Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 27-29, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Amarillo Art Institute
Website, email, 877-354-8803


"All Media Workshop with Donna Zagotta"
March 27-29, 2019
 

The emphasis of this lively workshop is getting past the “explanation factor” and zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – the YOU factor! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach to composition and the formal elements – a key ingredient in turning everyday subjects into creative, imaginative, and expressive paintings. All levels welcome. All media is welcome, but Donna will demo in watermedia.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting with Plaster"
April 1, 2019
 

Painting with plaster will open your mind to a multitude of possibilities for both fine art painting and decorative applications. We begin with plaster on cloth and learn how to distress and crackle the surface. Acrylic paints work well with plaster and I will share several methods for embossing plaster. We will apply a transparent transfer and finish with adding shadows for depth and details to bring the image to life by adding paint highlights. You will come away with new information on products, techniques and composition and color. Tools required by students: paint clothes or apron, spray bottle for water. Products used in class: Modern Master, Papilio and Ampersand panels.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Art Fusion Event
Website, email


"Paint the Red Rock Country of Sedona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Alla Prima Painting with David Shevlino"
April 3-5, 2019
 

In this class we’ll paint alla prima (wet into wet) and explore painting different subjects from photos, including the portrait. We’ll use photos of different subjects, such as people, children, landscape. We’ll talk about techniques for simplifying the subject and learning to paint with directness and economy. We’ll also talk about the basics of form, value, color and how we use our painting knowledge to interpret photos so that they can become successful paintings. Oil or Acrylic is welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Mindful Art-Making"
Thursdays, April 4 - May 2, 2019
 

Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also to benefit those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life. Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist, practice light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Studio time will be accompanied by visits to the PAFA museum to view and discuss artworks on display. No artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan, registered Art Therapist
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
April 5-7, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-340-9632


"The Kitchen Painting"
April 7, 2019
 

Paint like an oil painter with acrylic paint! Learn new methods of how to create an oil-like acrylic painting of a classic-contemporary still life. We will be painting a fruit study, vegetables or desserts. You will take home a wonderful 10"x10" masterpiece for your kitchen or dining area. Paints, mediums, gels and pastes will be provided for this workshop!
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $139 - materials included
Sponsor: Artbarn School
Website, email


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
April 8-12, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


"Intuition and Design with Stanka Kordic"
April 12-13, 2019
 

Indirect oil painting methods work beautifully to breathe new life into old, or not so loved work. Lightly sanding and beginning again with a foundation already in place is a great way to use new directions to follow. In this 2 day workshop, we will work from pieces previously started and continue with a new composition from there. I will bring my own painting to reimagine, and will share my favorite techniques that can be applied to any genre of painting. Acrylic painters also welcome. Feel free to bring several pieces to work on.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stanka Kordic
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 12-14, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Website, email, 256-760-6379


"Landscape from the Masters"
Fridays, April 12 - May 17, 2019
 

Artists from the Renaissance to the present have honed their craft through copying works of their predecessors. Apply this time-honored tradition to landscape paintings by studying plein air pioneers through hi-resolution images of their oil sketches to analyze mark-making, composition, space and color. Explore your discoveries outside in an excursion to paint the surrounding landscape.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez, rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"3-D Acrylic Painting"
April 14, 2019
 

Explore innovative ways of using acrylic paint to create vibrant three-dimensional effects. Working from landscape, portrait or abstract imagery provided by the instructor, learn how to paint and layer separate compositional elements to build a raised surface for dynamic visual effects. Complete an amazing painting in one day! The $20 materials fee will cover all materials needed.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
April 20-27, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 24-26, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Awaken Your True Creativity Retreat"
April 25-28, 2019
 

A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, fabric, acrylic painting, layering, and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Also included: yoga sessions, lunches and henna tattoos.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Early Bird $525 | Regular $625
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Walk and Sketch in rural Spain - Sierra de Aracena"
April 26 - May 3, 2019
 

We paint and sketch in the charming village of Higuera as well as in the surrounding countryside where among rolling hills and rocky peaks we find the impressive display of the local flora and fauna at this time of year. Our base is the very stylish Casas de las Tobas (Rural houses) with beautiful views, serving continental breakfast. We set off on daily walks from our base. Try the local speciality of roast port with local wild mushrooms and enjoy a taste of rural life while also producing some wonderful paintings and sketches!
 
Location: Higuera de la Sierra, Spain
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: Prices from €745 / person
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Jodi Reeb: Introduction to Encaustic Painting: Working with Wax"
April 26-28, 2019
 

Join Jodi Reeb for an exciting weekend of encaustic painting at Wild Rice Retreat! During this retreat, you'll learn beginning encaustic techniques that include fusing and paint application. This retreat is intended for all levels of experience. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Reeb
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Paying Attention: The Life Studio as Painted Space"
April 27-28; Intro Lecture, Friday April 26
 

In this master class, Stuart Shils addresses perceptual and graphic clarity, offering a controlled setting in which to examine pictorial concerns far beyond “how to” paint the figure. Students study translating their perceptions into articulate painted space and explore color, composition, and design. They’ll take a close look at both the set-up of the room and at the painting, with the “model” as part of a larger graphic configuration. Students will work in acrylic paint, NOT oil. In preparation for his class, Mr. Shils presents a 90-minute introductory lecture with slides, examining issues of perceptual awareness. The talk serves as "Chapter One" of the class, so all participants should plan to be there.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $575 Wayne Art Center members/ $605 non-members
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA"
April 28 - May 3, 2019
 

Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only.
 
