Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Go with the Flow"
July 20, 2019
 

Discover the power of the panel in this mini class. You will discover a multitude of mixed media methods using panels from Ampersand. Learn how to make acrylic behave like watercolor on Aquabord, more mixed media with Pastelbord and the anything goes Gessobord.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Artisans Art Supply
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Painting Retreat with Artist John Skelcher in Le Marche, Italy"
July 20-26, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Paint En Plein Air: Tutored Art Retreat in Le Marche, Italy"
July 20-26, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Tutored Photography Vacation in the Fortified Town of Essaouira"
July 20-27, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor Painting Vacation with Artists Igor and Ekaterina Sava"
July 22-29, 2019
 

On this painting workshop you will be shown the basics and quickly move on to some more advanced concepts of painting still life, animals, and landscapes in watercolor. Ekaterina's courses are usually studio based, venturing out on location for some plein air painting with additional sketching and photographing in preparation for the more detailed work in the studio. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Igor and Ekaterina Sava
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Art by the Sea: Illustration and Drawing Vacation in Croatia"
July 25 - August 1, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Images in the Sun: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
July 27 - August 3, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Wooden Frame Finishing Class"
July 27, 2019
 

Spend the day with instructor Sarah Freeman, transforming three 5”x7” unfinished wooden picture frames into works of art using Jolie Home decorative paints. Completed frames will be finished either as mirrors or as photo/picture frames. Several paint finishing techniques will be taught that can be used on almost any surface, including furniture, walls, floors, cabinets, and decorative items. Techniques covered in class: 1) Metal Leaf, choose silver, gold or copper toned metal leaf. 2) Aged Finish, choose 3 paint layers using a technique which makes each layer of color show through as on a vintage piece. 3) Distressed Finish, using two paint colors and stenciling. Finish the piece using both clear and brown waxes for an antique look.
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Sarah Freeman
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Crafted Gallery & Art Supply
Website, email, 601-653-5961


"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


"Abstract Possibilities (Ages 9-12)"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Focused on line, shape, color, and texture, this workshop will investigate the world of abstract painting. Using ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, students will create a series of paintings. The artists of Cubism, Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and more will be presented throughout the week and used for inspiration.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing Basics: Methods for Creating 3D, Realistic Art!"
August 2, 2019
 

No matter what you want to draw, creating pictures using these 3-d techniques opens up a whole new art experience! Learn to draw and manipulate basic forms and give all your artworks more depth, dimension, and unique character. We'll explore drawing from sight, from memory, and from imagination! You'll soon be easily drawing anything you want; creating amazing works of art! This class is for: Anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; Artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; Teachers who want exciting drawing techniques for their students; Anyone who wants to expand and apply their drawing skills to any art medium!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
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


"Experience Mixed Media Mosaics 101"
August 2, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout and experience an intro to mosaics unlike any other. In this 101 one day course, you'll learn not only the basics of traditional mosaics - you'll also learn Susan's unique mixed media mosaic technique. You'll walk away with a keepsake that preserves your treasures and something beautiful for your home that displays your creative voice.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
August 2-4, 2019
 

In this workshop, we will "play" with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. You will make at least two 12" square flat panels of thick quilting each day. (This is the basic technique I developed that I use in all of my work. I quilt first - before stitching any imagery or patterns. It is the opposite of traditional quilting.) These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and, although in this class we'll be working in two dimensions, we'll start to add three-dimensional elements. Discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolor Portraiture & Hand Lettering: Introduction & Techniques"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Learn to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. During this workshop, we will review the basics of using watercolors, explore different techniques, and discuss ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We'll sketch a base layer drawing of the face, review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows, and work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life. We'll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. Leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kimothy Joy
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Gouacheamole! (Cubism with Gouache)"
August 2, 2019
 

Cubism (a style of art that preceded Abstract Expressionism), incubated a grand rebellion against Realism. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas at the same time. In this workshop we will paint with gouache on paper..... and instead of smashing tomatoes, we'll learn to use photo references to paint a portrait showing different aspects of a face all at the same time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
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


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"Painting with Opaque Watercolors"
August 3, 2019
 

Painting with Opaque paint and watercolors is a lesson in building paint and painting directly with white paint. In this class, you will learn how to create a dark surface in watercolors and paint directly with an opaque paint. Bring your brushes if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
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


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
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


"Formulas for Painting Fabulous Paintings + Set Your Horizons"
August 3, 2019
 

Enrich your experience with pastels by learning three formulas that will make your paintings compositionally sound every time. The instructor will demonstrate each formula and you will paint with your new-found knowledge the landscape imagery that you bring with you. Discover the importance of properly placed horizon lines. Learn what a low and high horizon line accomplishes and where best to place your horizons to create a feeling of great height, expanse of open space, or the feeling of looking outward and upward, down upon your subject or deep into the far distance. If you are looking for more oomph and more arresting and unexpected compositional qualities in your artwork, then this is the class for you.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
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


