Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
December 17-21, 2018
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Gayle Levee Class"
Tuesdays, January 8 - February 5, 2019
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom. Groups are limited to seven, so you will get lots of individual attention -- but they will fill fast, so don't wait! Choose between: Morning class (9:00 to 12 noon) or Afternoon class (12:30 to 3:30).
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Exploring Artistic Vision in Watercolor"
January 11-13, 2019
 

Join Judy Mudd and explore artistic vision in watercolor in North Port, Florida. Artistic vision gives meaning to paintings! Using photographic reference material, Judy will help you create paintings with a variety of moods and atmospheres. She will guide you through the process of determining the vision, making color choices appropriate for the vision, creating strong compositions and learning watercolor painting techniques for applying various moods and atmospheres to your paintings. Judy's relaxed follow-the-leader teaching style assists experienced beginners to advanced students further develop their skill in the watercolor process. Each day will include discussion of the approach, painting demonstrations, and individual student attention. Classes are relaxed and informal so come and have fun!
 
Location: North Port, Florida
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $395
Sponsor: North Port Art Center
Website, email, 941-423-6460


"Destination Oil Painting Workshop - Yucatan, Mexico"
January 13-19, 2019
 

Treat your creative soul with an amazing week of hands on oil painting classes with live nudes and beach painting. Room and board and art supplies included at The Mayan Gypsy retreat in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. See Mayan ruins, the historic city of Merida and more while here.
 
Location: Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Instructor: Jessica McClendon
Cost: $2499.00
Sponsor: The Mayan Gypsy
Website, email, 949-307-1622


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2019"
February 20-28, 2019
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of watercolors and perspective drawing 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 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, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, a street food tour, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Bold approach and discipline in watercolor - Plein Air Workshop"
January 23-25, 2019
 

"Despite all visual looseness, there are essential steps we cannot ignore. Combination of careful planning and rapid completion of the plan on watercolor paper is the most fail-safe path to a successful painting." In this workshop Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will uncover the whole process of thinking and planning for the outstanding final result. Vlad came to the US from Moscow in the 1980's, educated in classical art and architecture. Using a limited palette and brushwork, he has a unique ability to depict reflected light in his paintings. Vlad's teaching style reflect his playful sense of humor. All levels are welcome to his workshop. Vlad will be working with you individually. Group size: 8-12 artists.
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Landscape - Studio - Plein Air"
January 24-26, 2019
 

Workshop on location or in the studio depending on the weather. Plan for an eight hour workday. Every morning there is a lecture/demonstration. The demonstration painting is completed on location each day. Everyone breaks for lunch. Artists select their location for their 3 to four hours of painting. Group critique is generally on location. - Oil Medium.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Morgan Samuel Price
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Capture the Glow: Art + Yoga in the Jungle"
January 27 - February 2, 2019
 

Spend six nights and seven days at Tailwind Jungle Lodge in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico, as we shake off the cold winter blues and Capture the Glow! Yogi, Mandy Wozniak and artist Nicole Curcio will guide you on a jungle adventure that’s all about finding inspiration for self care and creativity through daily yoga, art practice, and journaling. We’ll explore different creative methods and yoga poses in a playful and supportive community. All level of experience are welcome. Private chef catered meals, day trips to Sayulita, and Puerto Vallarta, art galleries and like minded community. Start 2019 by recharging your creative energy and experimenting with new practices that will help keep you creating all year long. Limit 10 guests.
 
Location: San Pancho, Mexico
Instructor: Mandy Stewart Wozniak + Nicole M Curcio
Cost: $1550-$2050
Website, email, 503-473-7749


"Night Painting"
Thursdays, January 31 - March 21, 2019
 

Paint the urban landscape at night from PAFA’s windows. Simplify space through passages of light and shadow in order to convey architectural geometry and atmospheric mood. Perspective, composition, line, tone, light, and color will be addressed. The evening landscapes of Monet, Hopper, Van Gogh and others will serve as inspiration. Drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Finding the Light in Watercolor with Vladislav Yeliseyev"
February 4-6, 2019
 

3-day Studio Workshop. “The challenge with watercolor,” Vlad explains, “is to achieve richness in color and not to lose the transparency.” Vlad came to the US from Moscow in the 1980's, educated in classical art and architecture. Using a limited palette and brushwork, he has a unique ability to depict reflected light in his cityscapes and seascapes. His work has earned him numerous awards throughout the world. Vlad's teaching style reflect his playful sense of humor. He'll begin with and demo and students will paint small postcard sized images to practice his application techniques. Students will then move to quarter to half-sized sheets of paper. Space is limited to 12 artists.
 
