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Alla Prima Painting Workshops with Chris Brandley: Tuscany, Florida, and Texas!

Chris's workshops include step by step demonstrations, one on one easel time, and fun exercises to learn how to loosen up and create bold, colorful paintings. Nothing is held back as she explains her thought process. Chris use the "Alla Prima" method of painting (working wet into wet) and will teach you how to layer with transparent and opaque paints, and how to keep your paints from getting muddy. Learn how to take an ordinary photograph, and use artistic license to paint from the heart by infusing clean, bold color, loose brush strokes, and beautiful lighting into your paintings. Demos are done in oils, but some of her workshops are also open to Acrylics and water soluble oils. Beginners-advanced welcome.

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Paint on Holiday: Dalvaro Art workshop vacations

As one of the best known painting vacation providers, we believe in offering you extraordinarily well-designed painting workshops that bring you closer to your own aspirations of mastering painting techniques. Allow you to absorb tips and techniques from the world's best tutors, while retaining the memories of all you see and hear. That is why our intimate, individual, inclusive itineraries are designed to help you explore the subtleties of your chosen media while relaxing and being captivated by the local food, culture, people and customs of this rural Valencian community, which we feel defines and embodies the Distinctive Dalvaro Experience. This is a painting vacation on an intimate scale with the individual personal exclusivity you deserve.

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Portrait Painting in Oil, Old Masters Study, Peter Paul Rubens "Portrait of Elena Forman", 1630
April 2-6, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany

The portrait painting workshop will be taught by Lana Kanyo, internationally recognized artist, art instructor and member of the prestigious Art Renewal Centre. During the workshop students will enjoy the opportunity to study and to be inspired by the Rubens' original artworks in the Museum! The class is designed to help students become confident when mixing colors only using Rubens' limited palette. You will learn that his pallet has a phenomenally broad range of color effects, and you will focus on both color harmony and the unity of light. Your instructor will paint alongside you to provide a visual guide when learning the essential qualities of classical painting; accuracy, rhythm, light effect and the illusion of form and space.

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Drawing in Central Italy with Diane Cardaci

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.

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Online class: Painting Flowers from imagination in mixed media

Learn how to express your own unique style by working from your imagination! In this online class you will be able to watch a series of videos that show the painting process from start to finish. You'll learn how to mount yupo paper on board, paint an abstract background, look for shapes and negative space, add color variation & patterns, and more. Students can work in liquid acrylic paints, or inks or watercolor. There are 9 exclusive videos in this class.

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Plein air watercolour painting with Ibolya Taligas in SW France (June 6-15, 2019)

A plein air watercolour painting workshop in beautiful South-West France. Led by Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Perigord Retreats in Gourdon, in the Dordogne region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages, including breathtaking Cahors, the impressive La Roque-Gageac, the medieval town of Sarlat and many more. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists. Either way you will have a relaxing time. Enjoy the swimming pools, gorgeous views all around and an exceptional service provided by our hosts. All inclusive with 2 price ranges of €2700 and €3700. Any skill level welcome. Non-painting partners also welcome at a reduced price. Book early to secure your place! Limited places available.

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The most personalized plein-air painting workshops in Europe

We have the reputation to be the company that organizes the most personalised painting workshops by taking care of you from start to finish. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a bilingual tour leader stays with you at all times. We hire the best teachers known for their love and reputation of teaching. Our workshops take place in unique places carefully chosen for their beauty but also their history, culture and food: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 12 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. Our motto is "Don't be a tourist, be our guest".,, 510-483-5713

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Online Class: How to Sell your Art Online

In this online class you will learn how to professionally present yourself and your art online. You will also learn how to get access to art lovers worldwide and how to use social media marketing to promote your art. We will also talk about what should go on your professional website and your blog. This class will provide you with a general strategy to set up and maintain your online presence. I will give you assignments at the end of each important unit so you can take it step by step and build on what you already have. No need to be a computer wizard to benefit from this class. I will make it as simple and straightforward as possible because I know you would rather spend most of your time creating art.

