Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
November 20-24, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 20-24, 2017
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Figurative and Still Life Workshop"
November 28 - December 2, 2017
 

Cynthia has a reputation for her comprehensive teaching style. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend one of her classes, Cynthia teaches with an effective and inspiring process. Her method of teaching is supportive and nurturing, asking for the student to search for their personal truth, requiring sensitivity, stamina, commitment, and bravery. Her instruction includes personal attention as well as group critiques and demonstrations. Focusing on composition, color, mark making, brush strokes, personal themes and emotional content.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Cynthia Packard, www.packardgallery.com
Cost: $950 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Youth Workshop: Fingerprint Painted Ornaments"
December 3, 2017
 

Join us for this fun kids’ workshop at River Arts! This class is meant for kids ages 5-10 to take along with a parent or guardian. Each team of artists will work together to create one ornament, using the fingerprints of the child and the steady hand of the parent/guardian to make painted snowmen! All materials are provided; please wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. Each team should be one child + one adult. For multiple children, please have another parent or adult come along.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristina Coopman
Cost: $40/team
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Power of Landscape"
December 4-8, 2017
 

This workshop is an opportunity for students to concentrate on creating a beautiful and powerful landscape. Students will learn about principles of composition through this exciting process, where painting starts with an idea and gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using landscape photo references, students will learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting along with how to use structure, rhythm, color and values to create a dynamic composition. Students will work their way through the challenging aspect of completing the painting using a few simple guidelines. Along the way, students will play with colors and discover what helps to create a coherent painting that stands out.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
December 4-8, 2017
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Image to Abstract 1"
December 5-7, 2017
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This workshop is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
December 9-10, 2017
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
December 9-10, 2017
 

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process. Acrylic paint is preferred, but oil is ok.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 18-22, 2017
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
December 18-22, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
January 1-5, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Principles of Painting"
January 8-12, 2018
 

This workshop is an intense five days of inspiration, hard work and productive learning. The main principles Moore covers are design, color, composition, and edges. Beginning with slide lectures in the morning, he isolates each element with the help of computer technology and focuses on a different principle each day. Lectures are followed by painting exercises and/or demonstrations of the principles being taught. Students are encouraged to apply lessons to subject matter of their choice, whether landscapes, still life, or figure. Exercises are geared toward learning the principles, not toward producing a finished painting. Demos will be done in oil.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Moore, www.rmoorefineart.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
January 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Exploring Abstraction"
January 25-27, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how to simplify and deconstruct your paintings by understanding the concepts of both Abstraction and Realism. We will work on finding that space that exists between the two artistic genres in order to create more sophisticated, complex and refined paintings. The goal will be to move beyond the mere replication of a scene to convey message and meaning through composition, tone and brushstrokes. We will cover various aspects of materials and technique from palette color selection to the application of paint onto the canvas. Understanding artists' ideas from diverse artistic styles will help develop and improve how you progress in your own painting process and ultimately enhance the quality of your work.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
January 26-27, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Discover the Joy of Creativity"
January 29 - February 1, 2018
 

If you feel that your artwork has become stale and a little predictable, this workshop is calling your name. Larisa will walk students through the process of creating dynamic paintings while rediscovering the joy of creativity. Each day of the workshop students will focus on different subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, and animals. In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values and color mixing, this workshop will teach students how to paint a credible and convincing painting full of energy. Using photo references and flower arrangements, students will learn how to simplify and use structure, colors, and values to create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Larisa Aukon, www.aukonlarisa.com
Cost: $540
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Outdoors in Gold Canyon, Arizona"
February 5-8, 2018
 

This landscape workshop will emphasize working from life. During the workshop, most of the time will be spent painting on location in Gold Canyon, Arizona, which will allow for closer proximity to painting locations. Dan will cover the process of gathering essential information and editing in the field. The importance of how to start a painting will be stressed since a correct start makes the entire process less difficult. Dan will also cover the importance of a solid foundation in design, drawing, values and color. Students should come prepared with the supplies to do at least two paintings a day.
 
Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona
Instructor: Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fundamentals of Studio Landscape Painting"
February 5-9, 2018
 

This time-tested curriculum is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Design discussions will focus on the subjects of emphasis and pattern, with a goal to create more dynamic compositions. Students will also learn a reliable, step-by-step system for creating larger studio works from start to finish, with a working knowledge of color and value. In addition to any prerequisite studies, this workshop will set as a goal 1-3 completed paintings for the week depending on the size of the canvas. Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one time with each student. Demos will be done in acrylic.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: John Poon, www.johnpoon.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
February 5-9, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Costa Rica Nature Tour with Art Workshops: Any media"
February 7-19, 2018
 

All levels enjoy creativity and art workshops: improve skills while touring the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Fine artist instructor Linda Luisi (BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) inspires creative ideas (realistic/abstract) and fine tunes artistic skills of all levels (beginners welcome). A master of depth and dimension, Linda also teaches perspective, color harmony, and composition. Receive individual attention with Zen-like simplicity, passionate expression, and accurate realism. Includes: Safari rafting, cloud forest suspended bridges, hummingbird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, zip-line (optional), pristine beaches, active volcano, historic farm, native cuisine, volcanic spas, cacao (chocolate) presentation. Taste cacao and homemade tropical ice cream at a family farm. Leisure time. Nature walks: Easy/moderate. Small group—register soon. Spouse/friends, welcome.
 
Location: Various locations, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Luisi, www.LindaLuisi.com
Cost: $1845 dbl occ. (+ $275 single rm), 2 meals per day
Website, email


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
February 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein Air in The Golden Isles"
February 22-24, 2018
 

Jason Sacran's preferred medium is oil paints, but he is open to students using acrylics and other media. In 2010, Jason became a full-time artist/painter and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has had several exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements, including a first place award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Members Competition, Best of Show in the 2010 Wisconsin Plein Air Painter Association Annual Competition and Best of Show in the 2010 Winthrop Rockefeller Institution Invitational. Although known for his figurative and portrait work, Jason is quickly rising as a top plein air painter.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Jason Sacran
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work"
February 27 - March 2, 2018
 

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together. Students will start with the small idea and value composition studies. Next, students will learn the use of a color study and then move on to the finished work. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter- change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 4-11, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying, and Expression"
March 5-7, 2018
 

This three-day workshop is for all skill levels. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish. The second half of the day the students will paint with Penix’s guidance. Students will use oils or acrylics, and have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Florals Large & Loose"
March 7-9, 2018
 

Come and join the fun of painting large, loose florals! Krista Eaton paints in a delightful contemporary style that works for both oil and acrylic painters. If you’ve thought about trying to paint something large, now’s the time. Students will create their own style, and learn to be free with their painting by focusing on large shapes rather than fussy details. Students will be amazed at the work they can create when they learn to paint fast and loose! All levels are welcome, even beginners.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Krista Eaton, www.kristaeaton.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Advanced Abstraction"
March 7-10, 2018
 

Larry Moore, an established nationally recognized artist and illustrator brings his 40 years of experience in picture making and broad based art history knowledge to the table. He works in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Larry has an entertaining and generous teaching style that students appreciate. Larry will demonstrate his approach to abstracting the landscape and his thinking process for designing a compelling painting. This 4-day workshop will focus on finding abstract shapes from nature and small studies and creating good design. This class will cover all the components of a good painting: composition, line, edge, shape, color, value, surface, eye flow and the language of the brush without all the rendering and pesky drawing stuff.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters"
March 16-18, 2018
 

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
March 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Studio - Painting Convincing Water"
March 22-29, 2018
 

