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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Jeff Hirst Printmaking Workshop
May 1-5, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Instruction in a variety of print media including Monoprints, Intaglio, Relief, and Encaustic Collagraph and Traditional Collagraph, Mixed Media Print Approaches. Designed for both beginners with no printmaking experience as well as experienced artists who would like to experiment and add new and different techniques to their own personal toolbox. Each class will provide you with technical information and personal assistance with discovering and creating your own personal imagery. For purposes of pulling prints, we will utilize a Richeson mini etching press along with alternative press-less printing methods including manual printing utilizing Akua Pin Pressess as well as a palm press. We will also do some printing on some Roland Hotboxes. The processes will be non-toxic. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Jeff Hirst, www.jeffreyhirst.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor on Unique Surfaces
May 15-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Mark demonstrates a variety of techniques and unique effects of working on synthetic paper that will lead the way to exciting paintings. Applying and lifting paint, working with stamps, masking, mingling color and more is covered in the week. Mark demonstrates two painting styles--a non-objective piece and a more realistic landscape subject. Plenty of student painting time with individual guidance and group critiques. Mark is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - Master Status, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Mark Mehaffey, www.mehaffeygallery.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Realism Through Design: Watermedia Workshop
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — John’s workshop will encourage representational painters to experiment with a different style and challenge experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities in expressing their creative voices. His workshop includes demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help. Artists are encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a signature member of numerous art societies. He has won more than 230 major awards in national and international exhibitions, and has been featured in over 80 magazine articles and more than 25 books. Don’t miss your chance to study with this internationally recognized artist! Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: John Salminen, johnsalminen.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $699
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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All About Watercolor
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Sterling demonstrates and discusses a variety of topics and techniques, finishing a painting in each morning demo. Some of the topics include: how to paint a wide variety of subjects, developing a strong composition, the expressive use of colors, overlapping shapes and much more. Participants are encouraged to find their own style with Sterling's gentle guidance along the way. A supportive and fun atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to ask questions or request assistance with their painting. This inspiring experience will include constructive individual and group critiques. Sterling is well-versed in representational and abstract styles. Sterling is a contemporary watermedia master and has been teaching national and international painting workshops for over fifteen years. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Keep It Simple and Strong: Painting Outdoors En Plein Air in Watercolor
June 26-30, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create paintings with strong impact. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject quickly through the simplification process while painting en plein air. The process of simplification begins with visualization. Through various exercises and demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Seeing things with an artist’s eye includes: the preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor: Painting the Essence
July 17-19, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $459
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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3-day Encaustic Workshop
July 24-26, 2017 (10am-4pm with 1 hour break) — Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $299 supplies included
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Mixed Media Encaustic: Line and Grid
September 5-8, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Taught from an alternative, experimental approach. Lines lead the eye and communicate information through variation in width, direction, density, length and character. They are as integral to any composition as the composition itself. Despite the incredible versatility of the encaustic medium, there is a limit to the techniques available in which to incorporate line. This workshop explores line and linear language far beyond the usual methods and materials to include the use of tjanting tools, masks, drawing with horse and human hair, branding with heated metal and wood burning tools, as well as creating your own grids, laces and lace like forms using free motion sewing machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer. Also, a bonus demo of working with candle/incense to make marks. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $650 includes supply fee
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor: Big & Bold
September 11-15, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Fast, Loose and Bold Painting
September 25-29, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — 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 color possibilities; bravura brushwork and eliminating needless brushstrokes; how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes; the importance of grays & colorful grays; and more! Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence. Patti has received numerous national awards and scholarships, and is represented in galleries from NY, NY to Carmel, CA. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Lisa Pressman Cold Wax Workshop
October 3-6, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. The techniques of using cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Lisa Pressman, www.lisapressman.net
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design
October 9-13, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Watercolor: Fast & Loose
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Intermediate Level
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3-day Encaustic Workshop
October 25-27, 2017 (10am-4pm with 1 hour break) — Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $299 supplies included
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

3-day Encaustic Workshop
November 8-10, 2017 (10am-4pm with 1 hour break) — Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $299 supplies included
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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