Location: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air / Studio Travel and Painting with Kathleen Mooney"
April 29 - May 9, 2019
 

Travel and Painting! One to 6-day workshops in beautiful locations where the road ends and the big water (or mesa) begins! Water Media and Abstract landscape / seascape painting for painters who dream of capturing lasting personal impressions for enduring memories. Suitable for Beginner or Advanced painters. Decades of Studio, Plein Air and Teaching combined with over 20 journeys to North Atlantic Europe - Mooney shares the hidden gems and vast vistas of endlessly fascinating Ireland, Iceland, Scotland and England. Add Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in NM and you have the perfect recipe for Travel and Painting! Headquartered in Lowell, Michigan you will also find Kathleen's relaxed and enjoyable workshops in "Pure" Michigan locations of incredible beauty.
 
Location: Dingle, Ireland
Instructor: Kathleen Mooney
Cost: $525 - $1,000 USD
Sponsor: KathleenMooney.com
Website


"Following Van Gogh & Cézanne Retreat - Provence, France"
May 1-10, 2019
 

Join us on a 10 day adventure in Provence, France as we visit key locations around Arles that inspired so many of Vincent’s great paintings and Aix-en-Provence near Mont Sainte-Victoire that captivated Paul Cézanne for years. Your hosts will be the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi of the ArtisTTable on this all inclusive retreat. They will lead your way with interesting stories from the lives of Van Gogh and Cézanne, and give encouragement, artistic prompts and instruction if you wish. This is a trip that will take your plein-air painting experience to a whole new level.
 
Location: Arles, St. Remy and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: Single $2345 - Double $2205
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231-883-1681


"Transform Your Art with Layers"
May 2-4, 2019
 

Transform Your Art with Layers is an acrylic painting technique and process workshop that will result in a double painting (one mounted on top of the other). The process will inspire the novice and challenge the more experienced painter. I will venture with you from start to finish, through the twists and turns of building layers, creating textures and adding vibrant colors. I will hold your hand through the intermediate, not so pretty phase, and push you to let go of the preciousness of your process. You will emerge on the other side and be more confident in your color choices, compositions, tools and techniques.
 
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Waterworks Art Center
Website, email


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 5, 2019
 

Portray the spring landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 10-12, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email


"La Rusticana, 'A Plein Air Feast'"
May 10-12, 2019
 

A Plein Air Feast (for all the senses) this workshop is hosted by Award Winning La Rusticana Vineyards in Los Gatos, California. A work of art in itself the stunning hillside vineyard was created by Frank and Marilyn D'Orsa with great leanings towards Tuscany, Italy. The landscape is abundant with billowing floral terraces, fountains, and sculptures amidst the grape vines. As if that’s not enough, a four star lunch is served each day! Randall will be painting with oil for his demos, but this three day workshop is open to other mediums. The class is open to all levels, but at least some prior plein air experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: La Rusticana Vineyards
Website, email, (408) 371-3067


"Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Mixed Media"
May 13-16, 2019
 

Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Cost: $545 by Apr 1; $595 after Apr 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Plein Air Painting in Bermuda"
May 14-18, 2019
 

Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Paint outdoors to capture the distinctive light, weather and character of this unique location. Capture the island’s charm and beauty at diverse settings, be inspired by the work of master artists at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, explore the island, and relax on the beach! All media welcome including watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel.
 
Location: Paget, Bermuda
Instructor: Joe Sweeney and James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $1,425; Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air: Then and Now at Niagara-on-the-Lake"
May 19-20, 2019
 

Participants will learn to paint en plein air outside the Officers' Quarters and various other locations on the grounds of historical Fort George. All levels and mediums welcome.
 
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre
Website, email


"Mixed Media Painting: Explore and Expand"
May 22-25, 2019
 

Expand your painting practice by experimenting with various material processes, such as screen printing, collage, and paint pouring. Employ simple creative guidelines using these materials and other painting methods to explore compositional techniques that make effective use of space, pattern, and layering in your work. Along with daily material demonstrations and a priority on individual working time, this workshop will include lectures and discussions based on relevant artworks, design issues, explorations of content, and constructive peer and instructor feedback about in-progress work. You will leave with a few small works-in-progress or finished pieces, as well as new collage materials, processes, and ideas to incorporate into your personal studio practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan Kathol Bersett, megankatholbersett.com
Cost: Members: $470, Non-Members: $510
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Loli Alvaro, Acrylics in Spectacular Spain"
May 23-30, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Loli Alvaro, who will put everything into this workshop. Loli will eagerly share with you the principals of her own personal style which fully expresses her inner feelings for painting. Whatever your level, Loli's open, enthusiastic style of teaching will open your eyes to her concept of semi-abstract acrylic painting. During this wonderful week you will be shown basic concepts, paint properties, styles and color mixing. Using these easy explanations you will have an understanding of light and shadows, learn the sequence of planning, discovery and implementation. Allowing you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation. Ideal for beginners or those wishing to try something new in this medium.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: €1575 private, en suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Flower Painting"
May 26, 2019
 

In this workshop you will create a botanical study, learn brush stroke techniques, composition and also work on a second painting from a beautiful still life. Acrylic mediums, gels and pastes, archival paper for study and extra photo references will be provided for this workshop! *Participants are asked to bring a favourite flower to class.
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $139 - materials included
Sponsor: Artbarn School
Website, email


"Dutch Landscape - Zwolle, Netherlands"
May 31 - June 7, 2019
 

Immerse yourself into the Dutch landscape in and around the quaint city of Zwolle. We will be exploring the variety of the regional landscape, from forested glades, farm fields, beautiful city parks, canals and classical Dutch architecture. Your hosts on this 7 day all inclusive art retreat are the artists and instructors, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi of the ArtisTTable. You will be lead to fabulously inspiring locations, given artistic prompts, demonstrations, and instruction, plus ample opportunity to draw and paint where the likes of William Turner, Jacob Van Ruisdael and Rembrandt worked.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $1870
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231-883-1681


