Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
March 27-29, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Amarillo Art Institute
Website, email, 877-354-8803


"All Media Workshop with Donna Zagotta"
March 27-29, 2019
 

The emphasis of this lively workshop is getting past the “explanation factor” and zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – the YOU factor! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach to composition and the formal elements – a key ingredient in turning everyday subjects into creative, imaginative, and expressive paintings. All levels welcome. All media is welcome, but Donna will demo in watermedia.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Oil and Wax: Personal Color and Powerful Design"
March 28-31, 2019
 

This workshop is for artists working with cold wax and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers but want to explore the next step – how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through emphasis on mixing colors, the importance of grays and glazes, creating strong values, and meaningful mark making. The majority of workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pamela Caughey
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Group Critique with Neysa Grassi & Bruce Samuelson"
March 30, 2019
 

PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives. Led by PAFA faculty and critics Neysa Grassi and Bruce Samuelson, a group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi & Bruce Samuelson
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Design, Design, Design"
April 4-6, 2019
 

The focus of the workshop is design in watercolor. Design is deliberate and intuitive. It goes well beyond just painting a pretty picture. The mission of this workshop is to stimulate your mind through the "thinking process" and the emphasis will be through landscape painting. Exploring shapes and their relationships and placement on paper; exploring lights and darks; exploring color in design; and adding verve to your painting (movement, calligraphy, design for flatness, and abstraction), will all be addressed in this workshop.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ratindra Das
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Ceramics: Serve with Finesse"
April 5-6, 2019
 

Come watch master ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks demonstrate some of their clay wheel and handbuilding skills and techniques making unique serving dishes and then make your own to serve your special occasion or favorite foods. Learn how to alter basic bowl forms by darting, stretching, and reforming them and then embellishing with carvings, sprigs, and/or handles. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are ceramic artists working in their studio in Wellington, Alabama. The husband/wife team has just published, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development. Loucks received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and Hesser, from the University of Florida. Visit lynnettehesserceramics.com and stevelouckspottery.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks
Cost: $325 Museum members/ $350 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


"The Law of Light and the Figure"
April 6-7, 2019
 

Truly understand Light and the rules surrounding it so any subject can be painted accurately. Nude models.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann, PSA IAPS-MC
Cost: $295
Website, email, 724-612-2886


"5 Paintings in 5 Days, Painting Vacation in Mexico"
April 8-12, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all it is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311


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

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 12-14, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Website, email, 256-760-6379


"Gallery-Going"
Fridays, April 19 - May 3, 2019
 

Interested in visiting galleries or collecting art, but don’t know where to start? Explore Philadelphia’s diverse gallery scene with artist and PAFA alum Susan Sullivan for an insider’s view of the artist/gallery relationship. Visit artist-run, commercial, and alternative exhibition spaces, as well as local artists’ studios, for the latest art in the city.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Susan S. Sullivan
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolour Painting Florence"
April 20-27, 2019
 

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 24-26, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


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

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


"Paying Attention: The Life Studio as Painted Space"
April 27-28; Intro Lecture, Friday April 26
 

In this master class, Stuart Shils addresses perceptual and graphic clarity, offering a controlled setting in which to examine pictorial concerns far beyond “how to” paint the figure. Students study translating their perceptions into articulate painted space and explore color, composition, and design. They’ll take a close look at both the set-up of the room and at the painting, with the “model” as part of a larger graphic configuration. Students will work in acrylic paint, NOT oil. In preparation for his class, Mr. Shils presents a 90-minute introductory lecture with slides, examining issues of perceptual awareness. The talk serves as "Chapter One" of the class, so all participants should plan to be there.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $575 Wayne Art Center members/ $605 non-members
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


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

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


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

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


"Plein Air Workshop with Shanna Kunz"
May 9-11, 2019
 

Utah native, Shanna Kunz, will join us again this year as our plein air teacher. We will spend a limited amount of time in the classroom, with most of our time outdoors engaged in learning from Shanna's demos or being coached as we paint our own plein air paintings. Participants will choose their own subject matter from the breathtaking beauty of Edisto Island, South Carolina. We will focus on composition, thumbnail sketches, color theory and shape placement with daily critiques. Oil painters of all levels of expertise are welcome. Please visit the website for more details.
 
