Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Perspective Drawing: The City"
July 20-21, 2019
 

Capture the buildings and streets of the urban environment without rulers, complicated geometry or stress! Using basic sighting techniques and helpful guidelines, learn to create a convincing sense of three-dimensional space with just a sketchbook and pencil while you work at select downtown locations near PAFA.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $100/class, $175/Two Classes (plus $75/additional class(es))
Website, 415-307-9796


"Bucks County Landscape"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the region 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. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm!
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating Atmosphere in Watercolor Landscapes"
July 22-25, 2019
 

Join Judy Mudd in this 4-day workshop where students will learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and seascape scenes painted in watercolor. The workshop will focus on developing a vision, simplifying and expanding the various parts of a scene, and learning watercolor techniques used to create mood including color choices, values and edges. 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! Visit JudyMudd.com for additional information.
 
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $460
Website, email, 502-550-1827


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-23, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


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

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


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

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


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 28 - August 2, 2019
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is 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. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Power of the Thumbnail"
July 29-30, 2019
 

A thumbnail is a very small sketch or painting outlining the elements in a proposed painting. Thumbnail sketches are a good way to work through an idea, or to try out different compositions. Always remember, a photo can (and should) be adapted to suit you. These tiny paintings are a great source of consistent practice enabling one to work on the principles of painting. Students need to paint miles of canvas to get better at painting. Thumbnails are a great tool to use while on one’s journey. In this class students will work from photos supplied by the teacher. Paintings size will be no larger than 4 x 5 or 4 x 4.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $280 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the role of sky in a landscape/seascape - 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/seascape. 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


"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


"Exploring Pastel Painting & Cloudscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

The statement "I wish I could paint" really means I wish I could convey through painting how I feel about what I am seeing. In art, a cloudscape is the depiction of a view of clouds. We will explore cloudscapes with the inclusion of the landscape to suggest scale, orientation, weather conditions and distance. Fine tune your powers of observation in this very focused and exploratory workshop. Instructor Kathy Beekman creates a comfortable learning environment where class participants excel in the world of soft pastel. This fun-filled informative workshop is designed to suit the beginner, as well as the continuing pastel painter desiring to extend their range of skills. You will complete two paintings during this 6-hour course.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


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

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


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

Learn to let loose with color and successfully create a powerful work of art! Learn to step away from the use of pleasant but dull colors and dive fearlessly into the use of wonderfully pure color. Kathy's approach to painting is easy to understand and participants will take home a completed painting. Bring your expressive potential to life in this amazing pastel painting workshop. Find out how rich in color pastels can be, while you explore a world of painting sunrises and sunsets. Kathy will begin with demonstrations and then guide participants on their individual paintings from start to finish. Kathy is referred to as a fun-loving, fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Aspens with a Palette Knife"
August 4, 2019
 

Learn how to use a palette knife to create beautiful aspens. This workshop is fun and exciting as you experience palette knife painting techniques with acrylics. Participants will be guided in painting a background of skies, fields or mountains. Then, add aspens through layering to give depth and life to your artwork.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
August 5-9, 2019
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is 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. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Translating Light"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Explore Door County while learning how to interpret various lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. This hands-on workshop encourages thoughtful investigation with a critical eye, while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, daily explorations, and critical discussion, develop technical and conceptual skills. Core photographic principles and image design will be reinforced in the studio and in the field. Gain confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations through practical and varied experience with Travis as your guide. Familiarity with your DSLR’s manual mode is required for this workshop. Students should expect some out-of-class assignments.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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, www.kathleendunphy.com
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, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755


"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


"Sketchbook to Studio. Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Elements Of The Landscape: Still Water"
Fridays, August 16, 23, 30 and September 6
 

This workshop is for beginning to intermediate students of the landscape. Over the course of four days students will gain an in-depth experience of painting still water reflections. Learn to train your eye to see the values, study edges in painting water reflections and what lies beneath the surface.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Karen Philpott, karenphilpott.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks!"
August 25, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink – a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, you will be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. The materials fee covers a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to continue creating beyond the workshop. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian — yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on. Sunday’s class will focus on trees. For a full immersion experience, also sign up for Saturday’s class, which will feature florals.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition, use value to invoke a sense of light and manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and go home with an abundance of techniques to use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
August 30-31, 2019
 

