Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"An Odyssey in Art Journaling – A Mixed-Media Adventure"
August 1-3, 2017
 

In this workshop we will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create an amazing stack journal using gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. You might already have a million ideas to express or perhaps you do not have a clue. Maybe you even have a fear of the blank white page. With Brian and John you are guaranteed to find and express your art story. Not only will you learn exciting techniques, but you will have an opportunity to help form a new mixed-media community of eager artists.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Kasstle and John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf"
August 2-5, 2017
 

Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography as Source for the Artist: Possibilities and Perils"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Many, if not most, artists use photography at some point as source material for their work. Thanks to technology, cameras, and the internet, we have a wealth of visual resources. Unfortunately, art based on photographic images is often overworked, excessively detailed, and can look like a photographic copy. This multi-media drawing workshop explores multiple strategies and techniques encouraging the use of photographic source as a springboard, rather than a restriction, for self-expression. Using lecture, discussion, demos, critique, and drawing techniques, this intensive course teaches students how to use photographic reference as the point of departure for creativity.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
August 7-10, 2017
 

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various "raw" materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Collage Tactics"
August 7-9, 2017
 

This workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textile, photography, and print. This workshop will present several methods of collecting and arranging, cutting apart and reconnecting, and building materials into images and designs. At issue is continuity and discontinuity, as you think about the fragmented nature of pictures, materials, and information in contemporary life. Days will consist of lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that specifically explore the technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture"
August 10-11, 2017
 

This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art. You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability. Leave with a very personal work of art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $233
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Drawing Redefined: Methods and Materials"
August 10-12, 2017
 

In this multi-faceted workshop, you will explore new materials and processes to reexamine the traditional definition of drawing. Alternative methods will be emphasized in a fun and energetic setting, leading to a series of abstract, two-dimensional works on paper. To encourage experimental approaches to drawing that integrate wet media, dry media, and collage, Liz will share the work of a variety of contemporary artists. Group discussions and critiques will provide constructive feedback. Informal demonstrations and guided discussions of process provide structure, as you incorporate your own ideas and interests.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry"
August 11-12, 2017
 

Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Sculpted-Character Walking Stick"
August 12-13, 2017
 

Character walking sticks are usually carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay. The hardened clay character pieces are attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt. Learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face to create character and how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items. The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Display it as a work of art or use it as a functional walking stick. For new or experienced sculptors - Maureen’s step-by-step process makes sculpting a face easier than imagined, while experienced sculptors may enjoy combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting"
August 13, 2017
 

In this process-oriented workshop, students will learn new resin techniques such as casting found objects and transforming them into tromp l’oeil artifacts; substrate surface design with texture, acrylic paint and water soluble crayons; and journal construction by deconstructing a hardback book. Three-dimensional objects shown in art sample are made from cast resin and are indicative of the types of pieces we will create and alter during the workshop. Techniques taught have many applications for mixed-media collage and assemblage work.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels"
August 14-17, 2017
 

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: Mira White
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"R&F Encaustic Comprehensive"
August 22-25, 2017
 

Instructor Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods and show best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic techniques. This workshop is excellent for both beginning and seasoned encaustic painters. All paints and raw materials will be supplied by R&F.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 24, 2017
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 24, 2017
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 25-26, 2017
 

Whether for mixed media, jewelry, book arts or any other creative endeavor, you’ll find plenty of applications for the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Learn to prepare paper ephemera for a crystal clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes for a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Next up is a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with color pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"ART Journal Play"
August 25, 2017
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform a book into a fun book using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera in addition to a very small list of tools you will need to bring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If The Shoe Fits: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 25, 2017
 

The saying goes “If the shoe fits wear it.” If it doesn’t fit …well… I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage. You will learn basic construction techniques as well as how to develop themes and narrative.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mixed Media Collage"
August 26, 2017
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop"
August 26-27, 2017
 

This extended, more intensive version of my Altered Book class will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3D works of art. We will break all rules set by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. You will not only be exposed to specific techniques such as making pockets, building niches, using transparencies, creating images through various kinds of transfer techniques, aging and distressing, you will also have space to freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects. Transform ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound and bravely enter into new creative territories. If you are into Altered Books, this class is for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
August 27, 2017
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is to me, transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper will become altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will be cutting copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Resin paper and project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 27, 2017
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Alteristas; There's No place Like Home"
August 31 - September 3, 2017
 