"Deluxe painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Tuscany's Val D'Orcia - Plein Air"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Come for a week of plein air painting, camaraderie, and fun! Talented artist Mary Garrish will be instructing for 5 full days. June is a great time to visit and paint Tuscany, with colorful landscape and splendid weather! Our "home base" farmhouse sits on a hilltop with glorious views on every side. As well as painting on the grounds of the farmhouse, we will visit several nearby painting locations. The farmhouse and grounds, though updated and comfortable still retain their original charm. A pool overlooking Mount Amiata completes the picture. 7 nights lodging (single occupancy/private bath), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction, taxes and tips included in the fee. Open to all levels and only 8 participants!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3150/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
June 2-9, 2019
 

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 historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting the Light in the Studio and Out"
June 3-4, 2019
 

When you can paint the light, you can paint anything. Painting directly from life, develop skill in observing, simplifying, and translating complex visual information in broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you paint the effects of light, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will take the mystery out of color mixing and color theory, including how to identify value, build harmony, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working in the studio on day one and en plein air on day two, you will practice painting the large masses of color and light, followed by more sophisticated color and value as you work through the painting process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 3-13, 2019
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in USD at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Developing a Body of Work"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Geared toward students who have gained skill in various artistic techniques, this workshop aims to refine the concepts and ideas driving your work. Create and develop a cohesive body of work as you gather feedback and build momentum in the studio. Cassie will guide you through various exercises to help focus the scope of your work and establish a successful studio practice. Once a conceptual direction has been determined, you will begin creating a new body of work in the medium of your choice. Individual and group conversations will provide specific feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cassie Marie Edwards, www.CassieMarie.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Supplies for Art Aren't Always Art Supplies"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Discover a different approach to water media in this four-day workshop that focuses on creativity and resourcefulness. Combine traditional art supplies with everyday tools to create unique effects and, ultimately, a distinguishable visual style. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a demonstration of a specific technique, including masking and resists, glazing and washing, creating textures, color mixing, and rendering light and shadow. Geoffrey’s take on drawing, composition, and studio setup will also be addressed. The rest of each day will be dedicated to working on exercises and paintings with Geoffrey available for individualized feedback. Whether you’re an advanced beginner or master, realist or abstract painter, you will benefit from these new techniques and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey McCormack, www.mcsurf.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"3-Day Art Retreat"
June 7-9, 2019
 

This is summer art camp for adults. We create art, friendships and learn exciting new processes and techniques. A lot of action happens in these days. It’s like a semester of art school but even more fun. All supplies are provided, and the class size is limited to 8 participants. We can take impromptu side journeys because whatever we may need is at hand. The small class size makes for a lot of individual attention. I will be incorporating some of the exercises from my book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, into the experience.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $600
Website, email


"Creating the Children's Picture Book"
June 10-13, 2019
 

The children’s picture book is a unique art form with visual storytelling at its heart. The unfolding of a story relies on sequential images to carry the reader from beginning to end. Add to this, the interweaving of word with image and you have a richly complex storytelling form. In this workshop, you will experiment with a variety of styles, materials, and techniques to create your own hand-bound picture book, as well as learn about the children’s book publishing process. The picture book maker has many elements available with which to shape their story; word, image, pacing, structure, format, and cover design. Each day, you will engage in playful exercises, demonstrations, and in-class activities exploring these essential elements.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 12-14, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Complex Forms, Elegant Procedures: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
June 14-15, 2019
 

This workshop is designed for students with an interest in experimenting with materials and exploring new artistic directions based on those experiments. The majority of artwork we encounter in the world reflects a divide between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something else. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will. Working through an array of materials, you will examine them for their natural qualities.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Black and White"
June 14-15, 2019
 

Explore dramatic possibilities in your paintings with a limited palette of black and white. Using the concept of Notan, a balance of dark and light, this workshop will refine your ability to create illusionistic space in any composition through the relationships of figure and ground and transparency and opacity. Working from still life setups, personal photo references of the landscape, and experimental and abstract prompts, you will work through a series of small exercises and paintings. The importance of value and its ability to create depth will be emphasized throughout as you hone your skills in observing and translating value to canvas. The workshop will be comprised of discussions, demonstrations, and group critiques led by Shannon. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
June 15-21, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. All accommodation, most meals, all materials & excursions included. Flights excluded.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
June 15-22, 2019
 

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.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on studio practice development, including material, process, and content. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in a series of one-on-one conversations with Leslie, material development exercises, and digital presentations related to contemporary and historical abstraction. This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced level painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in representational paintings that are expressive and readable. Value structure, color theory, and the use of artistic license will be emphasized. Beginning with a discussion of value and how it can create structure and space, you will complete a brief exercise to hone your skills in seeing and composing an image. Moving into color, basic theory, harmonies, and relationships will be introduced before working through a series of landscape-focused exercises and paintings. Build your level of expression in each as you gain an understanding of the possibilities of your palette to create a sense of space and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 20-22, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Floyd, Virginia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Floyd Art Center
Website, email, 540-745-2784


