Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Mixed Media Drawing"
Saturdays, September 23 - December 2, 2017
 

Explore the dynamic possibilities for your drawings by mixing materials and techniques, guided by traditional and contemporary methods. Combine pastel, chalk, ink and watercolor to create harmonious compositions that promote the subtle contrasting qualities of each medium, while drawing from the still life and figure models. Prior drawing experienced required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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
 

This three-day watercolor workshop in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon with instructor Mary Marquiss will focus on three design elements – value, shape and color - building blocks that create strong paintings. Marquiss will step students through the painting process from start to finish with an emphasis on following personal choices and individual style. Each day will begin by "warming up" on 140-pound cold press watercolor paper with an exercise specific to that day's painting before working on 300-pound cold press watercolor paper. After the morning sessions, Mary will circulate among the students to answer questions and offer suggestions on moving their work forward.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink"
Tuesdays, October 3 - December 5, 2017
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Mixed Media in Spectacular Spain"
October 15-21, 2017
 

This art holiday combines outdoor painting and studio based workshops with Robert Dutton. Catering for artists who want to further advance their skills. With a relaxed and confident style, students of mixed levels of ability will gain confidence to develop their own style with many media, in a superb location. Learning skills in a relaxed environment students quickly settle in and create really exciting paintings following his expressive and impressionistic style. Whilst having a rewarding creative experience students are left feeling invigorated and inspired. With Robert's in depth knowledge, command of many differing types of media combined with expert guidance and personal mentoring you will develop your creative ideas in many different and exciting ways.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Robert Dutton
Cost: 1245 Euros. Private en-suite room and all meals.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"'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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
April 26-29, 2018
 

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include Found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before Dec. 28 - $495, After Dec. 28 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, (626) 470-7278


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

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


"Lorraine Glessner Encaustic Mixed Media Workshop"
May 14-18, 2018
 

This workshop involves the exploration of encaustic, one of the most exciting and versatile mediums available to the contemporary artist. With an emphasis on mixed-media, the basics are covered as well as a variety of advanced techniques. Participants will also explore the mark-making possibilities of branding, rust printing and composting and are encouraged to respond to these marks utilizing encaustic as well as other media. Participants are encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary by applying these new techniques to their current ideas. Lorraine Glessner, MFA Temple University, is a highly accomplished encaustic artist in high demand for her works and her teachings. Her works have garnered many top awards in impressive shows in addition to Nominee, NICHE Educator of the Year award.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"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: $2,945 Shared, $3,445 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


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

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


"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


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

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


"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


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

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


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

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


"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: $2,945 Shared, $3,445 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Katherine Chang Liu Workshop: Creativity Mentoring for All Media"
September 16-22, 2018
 

KKatherine teaches one of the most sought after open studio workshops in this country. This is a workshop aiming to sort and focus your efforts as Katherine works with each artist individually providing an in-depth review, discussing with each artist options to make his/her artistic efforts more personal and more in keeping with the artist's strengths. Her students call her "The Art Whisperer" because Katherine gets to each artist's ideas & strengths quickly and guides each artist's development of those ideas with insight and encouragement. Bring what you usually use in your own studio and also the source material you need for your work. Katherine also brings her many Powerpoint programs to feature various topics and developments in contemporary art.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katherine Chang Liu, www.katherinechangliu.com
Cost: $997
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


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

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


"being (t)here with India Flint: Norway"
September 23-29, 2018
 

India will be traveling to Norway from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Valldal, Norway
Instructor: India Flint
Cost: $7,395 Shared, $8,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


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

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"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


"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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