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Residential Art Retreat: Private hire 7, 10 or 14 days

Tutors looking for a Residential Art Retreat? A group of art loving friends? This is just for you. "Las Orquideas" the perfect, worry free, location for you to spend your time in an inspiring, relaxing environment, specifically designed for you the artist. Residential art workshops which you control in Valencia, Spain. Complete package offer, including high quality meals with local wines, extremely comfortable, private, en-suite accommodation, fully equipped art studio, trips out, transfers. Dalvaro Art guarantee you a visit you never imagined possible in an art venue. Our warm hospitality and dedicated, experienced professional team will take care of everything, leaving you to tutor and your students to relax, enjoy, be inspired, learn and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

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A variety of one week painting workshops all year around

Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery established in 1989, offers a great variety of one week workshops in San Miguel de Allende, picturesque and inspirational setting, called The Heart of Mexico. We welcome beginners to advanced artists to join acrylic, watercolor, oil painting workshops, teaching expressionist and realistic painting, in studio and plein air. Choose one of the scheduled workshops or contact us for a private week. Novice encouraged to enroll. We offer personalized instruction in a small group setting from accomplished and experienced painters and instructors. It is a fantastic vacation blending painting and side seeing of Colonial architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, shopping, restaurants and brilliant light. Gain experience and confidence! Contact us in advance at and

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Plein-Air Urban Watercolour Workshops in 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 materials are supplied and a picnic lunch with wine (if desired). All abilities are welcome. Visit the website for details.

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Open Air Italy - Plein Air Painting Workshops & Retreats

Open Air Italy is in its 10th year of specializing in well-organized artist workshops and retreats with small groups of participants and world-class instruction. All instructors are well-known artists with a gift for teaching. We want the participant to spend their time learning and painting, as well as living and relaxing, in the most beautiful areas of Europe. Much time and effort is given to everything, from the planning of accommodations to the choice of various charming painting locations. All accommodations are single occupancy for artists. Workshops are planned with a focus on multiple group activities, while still allowing time for individual expression and exploration. All instructed workshops are limited to eight participants in order to allow plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. To learn more about specific workshops or retreats please visit or contact via email at

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Gibson House Art Workshops/Retreats (Haverhill, New Hampshire)

The Gibson House Bed and Breakfast overlooks the peaceful landscape of New Hampshire's pristine Upper Connecticut River Valley, offering an idyllic setting for artists' workshops/retreats. You will find yourself inspired by the charming, unspoiled New England village and the picture-perfect village, garden and mountain views. Two 50-foot-long porches insure outdoor work and relaxation in any weather. And the 2000 square foot art gallery and workshop features 12 foot ceilings with great illumination. A wide variety of workshops are taught by an accomplished group of artists/instructors who have a passion for teaching all experience levels. Attending a Workshop at the Gibson House is an experience you will long remember. Visit, call (603) 989-3125 or (800) 989-2150, or email

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Sketchbook Jump-start in Mexico (Offered per request year-round)

Intro to urban sketching in Mexico. Offered to groups visiting San Miguel de Allende and / or Guanajuato GTO, some of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage jewels. Per request 1, 2 or 3 days of sketching. Learning to sketch will enhance your travel anywhere and change the way you "See" the World! Days 2 and 3 add a touch of magic with watercolor and color pencils. Absorb the details and hidden corners of those Colonial gems, perceiving your surroundings through the eye and perspective of an artist. Workshop includes, besides expert instruction from professional painters, guided walk, photo opportunities and lunch. Contact Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops in advance with your travel schedule to book an unforgettable urban sketching workshop!

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Etruscan Places - Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana, Italy

Etruscan Places offers a completely unique series of open air painting workshops on location, rain or shine, in some of Italy's most spectacular landscapes. Artists, curators, writers Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson are residents and home owners in both the USA and Italy. Their presence in Tuscany since 1995 guarantees their knowledge of the landscape, inhabitants and local culture and everything connected with it. Presently 4 distinct 1 week classes are offered May - October: Open Air Fundamentals (all levels); Elements of Landscape (intermediate +); Roman Campagna (advanced); Advanced Seminar. Fees include materials and surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips and local transport. 12 student max and 2 instructors every class. 40%+ participant return rate. Contact or call 212-780-3216.

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artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations in Prague (Czech Republic)

Named in 2008 by National Geographic as one of the world's 'Best Girlfriends Getaways'! The secret is out: artbreak is a one-of-a-kind learning vacation and totally new way to experience a great European capital - via its artistic heart. artbreak puts you in intimate contact with Prague's vibrant artistic community, morning to night, for six creativity-filled days. Your mornings: three hours in an atelier, honing your skills at painting, collage and ceramics. Afterwards you'll browse private galleries and major museums, then fit in some wine tasting and dinner before heading out to savor the absolute best of Prague's opera, theatre, ballet, and superlative jazz scene. artbreak is a chance to inspire your artistic self and an exquisitely choreographed cultural adventure. Visit to learn more.