The landscape lends itself to rich interpretation and expression. Using acrylic paints and personal photo references, make sense of this subject matter as a jumping off point for abstraction as you explore composition, mark-making, and paint application. Through demonstrations and discussions, Beki will review the basics of acrylic painting before moving into more experimental techniques. Students will work to create their own abstract landscape paintings with individualized feedback from the instructor and group. Open to all levels of experience. More advanced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Discover Oil Painting – Wet & Wild!"
August 30-31, 2019
 

Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With a stunning waterfall or intimate woodsy creek as your model, study water in motion. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Oil painting techniques will be focused on rich transparent darks topped with thick buttery lights. Reference photos will be supplied, or students may use their own. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, critique and lots of painting time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Flowing Color: Waterscapes"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Using Door County and Lake Michigan as inspiration, learn how to paint water that is convincing and filled with a sense of texture and movement. Adopt a three-step watercolor process for value and color studies, while learning to simplify the landscape down to its most basic shapes. Each morning will begin with a short studio demonstration addressing the challenges in painting this particular subject. Spend the rest of the day gaining hands-on practice painting water reflections, moving water, river and wave action, and color solutions. Individualized instruction will be provided throughout each day. A plein air demonstration will be included to show the process in action.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Finger Lakes Plein Arts Adventure"
September 12-15, 2019
 

Capture the beauty of fall in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region by attending Schweinfurth Art Center's Plein Air Adventure! Enjoy four days of painting on the shores and overlooks of several of the 11 finger-shaped lakes. Between and after painting sessions led by artist Mary Padgett, meet farmers and vintners, taste their products, and learn about the region’s culture and history.
 
Location: Auburn, New York
Instructor: Mary Padgett
Cost: $750 for members; $760 for nonmembers
Sponsor: Schweinfurth Art Center
Website, email, 315-255-1553


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
September 13-14, 2019
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills and more out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon: Arizona"
September 16-20, 2019
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! Mitch Baird will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” subjects and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color, and edges- will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Uma Kelkar: Elegance in Watercolors"
September 22-26, 2019
 

Make your watercolors sing by studying the right balance of shapes, colors, and strokes in your scenes. This retreat features a mixture of studio and plein air painting. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Uma Kelkar
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Portable Sketching Techniques for Capturing Structures and Street Scenes"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Walk away with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann will share techniques in using pen and ink and watercolor, zooming in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and achieving convincing yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of time for one-on-one assistance will be emphasized. An enjoyable critique will close each day. Weather permitting, the class will work outside.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color in the Autumn Landscape"
Tuesdays, Sepember 24 - October 15; October 29 - November 19
 

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. In this class we will explore the Earth Primary Palette (a limited palette) and its usefulness as the foundation for paintings which employ the full Impressionist Palette. You will learn how to create depth and light in your autumn canvas, even when the trees are red in the distance, and green up close! Class size is limited to seven, so don't wait! Choose between Morning or Afternoon class.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200 per half day per month
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


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

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


"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
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Exploring the Magic of Watercolor"
October 2-5, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in the unique qualities of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students looking to strengthen their skills in composition, expand their visual language, and develop their artistic voice. Create more interest in your paintings as you exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor with Mick as your guide. Discussions and demonstrations will emphasize the importance of developing dynamic shapes, value contrast, and edge quality to produce sound compositions. Working with a limited palette, simplifying scenes, atmospheric perspective, and color theory will also be addressed. Less experienced students will follow along in step-by-step group paintings, while more experiences painters will work from their own reference materials with Mick available for individual guidance.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mick McAndrews, MickMcAndrewsFineArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2019
 

