Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019
 

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beaches, Waves & Surf"
April 9-11, 2019
 

The ocean is alway moving and changing. Learn the structure of waves, the colors of the ocean, and how to tackle the beach in your foreground and background. Learn to get sparkle in your water. Debra will teach you simple steps to paint the beach, waves & surf with confidence. We will be painting two days inside and one outside (weather permitting).
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Watercolor, 'Let it Flow'"
April 15-17, 2019
 

Dawn Davis at the "C Gallery on Broadway", Long Beach, CA. A signature member of the NM and KS watercolor societies, Dawn teaches design concepts and color theory, along with the fun of using lots of water and many wet into wet techniques. Refinement and sharp edges happen after layers of transparent watercolor. Inspired by nature, Dawn's many students are always grateful for her sharing, as she holds nothing back, and she is grateful beyond measure for them. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Long Beach, California
Instructor: Dawn Davis
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: C Gallery on Broadway
Website, email, 505-699-7314


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 24-26, 2019
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $626
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 28-30, 2019
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
June 7-9, 2019
 

Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Eureka CA, this three day retreat will focus on the figure en plein air. Exercises to incorporate figures into a scene will be combined with more portrait like staging of models out of doors.
 
Location: Humboldt, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755


"Tackling Trees With Success"
June 11-13, 2019
 

Eucalyptus, palms, and oaks - Oh my! Learn the effortless way to paint trees. What are the color of distant trees? How the heck to get sky holes that look real? Debra will teach you simple solutions for your success. 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 American Society of Marine Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Dynamic Design : Newport Beach, CA"
July 24-26, 2019
 

A painting can only be as successful as the strength of its initial design. Work with award winning artist, Randall Sexton as he shares his tools for accomplishing bolder composition ideas. Open to all levels, the class reviews the fundamentals of solid picture making while focusing on the issues of each student. This fun, three day, plein air class will be chalk full of painting time, demos, and plenty of individual attention. 9am-4pm. Locations in Orange County CA.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
Website, 949-723-6171


"Moving Forward and Capturing the Moment"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 28-31, 2019
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 5-10, 2020
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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