: Jenny Hillenbrand
Phone: 518.854.7674

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Watercolor Workshop
June 28-29, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. A variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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How to get There from Here!
June 30 - July 3, 2014 — Paint en plein air and continue to refine your technique and develop your style with watercolorist Catherine Hillis. The instructor will teach you some tips and tricks of plein air painting on site and in the classroom. Learn how to set up your design and simplify your surroundings for a beautiful result. If you're already a plein air painter, learn how to step up your skills to the next level. The instructor is a signature member of many watercolor organizations across the country, is featured in Splash 12 and Splash 14 and has taught for F & W Publishing online. See her teach on www.monkeysee.com (watercolors). Limited to 12 students. See website for art supply list. Visit website


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

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Painting the Landscape On Location ("en plein air")
July 1-3, 2014 — Tony's energetic approach to teaching and enthusiasm for the watercolor medium are combined to create classes that are both fun and informative. He excels at providing information and insights to individual students - meeting them where they are and helping them get to where they want to go. His teaching focuses on the fundamentals of the medium, making them simple and understandable. Artists working in any media are welcome. This workshop will be an intensive "outdoor affair". We'll paint outdoors, rain or shine, focusing our attention on interpreting the beauty of the landscape. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air", is the ability to distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Tony Conner, N.E.W.S.
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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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 1-4, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Painting the Landscape "En Plein Air"
July 1-3, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This workshop will be an intensive "outdoor affair". We'll paint outdoors, rain or shine, each day, and spend the time focusing our attention on interpreting the beauty of the landscape. We'll concentrate on the skills and techniques needed to make landscape paintings successful, with a particular emphasis on composition, color, and in applying your own, unique artistic interpretation of what you see. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air" is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We"ll spend our three days working on ways to focus both our thinking and our vision of the landscape. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Gibson House B & B
Cost: $295
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
July 6-12, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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Cityscape
July 7-11, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Capture breathtaking views of the cityscape from the Hamilton Building windows and sunlit deck overlooking Philadelphia City Hall and points east. Fundamentals will be stressed including line quality, tone, composition, perspective, design, proportion, and space. Students may draw and paint in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastels and drawing materials. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson, www.douglasmartenson.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscape + Floral = Floral Landscape
July 7-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Paint both a landscape and a floral in one painting. Address the compositions of wild plants as they arrange themselves in the landscape. You will also learn to embellish what you see to create interest and movement. Work both outside and in the studio. At the end of each day everyone will look at the work, together, to share suggestions and reinforcement. You will learn to spot the joint combination of landscape and floral in nature. You will combine what you see with your imagination to create interesting compositions and take home several finished pieces and works in progress to finish later. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Aslakson, SarahAslakson.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
July 7 for 8 weeks (24/7 Online) — Collage is an easy way to begin making art and a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. This class is useful and valuable to artists & aspiring artists because you'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas as you learn collage & a variety of painting techniques. You'll learn easily because I explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your collages. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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In-Depth Watercolor
July 7 - August 4, 2014 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This course is designed for students seeking to enrich their overall knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Topics will include a thorough investigation of watercolor materials and a wide range of techniques, with subjects ranging from landscape and still life to portrait and figure poses. Open to dedicated watercolorists of all levels, and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Transparent Watercolor: Portraits & People
July 7-11, 2014 — During this workshop, award winning watercolorist, Fealing Lin will teach you how to relax and enjoy the process of painting, as you discover the spontaneity and uniqueness of watercolor. Each day, there will be daily lecture, exercise and demo. You will learn how value and temperature change when planes of the face change, as well as how to use transparent glazing to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. By balancing colors and weaving lights and darks, you will achieve painterly and successful paintings. Fealing will provide individual assistance for you as well as constructive critique for your work. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Botanical Drawing and Painting
July 7-11, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Materials fee of $10. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Linda Gist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Lab Fee $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor
July 7-10, 2014 — Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce teaches simple easy to learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You will learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from step by step demonstrations. You will become more comfortable with the watercolor medium while learning to distill and process scenes from inspiration to finished work of art. You will begin to create works of art that are painted freely and with confidence once technical aspects have been mastered. Class size is limited to 15 Students. Visit website


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

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 8-11, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the West Quoddy Head State Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Paris 2014
July 9-14, 2014 — July 9th to July 14th Paris, France with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver- Louvre Museum, The Moulin Rouge, inspired creativity on the historic Left Bank, 3 star accommodations, private en-suite room, stated meals, all transfers and artists painting en plein air. Visit website


Location: Paris, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Artists, Writers and Explorer Excursions
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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"Expressive Watercolors with Flowers"
July 10-11, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Flowers in Watercolor -- Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for this workshop. Through a series of painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach - giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings of flowers. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Intimate Landscape: The Close, Medium and Far Point of View
July 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — There are many ways to see the same view. Use chosen subject matter to see multiple distances of the same subject. Create three works of the same scene - one in long view, one in medium view, and one close up. Learn to embellish what you see to create interest and movement. Work outdoors and in the studio. At the end of each day, share your work to receive suggestions and reinforcement. Learn to spot several compositions from just one view. Take home several finished pieces and works in progress to finish later. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Aslakson, SarahAslakson.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Bucks County Landscape
July 11 - August 8, 2014 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — Enjoy painting in beautiful Bucks County, the home of the Pennsylvania Impressionists and across the river in Lambertville, New Jersey. Meadows, rolling pastures, farmhouses and rustic barns provide picturesque subject matter, as does the Delaware River canal with its many paths and bridges. In this bucolic setting, heighten your awareness of color, value, drawing and composition. Draw and paint in the media of your choice. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: New Hope, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Niagara on the Lake Watercolor art workshop
July 11-13, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint is what is called the prettiest town in Ontario. There are beautiful parks, gardens and waterfront locations to make this a dream area to paint in. Participants should have at least an entry level knowledge of drawing before registering for this watercolor workshop. If you do not already have supplies, please check with us before purchasing. Painting demo each morning. Workshop is 9-4:00 pm each day. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini, Exec. Dir. IPAP
Phone: 1.800.393.7270

