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Painting Vacation in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Mexico! Enjoy a fantastic painting vacation in Mexico at Cristi Fer Art Studio, teaching since 1989. San Miguel de Allende is a charming Colonial mountain town with exuberant atmosphere and lots to explore. A Heaven for artists! With mild winters, sunny and bright all year-round! Our workshop participants are anywhere from novice, beginner to experienced painters. At Cristi Fer Art Studio you can choose a "One Painting in One Day" confidence enhancing workshop, to "5 Paintings in 5 Days" including drawing, acrylics, mixed media, representational and abstract or "Art Adventure in Mexico" photography, in studio and plein air painting. All workshops are offered all year around. One week starting at $450 USD per person or bring your own small group and save while you enjoy painting with friends. Contact us cristiferart@yahoo.com, www.cristiferart.com

Master Classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Click here to learn more about these art classes in Philadelphia! The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was founded in 1805, and is the nation's first school and museum of art. Located in a vibrant Center City, Philadelphia location, PAFA is only blocks away from the city's major art museums including the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum. Our Master Classes and Workshops offer you the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations, many of them on the PAFA faculty. Classes are scheduled in two- or three-day formats, usually over weekends and often include a public lecture. The 2014/2015 line-up includes Michael Grimaldi, David Brewster, Everett Kinstler, Elizabeth Osborne, Stuart Shils and Daniel Greene. Visit pafa.edu/masterclasses or call 215-972-7632.

Open Air Italy - Plein Air Workshops
Click here to learn more about these Plein Air Workshops in Italy! Open Air Italy is in its 7th year of specializing in well-organized artist workshops and retreats with small groups of participants and world-class instruction. All instructors are well-known artists with a gift for teaching. We want the participant to spend their time learning and painting, as well as living and relaxing, in the most beautiful areas of Europe. Much time and effort is given to everything, from the planning of accommodations to the choice of various charming painting locations. All accommodations are single occupancy for artists. Workshops are planned with a focus on multiple group activities, while still allowing time for individual expression and exploration. All instructed workshops are limited to eight participants in order to allow plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. To learn more about specific workshops or retreats please visit www.openairitaly.com or contact via email at okiegirl54@gmail.com.

Learn Painting with Ann Bell (Houston, TX)
Click here to learn more about these mixed media workshops! Private painting classes with artist Ann Bell give you a unique creative experience. Personal attention enables you to improve quickly, whether you're a beginner or experienced. You choose the subject matter and degree of detail you want: abstract, realism or in between. You'll learn how to paint, how to mix colors, how to compose your painting, and how to evaluate your finished painting. You can learn watercolor, acrylic or mixed media, even if you can't draw a straight line. Ann provides all supplies for your first class, so even if you are visiting Houston, you can enjoy painting with Ann in her centrally located artist studio. Online Classes are available. Visit www.annbell.net/classes.htm, or contact Ann Bell at artist@AnnBell.net or 281-330-3827.

Gibson House Art Workshops/Retreats (Haverhill, New Hampshire)
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in New Hampshire! The Gibson House Bed and Breakfast overlooks the peaceful landscape of New Hampshire's pristine Upper Connecticut River Valley, offering an idyllic setting for artists' workshops/retreats. You will find yourself inspired by the charming, unspoiled New England village and the picture-perfect village, garden and mountain views. Two 50-foot-long porches insure outdoor work and relaxation in any weather. And the 2000 square foot art gallery and workshop features 12 foot ceilings with great illumination. A wide variety of workshops are taught by an accomplished group of artists/instructors who have a passion for teaching all experience levels. Attending a Workshop at the Gibson House is an experience you will long remember. Visit www.gibsonhousebb.com, call (603) 989-3125 or (800) 989-2150, or email gibsonhousebb@charter.net

Etruscan Places - Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana, Italy
Click here to learn more about these plein air painting workshops in Italy! Etruscan Places offers a completely unique series of open air painting workshops on location, rain or shine, in some of Italy's most spectacular landscapes. Artists, curators, writers Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson are residents and home owners in both the USA and Italy. Their presence in Tuscany since 1995 guarantees their knowledge of the landscape, inhabitants and local culture and everything connected with it. Presently 4 distinct 1 week classes are offered May - October: Open Air Fundamentals (all levels); Elements of Landscape (intermediate +); Roman Campagna (advanced); Advanced Seminar. Fees include materials and surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips and local transport. 12 student max and 2 instructors every class. 40%+ participant return rate. Contact www.landscapepainting.com or call 212-780-3216.