Location: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Fort Mill Art Guild
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Gayle Levee Class"
Tuesdays, February 12 - March 5, 2019
 

All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. Gayle is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with. You will be amazed at how fast your art will grow in these intensive-study classes. Work at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom. Groups are limited to seven, so you will get lots of individual attention -- but they will fill fast, so don't wait! Choose between: Morning class (9:00 to 12 noon) or Afternoon class (12:30 to 3:30).
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting Plein Air with Vladislav Yeliseyev in Naples, FL"
February 16-18, 2019
 

Escape hustle and bustle of winter for painting vacation in Suncoast! We are going to visit and paint variety of places. Our subjects will be boats, gardens, bay views and more. I will share with you my best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view" followed by important value sketching and composition. Each day will start with the detailed demonstration and lesson. Special attention will be given to the choice of colors which may be different from what’s there, and loose painterly style watercolor techniques. Small group: up to 12 artists.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $445
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Plein Air Painting in Tubac, AZ, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 20-22, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop in historic Tubac, Arizona. Tubac offers us Tumacacori National Monument, an old Spanish presidio and more. Perfect for any level of painter, the workshop will give you the basics for plein air painting, starting with outdoor painting goals, values and design, color palettes and harmony, plus how to capture the landscape quickly without sacrificing mood and magic. Each day starts with a lecture followed by an outdoor demonstration and then student work, with Michael offering help and daily critiques. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Mixing Greens of the Lowcountry: On Watercolor Canvas"
February 21-22, 2019
 

This 2-day indoor watercolor workshop (on watercolor canvas) will boost your self-confidence when you get ready to paint your next landscape or gardenscape. I've been painting landscapes for over 35 years. I remember the frustration of painting stilted shrubs and trees that looked like they were pasted on. I've got some tried and true formulas to share with you. I'll show you all my techniques...I don't hold back! We'll all paint the same subject, a step at a time! Location is Seabrook Island Community Center (indoors). A Pass will be provided to you. All skill levels are welcome, although beginners will benefit most by watching. You must be able to draw from my digital photo.
 
Location: Seabrook Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Seabrook Island Artist Guild
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Landscapes & Cold Wax ~ Studio"
February 22-24, 2019
 

Chris Groves will focus on Abstracting Landscapes & using Cold Wax in your paintings. This will be a 3-day studio class.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $550.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Studio Oil Workshop: Landscape Painting"
February 26-28, 2019
 

In this workshop, Silas will share his process to simplify the landscape using strong design concepts to capture the essence of the scene. He will start each day with a lecture, followed by a painting demonstration that illustrates the point of the lecture. The remainder of the day, Silas will give students individual attention, and demonstrate as needed. Weather permitting; Silas will do a plein air painting demonstration at a local site, late in the day on the second day of the workshop. Whether it is getting over one hurdle or advancing twenty steps, Silas’ workshops are designed to help everyone from beginner to seasoned painter become better painters, better observers, and better problem solvers.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Silas Thompson, www.silasthompsonfineart.com
Cost: $395 by Jan 15; $445 after Jan 15
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 2-9, 2019
 

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
Cost: $2,195
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 4-8, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
March 8-12, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Skies: From Scrumptious to Moody"
March 8-9, 2019
 

Tired of seeing the same old blues in every sky painting? This workshop will show you how to use colors in your skies to add drama and excitement to your landscapes and seascapes. This is a technique-based workshop, and students will paint at least 3 or more quarter sheet paintings per day, each painting utilizing different techniques, colors, and subjects. Annie Strack earned Signature Membership in 10 organizations including the International Society of Marine Painters, etc. She's going to share all she knows! Beginners to Advanced are invited.
 
