Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Glenn Grubbs Architectural Sketching and Iphone Photography"
July 24 - August 2, 2018

California Artist/Architect, Glenn Grubbs, leads an incredible journey of discovery to the churches, castles, antiquities and natural wonders of the Dordogne region. Artistic focus, creating architectural sketches and iPhone photography. Daily adventures will include a visit to Lascaux IV for cave paintings and museum designed by Snøhetta, a Canoe trip on the River Dordogne past La Roque Gageac, Castellnaud La Chapelle and Beynac Castle. Other day trips include visits to the Cahors Cathedral, Sarlat Le Caneda, Rocamadour and more! Glenn will share ideas, techniques and experiences to help take your drawing and photography skills to the next level. A passion for architecture, history, or beauty of the French countryside and villages, this is the trip of a lifetime!
Location: Dordogne, France
Instructor: Glenn Grubbs
Cost: From 2695 Euros
Sponsor: Perigord Retreats
Website, email, 0033680288237

"High School Intensive: Photography"
July 30 - August 3, 2018

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers DSLR camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, and creating digital prints. A limited number of cameras are available for checkout during the course from the PAFA library if needed, on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to guarantee equipment availability, students requiring a rental camera must reserve one through the Continuing Education Office when registering.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples,
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Photographing The Apostle Islands with Craig Blacklock"
July 30 - August 3, 2018

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 at your side. Throughout the week, 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 on Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Blacklock,
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Translating Light"
July 30 - August 2, 2018

Explore the landscape of Door County as you learn 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 while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of daily explorations, studio instruction, and critical discussion, you will 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.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée,
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Photographing your Artwork"
August 4, 2018

The ability to document artwork is an important skill for any artist pursuing exhibition, professional or academic opportunities. Learn basic lighting and photography techniques to document drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. Bring 2 - 3 pieces of art and your digital camera for hands-on experience.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples,
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Developing a Creative Vision for Your Photography"
August 6-7, 2018

Our perspective on the world around us informs our decisions as photographers. This workshop provides an opportunity to tap into what interests you, so you can find your unique voice behind the camera. Using critical thinking, visual exploration, and interactive idea book exercises, you will uncover overlooked curiosities and brainstorm how to transform those interests into creative content for future photography projects. Leave this workshop feeling motivated, more confident in your ideas, and with a clear and exciting direction.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel,
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Printmaking one-week immersion workshop: Photolithography"
August 6-10, 2018

Immerse yourself! This one-week intensive workshop allows you to focus entirely on learning a new skill. Each workshop is led by a leading professional in her or his field. This class is geared toward professionals and highly experienced amateurs. Topic: Photolithography. Learn to print multi-plate, color lithographic prints from photographs. We will also explore Pronto and Smart plate printing. Instructor, Christopher Wallace, has taught for Frogman’s Print Workshops, the University of Houston, and Glassell School of Art. His work is exhibited internationally.
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Instructor: Christopher Wallace
Cost: $400; non-Maryland residents add $255
Sponsor: Community Arts at Montgomery College
Website, email, 240-567-5806

"Sights and Sounds of Fish Creek: An Introduction to DSLR Video"
August 8-11, 2018

Designed for the skilled photographer, this workshop will introduce the powerful video features of your DSLR camera and provide a basic foundation in the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop will be dedicated to gaining familiarity with your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, video experiments, and individualized feedback. From there, independent and small group shooting assignments will provide you with hands-on experience shooting still and moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, editing, and exporting files. Facility with your DSLR is required for this workshop.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stewart Stroup,
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"The Secrets to Natural Light Portrait Photography"
August 17-18, 2018

Take your portrait photography to the next level in this hands-on workshop. With a focus on naturally lit portraits, learn how to view and interpret light in relation to the figure, guide your subject, and infuse each image with content. Through lectures, guided exercises, and discussions, this workshop will address historical and contemporary trends in portraiture, adapting to different times of day and filters of light, interacting with and guiding your subject, candid vs posed or stylized approaches, and scouting locations. You will shoot on location with models and fellow classmates as subjects. An understanding of your DSLR and manual mode are required.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames,
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Catalyst Art Retreat - Summer Edition - Tuscan villa with studio"
August 19-25, 2018

