Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Cityscape Painting"
Saturdays, April 20 - May 18, 2019
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to create space and build form through perspective, light and shadow. Color mixing and painting techniques will be demonstrated in oil and gouache, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
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


"Lian Quan Zhen Watercolor Workshop"
April 22-24, 2019
 

Learn composition and color along with Lian's unique method including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around". You'll learn how to mix colors right on the watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. Join Lian for his unique approach!
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Walk and Sketch in rural Spain - Sierra de Aracena"
April 26 - May 3, 2019
 

We paint and sketch in the charming village of Higuera as well as in the surrounding countryside where among rolling hills and rocky peaks we find the impressive display of the local flora and fauna at this time of year. Our base is the very stylish Casas de las Tobas (Rural houses) with beautiful views, serving continental breakfast. We set off on daily walks from our base. Try the local speciality of roast port with local wild mushrooms and enjoy a taste of rural life while also producing some wonderful paintings and sketches!
 
Location: Higuera de la Sierra, Spain
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: Prices from €745 / person
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Gouache Painting"
April 27-28, 2019
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy to- clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: $195; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Culture in the Alentejo, Portugal"
April 27 - May 4, 2019
 

Join us in the medieval town of Arrailos in the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week of painting, drawing and printmaking. This workshop is for all levels of art experience. Demonstrations will be plein air in watercolor and drawing with a two day workshop in monoprints in the town's municipal print studio. Cultural excursions to the nearby town of Evora and stone megaliths are included in the week.
 
Location: Arraiolos, Portugal
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"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


"Etruscan Places Painting the Salt Marshes of Ipswich, MA"
April 28 - May 3, 2019
 

Our only USA based workshop focuses on painting the salt marshes of the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. These unique and pristine landscapes were immortalized in the work of Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Wesley Dow in the late 19th century. We will be based at the Inn at Castle Hill. The 4 day program will be open to all levels of artistic experience. The class will be divided in two groups reflecting experience level. One will emphasize basic principles and technique, the other, composition and artistic intent. Instruction will be supported by slide presentations and daily reviews of work. 2 Instructors/20 student max. Fees include workshop only.
 
Location: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air / Studio Travel and Painting with Kathleen Mooney"
April 29 - May 9, 2019
 

Travel and Painting! One to 6-day workshops in beautiful locations where the road ends and the big water (or mesa) begins! Water Media and Abstract landscape / seascape painting for painters who dream of capturing lasting personal impressions for enduring memories. Suitable for Beginner or Advanced painters. Decades of Studio, Plein Air and Teaching combined with over 20 journeys to North Atlantic Europe - Mooney shares the hidden gems and vast vistas of endlessly fascinating Ireland, Iceland, Scotland and England. Add Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in NM and you have the perfect recipe for Travel and Painting! Headquartered in Lowell, Michigan you will also find Kathleen's relaxed and enjoyable workshops in "Pure" Michigan locations of incredible beauty.
 
Location: Dingle, Ireland
Instructor: Kathleen Mooney
Cost: $525 - $1,000 USD
Sponsor: KathleenMooney.com
Website


"Dynamic Pouring in Watercolor"
April 30 - May 2, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is with learning pouring techniques with watercolor, using a limited palette of color. Finishing tips will be learned to make the subject and background unified. Each artist will work on their own subject and design, whether it be a portrait, floral, abstract, etc., and they will gain new insights and ideas for completing their painting with dynamic impact.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Laurie Goldstein-Warren
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Following Van Gogh & Cézanne Retreat - Provence, France"
May 1-10, 2019
 

Join us on a 10 day adventure in Provence, France as we visit key locations around Arles that inspired so many of Vincent’s great paintings and Aix-en-Provence near Mont Sainte-Victoire that captivated Paul Cézanne for years. Your hosts will be the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi of the ArtisTTable on this all inclusive retreat. They will lead your way with interesting stories from the lives of Van Gogh and Cézanne, and give encouragement, artistic prompts and instruction if you wish. This is a trip that will take your plein-air painting experience to a whole new level.
 
Location: Arles, St. Remy and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: Single $2345 - Double $2205
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231-883-1681


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 1-8, 2019
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. Painting on location is the best opportunity to learn and Mother Nature is the best teacher but we need good guidance and support to learn the optimum rate. It can be overwhelming with so many senses being stimulated but I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see and break it up to manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 3, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 3-10, 2019
 

Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 5, 2019
 

Portray the spring landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscapes Rediscovered"
May 6-8, 2019
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying gesso texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting. She will walk you through the challenging aspects of using watercolor and gouache paint; applying color without disturbing previous layers, understanding water to paint ratio, blending, and incorporating mixed media.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $375 by Apr 1; $425 after Apr 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Journaling Workshop"
May 6-13, 2019
 

Come along with me to Spain for a week of painting Barcelona and the Costa Brava. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch pristine shorelines, craggy cliffs, sandy coves, medieval villages, white-washed houses and flowers from a botanical garden. In Barcelona, we’ll visit the fascinating Dali museum and attend an unforgettable flamenco show. And we’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. Our focus throughout the tour will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. I’ll share my sketching process from start to finish and offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subjects you’ll encounter each day.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Water Color Painting with Terry Armstrong"
May 9, 2019
 