Location: Summerville, South Carolina
Instructor: Annie Strack
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 11-15, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 18-22, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


"The Freedom of The Brushstroke with Vladislav Yeliseyev in Sarasota"
March 23-25, 2019
 

Join me for 3-day workshop in picturesque Sarasota this Spring! Escape hustle and bustle of winter for painting vacation in Suncoast! We are going to visit and paint variety of places. Our subjects will be boats, gardens, bay views and more. We will visit beautiful Selby Botanical Garden (entry fee in included), Ringling Museum Grounds and one of the picturesque bay front locations in Sarasota. I will share with you my best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view" followed by important value sketching and composition.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $360 till 10.01.18 ($400 after 10.01.18)
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
March 25-29, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"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


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

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


"Bucks County Landscape"
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7, 2019
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

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


"Impressionistic Painting with Palette Knife & Brush"
April 4-6, 2019
 

“Learn to create dramatic paintings with palette knife and impressionistic brushwork. You will learn how to design a painting through value and strong composition that will lead your eye through the painting to tell a story. You are the director and in this class I will show you how to direct the viewers eye with value studies and strong compositional plans.” You will learn various techniques on how to hold the knife and make a great variety of marks. Information on paint manipulation and brushwork will also be included. Each morning there will be demos and in the afternoon Michele will spend time with each student helping them through the process.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Cost: $575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Watercolour Painting in Florence, Italy"
April 6-13, 2019
 

Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint water colours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2000 single occupancy or $1900 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, +393349034401


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 8-12, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


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

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


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 13-20, 2019
 

Join us for a week of art and culture on the island of Mallorca, Spain! Our days will be filled with on-site drawing and painting on the nearby beaches and coastal towns in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. Evenings are filled with fun-filled talks about everything Spanish and the week includes excursions to cultural sites. Some experience painting outdoors is desirable. On-site demonstrations and time for personal instruction in the studio are available every day.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Santa Fe Painting Retreat"
April 15-19, 2019
 

This 5-day plein air painting retreat and workshop will focus on immersing yourself in painting and studying light and color in the New Mexico landscape. The week will include a day excursion to visit the Taos Art Museum and paint on the grounds of the Fechin House. There will be plenty of time each day to paint, with group critiques and demonstrations. During the demos you can chose to watch Kami paint, or paint beside her. Kami will share her unique painting perspective, knowledge and experience, and encourage you to develop as an artist. Evening dinners will include discussion of your painting goals with ideas on how to achieve them. Sunset paint outs will be a highlight of the week.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 15-19, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Keith Hornblower in Spectacular Spain"
April 17-24, 2019
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful relaxing art retreat in Valencia, Spain. Stay in this wonderful villa, set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. All meals, created using our own or locally produced fresh ingredients. Your own private room to retire to every evening, feeling refreshed and invigorated every morning. A unique week of watercolor tuition, in plein aire, on location, in the magnificent gardens, plus detailed studio studies. This experience of a lifetime, an absolute maximum of five art participants allowed on this workshop. Be guided through a loose style of watercolor painting, share invaluable tips and techniques, leaving you confident and inspired. Don't miss this journey of opportunity.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Keith Hornblower
Cost: 1985 Euros early booking discount offer
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, April 18 - May 23, 2019
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cityscape Painting"
Saturdays, April 20 - May 18, 2019
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to create space and build form through perspective, light and shadow. Color mixing and painting techniques will be demonstrated in oil and gouache, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolour Painting Florence"
April 20-27, 2019
 

Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint water colours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your tutor. Stay in a beautiful monastery in the heart of this magnificent city, conveniently situated for our painting locations and for exploring this tuscan jewel through the eye of an artist. All materials, accommodation, most meals are included. Airfare not included.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2000 single occupancy or $1900 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 22-26, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Lian Quan Zhen Watercolor Workshop"
April 22-24, 2019
 

Learn composition and color along with Lian's unique method including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around". You'll learn how to mix colors right on the watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. Join Lian for his unique approach!
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


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

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


"Painting for Teens: Thinking Outside of the Box"
April 27, 2019
 

Technical and observational skills lay the foundation of every artistic practice. This one-day workshop with noted painter Kyle Martin will focus on working with line and contour, shape and form, light and shadow, and space and depth through a series of drawing and painting exercises. Develop your ability to see while working on a sight-size drawing, capture light, shadow, and form through a heightened drawing, and practice your new skills in a quick plein air painting. Additionally, Kyle will share his path to establishing a full-time studio practice and provide insight into what’s next for teen participants.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin
Cost: $30
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Gouache Painting"
April 27-28, 2019
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy to- clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $195; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Culture in the Alentejo, Portugal"
April 27 - May 4, 2019
 

Join us in the medieval town of Arrailos in the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week of painting, drawing and printmaking. This workshop is for all levels of art experience. Demonstrations will be plein air in watercolor and drawing with a two day workshop in monoprints in the town's municipal print studio. Cultural excursions to the nearby town of Evora and stone megaliths are included in the week.
 
