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Sky over Land and Sea - Ann Arbor (July 29-31, 2019)

Join pastelist, Lana Ballot, for a 3-day workshop. We will explore the role of sky in a landscape and/or seascape - from providing us with compositional elements to setting the mood to taking center stage in a painting. We will explore how sky, the second most important light source, influences the colors of a scene. We will practice using wet underpainting technique to express the luminosity of the sky, translucency and textures of the landscape and/or seascape. Students can choose to paint from their own photos or from provided photo references. All levels of experience are welcome, but some previous experience with pastels is necessary. Register at:

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Etruscan Places - Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana

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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Sandra Duran Wilson Abstract Acrylic Workshops

Sandra Duran Wilson is an international workshop tutor, award-winning artist, author of six art technique books, DVD's, online classes and she has written for numerous publications including Acrylic Artist Magazine. She leads workshops in the US, Europe and Australia. Her newest book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, brings spirituality, earth practices and art together as a map for finding passion, purpose and creativity. She will guide you in discovering how to create mixed media art; then how to incorporate your personal vision into the process in order to excavate your authentic voice. She's passionate about sharing her many techniques with creatives of all levels. Her work is driven by curiosity, experimentation and the pure fun of finding out, what if?

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Art and Spirit Retreats- Ireland, Taos, and Woodstock NY

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 art. 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. Experience the beauty of emerald green Ireland or the majestic mesas with their beautiful reds and golds in their best seasons. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.

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"Painting & Sketching The Spirit of Spain"

Join me for a magical watercolor sketching & plein air painting adventure! We will tour and paint many spectacular scenes in Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava, Spain. May 11 - May 21, 2020 with Yuki Hall, TWSA, OWS, WPA. This workshop will be filled with many excursions, guided tours so that non-painting companions can also enjoy. Yuki will help you with painting & sketching throughout the trip. Painters of all levels are welcome.

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Sculpture Workshop in Puerto Vallarta with Master Sculptor Manuel Palos (Oct 6-18, 2019)

Manuel Palos has been teaching Stone Carving and Clay modeling for almost 50 years in his studio in San Francisco and now is teaching intensive 10 days workshops in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, MX. Palos Studios is a unique art space and is a fully equipped spacious art studio and adjacent to the studio is Casa Alexandra the guest villa. Palos Studios is an ideal setting to learn a new skill, hone your craft, or create that master work you are planning.

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Not Just in the Mountains, We Workshop in Gorgeous Cities, on Cruise Ships and Abroad!

2019-2020 - Cruising in Europe and Asia, touring and painting in France and Italy and in premier destinations, like Santa Barbara, CA, Portland and Newport, OR, Savannah, GA, Miami, FL and beautiful Bend, Oregon. Study with Mary Whyte, David Taylor, Alvaro Castagnet, Herman Pekel, Karlyn Holman, David Lobenberg, Joan Fullerton, Amanda Hyatt, Fealing Lin, Michael Reardon, Iain Stewart and/or Kathleen Conover. We offer classes for all levels of painters in studio and en plein air. We host a reception the night before each workshops so you can meet your instructor and classmates before we get started. This is our 37th year of providing fine art painting workshops for aspiring artists like you. We hope you will join us!

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Plein Air watercolor painting in Southern Spain (May 16-23, 2020)

Join me, Lena Thynell, for a week of watercolor painting at the beautiful Garden of Lemons, located in Andalusia, south of Granada, Spain. We will be painting from life, "Plein Air", capturing what surrounds us. It could be the landscape, the beautiful garden, or the quaint little town. I will give demos focusing on light, contrast, composition and simplification. You will have lots of time to paint. All skill levels are welcome. There will be 6 days of painting and exploring this beautiful place. You will be offered a few inspirational excursions during the week. Bring your spouse or a friend.

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Plein Air Tuscany - "Painting journeys into the heart of Tuscany"

One week of painting in the sublime landscape of Tuscany. Garrett Speirs has over 35 years of experience teaching and painting in Tuscany. Guided instruction with daily demonstrations highlighting the day's topic all while painting in the most spectacular Tuscan landscapes. Your day begins with a bounty of fresh baked good and fruits. Along with farm fresh eggs and delicious cappuccinos. Almost all lunches and all dinners are included with wine. A truly farm to table experience as most of our meals come from the gardens surrounding our country home. Nightly champagne and appetizers. You are lovingly taken care of by our hosts who will soon become like family. Tuscany awaits! Fall: September 25-October 2, 2019. Spring: April 24-May 1, 2020

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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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Florida Watercolor Society Workshop with Carrie Waller (September 16-19, 2019)

Carrie Waller is an award winning watercolor artist that loves teaching her techniques to students. Carrie goes through the entire process of the painting, from photographing the still life to finding the perfect composition and sharing her unique style of painting. She will share her knowledge of color theory and design principles that will lead to award winning paintings. One of Carrie's favorite subjects to paint is glass and she will teach her techniques to achieve realistic effects. Carrie gives individual attention and works one on one with her students to develop successful paintings. She meets each student at their level and guides them using their skills.