Watercolorist Terry Armstrong will share some of his techniques that blend realism and abstract painting. In this experience, you will paint a purple trillium using watercolors. For beginners as well as experienced painters. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Terry Armstrong
Cost: Member $75; Non-member $85 (Includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"Painting in Provence: Art Journaling Workshop"
May 10-17, 2019
 

Join Jacqueline Newbold on an artistic journey of creative expression! We will incorporate watercolor and mixed-media art journaling techniques as we explore Provence, rich with sights, sounds and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. The local colors will inspire us as we play with luscious ochres and rich gem-tone colors from the surrounding landscapes. Jacqueline will share her favorite ideas for creating paintings-on-the-go using watercolor washes and mixed-media ideas. Discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages as you slow down and savor your time in France. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful journey!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold, djnewbold.blogspot.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint the wonders of Albania!"
May 11-16, 2019
 

For the 4th year running, our base will be in Saranda in the South of Albania from where we have daily excursions to places of interest. We visit the ancient city of Gjirokastra which offers some magnificent views from the hilltop. The turquoise waters around Ksamil beach will make you feel like you are on a postcard-perfect island somewhere in the Pacific. At the end of the land we find ourselves surrounded by the inspiring ruins of Butrint National Park. All this while enjoying local delicacies served with a very warm hospitality of our local hosts.
 
Location: Saranda, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €285
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Sketch on the Go"
May 11, 2019
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 13-20, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Janet Rogers, AWS - From Florals to Figures in Watercolor"
May 13-17, 2019
 

Loosen Up Your Watercolor Style with Janet Rogers, AWS. Janet shares her passion and joy for the fluid and unexpected nature of watercolor, featuring impressions of people, portraits and flowers. Her sensitive paintings are spontaneous, direct, and expressive. “I love the qualities of watercolor – its fluid nature. I love to watch the painting develop and to discover new color and composition. As a teacher, I would like to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in new and expressive ways.” Offered to all levels of watercolor ability. Workshop held at the Historical La Fonda Hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $650 per person
Sponsor: Art Workshops of Santa Fe
Website, email, 505-890-5000


"Watercolor Impressions - From Flowers to Figures"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The Historical La Fonda Hotel in the heart of beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico will be the location for this exciting workshop. Fresh flowers will be our inspiration for the beginning of our watercolor journey. Janet will share her expressive and fluid manner of paint application as we move from interpreting flowers to faces to figures. Discovering unique colors of flowers and flesh tones will be a focus together with soft flowing edges. Demonstrations, class and individual help all combine for a beautiful learning workshop.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $650.00
Sponsor: Miriam Joseph
Website, email, 505-890-5000


"Plein Air Painting in Bermuda"
May 14-18, 2019
 

Join PAFA faculty Joe Sweeney and James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Paint outdoors to capture the distinctive light, weather and character of this unique location. Capture the island’s charm and beauty at diverse settings, be inspired by the work of master artists at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, explore the island, and relax on the beach! All media welcome including watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel.
 
Location: Paget, Bermuda
Instructor: Joe Sweeney and James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $1,425; Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Discover the Poetry--Atmospheric Painting in Watercolor"
May 16-18, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to get mystery into your paintings? Then this is the workshop for you! Conveying atmosphere is Frank's specialty! In this workshop participants will learn about editing the scene, composition and design principles, color mixing, the importance of edges, figures and cars in streets, and many other tips.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 20-27, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Magic of Watercolor: Art and Spirit in Ireland"
May 21-30, 2019
 

Melissa Harris, internationally published artist, author (99 Keys to a Creative Life) is known for her loose, expressive style. She holds an MFA in Painting and a Fulbright Grant in painting. With over 30 years teaching experience, Melissa helps you to bring soul into your watercolors. She will help you build a solid foundation including color, composition and paint handling - or help you refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Experience the beauty of emerald green Ireland in its’ best season. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.
 
Location: Collinstown, Ireland
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $2600
Sponsor: Melissa Harris Art Enterprises LLC
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"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


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Workshop"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev, AIS, NWS, for 8 days in Barcelona and Costa Brava! This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. Vlad is an academically trained master watercolorist who will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. His individual approach to teaching is designed for artists at all levels. Join us for plein air painting in beautiful Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, www.yeliseyevfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Dutch Landscape - Zwolle, Netherlands"
May 31 - June 7, 2019
 

Immerse yourself into the Dutch landscape in and around the quaint city of Zwolle. We will be exploring the variety of the regional landscape, from forested glades, farm fields, beautiful city parks, canals and classical Dutch architecture. Your hosts on this 7 day all inclusive art retreat are the artists and instructors, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi of the ArtisTTable. You will be lead to fabulously inspiring locations, given artistic prompts, demonstrations, and instruction, plus ample opportunity to draw and paint where the likes of William Turner, Jacob Van Ruisdael and Rembrandt worked.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $1870
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231-883-1681