Location: Arraiolos, Portugal
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Michael Newberry & Provence Art Experience Pastel Painting"
April 28 - May 7, 2019
 

We will be following in the footsteps of Cezanne and Van Gogh, eating well, painting nature, traditional French style gardens, and authentic Provencal homes. I will be teaching plenty of pastel painting/drawing techniques suitable for the most advanced artist to add to their color/light theory, drawing skills, and composition savvy and they will be basic enough to ground the beginning artist. Our organizer and guide, Mathieu Brousses, is a local, dad and husband, fluent in English and he will gladly address any concerns you have.
 
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Michael Newberry
Cost: $4,280-$4,975
Sponsor: Provence Art Expericence Journeys and Workshops
Website, email, +33 6 15 45 47 58


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 1-8, 2019
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. Painting on location is the best opportunity to learn and Mother Nature is the best teacher but we need good guidance and support to learn the optimum rate. It can be overwhelming with so many senses being stimulated but I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see and break it up to manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 3-10, 2019
 

Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Alla Prima from Life and Photos"
May 4-6, 2019
 

In this class we’ll paint alla prima (wet into wet) and explore painting different subjects from photos, including the portrait. We’ll work from a portrait model on the first day, and then we’ll use photos of other subjects, such as people, children, landscape. We’ll talk about techniques for simplifying the subject and learning to paint with directness and economy. We’ll also talk about the basics of form, value, color and how we use our painting knowledge to interpret photos so that they can become successful paintings.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $510
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email, 919-601-0284


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 5, 2019
 

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


"Landscapes Rediscovered"
May 6-8, 2019
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying gesso texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting. She will walk you through the challenging aspects of using watercolor and gouache paint; applying color without disturbing previous layers, understanding water to paint ratio, blending, and incorporating mixed media.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $375 by Mar 1; $425 after Mar 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Journaling Workshop"
May 6-13, 2019
 

Come along with me to Spain for a week of painting Barcelona and the Costa Brava. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch pristine shorelines, craggy cliffs, sandy coves, medieval villages, white-washed houses and flowers from a botanical garden. In Barcelona, we’ll visit the fascinating Dali museum and attend an unforgettable flamenco show. And we’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. Our focus throughout the tour will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. I’ll share my sketching process from start to finish and offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subjects you’ll encounter each day.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Keeping a Travel Journal: Word and Image in Tuscany"
May 8-15, 2019
 

There is no better way of knowing and remembering what a place is really like than by drawing and writing. Our affection for the earth-toned architecture, the winding cobbled streets, the smell of incense in mysterious interiors of churches, the taste of culinary delights, overflowing textures and colors of the street markets, a late afternoon latte at a sidewalk cafe are just a few of the delights of carrying a sketch journal while traveling. Slowing down and taking it in, and filling the senses is all that is required. So, with our simple tools of paper, pencil, pen, and watercolors we will breathe in its historic charm in word and image.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Janet Fredericks
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting in Provence: Art Journaling Workshop"
May 10-17, 2019
 

Join Jacqueline Newbold on an artistic journey of creative expression! We will incorporate watercolor and mixed-media art journaling techniques as we explore Provence, rich with sights, sounds and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. The local colors will inspire us as we play with luscious ochres and rich gem-tone colors from the surrounding landscapes. Jacqueline will share her favorite ideas for creating paintings-on-the-go using watercolor washes and mixed-media ideas. Discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages as you slow down and savor your time in France. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful journey!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold, djnewbold.blogspot.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint the wonders of Albania!"
May 11-16, 2019
 

For the 4th year running, our base will be in Saranda in the South of Albania from where we have daily excursions to places of interest. We visit the ancient city of Gjirokastra which offers some magnificent views from the hilltop. The turquoise waters around Ksamil beach will make you feel like you are on a postcard-perfect island somewhere in the Pacific. At the end of the land we find ourselves surrounded by the inspiring ruins of Butrint National Park. All this while enjoying local delicacies served with a very warm hospitality of our local hosts.
 
