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Drawing in Color with Gouache
February 8 - April 11, 2016 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Learn the fundamentals of observational drawing and color application by working from appealing still life arrangements. Students will first explore methods of depicting objects with a focus on line quality, value and shading, and composition. Building on sound drawing practices, the class will progress to adding tone and color with gouache: an easy-to-handle water-based paint favored by artists for its versatility, beauty, and ease of clean-up (just wash out your brushes with soap and water, and go -- perfect for the end of the day). An excellent choice for students of all levels interested in infusing their drawings with the beauty of color! Visit website


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

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Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and Figures
February 9-12, 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Painting Fresh Flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop - progressing to faces and figures. Through a series of "fun" painting exercises, artists will develop a more loose and natural approach. Creating unique colors to enhance "movement" in paintings, learning beautiful translucent flesh tones, how to construct features and the gesture will be a focus. Individual attention as well as many demonstrations and class instruction. Janet Rogers is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society as well as others. She is a working professional award-winning artist and National Instructor and has had 4 DVDs produced. Visit website


Location: Four Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Email: Sandy Griffin
Phone: 954-724-8723

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


Location: Naples, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Naples Art Association
Email: Callie Spilane
Phone: 239-262-6517

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
February 12, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting classes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Classes will meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. at different locations near the Centro Jardin (town square)and other scenic places. Classes will cover composition and design, color, value, the effects of light, painting materials techniques, and how to get a solid start for more success and still have fun! Demos will be in oil paint. "Handouts" will be sent well in advance. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Art Workshop in Plein Air and Studio Painting
February 15-19, 2016 (9:30-4:00) — Plein Air and Studio Painting in wonderful San Miguel! Classes will cover choosing subjects, composition, value, color, painting techniques, use of painting knives, group critiques and lots of personal attention (and fun!). Classes will be held near the Centro and outer areas and in a garden and meet Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri with Wed as free day. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Sponsor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $100 per day
Email: Sara Linda Poly
Phone: 703-472-3960

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 16-18, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fairhope, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Art Center
Email: Hannah Lyle
Phone: 251-928-2228 ext. 107

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Watercolor Workshop
February 20-21, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Designed for those who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. A variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, portrait models or their own source material. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
February 22, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Saturated Wet Watercolor: Flowers or Koi Fish
February 26-27, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin loosely painting the negative background, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine painting by both lifting and adding paint. This method is perfect for Koi Fish and flowers as they have soft edges. The saturated wet paper allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two-day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. The class will begin with a loose abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create the movement and flow. Students will add details like scales at the very end. The results are stunning with rich, vibrant colors. Create beautiful paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color. Visit website


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

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 26-28, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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A Modern Approach to Watercolor
February 29 - March 4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The goal of this workshop is to show the untapped power of watercolor. The focus will be on how to approach this medium from a contemporary point of view, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way it is looked upon. Antonio applies watercolor in a thick and juicy manner, giving his subjects a startling boldness. Learn how attention to details and unusual perspective make for poetic, moody works with strong textural qualities. Antonio's presentation will show the materials he uses (paints, paper, palettes, brushes, etc.), his set-up and how he applies colors. He will demonstrate a modern approach to water media, while students watch and ask questions. The remainder of the day will be one-on-one instruction. Visit website


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

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"Watercolor Secrets Revealed"
March 3-6, 2016 (9:30 am-4:30 pm) — Tom Lynch's workshops are very organized classes that include lesson exercises, and plenty of individual attention. He demonstrates, works with each student, and critiques daily. Each day builds upon the previous day's lessons in a positive, fun-filled atmosphere. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Some of the objectives you will be working on: How To Think Like An Artist; Many New Watercolor Techniques; Composition/Design; Capturing Mood; Painting Sunlight & Shadow' and Plein Air Painting. Lynch has been selected by The American Artist Magazine as one of the "top 20" teachers in the nation. Welcome to the watercolor world of Tom Lynch ~ Let him lead you on an exciting watercolor adventure in color, contrast, and light! Visit tomlynch.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Tom Lynch
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members/$620 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Members Workshop: Watercolor with James Toogood
March 5, 2016 (10am-1pm) — Artist, author and CE faculty member James Toogood will present a hands-on demonstration on the basics of watercolor painting including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Open to new and exisiting PAFA Members of all levels. To register visit pafa.org/membernews or call 215-972-2077. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Toogood
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.