Location: Edisto Beach, South Carolina
Instructor: Shanna Kunz
Cost: $400.00
Sponsor: Edisto Art Retreats
Website, email, 704-608-0640


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
May 10-12, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Website, email


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

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


"Manolo Jiménez Sánches"
May 12-19, 2019
 

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


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

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


"Loli Alvaro, Acrylics in Spectacular Spain"
May 23-30, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Loli Alvaro, who will put everything into this workshop. Loli will eagerly share with you the principals of her own personal style which fully expresses her inner feelings for painting. Whatever your level, Loli's open, enthusiastic style of teaching will open your eyes to her concept of semi-abstract acrylic painting. During this wonderful week you will be shown basic concepts, paint properties, styles and color mixing. Using these easy explanations you will have an understanding of light and shadows, learn the sequence of planning, discovery and implementation. Allowing you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation. Ideal for beginners or those wishing to try something new in this medium.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: €1575 private, en suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Watercolor Adventures in France with Steve and Janet Rogers (Week 1)"
May 25 - June 1, 2019
 

Join Janet and Steve Rogers as they lead this exciting workshop in the beautiful region of the Lot Dordogne in Southwest France at gorgeous Domaine du Haut Baran, a restored 18th Century Country Manor Home with modern accommodations. Trip will include transportation to and from airport, painting and touring beautiful villages and sites. Our host, William Haas speaks fluent French and will accompany us throughout. Rosalie Haas will delight us with her gourmet French cuisine! A modern studio complete with French easels, tables, stools, AC, etc. is available 24/7. Also includes individual attention from Janet&Steve as well as class instruction in studio or on site. This is a very limited and exclusive workshop in a fairy tale setting!
 
Location: Puy l'Eveque, France
Instructor: Steve and Janet Rogers
Cost: $2,950.00 per person, double occupancy
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Website, email, 386-451-8441


"Capturing Intriguing Light"
May 30-June 1, 2019 (10am-5pm)
 

Kathleen Denis generously and thoroughly teaches the essential elements to help you create a great work of art that captures the light and intrigues the viewer. She will include applicable daily lectures, demos and personal hands on assistance. Day one you will learn how to make creative compositions with focal points and depth, while developing and applying value studies. Day two you will learn how to mix, choose and apply colors that captivate your viewer. And day three you will learn how to add the finishing touches with edges and details needed to create your masterpiece! Kathleen works with various levels of students, but some painting experience is needed. This class will be taught in oils.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Kathleen Denis
Cost: $350 members, $380 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Tuscany's Val D'Orcia - Plein Air"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Come for a week of plein air painting, camaraderie, and fun! Talented artist Mary Garrish will be instructing for 5 full days. June is a great time to visit and paint Tuscany, with colorful landscape and splendid weather! Our "home base" farmhouse sits on a hilltop with glorious views on every side. As well as painting on the grounds of the farmhouse, we will visit several nearby painting locations. The farmhouse and grounds, though updated and comfortable still retain their original charm. A pool overlooking Mount Amiata completes the picture. 7 nights lodging (single occupancy/private bath), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction, taxes and tips included in the fee. Open to all levels and only 8 participants!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3150/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


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

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


"Painting the Light in the Studio and Out"
June 3-4, 2019
 

When you can paint the light, you can paint anything. Painting directly from life, develop skill in observing, simplifying, and translating complex visual information in broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you paint the effects of light, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will take the mystery out of color mixing and color theory, including how to identify value, build harmony, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working in the studio on day one and en plein air on day two, you will practice painting the large masses of color and light, followed by more sophisticated color and value as you work through the painting process.
 
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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Herman Pekel - Painting Paris' Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

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


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

Eucalyptus, palms, and oaks - Oh my! Learn the effortless way to paint trees. What are the color of distant trees? How the heck to get sky holes that look real? Debra will teach you simple solutions for your success. Debra Huse is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Debra is a Signature Member with the American Society of Marine Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 12-14, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Painting in Black and White"
June 14-15, 2019
 

