Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting"
March 1-3 & 5-7

Paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the coast of Naples, Florida. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, flowers and southwest Florida’s subtropical vegetation. Demonstrations and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries.
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375. / $695.
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105

"Avian Drawing"
Tuesdays, March 13 - April 3, 2018

Don’t miss this unique bird-drawing class with renowned artist and esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub! Work from live avian subjects, both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Further hone your understanding through focused studies of bird anatomy and feather structure. Work in graphite, charcoal, colored chalk, and pastel on toned papers, referencing Old Master techniques. Includes a history of animal drawing and painting.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Techniques and Composition for Dramatic Wildlife Painting"
March 19-23, 2018

Join this intensive, 5-day workshop and discover approaches and techniques for creating dynamic paintings of wildlife. Dustin will guide students through the process of creating a dramatic wildlife painting from concept to completion; each day focusing on a fundamental aspect of the process. Techniques for overcoming the limitations of reference photography and using reference and field studies to realize the student’s idea, understanding form, design and color to create drama, as well as introducing painting techniques that will enhance one’s work are just some of the vital components of wildlife painting that will be covered in this workshop. Students should bring reference materials such as photographs, field sketches and plein air paintings from which to work.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dustin Van Wechel,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson,
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Colorado Cowboys and Great American Horse Drive Photo Workshop"
April 29 - May 6, 2018

Imagine a place where the wild west still lives . . . hundreds of horses running with power and freedom, beautiful light and dust, real working cowboys and cowgirls, big open spaces and wood corrals. Beautiful open blue skies and long days to live it and photograph it. If this sounds like heaven to you then join us in a special part of western America where the real west is still alive and our photographer attendees have special access to document it with our cameras and share it with a group of like minded photographers and horse lovers. There is no other place or event like it on earth!
Location: Craig, Colorado
Instructor: Scott Trees, Carien Schippers
Cost: $1595-3090
Sponsor: Equine Photographers Network
Website, email, 607-865-5215

"Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference"
May 3-4, 2018

This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animals on Day 1 and human figures on Day 2 as well as 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. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading ones painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other’s paintings.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman,
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn"
May 19-20, 2018

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Wisconsin Artistic Sampler"
June 11-15, 2018

Close to Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the inspiring Driftless Area as your backdrop, join us at Durward's Glen nestled in the Baraboo Range to sample the arts of painting, clay, photography, and gourds gaining hands on experience along side our professional artists. Enjoy evening entertainment as a group including a boat tour of the Dells of the Wisconsin River, or take advantage of free studio time. The sessions are great for artists of all skill levels and are a wonderful way to refresh your love for creating art while interacting with fellow artists from near and far.
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Instructor: see the web site
Cost: $750 (all inclusive)
Sponsor: Sauk County Art Association
Website, email, 608-448-6693

"Painting Animals in Oil"
July 25-28, 2018

On the first morning we will meet at my studio in Langley and set out exploring Whidbey Island for animal subjects to paint. There are a wide variety of animals to choose from -- including sheep, cows, horses, alpaca, deer, birds and rabbits -- and we will photograph a selection of these animals for painting reference. After lunch, I will demonstrate my process for painting from photos and my methods and materials for oil painting. Workshop participants will then use the next three days to create a painting (or paintings) of animals they have photographed. Emphasis will be placed on composition, accurate drawing, correct values, fresh color mixtures and edge control. Further painting demonstrations will be provided as needed.
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690

"East Meets West"
August 20-24, 2018

Strengthen your artwork with the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor painting. Lian will teach his approach on design, composition and color with clear, practical easy-to-follow demonstrations and instruction. The first 2 days, you will practice “Chinese Brush Painting” in a spontaneous style and then in detail. The following 3 days, your skills will continue to develop with Lian’s one-of-a-kind color pouring, blowing, and blending method. Participate in helpful critiques as he takes you step by step through several paintings. Lian is the author of four Chinese Painting Instructional Books.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"All Creatures Great and Small"
August 27-30, 2018

Discover how to create fresh, lifelike paintings of a variety of animals as you explore composition, color, texture, and storytelling. In this workshop, learn how to realistically capture texture without obsessing over detail, choose a dynamic point of view, mix colors to promote interest, and vary your brushwork for different effects. Through daily demonstrations, Susan will highlight various facets of painting animals followed by one-on-one assistance in your production of painted samples to reinforce each principle discussed. Expect to take home many small studies to refer to when working independently on your own projects. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools necessary for portraying a variety of animals convincingly.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe,
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Brusho and Beyond"
August 27-31, 2018

Get ready to be amazed. Learn fun techniques to add eye-catching hues and dazzling textures to your paintings with Ward Jene Stroud. Brusho is an ink and dye based crystal powdered water media with limitless potential for expression and experimentation. Ward will instruct on composition, color, brushwork and more while you compose paintings in a fun, safe, nonjudgmental and relaxed environment! You will feel like your learning from an old friend, not to mention Ward's excitement for life and love of art are infectious. He has produced three Instructional DVDs/Videos, Brusho and Beyond.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"Paper Paintings Birds & Blooms Workshop"
November 2-4, 2018

During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative, mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every paper tear as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings. You'll create a hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning, that will be torn up and glued over an acrylic underpainting. Throughout the class we'll focus on learning and growing creatively in a fun environment. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. (A video tutorial with homework will be emailed to you once workshop minimums have been met)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire,
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 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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