This will be a three-day studio intensive study of all aspects of getting water to look right in your painting. All mediums are welcome, however demonstrations will be in oil. This will be a course for artists already experienced in their medium and have a desire to learn the how and why's of painting water. Tom is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artist and currently sits on their Board.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Tom Nielsen
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
March 26-30, 2018
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten E. Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
March 27-30, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Composing in Color"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Paint is a colored substance, spread on a surface. The magic of painting is turning paint into color. Making the colors tell a story, giving a viewer butterflies, mesmerizing – that is composing in color. Students will start with simple still life, progress to the model and then into complex settings. Students will whisper a mood with the color and learn to let the color talk.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Acrylic Landscapes"
April 2-6, 2018
 

Understanding the demands of the acrylic medium is the primary focus of this workshop. Hook will emphasize color, composition, atmospheric light, architectural elements, and an intuitive approach to painting. Students will receive individual instruction and critiques in the studio and should complete the workshop with a significant level of confidence working with acrylics. Photography as a visual source for landscape painting is an important part of the class. Photos will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Hook, www.williamhook.net
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Dynamic Still Life"
April 6-8, 2018
 

Join artist Sarah Sedwick, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Plein Air in Southern Utah"
April 6-9, 2018
 

Kate Starling lives in the town of Rockville, Utah, just outside Zion National park, and has spent 20 years painting the area’s canyons and along its back roads. Join Kate for a four day workshop to explore the beauty of the high desert and paint with her at some of her favorite spots. She demonstrates (in oil) the outdoor painting techniques required in capturing the shifting light and color of the outdoors. Working in small to mid-size format the class will paint several field studies with a focus on composition, value, color, and cohesion of the major masses.
 
Location: Rockville, Utah
Instructor: Kate Starling, www.kstarling.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Making Art Outdoors "
April 9-12, 2018
 

A familiar name in the national plein air scene; John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. Expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help. John encourages and helps you look beyond the beautiful qualities of a scene to determine its pictorial usefulness, thereby adding new excitement to your outdoor painting experience. John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson and John Budicin.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: John P. Lasater
Cost: $625.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Color Confidence"
April 12-15, 2018
 

Learn to mix the exact colors that you want. Experience the delight and joy of color mixing as you become successful and efficient with color mixing while discovering colors you didn’t know existed. This workshop will help you identify what color you want to mix and then how to mix it efficiently. We will examine how color theory works, and why it doesn’t work so well sometimes. Time will be spent mixing color and making small studies. Creativity is sometimes chaotic, but color mixing doesn’t have to be, it can be a tool to express your creativity and this class will make it just that. This is a class for all painting media.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Jones, www.janejonesartist.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
April 16-20, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Seeing and Capturing Your Subject: Painting the La Jolla Coastline"
April 16-20, 2018
 

What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist? Discover the answer while experiencing and painting the beauty of San Diego en plein air. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. Mitch will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Demonstrations will be in oil.
 
Location: San Diego, California
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Water Media, Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 16-20, 2018
 

In this exciting workshop, students will explore painting techniques for capturing the luminous qualities of light in their work. Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily. Still life, landscape, skyscape and architectural subjects will be in focus as well as adding figures in a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the “how-tos” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered. Individual instruction, daily demonstrations and critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
April 20-21, 2018
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic. Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism. Students may use their own well-composed landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or, use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer Jones, RPJfineart.com
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color"
April 21-22, 2018
 

We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll add successive layers to each of your starts.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Landscape in the Studio"
April 26-28, 2018
 

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles. The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition. We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting. There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color. The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis. Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Dee Beard Dean
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Jane Davies Acrylic Collage Workshop"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

Discover a whole new world of artistic possibility when you combine collage and paint with modern printmaking techniques (without a press). First we will layer colors, patterns, and textures on the GelliArts gel plate to create gorgeously hand-printed collage papers. Then we will integrate monoprint and collage techniques using masks and stencils, to build images directly on a substrate. The boundaries between painting, monotypes, and collage disappear as you gain a fluidity of process and expanding your repertoire of exciting new means of creative expression.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old and New Techniques"
May 3-6, 2018
 