"True Colors Five Day Workshop"
June 24-28, 2019
 

This five day workshop will open a floodgate of exciting new methods for creating acrylic and mixed media artwork. Join Kellee Wynne Conrad as she shares all the secrets to her luminous layered method of acrylic painting while at the same time digging deep into the creative process to help you discover your personal artistic style. From abstract florals to modern landscapes, Kellee hopes to ignite your passion for color while using the most versatile medium ever created: fluid acrylic paints. Watch paint drip, run and flow with a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol and high flow mediums. Play with graphite, charcoal and soft pastel to make your mark. Scrape, scratch, scumble and spray wet paint for altered effects.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kellee Wynne Conrad
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Paint/Collage - Collage/Paint"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Explore as many ways of constructing the collage as possible with paint acting as the integrating element. Using water-based paint over and under your collages, you will learn not only how to build collages, but also how to paint both supportively and expressively. Find your creative voice as you discover what media work together and what processes best align with your vision and goals. Through discussions and hands-on practice, Holly will share image transfer processes, gluing techniques, compatibility of media, and different ways of working with water-based paints. Materials include, but are not limited to paint, photographs, found objects, organic materials, cloth, and three-dimensional objects. Leave this workshop with a toolkit of strategies for assembling collages and combining media successfully.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth Alchemy: Create Amazing Depth & Texture with Unusual Materials"
June 25-28, 2019
 

I love texture and ancient organic ones are the best. Think of metals with gorgeous patinas like copper, rusted metals, crackled surfaces with gloss and grit too. Now we will learn how to apply them to any surface. We’ll put them on fabric, paper, plastic and panels. We will explore materials that are sourced from unusual places such as the home improvement store, the fabric store, the kitchen and the office supply store. I will share how to use acrylic gels, pastes and mediums to expand your texture vocabulary while saving tons of money on paints. I will also give you the three best tips for creating vibrant colors. Join us for some creative fun!
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Port Townsend School of the Arts
Website, email


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
June 28-29, 2019
 

Explore the philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression in this fast-paced two-day workshop. Alternating between working spontaneously and working methodically, you will discover the inherent possibilities within your paintings. Brief daily demonstrations and a series of small-scale exercises will introduce you to abstract and non-objective approaches to art making, while group conversations on the history of painting will provide you and your developing work with context. You will be encouraged to work more independently in the afternoon with Emmett available for feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
June 28-29, 2019
 

This workshop will urge you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and inspire ideas for incorporating it into your practice to address formal and/or content-driven aims. Maria will share insight on pattern and decoration from formal, psychological, meditative, and personal perspectives. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, you will create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Instruction will include techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena to consider. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Maria will be available to offer individual instruction and feedback, as well as to facilitate discussion and sharing amongst the group.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Workshop with Yoga and Cooking"
June 29 - July 4, 2019
 

Enjoy a fantastic experience in the heart of the Italy's most panoramic countryside on this intensive painting, cooking and yoga retreat. Expert tuition in all fields with a laid back relaxing atmosphere. Be inspired by uninterrupted panoramic views, culinary delights to tickle your senses and rejuvenating yoga sessions for a uniquely creative and relaxing experience. A must for those intrepid travellers who need to unwind through learning based activities. It’s a fun packed retreat with outings, great vegetarian food, trips to local hill towns, restaurants and wineries. After each activity based day, enjoy gathering with like-minded people, feeling rejuvenated after Hatha yoga sessions and relaxing an aperitivo before dining and savouring the rewards of your newly found culinary skills.
 
Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1.650 single, $1.550 twin/double occupancy p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, +393349034401


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
July 6-12, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. Accommodation, most meals, excursions, all materials included. Airfare not included.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"High School Intensive: Painting I - Still Life"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your fundamental painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements to explore the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
July 9-12, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
July 12-14, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Loosen Up"
July 15-17, 2019
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix, derekpenix.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting Holidays in Spain"
July 8-14, 2019 / July 15-21, 2019
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain on this painting holiday in Extremadura. With excellent weather throughout the year, beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch, and groups are limited to a maximum of 10 participants. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring and have 24 hours access to the studio. The price includes accommodation, meals, art tuition, art materials and transfers from Madrid airport and its main train station on the first and last day of the course (the price does not include flights). Come to join us in this friendly, relaxed and creative holiday.
 
Location: Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: €1400 excluding flights
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Embrace the Practice: A Painting A Day"
July 19-20, 2019
 

Embrace the process of painting and the importance of daily practice as a path to developing your creativity and image-making skills. Discover how painting can be used as an insistent act of documentation and with it, record weeks, months, and even years. Over the course of two days, you will paint at least 10 panels, guided by Lisa, who has made over 3,100 daily, consecutive paintings – so far. A combination of demonstrations, in-class assignments, and individual instruction will teach students techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Additionally, Lisa will share approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. All levels of painters are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, LisaDariaKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Magic of Plein-Air painting workshop/retreat at Marouatte Castle"
July 20-27, 2019
 

Plein air painting at a magical castle in the Dordogne, one of the most beautiful regions of France with one of America's most sought after teachers. All mediums and all levels accepted. Live in a genuine castle, eat like royalty while you experience and paint in stunning locals both at the castle and its environs. Limited to 10 students, non participant partners welcome. Learn the tricks, strategies and art of painting and most of all how to make better paintings from an American master artist. Lodging in private room with bathroom, all meals and local transport included in the price. For more information go to Lynn's web site.
 