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"Painting Children in Watercolor"
July 12-13, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Portraits and figures in watercolor, either from the model or from photographs that students bring or from the instructor's collection will be the focus of this workshop by renowned watercolor artist Janet Rogers. She is well known for her sensitive portraits of women and children. Through a series of painting and drawing exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach, giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. Join the class when Janet returns to Charlotte for another great workshop! Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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City Landscape
July 13 - August 10, 2014 (Sundays, 9am-5pm) — Work along the Schuylkill River and on the picturesque streets of Manayunk in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. Compose from observation, and learn to capture light, space and color with traditional as well as contemporary painting and drawing techniques. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscape in Watercolor
July 13-19, 2014 (Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm) — Discover how to harness the energy of pigment traveling on your paper to create colorful emotive paintings inspired by the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains vistas and the serenity of the retreat gardens and trails. Inspiring demonstrations and personal instruction on composition, the use of color, values and shadows inform the class. Students new to watercolor begin a foundation of knowledge about the tools and techniques. Build confidence by learning about values, washes, glazes and brush strokes. Prior drawing experience is desirable. All skill levels are welcome. Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. Visit website


Location: Little Switzerland, NC
Instructor: Dwight Rose
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $395 + lodging fees
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal...My Home Town!
July 13-20, 2014 (6 hrs instruction per day) — Plein air sketching & journaling with watercolors or the medium of your choice. 4 different packages are offered, with Early Bird rates in all of them. Full details (and examples of my work) are available at www.helenKbeacham.com. We'll sketch a different part of Montreal each day! Come with me! Visit website


Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K. Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K. Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1300 U.S., all inclusive (but 4 tiers available)
Email: Helen K. Beacham
Phone: 843-871-5637

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Teen Studios: Landscape Painting and Drawing (for students entering 9th-12th grades)
July 14-18, 2014 (9am-noon) — Keep your natural curiosity alive by developing an understanding of the interrelated elements of organic and architectural (geometric) form and color in the world of nature. Working on site in the landscape, you will learn simple techniques using water-soluble colored pencil, graphite pencil, watercolor and ink on paper. Attention will be given to the individual interests and emerging style of each student. Through this course you will grow and renew your appreciation of how art can inspire and improve how we express who we are. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Note: Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Kevin Costello, www.kevincostelloart.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $195
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Abstract Art: Beyond Reality (for Adults and Teens)
July 14-18, 2014 (1-4pm) — Bring your passion for adventure and creativity together to explore and visually communicate your ideas in a unique abstract way. Playing with color, line and form, abstract painting can be whatever you want it to be. Working through a series of hands-on exercises using practical tools that will inspire and enhance your artistic abilities, we will blend design and composition to visually express your imaginative concepts and lead to a freer, more expressive style. Come expecting to learn, be inspired, and have fun! Students may work in watercolors or acrylic or water-soluble oil paint. Some painting experience is desirable. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Marcia Johnson
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $235
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Watercolor Portraits
July 14-18, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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"Landscape Impressions in Watercolor"
July 14, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This one-day workshop culminates a five-day series of classes with Janet. She will focus on impressionistic landscapes, an extension of her more usual work in still life of flowers and portraits. Students may register for any or all of her classes. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $100.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Glazes and Edges: Painting Dynamic Watercolors
July 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to master the techniques of glazing to achieve beautiful, bold watercolor paintings. Create with a variety of techniques including staining, layering, and glazing. Learn the basics of painting hard and soft edges while using a limited palette to create color harmony. Mix numerous colors from just a few staining hues. Debbie walks you through the process, step-by-step, on the first day. Compose and execute paintings from your own photos or those of Debbie's choosing. Expect to finish one to four paintings, depending on the scale of your work and the layering process. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Debbie Sommer, DSommerArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Tony van Hasselt, AWS paints in the Belfast area of Maine
July 14-18, 2014 — This plein air watercolor workshop features a quirky, but fun harbor town with working boats and pleasure craft plying the water. Tugboats wait along a crumbling quay, and old derelicts rest in junky boatyards. For a change of scenery, explore Victorian Bayside with its colorful cottages marching down to the ocean. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and personal assistance. Finishing touches may be added in our studio. During critiques, Tony shows how to improve your efforts. Since artists are visually oriented, he not only discusses suggested changes, while painting them directly onto an acetate overlay placed over your work. Visit website


Location: Belfast, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Email: Lyn Donovan

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Plein-air Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
July 14-21, 2014 — Discover Tuscany through watercolour painting! The rolling hill-sides with its quintessential Tuscan cypress trees, the grand cities of Florence and Arezzo are the ultimate destinations for any aspiring artist. We will be painting whilst following in the foot steps of Renassaince masters such as Michealangelo and Da Vinci. Enjoy the insightful tutorship of experienced English landscape artist John Skelcher; who lives and works in Italy. This is an un-missable once in a life-time painting holiday experience which encompases tuition and sight seeing with personal tour of the world famous Uffizzi gallery, sightseeing in Florence, and painting trips to Arezzo and charming locations in Tuscan towns and the countryside. Visit website


Location: Poppi, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,600 USD single w/bath. all inclusive, materials incl.
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Watercolor - Commanding Color and Design
July 14-18, 2014 — My goal as an instructor is to present you with as much design and color theory information as time allows and encourage you to take advantage of the inherent wet into wet qualities of watercolor. I believe in the power of planning and understanding the basics. The objective is not to change you, but to add to your core knowledge. Then it is up to you to take this knowledge and apply it to the style and subject matter that suits you. Class size is limited to 15 Students. In this workshop you will experience how Sue creates and designs her imagery and achieves a "strong" quality of light. A course designed to inspire adv. beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting
July 15-17, 2014 — 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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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 15-18, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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France, Lavender, the Carmarque and Van Gogh
July 17-25, 2014 — The Lavender is in bloom, The Carmarque horses are still running free. Arles, France, the place selected by a youthful Van Gogh over 100 years ago, enamored by all of the beauty surrounding him is inviting you to visit. Travel down that historic path with us, immersing ourselves in what he saw, creating all the while through photographs, paintings or words. Daily you will be given the opportunity to explore villages and countryside that have inspired artists from around the world. Quiet, countryside accommodations, private en-suite room, stated meals, transfers and painting en plein aire with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver included. She will be your host and will guide you on this amazing journey. Visit website


Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Artists, Writers and Explorer Excursions
Cost: $3,250
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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Watercolor Workshop with Frank Webb
July 18-28, 2014 — Come with us to merry old England. Savor the cheddar, the clotted cream strawberry teas, fish and chips, spotted dick (huh?), and fresh seafood. We will be staying in the southern most part of Cornwall with great scenic coastal beach walks. Cornwall has some of the most dramatic coastlines, which make for ideal painting locations. Arrive in London and gather at an airport hotel on July 18th. We are picked up the next day and bussed thru the beautiful Cornish countryside to Tregenna Castle in St. Ives, our home for 8 nights. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views. We'll take some day trips to other paintable villages. There are endless beautiful painting sites everywhere you turn. All breakfasts and 5 dinners included. Visit website