David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. Day 1. We learn to paint illusions of translucent water with reflections that shimmer and quiver – John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner. Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. Day 3. Perspective with Expression from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions. Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Visit daviddunlop.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Dunlop
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $625 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Sicily in Plein Air / Northwest Coast & Interior Vineyards"
May 9-19, 2018
 

Spend 10 days painting with a small group of artists in 2 unique locations of Sicily. The first 6 nights will be spent on the glorious northwest coast of the island. Paint the sea, the rocky coastline, and all the wonderful colors of late spring! Then, be transported to a totally new location in the vineyards south of Palermo. Surrounded by mountainous terrain, this area is lush and green and exudes a totally different kind of tranquil beauty! The workshop includes most meals and all land transportation. Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days and mentor for an additional 2 days. Come and join us for the trip of a lifetime!
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3850 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Exploring Opposites"
May 15-19, 2018
 

Composition means the arrangements of elements and their relationships to one another within the framework of your painting or collage (or any art form). There are so many factors – color, line, shape, contrast, focal area, movement, etc. – that it is hard to get a handle on it. Approaching composition from the standpoint of Exploring Opposites can be an enlightening way to tackle the subject. We will explore the elements and principles of composition in terms of pairs of opposites: bright/dull; large/small; textured/smooth; busy/quiet, and so forth. You will come away with the tools to create dynamic works of art, and a deeper understanding of how to use the Yin and Yang of composition! We will be working in acrylic paint, collage, and drawing materials.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Studio - Still Life"
May 17-19, 2018
 

Robert Johnson is a much sought-after instructor. He teaching experience includes the Art Students League of New York, Scottsdale Artists School and Pros Art School in Alberta, Canada, to mention only a few. He studied with David Leffel at Art Students League of New York and Master Painter Lajos Markos. He is a certified copyist of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. An expansive list of shows going back to 1991, include the Salmagundi Club in New York, Oil Painters of America, Washington Society of Portrait Artist-US Senate Office Building and Knickerbocker Artists in New York and Washington.
 
Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Robert A. Johnson
Cost: $525.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Paint by Lake Ohrid in Macedonia!"
May 20-27, 2018
 

Learn to paint in the magical lakeside town of Ohrid in Macedonia, also called the Jerusalem of the Balkans after its numerous byzantine churches. We paint in mountain villages in the Galicica Mountains, around the narrow streets of the Old Town and by the mesmerising blue-green waters of the St Naum Springs. Ancient buildings, crystal clear water, tasty local cuisine and breathtaking views are just some of the highlights. Varied subjects, guiding in any medium. Comfortable, modern accommodation walking distance from the lake and the town centre. All levels welcome! Book your place now!
 
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €545 per person sharing a double or twin room
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 or +44 7564 906 850


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
May 21-25, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
May 23-30, 2018
 

Imagine the ambiance that fills every sense 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 like-minded artists, and for a whole week! 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. Bobbi Baldwin is a versatile painter with 32 years of experience in teaching fine art to all levels of students and therefore knows all mediums as well. You can paint or draw with the medium you are most comfortable.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ.
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 1-11, 2018
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of CAD 3.150 (around US$ 2550) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all cities on schedule (Cortona, Montepulciano, Assisi, etc.), train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Paint in Central Hungary and Budapest!"
June 4-9, 2018
 

Whether you are learning, have never tried painting or an accomplished artist, you are welcome to join this fabulous painting holiday in Hungary. Excursions to Esztergom, Visegrád, Zsámbék and the Etyek wine region where we'll sketch and paint our beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the views of the Danube Bend from the boat and marvel at the riverside settlements. Step back in time at the ruins of Zsámbék Monastery and enjoy delicious food and local wine in Etyek. Last day spent sketching around Budapest, concluded with a dinner cruise! Comfortable hotel on the Buda side, walking distance from Buda Castle. Your guide and tutor for the 4 days is Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open.
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €679 / person sharing a double room. Flights exl.
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Patti Mollica Acrylic Workshop: Fast, Loose and Bold Painting"
June 5-8, 2018
 