Explore dramatic possibilities in your paintings with a limited palette of black and white. Using the concept of Notan, a balance of dark and light, this workshop will refine your ability to create illusionistic space in any composition through the relationships of figure and ground and transparency and opacity. Working from still life setups, personal photo references of the landscape, and experimental and abstract prompts, you will work through a series of small exercises and paintings. The importance of value and its ability to create depth will be emphasized throughout as you hone your skills in observing and translating value to canvas. The workshop will be comprised of discussions, demonstrations, and group critiques led by Shannon. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


"Journaling with Pens and Watercolor"
June 16, 2019
 

Pens with watercolor are a very useful combo for journaling on location and just about anywhere! We’ll work with an assortment of water soluble and waterproof pens to create textures, values, and compositions in journals. This will be the foundation for color transparencies. Learn how to paint watercolor layers and fused colors with intensity. This is your chance to play with shape making and combine images in an artful way on paper. Paint freely while dropping in color onto the wet paper surface. And no worries if you’ve never painted or drawn before! I’ll go over the basics and there will be images available to work from or bring some images of your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on studio practice development, including material, process, and content. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in a series of one-on-one conversations with Leslie, material development exercises, and digital presentations related to contemporary and historical abstraction. This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced level painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in representational paintings that are expressive and readable. Value structure, color theory, and the use of artistic license will be emphasized. Beginning with a discussion of value and how it can create structure and space, you will complete a brief exercise to hone your skills in seeing and composing an image. Moving into color, basic theory, harmonies, and relationships will be introduced before working through a series of landscape-focused exercises and paintings. Build your level of expression in each as you gain an understanding of the possibilities of your palette to create a sense of space and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Artists of All Levels"
June 19-20, 2019
 

Gesture and blind gesture drawing and how to use a sketchbook to collect ideas will be covered. The idea is to learn the working process and skills that your instructor and many professional artists use to tap into their inner creativity. Classical drawing techniques will be taught during still life classroom time. Learn to measure proportions, understand the use of reference points, render tonal value by observing highlights, halftones, core shadow and reflective light, understand line and mark making; plus we will learn reductive drawing skills by creating a ground with charcoal to work in reverse by removing tonal value with an eraser. This class will boost your drawing skills and your artistic confidence.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $222
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 20-22, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Floyd, Virginia
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Floyd Art Center
Website, email, 540-745-2784


"Paint in Amalfi Italy!"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Seven days of plein air painting with inspiring views and a personalized program of art instruction. The Amalfi Coast presents one of the most spectacular vistas to be found in Italy. Workshop includes seven nights, eight days, 4-star hotel located on the waterfront of Amalfi - sea view rooms with private baths, elevator available. Breakfast each day, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Cost: $3,475 artist dbl occ; $2,975 guest; single room, add $375
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Website, email, 203-758-9660


"Sue Bradley in Spectacular Spain"
June 23-30, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to spend five full days, seven nights, in a small group workshop under the direction of Sue, who will tutor in watercolor and mixed media techniques, ideal for the progressive beginner. "Las Orquideas" once again opens its doors to Sue. This workshop will encourage you to use the wonderful surroundings and incredible light of rural Valencian countryside localities, to create pictures, using not only traditional ways of painting but experimenting with more exciting but easy alternative techniques. This area will be your inspiration when you marvel at the ever changing light brings colors to life. Join us on this exciting adventure where like artists through the ages you will not fail to be inspired.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Sue Bradley
Cost: €1875 save €350 for early booking
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
June 28-29, 2019
 

This workshop will urge you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and inspire ideas for incorporating it into your practice to address formal and/or content-driven aims. Maria will share insight on pattern and decoration from formal, psychological, meditative, and personal perspectives. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, you will create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Instruction will include techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena to consider. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Maria will be available to offer individual instruction and feedback, as well as to facilitate discussion and sharing amongst the group.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage Camp – Painterly Collage"
June 28-30, 2019
 

Paper—both found and hand-printed—house paint, acrylics, and varnish form the basis for abstract mixed media layered paintings. We’ll print, paint, and draw on papers, add layered grounds to wood and supports, and enrich surfaces with cut papers, paint, and drawing materials. We’ll also consider issues surrounding color, compositions, shapes, and lines. When paper meets paint, the result is work that has the depth and interest of fine artwork. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


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

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


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

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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
July 9-11, 2019
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Greenville. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Loosen Up"
July 15-17, 2019
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix, derekpenix.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