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Gary Spetz's Caribbean Cruise Watercolor Workshop
March 6-13, 2016 — Gary's workshop-cruises combine the best of painting and travel. Enjoy and learn the equivalent of Gary's regular (land-based) 5-day workshops, while traveling 7 days and nights to beautiful and inspiring destinations. Gary conducts half-day sessions during port days and full-day sessions during sea days, so nothing is missed. And workshoppers (and their spouse/friend/partner) are welcome to join Gary (and his wife, Marlene) for various private group events. Cruising is an ideal workshop environment if traveling with a non-painter spouse/friend/partner. They are offered a whole host of things to do. This cruise-workshop program is all about fun, discovery, and enriching your knowledge of watercolor. With so much visual stimulation, these workshops will focus on destination painting subjects. All skill levels. Visit website


Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Gary Spetz, NWS
Sponsor: Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio
Cost: Workshop $595 + Cruise $799
Email: Marlene Spetz
Phone: 406-209-8230

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover
March 6-12, 2016 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Studio and some plein air. Included: tuition, 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Kathleen Conover, www.kathleenconover.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Watercolor Workshop in the Rose Garden
March 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Plein Air painting is a wonderful way to develop artistic skills while enjoying the rose garden that surrounds Scottsdale Artists' School. A successful watercolor painting integrates the unique qualities of watercolor paint and paper with all of the traditional concerns of the artist: composition, perspective, light, form and color. Students in Carolyn's workshop will learn through demonstration, exercises and practice. Throughout the week, students will work in the classroom and outdoors in the rose garden. Visit website


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

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Alternative Surfaces for Watercolor with Karen Beauprie
March 7-28, 2016 (Mondays, 6-8:30pm) — Expand beyond paper with techniques for painting on new surfaces. Karen Beauprie, a popular instructor on the island, will teach students how to transform their watercolor work by utilizing non-traditional surfaces. Students will explore Yupo, canvas, and aquaboard, to achieve new results. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Karen Beauprie, www.beausartstudio.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Magic in Las Vegas
March 8-10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure with an inspirational three-day workshop in Las Vegas. Mary Whyte will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Mary's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines, as well as on CBS Sunday Morning. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $1095 incl. model fee and some light meals
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
March 8-10, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Conroe, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Conroe Art League
Email: Nikie Wishnow
Phone: 832-291-7847

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Perfecting the Painting Process
March 11-13, 2016 — Learn how to put a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Students will work from still life set ups and from the live model if time allows. Oil, Pastel or Water Media. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Ned Mueller, nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $400
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
March 11, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Watercolor: Inspired by a Photo
March 12-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have a great photo that inspires you to paint? Bring it to this workshop and learn how to transition a photo to watercolor. Students will connect their subject to paper, use lights and darks to add visual interest, and add value through lost and found edges! Students will learn to improve their color selection for enhancing figures and backgrounds, and see amazing results! Students should bring their own digital or print of a portrait, figure, animal or still life. During this workshop there will be demonstrations, plenty of time to paint, and individual attention throughout! Visit website


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

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Watercolor Mixed Media
March 12-13, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Working from still life and natural forms, learn to combine watercolor, colored inks and gouache with brush and steel-point pen to achieve a greater illusion of depth of field, texture, detail, and a volume through transparent and opaque techniques. Demonstrations and visual presentations of historical examples will complement instruction. While this workshop is intended for those who have had previous experience painting in watercolor, it is open to all who wish explore the medium’s potential. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Sherif Habashi, sherifhabashi.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
March 14-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Tom Schaller
March 15-21, 2016 — Join us in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, known for its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture. The shops in San Miguel are a mix of art galleries, souvenir shops, and modern boutiques. With a temperate climate, vibrant art scene, and moderate cost-of-living, San Miguel de Allende is not only rich in Mexican culture but also attracts many foreign retirees, artists and writers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada. The narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors make San Miguel de Allende one of the prettiest towns in Mexico. Your instructor Tom Schaller is a Signature Member of the AWS, NWWS, Artist Member of the California Art Club, and President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Visit website