Opportunities to paint with Australian Artist, Georgia Mansur in USA & Europe!
Click here to learn more about Georgia's workshops! Join Georgia Mansur for 3 US workshops in Spring/Summer 2015. Georgia will be offering both Plein Air & Mixed Media classes. As a Certified Golden International Art Educator and Official Ambassador for Daniel Smith paints, she has a lot to share. Georgia will be working with a wide range of surfaces, combining acrylics, gels, pastes, digital grounds, fabric, fibre and other items to create expressive pieces of art for her Creativity/Mixed Media workshops in Santa Barbara, CA, Boston, MA & Oxford UK and will paint en plein air in Carmel CA and France workshops. Open to all levels. For more info, please visit www.georgiamansur.com/workshops.html

Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Click here to learn more about these colored pencil workshops! Kristy Kutch has been creating colored pencil art for almost thirty years and has been teaching colored pencil workshops since 1991. A teacher with a life license, she applies many basic learning principles to her workshops, enthusiastically meeting each student at the appropriate level. Beginners are always welcome, but even advanced artists benefit from Kristy's instruction. Offering demonstrations of techniques and the characteristics of different types of colored pencils, papers, and other related materials, Kristy covers a wide range of possibilities. Her techniques book, Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications), was released in 2005. Her new book, The New Colored Pencil, is a May, 2014 Watson-Guptill release. She is also the feature artist in the Artist Palette Productions DVD "Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond The Basics". Kristy's workshops are held nationwide; each is an enjoyable, supportive, memorable experience in a beautiful location. To learn more, visit www.artshow.com/kutch/ or contact Kristy at kakutch@earthlink.net or 219-874-4688.

Art in the Mountains - Premier Destination Workshops - Celebrating 30 Years of Fine Art Painting Workshops
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Bend, Oregon! Learn and explore in a fun, comfortable and educational setting with world renowned instructors. Workshops are designed to offer instruction in every genre and medium, studio and plein air, with various needs in mind for every level of artist. Join us in beautiful Bend, Oregon or meet us at one of our other exciting destinations. We are truly committed to our clientele and offer support throughout your workshop. From the moment of your first inquiry, you will be treated with respect and courtesy, provided all information needed to plan your week, and welcomed into our art family. See our schedule: www.artinthemountains.com. Call for your free color brochure (503) 930-4572.

Tony Belobrajdic Watercolors - Painting in Spain
Click here to learn more about Painting in Spain! Paint simplistic, strong yet confident watercolors with a distinct and daring approach within the beautiful backdrop of Costa Brava, Spain. Learn how to paint watercolors with award winning Sydney artist Tony Belobrajdic in a relaxed, picturesque European setting of Costa Brava in spring. Small groups allows for attention to be given and time to be spent with each individual student in our group tours. Learn to paint landscapes, street-scenes, maritime themes and figures through Tony's distinct watercolour style. From bustling Barcelona to the exclusive beaches of Costa Brava, which can be seen from the Hotel, enjoy what the Mediterranean has to offer on our tour taking place May 25 to June 1, 2015. Please visit www.artiscon.com, tony@perspectiva.com.au

The Retreat (Force, Ascoli Piceno, Italy)
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Italy! The Retreat offers quality art courses set in the heart of stunning Italian countryside. Get inspired by endless rolling-hills, ancient hill-top towns, sea and mountain views all within one breath-taking panorama. Instruction by professional painter in all media and techniques, from traditional to modern. All materials, accommodation, most meals, excursions and transport are included on tutored courses. The Retreat is a beautifully restored Italian farmhouse with panoramic views, where you can paint, relax or simply enjoy the fresh food and wine in idyllic surroundings. Self-catering stays are available for experienced artists, inclusive packages for groups with or without instruction. Our well-equipped large studio can accommodate 12 painters. Easels, etc are provided. For more information visit: www.lemarcheretreat.com or contact us at info@lemarcheretreat.com

Peninsula School of Art: Discover Your Unique Artistic Voice
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in scenic Door County, Wisconsin! Located in a garden setting under towering trees, we are the Midwest's destination for turning inspiration into fine art, and students into artists. For 50 years, we've fostered the talents and skills of each student - from novice to professional - with small class sizes and well-equipped studios. Open all year, our light-filled, spacious studios host artist educators of the highest caliber. During 1-5 day workshops, these artists express their love for teaching and encourage each student to discover his/her unique artistic voice. Master artists' works, displayed in educationally themed gallery exhibitions, reveal artists' processes, free of charge to the public. Forty artists from throughout the US and points beyond paint the incredible beauty of the Door County peninsula in our 9th annual Door County Plein Air Festival, July 19-25, 2015. www.PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org

The most personalized plein-air painting workshops in Europe
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Europe! We have the reputation to be the company that organizes the most personalised painting workshops by taking care of you from start to finish. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a bilingual tour leader stays with you at all times. We hire the best teachers known for their love and reputation of teaching. Our workshops take place in unique places carefully chosen for their beauty but also their history, culture and food: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 12 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. Our motto is "Don't be a tourist, be our guest". www.frenchescapade.com, contact@frenchescapade.com, 510-483-5713