Location: Grand Brassac, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Lynn Gertenbach
Cost: $2,800 check Lynn's web site for special discounts.
Sponsor: Art at the Castle
Website, email, 818-389-5516


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Art Workshops and Tours in Ireland"
July 22-29, 2019
 

Hugh O’Neill created this exciting Irish art travel company in 1994, celebrating our 25th year as the most successful art workshops and cultural experiences to Ireland North and South. Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast Ireland in 1959 and has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over 30 years, developing over the years a deep understanding of your needs. Art materials are supplied free in Ireland for oil and pastel, acrylic users. For total beginners and non painters. The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly, whilst also being productive and lively. Expect positive encouragement to try new ideas. His renowned teaching skills, experience and talents ensures you get a rewarding experience. " Best trip of our lifetimes” Barbara and Brian Callery, Rhode Island USA
 
Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: HughO'Neill
Cost: $1200-1580
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill Art Tours
Website, email, 561-718-1294


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-23, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Plein Air Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - All-Levels"
July 23-26, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for any level of painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will introduce you to painting en plein air. (Since the workshops are small, experienced painters will also benefit!) Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"High School Intensive: Painting II - Figure Painting"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life (offered July 8-12), Portrait Drawing and Painting (offered July 15-19) or prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and reinvent your visual world. This workshop will explore different strategies for creating abstract images, including gestural, hard-edged geometric, process-based, and abstraction as a verb. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Shane will introduce a variety of concepts related to abstraction within the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions and critiques will provide constructive feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, ShaneWalshPaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sense of Place"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the production of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of process or a way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
July 30 - August 2, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Exploring Mixed Media (Two Day Workshop)"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience texture, different mediums and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Participants will complete or have a start to two works of art and ideas for continuing the exploration. This is a wonderful workshop for the beginner or an experienced artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and mixed media. This is a two-day workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
August 2, 2019
 

This workshop will embrace the importance of a daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Through a combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction, each student will learn techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Guided by an artist who has made over 3500 daily, consecutive paintings (so far) you'll embrace the painting process while learning tricks to stay inspired and motivated as well as generate ideas for your own daily practice. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
August 2, 2019
 

Are you frustrated with the fact hat you have the Gel Plate bu haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Doodle, Draw, Paint - Create a large doodled piece!"
August 2, 2019
 

In this class we'll play with color, mark making, drawing, and of course, doodling. Choose if you want to create a painting filled to the brim with wild organic lines or create a shape like a heart, butterfly, home state (to fill in), etc. You can also choose to add some representational images hidden inside (see Colorado example). Develop your drawing skills as well as relax, let go and be free. Spend time in what Jennifer calls the "BC Zone" or doing blind contour drawings. Explore mindless scribbling, doodling, color mixing, color combination and find your 'color voice'. Let go of the final outcome and you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting from Collage for Beginners"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Getting started can be the hardest part. Overcome your fear of the blank canvas and break down barriers in this workshop designed for the beginning painter. Approach the canvas each day with a series of techniques to help you place your image and start painting. The morning of day one will be dedicated to collaging found or personal images to assemble the composition of your first painting. Erin will then guide you through the process of underpainting your canvas and transferring your image. Demonstrations and discussions will include basic painting techniques, the importance of creating space and color relationships, and material handling. Individualized instruction will be offered throughout the two days.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Erin LaBonte, www.ErinLaBonte.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Floral Play"
August 3, 2019
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will focus on florals - let's go wild with them! Using beautiful flowers as our inspiration, we'll create art that combines abstract, expressive drawing and painting techniques. Expect to spend lots of time looking, really looking at the flowers and drawing what you see. Through various guided activities, we'll play with mark-making exercises to get you creating outside the box and letting go of the outcome. You'll learn how to be expressive with your strokes and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create. You will have permission to "play"!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting by Heart"
August 3-4, 2019
 

How do you feel when you look at the canvas and consider the process of painting? Is it possible for you to conceive of a way for that feeling to change and evolve? How might you go about getting your feelings about the painting process to evolve? Learn to manipulate and apply paint onto a canvas so that you can build up layers, transitioning from a "young" canvas to a "mature" canvas. Select one of your canvases from the first day to deliberately paint a subject using a photo reference (a portrait, a figure, an animal, landscape, etc.). We will paint on top of a canvas in ways that will excite you and empower you as a painter.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color!"
August 3, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on how to make those colors sing! Heighten your perception and use of color by learning ways to exaggerate and enhance what you see. We'll tap into a personal color palette, take control of value, and generate clean, bold and unexpected color solutions. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Who Are You?"
August 3, 2019
 

This class, which is taken from my new book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, will jump start the way you view the creative process and how you, the creative one, fit into the story. We will use the inquiry process to look deep within and the words that you wrote down to make your self-portrait. This doesn't need to be a physical representation, but it can be. You may choose to create a more abstract expressionist piece or even something more narrative. You will learn several collage techniques using dry adhesive and washi tape. Crackles and clay can add to the story and I will provide acrylic gels and pastes to adhere objects.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Contrast and Complements"
August 4, 2019
 

This class will shake up your color range and enliven your paintings. This is not a boring color theory class, but a way to see color dynamics in action. What happens when you put a lively saturated color next to another bright color? What happens when you introduce a desaturated neutral? How can you create a mood using a combination of color choices? Come find out in this action and information packed class. You will leave with several finished paintings that will become your road map to creating paintings with both complementary colors and contrasts. I wish someone had taught me these techniques when I was in art school. Save yourself a lot of muddy paintings and learn to fear no color.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"30-Minute Painting"
August 4, 2019
 

This workshop will explore how to create fast, loose, gestural paintings - made with intention and without fussing. A series of energetic painting exercises will unleash that feeling of spontaneity in your work. We'll simplify the painting process, pick up the pace and learn ways to circumvent overworking a painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold Blooms in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 4, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class. I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Spirit Portraits"
August 4, 2019
 