Location: Cornwall, England
Instructor: Frank Webb, 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 Painting Workshop with Judy Morris
July 18-28, 2014 — Get ready to paint green! Western Ireland is a place of rugged beauty, wonderfully warm people and more green than you ever believed possible. We'll be staying in a superb hotel in Ennistymon, and will be joined by Irish and English artists for our classes and excursions. This is a unique opportunity to really immerse yourself in the artistic community of another country and have the advantage of artist guides who know the very best places to paint. North Clare is one of Ireland's best kept secrets with dramatic cliffs of Moher, miles of golden sandy beaches, the unique Burren landscape with its rare flora and archaeological sites, picturesque villages and market towns. Enjoy pubs with live music, hospitality and charm. Visit website


Location: Ennistymon, Ireland
Instructor: Judy Morris, 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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The Whidbey Island Landscape - Plein Air Painting in Oil
July 21-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Visit scenic locations around Whidbey Island and develop paintings from your impressions of the landscape. Richard provides easygoing, individual instruction and encourages group interaction. While demos for this workshop will be in oil, most concepts of composition are universal, so pastel painters and watercolorists are welcome. The workshop concentrates upon strong composition and lively color while examining the difference between working on location and in the studio. Through demonstrations and discussion we will consider various ways to plan a painting, apply color, and make adjustments to works in progress. Participants will learn about materials, technique, and composition, and will gain a fresh understanding of color, value, and structure. Some outdoor painting experience is helpful, but you needn’t be an expert. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Richard McDaniel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $595
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 22-25, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
July 26 - September 5, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by Borgeson. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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The Spirit of Sumi-e: An Introduction
July 28-31, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The Asian art form of Sumi-e utilizes the simple tools of black ink, a bamboo brush, and Asian paper to create works of outstanding beauty in a few meaningful strokes. Sumi-e's accompanying ancient philosophy is equally spare: to leave behind the essence of something good for those who follow. Karen will teach you the basics of the art form - including brush control - that strives to express a subject's spirit. Through guided group and individual exercises, and one-on-one instruction, learn to master a gesture without apprehension or second thoughts. Complete several succinct compositions, working towards the goal of a minimum of strokes to convey meaning. Karen will also provide a glimpse into Sumi-e's philosophy through simple exercises and stories. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Kurka Jensen, KarenKurkaJensen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Rocks, Sand, Glass and Shells
July 28 - August 1, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Want a better understanding of creating depth, shape and dimension in a painting? Then this class is for you. Learn to control water and color to get an effective three-dimensional illusion. We will work with many different techniques to create textures on rocks, transparency in beach glass, underwater and wet rocks, realistic driftwood, sand, shells, kelp etc. The results are simple and stunning. You will be amazed at your own work! Birgit is the author of Watercolor in Motion and Watercolor Essentials. She is a contributing editor to The Artist's Magazine. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Architecture of Light
July 28 - August 1, 2014 — The theme of this workshop is finding the dialogue between the architecture of man and the architecture of nature, and how to see compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes. You will also cover the basics of perspective composition and fundamentals of drawing, and see how these basics are the root of a successful painting. Simple black and white pencil sketches from site observation, or photographs will be completed, and you will discuss how the three basic values, black/white/grey can be arranged to form the basis of a final watercolor painting. You will explore exercises that highlight the depiction of skies, water, architecture, landscapes and atmospheric conditions. Tom will provide individual attention for all students. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $675
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Capturing Coastal Reflections / Watercolor
July 28 - August 1, 2014 — In this workshop Janet will be focusing on capturing the light and reflections of boats on the water. We will start off in the studio working together on achieving luminous underpaintings. Janet will demonstrate several different approaches using big round brushes and full size watercolor paper. Then we will all venture out (weather permitting) to find a subject that we want to paint. Along with cameras and a sketch pad we will do a bit of plein aire to capture the fleeting light, make notes and then head back into the studio to get our drawings in place and get started. This workshop will be full of demonstrations, inspiration, and fun as Janet shows the techniques of achieving beautiful vibrant watercolors. Visit website


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

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
July 29 - August 1, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Why the Model?
August 1-3, 2014 (10-4) — How to use the model and not be a slave to it in your art work. Three-hour morning session with the model followed by three-hour session working on drawings and ideas in any media. Bill Flynn received a Diploma from the Museum School, where he also took graduate courses. He was a long time faculty member at the Museum School as well. He has exhibited in Boston and New York and teaches master workshops throughout New England. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Bill Flynn
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center
Cost: $450M $500NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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The Value of Watercolor
August 4-8, 2014 — There seems to be a never-ending quest for watercolor painters to 'loosen up'! To paint loosely you have to have confidence in your abilities and a willingness to let go of details. In this workshop, you'll learn how to simplify the scene into larger shapes so you can paint more boldly. The importance of identifying the correct values in a scene, and then implementing it in your paintings will be emphasized throughout the class. Andy will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, and will cover topics including drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, you will have enough information to help you on your path to painting impressionistic watercolors. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Contemporary Watercolor: Image, Process and Content
August 4-8, 2014 (9am-Noon) — Watercolor, and all wet media, provide the artist with rapid and accessible interactions to numerous images, techniques, ideas, and compositional solutions. Contemporary conceptual and technical approaches to watercolor media will be explored through observation and experimentation. Wendell will structure each day to allow you to experiment, self-analyze, and develop new ways of utilizing wet media for new layers of meaning. Enjoy and capitalize on the immediacy of the medium to take full advantage of the many choices and opportunities for risk taking that are provided by watercolor. Build on your previous work. Bring actual pieces, journals, or images that may be used for conceptual or visual starting points. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Wendell Arneson
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400 + materials fee, Non-Members: $425 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Watercolor Workshop
August 4-8, 2014 (9am-4pm) — 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 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 scenes, and Nature's extremes. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Frank Francese
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $595
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 5-8, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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5 Paintings in 5 Days unblock your creativity, in Mexico
August 10-16, 2014 — No experience needed! Join us in the charming Colonial mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Experience a different media and style every day. Discover your own style, unblock your creativity, and find your creative voice! The afternoons are yours to enjoy the town many attractions. You need help organizing your afternoon trips? We can help! Get the most out of your vacation! Take fantastic photos; see the best of historical San Miguel. All materials included! Stay at Cristi Fer Art Retreat, private room with bathroom, breakfast, taxi to town included. Individual retreat or Max. Group size of 4. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio, San Miguel
Cost: $940 - $1500
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 524151212311