Altarista’s are expressions of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. In this workshop, we will explore the Sacred Altar as Art. Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space. We’ll be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create mood, genre, and emotion. This workshop covers it all from concept creation to the final mounting.
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Instructor: Gail Stouffer & Alice Benvie-Gebhart
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Jen-Ken Kilns
Website, email, 800-329-5456


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Line and Grid"
September 5-8, 2017
 

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


"Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos"
March - November
 

The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor:
Cost: Starting at $500
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 40 24240 24143


"From Story to Picture Book"
September 7-9, 2017
 

Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photo + Encaustic Workshop"
September 9-10, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works and give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Over the course of the workshop we will explore different paper printing options for our photographs- from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. From there we will take our photographic prints and embed them in the encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to paint over them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand coloring techniques. You do not need prior experience working with encaustic paint, but general art making experience will be helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Go For the Gesso"
September 9-10, 2017
 

Gesso was originally meant to be a primer but it can be so much more! In this class you will experiment with black and white gesso as you learn to stamp, stencil, and make marks. These techniques will be used as the base for an abstract painting on canvas or panel that you will develop on day 2. We will work with fluid acrylics and perhaps other acrylic mediums as needed. Simple color theory will be touched on and the painting will be developed using sound design principles. The processes that are taught in this class were featured in “Pages” magazine in the spring of 2012.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I"
September 11-13, 2017
 

This workshop will feature a series of projects that explore different mixed media techniques. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s approach for abstract works, using “sandwiches” of mixed media materials, takes the pain and agony out of starting an abstract piece. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as preparation of Tyvek, painting on aluminum foil, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay and Plaster of Paris, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more. Carol will also discuss composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $625 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Textile Art Workshop with Linda Matthews"
September 13-19, 2017
 

Linda currently teaches digital and sewing techniques, and loves nothing more than sharing and inspiring others to think, sew and make textile art in a creative way. As we travel, we’ll pay attention to the small moments, the beautiful moments, the moments that touch our hearts. Then we’ll collect the memories that we want to remember and incorporate them into beautiful textile art “fragments” - small stitched textiles that are a fusion of fabrics, fibers and papers, images and words, and found objects. All these pieces are hand stitched together using a free-form sewing technique to form a beautiful collaged fabric travel journal that contains secret pockets and places to hold the things we most want to remember about this trip.
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Linda Matthews
Cost: $4,025 Single Accommodations
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II"
September 14-15, 2017
 

This workshop may be taken with, or separately, from Part I. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s abstracted tree paintings are very popular and her step by step approach makes for a very high rate of student success. Emphasis will be placed on tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of specialty papers to add texture, and create vibrant colorful landscapes. Carol’s Effortless Abstracts are a unique approach to abstraction that takes your left brain out of the equation. The random aspect of this method makes for delightfully unexpected results.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 14-17, 2017
 

I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 16-23, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


"Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy"
September 16-23, 2017
 

What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Story Pages"
September 19-21, 2017
 

We will combine symbols from Eastern cultures, Africa, Grafitti, modern artists, calligraphers and mark makers from all of time. We will reinvent and reinterpret them to fit our own stories. You are invited to play with color, paper, texture, paints, and patterns in a room full of other enthusiastic painters. We will use shells, sticks, sponges, stencils, crayons, pastels, and our imaginations while guided to create unique papers that tell our stories through symbols, signs, marks and creative lines. The papers end up with layers of lovely textures, while retaining a soft, velvety surface, perfect for making books, text pages, cards and collage. They are stand-alone pieces or can be deconstructed to insert into a book of stories.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $395 plus $12 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Journey into Abstraction"
September 21-24, 2017
 

This retreat style workshop will combine discussion, journal writing, drawing and studio art as a journey into personal expression. Spend time independently in the beautiful surroundings of Shake Rag Alley photographing, drawing, and journaling for a portion of each day. Small, quick paintings start each session. Larger format, more developed paintings worked on throughout. Intermediate level drawing and painting experience required. Work in your chosen medium - oil, acrylic, pastel, or mixed media. Learn to abstract from an image, to create strong compositions, and use color theory to elevate mood. New working methods and non-traditional tools and materials will help advance your work through mixed media. Learn to look within to find new ways to express your creative voice.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Building Sculptural Character"
September 24-29, 2017
 