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2018 Workshops and Classes at On Track Studios

Please contact Brenda Coldwell at for additional information. On Track Studios is a working studio for painters. There is a large room for workshops, a welcoming kitchen, and large porches. "On Track" has a rural feel, but is conveniently located near downtown Franklin and Nashville Tennessee. June: Dawn E Whitelaw, Workshop June 25-28. July: Tom Root, Workshop July 18-20. August: Dawn E. Whitelaw, Workshop August 26-29. October: Anne Blair Brown, Workshop October 10-12. John P. Lasater, Workshop October 25-27.

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Capture the Glow: Art + Yoga Retreat in the Jungle

Spend six nights and seven days at Tailwind Jungle Lodge in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico, as we shake off the cold winter blues and Capture the Glow! Yogi, Mandy Wozniak and artist Nicole Curcio will guide you on a jungle adventure that's all about finding inspiration for self care and creativity through daily yoga, art practice, and journaling. We'll explore different creative methods and yoga poses in a playful and supportive community. All level of experience are welcome. Private chef catered meals, day trips to Sayulita, and Puerto Vallarta, art galleries and like minded community. Start 2019 by recharging your creative energy and experimenting with new practices that will help keep you creating all year long. Limit 10 guests.

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"Let it Flow, experimental watercolor techniques" (Sarasota, FL) - January 21-23, 2019

Inspired by nature, Dawn Davis loves to paint tropical flora and fauna. She is a signature member of both the Kansas and New Mexico Watercolor societies and has been juried into shows by Southwestern Watercolor Society, Midwest Watercolor Society and now the National Watercolor Society. Dawn travels to Hawaii and Florida for tropical inspiration. When at home in Santa Fe, she also paints southwestern landscapes, as seen in her first book; "From Landscapes to Flowerscapes". Watch for her second book, "The Florida Collection". One of her callings in life is to teach others the joy of painting, and her many students have expressed gratitude for her gift of sharing, as she is grateful beyond measure, for them. Demonstration: January 20th.

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12 weeks of Drawing Explorations (online class)

I believe that drawing should be fun and free from too many rules! I also believe that the only way to get better at drawing is to draw as much as you can. Explore different ways of drawing and have fun! This class is for beginners to advanced artists. Anyone can do it and you can choose each week how much time and effort you want to invest in each course.

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Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops

Kristy Kutch has been creating colored pencil art for almost thirty years and has been teaching colored pencil workshops since 1991. A teacher with a life license, she applies many basic learning principles to her workshops, enthusiastically meeting each student at the appropriate level. Beginners are always welcome, but even advanced artists benefit from Kristy's instruction. Offering demonstrations of techniques and the characteristics of different types of colored pencils, papers, and other related materials, Kristy covers a wide range of possibilities. Kristy is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. She is also the feature artist in the Artist Palette Productions DVD "Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond The Basics". Kristy's workshops are held nationwide; each is an enjoyable, supportive, memorable experience in a beautiful location. Visit or contact Kristy at or 219-874-4688.

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Oil Painting Workshop in Progreso Beach, Yucatan, Mexico

"If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh
Treat your creative soul with an amazing week of hands on oil painting classes with live nudes and beach painting. Instructor Jessica McClendon is truly inspired artist that will help you achieve beautiful oil painting works in portraiture and landscape! Room and Board included as well as art supplies provided at The Mayan Gypsy retreat in Progreso Beach, Yucatan, Mexico. You will also travel to see the famous Mayan ruins, the historic city of Merida and more while here. Check out more about this workshop for an unforgettable week of art and relaxing in a gorgeous environment!

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An All Inclusive Art Destination Holiday (Virginia, USA)

The Shenandoah Art Destination is a 10-acre property, magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains. It offers an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for any art lover - all artists welcome from the beginner to the professional painter for watercolor, oil and acrylics, pastels; lino and woodcuts; drypoint and mono printing. Daily course guidance/tutelage by your host, Jan-Willem Boer, an established artist in the USA and Europe. Courses run from early spring to late autumn - choice of weekend, 4-day, 6-day or 10-day stay. The fee is all-inclusive - lodging, food, and art instruction/tutelage. Airport/train transport available. Limited to 8 participants + non-artist partner/spouse welcome. For course schedule & cost: or call 612-221-1140 or contact

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