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California-Vibe Watercolor Portraiture
August 11-15, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm Friday) — Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you've been 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. Visit website


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

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Watercolor - Have It All!
August 11-13, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Enjoy the magic of watercolor as fresh colors flow and mingle on the page, creating soft gradations and edges. Paint both loosely and with control, building up layers of paint or negative painting, to build shapes and values that enrich and define your subject. Subjects will include flowers and local landscapes, a different one each day. Paint along with Bridget's chosen subject matter or feel free to bring photos as reference. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bridget Austin, BridgetAustin.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 12-15, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Watercolor Experiences
August 14-16, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Joe Fettingis will teach only one workshop in August and he has agreed to come back to Charlotte. Students in Joe's workshops will have opportunities to learn his style of painting portraits, animals, and landscapes. They are always educational and interesting. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Joe Fettingis
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $295.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 04-541-6944

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
August 18 - September 2, 2014 — Spend two weeks with us on the exotic island of Bali, painting as well as learning about a new culture, new foods, interesting traditions and ceremonies, native dances, museums, massages on the beach ...also great shopping possibilities. Indeed, this is a trip to remember. We'll spend our time between the mountainous town of Ubud and the beach village of Candi Dasa. The bungalows, tucked into the forest around you, are so picturesque. If you're in luck, you can sit on your balcony and see a procession of women in their finest clothing carrying elaborate offerings of fruit on their headgear. Bali is always one of our favorite workshops because it's so unusual. It's a sensory paradise. And, we'll only take 16 people. Visit website


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

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Finding your Best Painting in Your Reference Photo
August 18-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Suzanne believes there is a great painting waiting to be revealed in every reference photo. Learn to make choices about what to include and what to leave out when composing your watercolor paintings from photographs. Discover the composition and design principles that guide you in choosing effective reference photos, or when taking photographs of your own. Suzanne shares her tried and true techniques that help make your final painting in the workshop a success - from choosing a reference through finished work. Discussions, demonstrations, and individual attention are part of your workshop experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Suzanne Hetzel, DragonFlyWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Artistic Explorations - Individual critiques
August 18-22, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Without a clear declaration of what one wants to say in one's painting, it can become just an imitation. Skip challenges painters to rewrite the rules their way, to consider their choices and shake up their status quo. Through lecture, demonstration and critique, Skip guides each painter to refine their intention and express it in new and honest ways. With insight, warmth and humor, Skip brings out the best in each painter. Everyone will bring his or her chosen subject: figure, landscape, still life, or abstraction. This can be from a photo, drawing, sketch, or imagination. The week will be given to exploring that choice in every way possible to produce work that is most appropriate and personal for each student. Demonstrations will be done in water mediums. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Skip Lawrence, www.skiplawrence.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $630 by June 18; $680 after June 18
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Expressive Flowers, Faces & Figures in Watercolor
August 18-22, 2014 — Some students may want to paint just portraits or just flowers, although the demonstrations and instruction are geared to beginning with painting fresh flowers in the studio and ending with painting 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. Many "features" will be covered!! - including children's portraits. 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, as well as provide class instruction and group "show and tell" sessions. 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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Creative Plein Air Painting in Pastel and Watercolor
August 18-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join this relaxed and informative workshop, and learn "how to see" and paint the landscape in pastels with confidence. Study how light affects color and value and how to design a pastel painting that reflects your personal point of view. Bonnie explains her "Big Picture" approach to composition and demonstrates a three-value system that takes the mystery out of creating a cohesive and powerful design. Work from life, en plein air, and be delighted by the beautiful "up north" locations that only Door County can offer. Bonnie leads gentle group critiques and provides daily demos, including her exciting, award winning, painterly approach that combines watercolor and pastel mediums. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bonnie Paruch, BonnieParuchFineArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Painting From Your Own Photographs
August 18-22, 2014 — What makes a good photo to paint from? How much of the photo do I use and what do I leave out? How do I get it onto my paper? Then what? All of these questions and more will be answered during this workshop. Most of us have tons of trip photos that we've always wanted to paint, but never have. This is your chance! Bring your stash and we'll go thru them, finding the best and then actually painting them! This is a watermedia workshop - watercolor, acrylic and/or collage. Having some experience with one of these mediums will help, and Kathie will provide plenty of guidance and individual attention. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kathie George
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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The Joy of Watercolor, Plein Air
August 19-21, 2014 — A 3-day workshop with Marilyn Rose, in an incredible New Hampshire setting. Discover a fresh, loose approach to transparent watercolor. Learn to work with, not against, the medium to create dynamic paintings that seem to paint themselves. Learn how to observe and to simplify in a plein air setting and avoid overworking. Each day there will be demonstrations and exercises to energize and excite - followed by lots of time for painters to create their own work, with the enthusiastic hands-on instruction that Marilyn's students have come to expect. This is a perfect workshop for those with some drawing and watercolor experience who have always wanted to try their hand at plein air, as well as those who are already familiar with working outside. Visit website


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

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 19-22, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Watercolor Workshop in Greece, with G. Politis AWS, RI, NEWS, AWA
August 19-26, 2014 — Join George Politis AWS, RI, NEWS, AWA, IAF in Epirus, Greece for a journey of exploration and creativity. Working in small and large format, we'll be painting in watercolour (but may use other watermedia like watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage), learning techniques and most important... learning to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). We will paint the rocky scenery and nature of Zagoria and Meteora, and we will explore Epirus from a point known only to locals. Workshop cost: 1140 Euros (everything included... you just have to fly to Thessaloniki, Greece - leave the rest to us). Spouses and/or friends are welcome at 780 euros. Early bird discounts apply. Visit website


Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Instructor: G. Politis AWS, RI, NEWS, AWA
Cost: 1140 euros (all inclusive) - 780 for non painters
Email: George Politis
Phone: +30-694-4422097

