Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Flash Forward Saturdays"
July 20, August 17, 24

This is a very successful series combining “studio critique” and “location painting”. The group is open to all levels, but especially designed for the experienced artist to “Move Forward”, strengthening their skills and understanding of painting while working en plein air. The class begins with a general Critique (studio or plein air) in our Crockett studio and then proceeds to a nearby painting spot.
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $100/class, $175/Two Classes (plus $75/additional class(es))
Website, 415-307-9796

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

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

"Capturing the Light: Painting in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, CA"
August 7-10, 2019

Frustrated with trying to catch the ever-changing light while painting outdoors? Always wanted to learn about plein air painting but have been afraid to try it? Need some inspiration to kick-start your work? This workshop is for you! Join Kathleen Dunphy, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Hope Valley, CA. Kathleen will walk you through her process for creating dynamic, light-filled paintings. All levels welcome, beginner to professional. This workshop starts with a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of good painting and tips for plein air work. Workshop includes lectures, hand-outs, demonstrations, lots of one- on-one instruction and painting on location with a variety of subject matter.
Location: Hope Valley, California
Instructor: Kathleen Dunphy,
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
August 9-11, 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,
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson,
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Sketching Workshop in Santa Barbara"
April 10-15, 2020

Join us on this 5 day workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara. Our instructor Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. He has taught many workshops all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching. From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the magnificent scenery around you. Lapin has already filled around 190 sketchbooks over the last 15 years and has published 25 books!
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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