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
June 2-9, 2019
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor Adventures in France with Steve and Janet Rogers (Week 2)"
June 2-9, 2019
 

This is the second week of this exclusive workshop in the beautiful area of Southwest France - the Lot Dordogne Region. The gorgeous Domaine du Haut Baran will be our home - a restored 18th Century Country Manor Home with modern accommodations. Trip will include transportation to and from airport, painting and touring sites including unique villages. Our host, William Haas speaks fluent French and will accompany us throughout. Rosalie 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/demonstrations in studio and on site. Limited enrollment in this enchanting 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


"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


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 3-7, 2019
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $750 by Apr 3; $800 after Apr 3
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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


"Supplies for Art Aren't Always Art Supplies"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Discover a different approach to water media in this four-day workshop that focuses on creativity and resourcefulness. Combine traditional art supplies with everyday tools to create unique effects and, ultimately, a distinguishable visual style. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a demonstration of a specific technique, including masking and resists, glazing and washing, creating textures, color mixing, and rendering light and shadow. Geoffrey’s take on drawing, composition, and studio setup will also be addressed. The rest of each day will be dedicated to working on exercises and paintings with Geoffrey available for individualized feedback. Whether you’re an advanced beginner or master, realist or abstract painter, you will benefit from these new techniques and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey McCormack, www.mcsurf.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
June 7, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Monhegan Watercolor Workshop"
June 8-14, 2019
 

For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to 12 participants. Workshop Goal: To nurture observational skills and use of the watercolor medium in a joyful process of self- expression. It is the intent to provide the participant with basic tools and approaches to painting in watercolor that encourage self-development. Having fun in this workshop is important. A demonstration and art discussion on the first day will get everybody going! We will be painting daily at various beautiful locations around this amazing island. The schedule may change depending upon weather. For a complete prospectus and more information about the workshop, accommodations and travel information to Monhegan Island please send email to Info@RunningWindStudio.com
 
Location: Monhegan, Maine
Instructor: Paul Niemiec, Jr
Cost: $550
Sponsor: The Island Inn
Website, email, 315-430-2659


"David Lobenberg's 'California Vibes' Watercolor Portraiture Workshop"
June 9-11, 2019
 

Come spend three days with David in Rehoboth Beach, DE as he shows you how to create vivacious, carefree portraits in stunning color. No prior portrait experience required! View David's website to see his artwork and his unique approach to portraiture. Go to the Delaware Watercolor Society's website for additional information and to download the registration form. Registration opens for non-members beginning May 2, 2019. Maximum participation is limited to twenty participants. For questions, contact Beth, Workshop Director, at 302-670-4117.
 
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: Members: $350. Non-members $425.
Sponsor: Delaware Watercolor Society
Website, email, 302-670-4117


"Watercolor Workshop: Discover the Visual Language of Painting"
June 10-14, 2019
 

As a teacher, my goal is to see the lightbulbs come on when students realize that painting isn’t as mysterious as it seems. Of course, it’s still challenging—which is part of the fun—but the visual language is something that I believe we all can learn. In my workshops, I try to teach shortcuts that allow students to make leaps in their understanding of this visual language and how to avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, mixing colors poorly, and getting restrained by the details of a scene. With the big shapes planned and an accurate drawing established, it’s easier to loosen up and enjoy fluid washes, expressive brushwork, and bold color.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Creating the Children's Picture Book"
June 10-13, 2019
 

The children’s picture book is a unique art form with visual storytelling at its heart. The unfolding of a story relies on sequential images to carry the reader from beginning to end. Add to this, the interweaving of word with image and you have a richly complex storytelling form. In this workshop, you will experiment with a variety of styles, materials, and techniques to create your own hand-bound picture book, as well as learn about the children’s book publishing process. The picture book maker has many elements available with which to shape their story; word, image, pacing, structure, format, and cover design. Each day, you will engage in playful exercises, demonstrations, and in-class activities exploring these essential elements.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Design & Texture in Watercolor"
June 10-12, 2019
 

Mary invites each painter to come to this workshop open to the spontaneous nature of watercolor. Allow the playful elements of this medium to show up in your work, enjoy the process of learning and leave judgment behind. Marquiss teaches watercolor, collage and design classes with an emphasis on individual style. She has received numerous awards from the Oregon Watercolor Society and was a Signature Artist for the Deschutes Children's Foundation in Bend. Marquiss was the Artist in Residence at High Lakes Elementary School for three years and a founding member of the Tumalo Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 by Apr 10; $445 after Apr 10
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Slow Travel Using the Creative Process"
June 10-13, 2019
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies to record your travels, both near and far, can enrich your studio practice. Explore this two-part process by creating small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand on observations through larger, more finished pieces. The workshop will begin with an overview of watercolor painting, Brian will share the rich history of using the medium to record travel, as well as best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students will be introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students will head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 12-19, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Complex Forms, Elegant Procedures: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
June 14-15, 2019
 