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


"Raise Your Painting IQ"
Mondays, October 7, 14, 28 and November 4, 11, 18
 

Want to paint better landscapes? We will be covering Color, Composition, and Value in depth. How do these three improve your painting IQ! Want to learn to use greys and vibrant colors together? Want to learn to focus your painting on what is most important? Come paint with us from 9:30-4:00. You will have a week between classes to practice and focus on improving over time.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Paula Frisby
Cost: $350
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Brushing Up in Maryland!"
October 11-13, 2019
 

Randall Sexton returns to Maryland for a "two-part" Four day workshop opportunity. Open to all levels - Sexton will review the basics of bold design and solid picture making while sharing his own methods on location for 3 days of plein air painting (weather permitting) followed by an optional day (Oct 14th) in the studio painting from life with the model(s).
 
Location: Stevensville, Maryland
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495 for first 3 Days, add $130 for Oct 14th
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Website


"Watercolor: The Perfect Plein Air Medium"
October 11-12, 2019
 

Learning to paint on location is not only fun, it can help you to make strides in your studio work as well. Bring excitement to your paintings with the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes in this two-day workshop. Each day will begin with a meeting in the studio to discuss the day’s plan and key concepts with time split between painting indoors and out. Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process for plein air painting, including where to start, what to paint, and how to deal with the elements, as well as share great exercises and practices that will help you become a better painter in and out of the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brienne Brown, BrienneMBrown.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


"Plein Air Painting"
October 21-24, 2019
 

The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. Every day, you will apply what is being taught by getting outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing nature as it changes. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint in scenic locations. Suzie’s personal goal is to identify every student’s level and provide strategies to progress through group instruction, example, and individual interaction. Her humorous, informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Suzie Baker, www.suziebaker.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Beauty of the Skyscape"
October 21-24, 2019
 

In this workshop students will study various clouds and skies from thin wisps to threatening thunderheads. Billowing clouds come in countless shapes, sizes and various colors. Participants will work with photographs with low horizons giving a focus on how to handle different skies, including sunsets and stormy scenes. Linda will provide several photographs and students are encouraged to bring photos of skies that they would like to paint. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape that gives the painting life, going beyond just copying a photograph. Special attention to values, composition and edges will be discussed along with several examples of clouds in progress. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, visual teaching boards and study handouts.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Linda Glover Gooch, www.goochstudio.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstracting the Landscape"
October 21-24, 2019
 

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


"'Captured' - Your References Reimagined with Bethany Fields"
October 23-25, 2019
 

Learn how to take your "boring" photos and create new compositions that pop with light, color and feeling. You will layer, crop and combine reference to create new source imagery. Pastel techniques such as underpainting, embroidering color and methods to bring light into your landscape will be taught and practiced. Demos and one-on-one help at your easel are included each day. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Bethany Fields
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"3-Day Outdoor Painting Workshop"
October 24-26, 2019
 

A 3-day workshop designed for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels or acrylics that will help you strengthened your current abilities, and will focus on the importance of Value, Color, Design and Concept. Marc works with each individual student at their own level and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel, giving individual instruction. Concentration will be spent studying the basic elements of painting...Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design...with Concept being explored at length. Demonstrations will be in oil.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $ 625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Plein Air Painting: Paige Springs, Arizona"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Join Amery for three days of plein air painting. The workshop will be based in the small town of Cottonwood, Arizona. Trips will include a stream-side winery and the famous town of Jerome (known for its charming houses perched on stilts). This region is filled with Arizona's best wine tasting rooms. Each day begins with a demo and continues with personalized instruction to show students how plein air painting will improve their studio work. Amery will be there every step of the way to guide students from scene selection to composition and color.
 