""Paint the Light in Pastel" with Rita Kirkman"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Join Rita for the Ultimate Summer Art Vacation - an all-inclusive 5-day Art Retreat at The Abbey of the Hills, in the heart of the glacial lakes region of South Dakota. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this former monastery while stimulating your creativity with a Rita Kirkman Pastel Workshop! The 5-day workshop will give you plenty of time to exercise and improve your pastel abilities (all skill levels welcome) in the classroom, while leaving extra hours to explore the beautiful grounds, paint outside, sketch and take photos, or simply relax! Learn from Rita’s 40+ years of experience with pastel. Lots of individual attention given. One price includes the workshop tuition, on-site lodging and daily home-cooked meals!
 
Location: Marvin, South Dakota
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $807 (shared room)
Sponsor: Rita Kirkman Studio
Website, email, 210-274-3384


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

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


"Using Gouache Color Studies to Improve Your Paintings"
July 22-24, 2019
 

Designed for experienced painters, this workshop will focus on the preliminary planning stages of the painting process. Using gouache, a quick-drying, opaque medium, create color and composition studies to proceed with more confidence and, ultimately, strengthen your final paintings. Demonstrations and discussions will provide you with an overview of the medium and its unique characteristics, while hands-on lessons in color interaction will help you look at your existing and future work with a more analytical eye. Working from photo references, you will create multiple color and value studies for a single composition and complete studies with flat patches of color to explore abstract structural concepts without worrying about the details. This process allows you to explore several options relatively quickly.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $340, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Workshops and Tours in Ireland"
July 22-29, 2019
 

Hugh O’Neill created this exciting Irish art travel company in 1994, celebrating our 25th year as the most successful art workshops and cultural experiences to Ireland North and South. Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast Ireland in 1959 and has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over 30 years, developing over the years a deep understanding of your needs. Art materials are supplied free in Ireland for oil and pastel, acrylic users. For total beginners and non painters. The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly, whilst also being productive and lively. Expect positive encouragement to try new ideas. His renowned teaching skills, experience and talents ensures you get a rewarding experience. " Best trip of our lifetimes” Barbara and Brian Callery, Rhode Island USA
 
Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: HughO'Neill
Cost: $1200-1580
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill Art Tours
Website, email, 561-718-1294


"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


"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


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 31, 2019
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors; learn how to do basic washes; and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 1, 2019
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Exploring Mixed Media (Two Day Workshop)"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience texture, different mediums and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Participants will complete or have a start to two works of art and ideas for continuing the exploration. This is a wonderful workshop for the beginner or an experienced artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and mixed media. This is a two-day workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
August 2, 2019
 

This workshop will embrace the importance of a daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Through a combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction, each student will learn techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Guided by an artist who has made over 3500 daily, consecutive paintings (so far) you'll embrace the painting process while learning tricks to stay inspired and motivated as well as generate ideas for your own daily practice. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Drawing Basics: Methods for Creating 3D, Realistic Art!"
August 2, 2019
 

No matter what you want to draw, creating pictures using these 3-d techniques opens up a whole new art experience! Learn to draw and manipulate basic forms and give all your artworks more depth, dimension, and unique character. We'll explore drawing from sight, from memory, and from imagination! You'll soon be easily drawing anything you want; creating amazing works of art! This class is for: Anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; Artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; Teachers who want exciting drawing techniques for their students; Anyone who wants to expand and apply their drawing skills to any art medium!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gouacheamole! (Cubism with Gouache)"
August 2, 2019
 

Cubism (a style of art that preceded Abstract Expressionism), incubated a grand rebellion against Realism. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas at the same time. In this workshop we will paint with gouache on paper..... and instead of smashing tomatoes, we'll learn to use photo references to paint a portrait showing different aspects of a face all at the same time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
August 2, 2019
 

Are you frustrated with the fact hat you have the Gel Plate bu haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting the Blooming Peony"
August 2, 2019
 

The Painting of the Peony is blending and shaping of a flower using watercolors, liquid watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to layer watercolors, negative space paint, and contrast colors using lights and darks. This is a fun lesson because the paint does most of the work for you. You just learn how to guide the paint. Bring your brushes if you have them .....everything else for the class is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Doodle, Draw, Paint - Create a large doodled piece!"
August 2, 2019
 