This workshop is designed for students with an interest in experimenting with materials and exploring new artistic directions based on those experiments. The majority of artwork we encounter in the world reflects a divide between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something else. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will. Working through an array of materials, you will examine them for their natural qualities.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Watercolor and Block Prints"
June 15, 2019
 

Imagine the combination of relief block prints and watercolor. Relief block prints hold a huge realm of possibilities. You can repeat the image to create wonderful additions for cards or works on paper. Learn to design and carve images with little effort on soft rubber material. These designs will build detail and decorative lines for our watercolor painting. Adding watercolor to block prints is a form of instant gratification. Bright colors, lines, and shapes just pop immediately on the surface with little effort. No worries about your drawing skill level – tracing paper will be available! Indulge yourself for a day of creativity with paint, print, and line.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
June 15-22, 2019
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"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


"Teens: Illustration Techniques"
June 17-20, 2019
 

In this workshop, teens will learn the process of illustrating a sequential story from writing, layout, and sketching to the final finished pages. Students will design and roughly sketch a multiple-page story of their own creation with illustrations in the media of their choice. Watercolor, colored ink, markers, pens, and colored pencil techniques will be taught.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 19-26, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Painting with Watercolor on Canvas"
June 21-23, 2019
 

This is a workshop designed for artists with intermediate through advanced watercolor experience, and other painters who are interested in learning how to work with watercolor on canvas. You’ll learn the basics and beyond of the range of approaches for effectively using watercolor on Aquabord, watercolor canvas, and other nonporous surfaces in a group class setting. This unique workshop experience will encourage expressive experimentation in this relatively new approach to watercolor on nonabsorbent substrates. It will provide an opportunity for artists to learn new and experimental approaches to a favorite medium. Learn how to capture the glow of watercolor with the convenience of canvas. You can stop framing your watercolors under glass!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen lebesadel
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Garden Banners"
June 22, 2019
 

”When the breeze blows prayer flags, harmony, happiness, and good fortune are spread among all living beings.” With Jane Everhart’s guidance, we’ll practice traditional Chinese characters, such as moon, tree, land, sky, flower, and wind using traditional Sumi materials. This introduction will prompt our thinking about abbreviated ideas and images for garden banners. We’ll take a Nature walk around MoonTree to look for color and gather natural materials. Then we’ll translate our impressions into images on muslin. The banners you create will dance and interact with the breezes, the wind, or the stillness near your garden or patio. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jane Everhart and Sister Mary Baird PHJC
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Plein air painting in Central Hungary"
June 25-28, 2019
 

A 4-day painting holiday in Central Hungary. Improve your plein air painting and sketching skills in breathtaking scenery. This course includes a trip to Esztergom, a scenic Danube Bend boat trip, a Danube dinner cruise and wine tasting session in the Etyek wine region. All this for only €399!
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €399 / person
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"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


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 29 - July 6, 2019
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"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


"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019
 

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
 
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
July 5, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Ready, Paint, Go!"
July 8-12, 2019
 

In this fun and fresh water media workshop, you'll learn how to go "beyond" plain watercolor in a fun and relaxed environment while learning to incorporate some new ideas into your tried-and-true techniques. Expand your horizons as you transport your landscapes, portraits, animals - or anything you want to paint - into even more exciting and relevant works of art. Ward will be teaching his revolutionary painting techniques, using several different kinds of water media including crystal powdered paint, iridescent paint and more. These techniques are featured in his popular DVD/Video series "Brusho and Beyond." Students will get lots of one-on-one instruction. Ward will encourage you to paint and experiment with the different media as little or as much as you like.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud, artofward.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"A Lively Partnership: Artist and Watercolor"
July 8-9, 2019
 

Painting in watercolor is a partnership between the artist and the medium. This workshop will help you to become comfortable with the medium that is best known for its lively spontaneity. Create fresh, dynamic paintings as you learn how to give up control and allow watercolor to be its best self – fluid and loose. Dan will demonstrate how to take a big brush approach to painting and leave the details behind, as well as key techniques of the medium and lesser known, unique methods. Many photo references will be provided, although you are very welcome to bring your own. Plenty of individual guidance will be provided, as well as a casual group critique to close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing the Soul of Le Marche"
July 8-14, 2019
 

Join International Watercolor Society Master Artist Zan Barrage on an unforgettable week of watercolors and fun. Picture yourself among the sights and sounds of beautiful olive groves, vineyards and centuries-old buildings. Let’s paint the winding old streets and the rolling hills all bathed in the warm and vibrant sunlight of old Italy. My goal is to guide you to loosen up and express yourself as you paint in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere no matter what your stage of experience is with watercolors. I have been teaching watercolors for over 10 years leading classes and workshops in Canada and around the world. Watercolor is my language, and I have been painting in the medium for more than 30 years.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: $2,999
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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