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders!"
August 4, 2019
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia - similar to illuminated medieval manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products - greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you'll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs and artworks will be highly attractive and effective. This class is for: Anyone who wants to create beautifully illustrated letters and borders.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Let Loose with Color + Sunrise, Sunset"
August 4, 2019
 

Learn to let loose with color and successfully create a powerful work of art! Learn to step away from the use of pleasant but dull colors and dive fearlessly into the use of wonderfully pure color. Kathy's approach to painting is easy to understand and participants will take home a completed painting. Bring your expressive potential to life in this amazing pastel painting workshop. Find out how rich in color pastels can be, while you explore a world of painting sunrises and sunsets. Kathy will begin with demonstrations and then guide participants on their individual paintings from start to finish. Kathy is referred to as a fun-loving, fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
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


"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


"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


"Introduction to Installation Art"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Interested in installation art, but not sure where to start? While installation art is typically thought of in relation to sculpture, this hands-on workshop will consider the relationship between 2D and 3D using simple flexible materials, such as fabric and paper. Discover how to convert these materials into complex forms to create an immersive installation in collaboration with your classmates. Making individual contributions that become part of a larger collaborative thematic work, you will transform PenArt’s painting studio. Liz will share her tricks for bending, folding, and non-technical manipulating of paper and fabric to produce elaborate and sculptural interludes. Group discussions led by Liz will address technical and conceptual concerns throughout the four days. No previous installation art or sculpture experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"Developing Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Art Retreat in Greece"
August 10-17, 2019
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days - Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE - Available to all levels - Max. 6 people - Wheelchair accessible - Mixed media - Landscape, Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices), painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx, transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station, art supplies, studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Collage Basics"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Collage is as much a way of thinking as of making. Explore methods of gathering imagery and materials, and taking apart and piecing them together into pictorial images and designs. Collage making helps us to consider issues of continuity and discontinuity; exploring the language of images within a fragmented arena of pictures, materials, identities, patterns, and information in contemporary life. Class time will consist of lectures that present works by modern and contemporary artists who engage in collage in a variety of ways, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore the technical processes and concepts presented. Projects will be specific yet allow for individual interpretation. You will work with images and materials collected prior to class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Tutored Painting Retreat with Artist Pheona Kerr in Italy"
August 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 16-17, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of using Adobe Photoshop as a tool for combining digital imaging techniques with your existing studio practice. Create rich mixed-media compositions as you learn the fundamentals of importing and remixing hand-rendered artwork. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will discover how to import, organize, and export files within Photoshop, use layers, blending modes, and the FX panel, refine image selection techniques, create custom digital brushes and hand-rendered mark-making, blend together digital paint layers, and use retouching tools to enhance your imagery. Leave this workshop with a set of new digital skills and at least one print.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, Emily-Scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Being Outside: Thinking In and With the Landscape"
August 16-17, 2019
 

This multi-media workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Beginning with direct, experiential observation and multisensory immersion outside, you will explore methods to examine and document. While outside on the first day, you will translate your experiences from the outdoors through writing, drawing, collecting, photographing, or making video, and doing further research. Use that documentation as raw material to create an artwork inside the studio on day two.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Zentangle Basics: Anything is possible…one stroke at a time"
August 17, 2019
 

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is simple to understand and easy to enjoy – even if you are convinced you are not an artist. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But, when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is. Then, when you create a piece of Zentangle art, you realize how fun and engrossing the process itself is. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Valerie Reilly
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Zentangle Black 'n Tan"
August 17, 2019
 

More fun and unique ways to create with Zentangle. First we will use black tiles with white pens, chalk pencils and tortillions as well as learn more new tangles. Then, we will expand to tan tiles, black, white and brown pens, black and white pencils to create a Renaissance looking tile. Previous Zentangle experience required. Bring your Micron 01 pen, pencil and tortillion from your original kit. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Valerie Reilly
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Making Retreat in France"
August 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of creating vector-based work in Adobe Illustrator. Using imported digital copies of existing studio work, learn how to utilize this program as a supporting prep tool for future projects, including stand-alone vector compositions and digital prints that mimic traditional media. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will introduce you to the process of importing, organizing, and exporting files, merging photographic image files with vector compositions to create mixed-media collage work, using pen and brush tools to create line drawing and vector artwork, utilizing the shape-building and patterning tools, and creating templates for future projects, including stencils, pattern blocks, or screen printing film positives.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, Emily-Scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
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