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: How to see limited values clearly, how to translate your design into exciting and endless (& fearless color possibilities), bravura brushwork and eliminating the needless brushstrokes, how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes, the importance of grays & colorful grays, and much more. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Cost: $559
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Painting en Plein Air in Tuscany"
June 6-13, 2018
 

This plein air painting workshop is open to all who want to capture with oil or acrylic paint the beauty that resides in everything that surrounds us: country, towns, people, things. We will start each session by spending a few minutes to take in the scene, its visual qualities as well as all other factors like the weather, the sounds, the scents and our own feelings. All senses must be engaged to achieve a successful piece. Part of the focus for this workshop will be learning how to see the world as a painter and bring out what’s inside of you: your own voice and your heart, in order to make art a vibrant part of your life.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Philippe Gandiol
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Plein air painting in NE Hungary"
June 10-17, 2018
 

Whatever your level of painting skills, come and enjoy a relaxing time in the North-East of Hungary. Our art journey starts with visiting a tiny village where traditions live on. We paint in awe-inspiring settings in the Bukk National Park, famous for its beech forests, waterfalls, streams. Hidden in this forest is Lillafured, the most picturesque location perhaps. Get inspired by the hanging gardens or how about sketching from your own boat on the lake? We move further south and reach a contrasting landscape. Here, by the Tisza Lake full of floating waterlily clusters you can truly relax and paint in peace. A landscape so flat yet so full of surprises. Tutored by Hungarian artist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open!
 
Location: Eger, Tiszafured, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €890 / person sharing a double room, excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Studio Italia 2018"
June 14-24, 2018
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2520 US as of July 2017) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"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: $10.00
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
June 18-22, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint in the Balaton Uplands in Hungary"
June 25 - July 2, 2018
 

The focus of this art workshop is plein air painting and sketching in an idyllic setting in the Balaton Uplands in Western Hungary. Learn how to make visual records quickly and effectively of any subject. You will learn how to select your subjects, compose and set the mood of your painting. Improve your creativity by learning and applying textures and marks in your work. Gain confidence painting outdoors and learn useful tips. We’ll be surrounded by vineyards, a nearby castle ruin, unusual rock formations and the iconic Lake Balaton. All levels welcome! Spaces available! Booking now!
 
Location: Balatonfured, Badacsony, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €995 / person sharing a room. Flights excl.
Website, email, +44 (0)203 488 2991 +44 (0)7564 906 850


"Plein Air: Painting the Beartooth Range, Montana"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Landscape painting is mostly about learning how to see; how to interpret, compare and edit the shapes and colors of the scene. We will try to see things in more of an “Abstract” way. In other words to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This is to see them more as an artist which opens up more possibilities for things to paint and also helps us find our own voice. Students will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Beartooth Range, Montana
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018
 

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 $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) 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 on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 3-6, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Escape to Southern France; Loosen up w/ clean color in oils/acrylics"
July 4-14, 2018
 

Le Vieux Couvent drips with inspiration and opportunities for painting around every corner. Flower gardens, French blue shutters, cascading roses adorn the beautiful courtyards where you can sit, paint, read, and relax. The art studio/library is well lit and available for use 24 hours/day. The rooms are quaint, each with an en-suite facility. Chris will provide multiple demos and one on one easel time. She is very open and will give tips on loosening up and going bold with color to create clean, beautiful paintings. The focus will be on color mixing, composition, brushwork and more. We will also go on daily excursions to unspoiled nearby villages to explore, paint or shop! To see all the details, visit my website.
 