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Watercolor From the Heart
August 21-23, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to abstract meaningful imagery, use brilliantly saturated colors in an interpretative way, and build value with complementary colors. Begin by painting flat - loosely and freely - then directing your washes. Each day begins with a uniquely tailored inspirational demo, focusing on the use of color, water, design, and value. Other topics for discussion include: marketing, resources for supplies, documenting art, developing personal imagery, and how to achieve a vision for your own growth as an artist. Each afternoon is devoted to individual instruction and group critique. Expect to complete at least one painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Carol Carter, Carol-Carter.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $500
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Dogwood Tree - Realistic Watercolor Landscapes
August 22-23, 2014 (9 am-4 pm) — Learn to paint the dogwood tree and incorporate it into realistic watercolor landscapes. Using both wet-in-wet technique and detailed dry brush. Alan Shuptrine will teach how to literally "sculpt" a floral subject into a painting from back to front, and utilize the white of the paper to create dramatic light and shadow. Unlike most watercolorists who gradually add pigment to paper (from light-to-dark), Alan was influenced by Andrew Wyeth, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, who painted from dark-to-light, much like an oil painter. Don't miss this unique opportunity to have personal one-on-one instruction from a nationally recognized watercolor realist. Visit his website: alanshuptrine.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Alan P. Shuptrine
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $275 Museum members/$300 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Wet-into-Wet Watercolor
August 22-23, 2014 (10am - 4pm) — The "wet into wet" technique is one of the most basic and most beautiful available to the watercolorist and produces a look that is impossible in any other medium. The technique is at once bold and direct, while creating a unique visual subtlety. In this class, we'll focus on this special technique, using it to produce paintings that are loose and flowing. The wet in wet technique is often employed in floral paintings because of the soft texture and soft edges it creates. It is just as good for creating expressive representational landscapes and is especially great for abstract and conceptual work. This workshop will allow you to employ this wonderful technique in both representational and abstract paintings. Visit website


Location: Salem, NY
Instructor: Tony Conner
Sponsor: Salem Art Works
Cost: $150
Email: Jenny Hillenbrand
Phone: 518.854.7674

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Plein Air Painting in the Mt. Hood National Forest
August 22-23, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — Day One - Claudia will show you how to draw and paint a rustic log shelter, towering fir trees, textured tree trunks, lacy undergrowth and rich clumps of green moss. Although we will be working in watercolor the first day, participants are free to choose their medium for Day Two, including pencil, pen and ink, pastels, acrylic, or oils. Claudia can work with you in any of these mediums. Day Two -- we will paint on location (weather permitting) at the historic Barlow Trail Toll Gate location in the Mount Hood National Forest near the Salmon River. This is an excellent opportunity for Sketchbook Journaling or to create a larger Plein Air masterpiece. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
August 25-29, 2014 — 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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East Meets West - Watercolor and Chinese Painting
August 25-29, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — 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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Jazz Up Your Color!
August 25-26, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, one hour for lunch) — Learn how to infuse captivating color into your watercolor paintings! Discover how to make the most of transparent and opaque watercolors, make rich darksand inviting neutrals for enticing color combinations and transitions, inviting textures and luminescent light. Two instructors can help you build skills, confidence and advance your artistic vision. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $215
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Paint Downeast Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson
August 25-29, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Downeast Maine. Lubec is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the West Quoddy Head State Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Lubec, ME
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Free-Flowing Landscapes in Watercolor
August 29-30, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Let your creative juices flow as you walk the line between representation and abstraction in this one-day class. Allow your watercolors to unleash their natural power with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and limitless possibilities. Rob demonstrates his methods and techniques, and outlines a process to create large, loose, flowing watercolor landscapes. Plenty of individual attention and time to practice what is demonstrated is provided. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Rob Williams, RobWilliamsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $225
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Personal Journeys - Plein Air Painting on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
August 30 - September 3, 2014 — Price includes 5-day guided raft trip, lodging, food/beverage, local shuttle service, informal/formal art instruction and demos. Join us for an exciting plein air experience on the beautiful Rogue River in southwest Oregon!! Experienced raft guides and fine artists David Kinker and James Sampsel, international travel adventure company ROW Adventures, and Cascade Fine Art Workshops are teaming up to offer you a unique life-changing plein air opportunity! Artists working in any medium are welcome, along with photographers, writers, and those wishing to join in the experience! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Kinker & James Sampsel
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Cost: $1695
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Expressive and Fantasy Landscape Online Course
August 30 - October 10, 2014 — Taught by artist/teacher Bet Borgeson. Course is appropriate for fine art or illustration in any medium. Learn to express feeling and mood in your landscapes. Then go a step further by exploring how aspects of fantasy can bring a new inventiveness to your artwork. Includes 6 weekly lessons, additional instruction and support by Borgeson on a one-to-one basis, and two unique and insightful critiques of your artwork. Bet Borgeson is a master teacher, has taught workshops across the U.S. for 15 years, and online courses for 15 years. She also authored The Colored Pencil, the first book on this medium internationally, as well as other books exploring art technique and principles. Artwork at right by former student Teresa Kent. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ms. Bet Borgeson
Sponsor: Borgeson Studio Online Art Courses
Cost: $190
Email: Bet Borgeson

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 1-5, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Lyn Donovan
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Paint the Canadian Maritimes with Michael Chesley Johnson
September 2-5, 2014 (9-1) — Join Michael for four half-days of painting the beautiful maritime scenery of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello Island is home to quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing village and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration followed by student work and plenty of help at the easel. Small size workshop - only 4 students. Michael will paint in oil or pastel, but all media are welcome. Michael is an award-winning painter and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine. He's taught workshops across the US and Canada. Visit website


Location: Campobello Island, Canada
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Friar's Bay Studio Gallery
Cost: $300
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson
Phone: 575-267-2450

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Plein-air Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
September 2-9, 2014 — Discover Tuscany through watercolour painting! The rolling hill-sides with its quintessential Tuscan cypress trees, the grand cities of Florence and Arezzo are the ultimate destinations for any aspiring artist. We will be painting whilst following in the foot steps of Renassaince masters such as Michealangelo and Da Vinci. Enjoy the insightful tutorship of experienced English landscape artist John Skelcher; who lives and works in Italy. This is an un-missable once in a life-time painting holiday experience which encompases tuition and sight seeing with personal tour of the world famous Uffizzi gallery, sightseeing in Florence, and painting trips to Arezzo and charming locations in Tuscan towns and the countryside. Visit website