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

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Landscapes: Luminosity & Color in Water & Skies
March 17-20, 2016 (9:00 am-4:30 pm) — David Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations. Respected teacher, lecturer and juror well versed in all mediums including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and encaustic. Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Visit daviddunlop.com. Instruction will be offered to artists working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor each day. This 4-day workshop will have a daily combination of lecture/slides, demo, in acrylic, oil and watercolor and student painting. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David Dunlop
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $595 Museum members / $620 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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Painting in the Dark with Neysa Grassi
March 19-20, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process through this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from making imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and critiques of students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. All instruction is presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists. References will included Phillip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, Outsider Art and other artists/movements. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Dry Tortugas Plein Air Trip with Priscilla Coote
March 19, 2016 — An exotic island awaits, only a few hours away. Join Priscilla Coote on this one-day painting expedition to this island of history, wildlife, incredible turquoise water and white sand beaches. An ultimate Key West plein air adventure! Your price includes a full day of demonstration and individualized instruction in any painting medium, as well as transportation aboard the Yankee Freedom III catamaran with breakfast and lunch plus all of their included amenities of National Park entry, guided tours and free snorkel gear. During the four-and-a-half hours of actual island time, Priscilla will give one or more painting demonstrations. Students can then proceed to their choice of painting locations. Individualized attention will be given to each student’s level and medium. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Priscilla Coote, www.pcoote.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $275, $255 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Watercolor Workshop with Billie Mathis
March 28-30, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm) — Three days at beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA. Billie Mathis is a professional and popular instructor. Her emphasis will be on design, pattern and intensity of color. This will be an intensive and productive workshop. Be prepared to produce many paintings in a broad range of subject matter. Personal individual attention. Critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Young Harris, GA
Instructor: Billie Mathis, GWS
Sponsor: Brasstown Valley Resort, www.brasstownvalley.com
Cost: $240
Email: Billie Mathis
Phone: 770-720-4780

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Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
April 2, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
April 3-5, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Chestertown, MD
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Chestertown Riverarts
Email: Jodi Bortz
Phone: 410-778-6300

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Advanced Level

The Passion in San Francisco
April 4-6 or 8-10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Stimulate emotions and transmit vitality and interest with passion, mood and mystery! Push watercolor to its absolute limit. Alvaro will demonstrate how to achieve depth and volume, manipulate lights and darks, and infuse passion with a unified message. This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion and Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique. His work has been featured in International Artist, Watercolor Magic and The Artist’s Magazine. He is highly awarded and published. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
April 9, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor Art Workshop and Retreat in Columbia Gorge
April 11-15, 2016 (9:30 - 4:00) — Join us at the Flying Pig Studio and Guest Ranch in the Columbia River Gorge to learn from Gayle Weisfield, a renowned watercolor instructor. She will teach wet-and-wet landscape painting, focusing on mountains and reflections. The Flying Pig Art Retreat overlooks Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Gayle's workshops are small (usually 4-8 people) so that everyone receives plenty of individual attention. You will complete several paintings in the workshop, working on a different subject each day. In addition to a group critique of your work, Gayle will provide an in-depth critique of both in-class work and additional paintings you might bring. For rates and more information, please visit gayleweisfield.com or call Gayle at 541-645-0323. Visit website


Location: Lyle, WA
Instructor: Gayle Weisfield
Cost: $500
Email: Gayle Weisfield
Phone: 541-645-0323

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Solutions: Still Life, Landscapes, & Portraits/Figures
April 11-15, 2016 (9:15 am-4:00 pm) — Learning to simplify and avoid overworking artwork are the goals of this workshop. Charles Reid uses the same approaches for figures, still life and landscapes. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. During the workshop, he will use contour drawing, helping students to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than on isolated objects. The class will also practice "direct painting," using as few over washes as possible. It is strongly advised that each student will have reviewed his most recent books Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Watercolor Solutions prior to the workshop. Long considered a watercolor master, Reid's paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and expert drawing ability. Visit charlesreidart.com. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Secrets Revealed
April 11-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The overall objective of the workshop is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting, and developing creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the intermediate and advanced painter feel welcome! There will be daily demonstration paintings, with detailed explanations of all the “hows” and “whys” followed by individual attention to see that each student understands and has an example of the day’s objective. Included will be tips on photography, “on-location” painting and matting. Also, Lynch’s ever-popular program on salvage techniques for discarded paintings during the critique session. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Tom Lynch, www.tomlynch.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $640
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Watercolor Portrait Painting
April 11-14, 2016 — Ted will demonstate the techniques and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. Ted shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What's more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $575
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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


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

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 16-23, 2016 (9am - 5pm) — Observational drawing and painting are the focus of this workshop. Depicting nature on a Mediterranean Island and local sites too. Any medium or skill level is welcome. Price includes lodging and all meals, no transportation. Spanish classes of all levels available and educational talks about the Spanish culture are part of this cultural experience. Food is mediterranean style with local Spanish cuisine. Day trips to monasteries, Roman ruins and beaches are part of this week in Mallorca. Visit website


Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1495.00
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970-318-8444

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 17 - May 22, 2016 (Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking available and restrooms available on site. Note: Bartram's Garden members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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Mastering Acrylics and Watercolor
April 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on techniques in painting the effects of light on form in various situations resulting in masterful paintings. The "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated daily. The still life, landscape and introduction of the figure in a painting will be covered throughout the workshop. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and using a value sketch will also be covered. Students will receive individual instruction handling challenging aspects of the acrylic and watercolor mediums along with daily critique sessions. Visit website


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

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 22-24, 2016 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Drawing and Painting Workshop
April 23-30, 2016 — During this 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 its time and space. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: +393349034401

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Landscape at Morris Arboretum
April 26 - May 24, 2016 (Tuesdays, 10:30am-3:30pm) — Enjoy painting the diversity found in this extraordinary 92-acre public garden. Picturesque subject matter includes foliage and flowers in a garden setting, tree specimens, and outdoor sculpture. Lessons in painting will be accompanied by demonstration and lecture. Includes a membership voucher to Morris Arboretum, free parking and use of the facilities. For more information about Morris Arboretum, visit: morrisarboretum.org. Morris Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit website


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

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Watercolor Workshop with Susan Van Campen
April 30 - May 1, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Celebrate spring with renowned watercolorist, Susan Van Campen. Van Campen is both artist and naturalist, drawing inspiration from the world out of doors to create her luminous watercolor still lifes. Van Campen’s paintings demonstrate a virtuoso combination of painterly color washes and crisp contours, capturing the fleeting beauty of nature’s delicate forms. Her bold, uncluttered compositions present a careful balance of painted subject and negative space. PAFA is pleased to present this rare opportunity to work along with the artist and learn her distinctive watercolor techniques. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Susan Van Campen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting in Portugal
April 30 - May 7, 2016 (10am - 10am) — This workshop is held in a charming village just outside of Lisbon and includes excursions and most meals. Daily studio and plein-air classes are open to painters of all levels and mediums: oil, acrylic and watercolor. We will focus on painting traditional still-life subjects in and around the village cottages: clay pottery, doorways, windows, and surrounding nature. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will show you how to enhance your work by considering unique compositions and various brush painting techniques. We will also paint at several wonderful sites on our visits to Sintra, Mafra, Ericeira and Obidos. Material list required. (8 painters max.) Visit website


Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: Sandra Iafrate Fine Art
Cost: $1600.US double occupancy
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

Beginner Level

Intuitive Painting & Flow Yoga in Tuscany
April 30 - May 5, 2016 (6 Days) — This ultra-relaxing, fun, inspiring, and transformational retreat is for adults with any level of art and yoga experience - including those with none. All movement and yoga sessions are optional. In our days together, mornings, afternoons, and some evenings will include Intuitive Painting, creativity exercises, restorative movement, wine tasting, a cooking class, hillside walks, and lots of laughter, intensely increasing our connectedness with our inspired selves and each other. Participants of Intuitive Painting report the experience of powerful release, a rich sense of rebirth and deep realignment, and, often, discovery of much needed resolve towards long-held goals. Visit website


Location: Montisi, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Montine Blank & Vince Turner
Sponsor: Paint Your Guts Out!
Cost: $895 and up
Email: Montine Blank
Phone: 505-695-1375

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
May 1, 2016 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of video lessons. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Painting in Spain: Ink and Watercolor Sketching/Painting Workshop
May 2-9, 2016 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced. The combination of travel sketching (ink and watercolor) and painting gives you the best of both worlds; the immediacy of travel sketching and the spontaneity of plein air painting. I want all the participants to leave the workshop with smiles on their faces knowing they received excellent group and personal instruction, successfully faced their artistic challenges, experienced the culture of Costa Brava and most importantly had fun! Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: David Savellano, davidsavellano.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Landscape Drawing and Painting
May 3-5, 2016 (11am-2pm) — Drawing and painting out-of-doors presents unique surprises and pleasures as well as particular challenges. Working at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, learn tactics to efficiently set up on location, select a composition and capture the light, color and shapes of the surrounding landscape. Students may work in the drawing/painting media of their choice. Free parking and restroom facilities available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Emily Brown, emilybrown.net
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Creative Collage Online Workshop
May 8, 2016 (24/7 online) — In this class you’ll learn how to connect with your creative spirit to express your personal ideas while learning collage & a variety of painting techniques. Four hours of short videos with clear visuals & explanations. Watch at your convenience, as often as you want. Collage is a powerful technique to add to your creative toolbox. You'll learn more every time you watch, and you'll have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll love making your collages look like real paintings, more than just images glued to a surface. Indulging your creativity is a transformative experience. The best art comes from creative play. Free package of vintage papers. Visit website