In this class we'll play with color, mark making, drawing, and of course, doodling. Choose if you want to create a painting filled to the brim with wild organic lines or create a shape like a heart, butterfly, home state (to fill in), etc. You can also choose to add some representational images hidden inside (see Colorado example). Develop your drawing skills as well as relax, let go and be free. Spend time in what Jennifer calls the "BC Zone" or doing blind contour drawings. Explore mindless scribbling, doodling, color mixing, color combination and find your 'color voice'. Let go of the final outcome and you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
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


"Expressive Floral Play"
August 3, 2019
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will focus on florals - let's go wild with them! Using beautiful flowers as our inspiration, we'll create art that combines abstract, expressive drawing and painting techniques. Expect to spend lots of time looking, really looking at the flowers and drawing what you see. Through various guided activities, we'll play with mark-making exercises to get you creating outside the box and letting go of the outcome. You'll learn how to be expressive with your strokes and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create. You will have permission to "play"!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting with Opaque Watercolors"
August 3, 2019
 

Painting with Opaque paint and watercolors is a lesson in building paint and painting directly with white paint. In this class, you will learn how to create a dark surface in watercolors and paint directly with an opaque paint. Bring your brushes if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Bold, Expressive Color!"
August 3, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on how to make those colors sing! Heighten your perception and use of color by learning ways to exaggerate and enhance what you see. We'll tap into a personal color palette, take control of value, and generate clean, bold and unexpected color solutions. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Contrast and Complements"
August 4, 2019
 

This class will shake up your color range and enliven your paintings. This is not a boring color theory class, but a way to see color dynamics in action. What happens when you put a lively saturated color next to another bright color? What happens when you introduce a desaturated neutral? How can you create a mood using a combination of color choices? Come find out in this action and information packed class. You will leave with several finished paintings that will become your road map to creating paintings with both complementary colors and contrasts. I wish someone had taught me these techniques when I was in art school. Save yourself a lot of muddy paintings and learn to fear no color.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"30-Minute Painting"
August 4, 2019
 

This workshop will explore how to create fast, loose, gestural paintings - made with intention and without fussing. A series of energetic painting exercises will unleash that feeling of spontaneity in your work. We'll simplify the painting process, pick up the pace and learn ways to circumvent overworking a painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
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


"Bold Blooms in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 4, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class. I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting the Cosmos"
August 4, 2019
 

Painting these Cosmos flowers is so fun because plastic wrap does most of the painting for you. In this class, you will learn how to use plastic wrap and paint to blend the shape of the flowers. And you will learn how to simplify negative space painting. Bring your brushes, if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Spirit Portraits"
August 4, 2019
 

Tap into the energy of your subject and draw their 'spirit'! There is so much more to drawing a person than meets the eye. Tap into the energy of a person and allow that to inspire our drawings. Does their delicate, soft personality inspire the use of a thin pencil? Are they bubbly and hilarious and you can't help but use 3 markers at once? We'll practice our drawing and 'seeing' skills. We'll play and experiment through half the class and then dial in on a portrait and really bring that person, and their spirit, to life!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 7-9, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Transfers, Collage, and Mixed Media with Acrylics"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Learn a variety of techniques for transferring images using laser copies onto acrylic materials and how to work them into your paintings and collages for fun, expressive personal statements. See what interesting effects can be achieved when using the transferred images along with paper collage, patterns made with stencils and a variety of acrylic paints, grounds, gels and molding pastes. Learn to make gel skins. Create a whimsical self-portrait filled with texture and vibrant color by applying multiple layers of paints and gels. Attention to composition, balance, and creating the collage image will be covered, as well as clear explanations about the acrylic materials provided for the class. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Portrait and Figure, live models, nudes"
August 19-23, 2019
 

Are you ready for an intensive five-day workshop? Chinmaya Panda will teach you the fundamentals of drawing and values, you will learn how to identify shapes, about edges and edge control, how to see with artist's eyes and much more. We will be working with live male and female models, clothed and nude. Chinmaya will demonstrate each morning followed by one-on-one assistance, personal critiques and group critiques to help you grow throughout the workshop. His work has been featured in The Art of Watercolour, France and Informed Collector: Fine Art Views, USA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Chinmaya Panda
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watermedia Workshop in Santorini, Greece"
August 19-26, 2019
 