Imagine swimming in marble-bouldered rivers, cooling dips and beers at the pool, and warm evenings dining beneath a pergola with one of the best views in the world. You'll have access to a huge, beautifully lit art studio. On the last evening we'll host an art exhibition. Visual artists, crafters, and makers are welcome. We welcome all skill levels, but studio time will be self-directed. An artist mentor is available to lend a hand when needed. What's Included: 6 nights accommodations at Casa Berti; Transfers to/from Pisa Airport or Lucca; Breakfast buffet, lunch, snacks, and dinner (Includes beer, wine, liquor); Studio access; Art salons and impromptu studio activities; Day trip to Lucca with lunch; Art exhibition; Taxes, fees, and gratuities.
Location: Lucca, Italy
Cost: 2,500/3,000€
Sponsor: Catalyst Art Retreat
Website, email

"The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography"
August 20-24, 2018

Glenn Randall’s approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes far beyond such photographic basics as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. It includes mastering exposure strategies so that you can shoot in any kind of light, learning to refine your compositions until they clearly convey the essence of your idea, mastering techniques for shooting stitched panoramas, and achieving extraordinary depth-of-field through the use of focus-stacking and tilt-shift lenses. Mastering the craft also means learning to use an array of apps and programs to plan your shoots to be in the right place at the right time.
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Glenn Randall
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Mixed Media & Photography at Mission San Juan Capistrano"
August 23-25, 2018

Learn how to integrate your own photography with the mixed media process. With our cameras we will visit the historical landmark of the Mission San Juan Capistrano capturing dramatic imagery. We will then spend the remaining time working on our mixed media pieces. During the weekend you will be working on two 12 x 12 in. wood panels. I will show you step-by-step how to combine collage, your own photography, acrylic painting, layering, texturizing, adhering found objects and more. Some acrylic painting or mixed media experience is helpful, but not required. Join me in this unique & creative workshop. With mixed media you have the freedom to explore your creativity. You’ll be surprised at what you can create.
Location: San Clemente, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: $375.00
Sponsor: San Clemente Art Supply
Website, email, 626-470-7278

"Autumn Landscape Photography Workshop with Craig Varjabedian"
October 1-5, 2018

Challenge yourself and improve your image making vision with award winning photographer, Craig Varjabedian! Whether you are focusing your camera at the famous Lake Superior red sandstone cliffs and Sea Caves or capturing the dynamic weather and fall color, you’ll be sure to walk away with photographs of a lifetime. Enjoy daily instruction in the field along the shores and back roads of this very special location and receive feedback on your images while learning about such aspects of digital photography as histograms and HDR. This workshop is best suited to the intermediate - advanced digital photographer.
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Varjabedian
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
October 4-7, 2018

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before May 10 - $495, After May 10 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278

"Contemporary Practices Oil Painting Workshop"
October 5-7, 2018

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to J Louis' art-marketing process from conception to actualization focusing on figure photography, computer-aided design, and traditional oil painting technique. Whether you are a passionate painting enthusiast or professional artist, J Louis will help you explore new opportunities in figurative art. This workshop will focus on painting the figure with contemporary tools and techniques. You will be guided through the fundamentals of live model photography, composition, material application, and the completion of a finished art piece.
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: J. Louis
Cost: $600.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414

"Introduction to Your DSLR"
October 5-6, 2018

Designed to help you develop fluency with your DSLR camera, this two-day workshop will provide a framework in how your camera functions, adjusting settings in manual mode, and composing images. The first day will begin with a basic overview of the functions, settings, and features of your camera. Guided instruction will provide you with hands-on practice adjusting the exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and more, resulting in an understanding of what they each mean, how to change them, and when. Explore composition through a series of exercises addressing the rule of thirds, perspective, framing, repetition, and personal expression. Leave this workshop with new skills and confidence.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames,
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"New England Art Workshop Retreat"
October 11-16, 2018

Join Amber Palmer for an exclusive artists' retreat---a week of Autumn Color Painting in beautiful New Hampshire! You will have the unique opportunity to both paint and photograph in this magical setting. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an experienced watercolor artist or photographer, the Gibson House is the perfect place to be inspired. Two 50-foot long porches overlook the Connecticut River Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont, insuring outdoor work and relaxation space in any weather. Formal gardens and the picture-perfect Village of Haverhill Corner offer tranquility and visual stimulation. Additional excursions will be included to Castle in the Clouds in nearby Moultonborough, NH and to a hidden 'On Golden Pond' inspired lakeside for plein air painting and photography.
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Amber Palmer
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

