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Encaustic Mixed Media
May 29 - June 1, 2017 (9 am - 4 pm) — In this workshop we will start to explore the mixed media side of encaustic. The luminous surface is what will usually draw an artist to want to begin to work with it, however, the range of applications from painting, collage, sculpture, and printmaking is what keeps artists engaged. We will experiment with other materials that can be mixed in, with discussions of durability and safety. Topics to be covered will include painting, collage, image transfers, embedding found materials, and much more! General discussions on studio set up and safety will be covered, as well as presentation options for finished work. Experience with encaustic is not needed for this workshop; however, prior art marking experience will be helpful. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops
Cost: $465 + materials
Email: Registrations
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Travel Journaling in Tuscany
June 3-10, 2017 — Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Chris Nichols Randall
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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A Library of Memories
June 8-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this very special, 4-day art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, bookbinding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. In addition, we will be taking the workshop outside the classroom, visiting a number of destinations on the Island for both creative inspiration and supply gathering. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Images in Wax, Exploring Encaustic (851)
June 9-11, 2017 — Encaustic works of art have a dimensional quality that is achieved through building layers of wax. The process offers artists the possibility of creating works with a depth of translucency and color in a unique hand-wrought process. The results are surprising even to experienced artists. The workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques. The encaustic medium is an alternative way of giving your work a painterly look and tactile feel. During the workshop, we'll explore papers and layering photographic images. We will experiment with over painting, applying image transfers, color glazes and several hand-coloring techniques. Visit website


Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Cost: $300 members/ $320 non members
Email: Registrations
Phone: 269.349.7775

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Storytelling with Collage
June 11-16, 2017 — Travel to Vieux Québec with the talented Roxanne Evans Stout, a distinguished collage artist and creative storyteller. She’ll share with us new and exciting ways to capture inspiration from nature, people and our surroundings – new ways to immerse ourselves in the heart and soul of a new culture. In between demos and techniques, we’ll take to the city and explore. We’ll let the splendor of Vieux Québec wash over us, and seep into our spirits, to later trickle out through our brushstrokes, scissor snips, and paper-folding. If spectacular textures and handmade papers, vibrant colors and non-traditional tools inspire you to create, welcome to the world of storytelling through collage. Come and discover with us! Visit website


Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout, www.roxanneevansstout.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Paper-Paintings Collage Workshop in Greece
June 11-18, 2017 — 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. Come join us in Greece, a beautiful land of ancient ruins, natural beauty and scenic coastline. It’s a place that inspires and brings about creativity. 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! Visit website


Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,520 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Wax + Paper
June 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop offers an opportunity to explore paper-based encaustic processes, including dipping, collage, monotypes, and mixed media forms. Each of these methods can be combined and layered with existing techniques in your creative practice, leading to new conceptual ground. Applying a variety of encaustic techniques, Jennifer will be encourage you to explore approaches that can expand the possibilities of developing your own work. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion of safe and sustainable handling of encaustic materials, studio work time, group critiques, and Jennifer's individualized feedback. Artists with backgrounds in any medium will find this workshop an engaging experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Williams Terpstra, www.JWTerpstra.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Juxtaposition: Experimenting with Mixed Media in Drawing
June 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will encourage you to reconsider what the medium of drawing can be. A variety of tools and media will be used to produce a series of drawings that invite new possibilities into your creative practice. This workshop will begin with a lecture, demonstrations, and a series of experimental drawing exercises. As you begin to explore your own new directions in drawing, you will work more independently, with Leslie available for individualized feedback. Each day will close with an informal critique of what you have accomplished and future possibilities within the work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Leslie Fedorchuk, www.LeslieFedorchuk.org
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Junkyard Robots
June 16-18, 2017 (9am–4pm) — In this workshop, you are going to have a bit of fun with your inner mad scientist. In this class you are going to create your very own robot made from flotsam and jetsam, various doodads, rusty bits, and other sorts of debris. Perhaps a Swiss Army arm...or pocket watch monocle. Let your imagination run wild. Don't worry we can rebuild him...better, stronger, faster. Using the processes of assemblage, distressing, and painting you will create your very own junkyard buddy. Not sure if it will do chores…but it will look mighty cool. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $435
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Vibrant Color and Vital Energies: Mixed Media Figure Painting
June 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Capture the energy, vitality, and essence of the living model in layers of paint and pastel. Expand your observational skills in this workshop focused on painting and drawing from a live model. Using various underpainting strategies, spontaneous gestural mark-making, and playful color, create dynamic mixed media works of the figure. Each day you will spend approximately four to five hours painting and drawing from a live model. Different poses, vantage points, and lighting will be utilized. Demonstrations and lecture topics will include use of line, value, planar analysis, and how to apply color theory in your figurative works. Through relaxed and supportive critiques, you will gain insight and see improvement. Those with some drawing experience will benefit the most from this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, www.CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Layered: Painting and the Digital Image
June 19-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, you will use layered and collaged materials to work directly and quickly in the process of image-making. Working with acrylic paints and a variety of mixed-media, Holly will demonstrate and discuss image transfers, gluing techniques, expressive painting methods, surfaces, supports, media compatibility, and layering materials. You will gain an understanding of various strategies in combining different media successfully. This method of working provides immediate feedback and assists you in identifying issues while actively developing each piece. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and process. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $590, Non-Members: $625
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Unbounded: A Mixed-Media Laboratory
June 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of mixed-media painting techniques. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including collage, water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed material, and other found 2D materials to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in working with various media and techniques. In this workshop, you will learn through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. Compositional strategies, historical and contemporary context, and idea generation will be emphasized. You will work on multiple projects over the course of the workshop, providing lots of opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Leah Schreiber, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Paint, Print, and Put It All Together
June 23-25, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Join MN artist Bonnie Cutts for three days of painting with acrylics, applying patterns with stencils, printing with slow drying OPEN acrylics and then working to bring it all together. Learn about creating interesting print making surfaces with a variety of acrylic materials and make some gorgeous prints with them. Apply OPEN paint to your Gelli plate and make multiple prints using stencils and patterns. Paint and draw on your prints, create collages with decorative papers and the prints you make, learn about new materials to draw and paint on and create unique pieces of art. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to jump in and mix things up. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $365
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Collograph: The Printed Collage
July 6 - August 3, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Transform the tactile beauty of collage into a printed image. Print your collage using both press and handprinting techniques with non-toxic, soy-based inks. The printed image can serve as a finished art object or the beginnings of a mixed media piece. Open to all levels. Adaptable for home or the classroom. Lab fee includes ink, paper and other bulk materials. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, www.christinestoughton.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Over the Edge
July 6-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” journal of page shapes and edges is making a comeback, only this time it’s “Fun Size” (4 1/2? X 6 1/4?)! We’ll work on getting those pages to “pop” (no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will help us break away from the traditional rectangular shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and making other shapes for pages giving our books more dimension and interest. The importance of the often neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s original book “An Instructional Guide for Going Over the Edge” will also be available for viewing a plethora of possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Mandala Journal
July 8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Intrigued and inspired by the meaning and history of Mandalas, this journal was created and loosely based on this concept. Singular unbound round pages can have mandalas on one side and have journaling on the back and are neatly housed inside the Mandala Journal Box. Pages can be removed, flipped over or rearranged at will – a format that makes working on pages and reading them a real pleasure. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Media
July 10 - August 7, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Learn to develop richer, more complex imagery while working in a wide variety of non-traditional materials. Explore adhesives, papers, fabrics, photos, computer print-outs, wood, plastic, hardware, and the basics of handling tools properly. Stability of materials, craft, and safety will be emphasized. Topics include construction, storage and presentation strategies. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Nature Journal
July 10-14, 2017 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints and add collage to your journal. By the end of the week, your journal (made fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Creating a Series: a Workshop in Drawing and Painting
July 11 - August 1, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30p.m.) — Creating a series pushes students to work at a higher artistic level. Decisions regarding design and composition take on greater complexity, as each piece must stand on its own as well as work in conjunction with the set. This workshop is designed to take students through the process of creating a small body of work (5-7 pieces) from conceptualization to completion. Participants will meet over four consecutive weeks for work sessions, critique, support, and discussion of the next step forward. Pieces may be drawings, paintings, or mixed media. This course is for intermediate to advanced students with some background in drawing. Students should come ready to take artistic risks, challenge themselves, and offer meaningful critique to fellow artists. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Sense of Place
July 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Abstract Painting: Series as Process
July 24-28, 2017 — Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Contemporary Abstract Mixed-Media Assemblages: Screen Print, Stitch, & Paint
July 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this mixed-media interdisciplinary workshop, we will be creating wall art by drawing upon techniques from both the textile and the fine art traditions. Pavlos will be sharing his signature mixed-media assemblage style while workshop participants will be learning and combining two thickened dye textural screen printing techniques using thickened dyes as well as a third more painterly screen printing technique. We will stitch found objects, fabric scraps, or recycled art before (or after) screen printing onto a canvas with a 3” profile creating drama using our screen printed marks as a template for our work. This workshop holds special interest for mixed media artists, soft sculpture makers, fiber artists (quilters and surface designers), screen printers, and painters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pavlos Mayakis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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An Odyssey in Art Journaling – A Mixed-Media Adventure
August 1-3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Kasstle and John Arbuckle
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Photography as Source for the Artist: Possibilities and Perils
August 5-6, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — 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. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Collage Tactics
August 7-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Color, Texture, Feeling
August 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture
August 10-11, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Thur evening studio time) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $233
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level