"Painting Nature's Wonders"
July 10-13, 2019
 

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a painter’s paradise. Explore the beauty of nature as you conquer the medium of transparent watercolor and gain a deeper understanding of its unique properties, techniques, and tools. Step-by-step instruction will lead you through the creation of a series of paintings. How to block in a painting, interpret color, value, and temperatures, use different watercolor-specific processes, and create sound compositions will be emphasized. Dale will provide individualized feedback throughout each exercise and painting. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by the instructor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Popovich, www.DalePopovich.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
July 12-14, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Painting in the Dark"
July 13-14, 2019
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"An Introduction to Gouache: The Painting Medium You Didn't Know You Needed"
July 15-18, 2019
 

Discover the unique characteristics of gouache and how to use it with confidence in the creation of studies and finished works. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the medium, including the properties of gouache and the tools and techniques specific to it. The second day will focus on using gouache as a tool for studies, while the remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to working on a series of paintings. The school’s surroundings will be used as inspiration for assignments. Beginners getting their start and experienced painters interested in learning about this medium are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Embrace the Practice: A Painting A Day"
July 19-20, 2019
 

Embrace the process of painting and the importance of daily practice as a path to developing your creativity and image-making skills. Discover how painting can be used as an insistent act of documentation and with it, record weeks, months, and even years. Over the course of two days, you will paint at least 10 panels, guided by Lisa, who has made over 3,100 daily, consecutive paintings – so far. A combination of demonstrations, in-class assignments, and individual instruction will teach students techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Additionally, Lisa will share approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. All levels of painters are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, LisaDariaKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Optics: Using Optical Devices to Create Paintings and Drawings"
July 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will begin with an overview of the history of optical devices, their opportunities and limitations in art making, and experimental possibilities within contemporary art for representational and abstract applications. With Kyle as your guide, you will discuss and investigate the many possibilities as a group. The second day will be dedicated to using the optical devices to make artworks in the drawing or painting media of your choice. Leave this workshop with a new tool for further exploration in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Magic of Plein-Air painting workshop/retreat at Marouatte Castle"
July 20-27, 2019
 

Plein air painting at a magical castle in the Dordogne, one of the most beautiful regions of France with one of America's most sought after teachers. All mediums and all levels accepted. Live in a genuine castle, eat like royalty while you experience and paint in stunning locals both at the castle and its environs. Limited to 10 students, non participant partners welcome. Learn the tricks, strategies and art of painting and most of all how to make better paintings from an American master artist. Lodging in private room with bathroom, all meals and local transport included in the price. For more information go to Lynn's web site.
 
Location: Grand Brassac, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Lynn Gertenbach
Cost: $2,800 check Lynn's web site for special discounts.
Sponsor: Art at the Castle
Website, email, 818-389-5516


"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


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Igor Sava in spectacular Spain"
July 22-29, 2019
 

This is a wonderful, unmissable chance to spend a week with two of the best watercolor painters around today. Igor focuses on cityscapes. His approach combines deft control of edges plus visual charm of freely mixed washes. His architectural subjects carry a feeling of atmosphere and light, as well as material textures. Ekaterina emphasises on the delicate more detailed control of her subject. "Every flower tells a story", her still life's just come to life on the canvas. Expect to be captivated and astonished at the versatility of these two outstanding, vibrant and enthusiastic artists. Join this artistic journey in rural Valencian countryside and towns, with plein air and studio studies.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Igor and Ekaterina Sava
Cost: €2295 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"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


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

Join Judy Mudd in this 4-day workshop where students will learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and seascape scenes painted in watercolor. The workshop will focus on developing a vision, simplifying and expanding the various parts of a scene, and learning watercolor techniques used to create mood including color choices, values and edges. Judy's relaxed follow-the-leader teaching style assists experienced beginners to advanced students further develop their skill in the watercolor process. Each day will include discussion of the approach, painting demonstrations, and individual student attention. Classes are relaxed and informal so come and have fun! Visit JudyMudd.com for additional information.
 
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $460
Website, email, 502-550-1827


"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


"High School Intensive: Watercolor"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome. 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: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sense of Place"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the production of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of process or a way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"Watercolor Portraiture & Hand Lettering: Introduction & Techniques"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Learn to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. During this workshop, we will review the basics of using watercolors, explore different techniques, and discuss ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We'll sketch a base layer drawing of the face, review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows, and work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life. We'll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. Leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kimothy Joy
Cost: $500 - $690
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


"Jason Yeoh in Spaectacular Spain"
August 2-12, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Jason, he will, as usual put everything into this workshop, which includes a ten night stay. Jason will eagerly share with you the principals of his own personal style which fully expresses his inner feelings of a scene. Whatever your level of experience, Jason's style will open your eyes to semi abstract watercolor painting. Jason will explain his procedure of blending first washes while reserving the white areas, then adding color for creating depth, increase the depth with darker shapes. Finally adding the fine, thin, curly lines, which make his paintings so "Jason Yeoh". Using this effect will give you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Jason Yeoh
Cost: €2650 before March (€2950 after March 2019)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"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


"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


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders!"
August 4, 2019
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia - similar to illuminated medieval manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products - greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you'll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs and artworks will be highly attractive and effective. This class is for: Anyone who wants to create beautifully illustrated letters and borders.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
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