"The Elusive Image - Photo Plus Encaustic"
October 12-14, 2018

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Explore different paper printing options for photographs - from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. We will embed our photographic prints in an encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to overpaint them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand color. Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered. No prior encaustic experience required, but general art making experience helpful. Instructor will supply paint, medium and all necessary equipment and brushes, as well as all printing equipment and paper.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292

"Day of the Dead Art Adventure in Mexico 2018"
October 29 - November 3, 2018

This special workshop offered in colonial town San Miguel de Allende includes: Intro to urban sketching, great photo opportunities painting and shopping. See the Heart of Mexico through an artist perspective, workshop in mono-type painting, ofrenda (Mexican altar), and paint your own skull. Plus, an afternoon of shopping in the famous artisan market and one full day visiting to Guanajuato, Guanajuto the historical and unique Colonial city. Register early, this workshop fills up fast! Only 9 per workshop. All levels of painting experience welcomed. Best way to experience San Miguel for the first time! Instructors: Painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu are internationally renowned artists who have being teaching since 1989, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art.
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250 most materials included, 1Day road trip, shopping
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311

"Seeing the World as a Photograph"
January 3-6, 2019

An introductory workshop into seeing the world as a photograph, using your digital camera. There will be perceptual exercises: gestalt flash-drawings and a Rudolf Arnheim drawing exercise. Compositional basics will be covered such as seeing photography through paintings and other photographs: The frame, Lighting, Point of view. Camera basics: Aperture, shutter, ISO, lenses/focal length, dynamic range, image formats, RAW images and their use, will also be covered. The course will involve simple image adjustment (dodging/burning), using Adobe Raw and Photoshop software. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal – seeing and discussing each other’s work. Noticing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik,
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Cuba: Anything But Ordinary"
January 16-21, 2019

Explore with us and experience Cuba’s vibrant culture and its people. Your days in Havana will be a wonderful blend of art, music, food, vintage cars and behind the scene experiences. You’ll even venture outside the city into the beautiful countryside of Vinales Valley. We’ve invited Joan Clifford, adjunct professor of digital photography and photojournalism, to travel with our group for those travelers wishing to enhance their knowledge about the features on their smart phones. Joan will be on hand sharing tips and techniques along with a host of creative apps to help you capture those awesome travel photo’s with your phone. After spending time with Joan, your photo’s will be more than just another travel snapshot!
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Joan Clifford
Cost: $2,795 Shared, $3,275 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209

"Taking Perfect Portrait Reference Photos Like a Pro!"
March 16, 2019

Shana and David will go through the different equipment such as cameras, lights, and software that they use to capture beautifully clear photo references that mimic the information that artists would have when drawing or painting from a live model. They fully describe the benefits of working with strobe lights to create natural lighting on the model even with many different strong chiaroscuro lighting conditions. Discussion will also revolve around the pitfalls of photography and how to fully understand all aspects of what one is capturing in one’s painting. Students will leave this workshop with many quality photo references of their own. This information is invaluable to those artists that work on commissioned portraits as well as personal paintings.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Jon Kassan & Shana Levenson
Cost: $90 + $20 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Capturing a Full Portrait of Madeline Island"
August 12-16, 2019

For most photographers, taking a trip presents an incredible opportunity to capture the unique sights and allure of a new place. But are there any guidelines on how to best approach photographing a new destination? Learn what to consider when planning your itinerary and your photographs. Seasoned travel photographer Pei Ketron will lead the class to different visually-rich locations around Madeline Island, including the Big Bay Lagoon and downtown La Pointe, where she will provide instruction on how best to capture the scenes you encounter, whether you're shooting with a DSLR, film camera, or smartphone. This workshop also includes a private boat tour of the Devils Island sea caves, on the northern-most Apostle Island.
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pei Ketron,
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Digital Painting Lesson (Concept Art & Illustration)"
Begin any time

Problem solving is a critical skill in art and the creative process is replete with unpredictable twists and turns. In this class, Marco guides you through his process of painting an improvised, yet cohesive fantasy environment. He talks in-depth about how the foundations of art serve as touchstones upon which to build, and how to tune your mindset to the task of discovering a new idea. Overview: - Insight into the fundamentals of painting: drawing, value, edges, and color - Making brushstrokes that add charisma to paintings - Navigating the creative process and discovering new concepts - Methods of telling a visual story - Developing a mindset that fosters confidence in your workflow - A non-technical, artistic approach to Photoshop
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Marco Bucci
Cost: $25 USD
Sponsor: Marco Bucci Art
Website, email


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