Tap into the energy of your subject and draw their 'spirit'! There is so much more to drawing a person than meets the eye. Tap into the energy of a person and allow that to inspire our drawings. Does their delicate, soft personality inspire the use of a thin pencil? Are they bubbly and hilarious and you can't help but use 3 markers at once? We'll practice our drawing and 'seeing' skills. We'll play and experiment through half the class and then dial in on a portrait and really bring that person, and their spirit, to life!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Aspens with a Palette Knife"
August 4, 2019
 

Learn how to use a palette knife to create beautiful aspens. This workshop is fun and exciting as you experience palette knife painting techniques with acrylics. Participants will be guided in painting a background of skies, fields or mountains. Then, add aspens through layering to give depth and life to your artwork.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Striking Gold"
August 5, 2019
 

Painting on top of metal leaf gives your acrylic paintings an amazing glow. You will learn the ins and outs of applying metal leaf over both smooth and textured surfaces. You will also learn a quick way to get a similar effect on almost any surface. When you use transparent paints and glazes on top of the metal, your colors pop. Experiment with both transparent and opaque paints to create wonderful contrasts and top it off with a transparent transfer. Tyvek painted with metallic paints then heated creates a unique element to add to your painting. Get the hands-on direct experience for making everything you touch glow like gold!
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 7-9, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Painting the Head"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Transfers, Collage, and Mixed Media with Acrylics"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Learn a variety of techniques for transferring images using laser copies onto acrylic materials and how to work them into your paintings and collages for fun, expressive personal statements. See what interesting effects can be achieved when using the transferred images along with paper collage, patterns made with stencils and a variety of acrylic paints, grounds, gels and molding pastes. Learn to make gel skins. Create a whimsical self-portrait filled with texture and vibrant color by applying multiple layers of paints and gels. Attention to composition, balance, and creating the collage image will be covered, as well as clear explanations about the acrylic materials provided for the class. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein air painting in the Balaton Uplands National Park in Hungary"
August 9-15, 2019
 

A fabulous 5-day plein air painting holiday in a unique landscape full of contrast. We base ourselves in the bustling town of Balatonfüred from where we travel to some outstandingly beautiful places of the Balaton Uplands National Park: the Tihany Peninsula which has a Mediterranean feel, the town of Veszprém, one of Hungary’s oldest and most beautiful towns as well as many geological formations. Paint and sketch while enjoying some local cuisine and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Take a dip in Lake Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea for the vast area that it covers. Cost to be confirmed soon!
 
Location: Tihany, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: To be confirmed
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Painting Retreat for Experienced Painters - Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 11-16, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting retreat for experienced painters in Lubec, Maine. This historic town has a working harbor and boats, lighthouses, bold cliffs and is just a 5-minute drive from the natural scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada. This is a retreat, not a workshop, but Michael will be offering daily critiques and demonstrations plus guide you to his favorite spots. Lodging (not included) is at the beautifully-restored Coast Guard campus at West Quoddy Head. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"AWE Arts & Wellness Experience in the Loire Valley, France"
August 11-21, 2019
 

Connect with your inner passion and develop your creative abilities in an idyllic setting in the Loire Valley, France. Immerse yourself in a supportive community which offers you unparalleled opportunities to pursue interests in the arts, French cuisine, and wellness surrounded by tranquillity and beauty. Led by highly qualified, inspirational instructors, the Arts & Wellness Experience (AWE) offers an intensive 10-day program in a wide range of subjects which challenges you to build on your creative experience and/or discover untapped talent hidden within you.
 
Location: Le Mans, France
Cost: $2,950-$3,450
Sponsor: AWE Arts & Wellness Experience
Website, email, 508-367-6633


"Neutrals, Edges, Color & Value"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Neutrals enhance your paintings, edges provide sensuality, color adds excitement and value hold the painting together. Successfully combing these elements guarantees a painting will be dynamic. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment t inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. Limited to 10 artists. This workshop will fill fast. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Working Together: Methods in Mixed Media Painting"
August 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will present methods for combining a range of mediums and acrylic painting through various applications and prompts. Discover new possibilities with mixed media that can be applied to representational and abstract painting. The first day will consist of demonstrations concentrating on a variety of new techniques, followed by correlating exercises. The second day will focus on creating a piece or pieces using the processes that best fit with your artistic goals. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day to provide you with feedback and next steps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watermedia Workshop in Santorini, Greece"
August 19-26, 2019
 

Discover the majestic island of Santorini with George Politis AWS, SDWS, RI. Small and large format, painting in watercolour and other watermedia like watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage, learning techniques and how to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). Boost the creativity by new inspirational ideas, winning techniques for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pure watercolour to mixed watermedia, realistic to abstract painting. Emphasis in compositional ideas and eye catching schemes. All inclusive (course, hotel, all 3 meals per day, transportation in Santorini during the workshop). Up to 12 artists, all levels accepted.
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI, SDWS
Cost: 1450 Euros - 1700 USD
Website, email, +306944422097


"Process and Experimentation with Acrylic Paint"
August 21-24, 2019
 

Acrylic offers the greatest flexibility of any paint media; allowing you to work spontaneously one moment and methodically the next. Discover the wide range of effects that can be achieved through traditional and experimental techniques, including glazing, pouring, scraping, utilizing acrylic mediums, mixing paint with non-traditional materials, and more in this fast-paced workshop. Establish a comprehensive acrylic painting toolkit and take your practice to the next level. The workshop will begin with Tom giving a basic introduction to acrylic paint, including paint chemistry, color theory, and brush handling. Discussions and demonstrations throughout the week will move into more advanced information regarding the medium. These lessons will provide a jumping off point for guided exploration each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pareidolia: Collaborations with Nature"
August 23, 2019
 