Kate’s characters look as if they could fly. They enchant your eye, they draw you in and they make you smile. She has made her signature sculptures especially for Cirque de Soleil, and her work has appeared in national magazines. She will show you how to have fun building unique character, sculpting with polymer clay and cloth over lively wire armatures, producing a figure with a unique life of its own. Learn her method of placing energy into a figure and focusing on the sculptural form and how to get inside it. Following her method you will be able to enrich and direct your own style and inventiveness. You will create two interacting figures in this 5 day workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Collaging the Book: Mastering Abstract Composition"
September 24, 2017
 

This workshop focuses on using the collage process to refine your skills with abstract composition. I offer students some abstract art structures they may begin from and then load the tables with collage pieces I have made to start constructing their collages. The materials have a lot of inherent interest, as they are shapes cut from paperback book covers, and students find it easy to begin arranging them. We talk about design principles and what makes a design work better, throughout the day as I come by and work with students individually. At days end we have a critique and demonstrate how adding or subtracting parts of the collage will unify and focus their composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand Painting Paper"
September 24, 2017
 

Learn to create your own decorative papers with techniques from Elizabeth's book "Painted Paper Art Workshop" which features over 30 different ways to paint paper. Some of the techniques we’ll explore include the Gelli Plate, stencils, stamping, texture rubbing, alcohol and soap bubble resist, Gyotaku fish printing, mark making, and more! For this class we will be focusing on techniques for creating colorful papers for collage, scrapbooking, gift wrap, note cards, place cards, mobiles, etc. Elizabeth will teach through demonstration and individual guidance. Combine this class with the Flora and Fauna one-day Mini Collage Class or the Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book for a hand-in-hand combo.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paint Your Precious Wings and Canvas!"
September 24, 2017
 

To honor the infinite potential within us to transform our lives as symbolized in wings, we will paint large wooden wings and personalize them in unique ways. We will also paint intuitively on canvas, a process that is inviting and joyful for all experience levels. A group project will include collaboratively painting large wings on canvas to share with the other participants of Art Makers Denver to stand in front of for beautiful, powerful winged photos. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Play with Pébéo Mixed Media"
September 24, 2017
 

Wanting to expand your experience of Mixed Media by Pébéo or even experience it for the first time? Through demonstrations, group instruction and hands-on experience, you will learn the essentials of working with Mixed Media by Pébéo liquid oil paints also known as “Magic in a Bottle”. You will have an opportunity to combine the Pébéo Mixed Media products in two works of your own design. The self-expressing nature of the Pébéo liquid oil paints will invite you to explore endless possibilities that are fun and exciting! If you are someone who likes to introduce new products and techniques into your creative expression while having fun, this workshop is for you!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $230 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media "
September 25-26, 2017
 

Explore the amazing world of mixed media in this two-day workshop! Experience textures, mediums, and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects! Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Take away four works of art and ideas for continuing the fun!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $440 - $490 (Two Days)
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


"Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book"
September 25, 2017
 

Your love and appreciation for a companion, a child, a sibling, a friend, is told through a series of removable hand-painted paper letters and postcards that make up an illustrated and enduring keepsake book. We will use a gessoed children's board book as a base for adhering hand-folded and commercial envelopes that will open to reveal hand-painted stationery papers, postcards, and shipping tags. You will write a story through a series of letters that can be pulled from their own envelopes, giving the reader a sensation of reading someone else's mail. Learn to create hand-painted papers through a small sampling of techniques from Elizabeth's book Painted Paper Art Workshop that will serve as the raw material for this book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Collaging The Book: Making Materials from Paperback Books"
September 25, 2017
 

This workshop explores deconstructing paperback book covers and altering them to create your own collage materials. Techniques to be taught include deconstructing paperback books, creating texture with sanding and painting, making shapes with scissors, Xacto knives and hole punches, using words in your composition, and refining composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Resilient Heart"
September 25-29, 2017
 

We will explore all ideas about the physical and emotional tales of the heart by way of poetry, stories, journaling and quiet. In our five days we will create a book that contains our sacred offerings to the resilient nature of the heart: a scroll to commemorate our hearts’ journey, a container for small offerings, an accordion book that will be filled with words, textures, poems, maps, sketches, wax rubbings and journaling to honor and acknowledge our resilient hearts. We will learn many techniques including book making, painting and journaling, paper surfaces, and color. We will honor our surroundings and explore our stories of our magnificent surviving selves. Some experience journaling helps.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $625 plus $22 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Encaustic Collage and Assemblage"
September 26-29, 2017
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not needed, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collaging the Book: Working with Hardbacks"
September 26, 2017
 

