Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Single Object Still Life - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 29 - June 26, 2019
 

Discover the beauty of a single object well drawn or painted! Single-item subjects present a focused way to hone your rendering skills, explore a variety of thematic and compositional possibilities, and bring a sense of finish to your work. Elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary through traditional drawing media, silverpoint, watercolor and gouache. Perfect both for beginners and for experienced artists seeking to investigate personal themes or to bring refinement to their work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Beginning Oil Painting"
Mondays, June 3 - August 5, 2019
 

If you’ve never painted before, or your skills are a little rusty, this class is for you! Learn to paint with confidence by acquiring a grounding in the basics. Materials, methods, and color mixing will be presented through demonstrations and examples as you work from an array of colorful still life arrangements.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Still Life Workshop"
June 8-9, 2019
 

Use the still-life motif to investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, color relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Open to all levels of experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Gallagher
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Historic Art Destination: Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 9-14, 2019
 

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


"The Dynamic Floral in Oils"
June 13-15, 2019
 

The painted floral requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, a perfect subject to practice adding energy to all of your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day will include a full demonstration followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction. We will work from both cut flowers in the studio and subjects on location. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Patrick Saunders, www.patricksaunders.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"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


"Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 19-24, 2019
 

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


"Alla Prima Still Life"
June 24-28, 2019
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente, www.christinelafuente.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting for Beginners"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in the world of oil painting, and gain confidence in the medium. Learn how to interpret what you see and transfer that information to canvas to create paintings that are seemingly real and aesthetically sound. Topics will also include basic color theory and compositional strategies. Throughout the week you will complete a series of still life paintings each focused on a different skill and goal, including paint mixing and application, seeing and translating color, solving compositional issues, and more. Demonstrations and discussions will introduce you to each concept, and Trina will provide feedback throughout the process. Though you will be working with the still life, this workshop will benefit any genre or style of painting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Painting I - Still Life"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your fundamental painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements to explore the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Summer Floral Composition - Part One"
Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2019
 

This summer, learn how to choose the floral elements which are important to you, ignoring others, and breathe life into your painting. Part One is an introduction to these concepts; in Part Two you will further develop your understanding. You will experience one-on-one attention in this small class. On-Track Studios has a beautiful setting where you can paint in the classroom, on the porches or outdoors. Choose between: Morning class (9:30am to noon) or Afternoon class (1:30 to 3:30pm).
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Single Object Still Life - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Discover the beauty of a single object well drawn or painted! Single-item subjects present a focused way to hone your rendering skills, explore a variety of thematic and compositional possibilities, and bring a sense of finish to your work. Elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary through traditional drawing media, silverpoint, watercolor and gouache. Perfect both for beginners and for experienced artists seeking to investigate personal themes or to bring refinement to their work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Tutored Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
July 10-15, 2019
 

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


""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


"Power of Pastel with Christine Swann"
July 25-27, 2019
 

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18+
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"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


"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


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 3, 2019
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
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


"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


"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


"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


"Summer Floral Composition - Part Two"
Tuesdays, August 6-27, 2019
 

This summer, learn how to choose the floral elements which are important to you, ignoring others, and breathe life into your painting. Part One is an introduction to these concepts; in Part Two you will further develop your understanding. You will experience one-on-one attention in this small class. On-Track Studios has a beautiful setting where you can paint in the classroom, on the porches or outdoors. Choose between: Morning class (9:30am to noon) or Afternoon class (1:30 to 3:30pm).
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Gayle Levee, www.gaylelevee.com
Cost: $200
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks (Florals)"
August 24, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian – yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


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

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


"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


"Fast & Fearless Floral"
October 4-5, 2019
 

Join Melanie Morris for a fun workshop that will help you create fresher and more intuitive acrylic paintings. Each student will choose a floral from a number of arrangements that will be provided. Melanie will start the class by walking students through how to create a successful floral painting – from composition to color mixing. The class will then paint a series of timed, small paintings with Melanie providing individual instruction. Melanie will also paint numerous demos each day. Students love this class and are often surprised to find their favorite paintings are the ones they created in the shortest amount of time. If you want to create looser florals without fear, this is the class for you.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Morris
Cost: $320 GACM/TAWS members, $340 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"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


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

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


"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


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

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


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

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


 

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