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

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Painting in Spain: All Media Painting Workshop
May 9-16, 2016 — Join in the fun, with artist and instructor Pat Fiorello, as you learn, grow and see new places through the eyes of an artist during this inspiring 8-day painting workshop in beautiful Spain! Pat has extensive experience teaching on location in the U.S. and Europe and is author of the book “Bella Italia, Italy through the Eyes of an Artist.” Whether you are new to painting or experienced, you will improve your ability to observe the landscape and capture its essence. We’ll focus on how to select landscape elements and compose a beautiful painting based on what inspires you and how to then simplify the landscape and mass values for greatest impact. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Pat Fiorello, www.patfiorello.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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Wet and Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color
May 13-15, 2016 (10 - 5 on first day, then 9 - 4 with a one hour lunch) — Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques! Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $450
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Creatives Retreat at a Tuscany Farm/cooking school
May 14-20, 2016 — Join us for a creatives retreat at a magical working farm/cooking school in Tuscany, 12 miles from Siena. Spannocchia is an historic sustainable farm with hiking paths, farm animals, Tuscan cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine and great food. Includes accommodations, local transfers to/from Florence, most meals w/wine, and excursion to Siena. Spannocchia is one of the most tranquil places on earth. All levels welcome for painting, hiking and cooking classes. Visit website


Location: Spannocchia, Italy
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 16-23, 2016 — Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced. Sandra works in a fast loose impressionistic style which is structured by solid art principles. She places a strong emphasis on composition, light, atmosphere and lost and found edges. It is also her goal to fill the paintings with energy, passion and emotion. Sandra will demonstrate a painting from start to finish, usually in less than an hour. She is happy to address questions while she is painting and encourages student interaction during her demos. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Sandra Strohschein, sandralstrohscheinfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
May 19-25, 2016 — Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features a visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget to view works by master artists who made the Bermuda pilgrimage, as well as the opportunity to paint alongside the Bermuda Plein Air Painters on their regular Sunday morning excursion and to enjoy the Bermuda Day festivities on May 24. Visit website


Location: St. George, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood and Joe Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Giverny & Normandy: Watercolors and Journal Sketching
May 20-27, 2016 — An inspiring setting for a painting workshop: this tour in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized on canvas not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. On this painting workshop, you as well will be inspired by the same landscapes, from peaceful meadows to fashionable seaside resorts; under the charm of this region. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, as well as enjoying local food and culture. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 20-22, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


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

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
May 21-28, 2016 — 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: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: from US$3590.00 all-inclusive (not airfare)
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: +39 331 422 9047

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Sketch on the Go
May 21, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks or while traveling abroad. Topics discussed and demonstrated include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying shape and form. Use your favorite drawing media: pencil, ink, crayon, or watercolor. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Painters Retreat in the South of France
May 22-28, 2016 — Join us for an unforgettable art adventure at La Napoule Painters Retreat on the French Riviera. The Chateau de La Napoule and art foundation lie just southwest of Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France...a painter's dream holiday. Paint the beautiful grounds and gardens of the chateau, explore the village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. So much inspiration. All levels and all mediums welcome as well as non painters. $600 deposit. Visit website


Location: Mandeleiu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1875. Add $150 for Sea View Room.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Intermediate Level
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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
May 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Winter Park, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Crealde School of Art
Email: Barbara Tiffany
Phone: 407-671-1886

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Energies and Composition
May 29 - June 3, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Frank Webb
Sponsor: Dillman’s Bay
Email: Stephanie
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Art Retreat in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
June 2-5, 2016 (All day each day) — Located in Limberlost Forest Reserve in Muskoka, 10,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes to paint. Keith paints in a free, post impressionist style and will help you loosen up and capture the raw power of the landscape. He will also be introducing you to modern colour theory and showing you how you can use a limited palette to create almost any colour. Visit website