"Art by the Sea Painting Retreat on the Dalmatian Coast"
August 22-29, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Fabulous Faces"
August 23, 2019
 

Faces can be a challenge but fear not! We will first focus on learning the proportions of realistic faces and then, from there, learn how to create stylized, or more dramatic and unique faces with character and life in their eyes. I’ll show you several tricks that make creating faces a joy in your art journal, as well as how to give the face some realistic shading and highlights that add depth and character. We’ll work with all my favorite art supplies and techniques including: oil pastel and watercolor/spray resists, stencils, stamps, collage, and tools to create texture, colorful DIY collage paper, adding texture with modeling paste, oil paint sticks for shading and highlighting – just to name a few!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Lettering for Chalkboards and More"
August 23, 2019
 

Lettering is a form of voice … a way of expression. Let it speak the things you want to say. In general, most people see words and read sentences to derive meaning. In art, we see beautiful shapes and curves with forms of beauty. It's helpful to become familiar with the anatomy of a letter. In this workshop, you will take a close look at fonts including script or cursive, serif and sans serif styles and learn how to create messages in color and also on chalkboards. Hand lettering is all about drawing! Create the letters to say what you want!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Evy Thuli
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks (Florals)"
August 24, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian – yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Go with the Flow"
August 24, 2019
 

Discover the power of the panel in this mini class. You will discover a multitude of mixed media methods using panels from Ampersand. Learn how to make acrylic behave like watercolor on Aquabord, more mixed media with Pastelbord and the anything goes Gessobord.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Artisans Art Supply
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Intensive Printmaking Workshop in Italy"
August 24-31, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, and all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist. UpTrek Printmaking Retreat inclusions: accommodation, all meals, intensive printmaking workshops with artist Colleen Corradi Brannigan (40 hours tuition), printmaking materials, certificate of completion, two excursions, half-day tour of Rocca Calascio, Bominaco, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, visit to San Clemente Abbey, transfers from Torre dei Passeri.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1,060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry"
August 25-29, 2019
 

Incorporate the pristine setting along the South Shore of Lake Superior in your tapestry weavings at this multi-day retreat. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Other Lands Other Sounds 2019, Course on Collaborative Arts Practice"
August 28 - September 9, 2019
 

An intensive residential course bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over ten days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music, and sound art. Surrounded by the beautiful mountainside scenery of Gois, Portugal, Other Lands, Other Sounds 2019 offers a supportive environment for practitioners (professionals, amateurs, students) who want to develop their practice through cross-arts experimentation and collaboration. Musicians will work closely with composer Filipe Sousa, exploring devised composition, improvisation, and collaborative music-making processes. Visual artists will work with Beatriz Martinez, exploring photography, video, and how to merge aesthetics and concept into multi-disciplinary projects. Intensive work sessions will be balanced with nature hikes, sightseeing, swimming, visiting local cafes and enjoying the relaxed pace of Portuguese life.
 
Location: Gois, Portugal
Instructor: Filipe Sousa, Beatriz M Barrio, Kate Smith
Cost: 850 EUR
Sponsor: Curiosa and RaizVanguarda
Website, email, +447759323717


"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


"Experimentation with Paper Marbling"
August 30-31, 2019
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless craft of marbling while exploring contemporary applications and alternative materials. Examine traditional methods used in marbling, their challenges, and endless opportunities. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will introduce you to the process. Experiment with layering marbled patterns, playing with different types of paper, and turning completed papers into folded books, boxes, and bags.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $270, Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Dordogne Delights: Painting Retreat in Montpeyroux"
August 31 - September 7, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art and Spirit in New Mexico"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Melissa Harris, internationally published artist, author (99 Keys to a Creative Life) is known for her loose, expressive style. She holds an MFA in Painting and a Fulbright Grant in painting. With over 30 years teaching experience, Melissa helps you to bring soul into your watercolors. She will help you build a solid foundation including color, composition and paint handling - or help you refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Experience the beauty of Taos, New Mexico in its best season. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $1,800 - $2,100
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Painting Retreat: Get Inspired by the Normandy Countryside"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic painting in Puerto Vallarta"
September 2-6, 2019
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
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


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Illustration and Painting Vacation on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Atlantic Center for the Arts - Abstract Painting"
September 4-10, 2019
 