Have you ever seen the man in the moon or a flock of sheep in the clouds? This phenomenon is pareidolia: the ability to discern a specific, often meaningful, image in a vague or ambiguous visual pattern. Begin with a photographic image of clouds, rocks, bark, and other plant matter from the workbook “Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations” and use it to create an object hinted at in the patterns, textures, and designs found in the image. This transmutation will be accomplished with the use of colored pencils and/or paint. This class will not focus on the ability to create realism, but will emphasize using your imagination.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill
Website, email, 256-533-0399


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Abstracting The Figure"
August 26-30, 2019
 

Have you ever wanted to take the essence of the figure and present it in a way that is ssensual and thought provoking? When you are abstracting the figure you don't have to worry about anatomy but are more concerned with shape, value and color. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Modern Impressionism with Colley Whisson"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Join one of Australia's finest impressionist painters and learn his techniques to skillfully handle paintings filled with sunlight and produce works that are bold and confident. Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Workshops will be conducted in a friendly, inspirational and positive environment. Suitable for artists of all skill levels working in OIL or ACRYLICS.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
August 27-30, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Walk and sketch in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
August 29 - September 4, 2019
 

The High Tatra Mountain range in Slovakia boasts with imposing peaks, pristine lakes and pine forest. This enchanting landscape will be our sketching and painting location for 5 glorious days. We walk along mountain paths that lead us to breathtaking scenery. Each day we visit spectacular locations such as Strbske Pleso, Popradske Pleso, Hrebienok..etc. You will learn sketching technique as well as practical advice working outdoors. Help and demonstrations will be available. A very flexible art holiday where you choose your accommodation and take as many breaks as you like. Suitable for any artist who loves to explore nature. €295/person. Experience nature at its best!
 
Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €295
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
August 30-31, 2019
 

The landscape lends itself to rich interpretation and expression. Using acrylic paints and personal photo references, make sense of this subject matter as a jumping off point for abstraction as you explore composition, mark-making, and paint application. Through demonstrations and discussions, Beki will review the basics of acrylic painting before moving into more experimental techniques. Students will work to create their own abstract landscape paintings with individualized feedback from the instructor and group. Open to all levels of experience. More advanced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Flower Design and Painting at Boerma Institute Amsterdam"
September 3, 2019
 

Boerma Instituut International Floral Design School Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Learn from the experts at Boerma, as they demonstrate how to design a beautiful floral still life which we will use as our subject to paint. Starting from drawing to colour mixing and brush stroke techniques, you will learn the steps to creating a beautiful painting of floral and foliage in this class. All levels and mediums are welcome. Some materials are provided or you can purchase an acrylic paint pack kit. Class is limited, so please email, link below for more information if interested.
 
Location: Aalsmeer, Netherlands
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Website, email


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Join a small group of artists to paint and enjoy the beauty of Italy's Lake Como! This picturesque area is filled with variety for painting...harbors, mountains, gardens, street scenes, etc! September is a wonderful time to be on the lake, with lovely weather and fewer crowds. Accomplished artist Calvin Liang will be instructing for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily...Varenna, Lenno, Bellagio, to name a few. We will stay in a lovely lakeshore hotel about 5 km south of Bellagio. All rooms are private with private bath and all breakfasts and dinners are included. Airport transfers and artist transportation to painting locations is also included in the fee. Class size limited to 8 participants.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $3750/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Flower Painting Workshop in Amsterdam"
September 5-7, 2019
 

Create whimsical and wonderful flowers using acrylic and mixed-media. This 3-day workshop will be held right in the centre of Amsterdam where we focus on flowers while creating contemporary mixed media work. Starting from construct drawing to final painting we will bring collage and other mediums into our painting. Participants will learn how to use effective brush stroke and palette knife techniques, how to mix beautiful colours and create an interesting unique composition. Some materials provided. For material list and information please email, link below.
 
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 9-12, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 3606783396


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
September 13-14, 2019
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills and more out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Deluxe painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Creating Expressive Abstracts"
September 16-20, 2019
 

This workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Workshops are open to both pastel and acrylic artists. Past participants have given her workshops rave reviews. Come ready to explore!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Debora Stewart, deborastewart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"The Painterly Mixed Media Journal"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Students of all levels will learn to venture into more painterly territory with their art journals. Students will begin by making unique painted papers using different types of papers and supplies. Learn how to start a page spread, and how to work back and forth between collage and paint, building dimension in layers, and focusing on mark making, altering and personalizing each element. We will use stencils in a variety of ways, to create a composition, and help integrate page spreads. Ultimately, we will create layers that add loads of depth to your journal.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 20-22, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Louisiana Artists
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"Mykonos Greece - J. R. Baldini & Linda Richichi"
September 21-28, 2019
 

One of the most popular islands in Greece. Workshop fee includes: 7 days worth of intense lessons in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel (your choice of medium). Paint during the day and enjoy one nocturnal (painting at night) experience. Already an experienced painter and want to be with other painters? Join us, we never stop learning. The light, the colors of the sea and roof tops, the scenery, the food, the people... take your pick about what draws us to this beautiful island of Mykonos. Our travel agent will do all the work booking your hotel, airlines and any optional stay in Santorini (or Athens if you want to really extend your trip).
 