"Andy Evansen: Painting Bolder Watercolors"
August 4-8, 2019
 

Create beautiful, impressionistic watercolor paintings using Andy Evansen's popular techniques. Class level is intermediate to advanced though beginners are welcome and encouraged to contact Andy for information about attending. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Plein air painting in the Balaton Uplands National Park in Hungary"
August 9-15, 2019
 

A fabulous 5-day plein air painting holiday in a unique landscape full of contrast. We base ourselves in the bustling town of Balatonfüred from where we travel to some outstandingly beautiful places of the Balaton Uplands National Park: the Tihany Peninsula which has a Mediterranean feel, the town of Veszprém, one of Hungary’s oldest and most beautiful towns as well as many geological formations. Paint and sketch while enjoying some local cuisine and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Take a dip in Lake Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea for the vast area that it covers. Cost to be confirmed soon!
 
Location: Tihany, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: To be confirmed
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"AWE Arts & Wellness Experience in the Loire Valley, France"
August 11-21, 2019
 

Connect with your inner passion and develop your creative abilities in an idyllic setting in the Loire Valley, France. Immerse yourself in a supportive community which offers you unparalleled opportunities to pursue interests in the arts, French cuisine, and wellness surrounded by tranquillity and beauty. Led by highly qualified, inspirational instructors, the Arts & Wellness Experience (AWE) offers an intensive 10-day program in a wide range of subjects which challenges you to build on your creative experience and/or discover untapped talent hidden within you.
 
Location: Le Mans, France
Cost: $2,950-$3,450
Sponsor: AWE Arts & Wellness Experience
Website, email, 508-367-6633


"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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
August 19-23, 2019
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
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


"Plein Air Painting by Lake Wolfgang in Austria"
August 20-21, 2019
 

Only a short distance from Salzburg lies the impressive stretch of Lake Wolfgang in the Austrian Lake District. Some 10 km long, lined by charming settlements and surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range it makes an idyllic location for our 2-day plein air painting workshop. We visit the very popular St Wolfgang and the more tranquil Strobl nearby where we paint and sketch in this alpine paradise. Led by instructor Ibolya Taligas who specialises in watercolour painting and will do demonstrations as well as offer practical advice on painting outdoors. €150/person with flexibility to book your own accommodation and take as many refreshment breaks as you wish. Small group, lots of individual attention.
 
Location: St Wolfgang, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 201 488 2991


"Plein air watercolour painting at Lake Hallstatt in Austria"
August 22-23, 2019
 

A 2-day plein air watercolour painting workshop by the picturesque Lake Hallstatt in Austria. The charming village of Hallstatt is well-hidden between the Hallstatter See and the imposing peaks of the Dachstein mountains. A real gem and a must-see location for any artist. Come and paint the most amazing water reflections of a place that's considered one of the most photographed in the world!
 
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 26-29, 2019
 

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Other Lands Other Sounds 2019, Course on Collaborative Arts Practice"
August 28 - September 9, 2019
 

An intensive residential course bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over ten days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music, and sound art. Surrounded by the beautiful mountainside scenery of Gois, Portugal, Other Lands, Other Sounds 2019 offers a supportive environment for practitioners (professionals, amateurs, students) who want to develop their practice through cross-arts experimentation and collaboration. Musicians will work closely with composer Filipe Sousa, exploring devised composition, improvisation, and collaborative music-making processes. Visual artists will work with Beatriz Martinez, exploring photography, video, and how to merge aesthetics and concept into multi-disciplinary projects. Intensive work sessions will be balanced with nature hikes, sightseeing, swimming, visiting local cafes and enjoying the relaxed pace of Portuguese life.
 
Location: Gois, Portugal
Instructor: Filipe Sousa, Beatriz M Barrio, Kate Smith
Cost: 850 EUR
Sponsor: Curiosa and RaizVanguarda
Website, email, +447759323717


"Walk and sketch in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
August 29 - September 4, 2019
 

The High Tatra Mountain range in Slovakia boasts with imposing peaks, pristine lakes and pine forest. This enchanting landscape will be our sketching and painting location for 5 glorious days. We walk along mountain paths that lead us to breathtaking scenery. Each day we visit spectacular locations such as Strbske Pleso, Popradske Pleso, Hrebienok..etc. You will learn sketching technique as well as practical advice working outdoors. Help and demonstrations will be available. A very flexible art holiday where you choose your accommodation and take as many breaks as you like. Suitable for any artist who loves to explore nature. €295/person. Experience nature at its best!
 
Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €295
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


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

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


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Joy of Watercolor!"
September 3-6, 2019
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches. Each morning starts with Stella doing a demo, followed by one-on-one instruction with each student throughout the day, leaving enough time to finish a painting a day!
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $475 by Jul 1; $525 after Jul 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 4-7, 2019
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day you will work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, you’ll build skills at mastering a watercolor mindset that will serve you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Chateau Marouatte (Plein Air Sketching Retreat)"
September 5-12, 2019
 

We will live in a castle in the Dordogne region of France! From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or watercolor painting) up to advanced levels are invited. You don't need any experience in painting plein air (outdoors). Let me guide you through it...we all start somewhere and I'll make it easy!
 