The ACA in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is a great place to explore and develop your work, meet new prominent artist friends, and enjoy the serene setting surrounded by nature. Tuition includes instructional exercises, coaching, individual studio workspace, all meals prepared by professional chef, common grounds, private sleeping room & bath. Professional Artist, Instructor, & Art Coach: Vickie Marsango - Florida and Guest Master Artist: Dana Dion - Australia. The schedule of payments is as follows: Deposit to reserve your spot is $1,100 due by May 15, 2019. The remaining balance of $1,100 is due by July 15, 2019.
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Instructor: Professional Artist- Vickie Marsango
Cost: $2,200
Sponsor: Marsango Art
email, 772-285-6288


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Workshop in Gascony, France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"A Taste for Art: Guided Landscape Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art in the Vineyard: Painting Vacation in Le Marche, Italy"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Manoir de Gurson: Tutored Painting Holiday in France"
September 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"In the Frame: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
September 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor and Brusho Painting Vacation with Artist Joanne Boon Thom"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Painter Joanne Boon Thomas will walk you through watercolor and brusho painting. Joanne's patience is endless and her passion is infectious — she gets unbelievably excited when she sees her students blossoming and creating. You will have plenty of opportunities to go out on location, not only to take photographs but also for plein air painting studies. Joanne will provide constant guidance, demonstrations, and plenty of one-on-one tuition. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thom
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Joanne Boon Thomas in Spectacular Spain"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful and relaxing art retreat in the Valle D'Albaida, Spain. Stay in a wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. Enjoy a unique week of watercolor and brusho painting, in plein-aire, on location and within the gardens, coupled with detailed studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of painting, sharing invaluable tips and techniques, leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, one on one guidance. Whatever your level you will take some new knowledge away from this inspirational week. With the bonus of instruction in Brusho painting you will be amazed at the incredible visual effects to enliven any painting to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: €1525 book before May (€1725 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Spectacular Costa Brava: Landscape Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 8-14, 2019
 

Travel to Spain and immerse in rural painting. Try seascape and townscape painting with the guidance of a professional painter. Find your artistic inspiration while exploring the dazzling Costa Brava and its medieval villages. 7 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oil painting - Rural landscape, Seascape, Townscape. UpTrek Painting Retreat Costa Brava 2019 inclusions: 6 nights of accommodation, all meals, painting and sketching sessions with artists Joakim Bergström and Zane Prater, beverages, art supplies kit.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Girona, Spain
Instructor: Joakim Bergström, Zane Prater
Cost: $1,650
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"L'Atelier des Styles: Quilted Handbag Sewing Vacation"
September 8-13, 2019
 

What better way to define your style than building your fashion items yourself? Travel to England and learn how to create your own iconic Classic Quilted Handbag under the professional guidance of Kathryn Brenne, Vogue Pattern designer and contributing editor. L'Atelier des Styles workshop, focuses on working with leather and will take you through all the phases of creating the Classic Quilted Handbag. UpTrek Quilted Handbag Sewing Vacation 2019 includes: 5 nights of accommodation in a serene English country house, all meals, dessert breaks and alluring tea before studio sessions, all workshops with instructor Kathryn Brenne, all studio facilities and needed materials for creating your stylish item.
 
Location: Hampshire, England
Instructor: Kathryn Brenne
Cost: $2,100
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Costa del Sol Painting Vacation"
September 9-16, 2019
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Dutch Expressions: Art Retreat in The Netherlands"
September 11-18, 2019
 

Travel to the Netherlands for an art retreat covering captivating and authentic Dutch artistic expressions. Take part in animated workshops and outdoor painting sessions under experts’ guidance. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation, all meals, drinks, all workshops, lectures, drawing and painting sessions with artists Eduard Moes, Ingrid van Aert, Emilie Lindenbergh, Julia Hope, airport transfers, all tours, entrances and museum fees (Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House Museum, Zaanse Schans, Singer Museum in Laren, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Kröller-Müller Museum, Mesdag Panorama and Gemeentemuseum in The Hague), souvenir, and tips.
 
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Instructor: Eduard Moes, Ingrid van Aert
Cost: $3,290
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting with Resin"
September 13-14, 2019
 

Thermoplastic resin, when used creatively in combination with additional media, can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other mediums cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop will explain the basic physical properties and application techniques of two basic types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations will cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. You will begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Along the way, Shane will reveal techniques learned in his own practice. Day two will revisit the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Dordogne En Plein Air: Landscape Painting Workshop in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Charming Gascony: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capture Unique Moments: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Heart of Granada: Tutored Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 15-22, 2019
 

Capture the authentic Spanish charm with this painting and drawing vacation including live demonstrations, individual tutoring under professional painters' guidance, open air sessions and dynamic workshops. Redefine your artistic expression and creativity as you explore the vivid streets, hilltop vistas and local flamenco shows of the mesmerizing Granada. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners, painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans, admission to a flamenco performance, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, art supplies kit.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,780
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Find Your Way"
September 16-18, 2019
 