Location: Poppi, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,600 USD single w/bath. all inclusive, materials incl.
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Watercolor Workshop with Mark Mehaffey
September 4-14, 2014 — For this workshop we will fly into and out of Naples. You arrive on Sept. 4th at any time you wish and take a taxi from the airport. On Sept. 5 we will take a private bus to Ravello, above Amalfi. It's the best location for painters. We will go to other sites, but Ravello is the best place to stay and quite beautiful, perched on the cliff with sweeping views of the coast. Ravello is small enough to be able to walk all over, but if you have trouble walking, there are taxis available. We have wonderful covered terraces in our hotel, with plenty of chairs and tables for classes. Visit website


Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3495 painter, $3295 non-painter
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Fundamentals
September 6-13, 2014 (All Day) — Our core program is founded upon the premise that plein air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips, local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Cooking class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Capturing Autumn Colors in Watercolor
September 8-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Focus on autumn landscapes, clouds & skies, and stunning autumn colors as you learn how to make a watercolor painting pop to life. Watch as Kari demonstrates her techniques for using rich color and expressive brushstrokes through step-by-step instruction. Her workshops provide substantial time for you to practice your own techniques while she provides individual instruction. Kari demonstrates how to make a painting 'pop' to life, how to save the white of the paper, how to work in steps and build layers in a painting, how to use glazes, when to quit, and much more. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kari Anderson, KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Freedom and Flow of Watercolour
September 8-12, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm Friday) — Produce spontaneous paintings in a free and flowing fashion. David will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying your subject in fresh and simple terms. With emphasis on freeing up and building strength in your watercolour, he will demonstrate techniques and brush handling skills on a variety of subjects containing movement, color, atmosphere and light. Come enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolour with David Taylor. 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: $725
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Tuscany Plein Air Painting Workshop
September 9-13, 2014 (9-4) — A five-day painting workshop at the studio of Barry John Raybould in the heart of the Tuscany countryside, Italy. Each day we will cover one of the key skills you need to build your painting skills, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. Visit website


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

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East Meets West: Chinese & Watercolor Painting
September 11-14, 2014 (9 am-4 pm; Thursday-Saturday; 10 am- 3 pm Sunday) — Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen's techniques "Color Pouring and Blending", as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Visit his website: www.lianspainting.com. Visit website


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

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Plein-air Painting Workshops on the Costa Brava and Barcelona, Spain
September 2014 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting tour. Paint in the surreal world of Dali and Gaudi: craggy cliffs, pristine beaches, fishing villages and botanical garden. Also, enjoy a flamenco show, a guided visit of Barcelona and the Dali's museum. We offer oil and watercolor workshops with widely known teachers. All skill levels welcome. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 10 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a tour leader throughout. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: Starts at $2,640
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 888-483-5713

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Innovative Watermedia
September 15-19, 2014 — During this workshop you will concentrate on the concepts and techniques that Nicholas is noted for: large scale painting, diverse subject matter, dynamic and colorful compositions, and the use of acrylic paint as transparent watercolor in addition to standard watercolor. Nicholas will offer demonstrations of his unique painting process, with one afternoon spent in a Photoshop session where he will show you a fun and unorthodox approach for developing subject matter for your paintings. You will create new paintings every day, and will receive individualized attention and careful critique from Nicholas. Prepare yourself for an inspiring experience that runs on adrenalin more than the rulebook! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Nicholas Simmons
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
September 15-18, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Delray Beach, FL
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Teresa Kirk
Phone: 954-436-2858

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Watercolor Wisdom
September 15-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Gary paints in an expressive style that is more lyrical than literal in the interpretation of his subject. In his workshop he not only teaches his loose, calligraphic approach to painting, but also a variety of additional techniques to assist you in exploring the wonderful world of watercolor. Through demonstration, lecture, and personal instruction Gary will share his watercolor wisdom as it relates to: Composition, Color, and Calligraphy. You will explore together the virtues of watercolor: its Wetness, Transparency, and the White of the Paper. He will teach you how to develop a strategy to approach each paining with confidence and conviction. This workshop is suitable for all painters, from the absolute beginner to the more advanced. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gary Schallock, garyschallock.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Paint Treasures of Coastal Maine with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 15-19, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for the first three or all five days of painting fun. You will paint in Tony's "backyard", at his favorite out-of-the-way painting spots. The Boothbay region offers unending subjects along its scenic coastline with hundreds of quiet and inspiring inlets. Enjoy hidden treasures like Cosy Harbor, local shipyards, lobster boats, shacks, docks and of course, a lighthouse or two. Tony demonstrates each day, allows lots of individual painting time and individual assistance. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but your own work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Boothbay Harbor, ME
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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"The Watercolor Journey"
September 19-21, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — I work primarily in transparent watercolor because its character allows for a wonderful blending of spontaneity and control. As a result, my paintings are a fusion of realistic and interpretative elements. Most projects begin with preliminary sketches to determine composition, value pattern and colors. Once these initial decisions are in place, I follow where the watercolor leads me. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects including flowers, figures, widllife, and landscapes. My primary focus is always on the light and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. But the longer I paint the more I realize -- it's all pretty extraordinary! Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Susan Crouch
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $295.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Niagara on the Lake Watercolor art workshop
September 19-21, 2014 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Paint is what is called the prettiest town in Ontario. There are beautiful parks, gardens and waterfront locations to make this a dream area to paint in. Participants should have at least an entry level knowledge of drawing before registering for this watercolor workshop. If you do not already have supplies, please check with us before purchasing. Painting demo each morning. Workshop is 9-4:00 pm each day. Visit website


Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $397.00 + tx
Email: J. R. Baldini, Exec. Dir. IPAP
Phone: 1.800.393.7270

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Tuscan Color and Light
September 20-27, 2014 (9-3) — Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of this enchanting region. With gentle, experienced guidance you will learn to capture the landscape through demonstration, and plenty of individual attention. Christine has led several Tuscan workshops, and would love to help you create your own impressions. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Christine Debrosky
Sponsor: Il chiostro
Cost: $2495
Email: Linda Mironti
Phone: 800-950-3506

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
September 20-27, 2014 (All Day) — The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual "elements" of landscape. "Elements" is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Cooking class options for non-painters. Visit website