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

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Painting the Light of Tuscany
June 3-12, 2016 — Join us in Florence, Italy for a trip of a lifetime. We combine touring the treasures of the city with a painting workshop. You can choose between a figurative workshop or a plein air workshop in Florence and the hills of Fiesole. Non-painting participants can substitute Tuscan Cooking Classes or take a discount. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Various
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting in Southeast France: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 3-10, 2016 — Join Iain Stewart for a week of painting in the foothills of the French Alps. This is a truly unique opportunity to improve your watercolor painting with an award-winning watercolor artist. Each day begins with a demonstration. You are then free to paint, with one-on-one instruction, or explore the surrounding area. The small class size will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Iain is committed to help you build your confidence and ability in watercolor. Lakes, hills, colorful markets, medieval town, rural villages await you. Indulge your creative spirit with a memorable painting holiday in France! Limited to 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journal Sketching
June 4-11, 2016 — Join us for 8 days of fun and painting the treasures of Provence up close and personal! Capture the details of your trip with a beautiful watercolor journal to remember your visit. We’ll take time to savor the little things on our stay. Tracy will give daily demonstrations on her signature watercolor techniques, covering glazing, wet-into-wet, color theory, composition and ways to render different textures, from shiny and translucent objects such as glass to rough or rusty surfaces, to the delicate folds of a flower. Learn to work in transparent watercolor with a limited palette. Students will explore the details in the little things, zeroing in on micro subject matter at a macro scale. Students will receive plenty of one-on-one time. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Tracy Lewis
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Advanced Level

Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 4-11, 2016 (All Day) — During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Visit website


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

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Plein Air France: Vineyards & Villages
June 4-11, 2016 — Looking for a great value Plein Air workshop in the south of France? Spend 7 nights in a splendid accommodation set high on a hilltop, overlooking vineyards, olive groves and an ancient village. Daily painting trips with your accomplished instructor to castles, flower fields, walled cities, and seaside vistas. Full board, supplies, and transfers included! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Mary Lou Boardman
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Painting Tuscan Life: Figures and Landscapes of Seravezza
June 6-18, 2016 — Gavin Glakas is an award-winning artist who specializes in portraits and landscapes. His class will focus on all the building blocks needed to create accurate and dynamic paintings of and influenced by the incomparable Tuscan ambiance. He will be working on ongoing landscapes and figures, one in the mornings and one in the afternoons. Students will be free to work alongside Gavin or on their own landscapes of town or countryside, still lives, or from the model. Gavin will be offering daily lessons, ongoing advice, and critiques throughout the course. Visit website


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

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Plein Air Painting in Monterey Bay
June 6-10, 2016 (9-4) — A plein air painting workshop in the beautiful Monterey Bay peninsula. I will be running two tracks in the workshop. One for beginners, and the other for more advanced students. If you are an absolute beginner, I will give you a solid foundational course on the most essential elements you need to understand in order to paint well, including notan, space division, values, color, and the key elements of Visual Music and Poetry. If you are a more experienced or professional painter, you will work on more advanced topics tailored to your needs. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a solid plan of action to work on for the following twelve months. Visit website


Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy, Inc.
Cost: $975
Email: Jacqui Seddon
Phone: 1244428981

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 6-13, 2016 — Join us for painting and fun in Spain! We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy will inspire you with daily watercolor demos and then provide hands on and individual instructions as you capture the mystique of the Costa Brava in your own watercolor journal. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Landscape Painting in Amalfi Italy
June 7-14, 2016 (9 - 5pm) — Located in Amalfi Italy coast, workshop includes 7 nights, 8 days, 4 star hotel, sea view rooms, most meals, all land and ferry boat transportation including pick up at airport in Naples; paint in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Cooking classes available for guests and artists. Ancient Maritime Regatta occurs week before workshop. Not to be missed! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Cost: $2.975 artist; $2.575, artist guest
Email: Sam D'Ambruoso
Phone: 203-758-9660

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 11-18, 2016 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence, France! Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne... Throughout the week, we'll delve deeper into the culture of Provence by taking day trips in a comfortable minivan to Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, and Oppede with Jackie, our personal bilingual tour leader! And we'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 11-18, 2016 — Join us for a week of sketching with watercolor as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of Provence. As a practicing architect, architectural illustrator and watercolor painter, I am passionate about travel sketching and painting, and love to share that passion with others. It does not matter if you have never sketched or painted (or think you can do neither) since I believe everyone can do this with just a little coaxing and coaching. The focus will be on individual expression and exploration. There is nothing that anchors memories (the view; the feel of the sun; the sounds; the smells; the immediacy of the moment) quite like the act of sketching and painting on location. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Adrienne Retief, www.adrienneretief.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Rocky Mountains Plein Air Workshop
June 12-15, 2016 — Plein Air Painting Workshop, Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with accomplished, award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. The spring wildflowers will be carpeting the valleys, and the snow melt high in the mountains will be filling the creeks with clear rushing water, beckoning us to set up our easels. Your relaxing stay at one of the few remaining authentic renovated Historic Lodges built over 100 years ago is located just outside of the National Park. Modern, private, en-suite rooms for 4 nights, welcome dinner, boxed lunches, heated swimming pool, bar, hot-tub, all ground transfers. Painting demonstrations, consultations, and one on one guidance with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. $1,450 all-inclusive* Book early for this fun and exciting adventure! Visit website