We will pack a lot of fun into 3 days and develop our most amazing art. We will use 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. I love teaching all levels and I welcome the curious to come learn and explore with me to transform your process.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email


"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


"White Washed Moorish Townscape: Urban Painting Vacation in Andalucia"
September 20-27, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, learn to sketch and paint urban landscapes from widely exhibited painter Noëlle Griffiths, and get inspired by the exquisite white washed Moorish architecture of Vejer de la Frontera. Dramatically revealing itself atop a rocky hill overlooking River Barbate and Costa de la Luz facing the Atlantic, Vejer de la Frontera dazzles visitors with its Moorish architecture, ancient churches and abbeys, labyrinth of narrow alleys, and stunning panoramic views. Inclusions: accommodation in a 17th century Moorish townhouse, meals served with local wines, 30 hours tuition adapted to all levels, small group (max. 6 participants), tours of Vejer de la Frontera and Cádiz, art supplies, airport transfers and all transportation in the region.
 
Location: Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,250
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Layers: Oil and Cold Wax"
September 20-22, 2019
 

This three-day workshop on abstract painting incorporates cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create textures, color fields and selective mark making. We will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way. Once comfortable with the basic techniques we will look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, presentations, and printed resources add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and meaning within good abstract art. Described as inspiring and life-changing, this workshop will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Scherbarth
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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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"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Recycled Surface - and More!"
September 20, 2019
 

Using old tins, copper and silver sheeting students will create jewelry. Cold connections, including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Patinas will be explored to achieve color and interest. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hinges, Doors, Lockets"
September 21, 2019
 

Students will design and make 3 hinged lockets using copper sheeting. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, and all cold connections will also be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinges, and cold connections. The class is packed with low-tech processes with fabulous results. Students will make all 3 hinges during the class time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Shadow Boxes with Torch Firing Enameling"
September 22, 2019
 

Using copper sheeting and silver sheeting for accents, students will create jewelry. Students will learn many ways to create a shadowbox necklace from copper. Patinas will enhance the surface and allow for unique results. Once several shadow boxes are made, students will create inserts for the box using torch fire enameled surfaces. Fold form techniques will be used to create depth and interest with some of the inserts. Cold connections including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
September 23-27, 2019
 

This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills – perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Students participate in daily drawing exercises and critiques. Bomeisler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York in 1975, and has been a working and showing artist since then. He taught alongside his mother, Betty Edwards, since 1988 and since her retirement in 1998. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 Museum members or non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Building a Narrative: The Handbound Photographic Book"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Transform your photographs into book form in this four-day workshop. Reconceptualize archived images while capturing new ones to create a cohesive handbound book with a personal narrative. Beginning with a brief survey of artist books, you will begin brainstorming ideas for your own book based on images you already have, as well as images you’re interested in capturing in surrounding Door County. The remainder of the week will be divided between shooting new images, editing and sequencing, and printing, assembling, and binding your book. Kayla will provide technical instruction and individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this workshop with new skills and a handbound book that illustrates your artistic interests. Open to all levels and digital camera formats.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kayla Massey, KaylaMassey.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
September 23-27, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art gallery
Website, email


"Picturesque France: Painting Workshop with Accomplished Artists"
September 23-30, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Open Studio Wednesdays"
check website for dates
 

During Open Studio Sessions artists can come and work on their projects with Ingrid's help during 3 hours of uninterrupted studio time. Work may be brought in for critiques by Ingrid. A critique session occurs near the end of the three hours.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ingrid E Albrecht
Cost: $50.00/session
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Making Retreat"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Multiplicities of the Monotype"
September 27-28, 2019
 

This workshop introduces basic monotype printmaking processes, materials, and equipment with an emphasis on the variability and multiplicity of the medium. Discover the relationship between this process and other disciplines, as you experiment with a variety of techniques. Demonstrations will address general printmaking techniques, including ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use, as well as monotype specific techniques, such as subtractive and additive painting, stencils, and more. Plenty of hands-on practice will be a priority. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tutored Painting Vacation in the Shenandoah Valley"
September 27 - October 2, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Open Studio Saturdays"
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Artists can come and work for three uninterrupted hours on their projects with Ingrid's help. Work can be brought in for critique. There is a critique of work done near the end of the session.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht, AWS, NWS, WHS
Cost: $50.00/session
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


"Landscape, Portraiture, Animals, Botanical Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 1-8, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Retreat in the South of France"
October 2-9, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Tour in Italy"
October 2-8, 2019
 

Join us for a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. In addition to learning paintng methods and techniques from Dennis, we will explore with an art historian, tour historical villages, visit the spectacular Palazzo Ducale and Raphael’s childhood home, enjoy a wine tasting at a small local wine producer, have meals together, and go on a truffle hunt!
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,699
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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