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

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Fresh Cityscapes & Landscapes in Watercolor
September 22-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Create fresh, spontaneous paintings by letting the magic of watercolors work for you. Get rid of muddy colors and fussy detail. Create better paintings by correcting shapes and values and applying edge variety. Learn the wet-into-wet watercolor technique to take advantage of the medium's unique properties. Apply your newfound knowledge by translating your photos of landscapes and cityscapes to paper. Each morning, Gordon explains principles of color theory, contrast, and composition through his demonstration of painting techniques. Experiment with techniques and receive individual attention from Gordon in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. A positive critique at the end of the workshop points you in the right direction for continued painting. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gordon France, GordonFrance.net
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Brush and Beyond
September 22-26, 2014 — During this class you will develop your own personal painting style, while emphasizing the importance of developing your own creative approach to image making - with either abstract or representational imagery. You will explore new methods of watermedia application, including texturing and techniques for building of layers of paint. You will also experiment with new tools made from commonly found materials. Demonstrations by Mary Ann and individual discussions with her will help you approach your subject with a fresh eye toward composition and design. Finally, throughout the workshop the business of being an artist, including setting goals and priorities will be discussed. Each participant will discover how to become "inspired" and how to network as an artist. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Ann Beckwith
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Watercolor at a Glance
September 22-23, 2014 (9:00am - 4:00pm, one hour lunch) — Instructor will demonstrate his technique and show students how to capture the essence of the subject with bold, expressive and loose brushstrokes. This workshop will explore the importance of color harmony, composition and line work. Ron will show students how these sometimes forgotten elements can pull your paintings together. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Ron Stocke
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $275
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Sketching and Absorbing Tuscany
September 24 - October 1, 2014 — This workshop will be about ease and comfort of travel with an emphasis on absorbing the beautiful location of Cortona with excursions to other 'born-to-be painted', Tuscan locations. The idea is to 'travel light' and 'stop to smell the roses'. Participants will be provided with a list of easy to carry supplies. We will focus on how to capture scenes and impressions with sketches, photographs and journals and will share our experiences over wine-accompanied, Tuscan lunches and dinners. Composition and color will be discussed, with the intention of collecting resources for future studio paintings. You will learn how to capture the simple structure of a scene with quick value sketches and color notations. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Lynn Hosegood
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from $2849.00 double all-inclusive (except airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 508 254 8265

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From Photo to Fine Art: Creating Fabulous Compositions
September 25-27, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create dynamic compositions that transform your photographic images into fine art watercolors. Explore techniques to generate movement through your composition, create and enhance an area of interest or contrast, and harmonize support elements. Begin by taking photos of subject matter from several angles with a digital or phone camera. Then, apply the techniques Gail demonstrates to your watercolor painting. Utilize a variety of electronic tools such as an opaque projector or computer to enhance your creativity. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, GailSpeckmann.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Fall Foliage time in Vermont with Tony van Hasselt, AWS
September 26-30, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for the first three or five days of painting fun. Drive slowly and keep your camera handy since you'll find many painting subjects along the way. The winding road changes to gravel and when you think you're lost, you have arrived at the Landgrove Inn, offering a welcome atmosphere with comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches can be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and individual assistance. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but work is never touched. Visit website


Location: Landgrove, VT
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Sketching and Painting the Plein Air Landscape
September 27-28, 2014 (9am - 5pm) — This class is designed to ease you into the art of "plein air" painting. En plein air is a French phrase meaning simply, "in open air". This class will focus on the unique experience of painting "en plein air" - both the pleasures and the challenges. Among the skills needed to successfully paint the landscape "en plein air", or on location is the ability to see the landscape, distill and simplify what you see, and eliminate any element that doesn't support your vision. We'll begin by learning to use our sketchbooks to record the impression of the landscape and to quickly capture changing light effects. Visit website


Location: North Bennington, VT
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $185
Email: Tony Conner
Phone: 802-375-5548

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A Brush with Tuscany
September 27 - October 4, 2014 — A Brush with Tuscany, a Landscape and Figure Painting workshop, gives both the plein air and studio painter a week-long opportunity to work in this inspiring region of Italy. Experience the joys of painting with award-winning artist, Eli Cedrone. Enjoy great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas and "la dolce vita". Visit website


Location: Sarteano, Italy
Instructor: Eli Cedrone
Sponsor: Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses LLC
Cost: $2850.
Email: Joan Hill
Phone: 508-255-7907

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Painting People from Photographs: An Approach to Watercolor
September 29 - October 3, 2014 — Though often viewed by many as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life or landscape and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. In his workshop Ted will discuss, with daily demonstrations and one on one interaction with class members, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure paintings. As he shares with you his approach to the figure and some specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his paintings you will find your paintings taking on a new life and will have great fun in the process. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Painting on the Islands of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland
September 29 - October 6, 2014 — On the Outer Hebrides awe inspiring becomes 'art inspiring'. Travelling with our paints, we discover the roots of a civilisation and the raw beauty of its isolation on the edge of the British Isles. Nicky Henderson, a local artist, is our art tutor. With her expertise your art work connects with a landscape formed 3,400 million years ago, still sculpted today by wind, rain and human hand. Voted the most favourite islands in Europe, 5th in the world by TripAdvisor. Visit website


Location: Islands of Lewis & Harris, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Cost: £1250
Email: Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston

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Powerful Tools for Powerful Paintings
October 2-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This class is designed to give students a firm grasp of basic art principles. 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 day's lesson and provide a variety of watercolor techniques at the same time. Students of all levels are welcome in my classes. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gloria Miller Allen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $475 plus $35 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Pocket Sketching
October 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolor on location. Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a fanny pack making it ideal for travel, journaling, bicycling, and café sitting. October in Fish Creek. What's not to like! Join Kath Macaulay for a day in the studio learning about perspective, color, value, and techniques (some from John Singer Sargent). Then sketch fearlessly for two days anywhere, on location, in beautiful Fish Creek. Kath provides guidance, frequent demonstrations, and always supportive, critiques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kath Macaulay, PocketSketching.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $400
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Etruscan Places Roman Campagna at Civita Castellana
October 4-11, 2014 (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 the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Fall Foliage Splendor in New Hampshire with Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
October 5-9, 2014 — Join this plein air watercolor workshop for three or five days of painting fun. See those glorious fall colors displayed against a backdrop of dark evergreens, reflecting in the lakes of "On Golden Pond" fame. Nearby are picturesque villages such as Freedom and Tamworth. The Purity Spring Resort offers a welcome atmosphere, comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a spacious studio where finishing touches may be added. Tony demonstrates, allows lots of painting time and assists individually. During critiques, suggested improvements are painted on acetate placed over paintings so results can be seen and photographed, but your own work is never touched. Visit website


Location: East Madison, NH
Instructor: Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.
Sponsor: van Hasselt Workshops
Cost: $425/$595
Email: van Hasselt Workshops