Location: Estes, CO
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $1,450
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 13-15, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Penninsula School of Art
Email: Andra Nyman
Phone: 920-868-3455

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Studio Italia 2016
June 14-24, 2016 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and accompanying partners. Plein air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us two and three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD$ 2985 (around US$ 2350 as of August 2015) includes ten-night accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


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

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Art Retreat in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
June 16-19, 2016 (All day each day) — The Ottawa Valley is a fantastic place to paint. Old century farms, cataracts, rivers, villages, rolling hills. Many paintings were done in this area by the Canadian painters, the Group of Seven. Keith will also be introducing you to Modern colour Theory and how you can use his limited palette to paint almost any colour easily. This is an all inclusive retreat. Visit website


Location: Renfrew, Canada
Instructor: Keith Thirgood
Sponsor: Wilson Street Studio
Cost: $775
Email: Keith Thirgood
Phone: 647-551-3387

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 18-28, 2016 — You won't find a more beautiful location than the 5 little villages of the Cinque Terre. The coastline, the five villages and surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your instructor Betty Carr has taught painting for many years. As a professional artist throughout her distinguished career she has traveled extensively gathering inspirational subject matter through her plein air painting experiences. Carr is the author of the acclaimed instructional book Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide. Her work is featured in numerous books including Creative Composition & Design, The Painter's Workshop; Splash 5; Painter's Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes, and Flower Pocket Pal. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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ArtisTTable France, Morvan - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 18-25, 2016 — The ArtisTTable takes pride in providing rich art retreat experiences. Escape from your daily routine and concentrate on painting and creative process. We will be in the Morvan region of France because it provides inspiring locations on farms with rolling hills and quaint villages. Beginning and intermediate painters will find a nurturing environment during demonstrations an plenty of one-on-one support and instruction by ArtisTTable artist-founders, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from the train, mindfulness training designed to break creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists Workshop to enable us to write and speak about our art. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


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

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Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape
June 18-25, 2016 (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, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Visit website


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

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 19-26, 2016 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence, France! Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne... Throughout the week, we'll delve deeper into the culture of Provence by taking day trips in a comfortable minivan to Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, and Oppede with Jackie, our personal bilingual tour leader! And we'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Color and Light Watercolor workshop with Marjorie Glick in Deer Isle
June 19-24, 2016 (9:30-3:30) — Bring your work to the next level as you explore watercolors elusive qualites of transparency and spontaneity with an accomplished artist who loves to teach. Learn to see and mix luminous color, and compose dynamic compositions. 5 day plein air watercolor workshop on the coast of Maine in beautiful Deer Isle- a haven for artists. It is a magical place with its many islands amid sparkling blue waters,moss covered spruce forests and dramatic peach granite outcroppings. Daily demonstrations followed by individualized instruction and group critiques. Marjorie Glick is a painter of large scale lush colored realism watercolors. Her work has been described as being timelessly elegant and complex and is prized for its beauty and reverence for nature. Visit website


Location: Stonington, MA
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $675
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
June 23-25, 2016 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. I will teach you how to do all of these realizing there must be a foundation of structure and design for your abstract paintings. This workshop is not media specific and all who use watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel are welcome. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Binders Art
Email: Stuart Shapiro
Phone: 404-237-6331 x208

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Watercolor Energies and Composition
June 24-26, 2016 — Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes, making painting an exhilarating enterprise. "My work proceeds from on-the-spot graphite drawings made from a lifetime of travels. Each drawing is edited, fused with design principles, and used as the model. With large flat brushes and plenty of water I approach the paper in a slam-bang initial wash, and end with the caress of a butterfly wing." Visit artshow.com/webb/. Visit website