Location: Grand-Brassac, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Traveling Through Watercolors - Naples/Sorrento Coast - 2019 Edition"
September 6-15, 2019
 

The Watercolor workshop participants will be immersed in study of watercolor in the ideal setting for the medium. Painting fundamentals, technique and color will be explored as well as the study of drawing, specifically how tone, brush stroke and line can convey form, space, light and texture. The course will hold group critiques to provide feedback and discourse on each participants’ works. With just few materials needed for plein air painting various sites can be explored easily. At the end of the program, it will be arranged an exhibition in Naples, with the artworks created by the participants during the workshop. Lodging, meals, guided tours, transfers, special experiences are included in the price, as scheduled in the program.
 
Location: Sorrento/Naples, Italy
Instructor: Jun Pierre Shiozawa
Cost: 1950 euros
Sponsor: Italylab.education
Website, email, +393341886537


"Joanne Boon Thomas in Spectacular Spain"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful and relaxing art retreat in the Valle D'Albaida, Spain. Stay in a wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. Enjoy a unique week of watercolor and brusho painting, in plein-aire, on location and within the gardens, coupled with detailed studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of painting, sharing invaluable tips and techniques, leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, one on one guidance. Whatever your level you will take some new knowledge away from this inspirational week. With the bonus of instruction in Brusho painting you will be amazed at the incredible visual effects to enliven any painting to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: €1525 book before May (€1725 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"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 in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2019
 

I love France, painting in France, have been there numerous times and would enjoy having my students join me in Provence. We’ll be painting on location, capturing the light and color, no need to be an expert. All students, regardless of skill level are welcome, we’ll have a wonderful time. I will be demonstrating as well, so students can watch how I find compositions and arrange my subject. I will help all students get accurate drawings, and realize how proper values help create mood. We will use a variety of techniques, from realism to more impressionistic styles. For my more advanced students, design and composition will be addressed.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Stan Miller, stanmiller.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 17-24, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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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"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 21-28, 2019
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"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


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

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


"Visual Abstraction"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Translating everyday images into stunning abstract designs. Never be without a design from which to create an abstract painting. Taking images you see on your daily walks or in your home...dissecting them into shapes and value to produce abstract paintings that sell. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: Wet on wet, Watercolor painting on damp paper, The importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it, How to enhance the focal point, How to work fast, Light and shadow effects, and more. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fábio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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

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


"Sketch Florence, Italy with Norberto Dorantes"
September 24 - October 1, 2019
 

Grab your sketchbook and a palette of watercolors! Join architect and urban sketcher, Norberto Dorantes, for a week of painting in downtown Florence, Italy. He will start in the studio to instruct on some important basics and then you'll hit the streets with Norberto showing you how to capture the people, cafes, iconic sites and side streets of this beautiful Renaissance city.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Norberto Dorantes
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Tuscany is a dream come true for Watercolour Sketching! We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. My approach to teaching is positive and encouraging to give you confidence. The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including Italian buildings, landscapes, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Italy.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Judy Salleh, judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Under The Tuscan Sun"
September 27 - October 4, 2019
 

Join us for a magical painting and touring adventure in Tuscany! We will be staying in a 16th century renovated family owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. You will be painting and sketching in watercolor as well as learning Chinese brush painting. Your instructors, Yuki Hall and Diana Marra will share their passion of painting with you throughout the workshop. After a day of painting, you can swim and relax in one of three swimming pools with breathtaking views. Our week in Tuscany will include three fantastic excursions with a English speaking guide; Florence, Siena & San Gimignano and Montalcino, all by private transportation. www.yukihallfineart.com, yukihallfineart@gmail.com, www.dianamarra.com, designbydiana@aol.com
 
Location: Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Cost: $3,200 (double occupancy)
Sponsor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Website, email, 937-679-2464


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

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


"Architect of Light...It's All about the Light"
October 3-5, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is on finding and expressing our own artistic voice. Fundamentals will be demonstrated and duality...the dialogue between opposing forces that finds resolution or not...on the paper's surface, will also be explored. A painting demonstration will be done first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics covered that day. There will be an informal exhibit and critique on the final day, discussing what was learned on the previous days.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
October 3-10, 2019
 

We look forward to returning to dreamy Tuscany and sharing the adventure with you! We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together. Experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. We will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 5-12, 2019
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Architect of Light...It's All about the Light"
October 7-9, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is on finding and expressing our own artistic voice. Fundamentals will be demonstrated and duality...the dialogue between opposing forces that finds resolution or not...on the paper's surface, will also be explored. A painting demonstration will be done first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics covered that day. There will be an informal exhibit and critique on the final day, discussing what was learned on the previous days.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


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

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


"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


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 19-26, 2019
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor, Fun and Free 2019 Painting Workshop Cruise - Transatlantic"
October 20 - November 8, 2019
 

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and Art in the Mountains invite you to join us on this 19-day art adventure from Copenhagen, Denmark. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the days at sea so you can enjoy your off-shore excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach plein air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship. Karlyn has taught more than seventy-five international workshops and feels that painting and travel are valuable learning experiences.
 
