Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 5-8, 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: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Cultural Arts Alliance
Website, email


"Painting Sarasota & Anna Maria Island, Florida"
March 7-8, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in our annual Art & Psychology plein air painting retreat. All levels - all painting is done outdoors. Workshop includes two full days of painting & instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - admission to Ringling Art after 5 and Ringling Underground. We will discuss value, aerial perspective, color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work'. This workshop is focused on making you a faster, stronger painter, capturing the atmosphere in your landscape. All details on website or I would be happy to talk with you personally about your plans. Non painting companions welcome!
 
Location: Sarasota and Anna Maria Island, Florida
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Aitr Painters
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Architecture & Southern Landscape"
March 14-16, 2019
 

In this workshop we will paint architecture in the southern landscape en plein air. We will discuss the plein air process and a few things to simplify that process by eliminating excessive gear and materials. In addition, we will have in depth conversations on perspective, using a viewfinder, composition selection, lighting, the notan sketch. Each day will begin with a demo and discussion and end with a critique of the days work. In between these session will be time for the students to draw, sketch and do the exercises. More time will be spent on finished paintings as the workshop progresses using the sketches and exercises done earlier in the workshop.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: David Boyd
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Painting on Location - Taking your painting to the next level"
March 21-23, 2019
 

Throughout the workshop the instructor will demonstrate his approach to painting en plein air while aiding students on an individual and group basis. There will be critiques and assessments (how much depending on time allotment), so come prepared to ask questions, take notes and paint! It should be fun and relaxed but also a learning experience for all. Objectives: - Expand your purposes beyond the basics of shape, color, value and edges, into more complex principles and elements of design. - Develop your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools. - Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions. - Demonstrate how to add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Color Matters Workshop"
March 23-24, 2019
 

Revitalize your love of color and learn how to incorporate it strategically into your paintings. Explore temperature, value, saturation, generating contrast through complements, and the effect of various paint application techniques. Includes tips on how to start and develop color-focused paintings. Demonstrations, a slide presentation, and individual attention will help you develop your personal color sense. Designed for oil and acrylic painters of all levels and styles.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating on Water Workshop"
March 23-24, 2019
 

This is a unique process that combines science with art. The process involves floating an acrylic mixture on a 'specially' prepared bath and allows the artist to manipulate the paint into delightful compositions of exciting shapes to be eventually printed. The images created are very unique to this process and can't be reproduced with a paintbrush! The tuition includes some of the supplies. Many of the final prints are fabulous works of art on their own, or they can be incorporated into other works of art at a later date.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht, AWS, NWS, WHS
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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 Feb 13; $595 after Feb 13
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Photo Plus Encaustic: Level II"
June 14-16, 2019
 

This workshop will expand on basics. A brief refresher on materials and methods will be presented on the first day. Sarah will then meet one-on-one with students to develop a work plan for expanding their skill set. Students will be encouraged think about series, modular work, and more complicated skills such as underpainting and layered imagery. Students should have attended an intro workshop with combining photography and encaustic, or have a good working knowledge of the encaustic medium and be seeking to expand their studio practice with the introduction of photo-based images into the work.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"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


"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 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


"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


"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 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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"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


"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


"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


"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


"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
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"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
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"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


"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)
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"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


"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


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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