Flying Colors Art Workshops
Click here to learn more about these art workshops! Flying Colors Art Workshops specializes in organizing and hosting art workshops around the world - USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia. We concentrate on providing workshop participants with the finest, widely known instructors, and in arranging a variety of travel destinations designed to enhance participant experiences and satisfaction. As a result, Flying Colors enjoys a well established 20+ year reputation for creative planning, attention to detail and a commitment to artists' needs and interests. Every effort is made to identify workshop locations that feature unique cultural, historical and landscape characteristics. Your comfort and safety remain uppermost as we plan and carry out these diverse workshop experiences. And we also focus on having fun-- a LOT of fun! www.flyingcolorsart.com, flyingcolorsart@mac.com, 858.518-0949

artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations in Prague (Czech Republic)
Click here to learn more about these art tours in Prague! Named in 2008 by National Geographic as one of the world's 'Best Girlfriends Getaways'! The secret is out: artbreak is a one-of-a-kind learning vacation and totally new way to experience a great European capital - via its artistic heart. artbreak puts you in intimate contact with Prague's vibrant artistic community, morning to night, for six creativity-filled days. Your mornings: three hours in an atelier, honing your skills at painting, collage and ceramics. Afterwards you'll browse private galleries and major museums, then fit in some wine tasting and dinner before heading out to savor the absolute best of Prague's opera, theatre, ballet, and superlative jazz scene. artbreak is a chance to inspire your artistic self and an exquisitely choreographed cultural adventure. Visit www.artbreak.org to learn more.

Santa Fe Creative Tourism - Art Workshops & Classes
Click here to learn more about art workshops in Santa Fe! Workshops and classes taught by local community members in vibrant artists' studios: www.santafecreativetourism.org. Learn painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, papermaking, glass making, traditional tin smithing, spinning wool, and more!

Create Ceramics on the Greek Island of Skopelos
Click here to learn more about these sculpture workshops in Skopelos, Greece! Envision your "Inner Muse" with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees- on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where "Mama Mia" was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fourth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program "Mia Muse"! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Under the Skopelos sun we will feel embraced by the evocative ambiance of Greece with its' great music, food, artists, museums, architecture, gorgeous beaches and hikes into nature... Please visit Suzy's website or the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts at www.skopartfoundation.org or contact Jill Somer at info@skopart.org

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) - La Pointe, WI
Click here to learn more about these art classes and workshops in Wisconsin! Madeline Island School of the Arts is one of the nation's best art and craft schools with 5-day workshops - May through October. The school is located on Madeline Island, surrounded by Lake Superior and the other 21 Apostle Islands. Madeline has an art tradition that dates back 300 years. Step into the peacefulness of "Island Time," where the beautiful blue waters, scenic views and saturated colors will inspire you. Learn plein air and studio painting techniques with some of the best instructors in the world. Classes in photography, writing, quilting, fiber arts and yoga are also available. The school's exclusive lodging is just steps away from the studios. Enjoy delicious meals and signature sun tea while you focus on your creativity. To view a complete schedule, and to register online, visit www.madelineschool.com, email misa@cheqnet.net, or call 715.747.2054.

Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S. paints plein air in nature's studio without walls!
Click here to learn more about Tony's watercolor workshops! Watercolor workshops at inspiring locations. February offers a sunny and safe fishing village in Mexico. March finds southern charm on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Summer choices are painting in Provence, fun in Vermont, New York's Hudson river or Maine's coastal charm. Fall foliage awaits in New Hampshire. Search by area in the left column. Enjoy demonstrations, lots of individual painting time and assistance. In the studio, Tony shows how to improve your efforts. Since artists are visually oriented, he gives not just verbal suggestions, but paints them on clear acetate placed over your painting. Actual work is never touched. Paintings, books, DVD's and workshop details at www.vanhasseltworkshops.com

An All Inclusive Art Destination Holiday (Virginia, USA)
Click here to learn more about these art classes and workshops in Virginia! The Shenandoah Art Destination is a 10-acre property, magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Offering an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for any art lover - all artists welcome from the beginner to the professional painter for watercolor, oil and acrylics; lino and woodcuts; drypoint and mono printing. Daily course guidance/tutelage by your host, Jan-Willem Boer, an established artist in the USA and Europe. Courses run from early spring to late autumn - choice of weekend, 4-day, 7-day or 10-day stay. The fee for your stay is all-inclusive - lodging, food, transport from airport, and art instruction/inspiration. Limited to 8 participants + non-artist partner/spouse welcome. For course schedule & cost: www.ShenandoahArtDestination.com or call 612-221-1140 or contact nancy@shenandoahartdestination.com.

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