Drawing Redefined: Methods and Materials
August 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry
August 11-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Sculpted-Character Walking Stick
August 12-13, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Sat evening studio time) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $230
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — 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. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Intermediate Level

Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting
August 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Port Townsend, WA
Instructor: Mira White
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

R&F Encaustic Comprehensive
August 22-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Textured Mixed Media
August 24, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $115
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Soul Houses
August 24, 2017 (10am–5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast
August 25-26, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $225
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

ART Journal Play
August 25, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Collage Camp
August 25, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Pack your paint and paper and join me for a day at camp. We will start with a series of creative exercises that illustrate the principles of collage that will be put together to make a take-home reference guide. We will then create abstract, painted backgrounds as the base for your collages. Then on to the process of collage, transforming bits and pieces of paper into a cohesive whole. Basic and advanced collage techniques will be reviewed and approaches to collage discussed. You will have the opportunity to create multiple collages during this workshop and will leave with a toolbox of techniques that can be applied to your ongoing work in collage, painting, art journaling and mixed media. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

If The Shoe Fits: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop
August 25, 2017 (10am–5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Mixed Media Collage
August 26, 2017 (9am–4:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $115
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

A Book of Moments
August 26, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Capture the fleeting moments of your life in this one-of-a-kind artist book that we will be creating from scratch. Start by learning a versatile, no-sew binding technique that will enable you to give new life to vintage book covers. Embellish the cover, in the process learning a variety of methods to attach metal bits in a secure and artful way. Next turn inward, to the pages of the book, where we will be adding our moments - bits and pieces of paper and fabric, thread, tissue, photographs, hand-made marks, and the ephemera of our lives. With this book, the moments that are destined to become part of of the past can be kept in the present. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop
August 26-27, 2017 (10am–5pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $270
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Memories Resin Paper Necklace
August 27, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

52 Card Pickup
August 27, 2017 (9am–4pm) — A deck...52 cards. A year...52 weeks. Make the most of this synchronicity by creating a one-of-a-kind, mixed media journal that you can use to document a year in your life, week by week. Take an ordinary deck of playing cards and, using paint and paper, end up with a unique and personal journal, small in size but large in impact. Along the way learn the secrets of creating textured and layered backgrounds, the basics of collage composition, and tricks of the trade to tie it all together. Uses for your creation are limited only by your imagination. In this workshop you will always be dealt a winning hand. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Beautiful Beaded Trees
August 27, 2017 (10am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $90
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — 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. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Intermediate Level

Alteristas; There's No place Like Home
August 31 - September 3, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Lakeland, FL
Instructor: Gail Stouffer & Alice Benvie-Gebhart
Sponsor: Jen-Ken Kilns
Cost: $995
Email: Jenn Ratican
Phone: 800-329-5456

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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


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

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From Story to Picture Book
September 7-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Photo + Encaustic Workshop
September 9-10, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $295
Email: Registrations
Phone: (608) 987-3292

Beginner Level

Go For the Gesso
September 9-10, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $240
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I
September 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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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. Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Linda Matthews
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,025 Single Accommodations
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II
September 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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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. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Story Pages
September 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $12 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Journey into Abstraction
September 21-24, 2017 (10am–4:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $365
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Collaging the Book: Mastering Abstract Composition
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Hand Painting Paper
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Paint Your Precious Wings and Canvas!
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Play with Pébéo Mixed Media
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Candace French
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $230 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Building Sculptural Character
September 24-29, 2017 (Welcome Dinner, Sun 6pm; Class Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kate Church
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $700
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Resilient Heart
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $22 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Exploring Mixed Media
September 25-26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Candace French
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $440 - $490 (Two Days)
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Tea in Wonderland
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Collaging The Book: Making Materials from Paperback Books
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Collaging the Book: Working with Hardbacks
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-730-8521

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Encaustic Collage and Assemblage
September 26-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface
September 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — 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. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
October 1-11, 2017 — India will be traveling to New Mexico 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. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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


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

Intermediate Level

Glass As Your Canvas - 7 Imagery Techniques
October 5-8, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: Western Art Glass
Cost: $675
Email: Allison Klinger
Phone: 801-487-2773

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Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape
October 9-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Abstract Mixed Media Composition in Collage
October 13-15, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $345
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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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! Visit website


Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Mysteries of Translucence
November 10-12, 2017 (9am–4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $435
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Studio Italia offered since 1997
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 some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD 3.150(around US$ 2370 as of April 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! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2370
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Art Coaching Workshop
One week, all year round (afternoon) — 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. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 950 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: 0034 619164632

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Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints
Begin any time (24/7 Online) — 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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Fundamental Art Skills
Monday - Friday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — 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. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40.
Email: Sherry Egger
Phone: 912.506.2982

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Open Studios
November thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Mixed Media Online Workshop
Begin this online class at any time (24/7 on your computer) — 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. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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