Location: Saranda, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €285
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Manolo Jiménez Sánches"
May 12-19, 2019
 

Join Manolo for a unique experience, a week of watercolor practice with the master of explanation and gentle encouragement. You really do not want to miss this fabulous opportunity, not only for the art but enjoy the incredible gardens of Las Orquideas at what is probably their finest month. Designed with an artists eye, with numerous quiet shady places amongst the terraces of geraniums, bourganvillas and palms, a wonderland of inspiration and relaxation, overlooking the mountains of the Sierras Mariola. Manolo will hold nothing back on this workshop and will share with you the principles of his artistic talents. Whatever your level of experience you are certain to enjoy and learn from Manolo's style of teaching.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Manolo Jiménez Sánches
Cost: 1795 Euros early booking discount offer
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 13-20, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Power of the Pastel Landscape"
May 16-19, 2019
 

Join master pastelist and widely popular instructor Robert K. Carsten in exploring four varied ways to express your ideas and feelings in your pastel paintings. Each day begins with an introduction of characteristics and concepts, and a demonstration of techniques related to the day’s theme – Impressionistic Sketch; Passionate Color in the Landscape; Tonalist Landscape and Less is More. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Award-winning Vermont artist Robert Carsten attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy). He is a master pastelist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, master circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Visit robertcarsten.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Robert K. Carsten
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $500 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Oil Sketch: The Landscape"
May 18-19, 2019
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Held on Kelly Drive, along the Schuylkill River. (The materials fee includes oil paint and surfaces)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez, rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Embracing Chaos"
May 20-21, 2019
 

In this two-day workshop, Melinda will demonstrate numerous techniques using this exciting ‘new’ medium that is rapidly gaining popularity with oil painters. In addition to speeding up drying time, Cold Wax brings an element of the unexpected to the painting process which is ideal for artists yearning to work more abstractly and intuitively. Known for her abstract figurative work, Melinda will include some focus on the figure, however all subject matter is welcome in this class. Students will leave with many new techniques and concepts to explore in their own work.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Melinda Cootsona
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email, 919-601-0284


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 20-27, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Magic of Watercolor: Art and Spirit in Ireland"
May 21-30, 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 emerald green Ireland 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: Collinstown, Ireland
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $2600
Sponsor: Melissa Harris Art Enterprises LLC
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Composition and Color in The Italian Landscape"
May 25 - June 2, 2019
 

Join us in Florence, Italy. Come paint the Renaissance city of Florence with Kim Casebeer. Kim will combine studio time at your hotel with painting in several gorgeous sites in Florence and the hilltown of Fiesole. This workshop will combine the experience of learning from a master painter (oil or pastel are welcome) with exploring beautiful Florence. A cooking class, a visit to a winery and the medieval city of San Gimignano will complete the experience. Join us for 9 days of inspiration that will stay with you long after the workshop has ended. Oils and Pastels are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Workshop"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev, AIS, NWS, for 8 days in Barcelona and Costa Brava! This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. Vlad is an academically trained master watercolorist who will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. His individual approach to teaching is designed for artists at all levels. Join us for plein air painting in beautiful Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, www.yeliseyevfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Spain Painting Vacation"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav, a prominent American watercolor artist and instructor, for 8 days in Costa Brava and learn how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork's main message must be heard loud and clear and I will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air. Max: 12 Participants. Sign up early and save $200!
 
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: French Esapade
Website, email, 941-330-6865


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

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


"Drawing in Central Italy"
June 2-9, 2019
 

I invite you to draw, learn and celebrate the joy of slow art with me in Central Italy (Tuscany & Umbria), one of the most artistically inspirational places in the world. Learn to "see" more acutely, gain control of the exciting world of color, make your sketchbook your companion and use it as a tool for meditation. Let me share with you the beauty and incredible art history of this "Cradle of the Renaissance", while we learn to use our sketchbook as a way of life. Diane Cardaci is the author of over 6 art instruction books and has been teaching and sharing her knowledge of the fine art of drawing and painting for over 30 years.
 
Location: Lago Trasimeno Area, Italy
Instructor: Diane Cardaci
Cost: $3370-$3570
Sponsor: Strada Toscana
Website, email, 15613154015


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

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


"Croatia Painting Vacation"
June 6-13, 2019
 

Artists dream vacation! - explore and paint Croatia with Vlad! Be inspired by narrow limestone streets and unique baroque buildings, the endless shimmer of the Adriatic and interplay of light on the old stone buildings, mountain and valley, green hills and naked stones, fishing boats and majestic courtyards. Your instructor Vladislav Yeliseyev, a prominent American watercolor artist and instructor, will take you on a fun painting journey on the Dalmatian coast. Early Bird registration deadline is November 30! Registration is open to painters and non-painting partners. Space is limited to 12 people.
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"'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