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Stretching the Boundaries
October 6-10, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Combine a range of new techniques and materials with watercolor basics and open up a whole new way of painting. You will use ink, gouache, charcoal, gesso, acrylic and watercolor to stretch your skills and imagination way beyond the boundaries of traditional watercolor. John will teach using a variety of subjects and demonstrate for the class twice a day. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: John Lovett
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Watercolor on Transparent Yupo
October 6-10, 2014 — Translucent Yupo is Helen's favorite type of Yupo to use! Although Helen's paintings are realistic in feel, she paints abstractly and freely on the back, which in turn contributes to the glow and magic you experience when viewing her paintings from the front! We'll paint indoors, but venture out daily (weather permitting) to sketch and/or shoot subject matter for our paintings. Helen will teach: How to take dramatic photos for the best painting compositions and how to translate them into sketches; How to accomplish aerial perspective and distance in your paintings; Techniques of painting subsequent layers of color on Yupo (its slickness requires a particular touch); How to keep your painting crisp; and How to protect & frame the finished painting. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Helen K. Beacham, www.helenKbeacham.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $625
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

Beginner Level

Your First Painting in Watercolor
October 9-11, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Begin your journey in watercolor by painting loosely, and taking advantage of the flow of the medium and some of its wonderful surprises. Learn to mix colors for brilliance or graying, employ wet and dry techniques, compose simply, experiment with hard and soft edges, and use the paper as part of your painting. Discover how to create texture by lifting color, using a sponge or salt, scraping, and splattering with a brush or spray bottle. Paint a variety of subjects including landscapes from photographs, still life, or flowers. Complete several exercises using the techniques demonstrated and work toward producing a final painting. Receive a complimentary watercolor starter kit from Sennelier (value of $75) to take home after the class. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Maren Larsen, MarenLarsen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sketchbook Journaling
October 10-11, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — If you've ever wanted to capture those memorable moments in life, and set them between the pages of a sketchbook journal, this is the class for you. Using pencil, pen and watercolor, participants will learn how to depict scenery, buildings, and close-up objects using simple techniques. In this beginner friendly class, artistic talent is not a prerequisite. As the weather allows, we will take short walks in the Mt Hood National Forest to sketch and collect bits of nature to draw in the comfort of the studio. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
October 13-17, 2014 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Sandy Springs, GA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Lauren Bernazza
Phone: 404-613-6172

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Stirring the Pot
October 13-17, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Ready to move on to something new and stimulating, something that will inspire you and put the excitement back into your painting? John will encourage you to produce paintings full of life and vitality. Learn techniques that will retain a painting's freshness, while allowing you to manipulate, adjust and experiment. John will show you how to seamlessly incorporate new and different materials. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: John Lovett
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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"Going Beyond a Likeness"
October 17-19, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This class is designed for students who want to take their figure paintings and portraits to a more creative level by incorporating storytelling, design & composition, and color harmony. Topics we will cover: Creating a personal work of art vs. creating a likeness; Learn the rules before breaking them; Being prepared is not just for boy scouts; Value studies and thumbnail sketches; Creating harmony with color studies; Putting it all together in a creative, fine art painting. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Plein Air Painting Advanced Seminar
October 18-25, 2014 (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: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: $2,250 - $2,610 dependiong on occupancy
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Painting the Landscape at Ghost Ranch
October 19-25, 2014 — Return with us for our tenth workshop painting the breathtaking landscape at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. On-site locations will include the private Painted Desert Road out towards O'Keeffe's house and sites along the Chama River. Fall colors will be at their peak. Optional tour of O'Keeffe's house and studio in Abiquiu and visits to artist's studios and galleries are included in our week. All demonstrations are done in watercolor but you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, NM
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1200
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Realistic Watercolor Portraits
October 21-24, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm) — Realistic Watercolor Portraits: How to Paint a Variety of Ages and Skin Tones. Learn to paint a variety of likenesses. Realistic Watercolor Portraits contains the information on how to address and overcome the many variables to consider when painting people. Visit website


Location: Plantation/Ft Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Suzanna Winton
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Cost: $340 members / $375 non-members
Email: Karen Braverman
Phone: 954-473-0497

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Tuscany Landscape Painting
October 24-31, 2014 (9 to 5pm) — Join us in this beautiful Italian countryside in the heart of Tuscany. Plein air painting at its best with cypress, umbrella pines, and the rolling landscape. 7 nights 8 days at a 3 star hotel/spa, private baths; breakfast each day, 3 lunches & 4 dinners included. One-on-one art Instruction & painting approx 6 hrs per day. Demos and individual critiques. Painting in Pienza, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni; includes transportation to sites. Day visit to Siena. Spa services include free use of the Roman sauna, Jacuzzi, and thermal pools; other fee-based health and beauty spa services available. R/T transportation to our location from Romeand return to airport or Rome. Visit website


Location: Southwest Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios
Cost: $2,975/artist; $2,575/artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Painting the Wine Country
October 24-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Join Kathleen Alexander in the wine country for a three day watercolor workshop on painting grapes and grapevines in the beautiful Napa Valley. Kathleen's grape vine paintings have been featured in Splash 14 and American Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Calistoga, CA
Instructor: Kathleen Alexander
Cost: $275
Email: Kathleen Alexander
Phone: 650-455-0998

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Plein Air in New Zealand
October 26 - November 5, 2014 (9-4) — Spend 11 days with us as we explore the highlights of this stunning region. From lakeside landscapes surrounded by majestic mountains, to original gold-rush shanty towns and scenic vineyards, there is no shortage of visual beauty to ignite any artists' imagination. Renowned for the rugged and varying landscapes, New Zealand is the perfect location for you to explore and paint memories to take home. Visit website


Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Wilbury Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $2,280
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Watercolor Secrets Revealed
October 27-30, 2014 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9-4 with a one hour lunch) — The overall objective of the workshop is to explore the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting and developing the creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques that make any level of painter feel welcome! There will be daily demonstration with detailed explanations of the "how's" and "why's" followed by individual attention. Lynch brings to his class the same enthusiasm and energy as seen on his national PBS series "Fun with Watercolor". He has written six books on watercolor techniques. Tom usually chooses one day of the workshop to have students work outdoors in the beautiful Sedona landscape. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Tom Lynch, www.tomlynch.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
October 27-31, 2014 — Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject, both in oil and in watercolor. Students can work in either medium and will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona. This weeklong workshop begins directly following the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the week is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
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