Location: Copenhagen to New Orleans, 9-Country Cruise
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $695 (Cruise Separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Developing Your Artistic Voice"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Designed to encourage students to see in a more organic and abstract way, this multi-level workshop will push you to view your subject as a point of departure toward your creative interpretations. This process will engage and energize your thinking and inspire personal discovery that is unique to your vision, experiences, and being. Each day, questions will be posed through thoughtful group discussions that will prompt responses through the means of word and/or visual actions. Exercises in introspection, one-on-one conversations with Joseph, and plenty of working time will bridge the gap in creative possibilities and opposing views, as well as aid in you finding and using your own artistic voice. All skill levels and painting media are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Freedom in Watermedia with Stan Kurth"
October 28-30, 2019
 

The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There is no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"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


"Plein Air Painting: Confidence in Watercolor"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Plein air watercolor requires you to simplify- focus on the mood, find your subject and simplify shapes and details. This approach will allow you to make design decisions without being bogged down in detail too early in the process. Dan will focus on composition, design, consistency of wash and proper use of tone to help you elevate your watercolors to fine art paintings! Through demos and one on one personal attention, he’ll use his skills to help you further yours to establish a consistent painting process. Instilling a confidence in yourself and the medium. Learn how to exploit “mistakes”, refine and further develop your technique and take your paintings to the next level…and have fun! His high spirits and energy are contagious!
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Daniel Marshall, danmarshallart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Watercolor Without Boundaries at Tanque Verde Ranch"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Watercolor Without Boundaries is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. Paint with more confidence and find your own artistic vision. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman, karlynholman.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Transforming Ordinary Places into Extraordinary Scenes with Watercolor"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Joyce will teach you how to create beautiful watercolor landscapes using her 4 easy steps! You will begin creating a unique visual language from common elements found in the landscape! She will show you how to stop painting “things” that lead to uninspiring pictures and teach you how to uncover the character and essence of a place for quality works of art instead. You will learn how to turn an ordinary place into an extraordinary one using a photo, a sketch book for composition and value and a small study for determining color and temperature!
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, www.jhicksfineart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Santa Fe Journal"
March 9-13, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Portrait and The Figure"
March 21-28, 2020
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will 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. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums 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. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in many magazines.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 Painters, $3200 Companions
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Santa Fe Journal II"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor Fun and Free"
April 15 - May 1, 2020
 

Join us for a travel and painting adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and AITM invite you to join us on this 16-day art adventure from Singapore to Tokyo. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the 5 days at sea so you can enjoy your excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach En Plein Air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship and use our "off of the ship time" to gather photos and just have fun. Karlyn has taught more than 75 International workshops.
 
Location: Singapore to Tokyo, 3-Country Cruise
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $695 (cruise separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Capturing Tuscany in Watercolor: A Cultural Retreat"
May 17-27, 2020
 

Join Kim Minicheillo, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, for a 10-day cultural experience in Tuscany! Chef Karolina Lenart at the beautiful Casa Fiori, overlooking the city of Lucca, is hosting Kim. You will capture this rich area by sketching and painting en plein air in watercolor, and also experience the food, wine and history of the region. Never painted outdoors before? Let Kim guide through her process of simplifying the scene to record the impression of what is before you. Retreat includes: painting instruction and exploring daily, cooking class, wine tasting, music concert, accommodations, tuition, excursions, and most meals. Create life-long memories! Kim will help beginners or intermediate painters take your painting to the next level. Non-painters are welcome.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Kim Minichiello
Cost: $3749
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email, 407-668-7082


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


"Painting Tour in the Loire Valley: Perspective Sketching in Watercolor"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Join me for sketching on-location in the lush Loire River Valley! Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes around us.
 
Location: Tours & Amboise, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Illustration Workshop in Belgium"
July 3-10, 2020
 

Join us in Bruges, a splendid medieval city that is one of Belgium’s crown jewels. This Unesco World Heritage site is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. Our instructor Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. He has taught many workshops all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching. From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the magnificent scenery around you. Lapin has already filled around 190 sketchbooks over the last 15 years and has published 25 books!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $3,290 before Nov 30 ($3,490 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 2-9, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 10-17, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in the South West of France"
September 18-25, 2020
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South West of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. Medieval villages, narrow streets, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you’re looking for a very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bi-cultural and bilingual, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can work closely with each of you for a semi-private painting experience.
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Without Boundaries at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 30 - December 4, 2019
 

Watercolor Without Boundaries is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations and gives individual help enriched by sharing her original finished work. She is an upbeat instructor, who helps the students cultivate a loose, free style of working. She teaches with tireless energy and her high-spirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. The real emphasis is on each student’s individual expression and development of their own painting style. Paint with more confidence and find your own artistic vision. The week will feature floral, landscape and abstract themes. Every day will begin with a demonstration, followed by individual help. Every painting will be critiqued.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Karlyn Holman, karlynholman.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"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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