Location: Paige Springs, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"'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


"Studio Landscape"
November 5-8, 2019
 

This comprehensive landscape course focuses on core skills to strengthen studio work. All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on values, composition and color harmony. Jane de-mystifies the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point allows students to loosen up and find their own voice. They’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take their work to the next level. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and plenty of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


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

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


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

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


"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
November 11-14, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and landscape. The first two days will focus on animals, capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb, or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges, and color mixing. The last two days, students will continue to explore the techniques talked about in the animal portrait section to develop exciting landscape paintings. Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks, and approaching their painting fearlessly. Students will work from their own photos and studies. Please bring good photos with interesting light and subject matter.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison, www.juleehutchison.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Watercolors in Plein Air"
November 18-22, 2019
 

This class is designed to familiarize the student with the joy of painting outdoors. Keen observation combined with the student’s personal interpretation for an expressive painting will be the mainstay of discussion. Students will be visiting several locations so transportation is encouraged with the possibility of sharing rides. All levels of experience welcome. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Debra Keirce - 4 Steps to a Realistic Painting"
December 4-7, 2019
 

In this workshop we will use modern materials in a way that I believe the old masters would have used them. My method optimizes speed and realism, using ancient concepts. My process is independent of subject matter. That means that you can apply it to still life, portrait, landscape, floral, pet paintings or anything you are working on. All skill levels welcome. I am limiting the workshop to 12 students, because I want this to be intimate for everyone. I will spend as much time with you as you like. We will be in the very comfortable and well lit back rooms of Seaside Art Gallery, surrounded by the work of master artists.
 
Location: Nags Head, North Carolina
Instructor: Debra Keirce
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Seaside Art Gallery
Website, email, 252-441-5418


"Landscape Painting from Start to Finish: Creating Atmosphere, Space and Light"
December 7-9, 2019
 

The sky is an ocean of atmosphere many miles deep - a transparent sea of air. As we look out into the vista, we may not be conscious of actually seeing the air but we plainly see its effects on the landscape. When painters begin to go outside and use natural lighting, they will find that nature’s value scale is immeasurably beyond their own tiny value scale. Learn how to make a true representation of any scene in nature using “relative” rather than “absolute” or actual values and color relationships. Expect concept lectures, demonstration, and individual instruction as Doug winds students through the myriad of knowledge needed to develop their skills for painting beautiful and believable space. Students will be painting from photos.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Doug Diehl, www.douglasdiehlartist.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air in Studio: the Color of Value"
December 10-13, 2019
 

This is a four-day in-studio workshop, designed for intermediate to advanced students who have had some experience working in plein air or would like to learn techniques to work more successfully on location. Focus will be on designing the large patterns in terms of value (dark to light) developing these shapes into color and keeping the color true to the value they represent. By limiting the number of values, form takes the lead over minutiae; thus, strengthening the impact of the work. Students should bring their own photos and references. Some photo references will be available for students to choose from if needed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathryn Stats, www.kathrynstats.com
Cost: $775 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sunshine and Value"
December 16-18, 2019
 

Pastel is pure pigment, with rich, jewel-like color unattainable with any other media. This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the pastel medium. Learn the ins and outs under the tutelage of an experienced painter and teacher, in an engaging, informative, and fun workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty! In addition to materials, students will be expected to bring their own references to work from, preferably landscape, as this is Christine’s area of expertise, particularly in rendering light effects. All levels are welcome. Students will be met at their own level, and more advanced pastel painters will be encouraged to stretch, develop and grow in their style of painting, as there will be much individual-at-easel critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Christine Debrosky
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"City Life"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Scott will be demonstrating his approach to painting the urban landscape in the studio, from start to finish. Students will start with a tight accurate drawing, followed by loose, painterly paint application. Scott will communicate the basics of painting a dynamic urban scene focusing on values, edge control, proportion, and refining shapes. Students will hone their skills by learning to see how light, shadow, color, and temperature change, and how to apply these elements to painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott W. Prior, www.scottwprior.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
January 13-17, 2020
 

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


"Plein Air Painting at Saguaro Lake Ranch, Arizona"
January 20-23, 2020
 

Come and paint with Mitch Baird at historic Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located on the banks of the Salt River in the shadow of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs. Mitch will cover concepts of learning to optically “see” the subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting- composition, drawing, value, color and edges-will be discussed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere and light. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Saguaro Lake Ranch, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure in a Landscape"
January 24-26, 2020
 