"Herman Pekle - Painting Paris and Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Monhegan Watercolor Workshop"
June 8-14, 2019
 

For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to 12 participants. Workshop Goal: To nurture observational skills and use of the watercolor medium in a joyful process of self- expression. It is the intent to provide the participant with basic tools and approaches to painting in watercolor that encourage self-development. Having fun in this workshop is important. A demonstration and art discussion on the first day will get everybody going! We will be painting daily at various beautiful locations around this amazing island. The schedule may change depending upon weather. For a complete prospectus and more information about the workshop, accommodations and travel information to Monhegan Island please send email to Info@RunningWindStudio.com
 
Location: Monhegan, Maine
Instructor: Paul Niemiec, Jr
Cost: $550
Sponsor: The Island Inn
Website, email, 316-430-2659


"Plein Air Artist Retreat: Ireland with Hilary McCarthy"
June 9-14, 2019
 

If you’ve ever lusted after emerald countryside spilling over rocky cliffs and into a gray Irish sea, we’ve found your place. Your home away from home for six blissful days. Immerse yourself in the location and record your journey and time spent in this special place. In this workshop, the beautiful and mysterious landscape of the Irish coast will be our muse and inspire our paintings. We will be learning the formal elements of plein air painting in oil. Color mixing, color theory, value importance, and atmosphere will be discussed. We will focus on learning the anatomy of the sea and how to paint waves, foam, light reflections.
 
Location: Westport, Ireland
Instructor: Hilary Robin McCarthy, www.hilarymccarthyart.com
Cost: $3,795 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 12-19, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll 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. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 17-24, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! The Alps are a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from window boxes. One of the highlights of the tour is Annecy, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. Daily demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 19-26, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll 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. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Russia Painting and Cultural Tour"
June 20-30, 2019
 

Your watercolor instructor will take you on the Dream Painting Trip to Russia. Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad), prominent American artist who was born and educated in Moscow, would like to share with you his 40+ years of painting experience as well as deep knowledge of local traditions and culture. He knows the local views and their locations, and would love to revisit those places with you. Vlad will be demonstrating his techniques and working with each artist individually. Cultural, artistic and gastronomic journey which includes Moscow the heart of Russia, and its soul – the provincial towns of Golden Ring that will let you experience both the modern metropolis with ancient history, and the poesy of Russian countryside.
 
Location: Moscow, Suzdal, Vladimir, Plyos, Russia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein air painting in Central Hungary"
June 25-28, 2019
 

A 4-day painting holiday in Central Hungary. Improve your plein air painting and sketching skills in breathtaking scenery. This course includes a trip to Esztergom, a scenic Danube Bend boat trip, a Danube dinner cruise and wine tasting session in the Etyek wine region. All this for only €399!
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €399 / person
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


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

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


"Reframing the Ordinary"
June 29-30, 2019
 

Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary while drawing in Old City, Philadelphia. Cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation to capture the light, form and feeling of place in the city’s historic streets. Use the camera as a viewfinder and analyze the structure of photographs as means to enhance and inform direct perception. Related activities include training memory, selecting motifs for working, and learning to identify what makes one place more interesting than another visually and graphically.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019
 

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
 
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165


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

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


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

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


"Plein Air Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - All-Levels"
July 2-5, 2019
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Five Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 8-12, 2019
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you to judge values, using warm and cool tones, to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow and to describe the time as well as the type of day. On the first day, Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $900
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Afterglow: Shooting after Dark & The Art of Travel Photography"
July 20-24, 2020
 

From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Movement, color and light combine to give results that are often unseen with the naked eye. Longer shutter speeds can produce imposing cobalt blue skies, surreal car trails and star trails, stunning architecture, one of a kind silhouettes, gorgeous motion blurs, electrifying lightning and of course the awe inspiring Milky Way Galaxy. In the class you will learn everything you need to know on scouting good night locations, camera settings, knowing when and where the Milky Way will be, lightpainting and mastering your camera gear for shooting after dark. It will also cover useful post processing techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Scott Stulberg, www.asa100.com
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Igor Sava in spectacular Spain"
July 22-29, 2019
 

This is a wonderful, unmissable chance to spend a week with two of the best watercolor painters around today. Igor focuses on cityscapes. His approach combines deft control of edges plus visual charm of freely mixed washes. His architectural subjects carry a feeling of atmosphere and light, as well as material textures. Ekaterina emphasises on the delicate more detailed control of her subject. "Every flower tells a story", her still life's just come to life on the canvas. Expect to be captivated and astonished at the versatility of these two outstanding, vibrant and enthusiastic artists. Join this artistic journey in rural Valencian countryside and towns, with plein air and studio studies.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Igor and Ekaterina Sava
Cost: €2295 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