Location: Mykonos, Greece
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Linda Richichi
Cost: $975.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Visual Abstraction"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Translating everyday images into stunning abstract designs. Never be without a design from which to create an abstract painting. Taking images you see on your daily walks or in your home...dissecting them into shapes and value to produce abstract paintings that sell. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"A Clear and Complete Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Gain confidence in your ability to translate your subject to canvas as you strengthen your observational skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop with focus and direction for future work. Open to oil, water-soluble oil, acrylic, and pastel painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 25 - October 1, 2019
 

Come on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. We’ll focus our eyes on the stunning countryside and villages. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and build our paintings there. We’ll explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help bring to the surface our responses to our travels.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $3,499
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Intensive Painting & Color"
September 28-30, 2019
 

The three-day workshop in color based on Dr. Edwards' book Color: A course in mastering the art of color mixing. This workshop is the next step and follow-up to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It is suitable for novices in color as well as more experienced artists who may be using color without a clear understanding or knowledge of color theory. Hands-on exercises focus on how to use color theory to achieve harmonious color, and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired hues as seen in various visual perceptual and psychological aspects of color. A copy of the book is optional during the workshop. A materials included. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $975 Museum members or non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
September 30 - October 3, 2019
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $645 by May 30, $695 after May 30
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. We will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 4-6, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society (ADSO)
Website, email, 850-244-1271


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Bienvenuti a Tuscana! Join us for this wonderful week of painting during Italian harvest. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, San Giminiano and San Guisme and possibly other small town visits will be part of our plein air explorations. Most of our material is included in this trip. A side-trip to Florence is optional. (Space is limited to 8 participants)
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Website, email


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 5-12, 2019
 

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. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Learn the secrets of abstract painting in Tuscany Italy"
October 13-23, 2019
 

I am thrilled to return for another trip to Italy where we will be pampered, inspired, wined and dined in true Italian hospitality. We begin our journey exploring the hills of Lucca and our beautifully restored farmhouse. Your interaction with your surroundings will influence the colors and textures in your paintings. The mystery evolves with collage layering techniques and veiling using acrylic mediums. I will share with you my formulas and techniques for creating textures and building layers. We will also incorporate local materials into our mixed media work and maybe even add a transfer. You will learn innovative painting techniques, but more importantly you will learn fresh new ways to see!
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $3,599
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 19-26, 2019
 

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, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, 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, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Developing Your Artistic Voice"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Designed to encourage students to see in a more organic and abstract way, this multi-level workshop will push you to view your subject as a point of departure toward your creative interpretations. This process will engage and energize your thinking and inspire personal discovery that is unique to your vision, experiences, and being. Each day, questions will be posed through thoughtful group discussions that will prompt responses through the means of word and/or visual actions. Exercises in introspection, one-on-one conversations with Joseph, and plenty of working time will bridge the gap in creative possibilities and opposing views, as well as aid in you finding and using your own artistic voice. All skill levels and painting media are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"All About Acrylic Textures"
October 26-27, 2019
 

This class is about building a painting layer by layer. Students will be painting with thin glazes of fluid acrylic paint and then begin adding additional layers of textures and paint. Texture will be formed in many ways, including use of miscellaneous acrylic media and other household items. Design of an abstract painting is an integral part of the class. There will be a short discussion on color theory. Each student will receive handouts with instructions and color photos for the various techniques that are covered in the class. Students will receive individual attention from the instructor, a certified artist educator for Golden Paints, guaranteeing that their painting is a unique work of art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Freedom in Watermedia with Stan Kurth"
October 28-30, 2019
 

The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There is no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 2-9, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Color and Energy with Karen O'Neil"
November 4-5, 2019
 

Karen is known for her beautiful clean color. In this workshop she will help you to see better and use strategies to get the most out of your colors. Students will use larger brushes and see form as large masses of color and value. Mixing color, working quickly and decisivley, and developing productive work habits are important elements of this workshop.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Karen O'Neil
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Awakening Your Creative Soul in Costa Rica"
November 9-16, 2019
 

I invite you to join me on this beautiful, inspiring and nurturing adventure for awakening your creative soul. We will have the entire Ahki Resort near Nosara for our small group. A true retreat destination, intentionally created for group work to support your overall body, mind & soul. We will work with art, music, movement and inquiry to nurture your creative spirit. “Your art will be found in the hidden corners and crevices of your soul. It won’t hit you over the head, it will whisper your name. Learn to listen and see with fresh eyes. Expand your perceptions and invite your muse to join you in a grand adventure.” -excerpt taken from Awakening Your Creative Soul by Sandra Duran Wilson.
 
Location: Nosara, Costa Rica
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $2,995
Sponsor: Ahki Retreat
Website, email


"Inspiring painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 9-16, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2019
 

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 my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas (Jerrys Artarama)
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting"
Year Round
 

I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Cost: $50 per 3 hour session, including all materials
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Website, email, 415-152-0552


"Intuitive Acrylic Painting with Joan Fullerton at Tanque Verde Ranch"
January 13-17, 2020
 

Let’s discover deeper meanings to the intricacies of shape, line and color. You’ll learn to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You’ll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up; working in a series; and learn the mixing and utilizing of neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. We’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, play, metaphor, symbolism, and competition. You will create compelling art not only by focusing on technique, but you will discover your unique "content". Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from Joan's insightful solutions to their artistic challenges.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Joan Fullerton, joanfullerton.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
March 7-14, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discounts for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on the flower, nature and fresh spring colours of our plein air painting and expeditions. We will follow along the footsteps of VanGogh and be inspired by vignettes of the small villages and the scenery of Provence and the poppy fields. All levels and mediums welcome. Limited spots available *most material provided! No more lugging supplies!
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Website, email


"Sandra Duran Wilson: Awakening Your Creative Soul"
September 13-17, 2020
 

Learn about acrylic painting mediums and how to use them to enhance you vision, extend your paints, and create amazing texture while developing your own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Participants will have four wonderful days of digging deep into purpose and creating with intention, while learning new techniques to shape and fit your own vision and release whatever is holding you back from realizing your artistic dreams and desires. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings of being in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 24-31, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 21-28, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"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.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
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