This workshop is dedicated to painting the figure in the landscape. Students will be working from photographs and are encouraged to bring in their own photo reference. Images will also be provided by Amery. Students will begin by starting with a solid approach for the selected subject. Value, composition, and color will all be key topics along with understanding when to continue and when to stop. Amery will also discuss the finer points of adding figures to landscapes so that they complement instead of conflict with each other.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Light"
February 3-7, 2020
 

Tim began his career painting outside, but now spends much of his time painting in the studio. In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be daily demonstrations and discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photo Tour Phoenix/Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley"
February 4-16, 2020
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for 11 days of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona, the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Painted Desert & Pertrified Forrest, and the historic Route 66!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting the Old West: Tubac, Arizona"
February 10-14, 2020
 

Phil Starke’s focus will be on helping students simplify the plein air subject and mix colors that suggest light not detail. Two of the most important aspects to plein air painting are creating a strong, expressive design and understanding how to interpret color outdoors. Students will focus on developing a sense of design and rhythm, learning to take what the landscape gives them and improve upon it. While staying at the Tubac Golf Resort, a restored 1800’s ranch, students will be near the Santa Rita Mountains on the Santa Cruz River. Tubac provides old adobe buildings and street scenes to paint. There will also be slide shows in the evenings, group critiques and dinners, and sunrise painting for early risers.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Phil Starke, www.philstarke.com
Cost: $665 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air with Mark Boedges"
February 24-28, 2020
 

“When I paint, I am trying to tell the truth about my subject. Every time I put brush to canvas, I am trying to find what is essential about that scene and to give it life on the canvas. Invariably, a significant part of this goal is achieved by simply rendering an authentic light. Whether direct sunlight or indirect ambient light, I aim to capture the particular effect that the light is having on my subject on that day and at that time everything else in my painting flows from this.” – Mark Boedges. This workshop will focus primarily on giving students the tools to render authentic light by carefully using correct values and rigorously maintaining color temperature relationships between light and shadow.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"How to Take Years off of the Landscape Painting Curve; Painting in Gold Canyon, AZ"
March 2-6, 2020
 

The information in this workshop will be based on over twenty articles that John has done for “Outdoor Painter” (Plein Air Magazine’s on-line newsletter) along with his soon to be released book: “The Landscape Painter’s Learning Guide.” This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Instruction will focus on the main areas of study that all painters need to learn in order to perfect their craft: light, design, color, value, edges and brushwork. John will help students simplify the painting process, enabling you to create landscapes that more effectively expresses your vision as an artist.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: John Hughes, www.johnhughesstudio.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Create Moving Atmosphere in the Landscape"
March 5-8, 2020
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. Students will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give their paintings depth. They will also learn tools for effective self-critique so they can strengthen their own work at each stage of progress. Hudson will bring examples of her preparatory sketches and color studies so students can thumb through those in person. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $600 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
March 16-20, 2020
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student wishing to develop further fundamentals in landscape painting, including a greater understanding for values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective, and composition including design organization and emphasis. The focus will also be on developing more fluid brushwork and a personal statement in representing outdoor subject matter. The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels, and students will learn a reliable step-by-step, systematic shorthand for either studio or on-location painting. Though we will accomplish eight to ten painting studies during the course of the week, the primary focus will be on imparting the necessary information for self-evaluation and growth far beyond the scope of the five-day workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.net
Cost: $655 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Sketch and Quick Studies to Studio"
March 23-26, 2020
 

This workshop will be about efficiency in collecting field sketches and converting them to studio paintings. Students will be catching those moments in the day that make the Sonoran Desert the worthwhile subject matter that it is to paint. There are also specific exercises designed to see and capture the essence of a scene and concept which will be presented during the workshop. With their fresh field sketches in hand, students will be painting in the studio, combining the color from the field with the information from their cameras. Students will be working with both to produce studio pieces where all aspects of this process will be condensed and consolidated: color, design, drawing, and personal expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ray Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Cost: $635 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting in the Studio"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