"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


"Process Painting: An Invitation from Creativity"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Using tempera paint and paper, process painting allows spontaneous expression to deepen the connection between the painter and the Divine. The emphasis of process painting is internal, not what appears on paper. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: Member $225; Non-member $250 (Includes materials and lunch each day)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Fast & Fearless Floral"
October 4-5, 2019
 

Join Melanie Morris for a fun workshop that will help you create fresher and more intuitive acrylic paintings. Each student will choose a floral from a number of arrangements that will be provided. Melanie will start the class by walking students through how to create a successful floral painting – from composition to color mixing. The class will then paint a series of timed, small paintings with Melanie providing individual instruction. Melanie will also paint numerous demos each day. Students love this class and are often surprised to find their favorite paintings are the ones they created in the shortest amount of time. If you want to create looser florals without fear, this is the class for you.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Morris
Cost: $320 GACM/TAWS members, $340 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"En Plein Air in Sierra de Montánchez: Landscape Painting Retreat"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Making Retreat in Gascony, France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Pastels and Pan Pastels painting Vacation with Artist Les Darlow"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Les Darlow will help you work on composition, light, and the balance of shapes while eliminating some of the detail without losing focus on the subject. You will take part in studio painting sessions and paint en plein air in the lush gardens surrounding your accommodation and on location in Valencia. Whatever your level, Les Darlow's personalized teaching will help you improve your pastel painting techniques. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Les Darlow: Pastel Painting in Spectacular Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

On this pastel painting workshop, Les will give intimate, small group, personalised teaching. Showing you his concepts for improving your artwork, by using pastels expressively and creatively based on feeling, light, energy and movement. Les' love and passion for weather and landscapes, his paintings always reflect this, these perceptions he passes on to his students. It is Les' belief that you can paint the same scene over and over as the light and weather changes the subject constantly. He will demonstrate how clouds continuously change colour and reform to make stunning skyscapes, which are a key to impressive landscape paintings. Understand connecting to your subject, learn to love pastels in a way you never thought possible.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: €1545 book before May (€1845 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"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 Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's Footsteps"
October 6-12, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
October 7-11, 2019
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2019
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists and Professional Artists. Couch received a Bachelor Degree in Art from the University of Tampa, and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York. His first book, Watercolor: You Can Do It, became North Light Publishing's all time best selling book on painting. A follow-up book on technique went through three printings and was translated into Japanese for that market. A third, Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. More information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $450 members/ $500 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Architect of Light...It's All about the Light"
October 7-9, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is on finding and expressing our own artistic voice. Fundamentals will be demonstrated and duality...the dialogue between opposing forces that finds resolution or not...on the paper's surface, will also be explored. A painting demonstration will be done first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics covered that day. There will be an informal exhibit and critique on the final day, discussing what was learned on the previous days.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Watercolors, Acrylics, Oil Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 8-15, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Essence of Place Photography Workshop Retreat at Marouatte Castle"
October 12-19,2019
 

Create a compelling travel photo portfolio working with master photographer Beth Ruggiero-York as you live in a castle, eat like royalty and experience stunning locals in one of the most beautiful regions of France. Photograph the full moon at night, landscapes in the many towns, villages, castles, Roman and Neolithic sites, rivers, picturesque woodlands and farm land. All as you are guided in the art of making great photographs, Price includes: lodging at castle in private bedroom/bathroom, all meals, local transport, classes, pick up/drop off at Angouleme train station. Weather novice or expert, this is the photography workshop of a lifetime. Non participating partners welcome. see Beth's web site to book and for more information,
 
Location: Grand Brassac, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Beth Ruggiero-York
Cost: $3,095 see Beth's web site for deals and deductions
Sponsor: Art at the Castle
Website, email, 508-241-4412


"Hilltop Inspiration: En Plein Air Painting Vacation in Italy"
October 12-18, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Lakescape Painting Workshop with Colin Halliday"
October 14-18, 2019
 

The painting workshop includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,540
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
October 14-18, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Andalusian Flora: Botanical Illustration Retreat in Spain"
October 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to Spain for an essential introduction in the blooming art of botanical painting and drawing. Gain all necessary notions to pursue botanical illustration from a professional artist and explore Andalusian culture and cuisine. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Wheelchair accessible - Expert art tutor - Watercolor painting - Botanical art. UpTrek Painting Workshop 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, drinks (water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks), 5 days of tuition - botanical painting and drawing courses with professional painter Mariella Baldwin, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada entrance, art supplies, airport transfers.
 