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"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"

The New Jersey shore beckons you! Explore the possibilities that can literally be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With vast choices of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer and shine, saturated intensity, sparkling highlights, even fluid, transparent effects. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in a beautiful, historic Victorian mansion near the Atlantic Ocean. Kristy is an experienced, upbeat, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books and the featured artist in four DVDs. She has taught over 200 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience. Contact Workshop Coordinator, Tamara Woronczuk, at the Ocean County Artists' Guild: or 732-998-8286

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Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) - La Pointe, WI

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Board the car ferry in our charming port town of Bayfield, WI and in twenty minutes you'll slip into Island time. MISA's workshop environment is recognized for its world renowned instructors, spacious studios, superior on-site accommodations, and a staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience. Our fabulous meals and dining facilities provide an additional opportunity to bond with students and instructors. Classes in photography, painting, writing, quilting, fiber arts and mixed media are available June -October. View our workshop schedule at, email, or call 715.747.2054.

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A variety of one week painting workshops all year around in Puerto Vallarta

Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops established in 1989, offers a great variety of one week workshops in Puerto Vallarta, Old Town, Mexico, picturesque and inspirational setting where the ocean meets the mountains. We welcome beginners to advanced artists to join acrylic and mixed media painting workshops, teaching expressionist, abstract and realistic painting. 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, the beach, shopping, restaurants and brilliant light. Gain experience and confidence! Contact us in advance at and

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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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Mixed Media Encaustic Collage Workshop with Jorge Luis Bernal, August 17 & 18, 2019

This workshop uses beeswax as an adhesive - a fast, reversible alternative to working with glue-as well as a luminous painting medium. This class combines historical background, instruction for fusing, layering, texture, transfers and time to experiment. Location: Museum of Encaustic Art, in the heart of Santa Fe Rail-yard District, surrounded by galleries, restaurants and shops. We will discuss composition, patterns, expressive personal marks, textured surfaces, but most importantly, will look at how to apply the graphical storytelling or painterly narrative process by using photos, photocopies of books, newsprint, words, numbers and or any imagery as inspiration and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. Cost $450.00 Registration at or call Adrienne 505-989-3283.

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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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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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Photography: finding your Vision (Amalfi, Italy)

Session II: July 18-27, 2019. Instructor: Na'ama Lewin
The Amalfi coast's breathtaking landscapes are renowned. We can find images of beautiful cliffs, lemon groves, and sparkling water. But how do you travel to such a location and take pictures that move beyond typical tourist images? In this course students will be encouraged to express their own unique vision of this artist's haven through their photography. This course is open to beginning photographers as well as the more advanced photographer. Students will be photographing daily. There will be field trips, critiques and one-on-one meetings with the professor. During the course we will discuss techniques of how to approach a new locale, overcome your hesitations, analyze your response to the new experience and photograph it depicting your point of view.

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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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Watercolor Meets Tile Painting (Amalfi, Italy)

Session I: July 8-17, Session II: July 17-26. Instructor: Robert Devers
This nine-day course is open to beginners, ceramic aficionados, art students, and guests alike. We will travel to numerous historic and contemporary sites to gather inspiration from the landscape, the architecture, and the rich tradition of Italian maiolica tile and mosaic surface decorations found throughout the region. In the studio component, we will begin with watercolor studies of tile patterns, still life arrangements, and photographs we have taken on excursions throughout the region. Several ideas and compositions will be first resolved in watercolor, then we will translate these studies into maiolica glaze paintings.

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Soon Y. Warren - "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. Cost: $300 MWS price til Sept 30; $330 after; +$30 non-MWS.

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Open Air Italy - Plein Air Painting Workshops & Retreats

Open Air Italy is in its 13th 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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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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The Tuscan Landscape in Watercolor (May 19-27, 2020)

Join American fine artist Jill Williams for an authentic Italian experience while painting the beautiful Tuscan landscape in watercolor during this plein air tour just outside historic Arezzo. Surrounded by the lush summertime Italian landscape, multiple painting sessions will be on location at the beautifully revived 250 year old villa and gardens of Casafredda, as well as the Etruscan hilltop town of Cortona. Nearby excursions to museums, cathedrals, and city streets will inspire more painting, and provide an immersive experience with Medieval and Renaissance era architecture and art. Plein air painting, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts combine to provide guests with memorable experiences and the very best the region has to offer.

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Debra Keirce - 4 Steps to a Realistic Painting

In this workshop we will use modern materials in a way that I believe the old masters would have used them. My method optimizes speed and realism, using ancient concepts. My process is independent of subject matter. That means you can apply it to still life, portrait, landscape, floral, pet painting, or anything you are working on. All skill levels are invited to this experience. I am limiting the workshop to 12 students, because I want this to be intimate for everyone. I will spend as much time with you as you like. We will be in the very comfortable and well lit back rooms of Seaside Art Gallery, surrounded by the work of master artists.

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Workshops in Tuscany, Amsterdam and Provence with Sandra Iafrate

Learn to paint vibrant landscapes, florals and still life at upcoming workshops taught by international award-winning artist and GOLDEN Artist Educator Sandra Iafrate. Tuscany (Oct. 5-12, 2019 - closing soon with limited space): All meals, excursions and paints included and there is no single supplement fee! Visit Siena, San Gusme and the pedestrian-only village of Chiusure di Asciano with its stunning view from Abbey of Monte Oliveto, returning to an authentic Tuscan meal prepared by our resident chef! Fee: $2300 US p/p. Amsterdam (Sept. 1 and/or 3, 2019): Paint flowers in Amsterdam in contemporary or classical style. Provence (May 2-9, 2020): We will follow in the footsteps on Van Gogh! Acrylic paints and mediums included. No lugging paints! Visit or call 289-696-2789.

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