During this five-day workshop, the time will be spent working on a single studio painting based on the student’s photographs. Calvin will begin with a demonstration and spend the remaining time with each student throughout the rest of the day. Students will learn to plan an effective composition and to better see and use warm and cool colors in a landscape. Calvin will teach students how to use hard and soft edges to create space in a painting and how to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color, and drawing skills. Students will learn the reasons for using different paint surface textures and brushstroke directions and how to get the best possible results in a short time.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Calvin Liang, www.calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $840 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Discover a New Way of Seeing Color"
April 13-17, 2020
 

“Color that expresses the light key of nature can make any subject strikingly beautiful.” -Camille Przewodek. This workshop introduces a way of seeing and using color to paint outdoor light; capturing the time and type of day by expressing the various light keys of nature. The first two days, students will paint outdoor still life (crucial study that will prepare students to tackle the landscape on Wednesday and Thursday). On Friday, students will study the clothed figure outdoors. Students are encouraged to bring original artwork or photos and talk to Camille about their vision as artists during the week. Camille is an acknowledged authority on color that regularly serves as an entry and awards judge.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Camille Przewodek, www.przewodek.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Interpreting the Landscape/Seascape"
April 13-17, 2020
 

This course is designed for experienced painters whether intermediate or advanced! We will explore the process of portraying the landscape from field studies through finished paintings. The painting process will be studied from all of its essential criteria: concept sketches, composition, drawing, color and technique! Because painting is a craft, there will be daily demonstrations to illustrate methods and techniques and copious personal instruction. During the course we will work on location (weather permitting) as well as in the studio. Through the introduction and reinforcement of the constructs of painting, the course is designed to elevate your work to a higher level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Donald Demers, www.donalddemers.com
Cost: $865 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Painting: Clean and Simple"
April 20-22, 2020
 

Howard Carr is considered a master of color and an outstanding teacher who emphasizes the simplicity of how a painting works and how to do it. Pure, clean, luminous results in one’s landscapes are taught step-by-step, from beginning to end, with daily demonstrations and individual instruction. Each day will begin with a question-and-answer session followed by an hour-long painting demonstration. Students will spend the remainder of the day painting at their easel with personalized instruction. The subject matter will be landscape painting from photographs. Howard will demonstrate daily, and give individual critiques throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Howard Carr, www.howardcarrfineart.com
Cost: $415 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 20-24, 2020
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily in this exciting workshop. The still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will all be focused on as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Suggesting Reality"
April 20-24, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
April 30 - May 2, 2020
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. Course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding Color-The Power of a Limited Palette"
May 11-14, 2020
 

There are certain irrefutable truisms in painting, one is the fewer colors used, the stronger and more harmonious the statement. Working from a “standard” palette of 12-14 colors, students will calculate progressive sequences on the color wheel to create complimentary schemes, simple triads, and dynamic triads of color, referred to as harmonic chords, comprised of three to six colors, and explore how to select the best color set to serve our concept. Each new piece will require an entirely new working palette. The goal of this workshop is to give the artist a reliable foundation for making color decisions, in other words to demystify color harmony in painting and empower them with a deeper understanding of an important principle.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: M. W. Skip Whitcomb, www.skipwhitcomb.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 11-14, 2020
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop that will provide students with the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot6.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Boulder, Colorado"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Join Mark for a five-day intensive plein air workshop in the beautiful Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Mark will take his students high into the mountains, just west of Boulder, to paint crashing streams and epic vistas. Students will watch Mark demo each day, and then receive personalized one-on-one critiques of their work as they paint. Portable equipment and transportation required. Students will receive lodging recommendations upon registration.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Mark Boedges, www.markboedges.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air Painting in Beartooth, Montana"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene we choose to paint. We will try to see things less literally, but in more of an “Abstract” way as a beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. Students will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing "finished" paintings, as it frees them up to learn with less pressure. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Ned will do class demonstrations and work with each individual. There will also be group critiques.
 
Location: Beartooth, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


 

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