This workshops explores deconstructing hardback books and creating materials for collage with them. Students will construct collages with hardback book covers as the substrate for this portion of the class. Techniques taught will include deconstructing hardback books, creating shapes from hardbacks using a utility knife or Xacto knife, subtracting from the hardback cover using your knives, peeling cover fabric from the book cover, using punctures and sewing as a design element, and using more dimension, via book board, in your abstract composition.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
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


"Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!"
September 26, 2017
 

This day is a special celebrating your beauty and badassery! Crowns and headdresses are symbols of our divinity and power. We will create wearable headdresses out of a variety of stunning materials— paint, beads, feathers, ribbons, sticks, baubles, and more. We will have the option of body painting words or designs on ourselves as well with henna or paint. Each woman will also have the option of a short photo session to capture her innate beauty. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-730-8521


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Discover the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint in this multi-faceted workshop. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, create surface and texture, and incorporate colored pencils and pigments. A series of short exercises throughout the workshop will help you consider new concepts and ideas that shape the outcome of your work. Experimental processes will generate ideas and discussion to encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, presentations, and personalized feedback, along with group discussion.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


"Working with Objects: Introduction to Fine Art Assemblage"
October 2 - November 12, 2017
 

Explore the art of finding and selecting objects and putting them together in ways that express who you are. A strong sense of attraction to objects or materials can be an excellent stepping off point for art making. Assemblage combines various materials into collage-like or three-dimensional sculptural combinations. Participants will explore the art of finding and selecting objects, consider the "which comes first" of form versus concept, and honor intuition as a guide in the process of assemblage. Whimsy and experimentation highly encouraged! Curiosity required!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Julie Jones Boulée
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Website, email, 207-837-5760


"Value, Shape, and Color"
October 3-5, 2017
 

Mary Marquiss works primarily in watercolor because the fluid nature of the medium invites surprises. Her work emphasizes strong shape and color as primary design elements with a full range of values - from light transparency to dark pigment. Using the five design elements of color, shape, value, texture and line, Mary will step you through a different painting each day in this workshop. A wide range of watercolor techniques and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to work with a limited palette in order to strengthen their paintings, allowing colors to mix on the paper.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Lisa Pressman Cold Wax Workshop"
October 3-6, 2017
 

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


"Glass As Your Canvas - 7 Imagery Techniques"
October 5-8, 2017
 

The class focus will be on layering imagery, allowing students to build visual richness and depth in their pieces; each layer applied can create a fabric-like background that allows additional central images to float in the foreground. Students will work with glass enamels, glass paints, glass powders, micas, stencil cutters, frisket and specialty films. Methods for applying images to glass will include: screen printing, airbrushing, photo resists, powder printing, custom decals, direct painting, and masking and stenciling. Students will create six sample tiles as well as two complete works. Each piece will consist of patterns, colors, and textures, overlaid with images of personal history, focusing on childhood and love. Students will mount their finished pieces for hanging.
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Western Art Glass
Website, email, 801-487-2773


"En Plein Air Art Retreat - Beaver Island, Michigan"
October 7-14, 2017
 

Come paint on the largest island in Lake Michigan. International ArtisTTable artists/instructors, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans will lead art workshops, demos, and provide individual instruction by request. Included are tickets for the ferry to the island and trips to all the inspiring places on this enchanted isle. Experienced artists will be challenged and those new to plein air will be nurtured along their way. There will be plenty of time for you to explore your own creativity. You will enjoy deliciously prepared healthy meals and lodging adjacent to the city beach where we will see the sunrise everyday. Our week will conclude with an artist reception for all on the island to see what we created during our stay.
 