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

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


"Sky in the Landscape with Lana Ballot"
July 29-31, 2019
 

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the role of sky in a landscape - from providing us with compositional elements to setting the mood to taking center stage in a painting. We will focus on how to use underpainting and color layering to create luminous skies and textures of the landscape. For studio work, students can choose to paint from their own photos or from provided photo reference. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lana Ballot
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Capturing the beauty of Bavaria’s Lakes in Oils"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

3 full days of plein air painting by the panoramic and very pleasant Lake Ammersee in Bavaria. Each day artist tutor Tim Holmes guides us to a scenic location where we have fantastic views of harbours with its boat sheds and reed beds. We also visit and paint around the Andechs Klosters, churches and other buildings. Demonstrations in oils by Tim. This painting workshop also includes a paddle steamer across the lake and a short forest walk. So much on offer in the most beautiful part of Germany!
 
Location: Munich, Ammersee, Germany
Instructor: Tim Holmes
Cost: To be confirmed
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


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

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


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks, and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Jason Yeoh in Spaectacular Spain"
August 2-12, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Jason, he will, as usual put everything into this workshop, which includes a ten night stay. Jason will eagerly share with you the principals of his own personal style which fully expresses his inner feelings of a scene. Whatever your level of experience, Jason's style will open your eyes to semi abstract watercolor painting. Jason will explain his procedure of blending first washes while reserving the white areas, then adding color for creating depth, increase the depth with darker shapes. Finally adding the fine, thin, curly lines, which make his paintings so "Jason Yeoh". Using this effect will give you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Jason Yeoh
Cost: €2650 before March (€2950 after March 2019)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"Paint BIG En Plein Air"
August 5-9, 2019
 

This workshop is all about shedding the fear and gathering the tools it takes to paint BIG en plein air! Join Kami and learn her approach to 'plein air' painting on the beautiful and inspiring Madeline Island. She will share her knowledge, passion, and approach to capturing the effect of light on a large canvas. Her goal during this workshop is to push your work to a new level, and to help you develop a strong understanding of the properties of color. Painting is the dance between passion and intellect! Each component is vital in the creation of great Art and it is important to employ both sides in order for the artist to grow to their highest potential.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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

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


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

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


"Creating Visual Impact with Strong Design and Color Harmony"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop will help you make informed design and color decisions, therefore giving you more creative control over your chosen subject. If you cannot place your shapes correctly, and with tonal accuracy, in the beginning of your process, your chances of finishing will diminish. Finding a way to control small movements in both tone and color temperature is the key. If you want to capture the light and atmosphere of a place you have to be organized and execute your design with confidence. This class is taught both in and out of the studio for maximum learning retention and understanding. A series of skill building exercises that I have designed will help you steadily improve your paintings.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Photographing the Apostle Islands with Craig Blacklock"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop is open to photographers with a working understanding of their camera settings and a beginning knowledge of how to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. This is an all-week series of unforgettable photo outings with master photographer Craig Blacklock, including a sunset boat cruise to the Apostle Island Sea Caves, canoeing in Madeline Island’s Big Bay Lagoon, a visit to the Bodin’s Fisheries in Bayfield, as well as dawn and sunset photo shoots. Sharpen your compositional skills with group critiques and personal time with Craig, while you edit and print your images in our studio. Craig Blacklock is one of the most knowledgeable Lake Superior photographers in the country and has published more than 17 books.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Blacklock, blacklockgallery.com
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Painting by Lake Wolfgang in Austria"
August 20-21, 2019
 

Only a short distance from Salzburg lies the impressive stretch of Lake Wolfgang in the Austrian Lake District. Some 10 km long, lined by charming settlements and surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range it makes an idyllic location for our 2-day plein air painting workshop. We visit the very popular St Wolfgang and the more tranquil Strobl nearby where we paint and sketch in this alpine paradise. Led by instructor Ibolya Taligas who specialises in watercolour painting and will do demonstrations as well as offer practical advice on painting outdoors. €150/person with flexibility to book your own accommodation and take as many refreshment breaks as you wish. Small group, lots of individual attention.
 