Location: Moclín, Granada, Spain
Instructor: Mariella Baldwin
Cost: $1,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 16-19, 2019
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Destination: Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
October 17-22, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Holiday inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Retreat in France"
October 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolors in a Valencian Autumn with Artist Michal Jasiewicz"
October 18-25, 2019
 

During the 'Watercolors in a Valencian autumn' painting vacation, tutor Michal Jasiewicz will show you how to capture landscapes differently. You will enrich your technique with new perspectives on color, movement, and paint application, explore a variety of techniques and different forms of working, and paint en plein air on location and within the studio environment. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Modernize your paintings to be more joyful and “happy.” Students will learn to abstract the landscape from appropriate photos which will be supplied by Claudia. Students will learn effective composition, the use of cool and warm colors, vibrant color mixing, and experimenting. Claudia will give demonstrations, individual instruction and critiques. The students will have the opportunity to complete a painting each day. The goal: learn, have fun and fall in love with acrylic paints!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Claudia Hartley, www.claudiahartley.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Workshop in France"
October 26 - November 2, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor"
October 26 - November 2, 2019
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards and has been invited to and completed successfully more than 120 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world, this is her second edition in Sicily. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily is like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Ask for last minute booking discount.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: US$1.700
Sponsor: Salinara International Art Farm
Website, email, +393397757062


"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


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
November 4-8, 2019
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Painting into Abstraction"
November 5-8, 2019
 

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Marianne Mitchell, www.mariannemitchell.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Dramatic Oil Landscapes"
November 7-10, 2019
 

Qiang's approach to landscape painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on choosing dramatic compositions, observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $575 members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Workshop in Gascony, France"
November 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract Landscape Using Oil, Cold Wax Medium & Mixed Media Studio"
November 7-9, 2019
 

This workshop will cover two main topics: Pushing toward Abstraction in one’s artwork as a way of loosening up, as well as using a variety of tools, techniques, and mediums. Experimenting with Cold Wax Medium as an addition to oil paint will be covered as a way to add texture, layering and mark making. Using all the basics of landscape painting as a foundation toward abstraction will be heavily discussed. Adding a variety of tools and Cold Wax Medium in order to achieve beyond the basics while allowing exploring new directions in their own artwork.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $ 550.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Tutored Photography Workshop in the Fortified Town of Essaouira"
November 9-16, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"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


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
November 11-14, 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: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
November 11-15, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Advanced Abstraction - 4-Day Workshop"
November 13-16, 2019
 

Larry will show you a system that is designed to inspire growth, allow you to focus on the components of art making that are important to you and guide you towards your authentic voice as an artist. The exercises are designed to make you work in a way that is new to you so that your brain will reroute and solve problems in a new way. It’s an exciting class and you'll be amazed at what comes out of it. Larry has written a book about the creative process called Fishing for Elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $ 575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Intuitive Painting with Jane Davies"
November 16-17, 2019
 

Tap into your creative intuition to embrace a more spontaneous way of art-making! Paint to music, draw with crayons, create your own collage papers, and use improvisation and collaboration to stimulate unexpected outcomes. Learn to be present to the process, let go of expectations that inhibit you, and expand your expressive capacity. All techniques are accessible, so participants of all levels of experience can jump right in. Experienced painters will find this a refreshing way to re-energize their art practice. If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start! Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustic. Through her workshops, she helps people find a personal and playful approach to art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Hidden Treasures: Painting Retreat in Scotland"
November 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract Painting A: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
November 18-22, 2019
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Rediscover the Orient: Photography Retreat in Morocco"
November 23-30, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 3-5, 2019
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Basics of Oil Painting"
December 9-12, 2019
 

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with a particular focus on composing dramatic set-ups by observing light distribution and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their current skill level and personal goals in art. This workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Qiang Huang, www.qhart.com
Cost: $625 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 16-19, 2019
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
December 16-20, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Suggesting Reality"
January 13-17, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
January 20-23, 2020
 

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: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
January 20-24, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Earth’s Eye: Painting Holiday in the Unesco Lake District"
January 27-31, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,540
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art Journaling: Visual Storytelling"
February 7-8, 2020
 

Explore the many different sides of art journals from getting past the blank pages to tips and techniques in capturing your words and imagery. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way – travel logs, dream diaries, art techniques, therapy logs, storybooks, or anything – from using mixed media, collage, paint, pen and charcoal. Wood has been creating art ever since she can remember. She has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, but after working for a few years, decided to go back to college and take art classes. She enrolled with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and studied photography, sculpture and painting. Visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $275 members/$300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 10-14, 2020
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Image to Abstract 2"
February 11-13, 2020
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract Painting B: Experimenting, Risk Taking and Growth"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Regardless of style, at a primal level good paintings move us because of the underlying abstract language -- the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. Whether it's Rembrandt or Rothko, Cassatt or Mitchell, Degas or Diebenkorn, the power of the image is the abstraction underneath. This course is an intensive exploration of image structure to help you connect with viewers more powerfully. Students will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. As we look at masterworks from art history you will be inspired and challenged in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Slonim, davidmichaelslonim.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
February 17-21, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser"
February 19-20, 2020
 