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1410.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Abstracting Nature in Your Chosen Medium"
October 9 - November 19, 2017
 

Delve into the art of abstraction, using nature as your initial subject matter. Learn to move in a new direction, away from representational and toward a more abstract style, thus broadening artistic inner vision and creative vocabulary. Participants will choose a subject in nature (flowers, water, sky, etc.) and create an abstract composition while focusing on a single artistic element (color, shape, line, etc.). Participants will begin by taking photographs of the week's topic and then create an abstract work in their chosen medium. The instructor will present a video lecture each week, which will include a demonstration. and photographs of in-process and finished work will be posted by participants. Online discussion, comments, and critiques will be encouraged.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Candace Law
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Website, email, 207-837-5760


"Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Mixed Media Composition in Collage"
October 13-15, 2017
 

The medium of collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich story-lines of experimentation. Color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. Students will be encouraged to build their own palette of papers. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse collage papers to a variety of surfaces. Clear image transfer will be taught using the tack iron method. Whether new to collage or more experienced, this workshop will engage all levels of interest in contemporary collage. No prior experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Paper-Paintings Collage Workshop in Québec"
October 15-20, 2017
 

Come join us in Québec, a spectacularly beautiful city of natural beauty and historic architecture, where art and creativity flow like a river. Delight in a combined creative-vacation experience. Elizabeth is an award-winning artist with an exceptional talent in (and passion for) handmade paper and collage. Through a variety of techniques you’ll learn to create a palette of beautiful hand-painted papers: splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing & staining, creating papers uniquely yours. Elizabeth shares ways to use these beautiful papers to develop form using light and shadow, very similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll take home new friends, new experiences, and a new enthusiasm for the treasures you can create with your own two hands. Escape with us!
 
Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"'Jam Session' Pastel Class"
October 23-25, 2017
 

Ever wonder why we "play" music but do art "work"? Come and practice improvising in this playful, interactive workshop. The ability to be spontaneous, receptive and in the moment is vital in our creative process. In this workshop you'll train your brain to readily engage the spontaneous mode, strengthening it to become an equal partner in your art making. Through an interaction of skills, knowledge and goals, and letting go and allowing the painting to paint itself. In this workshop, you'll focus on the process of painting as you move quickly through a series of evolving exercises very carefully constructed to allow you to set aside thinking and lose yourself in what you see developing on your paper.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Diana Sanford
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Mysteries of Translucence"
November 10-12, 2017
 

You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Cold Wax and Oil"
January 27, 2018
 

Tucson artist, Greta Ward will share techniques of working with cold wax medium and oil. It can be scraped, scratched, rubbed, pressed, pushed, added and subtracted. This ancient medium fosters versatility. In this one-day workshop, students have the opportunity to create their own small cold wax and oil pieces on Arches Oil paper. Primarily an oil painter, Greta also works with cold wax and oil, watercolors, assemblage, and stained glass. Greta studied under the inimitable Rebecca Crowell, in both the US and Italy, learning about cold wax and its myriad applications to fine art. The process of adding wax and pigment, then subtracting selectively through scraping, solvents, and other tools seems, the perfect artistic analogy for a life well-lived.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Greta Ward
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Art + Awe in Ireland with Lesley Riley"
May 21-26, 2018
 

Lesley Riley is an internationally known mixed media artist, writer, workshop leader, creative coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion. Ever the seeker of wonder and awe, Lesley will begin the week by guiding you in the experience of awe-walking and gathering. Back in the studio, we will make our souls visible, by translating our moments of awe and beauty into visual notes, mementos, messages and meaning through a variety of personal, expressive mark-making exercises. Lesley will guide you through adding layers of marks, paint, message and meaning, with an eye towards the use of line, composition and color inspired and guided by our awe walks.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Lesley Riley, lesleyriley.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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


"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


"Painting the Textures of Ireland"
August 26-31, 2018
 

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist who pursues an element of adventure and discovery in her art seeking the truly unique. She experiments with all types of textures, paints and materials. In addition to her studio practice, Jacqueline loves teaching and inspiring creativity in others. Join us for a fabulous abstract painting class and excursion in the west of Ireland, as we focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and rugged coastline for creative inspiration. We’ll study in depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and historic structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan, jacquelinesullivan.com
Cost:
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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


"3 day immersive encaustic workshop"
To be arranged with client
 

This three day immersive encaustic workshop with award winning artist Tracey-Mae Chambers in beautiful Norfolk County Ontario. All experience levels are welcome and all supplies are included. A vegetarian lunch and wine as well as snacks and drinks are provided. Please see website for all details.
 
Location: Simcoe, Canada
Instructor: Tracey-Mae Chambers
Cost: $700
Sponsor: The Queen Bee Studio
Website, email, 226-440-2402


"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
Cost:
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Visual Journaling Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
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
Cost:
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
Cost:
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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