Location: Moon, PA
Instructor: Frank Webb
Email: Doug Brown

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 26 - July 3, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! Lisa Fu is a professional artist, tutor and demonstrator in watercolor. Deeply inspired by the French Impressionists, Lisa has developed her own impressionist style to express the beauty of nature through forms and colors. We will do plein air painting in beautiful and spectacular villages, in colorful markets, by charming water canals and in Van Gogh’s garden in St Remy de Provence. The lavender will be in full bloom so you will also have a chance to paint these gorgeous blue fields. You will be able to follow Lisa’s loose and fresh painting approach through her demonstrations. She will help you understand perspectives better, simplify a complex scene and teach you tone values, color mixing, light/shade and composition. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Fearless Painting by land or by sea
July 7-14, 2016 — Fearless Painting by land or by sea is an opportunity for artists to learn unique mixed water media painting methods that lend themselves to creating dynamic, dimensional land and seascape artwork in any style, including abstraction while using watercolors, acrylics and collage. This 4-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of art tools that you never thought you could paint with, and the fearless use of mixed media. Explore painting dimensional, exciting and unique compositions and challenge yourself to use more than just transparent water media with a number 12 brush! A digital photography project will help painters to be inspired during their Acadia Maine art vacation and help them take their artwork to a new level. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Painting
July 12-14, 2016 — Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress." Visit website


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

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Plein Air Gouache Workshop
July 14-16, 2016 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Christine Ivers
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $495
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

Beginner Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali, Indonesia
August 8-22, 2016 — Spend two weeks with us on the exotic island of Bali! The entire island is volcanic, so there are mountains as high as 10,000 feet. We will spend some of our time in the mountain community of Ubud (there is so much to see and do there!) and then head to the beach at Candi Dasa. Cris has been painting and drawing for over 25 years. She teaches weekly seminars in watercolor in her San Diego studio, and has an extensive collection of journals from travels around the world. Spend the trip with your sketch book, watercolors, markers, pencils and record this journey forever. Learn to see in a whole new way while you explore exotic Bali. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Advanced Level

Seeking the Spontaneous
September 5-9, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Seeking the Spontaneous
September 12-16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Want a special adventure, exploring the light, and seeking to capture the moment spontaneously? David will cover drawing skills, color, value, composition , and technique while demonstrating the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, reflections, and skies. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Painting in Provence: Painting Workshop
September 20-27, 2016 — Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Provence, France! The regions stunning light and color has inspired artists for centuries and is possibly one of the most gorgeous places in all of France! Provence is known for its charming villages, picturesque views, lively markets, sunny flower fields, fragrant wines and scrumptious cuisine! It’s an extraordinary place! One that can’t help but inspire us to create beautiful paintings! This tour is suited to every level of experience from serious beginners to seasoned painters and since this will be a small group I’ll be able to work closely with everyone. I’ll share my simple methods for turning complicated landscape scenes into compelling designs that will reach out and connect with viewers! Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, jhicksfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: San Migueld de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $450.00 including materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311


Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Dynamic Color Sketching For Entertainment | Self-Study
Ongoing — Sam has perfected an approach to picture making that works for any level of experience. The absolute beginner will rise quickly and start creating bold energetic paintings within the first couple of weeks of this online self-study. The experienced professional will learn the simplest way to break down a scene and only paint what is necessary to communicate the story. We will not be covering tightly rendered paintings, but instead focus on quick color sketching to tell the entire story. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Samuel Michlap
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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The Best of Watercolor
June 6-8, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor. Paint still life and clothed models. Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines, as well as on CBS Sunday Morning. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995 incl. model fees
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $40 buys a 4-session punch card
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Botanical Art in the French Court Tradition
Every Thursday (10:30am to 3:30pm) — Botanical Art Workshops at Studio 20. Please check schedules on this website or in our FREE Monthly Newsletter, or call 941-953-9999. This is an open enrollment program. Students can work projects of their own choosing, or they can following the Academy of Botanical Art program based on O.M. Braida's Ten Step book series. $595 Tuition includes Class registration, Review, Grade. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Olivia Marie Braida or Susan Walker
Sponsor: Academy of Botanical Art
Cost: $125 per class; $470 for 4; $595-4 Classes/Review/Grade
Email: Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano
Phone: 941-953-9999

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Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki
Weekly on Fridays (5:30-7:30 PM) — In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including "wet on wet", "dry brush", and "gradation" of hue. No prior experience is needed. Of the many fine artists capturing the serene settings of Huntsville, Alabama, few can compare to watercolor powerhouse Yuri Ozaki. If not only for the sheer number of paintings Ozaki has created of Huntsville's beautiful locations and colorful people, the perceptive eye and tremendous skill she imbues in each work places her in a special class of truly 'local' artists. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Yuri Ozaki
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $30 - Students must register in advance
Email: Yuri Ozaki
Phone: 256-665-8736

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


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

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