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 not only about painting abstract compositions, but 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 in their studios.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375 GACM/TAWS Members, $405 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"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


"Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil"
March 2-6, 2020
 

This unique five-day workshop experience with award-winning, contemporary American Impressionist, Eric Jacobsen, is intended to hone students painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design, and mark making, the three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and separate oneself from the “pack”. Students will learn to see like a poet and unlock their true creative potential. Students are encouraged take a journey into new artistic territory and open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique result for their paintings. Sign up now!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, www.jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 2-12, 2020
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course, students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
March 2-6, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
March 2-6, 2020
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 14-21, 2020
 

Join us for an all-inclusive workshop above and beyond the ordinary experience in a relaxing and romantic fishing village near Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. The Casa de los Artistas is a perfect venue for immersing yourself in culture, art, and nature. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
March 16-20, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Figurative Painting (2 Weeks)"
March 30 - April 10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $1370 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Figurative Painting"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Reach for the Sky: Cloudscape Painting Retreat in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Figurative Painting"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Milt Kobayashi will take students through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the effect light has on form. By mid-week, he will be taking students through his process of painting. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Cost: $785 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
April 13-17, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"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


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 20 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $1200 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 27 - May 1, 2020
 

By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. This workshop will explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Participants will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; the important power of content, symbol and abstraction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"5 Paintings in 5 Days Acrylic Painting in Puerto Vallarta"
May 4-8, 2020
 

Offered by successful and experienced artists and instructors in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. You will learn or review the elements of art, composition and essentials of color. Explore painting in a variety of styles in the context of several topics. All levels of experience are invited to participate. Perfect combination of creative fun and relaxation time! Workshop designed with the “artist on vacation” twist. In the morning we paint, and afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping and restaurants of this fabulous city full of wonders. To make your travel easier all materials are included. Register early, only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
May 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
May 11-15, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Stunning Moorish Torrox: Watercolors Art Retreat in Spain"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of Mexico"
Offered Thursdays, September thru June, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! At Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. Beginners and novice have been amazed by their results. Working with acrylics we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with a professional photo as starting point. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and instructor of 30 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 Puerto Vallarta, contact us in advance.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
July 12-16, 2020
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark"
July 12-16, 2020
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirt and essence of the land. The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
September 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Spectacular Costa del Sol: Watercolors Painting Retreat"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Unlocking Color Secrets"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Color is magic if you know how to unlock its secrets! Learn the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Debra will share the essentials necessary to create dynamic paintings. Learn why color temperature matters and how to warm up and cool down a color. Explore new ways to paint “white” using color and discover what color white is in the shadows. Debra will walk you through 5 brushstroke-by-brushstroke paint alongs from a boat to conquering clouds, skies, mountains and fields. This is a must have course for any painter.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
Website, email


"Light, Shadow, Atmosphere!"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn how to achieve foreground, middle-ground and background. Debra will teach you how to look past color and achieve correct color value. Gain confidence and learn to see color, temperature and value, while creating great atmosphere in your work. Besides design, the most important component of a successful painting is Color Value! This is a great class for both beginner and more experienced painters. An ideal course to take before attending an advanced workshop!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
Website, email


"Big Bold Basics"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Have you ever wanted a course that explains every aspect of painting in a way that is straight-forward and simple? Debra teaches the approach of every pro! Enjoy a fun way to finally learn the fundamentals for creating dynamic and confident paintings. Whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced painter, you will learn solid techniques to springboard your work into the next level! Debra Huse is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Debra is a Signature Member with the the American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
Website, email


"Flowers Painting One Day Workshop"
Fridays all year around
 

This high-demand workshop is part of the One Painting in One Day series of painting workshops at Cristi Fer Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta. It is a truly acrylic painting workshop where you’ll learn and practice the basics of composition, color and several techniques. The class is designed by internationally renowned painter Fernando Gonzalez. Learn the secrets of painting flowers with a master painter. If you’ll spend more than a week in PV register for several classes and learn even more since every session, we’ll have fresh flowers on display. Artists of all levels of painting abilities welcomed. Groups of 3+ can request a specific date. Materials included just bring your exuberance! Register in advance only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $75.00 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"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


 

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