Discover the majestic island of Santorini with George Politis AWS, SDWS, RI. Small and large format, painting in watercolour and other watermedia like watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage, learning techniques and how to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). Boost the creativity by new inspirational ideas, winning techniques for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pure watercolour to mixed watermedia, realistic to abstract painting. Emphasis in compositional ideas and eye catching schemes. All inclusive (course, hotel, all 3 meals per day, transportation in Santorini during the workshop). Up to 12 artists, all levels accepted.
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI, SDWS
Cost: 1450 Euros - 1700 USD
Website, email, +306944422097


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill
Website, email, 256-533-0399


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

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


"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


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Join a small group of artists to paint and enjoy the beauty of Italy's Lake Como! This picturesque area is filled with variety for painting...harbors, mountains, gardens, street scenes, etc! September is a wonderful time to be on the lake, with lovely weather and fewer crowds. Accomplished artist Calvin Liang will be instructing for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily...Varenna, Lenno, Bellagio, to name a few. We will stay in a lovely lakeshore hotel about 5 km south of Bellagio. All rooms are private with private bath and all breakfasts and dinners are included. Airport transfers and artist transportation to painting locations is also included in the fee. Class size limited to 8 participants.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $3750/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Oil Pastels"
September 7-8, 2019
 

Oil pastels have a soft and buttery feel and are fun and rewarding to work with. Made from pure pigment, non-drying oils and waxes, the color effects and textures that can be achieved with this medium are stunningly beautiful and captivating. Students will learn to: prepare the substrate and underpainting; blend pastels to create three-dimensional effects; develop layering techniques; use tools to reveal previous layers for color and textural interest and build up the paintings surface and color quality; understand the use of line and mark making for visual interest; consider color theory concepts in layering with oil pastels; understand composition and use of negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects; and learn the dialogue of self-critique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 3606783396


"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


"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


"Adventures in Color Using Soft Pastel"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Transform your photo references into expressive and personal paintings in this pastel workshop focused on composition, color, and value. Working from black and white images, you will foster an abstract approach to dark and light value patterns, improvise creative color strategies, and use painterly techniques to convey mood and mystery, rather than detailed accuracy in your compositions. Demonstrations and discussions will introduce you to compositional strategies, color theory, and pastel techniques. Hands-on practice using personal and supplied photo references will be emphasized throughout the four-days with Kathleen available for individualized feedback. While this is not a plein air offering, you may go outside to gather information in your sketchbooks to further fuel studio work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Newman, www.KathleenNewman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Layers: Oil and Cold Wax"
September 20-22, 2019
 

This three-day workshop on abstract painting incorporates cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create textures, color fields and selective mark making. We will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way. Once comfortable with the basic techniques we will look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, presentations, and printed resources add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and meaning within good abstract art. Described as inspiring and life-changing, this workshop will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Scherbarth
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Louisiana Artists
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"Mykonos Greece - J. R. Baldini & Linda Richichi"
September 21-28, 2019
 

One of the most popular islands in Greece. Workshop fee includes: 7 days worth of intense lessons in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel (your choice of medium). Paint during the day and enjoy one nocturnal (painting at night) experience. Already an experienced painter and want to be with other painters? Join us, we never stop learning. The light, the colors of the sea and roof tops, the scenery, the food, the people... take your pick about what draws us to this beautiful island of Mykonos. Our travel agent will do all the work booking your hotel, airlines and any optional stay in Santorini (or Athens if you want to really extend your trip).
 
Location: Mykonos, Greece
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Linda Richichi
Cost: $975.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
September 23-27, 2019
 

This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills – perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Students participate in daily drawing exercises and critiques. Bomeisler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York in 1975, and has been a working and showing artist since then. He taught alongside his mother, Betty Edwards, since 1988 and since her retirement in 1998. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 Museum members or non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Intensive Painting & Color"
September 28-30, 2019
 

The three-day workshop in color based on Dr. Edwards' book Color: A course in mastering the art of color mixing. This workshop is the next step and follow-up to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It is suitable for novices in color as well as more experienced artists who may be using color without a clear understanding or knowledge of color theory. Hands-on exercises focus on how to use color theory to achieve harmonious color, and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired hues as seen in various visual perceptual and psychological aspects of color. A copy of the book is optional during the workshop. A materials included. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $975 Museum members or non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society (ADSO)
Website, email, 850-244-1271