Location: Frayssinet, France
Instructor: Chris Brandley
Cost: $3750
Sponsor: Chris Brandley Art
Website, email, 817/455-9087


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 10-13, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Venetian Plaster and Acrylic Mixed Media Paintings"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Venetian Plaster plays well with acrylics, and here is the secret: one stays put when wet and the other can be removed. Simple, but there are many tips and tricks for combining the two. We are going to learn how to apply the plaster onto fabrics and then crackle the surface. You will learn how to create a background on panel using acrylic gels and pastes, layer color, add plaster and then start excavating. It is like a treasure hunt. I love this because it uses both sides of the creative brain. You follow the techniques, but then you intuitively layer and excavate. These techniques may be applied to any painting style.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract Acrylic Painting and the Spirit in Nature"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this 4 day workshop you will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will begin by identifying our spiritual and emotional connection to the four elements earth, air, fire and water. We will identify how each of these elements is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form, rhythm and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
July 16-20, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Landscape Painting Essentials: From the Inside Out"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes a step-by-step approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. The workshop is structured into two daily sessions. Morning sessions for the first three days take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio. Then, in the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning’s lesson live, en plein air. The fourth day is an all plein air day. Topics include site selection and limited focus, composition, simplification and massing, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color strategies. Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color).
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
July 31 - August 3, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo explaining exactly what to look for and how to proceed; carefully building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier and concise. Open to all mediums.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 7-10, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
August 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting"
August 20-23, 2018
 

If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is the workshop for you. Jo bases her fun filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working. Jo will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle your joy in the painting process.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jo Toye
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paint Mount Desert Island, Maine, with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 21-24, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this all-level workshop near Acadia National Park with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups.
 
Location: Bernard, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Website, email, 207-460-4119


"Advanced Paint Coastal Maine with Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 28-31, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this Advanced workshop on Coastal Maine with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; depth in the landscape; and more. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Michael is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and other groups. Experienced painters only please.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Plein air painting in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
September 6-11, 2018
 

A very picturesque painting holiday in the High Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia or ‘Hungarian Uplands’ as known to native Hungarians. A truly magnificent mountain range with its hidden tarns, lakes and waterfalls as well as the many challenging peaks. We sketch and paint by the crystal clear waters of mountain lakes, we take the cable car up to some of the peaks to enjoy breathtaking views and we’ll do some easy, scenic hiking. No better place than this to practice your painting skills, take photographs and enjoy some fresh air. Booking now for September 2018!
 
Location: Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €569 / person sharing a room. Excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991, +44 7564906850


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
September 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

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 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). 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$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
October 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
November 13-17, 2018
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 19-23, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan"
Begin your course any time
 

Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Paint Sedona Arizona with Michael Chesley Johnson"
April 2-5, 2019
 

Take your plein air painting to the next level with this workshop with master artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Small-size workshop of four half-days that leaves you time in the afternoons to paint more on your own with optional assignments if you wish. Topics demonstrated include plein air basics and advanced concepts; importance of value in the landscape; color dominance; and depth in the landscape. Each day offers a demonstration followed by student work and critiques, with plenty of help at the easel in the field. Lodging package for $800 (incl. tuition) also available, but limited, so don't hesitate!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson, www.MChesleyJohnson.com
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Acrylic Painting"
Year Round
 

I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Cost: $40 per class or $150 for 4 classes
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Website, email, 415-152-0552


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition"
Begin your course any time
 

This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Color"
Begin your course any time
 

Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork"
Begin your course any time
 

Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


"Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music"
Begin your course any time
 

In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Website, email


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

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


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up on demand video and clear explanations. The camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to master these versatile paints.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Paint the Maine Landscape with Janet Glatz"
Ongoing
 

All materials and paints included. Beginner to Intermediate painters. We begin instruction where your skills are; then we build from there. Choose either acrylic or water mixable oils. Two styles: natural realism and tonalism. Two or three-day workshops also available.
 
Location: Durham, Maine
Instructor: Janet Glatz
Cost: $40 per hour private; $27 per hr. semi private
Website, email, 207 317 7952


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
Per request for groups of 4-6
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

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


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. 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. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Creative Collage Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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