Location: St Wolfgang, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 201 488 2991


"Plein air watercolour painting at Lake Hallstatt in Austria"
August 22-23, 2019
 

A 2-day plein air watercolour painting workshop by the picturesque Lake Hallstatt in Austria. The charming village of Hallstatt is well-hidden between the Hallstatter See and the imposing peaks of the Dachstein mountains. A real gem and a must-see location for any artist. Come and paint the most amazing water reflections of a place that's considered one of the most photographed in the world!
 
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


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

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


"Olga Litvinenko in Spectacular Spain"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Dalvaro Art gives you this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a week of watercolor painting with the wonderful Olga Litvinenko. You will have a fantastic programme of learning while mixing in with the Valencian rural life. This workshop will include value exploration, composition, color theory and color mixing in addition to general sketching techniques. Olga will show you how to photograph as a base for painting in the studio. You will see how to use Olga's simple technique of creating the most successful sketches for painting while using the reference photos to include accurately the main objects of your chosen scene while leaving out the distractions. Plein air and studio work included in this fabulous week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Olga Litvinenko
Cost: €1550 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


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

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


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"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


"Chateau Marouatte (Plein Air Sketching Retreat)"
September 5-12, 2019
 

We will live in a castle in the Dordogne region of France! From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or watercolor painting) up to advanced levels are invited. You don't need any experience in painting plein air (outdoors). Let me guide you through it...we all start somewhere and I'll make it easy!
 
Location: Grand-Brassac, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2019
 

I love France, painting in France, have been there numerous times and would enjoy having my students join me in Provence. We’ll be painting on location, capturing the light and color, no need to be an expert. All students, regardless of skill level are welcome, we’ll have a wonderful time. I will be demonstrating as well, so students can watch how I find compositions and arrange my subject. I will help all students get accurate drawings, and realize how proper values help create mood. We will use a variety of techniques, from realism to more impressionistic styles. For my more advanced students, design and composition will be addressed.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Stan Miller, stanmiller.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Magic of Watercolor: Art and Spirit in Italy"
September 15-21, 2019
 

If you enjoy the combination of art-making with great food and culture and have a call to visit Italy, this trip is for you! 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 refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Let the beauty of the Umbrian landscape inspire you!
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $3495
Sponsor: Melissa Harris Art Enterprises
Website, email, 845-340-9632


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 17-24, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Apostle Islands Night Sky Photography Workshop"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, while learning the art of night sky photography. The workshop dates have been carefully selected for many reasons including moon phases, meteor showers, rise and set times, weather, temperatures, geographical location and current space weather events. The Northern Lights are often seen close to the autumn and spring equinoxes. Most of the shooting will be done on Madeline Island. We will also take a boat ride to Devils Island where we will photograph the caves at sunset before being dropped off on another Apostle Island for an overnight shoot! We will learn how to capture the Milky Way, star trails, panoramas, time-Lapse video, and meteor showers, and also cover the post processing workflow and techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeff Berkes, jeffberkesphotography.com
Cost: $1,595
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Tuscany is a dream come true for Watercolour Sketching! We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. My approach to teaching is positive and encouraging to give you confidence. The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including Italian buildings, landscapes, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Italy.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Judy Salleh, judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Under The Tuscan Sun"
September 27 - October 4, 2019
 

Join us for a magical painting and touring adventure in Tuscany! We will be staying in a 16th century renovated family owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. You will be painting and sketching in watercolor as well as learning Chinese brush painting. Your instructors, Yuki Hall and Diana Marra will share their passion of painting with you throughout the workshop. After a day of painting, you can swim and relax in one of three swimming pools with breathtaking views. Our week in Tuscany will include three fantastic excursions with a English speaking guide; Florence, Siena & San Gimignano and Montalcino, all by private transportation. www.yukihallfineart.com, yukihallfineart@gmail.com, www.dianamarra.com, designbydiana@aol.com
 
Location: Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Cost: $3,200 (double occupancy)
Sponsor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Website, email, 937-679-2464


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

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


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
October 3-10, 2019
 

We look forward to returning to dreamy Tuscany and sharing the adventure with you! We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together. Experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

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


"'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


"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019
 

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Sewing the Land I and II: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes"
January 5-11, 2020
 

Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will explore different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued. Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and develop a large series of work inspired by wetlands and prairies.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sewing the Land I and II: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes"
August 17-21, 2020
 

Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will explore different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued. Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and develop a large series of work inspired by wetlands and prairies.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Urban Sketching in Guanajuato, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Urban Sketching in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


 

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