Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy"
August 13-19, 2017

Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days.
Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513

"Painting holidays in a rural paradise"
September 18-24, 2017

In this seven day painting workshop in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you will have the freedom to sketch and paint around the countryside and the authentic rural spanish village with houses made of wood and masonry, harmonised through a series of overhangs. The groups are kept small, no more than 10 students and we offer 24 hours access to the studio and a minimun of 22 hours of tutoring per week. Included in the price are the transfers from Madrid airport, accomodation in rooms with ensuite bathrooms, meals, all materials and equipment and a visit to the neraby village. The finca has an outdoor pool, jakuzzi, dinning room, a large living room and terraze and the painting studio.
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: £1220
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108

"Painting Amusing Animals and Mischievous Monsters"
September 24-25, 2017

In this fun, step-by-step workshop, you’ll learn great new techniques for acrylic painting, techniques for creating whimsical and funny creatures (with luminous eyes!) and techniques for painting an abundance of textures. And you’ll leave with stunning paintings plus the knowledge to paint just about anything with acrylics. Even those familiar with acrylics will learn unique techniques for livening up artworks and creating more imaginative paintings!
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Tea in Wonderland"
September 25, 2017

We will alter a ready-to-paint ceramic teapot by adding 4 wheels to the base, laces and ribbons, wire work and then covering the surface with textured and iron reactive paints. This transforms our tea pot into a rolling tea cart with a tardy white rabbit and mouse driver, both formed of paper clay and all dressed up for high tea.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Drawing and Designing Costumes"
September 26, 2017

This step-by-step workshop will have you designing and drawing costumes and clothing styles from the past—or wherever your imagination takes you! Draw costumes for fun, fashion design, children’s books, paper dolls, whatever! It’s easy once you discover these illustration secrets.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)"
September 26, 2017

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to create a painterly collage by adhering torn tidbits of paper over the top of an acrylic underpainting. Please bring a reference photo of a simple song bird or simple floral with a colorful background. Suggestions are Cardinals, Bluebirds, Robins, Gold Finches, Painted Bunting, Zebra Finch and daisies, lilies, roses, or wildflowers. These simple flora and fauna offer bright colors and shapes that are easy to render in collage. In addition to learning how to do a basic underpainting for collage, you will also learn how to tear paper to eliminate white edges and use paper pieces like brush strokes.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara,
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Animals, Figures, and Backgrounds"
October 3-6, 2017

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values; leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement; and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman,
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054

"Painting for the Love of Animals and the Landscape"
October 23-26, 2017

This workshop will focus on animal portraiture and the landscape. The first two days animals will be the subject matter – capturing their amazing spirit on canvas. Whether painting a portrait of a cow, lamb or one’s beloved pet(s), students will take advantage of the beauty of animals to work on creating good composition, interesting brushwork and focus on values, edges and color mixing. Using these techniques, the workshop will shift subject matter for the last two days to painting the inspiring landscape. During this entire workshop, Julee will stress the idea of taking risks, being energetic in one’s painting marks and approaching painting fearlessly.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julee Hutchison,
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Sculpting Horses and Cattle from Life at Saguaro Lake Ranch "
October 30 - November 2, 2017

For the last thirty years Jason Scull has pursued fine art of the American West. This has included sculpting horses, cattle and characters of this vast region of our country. This workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly from live models with horses and cattle being the subject. Two days will be spent on the horse and two days on the cow. Students are encouraged to arrive as early as possible Sunday afternoon to get acquainted, to go over armature construction and to outline the week. This workshop promises to be a week of understanding cattle and horses in a rural setting and a workshop unlike any other previously attended. The class is strictly limited to twelve participants.
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Jason Scull,
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877

"Classic pastel workshop with Rita Kirkman"
November 13-16, 2017

Rita Kirkman’s classic pastel workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light with an innovative underpainting technique. Receive helpful hints and tips from Rita’s 40 years of experience with pastel, including how to creatively interpret your photos, and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of value, temperature, color, and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! The workshop takes place at Creekhaven Inn, a luxury artist retreat in historic Wimberley, TX. Includes lodging, meals and wine! Attendance limited to 13.
Location: Wimberley, Texas
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $1,410
Website, email, 512-847-9344

"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email

"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
April 6-8, 2018

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


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