"Les Darlow: Pastel Painting in Spectacular Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

On this pastel painting workshop, Les will give intimate, small group, personalised teaching. Showing you his concepts for improving your artwork, by using pastels expressively and creatively based on feeling, light, energy and movement. Les' love and passion for weather and landscapes, his paintings always reflect this, these perceptions he passes on to his students. It is Les' belief that you can paint the same scene over and over as the light and weather changes the subject constantly. He will demonstrate how clouds continuously change colour and reform to make stunning skyscapes, which are a key to impressive landscape paintings. Understand connecting to your subject, learn to love pastels in a way you never thought possible.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: €1545 book before May (€1845 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"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


"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
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"Painting Brilliant Still Lifes"
October 14-17, 2019
 

Soon teaches how to paint a brilliant Still Life. You will receive a drawing to copy and mask. Soon will start with a very loose wash, then she will teach how to paint layers of color. Her method is simple and she will give each student the time and attention to make this painting sing with light and color. A step-by-step instructional process will be used, incorporating Soon Y. Warren's reference photos and drawings for each project. Daily painting demonstrations and critiques will be provided concentrating on technique, the concept of color theory, composition and color values.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Soon Y. Warren
Cost: $300 MWS price til Sept 30; $330 after; +$30 non-MWS
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698


"Michal Jasiewicz: Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
October 18-25, 2019
 

An incredible opportunity to spend one week in a small intimate group workshop with this master of watercolor techniques and winner of numerous awards around the world. The art retreat of "Las Orquideas" opens its doors once again to Michal. Learn how to capture the real atmosphere of a street scene by using several shades with coolness on one side and warmer colors towards the other, showing the light and shade. With plein-aire painting in the rural countryside and towns, studio work and demonstrations in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Valley of Albaida. All meals and complimentary airport transfers are included in this relaxing, invigorating and inspiration week. An amazing and unmissable art opportunity.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: €1550 book before May (€1850after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"'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


"Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne"
November 2-3, 2019
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of America’s premier painters and long-time PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work in the medium of your choice from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement as you explore means of translating form and articulating space. Maximize the expressive impact of luminous color through stronger, more focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and present a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. Revitalize your work and advance your love of color while working directly with a contemporary master.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne, elizabethosborne.us
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Color and Energy with Karen O'Neil"
November 4-5, 2019
 

Karen is known for her beautiful clean color. In this workshop she will help you to see better and use strategies to get the most out of your colors. Students will use larger brushes and see form as large masses of color and value. Mixing color, working quickly and decisivley, and developing productive work habits are important elements of this workshop.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Karen O'Neil
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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas (Jerrys Artarama)
Website, email


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Qulting: Jumpstart Design and Creativity"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Each day starts with a different exercise in color and composition. You will work mostly in a 12 inch square format. These exercises can then be a start of a larger piece, if desired. Composition with Line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, etc. Critiques of work will be held each evening.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Unlocking Color Secrets"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Color is magic if you know how to unlock its secrets! Learn the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Debra will share the essentials necessary to create dynamic paintings. Learn why color temperature matters and how to warm up and cool down a color. Explore new ways to paint “white” using color and discover what color white is in the shadows. Debra will walk you through 5 brushstroke-by-brushstroke paint alongs from a boat to conquering clouds, skies, mountains and fields. This is a must have course for any painter.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Light, Shadow, Atmosphere!"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn how to achieve foreground, middle-ground and background. Debra will teach you how to look past color and achieve correct color value. Gain confidence and learn to see color, temperature and value, while creating great atmosphere in your work. Besides design, the most important component of a successful painting is Color Value! This is a great class for both beginner and more experienced painters. An ideal course to take before attending an advanced workshop!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Big Bold Basics"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Have you ever wanted a course that explains every aspect of painting in a way that is straight-forward and simple? Debra teaches the approach of every pro! Enjoy a fun way to finally learn the fundamentals for creating dynamic and confident paintings. Whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced painter, you will learn solid techniques to springboard your work into the next level! Debra Huse is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Debra is a Signature Member with the the American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


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

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


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

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


 

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